Archive for June, 2011

Running GoogleAppEngineLauncher on Port 80, Easily

So, you want to run the GoogleAppEngineLauncher on port 80 so you can—I don’t no—use your hosts file to record a screencast without having to hack in the proper URL somehow, even though the features you want to show off aren’t live yet? Also you’re using OS X.

Well everyone will tell you that port 80 is protected or requires root access, but what I haven’t seen anyone else say is that you can get around this pretty quickly.

First add your URL to the etc/hosts file, and direct it at your local IP (

Then, in terminal make a folder for the new prefs to live in (so you don’t have to keep creating the project over and over):

$ sudo mkdir -p /var/root/Library/Application\ Support/GoogleAppEngineLauncher $ sudo chmod 775 /var/root/Library/Application\ Support/GoogleAppEngineLauncher

Finally just launch the GoogleAppEngineLauncher from terminal as a sudoer:

$ sudo /Applications/

Add your project (don’t forget to set the port to 80), launch it and you should be ready to go.

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Designers are from Mars, and women re responsible for buying everything

Designers are from Mars, and women re responsible for buying everything

No more shrink and pinking it! (Not that I’m implying we do that generally)

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Zen Project Management

Great metaphor for how different “managers” behave when a crisis hits.

Shit happens. It’s unavoidable. The real magic happens when and how we respond.

The Panicker becomes hysteric, and recklessly sprints toward the disaster with their head down in an attempt to solve the problem immediately using brute force. This usually turns a disaster into a catastrophe, and ultimately produces a vicious cycle of ever-increasing proportions.

The Zen Master does the exact opposite: they stop. The Panickers are shocked and panic even more. They think the Zen Master is paralyzed, but that’s not the case. The Master is cold as ice, running models in their head, trying to really grok the situation and why it happened. Time is going by, and people are still freaking out. But the Zen Master is weighing all the available options, looking at the issue from many perspectives. Then, when everyone thinks the sky is about to rain down fireballs, the Zen Master calmly decides to act in order to resolve the issue in the most efficient and permanent way possible.

Please read it all at, it’s great, and concise.

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Go Read Responsive Web Design


This is what I’d write if I had time to write about web design (though I’d be cribbing my information from this guy anyway ;). No seriously it’s good, and it’s all about designing for many sites, but only building it once (Like we did for