Not that long ago I used to hate being late for movies. I used to hate missing the puck drop for a hockey game I was looking forward to watching. I used to hate being late for anything. But as I get older and my interests sway a little bit and expand, I find there’s not nearly enough time for everything, and now I consider myself lucky if I make it to that movie at all, or if I see even a portion of a hockey game. Because my priorities have shifted and entertaining myself seems to matter less and less.
One of my favorite things about web development is the fact that you constantly come across new problems to solve. There always seems to be a minefield of issues in your way when you’re developing a new application or website. The other day I ran into such an issue when trying to dynamically add common ‘tweet’ buttons to the DOM. I was doing this because the application I was building had an infinite scroll feature (when you get to the bottom of the page more content loads, like how Tumblr and Facebook load).
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It’s not secret that print publishing has had its struggles in the last decade. Increasingly people like myself would rather do their reading on some kind of screen, be it a desktop, laptop, tablet, iPhone, or e-reader. Paying expensive newsstand or subscription prices doesn’t really make a lot of sense anymore, when I can pay less and have content delivered to me instantly and often in a rich media format. Why would I trudge through the rainy streets of Vancouver to get a copy of the newspaper when I can just click through the dozens of local blogs I have bookmarked and sit back on the couch with an iPad.
Well it looks like Myspace is trying to redesign itself again. Maybe it’ll actually catch on this time. The video for the new redesign has been floating around the web for a couple weeks now and I figured it was about time I chime in on what I think the future of this storied social network might be.
As a musician, Myspace was something I was excited about when I first discovered it. It was a chance for me to easily promote my music to my friends and to strangers around the world. The idea was very exciting, especially to someone who was too young and broke to fund any kind of tour (not to mention how hard it is to book a tour across Canada’s vastly spaced-out expanse).