Author Archives: Ryan

Mercury: A WordPress P2 Child Theme

Mercury is a modern and responsive child theme for WordPress’s P2. The planet Mercury was “named Mercurius by the Romans because it appears to move so swiftly,” a little like P2. This is my first attempt at a child theme, and the first open source project I’ve worked on, so please be gentle! I’ve enjoyed […]

Local Myth Pizza

I had a lot of fun redesigning for some good friends of mine. Their restaurant is a bit quirky, and we wanted the design to match. And since restaurant websites are notorious for bad user experience, I wanted it to be as simple as possible and hit them right away with the information they need: menus, […]

Randall Munroe’s What If?

Randall Munroe’s awesome what if? section is going to be turned into a book! If you didn’t know, Randall is the creator of the popular web comic Some of my favorites from his what if? web series: Lethal Neutrinos Orbital Speed Drain the Oceans Part I and Part II Leap Seconds Laser Pointers I’ve […]

iOS 7.1 Update

A quick list of things I’m noticing: Animations are faster. Opening folders, apps, and going into various menus in the Settings app all feel faster and more responsive. There’s a subtle new design for “slide to unlock.” Seems like there should be a similar icon and design as with the new “slide to power off,” […]

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel

A few months ago, after I remembered reading the analogy somewhere, I thought it’d be fun to take the size of something inconceivably small (a neutrino), increase it to some arbitrary size (a golf ball), compare it to something massive in comparison (an atom) and then create an accurate scale model to be designed and […]

Snowflake Photos Round Two

After trying my hand at macro snowflake photos yesterday, I was able to make another attempt when it started snowing this morning. Here are a couple results from round two. I decided to over-saturate the colors just because I liked the look: I’ll be adding more photos to my Macro set on Flickr over the […]

First Attempt at Snowflake Photos

After reading Alexey Kljatov’s snowflake photo technique article I decided to give it a try myself. A few thoughts on this first attempt: It seems highly dependent on the quality of the flakes that are falling. At this level of magnification, what seems like a small shift in distance quickly amounts to shooting at 0.5X instead of […]

The Internet as a Slideshow

I miss popups. Back then, at least you could close the window and quickly continue reading the content. Now, link after link, site after site, I find myself staring at a page wondering “Where’s the rest of this article?” only to realize “Oh, there’s a next button. Right above the ad I almost clicked that […]

The J.B. Camera Designs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Grip

It took about three weeks to receive the J.B. Camera Designs Olympus OM-D E-M5 grip after ordering on Amazon, but there’s a good reason – they’re hand made one at a time, in what’s obviously a careful and purposeful process. The packing and personal note was a nice touch as well. A penny is even included […]

Mavericks 10.9.2

Everyone has updated to Mac OS Mavericks 10.9.2 for security purposes, right? My absolute favorite change not mentioned in the release notes: The dock doesn’t get stuck on multiple monitors, where you have to keep dragging your mouse down to get it to switch back and forth; it just pops up instantly on both. It […]