Something I want - take a picture of a sketch, get a barebones webpage

OK, so this just hit me as I was prototyping my latest thing - what I really want is a magic app that allows me to take a crappy paper sketch, say something like sketch-o-crapola: Crappy sketch input

Then you hit "MAGIC BUTTON!" and the spinner spins for a while, and in your inbox you get a basic html+css template with your sketch already implemented, say with a basic grid, buttons, and text areas, all pre-rendered and put into a reasonably usable format. Of course, with just a tiny bit of tweaking, it looks like this:

Awesome Output

Why oh why does this not exist? I can see how you could create something that would take these images and a couple of additional parameters, like, say, color palette, grid type that you want (or preexisting template format), and then send it off to some designers to bid upon and build for you, a la Mechanical Turk, ODesk, or eLance. With some OCR intelligence, you could probably even get part of the way there in a fully automated fashion.

With all the advances in HTML/CSS/JS technologies and frameworks out there, how come there's nothing out there to even turn , say, Balsamiq Mockups directly into basic gridded HTML?


Update:Just found Napkee which purports to do this for Balsamiq mockups...

Meet the new blog...

Same as the old blog! Well, not quite the same - things were getting kind of ratty over in the world of Sifry's Alerts, so I updated and upgraded a bunch of components - namely updating the blog to the latest version of Wordpress (3.6 as of this writing), got a new bootstrap-based responsive site template called "builder" from Themeforest, and set about making things a lot prettier and simpler. I've taken a bit of inspiration from Ev and the folks over at Medium - they've really done a great job at making a clean, well-organized, simple composition interface that is as close to WYSIWYG as I've found so far on the web.

However, I still like to have my own piece of web real estate, with a domain and infrastructure that I own and manage (well, even if the server is hosted on an EC2 instance!) It makes me feel like a digital homesteader, even if it means that sometimes it appears that I'm just looking out of an old log cabin at all you young kids on all the fancy hosted social networks/blogging services, yelling "Get off my lawn"!

I really do  like you on my lawn. Welcome, pull up a lawn chair and hang out a while. Maybe we'll have a good conversation or two.

Union Street San Francisco...

... meets Tuscany. The light was beautiful today as I walked down Union Street on my way to lunch with my old friend John Clippinger from Harvard. We had a very mind-bending lunch, John is working on some really interesting identity-related systematic ans software that have very far-reaching implications.  Still digesting - not the meal, but the chat!

Friendshot? Mobile Kodak moment? MeAnd? What to call this?


Me, Katja, and Kim


Me and Pito


Me and Brynn


You know that shot: you're out with friends, and you pull out your cameraphone, and, while holding it at arms-length, snap a picture of you and your friends.

So, what do we call that? It isn't a self-portrait - but you're in the shot - it also has your friends in there too.

Thoughts? Ideas? Leave a comment below, or send suggestions to @dsifry...