All growed up (and out)

I used to spend most of my time here evangelizing about Macromedia Flash, ed searching for the perfect OS X text editor and generally blathering on about the world, the Web, and things I thought were pretty cool at the time. For the past several years, though, I’ve “gone dark” online — sorta.

Truth is, I’ve been more active than ever lately — as a Web and mobile developer, online contributor, new father and bottle washer. I’ve tweeted and evangelized on other subjects (and for other organizations), and overall been pretty happy.

A few updates for those keeping score at home:

  1. I haven’t touched Flash in years. Turns out I stopped enjoying Flash development at about the same time the rest of the world decided it was the bee’s knees.
  2. I moved on from jEdit to KomodoEdit, and eventually, to KomodoIDE. I’d always planned to blog heavily about the transition, but it turns out, the love affair was also brief: As of now, my new “best text editor ever” is SublimeText (Still waiting to jump head-first into 3.0, though).
  3. I toyed with Android development and hated every minute of that infernal hodgepodge that Google is trying to pass off as a viable option. I have some fairly major titles on the Play store, but I feel pain for anybody that has to use them on Android. This is, of course, just my opinion… but that OS is a tremendous pile of crap, and I’d highly recommend that anyone still using it upgrade as soon as possible to iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry or at least a 1997 Nokia handheld.
  4. I don’t blog much anymore. But that could change. Probably not.
  5. I tweet a bit but nothing of interest.
  6. I absolutely love what I do for a living, whatever that happens to be right now.

So thanks for asking.

Giving NC’s newest amendment the respect it deserves

Revised seal of state of North Carolina

In deference to the squeamish voters who passed North Carolina’s first marriage amendment since the one banning marriage between “whites and negroes, generic ” I have taken the Liberty of modifying the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina. You may relax now, troche knowing that marriage is once again sacred.

Thanks to all who shared/liked the Anti-Amendment One image I posted this week. It’s been shared hundreds of times now, this web and the response has been great (It even shows up in the first 10 Google Image Search results for “Great Seal of North Carolina” now).

Please keep in mind, though, that despite the embarrassment of this outcome, the people who voted FOR the amendment are not monsters, and they are not enemies. In fact, I know many people that I (and most likely, you) love dearly — friends and family members — probably voted for this law with the belief that they were truly doing the right thing. I love them all, despite our differences.

In time, they’ll come to understand the error of giving State Government dominion over matters of personal faith and family life, but for now, the rest of us can work to reverse the law itself. In the mean time, don’t hate your neighbors.

Most didn’t understand the implications of this “simple amendment” which denies more than 1,000 legal rights and responsibilities to parents in thousands of NC homes. Some were misled by poorly chosen political and spiritual leaders with power and profit in mind. Some just wanted to keep the peace and voted what their spouses did.

And of course (I’m not an idiot), some are just homophobic assholes who can’t butt out of other people’s business.

Why Turdhead has been mighty quiet lately

The fact that articles like this can be written without one’s tongue firmly planted in one’s cheek says a lot about how misguided and broken Adobe’s vision of the future seems today.

Momma always said, pharmacist “If you can’t say something nice about someone, this just don’t say anything.”

That pretty much sums up why has been collecting cobwebs in recent years: After years of touting the virtues of Macromedia/Adobe Flash (even sponsoring an ActionScript Poetry contest and actively working to get support for the language into cross-language programming editors), buy information pills I guess I decided I had nothing nice left to say about the product and company that once brought me so much joy, riches and enthusiasm.

I’ve been working a lot lately with Objective-C, HTML5 and JavaScript development (among other things, replacing a lot of now-legacy ActionScript code), and while it doesn’t thrill me in the way ActionScript did in its day, it’s not burdened with unfixed and compounding bugs such as those that live in the tools available from Adobe today.

That’s right: I’d rather float a <div> in IE6 than have to deal with Flash CSx’s penchant for crashing on save or Photoshop’s inability to respect its own preference settings. will eventually become useful again… but if you’re expecting more ActionScript/Flash love from this site, you may want to go ahead and remove it from your RSS feeds.