Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

Web design and development for small and large business, e-commerce, b2b, b2c, SAAS, and community websites. User experience design and usability testing.

Monday, December 11, 2006


Velma and I will be gone from December 12 to 25 on our honeymoon in Yucatan, Mexico. So I won't be posting for the next two weeks.

I have a new camera and almost 15 GB of storage, which I can probably fill up in two weeks in a foreign country. We'll see...

Happy holidays to everyone! See you when we return.

Friday, December 08, 2006

When is a liberal not a liberal?*

This one guy at work, a self-described "liberal," is always spouting the most obvious conservative crap on our internal company email list, and at the same time claiming to be liberal. It's so funny because every time he opens his mouth about something on the list, either everybody ignores him or a bunch of people slap him down.

Earlier this year I took him to task about his ass-hat views on urban planning (he claims to be an environmentalist but he wouldn't mind building houses up into the hills of places like Coyote Valley and other Bay Area greenbelt locales, just because "it shouldn't be so expensive to buy a house, and more homebuilding means lower prices"), and a few weeks ago another guy countered him about his ridiculous views on climate change.

He's such a patsy. Yet he's reasonably informed and logical in his arguments. It's just that his vantage is from a place already on the right end of the spectrum, which he doesn't realize. I mean, at least I know I'm on the left, and I don't claim to be a moderate! This guy claims to be on the left and then spouts things you'd expect to hear from Rush Limbaugh.

So now he's calling this movie a "less big-government-friendly version of Michael Moore's movies." Gimme a break. I used to vote Libertarian fercryinoutloud, and I wouldn't swallow half the shite in this trailer.

*Answer: When he's an ass-hat.

tags: humor, politics, work

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thursday top 5

Jeong Byuing Kee
This is an awesome Flash-based self-promo by 26-year-old Korean designer/developer Jeong Byuing Kee. Make sure you turn your sound on!

Flowers Feed the Soul
A truly amazing Flash-based site for a flower service in Singapore.

So long Donald Rumsfeld
Just because it's a classic video. The ending was new to me, though.

Jesus Camp
Adult: "How long have you been a Christian?" Kid: "At five I got saved... I really feel that we are a key generation to Jesus coming back." Scary documentary. Makes me want to go to Satan Camp.

Get Mortified
Adults getting on stage and reading mortifying passages from their real-life grade school diaries/journals, in front of total strangers. Now there's also a book to go along with the videos.

tags: video, humor, web design, Flash, politics, religion

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

New projects

I may have mentioned in an earlier post that, after the Hitchin', I was going to take the rest of the year off from working on any new projects. I needed a break so I could use my free time to catch up on things at home. Although I've been contacted recently by several people who wanted me to design websites for them (and some of them were hard to tun down), I needed some downtime.

This break has given me a little breathing room to work on a few personal projects that have been on my list for a long time (years, in some cases).

The Bay Area Action History Project

I'm happy to announce the debut of the Bay Area Action History Project, an idea which I've had for several years but never had enough time to work on. The site will serve as a historical archive of the campaigns, projects, and — most importantly — the people of BAA.

I'm using Facebook's excellent social networking functionality to invite people to join, share, and remember. I'm using Blogger's just-out-of-beta new version for the back end, while the files reside on my server. The design is a customization of a standard Blogger template, and I'll be tweaking it further in coming months.

I'll be posting lots of old archival stuff, project lists, blasts from the past, photos, news clips, and eventually articles from the old newsletters. It may take years, but that's okay. Hopefully other people will join in and help.

Ozark Handspun blog

I also used Blogger's new version to install a new section on the Ozark Hanspun website which I designed about a year and a half ago. Now Terri (my mother-in-law — yikes, that's weird to say!) can update their site with new happenings so they don't have to wait on me to do it the old fashioned HTML and FTP way.

The design is a highly customized version of a Blogger template that I made look a lot more like the rest of the existing pages. I'm getting pretty quick at customizing Blogger's templates with CSS and I can crank out a pretty good, custom design, plus set it all up on my server, in about two evenings.

Heinlein Society

A few months back I sent an email to the Heinlein Society volunteering to put the contents of their print newsletter online. As with most volunteer-run nonprofits, they often suffer from significant time delays between when articles are written for their newsletter and when it finally gets printed and mailed. I'm all too familiar with this from my own experience.

But I realized that they could put it online as soon as the articles come in and get edited. They don't have to wait for the print edition to be completed. Of course, hand coding it and FTPing it up is time consuming too, but if they had A) a volunteer to do it, and B) a CMS system that could streamline the process and make it nearly effortless, they'd be far better off.

So they gave me the go-ahead to set up a test run with a few articles and photos from their last issue, and then we'll see if they like the results and whether they'd like to implement such a system..

tags: work, BAA, Ozark Handspun, Heinlein Society, Heinlein, web design, blogs, environment

Sad news

Update: James' obituary on

It's a bit of a rough day at work today. James Kim's body was found a couple hours ago. It's a little weird, I didn't even know the guy other than by reputation, and yet I'm affected with sadness for his family, friends, and coworkers. I learned a few days ago that a guy I went to grade school with was good friends with the Kims, so I'm feeling for him too.

I was outside in front of the building eating a sandwich when our CEO came out to talk to the press this afternoon (I'd heard about an hour minutes before), and stupidly, all I could think was, "Man, I hope I'm not in the background on the evening news, looking like a heartless dick, eating a sandwich and reading the paper."

tags: personal, work

Friday, December 01, 2006

Thursday top 5

Guy loses his Star Wars virginity
The only human left on the planet who hadn't seen Star Wars sits through all six episodes, in order.

Behind the scenes on the Bravia colo(u)r explosion commercial

The Shire is in Bend, Oregon?

The 10 Regions of American Politics
Interesting breakdown by the Boston Globe.

Frito-Lay angrily introduces line of healthy snacks
"Here's some shit that's made from beets. I hope you're all happy now that you have your precious beet chips with the recommended daily serving of fruit, or vegetables, or whatever the hell a 'beet' is."

tags: top 5, movies, videos, humor, politics, food, environment