Still alive

I'm still around in case anybody is wondering. Sorry for the lack of updates, but things have just been so crazy busy since I got back from the UK in September.

I can't believe it's less than a week till Christmas, and how quickly it's crept up. Didn't seem so long ago I was scoffing and how ridiculous the department stores started putting up Christmas decorations in October!

  • Some of the things I've been up to in the last couple of months:
    Got a new phone - Nokia N70
  • Been to the UK (all over) , Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Germany (Berlin)
  • Been to Dubai
  • Took lots of pics but haven't sorted through them yet.. have put up a few on Flickr but there's LOADS more
  • Got a 5-week contract job with HugeObject, which was interesting and a fun office to work at.
  • Attended my first Web Standards Group meetingParticipated in my first protest rally - Walk Against Warming
  • Paid off my credit card bill racked up from my holiday
  • Bought a Macbook - white, 2.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM
  • Done my taxes (got a bill, not a refund this year) * Learnt how to use Subversion for version control
  • Trying to learn Ruby on Rails
  • Wanting to learn AJAX
  • Moved this site and a few others to Media Temple's (gs) Grid Server
  • Launched a few new web sites - Gemstone Brokers, DJRW, Friday Club Central
  • Been to several Christmas parties (already) So there you go. I'll be around Melbourne for the next few days, then going to the Grampians on Christmas Day for 3 days, then Warnambool overnight then back in Melbourne for New Years. Really looking forward to a break and chill out a bit. Merry Christmas everybody and to a great year ahead!

Minimalist Websites

A while ago I posted a link to a page with a list of websites with minimalist design. However, many pf the sites on that page are now defunct or have redesigned and are not quite as minimal as they used to be. In any case, here my own list of current favourite sites: * 37signals * Jason Kottke * skinnyCorp * Getty Images * Daring Fireball * BlueRobot * Happy Cog Studios * Fifteen Foundation * Maniacal Rage * Huddle Together * Subtraction * camworld * Airbag * Andy Budd Blogography * Mark Boulton * Shaun Inman * Justin Blanton * Modulo26 * Witold Riedel * Karmakars * Jeremy Boles * Improv, Pastence * Mark Bixby * Jake Nickell * Extra Tasty! * Chris DiClerico * Zilch This post will be continually updated so check back for updates. Feel free to make any suggestions in the comments.

Getting Real

I've been reading reviews and kudos about 37signals' book, Getting Real, and so I bought and downloaded the PDF book yesterday.After spending a good half hour wrestling with my laser printer trying to figure out how to feed the paper properly to print in duplex as it doesn't have an automatic duplexing unit, I got the whole 171-page book printed out. Much as I am used to reading on-screen, a book of that size would be a bit much to handle. From what I've heard, although the book refers to 37signals' own processes in developing web-based applications, a lot of the principles and techniques are applicable to other design jobs, and even in a non-design, corporate environment. I've been a fan of their work ever since I found their site and read their manifesto. I'll let you know my take on the book when I'm done with it.