Rehearsing for The Dreary Coast
Back in Brooklyn for the month of Oct. to perform in a play called The Dreary Coast. Written and produced by my old friend Jeff Stark.
The play is set on the Gowanus Canal. To be clear, the audience and actors will be in boats and on the shores of the Gowanus. Lop off the G-O-W on the name and you pretty much have an onomatopoeia. The challenges of this production are many. I’ve been on a lot of crazy complicated art projects. This is cracky-crazy.
The Gowanus canal is a special wild part of Brooklyn that is transforming before our eyes. A super-fund clean up site with a Whole Foods on the embankment… and under construction, a beer garden and federal prison transfer station. NY changes in the blink of an eye for better and worse.
The story and setting of the play are epic. You can read about it in the Gothomist.
What am I doing? I’ll be driving a boat…and singing with a band behind me in one scene. Guess who? You’ll have to come see.
See you at the show. Don’t fall in the water.
This year David Best and the Temple Crew return to the playa to build the Temple of Grace. If you have a few extra bucks, please show some love by sending them some.
I’ve worked on Petaluma aka David Best crew on four different temples. They’ve set the standard for pulling off big art. The process is as important, if not more, than the results. We aren’t making blinky tall things to burn. We are giving birth to a healing being from another dimension. In the end, we throw our tools in the truck and get out the way. The community comes in and breathes life into it.
Circumstances being what they are, I may or not, be able to join this years crew. If you make it to the desert, bring something to the temple that you can share and let go of. A photo, toy, poem. There’s no better place to let that happen.
This set up pulls in jQuery, TweenMax off of a CDN.
The dependency injection appears to work a lot like AngularJS. I found the docs a little confusing in regards to configuration and just had to play around with it but trying different setups and checking what loaded in Chrome Tools confirmed my set up.
Happy to have this awesome tool in my kit.
I went back and looked at some old code in an experiment with the GSAP (aka Greensock) animation library.
So I cleaned up the code hiding that nastiness away. And the code is now on github.
View the animation here on you desktop, tablet or phone.
Note that the animation plays choppy on older mobile devices when the alpha is tweened.
Fizz-Buzz is a basic coding exercise that can be done in any language.
My deluxe version =>
Code available on GitHub.
- repsonds to Landscape/Portrait
- has google map
- animated home screen
Single Page Web Applications
Michael S. Mikowski and Josh C. Powell
The authors employ a repeating MVC pattern for architecting their code. If you’ve ever built anything of complexity – nothing new there. But if not, this is a good place to grok that concept.
In this book you learn to build feature modules – with well defined APIs and strong isolation. They start simple and add complexity and are careful to explain their reasoning all they way through.
Only once in this book did a hit a wall and that was setting up the MongoDb database on a mac. I posted my issue on the discussion forum and got a quick response from the author.
I’m re-reading this book so that I can truly grok the concepts and techniques – and thereby sketch out and build well defined and scoped feature modules of any sort – a day planner, a slide show, a video player – that can be popped into the larger application with minimum fuss.
Buy this book. Read it – read it again – and jump on the discussion forum.
I’ve been looking for one of these.
I was getting privacy errors when trying to display my Vimeo videos in my fancybox gallery.
The fix was to link to get the embed tag from Vimeo and pull out the href link. Use that in fancybox rather than the share link.
I spent a a day going through a tutorial on creating a sortable photo gallery that scales to screen.
This relies on fancybox to provide light box functionality to hi-res images.
On resizing the screen, the thumbnails animate to a new grid lay out. Other design elements such as the navigation and background art adjust for computer, tablet or phone.
At phone screen size, the light box behavior is disabled and a straight targeting of the hi-res photos occurs.
- Make the gallery load content dynamically.
- Test on IE.
- Test on windows versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox
- add light box behavior back to images when screen goes from less than phone screen size up to tablet size or larger.