I can't lie. I gave this album a first listen based on the band name alone: Diarrhea Planet. How could I pass that up? In my book, there are two types of joke that never get old and that name falls squarely into one of those categories. I didn't expect much. I figured I'd listen to track one and have my fill. Instead, despite a slightly too long intro, I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. Then, track two absolutely hooked me and I had to stick around to find out where this thing was going. Since then, I've enjoyed several more trips through the entire thing. In a very simple way, it rocks.
I discovered this interesting new album thanks to a friend helping me test a little web app I've been building. I thought it was pretty cool on the first listen. On the second listen, it really started to sink in. Dawn Of Midi has carved out a whole new musical experience using some traditional jazz instrumentation, like piano, bass and drum. It's presented in tightly woven layers that feel almost electronic. If you've got a good pair of headphones, I think you'll appreciate even more the way each track thumps seamlessly into the next.
About two weeks ago, I started recruiting a small group of people to help me test my latest project: DJ For Me. Over the weekend, I actually started rolling out info and invitations to sign up. Since then, I've been checking the site first thing every day for new activity. For me, there's a little bit of that "kid on Christmas" feeling. I'm excited to see what's under the tree.
It's tough opening up to others and sharing something you spent time creating. On some levels it's a feeling of vulnerability, like I'm immediately going to be judged negatively. It can be a rough place inside my head. There's more than enough self-doubt and uncertainty to go around.
Thankfully, I've got some truly great friends to help make this a little easier. Today I woke up and found some fresh, personal song picks under the proverbial tree. I smiled really big and started listening.
Chicago's own Smith Westerns were responsible for one of my favorite albums of 2010. Their brand of jangly guitar pop flirts a little bit with the ghost of 70s glam rock. For me, It hit the sweet spot then, and it's no different this time around. 2013 is turning out to be a pretty good year for me.
I haven't updated Lunch Is Here since May. I've been a little busy, settling into a new job. So far, it's been really fun. I've been exposed some neat things, and I can already tell, I'll be learning about a wide variety of technologies. Rock on.
I'm just now finding some time to return to the to-do list I've been building during my hiatus. Ultimately, there's nothing very impressive in this round of updates but I had to start somewhere. Not only was it the easiest way to kick things off, it proved helpful for another reason. It allowed me to get reacquainted with the project as a collection of files. It's amazing how much I can forget about my own work in a couple months.
Lunch Is Here has always been a responsive website. That said, the top nav was nothing special…until now. Twitter's Bootstrap front-end framework has a simple, beautiful responsive nav baked right in. Unless you looking to specifically craft something from scratch (which I still might at some point), you'd be a fool not to use it.
jQuery on the CDN
Why wasn't I doing this? I mean, I know all the reasons I should be doing it. Plus, it's super easy. I guess I forgot to change out script references before launching the site. Oh well, better late than never. I hope all the users enjoy that huge performance boost from leveraging the browser's default caching of a CDN hosted file. I'm just kidding. No one would have even noticed.
A Button Returns
Somewhere in a past update (when I rewrote the order page to use AngularJS), I accidentally dropped the button to access the restaurant's website. It wasn't like you couldn't find that same button on some other pages, but it was a convenience to have it right there while ordering lunch. My apologies for the delay in fixing it. Thankfully, I've got some really incredible users that have a healthy amount of patience. :)