Brain Brian

software engineer living in Los Angeles, California.

Snowboarding at Stevens Pass - December 11th, 2010

I recently purchased a new action sports camera called the Drift Innovation HD170. Here are the results from a day of snowboarding at Stevens Pass with some friends. This was our first day up at Stevens of the season. It was also the second day the…

BlackBerry PlayBook Hands on and iPad Comparison

I'm super excited about the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. We've been tinkering with the SDK at work. The videos of the actual device being used are starting to pop up and it's looking like a promising tablet.

Azure Ray is Realeasing a New Album!

Azure Ray is releasing a new album after a 6 year hiatus. Both Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have been off pursing music in their own ways, but are releasing a new full-length album as Azure Ray again on September 14th. Check out a sample of the…

July 4th, 2010 Trip to Shi Shi Beach

Trip to Shi Shi Beach, July 4, 2010 We had an epic trip to Shi Shi this past holiday weekend. We were blessed with great weather and bald eagles galore (even bald eagles carrying snakes). Enjoy some of the photos!

CocoRosie and Owning a Record Player

I went to the Showbox Market for the first time tonight. You would think living in Seattle for over 2 years and being someone who frequents on average about 1 show a week that I would have seen a show at the Showbox Market by now. This was my first…

Thoughts on the iPad

Apple released the iPad last week as many of you well know.  I had little interest in the device, but still see some great potential in the world of tablet computing.  After all I've seen and read, I feel the device, where it stands, is a great tool…

Enjoying the cool mist off Lake Michigan

Enjoying the cool mist off Lake Michigan Originally uploaded by Brian Behrens I had an amazing trip back home to Milwaukee. I got to spend a lot of time with my family and old friends I miss. Living in Seattle, I definitely find myself missing…

Adobe Flash on Mobile Devices

We're starting to see mobile devices supporting flash content within webpages on our mobile devices. When is apple going to jump on this? Will Apple ever support flash on the iPhone? Check out the video below featuring flash on the new HTC Hero:

Owning a bike.

Ride back from maple leaf. Originally uploaded by Brian Behrens Buying a bike about 3 weeks ago now was the best thing I could have ever done. I've gone the past year in Seattle without a car. Now owning a bike, I have the freedom, adventure, and…

The iPhone 3G S and the Camera.

Broken Disco 2.0 @ Chop Suey Originally uploaded by Brian Behrens I picked up the new phone on Friday just before lunch at the AT&T store in downtown Seattle. There was no line when I arrived, but one formed shortly after. With there being no line…

Superscript and Subscript Within Dynamic Text Fields in Flash

So today I ran into the issue of getting superscripted ® and TM characters within dynamic text fields.  The doesn't work for this within flash, neither will any CSS trickery.  So I turned to font embeds after reading through some other blog posts. I…

Clearing the Display of a Video Object in Flash Issues

So today a co-worker of mine and I were trying to figure out why he couldn't clear the display of an image in the video object on his stage.  The Adobe documentation states that if you use the clear method of the Video class that it should do the…

Previewing FLVs on a Mac using Quicktime and Mac OS X 10.5's Quick Look Feature

If you're looking to get FLVs to playback in Quicktime I believe your best route is Perian.  It installs a preference pane in your System Preferences.  It's simple to install and update.  Another great thing about installing Perian is you can convert…

POP's New Downtown Office

I've been working at POP for over 6 months now. It's been an exciting experience. POP had been planning a move from Interbay to downtown before I began employment here. 1 week ago it happened. The space has been a great inspiration to us all. Check…

Having Issues with UTF-8 Format in an External ActionScript Document?

From what I gather, any external ActionScript script you may have that you are linking to through an #include statement, you may need to use this code to allow certain characters to be read in the document as UTF-8.  I ran into this issue about a…

PlayStation 3 Now Supports Flash Player 9 Within it's Web Browser.

I just discovered today that PlayStation 3 is now supporting Flash Player 9.  It'd be awesome to see other systems adopt this standard like the Wii.  It also be awesome if the XBOX had a web browser.  Who knows what will happen.  Either way, I'm…

Flash Player 10 Officially Release Today!

Go get it! https://www.adobe.com/go/getflash

Flash's indexing by search engines has been announced!

Take a look at the articles: adobe.com google.com This sounds pretty exciting to me.

Sync your Mac Address Book With Gmail Contacts

So I found a little treat with the 10.5.3 update I just did from my hotel room in South Dakota.  You can now sync your gmail address book with your mac!  Amazing.  Such a nice treat on our journey out to Seattle.  You can read more here: tuaw.com.

Flash Player 10 Beta Becomes Public

Incase you haven't heard the new yet today, Flash Player 10 has become public.  Looks like some exciting new stuff.  Check it out on Adobe Labs.  It's not as significant as Flash Player 9, but it sounds pretty sweet still.  With native 3D support…

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