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  • Brian Sawyer 10:19 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink |  

    World Maker Faire, New York City 

    If you weren’t able to make it to Maker Faire this past weekend in New York, you missed something very special. I don’t mean to rub it in if you missed it, but I’m compelled to share my thoughts on such a fun, inspirational, and amazing event. I also want to thank my employer for both creating such a memorable experience and for making it possible for me to attend.

    Perhaps I would have experienced the faire differently if I’d attended by myself, but I was thrilled to be guided by my impatient almost-six-year-old son, who couldn’t wait to move on to the next thing. A sure sign of a memorable weekend, after a packed Saturday, he was ready to go again as soon as the gates opened on Sunday. And you should have heard him on the phone with his mother (who is traveling outside the country) this morning. Here are just a few video highlights (i.e., what he told his mom about), in no particular order:

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  • Brian Sawyer 10:02 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink |  

    My Devil’s Publishing Dictionary Android App 

    Readers of this blog will likely know that I have an Android phone, which I’ve used to help train for marathons, broadcast a relay race, tether to my iPad, and coauthor a book on the best apps you can put on it. Well, lately, not content with what’s already available for my phone, I’ve gotten interested in creating my own apps for it.

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    • jon 4:27 am on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      is there a tutorial for making the dictionary??

    • Brian Sawyer 11:01 am on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I originally meant to working up a tutorial for the dictionary, but I never got around to it. I might still do it, but now the details have become a little fuzzy.

    • freepinoytv 9:25 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      hi brian i am wondering if you could share the code block of this project thank you.

  • Brian Sawyer 10:47 am on August 30, 2010 Permalink |  

    Whale Watching 

    I took my family whale watching yesterday. The experience exceeded my expectations by orders of magnitude and was a thrill for the budding marine biologist who inspired the trip.

    Whale Tail

    More pictures and video after the jump.

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  • Brian Sawyer 1:24 pm on August 11, 2010 Permalink |  

    Step Right Up 

  • Brian Sawyer 10:45 am on August 2, 2010 Permalink |  

    How I Tethered My iPad to My Android Phone 

    I just rooted my G1, installed Froyo, tethered my iPad, and posted a how-to for O’Reilly Answers. Enjoy.

    This Changes Everything

  • Brian Sawyer 2:07 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink |  

    The Ragnar Relay Show 

    This weekend, I’ll be part of a Ragnar Relay team, running from New Haven to Boston (with a generous margin of error for location on either end). I know I’ll be missed while I’m away and that everyone will be very jealous of my running a total of 20 miles across three legs within 24 hours (or so) without sleeping, bathing, or leaving a van of five similarly sleep-deprived and sweaty teammates to do anything but run. To ease the envy of those who won’t be participating, I want to capture and broadcast this experience as well as I can for anyone who won’t be able to make it, and I’ve decided to do so in real time. You’re welcome in advance.

    For tools, I’ll be using only my Android phone and free apps that are readily available in the Android Market (all of which are also covered in my forthcoming book).

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  • Brian Sawyer 2:00 pm on May 11, 2010 Permalink |  


    Thank you, Donny.

  • Brian Sawyer 11:41 am on May 11, 2010 Permalink |  

    New Look, New Functionality 

    With this new design, now I can update directly from this page, without going to my WordPress dashboard, which makes it quick and easy to post, even from my iPad.

  • Brian Sawyer 11:11 am on May 11, 2010 Permalink |  

    In yet another attempt to revive activity on this long-neglected blog, I’ve transformed it into a kind of blog/microblog hybrid (more thoughtful and permanent than Twitter, but with a less intimidating threshold for posting content than a big-boy blog). Let’s see how this goes …

  • Brian Sawyer 1:25 pm on April 13, 2010 Permalink |  

    David Foster Wallace on the iPad? 

    I’m thinking of the potential for one of my favorite books as an app, when it’s available for the iPad* (and when I actually own an iPad UPDATE 4/15: I got an iPad yesterday). I’d expect the capabilities of the device to enhance the already amazing experience I already had with the printed book, minus the few drawbacks of the medium in which I consumed it.

    When I read Infinite Jest, the 1,100-page book required two bookmarks to read: one for the body text and one for the 100+ pages of end notes, which actually advanced the plot and were not considered supplemental to the text. I would have loved to have a more convenient way to access these endnotes where they occurred in the main narrative, popping them open to read them and collapsing back to the main text when finished. And the end notes were in a tiny font, which I would have loved to increase to read more easily. And the book weighed more than an iPad, so reduced weight would also be a feature, not to mention an easier form factor (have you ever tried to hold open a 1,100-page book for reading over an extended period of time)?

    With regard to the endnotes, I could see many different ways of handling the content in ways much in the spirit of DFW’s intent. Here’s one approach that The Atlantic took for an online version “Host,” a print story by DFW that included heavy footnotes (linked as pop-ups on the page).

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