Author: Christopher Mackay

Converting phone numbers to links using Grep in BBEdit

When I want to turn phone numbers in web copy into tappable links for smartphones — without relying on mobile browsers to do so — this regular expression saves me a lot of time. Simple search-and-replace fails because if the formatting varies even a little from number to number it becomes a time-consuming, manual process.

finding perpetual beta

Harold Jarche — an international consultant and speaker, who helps people and businesses adapt to the network era — has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. Today Jarche launched the second in his perpetual beta series of eBooks: finding perpetual beta. When the writing is this clear… Read more »

Mount Allison Faculty Association launches new site

Tantramar Interactive Inc. is pleased to announce that as a follow-up to having designed the Mount Allison Faculty Association’s (now-retired) a year ago, that site’s design and content has been merged with the organization’s main site, The newly-merged site has had a deep content reorganization and an HTML overhaul, bringing the fourteen-year-old site… Read more »

Own your data

I find myself repeating variations on this all the time: ‘Much of your target market may be on Facebook, but all of it is on the web & you have a website. Facebook for links; website for content.’ Exploit the strengths of these social media platforms — use them for sharing — but don’t let… Read more »

Form is a diagram of forces

I remember reading this — maybe 30 years ago now? — in a copy of OMNI magazine. It has always stuck with me because it applies almost universally: …the form of an object is a ‘diagram of forces’… D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson