About that vintage biplane parked on the roof of a building in Lower Manhattan

I’m a huge aviation buff.

New York City photographer Janko Pulz showed me something the other day that sent me through the roof. Literally. He pulled up Google Maps.



“Lower Manhattan. Sure.” I said. “Seen it.”

“Watch this.” he said.





And closer still. “I still don’t see anything interesting.”




“I see the Acres down there, one of my favorite secret parks. But that’s it.” I said. “Look closely” Janko said.




And that’s when I discovered there is a vintage bi-plane bolted to the ceiling of a building in Lower Manahttan at Old Slip and Water street. The 77 corresponds to the magnetic heading of the runway, but we all know there is no such thing as runway 77. It’d be runway 7, and it wouldn’t be printed parallel to the runway length, but perpendicular to the runway width. Alas.

Still the most incredible discovery in recent memory. Thanks Janko!

UPDATE: Turns out its 77 Water Street, not the supposed runway heading. Makes sense!

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To bold, or not to bold, that is the question

Recently I was designing a type-ahead (or autocomplete) text box. You’ve seen these all over the internet. You start typing, and the box presents you with some likely matches. I noticed the other day that major websites handle these differently.


1. Search engines seem to handle bolding all the same. They append matches to your search term, and bold it.

2. Shopping sites take the reverse. They bold your search term, then append matches, which are not bolded.

3. Facebook takes a different approach. They only match on actual pages they have, thus they show those pages.




Raw data



bingyahoo facebook youtubeamazon

UX Dead End

Bought the wonderful HP LaserJet 200. It’s fast, cheap, and easy to setup… until I got the the HP Connected, where you are able to setup an account that lets you print from anywhere.

Here’s the screen:

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I don’t have a Snapfish account. There is no way to complete this setup process.


A list of 50 real names for use in design

When creating prototypes and designs often you need to come up with a list of sample users. Finding a good list (Presidents? Cartoon characters?) can be difficult, and what about long names? You need to make sure even the longest names work OK in your design. This list will help you. Not only are they all real people, some have names as long as 25 characters, middle initials, three names, and hyphens, too! It’s a good mix of genders and races as well. These are all famous or “should have been famous” scientists. Enjoy.


Adriana C. Ocampo Uria
Albert Einstein
Anna K. Behrensmeyer
Blaise Pascal
Caroline Herschel
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
Chien-Shiung Wu
Dorothy Hodgkin
Edmond Halley
Edwin Powell Hubble
Elizabeth Blackburn
Enrico Fermi
Erwin Schroedinger
Flossie Wong-Staal
Frieda Robscheit-Robbins
Geraldine Seydoux
Gertrude B. Elion
Ingrid Daubechies
Jacqueline K. Barton
Jane Goodall
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Johannes Kepler
Lene Vestergaard Hau
Lise Meitner
Lord Kelvin
Maria Mitchell
Marie Curie
Max Born
Max Planck
Melissa Franklin
Michael Faraday
Mildred S. Dresselhaus
Nicolaus Copernicus
Niels Bohr
Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic
Patty Jo Watson
Polly Matzinger
Richard Phillips Feynman
Rita Levi-Montalcini
Rosalind Franklin
Ruzena Bajcsy
Sarah Boysen
Shannon W. Lucid
Shirley Ann Jackson
Sir Ernest Rutherford
Sir Isaac Newton
Stephen Hawking
Werner Karl Heisenberg
Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen
Wolfgang Ernst Pauli