Quit calling your things beautiful.

This may be overly ranty, but I find it particularly crass when people call their own products “beautiful” (except for parents, probably). Beauty isn’t something you can dictate to people, but something people have to decide for themselves. It’s like smearing paint on a canvas and then running around, telling people how beautiful your painting is. Most people with some amount of sense would tell you to get over yourself. The only people allowed to act like that are Kanye West and Apple, and they only get away with it because they’re already famous and people expect it from them.

Call your things “simple” if you want. You can more readily compare the simplicity of your project du jour with those of your competitors. For example, Square Cash is an arguably simpler way to send money than other currently available options. You don’t need to sign up for anything, and any device that can send and receive emails (even feature phones, I suppose) can use it. You don’t even need to know your bank account’s number or routing info.

You could call your things “well-designed” if you really need to. Maybe you put a lot of time researching your audience, developing prototypes, and performing rigorous tests on potential users. To toss out another example, Mailchimp spent a lot of time testing their site to make it as easy and intuitive as possible, and they don’t feel the need to brag about it. Rather, they let their product do the talking for them.

But please don’t call your own thing “beautiful.” You have the right to be proud of the thing that you made, but you’re probably best off keeping it to yourself.

I haven’t slept much lately and I think it’s made me snarkier than usual.

parts.js

I know I’m not the only one when I say that I lean very heavily on jQuery for front-end development. It provides a great deal of simplicity and ease to the somewhat awkward system for DOM manipulation that’s in place.

Leaning, however, has bad implications. Lean too hard on something, and you’ll find yourself falling on your face when that something breaks. Plus, it’s good to be independent and self-sufficient and whatever. So, in an attempt to simultaneously build character, waste time, and beef up my github account, I’m going to try and do without jQuery. At least while I’m not doing anything mission critical.

For the sake of simplicity and usability, I’m going to be one file full of segmented, self-reliant functions. Or maybe a bunch of small, awkward files each containing their own function. I’ll also probably release a separate, more compact version of the code to eliminate any redundancies. If I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I’ll make a builder for it, which could be really really cool.

At any rate, the repository is here. I’m tentatively calling the whole thing parts.js. Feel free to submit any pull requests. I could use some experience.

Updates

It’s been a while. A long while.

I’m going to restart this blog fresh. I’ll keep most of my old content around, since it certainly seems useful (especially to those of you trying to jailbreak things), but the site is going to be completely redesigned. I hope to be done within the next coming weeks. I want to start blogging again, but I want to do it right this time.

Cheers to all, and I hope your holidays have been well.

Salem

Ironbuds – modular earbuds. Finally.

Ironbuds

Ironbuds - Modular earphones.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had to get rid of (or unsuccessfully try to repair) a pair of earbuds because part of them had frayed or broken. It sucks, particularly when the earphone itself still works fine. Those cables never last me. I abuse them way more than I should. At any rate, get ready for some modular earphones from Ironbuds, the first completely modular earbud: Ironbuds.

The site is still a startup and is using Kickstarter to raise some initial funds. The headphones are relatively cheap ($21-47 for some pretty good quality headphones) and seem to be made of high quality materials. The cables are even wound in a woven protective covering.

At any rate, definitely give it a look. If you donate to the startup, you can even receive a pair of earphones for yourself. I myself donated to the cause and will hopefully receive a pair soon.

Check them out on kickstarter.

Finally off “Hiatus”

So sorry for vanishing for a few solid months. I’ve been doing the whole “applying to college” things that people my age are expected to do. The good news is that I’ll be attending Carnegie Mellon for Computer Science next year. I’m super excited and can’t wait to sink my teeth in to some juicy code and theory. (gulp)

At any rate, I should be back to my good ol’ blogging self. Expect some design changes as I’ve been learning a lot of web design in the past few months.