I’m John C Bland II

Husband, Father, Tech Author, Deacon.
Founder of Katapult Media, and full-stack polyglot developer.
Political Free Agents Podcast Host.

I create. I launch.

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I post regular fun on YouTube like me playing the bass and anything else I find fun. 

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In the light of Justice Scalia passing, a friend passed a site with a lot of quotes from him and this one stood out.


“Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

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“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller

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Dev Jobs Available

Hey folks, any of you know of some quality to top notch devs in the following areas looking for a career change [list is an OR, not AND]:

  • HTML/CSS/SASS [heavy on the latter]
  • Javascript [Angular a plus but can be taught to proficient JSers]
  • Python [App Engine experience a major plus]
  • Native Android [Cordova knowledge a plus]*
  • Native iOS [Cordova knowledge a plus]*

Rockstars desired but very quality, teachable devs could fit the bill as well. Again, all 5 skills are not expected in the same person.

* We are building our iOS and Android apps simultaneously and there is a Cordova component as well. More blogging on this experience will follow when I can come up for air. 😀

Published Windows 8 Apps

I am now the proud developer of 3 Windows Store apps and I’m excited about it. It isn’t about getting rich, although I’m looking for those avenues, but more about the process/approach used to launch them. (more…)

Here’s to the Developers

Great job by New Relic, my choice in server monitoring.

Refuse to Lose

It is comical how much of a competition it is for iOS zealots to be #1. I’ve read I’ve still never seen a single person using one in the wild, so I don’t think it’s helping Samsung sell tablets, which is a perfectly fine metric for measuring growth [/sarcasm], and, oh, one of my favorites was how Apple won simply because people are “copying” them. You can Google the past few years and see many of these arguments change. It seems the common thing to do now is dissuade readers into believing the stats don’t matter because You cannot compare Android to an iPhone. That’s comparing an operating system to a hardware device, like we’re not smart enough to know it means “Android-based Smartphones vs iPhone”. It is all an interesting game of checkers. There seems to be a thread flowing through all of these common posts: losing matters. (more…)

Why Browser Competition Matters

Everyone benefits from an up-to-date browser.

Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take a measured approach, scaling up over time.


Source IE to Start Automatic Upgrades across Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

HTML5 Video: Fullscreen

At the moment of this post, these features [except for Pseudo] are only possible in Safari 5.1, Chrome, and iOS but is a great stride in the progression of HTML5 video. There are a few new methods you can use to implement native fullscreen for video and even go fullscreen with html elements [ie – a div].

In the following code, I’m going to use jQuery for selectors but jQuery has nothing to do with the end result. If you go crazy over typing document.getXXXXX, I’m sure you still get the idea here.


TiPB, Why So Serious?

I say @TiPB but it seems to only be @reneritchie. Why is it Rene always has to take a knock at Flash or Google/Android at any chance he gets? To be a writer on a blog dedicated to Apple he absolutely loves to do his best to attack Adobe and Google.

Why am I blogging this? Simple. I posted the other day about @AndroidCentral and how they call it like they see it. Well, Jerry Hildebrand [@gbhil] wrote an excellent post today: Editorial: My dog’s better than your dog — but only to me.

Choice.  There’s something for everyone, and none of the choices are wrong.  In fact, maybe none of the Android choices are for you, and that’s OK.

I think this is the fundamental point @reneritchie does not get. If he does, I don’t see it.

Rene, if you read this, I just want you to know [or at least consider] these points:

  • It is ok for people not to want an iPhone or iPad.
  • Adobe can do and does good work.
  • It is ok for Flash to work well on desktop and mobile.
  • It is ok for Flash to still be used on the web.
  • Other tablets provide really good experiences.
  • Google isn’t evil because they serve ads. One of your sites uses them [Google Ads at that] and your job has them too.
I like what I like and can be very protective, at times, but I do my best to keep an open mind. In doing so I do my best to call a spade a spade. When something [or a part of something] bites I’m not afraid to say it does. When something excels I give it props.
Why do I keep reading @TiPB? Great question and I’m glad you asked. Aside from the seemingly weekly posts mentioning something negative about Google and/or Flash, they keep me informed about all things Apple. When they stick to their guns [Apple products], the blog is actually a good resource.
It simply could be better if Rene left the fighting to UCF peeps. 😉

Nice Design Subtlety: Video Player Page Curl on Spotify

I learned this at D2WC last week, which I’ll blog about the whole experience later, so when I came across Spotify today I was pleased to see it implemented on their YouTube player. It adds a nice, subtle feel to the player like it is more than just an object/embed slapped on page. It is actually a physical object within the page space. Take a look at what I mean:

New Theme

I upgraded to Twenty Eleven today and it threw off my banner as well as some widgets, etc. Bear with me while I get the blog back to the previous look, tweaked a bit of course. 😀

Mizzou Football: Wallpaper

Yeah, I’m amped up to start playing NCAA Football 2012. Before I begin I have to get my game tight by having a wallpaper on my backup MacBook Pro [employee uses it mainly but I slide over to it every now and then].

So, I thought I’d share it here as well [as G+]. Let me know what you think. 🙂

Site Moved

So, I finally got around to moving the site to @MediaTemple’s (gs) service. I’ve wanted to do this for quite some time but since I commented on @gruber’s posts every now and then I really wanted to just to make sure I didn’t get “fireball’ed” [site crash due to too much traffic]. 🙂 lol.

Jokes aside…I’m a huge fan of @mediatemple and their services. Eventually all of my personal and all @katapultmedia sites will be on @mediatemple.

Aight…1st post on the new service is done. I’ll have a new post up soon w/ details on why I’ve been so quiet. 🙂