Coffee… then Raw Foods?

We’ve just released a second rails-based application, Gone Raw. It’s a raw foods recipe sharing site, with a lot of the same look and feel as Cuppin’ has. Let us know what you think, we hope to do more of these kinds of projects in the future!

(More info on this in the future can be found on the Needmore Designs blog.)

Published in: on November 5, 2006 at 7:23 pm  Comments (1)  

Cuppin’ is a Winner!

Well, the judges have finally reached their decision for Rails Day 2006, and it looks like Cuppin’ has taken Third Place Overall! Be sure to read this excellent writeup on the winning entries. They are all amazing, and we’re very honored to be among them.

Published in: on October 20, 2006 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Hello Again!

Ray and Peat put in a few hours this afternoon and made some updates to Cuppin’ — cleaning up stylesheets, tweaking some data, and refactoring roasteries.  Now you can properly browse roasteries and their coffees.  Normalization feels good!

This is the first time we’ve really dug deep into the code since RailsDay.  Code usually gets pretty stinky over the course of a 24 hour development binge, so it’s rather neat to see how Rails’ conventions helped enforce healthy practices.  Cuppin’ remains fairly readable, and refactoring the roasteries was a snap.  Good stuff.

Published in: on July 25, 2006 at 5:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Live from TextDrive!

So we did get the app up and running, visit to have a look, sign up, perhaps even cup a few coffees, and let us know what you think. We did run into one teensy-weensy snag (I believe some call it a "bug"), and so changed a line of code to fix it, but other than that we've found no real show-stoppers so far.

If I find the time, I might scan in some of the notes and mockups we sketched out during the process of building the site. However, I do have a business to attend to, and a RailsConf to go to this next week, so who knows when I'll find the time.

If you, gentle reader, are going to RailsConf as well, you should let me know. I've not personally met many folks in the Rails community, and I'm looking forward to chatting with some of the bright minds who created all these other great projects.

Published in: on June 18, 2006 at 3:03 pm  Comments (1)  

The Morning After

What I'm going to do now is go have a nice big breakfast at Epicure. Good walk, help to shake off the terrible hung over feeling I have today.

In fact, so tired this morning that I shampoo'd up my hair, and forgot about it in the shower. All the sudden my eyes started burning and I thought, "My God, I'm going blind from staring at the computer for too long!" Turns out it was just the shampoo. Felt good to be 3 years old again.

We'll hopefully have Cuppin' up by the end of the day for everyone to check out and play with. Depends on how this breakfast goes.

Published in: on June 18, 2006 at 9:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Is it really over?

My gosh, it seemed to go by so quickly… so quickly. All I can say now is that I hope you all enjoy what we made, and we look forward to seeing everyone else's wonderful work. It's been fun, it felt like a community experience even though I just sat directly in front of my computer for about 30 hours in a row. Ah well. Live each day to the fullest, eh?

Published in: on June 17, 2006 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

One Hour!

Here we go.  Final primping and shining!

We're feeling pretty good about this.  We snuck in a few extra features we weren't counting on!

Back to work.

Published in: on June 17, 2006 at 8:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

The CamelCapsifier

So we decided at some point tonight that what would have been really brilliant, and I mean really brilliant, would be if we kept the whole project that we're actually working on a secret, and instead blogged incessantly about something called the CamelCapsifier.

This is, of course, an online, very Web 2.0, very social networking sort of a thing that lets you put in any amount of text, up to the limits of your browser of course, and get it back CamelCaps! Hey that's great now! Usually, you have to try moving an Instiki wiki or posting something on the Rails wiki to see it CamelCapsified, and even then, it's not always a sure bet. Lots of uncertainty when it comes to proper CamelCapsification.

We're different. What we'd talk about all night was how we were going to revolutionize the field of CamelCapsification. And then suddenly switch projects like one hour before the end of the contest, and show that we'd really been working on something not nearly as stupid.

Maybe next year.

Published in: on June 17, 2006 at 7:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Three Hours Left?!?

I really can’t believe I haven’t just passed out by now. I should, by all means, have slept. Instead I’m acting up. We went out for a little dinner at the weird Ostrich Tongue restaurant here. I mean, they server things besides that, but they’re somehow known for the Ostrich Tongue. Well, who wouldn’t be? My guacamole tostada isn’t exactly something to bring the kids into town for.

Music: Roy Orbison. We were getting a little frazzled by the uptempo music. Needed something a bit more relaxing, but still upbeat. Less noisy, more musical!

Drink: I can’t even think about having something to drink right now. I think the next thing I drink is going to have to be either another pot of coffee (5?!?) or that wine sitting over there on the counter. But I can’t possibly touch that wine until 9PM or I’m doomed. Doomed I tell you!! 

Published in: on June 17, 2006 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fastest Growing WordPress Blog!

Looks like Cuppin' has the #1 spot on's fastest growing blogs.
Through the haze of sleep deprivation and caffeine induced delirium … that's pretty darned cool!
Number 1!

Published in: on June 17, 2006 at 3:09 pm  Leave a Comment