A pet-peeve of time

Time. It’s either your friend or not. Sometimes it feels as if its flying by, other times dragging. When I was in flight school we adopted military or 24 hour clock time, and I’ve never looked back. No more AM or PM. Love it. It’s really simple because it’s the same, except for a few changes.

You’ll never ever set your alarm wrong either. Ever. My iPhone is set for 24 hour time. And know what’s neat? All the apps I use adopt it as well because its a global setting.


Midnight is 0000 (some use 2400) and that’s your “0” time. It counts from there, 1:00AM is 0100, 2:00AM is 0200, etc. When you get to 12noon, well, that’s 1200. Here now in the PM world, it gets a tad funky, but not really.

You just keep counting.

1:00PM is 1300

2:00PM is 1400

2:30PM is 1430


However, you’ll notice that I’m NOT using a colon for 24 hour time. I don’t think its appropriate, although that’s not the pet peeve. It’s when people use the four digit 24 hour time, but it’s presented as AM and PM. For instance, 0800 is 8PM. No, no, no! That leading zero is pointless and makes it confusing at first glance.

Here’s an example:

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I know America by and large is not ever going to adopt 24 hour time or the metric system (things are improving) but at least please write either 8PM as 2000 or 8:00PM but not 0800PM or 08:00PM!

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



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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.