C is for C-Extension

Upton C ExtensionGood friend and luthier Gary Upton has finally begun offering a C extension over at Upton Bass. These extensions are different from ones I’ve seen in the past, and look like they might be a compelling option. Gary described to me that the piece is made out of english sycamore (what americans call maple) and best grade ebony. He also states that he plans to create a very lightweight version that is just sycamore and no ebony cap.

One thing I can see from the photos is that the conduit for the string manages to avoid drilling a hole through the scroll. That’s a nice feature. The unit appears to do a good job of having a minimal impact on your scroll.

A few years ago I helped Gary develop and design the current state of uptonbass.com, and I’m glad to see it has expanded greatly. I am very excited to see a venture into the low C world for this shop. Maybe I’ll have to send my bass out there for an upgrade!

iPhone ignores the handheld media type

In the ADC article entitled “Optimizing Web Applications and Content for iPhone“, Apple states:

You can tailor the style of your webpages by providing a style sheet that adapts to iPhone. The CSS 3 media query allows you to do just that. There are several types of queries including print, handheld, and screen. iPhone ignores the print and handheld media queries because these types do not supply high-end content. So the screen query is what you need to use.

This is the wrong way to go. The device is a handheld one with limited screen real estate. You have built an entire developer site around designing specifically for the iPhone. This is not in any sort of alignment with the intent of the W3C CSS specification. 99% of websites have no handheld media type declaration anyhoo, so what’s the loss?

At least give the user the option in a selectable preference or something.

I say if you want to capitalize on this, given the fact that you are telling people how to build web sites for the iPhone, then do a land grab on the handheld media type. Who cares what the other handheld browsers do. They are likely going to screw it up anyway. Designing a flexible layout using the handheld media type that works between the range of screen sizes between an iPhone and one of those tiny jobs that you get for free when you sign away for another 2 year contract renewal sounds a lot more palatable than trying to get all my web layouts to look good using the screen media type and have that go back to working on an iPhone vs. someone’s 1920 x 1200 Cinema Display that they keep their web browser maxed out on.

If Apple wants to do the right thing, they should embrace web standards, rather than trying to defeat them.

Near Riot

I was just down at the Whole Foods Market in Walnut Creek. It was an interesting scene. Several people were talking to the person who had been updating stock in the beer case. One looked visibly angry, another looked exasperated. What were they asking about?

Gluten-free beer. Specifically, Redbridge. They were all out of Redbridge, and these people were thirsty apparently. The store employee was saying that they hadn’t had any in stock for some time, and even Anheuser-Busch was out so no new deliveries had been coming in.

My god, can you imagine having a business where multiple people show up at the store to get your product and having people get upset when it is unavailable? Probably the limiting factor here is availability of sorghum malt. These guys could probably sell all the beer that they wanted to, if only they could meet demand.

What was also interesting during the trip was the number of people actively seeking out gluten-free products. There were people inspecting the GF breads, the GF pies, the frozen section which was overly-stocked with GF waffles. This time last year, I felt like I was the only person buying this stuff. Now it seems people are walking out with cartloads of the stuff. Is this a business opportunity?