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My favorite work is with startups, I enjoy taking lead on projects that demand a diverse set of skills, I love to learn and experiment in new technologies.

I tend to be a rather outspoken critic of using frameworks or libraries for the sake of using Great New Thing X, and especially for the sake of doing Easy And Basic Thing Y. Especially when it comes to Drupal or jQuery; I prefer my coffee black (http://jsfiddle.net/GRMule/SvPUk/)

My language specialties (and preferences) are PHP and javascript, though I dabble in several other languages as needed.


Sep
13
comment Tags! Massive amounts of tags and a sane interface to use them
The tags are used by the end-user for browse-based searching: img823.imageshack.us/img823/2815/browserr.png The interface I am working with here is for staff or power users to add the tags to the tracks to begin with. This is something they would do as they used the program normally.
Sep
13
revised Tags! Massive amounts of tags and a sane interface to use them
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Sep
13
comment Tags! Massive amounts of tags and a sane interface to use them
Also, thanks for the link @Roger Atrill... checking it out
Sep
13
comment Tags! Massive amounts of tags and a sane interface to use them
The track tags (where there are thousands of tags) are descriptive, so there's a tag for instruments that are featured on the track, for example, or tags for breathy vocals vs. rasp vocals. The tags for tracks are taken from Pandora's Music Genome Project. The app would use them as Pandora does, to find "similar" tracks based on similarities in tags. We've watered it down a little from Pandora's implementation, though - a tag called "extensive use of vamping" is pretty useless unless you know what the hell "vamping" is. Before we pared the tags down, there were over ten thousand!
Sep
13
asked Tags! Massive amounts of tags and a sane interface to use them
Sep
13
comment Best practices to prevent distracting and overwhelming design?
+1, IMO, if red is used as a design color, pick a different color for the text, links, and other content elements. I like red, but I think you can beat it to death!
Sep
13
comment UI for search: three “buckets” at once
Thanks for the input. I didn't end up doing this, but I did spend a lot of time on this site getting a feel for the mechanics, and some other aspects of the UI reflect this experience. Thanks again for the tipoff!
Sep
13
comment UI for search: three “buckets” at once
I sort-of ended up with this solution. After trying several iterations of the same theme, the client seemed to take to this: img714.imageshack.us/img714/6623/resultsj.png. Each search area (artists, albums, tracks) is simultaneously searched, each is searched at three levels progressing sequentially. So first, a search is made for exact matches only, when those results come back another search is made with wild cards (term is IN name/title), then a "sounds-like" search is last.
Sep
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Sep
13
accepted UI for search: three “buckets” at once
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revised UI for search: three “buckets” at once
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asked UI for search: three “buckets” at once
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