Opening a door via text message

Here’s our office door, which is now able to be opened and closed via a text message. Goodbye keys!

One thing I didn’t mention in the video is that I use Twilio to handle the text message sending and receiving.

You can view the code in this github repo.

Thanks to all the people that wrote the majority of this code, including Bean, who made GET work, parallax, and all the other people listed in the source.

Sad Obama

It’s funny how the newspapers need to round out their narrative with photos of obama looking quite sad. Of course he’s disappointed, but most of these photos are taken out of context to set the mood. I’ve seen several sad obama faces today that I think it warranted this photoshop.

World Cup

The World Cup reminds me of War of the Worlds. So I made this handy side by side comparison.

New York City Sunset

I don’t know if it was the gusting 35mph winds that practically knocked me over, but something strange and beautiful was happening that made the sky look brilliant today.


Full resolution can also be downloaded. Zero editing done to it.

splurb, an aggregator of aggregators

My newest project,, is now open for everyone to read.

The idea is simple. Find links that have been made popular across all the social voting sites. Only list the ones that have appeared on two or more of those sites.

Those sites include digg, reddit, mixx, propeller, yahoo buzz, fark, and tweetmeme. If you follow all (or even a few) of those sites daily, you’ll end up reading through a ton of links. I wanted to cut into the noise a bit and extract out a condensed list of the best links of the day.

So far it’s worked great and has stayed very interesting. Please check it out and always love feedback. Visit

You can also read a great article by Christina Warren over at Mashable on splurb

Honest Tea not so honest

Here’s another solution to the recession. Honest tea has a gaping void at the bottom of their bottle. It’s about 1.25 inches deep. I was amazed when my friend showed it to me. This makes the bottom of a wine bottle look like a golf ball dimple. The result is a bottle with a deceptively long and thirst quenching figure.


Here’s a comparison of the new and old bottles (the new one on the left). Even though they contain the same amount of tea, the one of the left looks larger!