You can probably leave the colors the same if you just switch to a proportional font, add a smidge more of padding, and bump up the line-height just a bit: http://cl.ly/3x1n103K472Z1J2t3Q3k
your mock-up looks FANTASTIC! Could you tell me what font that is you used there? I'm not a designer by any stretch of the imagination and am generally clueless about these sorts of things.
font-family: Helvetica, Helvetica Neue, Arial, sans-serif;
padding: 0.9em 1.2em;
font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Tahoma, sans-serif;
padding: 0.9em 1.3em;
EDIT: Here's a screenshot preview: http://cl.ly/022H381a2N2p1N0h3q0k
Dude, you are a life-saver. I'm going to use this and deploy it soon after I try to patch that scrolling lag issue people have been reporting - is there any way I can give you an acknowledgement or something in the footer of CaptainObvious or on the about page?
As for the scrolling issue, it could either be the Twitter @Anywhere hovercards or the background (used some CSS hacks to make it scale with the window when you resize) - could you let me know what browser you are using?
Good stuff, indeed. I have always a place to go to just discuss ideas with other creative people. I've used Twitter to do something similar, mentioning Twitter handles of those who would could use the idea I had in mind.
I'll post tonight!
It would be extremely useful to see if anyone else is working on an idea, who they are and what their focus and status is.
e.g. When seeing the idea about selling twitter names, it would be helpful for everyone if I could say "Oh yes, Twitter are launching this next Friday" or "Like the idea, have a prototype, need a designer."
Comments do help, but a structured solution would make things much easier.
Ideally this wouldn't be only first-person, so that people can report other projects which seem similar. You'll need moderation either way (votes or active moderation, whatever.)
If implemented well enough, this could breed a sort of communal start-up site. Maybe the originator of the thread gets to choose from respondents and splits equity among them, at which point the idea is locked.
1) Add an overview page with a much bigger list of ideas.
2) Decrease the font size a bit. I could only see two or so ideas at once on the home page.
3) Perhaps add a voting system of some type?
You also might want to seed it with a bit more content, otherwise you'll have a hard time breaking out of the chicken and egg problem (that's what ended up killing me).
EDIT: I'd also add some indication that you aren't going to tweet as me.
As for your comment in the EDIT - does it make you think you're going to end up tweeting your idea without a chance to opt out? Currently it doesn't tweet anything out if you comment or submit an idea, so if that's not clear I'd like to improve it.
Nothing about your site indicates you'll spam me, but plenty of sites do. I am, and i think a lot of people are, reluctant to log in with Twitter without some reassurance that they and their followers won't be spammed. Just a quick note can't hurt imo.
I also created an RSS feed http://captainobvio.us/rss/
It's foobar in IE at the moment but everywhere else.
i know the person that built/runs it.
I had something built that is VERY similar (architecture - blobs of text with titles, twitter login, comments, voting, tags, flask+mongody) except for another completely different use: http://cluedb.com/
Might be interesting to share code?
Absolutely - I'd love to show you what I'm running under the hood. My email is aaron AT aaronstannard.com - what's the best way to get in touch?
Would you be interested in checking out the source too?
Are you tying the resize of the background directly to the window resize or scroll event? You might want to consider using setTimeout(customResizeFunc, 100) just to keep the scroll event from blocking
font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
background: url('img/styles/blue_bg.jpg') no-repeat center center fixed;
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='/img/styles/blue_bg.jpgg', sizingMethod='scale');
-ms-filter: "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='/img/styles/blue_bg.jpg', sizingMethod='scale')";
Just thought I'd let you know that if you ever need an official Tee (weekly best idea?), there's a good one on threadless: http://www.threadless.com/product/2537/Captain_Obvious
My guess to your idea's success is that you need to wire in with the right people and it'll explode.
I'm going to start hacking away on this the instant I get off of work on Friday - I can't wait to get started. Thanks, Hacker News!
Probably an error with my controller that does writes to MongoDB - I'll check it out.