— words and things


I landed in Berlin on Saturday afternoon February 18th. Sleep deprived from packing and moving out of my house the night before the flight, I was more than anxious to see how smooth my transition into my newly purchased apartment would be. At the same time I was numb from not sleeping so whatever was going to happen did not matter, I was ready to sleep on the street if I had to. Armed with nothing more than a carry on, back pack and a suitcase I hopped in the cab at Berlin Tegel and pointed to the address that I had almost forgotten to write down right before I hopped on the plane to Berlin. The cabby looked at the address thought about it for a second and we were off, apparently he has the whole city memorized because he had no GPS.

If you are ever in Berlin taking a cab from the airport, as soon as you reach your destination if the cabby knows you are foreign he will totally try and rip you off by keeping some of the change for himself — I learned this the first time in Berlin so I was prepared to count my euro coins ( which are worth ALOT more than the quarters they look like ). Luckily this cabby was nice and the fare was only 19 euro, I told him to keep the change for helping me with my bags. I was feeling nice because I just made it to the start of a totally new adventure and i was STOKED to finally be here.

So here I am, standing in front of this massive wooden door, wondering what to do next. I looked to my right and there were a list of buzzers, I found the one that corresponded to my place and started to buzz it. It took about 30 seconds but someone yelled on the other said ‘COLLLEEE YOU MADE IT!!’. Phew! What a relief. I will spare you the rest of the details of the moving in process but long story short is this: Everything is 20 times more exciting / fun / awesome than I could have ever imagined. Shout out to the owner my apartment for being such a nice accommodating guy.

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recently i was consulted to do a simple font change for a web developer friend of mine. luckily i am a web ninja and was able to complete his request very quickly. this is a simple tutorial of how i accomplished this task.

  1. tell your client that this is quite a difficult task to accomplish but that you are 100% sure you can do it ( this way they think you are way smarter than you really are and you can charge them more money )
  2. tell them to send you the font in a ttf format
  3. find the main css of the clients web page and copy / paste the following code
  4. /* Set up a new font face and call it whatever you want.
       In this case the font-family variable I create is American-Typewriter.
       Make sure you point the src attribute to the correct .ttf file.
       If you wish to use this font anywhere simply apply 
       American-Typewriter to the font-family for any given style.
    @font-face {
      font-family: 'American-Typewriter';
      src: url("fonts/american_typewriter.ttf") format("truetype");
      font-weight: normal;
      font-style: normal;
  5. Tell your client that it took alot of work to copy and paste from this example and send them the bill

on a side note this is for css3 only.

for more info see this web page

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Last week brought collaboration and some awesome insight on what a news room is like on the inside. The trending theme in all the lectures from mozNewsLab last week was the importance of collaborating and working together in the news room. Shazna Nessa said that at times you may have to drop everything you are doing when news breaks in order to get quality content out as fast as possible.

Aza said in the very first lecture that the hard part about software is not programming but culture. Aza is not the only one that shares this idea. It was repeated in every lecture last week. Communication, collaboration and politics can really spur innovation if they are executed improperly. So what can we do to combat those three things? I think listening to the issue at hand and breaking it down logically is one way I deal with others when they request my help. Really understanding the problem that someone comes to you with makes a huge difference when you are trying to solve things for others.

Knowing who to go to when you want to make change and how to influence the “big fish” of the news room ( or in any work environment ) is very important to the success of you novel idea. One thing I took from the lectures last week is that usually a few people really run the show in news rooms. If you want to make a change you are going to have to sell your pitch to these influential few. To do this it will take patience. You will have to really take a step back and figure out what it is that you are going to have to do to influence the ones that have the largest influence.

At the end of the mozNewsLab some people are going to be placed into news rooms. They are going to be thrown in and expected to preform. We are going in with these novel ideas that more than likely are unlike anything that has been done before in a news room and I guarantee there is going to be resistance. To the lucky few that do get selected, you better be ready to combat this resistance in the most friendly non combatant way possible. If you want to make change you are going to have to find the ones who have the power to influence change and make an impression strong enough to give them the courage to hand you the reigns. Once you have the reigns you are either going to crash and burn or you are going to make a huge difference in the way news is delivered from now to the future.

To everyone in the mozNewsLab, it has been an awesome month of talks and collaboration. I wish the best for all of you.

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