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June, 2009

  1. How to tell if a “newspaper person” authored a blog post about newspaper websites

    June 16, 2009 by pfranzen

    Rating the top 25 Newspaper Websites
    Clue #1: If a blog post about good websites refers to users as readers. For example: People “read” the newspaper and “use” a website. You think I’m being pretentious, but when’s the last time you said, “I’m gonna go read the internet.” And don’t give me that, “I read the paper online” line. Average time on site for the NY Times is 4.6 minutes, that’s 15 million serious speed readers a month.


  2. MTVMusic.com

    June 14, 2009 by pfranzen

    Another great example of the EPS (elite-popular-specialized) model


  3. Business idea: Film cameras for celebrities

    June 11, 2009 by pfranzen

    A nice stylish, film camera, so you can take all the embarassing pictures you want while minimizing the chances they’ll be leaked. Also, a super-discreet (expensive) developing service Snail mail based!


  4. JQuery /OAS/ Flash interstitial ad

    June 10, 2009 by pfranzen

    For those of you familiar with OAS (open ad stream) you know it can a be a bit of pain to work with / troubleshoot / hack.  SO for your benefit I’m posting a little code snippet. This combines JQuery with the OAS tracking tags and some basic flash to build an interstitial ad. Downlad here: interstitial


  5. Simple, JQuery select all check box

    June 9, 2009 by pfranzen

    Seriously, this is a snippet that should be out there, jeez:


    function selectAllChecks(){
    if( $(this).attr('checked') == true ){
    $(':checkbox:not(this)').attr('checked', true);
    }
    else{
    $(':checkbox:not(this)').attr('checked', false);
    }
    }

    $(document).ready(function(){
    $(‘input#selectAll’).bind(“click”,selectAllChecks);
    }); //end document.ready function

    Obviously, you want your select all checkbox to have an id of “selectAll”


  6. Google Maps API version 3

    June 9, 2009 by pfranzen

    New version of the Google Maps API

    My mouth is watering…


  7. Stir Chicago

    June 9, 2009 by pfranzen

    Well I launched a “fully-functioning” version of stirchicago.com a little while ago. I’ve gotten pretty positive feedback on the site, but I need to build a more professional module to handle the aggregrated results from the topics.  I also need to clean everything up, build some nicer code to handle a lot of the display. So there is still plenty of work to be done before its out of beta.

    I think I might have to find some more consistently paying work before I go any further.   I swear to God collecting money from people is like pulling teeth.


  8. Setting Goals

    June 2, 2009 by pfranzen

    The problem with setting goals for yoursef is that there are no consequences to not acheiving them.  I think you start every goal with, “If I don’t do blank, I’m going to kill myself.” I bet people would be alot more careful about goals.