Perpetual Devotion

I read in a quote book once that perpetual devotion to one thing can only be sustained by the perpetual neglect of another. As much as I love publishing this weblog there has been a lot of changes around the Blanc household lately that have necessitated I neglect sbnet for a bit in order to keep my mental sanity and my marriage in good standings.

For one, the Jeep has been taking a ton of my free time. The time I used to be devoting to researching and writing I’ve been devoting to wrenching and off-roading. And I’ll say right now, learning how to adjust a back axle’s stance on the leaf springs feels a lot more manly than learning about UI verbiage. Though I certainly enjoy both realities, it has been a nice change of pace to be outdoors working with my hands — especially with the weather starting to warm up.

Second time stealer has been my job. Not only has there been a massive influx of design jobs keeping me busy pushing pixels, but I recently got a massive promotion. I’ve been asked to take over the entire marketing department as the new Marketing Director. I am super excited about the new job. Although it means I’ll be spending less of my time actually designing, and more of my time with budgets, it also means I’ll be able to serve some fantastic designers and developers that are already working for the department and hopefully draw their creativity and passion out even more.

Per a close friend’s recommendation I picked up Jim Collins’ book Good to Great. It’s about 11 companies that were mediocre for 15 years in a row and then had a shift and went to fantastic for 15 years in a row. I’m still in the middle of it, but Jim Collins identifies some fantastic principles that will help anyone who has any involvement and/or leadership with a business, church, etc… — even a multi-authored weblog.

To sum up, things are moving around and the reality of life is kicking in. For this next season of my life I won’t be publishing on here as often as I used to be, but I will be publishing. And thanks to all of you who have sent in emails to say ‘hi’. I very much appreciate them!


Perpetual Devotion


I haven’t opened NetNewsWire for three weeks, but this morning I gave it a go and saw that my 70-ish feeds had accumulated over 1,500 unread items. I realize much of this may be old news for lots of you, here are a few things that popped out to me in the past 30 minutes as I’ve been skimming and un-bolding:

  • CNN lists the 100 best places to live and launch: Denver made it to the top 10 and Kansas City lands as 97.Let me tell you, if you got to pick between Denver and KC, pick Denver. Though a little known fact about KC is that it’s called the “City of Fountains”. We have the 2nd most fountains of any city in the world, just after Rome.

    (Via Sperte)

  • Photoshop Express: Adobe’s new web-based Photoshop-type application. I tinkered around with the test drive for a whole of 3 minutes and I was actually pretty impressed by how snappy and responsive the app was, and how smart it was. Though not that impressed, I’ll probably never use it again, but I just might recommend it to my friends. (Or is that what I’m doing right now?)
  • The new Get a Mac ads.
  • iTunes is now the #1 Music Reseller. This is not too surprising considering how easy it is to buy an album on iTunes. I wonder how many of iTunes sales are “impulse” sales versus pre-meditated. And I don’t remember the last time I bought a CD from Wal-Mart; I think I was in high school.
  • Icon Resource: A series of 15 high-definition videos by Sebastiaan de With explaining 2D icon design. (Via
  • WordPress 2.5: Update to the popular CMS and a new site design!