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Eclecti.ca » cool http://eclecti.ca Like The Internet...but smaller Thu, 08 May 2014 18:30:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 M3talinks for Jun 24th through Jun 25th http://eclecti.ca/m3talinks-for-jun-24th/ http://eclecti.ca/m3talinks-for-jun-24th/#comments Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:00:00 +0000 http://eclecti.ca/2010/06/m3talinks-for-jun-24th/ M3talinks for Jun 24th through Jun 25th:

  • Giving Great Talks: A Mashup » Bolt | Peters – I had the privilege of Jared Spool attending and critiquing some of my recent talks, and in preparation for a UIE webinar I’m giving, he took time to rip me apart give me some awesome feedback. His advice reminded me of notes I took almost ten years ago at an Edward Tufte seminar about giving great talks, and so the next logical step was to make old-timey boxing photos of them both and write a mashup of their talking tips. RIGHT? Both Jared Spool and Edward Tufte are known to be kick-ass speakers in the technology field – Tufte is all up in the freaking white house, and Jared speaks roughly 400 days a year around the world. I think we can learn a lot from their advice, and despite the artificial conflict introduced with boxing pictures, their tips are mostly complimentary.<br />
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    - by Nate Bolt
  • Less.js Will Obsolete CSS – If you design websites you may have heard of interesting tools called CSS pre-processors. A couple of great ones are LESS and SASS. I helped Alexis, the creator of LESS with the design of the language and built the public site.<br />
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    It’s a tool I wanted to use myself, and even though SASS already existed I didn’t feel like using a different syntax to CSS—I wanted something to augment CSS and make it more powerful, while still retaining the same look and feel. That’s exactly what LESS does. It extends CSS with things like variables, nested rules, mixins and operations to name a few.
  • Less.js Will Obsolete CSS – If you design websites you may have heard of interesting tools called CSS pre-processors. A couple of great ones are LESS and SASS. I helped Alexis, the creator of LESS with the design of the language and built the public site.<br />
    <br />
    It’s a tool I wanted to use myself, and even though SASS already existed I didn’t feel like using a different syntax to CSS—I wanted something to augment CSS and make it more powerful, while still retaining the same look and feel. That’s exactly what LESS does. It extends CSS with things like variables, nested rules, mixins and operations to name a few.
  • LESS – Leaner CSS – LESS extends CSS with: variables, mixins, operations and nested rules. Best of all, LESS uses existing CSS syntax. This means you can rename your current .css files to .less and they'll just work.
  • Argentina On Two Steaks A Day – The classic beginner's mistake in Argentina is to neglect the first steak of the day. You will be tempted to just peck at it or even skip it altogether, rationalizing that you need to save yourself for the much larger steak later that night. But this is a false economy, like refusing to drink water in the early parts of a marathon. That first steak has to get you through the afternoon and half the night, until the restaurants begin to open at ten; the first steak is what primes your system to digest large quantities of animal protein, and it's the first steak that buffers the sudden sugar rush of your afternoon ice cream cone. The midnight second steak might be more the glamorous one, standing as it does a good three inches off the plate, but all it has to do is get you up and out of the restaurant and into bed (for the love of God, don't forget to drink water).
  • ICT Graphics Lab – The Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California has designed an easily reproducible, low-cost 3D display system with a form factor that offers a number of advantages for displaying 3D objects in 3D. The display is:<br />
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    * autostereoscopic – requires no special viewing glasses<br />
    * omnidirectional – generates simultaneous views accomodating large numbers of viewers<br />
    * interactive – can update content at 200Hz<br />
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    The system works by projecting high-speed video onto a rapidly spinning mirror. As the mirror turns, it reflects a different and accurate image to each potential viewer. Our rendering algorithm can recreate both virtual and real scenes with correct occlusion, horizontal and vertical perspective, and shading.
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M3talinks for May 21st http://eclecti.ca/m3talinks-for-may-21st/ http://eclecti.ca/m3talinks-for-may-21st/#comments Sat, 22 May 2010 15:00:00 +0000 http://eclecti.ca/2010/05/m3talinks-for-may-21st/ Today’s M3talinks for May 21st

  • International Distributors for IdeaPaint – IdeaPaint is one of the most flexible, durable and cost-effective dry-erase solutions on the market. IdeaPaint turns any smooth surface into a high performance dry-erase board, giving you the space you need to collaborate, interact and fully explore your creativity. It outperforms and outlasts the leading dry-erase options and works better with all brands of dry-erase markers. No matter where you use it, big ideas follow.<br />
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    On top of it all, IdeaPaInt is the most environmentally friendly dry-erase product on the market. It delivers more writing surface with far less environmental impact.
  • 2-liter bottle upside down tomato planter The Cheap Vegetable Gardener – Though my first attempt at an upside down tomato planter worked out great, I have a habit of forgetting to water the plants everyday. More commonly when we have decent rains when only the hanging tomato planters need to be watered. So this year I have modified my design a little to make this a little easier. As a bonus you can create this new version much quicker and minimal tools.
  • Internet Explorer 9: Platform Demos – Test out IE 9 at their Test Drive page. Dare we dream that IE9 may not suck?
  • CSS Starbursts with CSS3 transforms and transitions – I was recently experimenting with the new CSS3 rotation property and it occurred to me that I could use this to create image-free starbursts. All I needed was a series of nested block-level elements each rotated by a slightly different amount. The rotation would distribute the box corners around the circumference of the star.
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