Posts Tagged: Dogs

Hairballs and Wireframes

Today was spent in two ways: the Dog ways and the Interaction Design ways.
Belle was a hair ball beyond Polar Bear status and desperately needed to visit a groomer to get shaved. Given that all the pet salons that I knew of were booked up due to predicted weekend hot weather, it involved me driving up PCH in this morning a bit looking for dog salons and walking into Purr-cision Grooming in Sunset Beach and begging for Belle to get a slot at the grooming table.
I have in the past noted that Sunset Beach has a high percentage of Psychics (2 or 3 in 2 miles), 3 Happy Ending Style Message Parlors (of the Rub & Tug variety), and 3 Tattoo parlours, and one just one dog groomers. Many thanks for Mark Anthony and the crew at Purr-cision for making Belle a dog again rather than a mini-polar bear.
The second part of my day was doing my least favorite activity: wireframing. Wireframing in my book is right up there with doing one’s taxes and cleaning the toilet. Just say no.
Now I know that some folks consider wireframes to be the be all and end all of web design.
In my 12 years of designing and developing for the web, I prefer to first think about the task extensively, sketch & makes notes, and then just do it. This is much the same process I use when making art, esp. painting. I think, mull, turn things over in my mind – sometimes for weeks, make sketches, and then start the task.
In today’s case, I already had fully envisioned the finished web interaction in my head and worked out the steps, but I needed to explain it to a programmer who would help me with the perl code. First I tried to explain it in an email, but that was not full enough. So I made two diagrams in photoshop with arrows to show how the behavior/actions would happen. But that was not enough either, so I started to make a html/javascript plain version of the interaction, when I realized… gasp! shock! horror! I was wireframing. blech.
Silly me.

Haute Dog Howl-oween Parade 2007

Haute Dog Howl-oween Parade 2007
Neon Color Wagon Pancho Villa Cruella DeVille Gypsy & Elaborate Newfie Biker Bulldog Elaborate Poodle in Wagon Belle as Bee Water Time! Angel & Devil Yoda Green Poodle Belle & Wippet Knight in Shining Felted Armor Bulldog Lobster Great Dane! Yorkie Lobster Britney Chihuahua Speares Yargh! Avast Ye Scurvy Doggies! Dino-myte Pair! Grilled Chihuahua Lobsters

Sun 10.28.07 – Today was the Haute Dog Howl-oween Parade on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore area of Long Beach. Scruffy was a “Little Devil”, Belle was a bee, and we commandeered Abbey from Family Callis to be Mephisto (although most folks thought she was Toto). It was a warm day, a bit confusing, and there were many, many more dogs registered for the Parade than last year (550 dogs in last year’s Parade, Belle was 1432 and we were not at the end of the line). There were a surprising amount of lobster dogs this afternoon of all shapes and sizes.
The highlight was all of the wonderful dogs and the creativity of their owners in terms of costuming. The lowlight was me stepping in dog barf that flowed over my flipflop on to my foot at the very end of the parade, which caused a bit of shreaking and much laughter on my part. Last year, Scruffy, Belle, and I watched from the sidelines, and this year it was good fun to walk in the Parade. Big thanks to Justin Rudd and the Haute Dog folks for putting together such a fun event.

Photos from a Monday

Today, I met up with my mom, we had brunch at the Harbor House Cafe, went to CompUSA for Xmas shopping (geek shopping!), to Wild Oats, and then took the dogs for a walk in two different parks.
Both parks were in the Jet Blue flight path and I kept trying to get a photo of a blue bottom of a jet plane with the blue sky in the background. In park #2, we encountered many, many, many waterfowl and lots of fouled sidewalk…

All photos taken with Ms. Jen’s Nokia N80.