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I created HipHip.app, a website and iPhone app that lets you create surprise celebration videos quickly and easily. The website is written in Angular. Angular is incredibly powerful, but two drawbacks until very recently were first-time download performance and search engine optimization. These are natural consequences of so-called “Single Page Application” (SPA) frameworks like Angular. Rather than render a new page on every request, SPA applications are written in JavaScript, downloaded in bigger chunks of…

HipHip.app is off to a pretty good start, having just completed its 100th celebration video! So many fun graduation videos — it really is a pleasure, as a side-benefit of this project, to see so many terrific celebrations of people and important milestones. I began this project in late April. So far, we’ve had surprise videos for graduations, US citizenship ceremonies, anniversaries, baby showers, kids and adult birthdays, employee appreciations and more. Over 1,000 people…

I’ve created HipHip.app to help you gather memories and kudos from far-flung friends and family. It’s really easy to create a Group Card, and invite friends and family to sign. You get keepsake videos, testimonials and notes; HipHip does all the collection for you. Create a Card. All you do is head over to hiphip.app, create a card by answering a few questions: Customize Your Card. Great! Your card is now created. You get a…

I have an old private blog from more than a decade ago that I’m shutting down. It was basically a semi-private journal, related to the construction of our home. It has a lot of useful photographs for me on it — i.e., in-progress construction shots, design inspiration shots, sketches and renderings, plumbing and electrical rough-ins, etc. I wanted to archive them. I tried a few free tools to download the images. I found various freeware…

Late last week, a few of us started discussing ways we could help out local restaurants that are devastated by the COVID crisis. My friend Michelle came up with the brilliant idea to raise money to buy gratitude meals for first responders, to help express just some of our thanks for the work they’re doing and will do. I think a lot of people want to help in various ways, and have lots of different constraints…