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M3talinks for Jun 24th through Jun 25th

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.

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.

M3talinks for May 5th

Today’s M3talinks for May 5th

  • ZenCoding.vim – vim plugins for HTML and CSS hi-speed coding. : vim online – ZenCoding.vim : vim plugins for HTML and CSS hi-speed coding.
  • zen-coding – Project Hosting on Google Code – Zen Coding is an editor plugin for high-speed HTML, XML, XSL (or any other structured code format) coding and editing. The core of this plugin is a powerful abbreviation engine which allows you to expand expressions—similar to CSS selectors—into HTML code. For example:<br />
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    div#page>div.logo+ul#navigation>li*5>a<br />
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    …can be expanded into:<br />
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    <div id="page"><br />
    <div class="logo"></div><br />
    <ul id="navigation"><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    </ul><br />
    </div>
  • Third Tribe Marketing – Mention the words "Internet marketing" to some, and images of obnoxious "gurus" spring to mind, complete with big red headlines, yellow highlighting, and excessive hype. And yet real Internet marketers (not get-rich-quick scam artists) are some of the smartest, wealthiest, and most ethical entrepreneurs you'll ever meet.<br />
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    Mention the words "social media marketing" to some, and images of touchy-feely idealists who promote community over commerce and conversation over cash come to mind. And yet some of the smartest people in the space successfully participate in social media for higher traffic, better search engine optimization, and larger profits.<br />
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    The black and white division of online marketing into two tribes is not real.<br />
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    These people learn from all sides and apply what they learn in a way that works for them. This tribe profits from the intersection of pragmatism and progress.<br />
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    This is the Third Tribe.

linkHive For Mar 24th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 24th

  • YOURLS: Your Own URL Shortener – YOURLS is a small set of PHP scripts that will allow you to run your own URL shortening service (a la TinyURL). You can make it private or public, you can pick custom keyword URLs, it comes with its own API. You will love it.<br />
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    There's a WordPress plugin available for YOURLS, making integration with your blog a snap: create short URLs and tweet them automagically as you publish blog posts.
  • My Love/Hate Affair With Typekit – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report – Speeding up design acceptance<br />
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    While browser improvements and web standards alone provided multiple partial solutions, Typekit offered a complete solution that just worked. And the people behind Typekit (including Bryan Mason and Jason Santa Maria) did everything right: they reached out to the type design, graphic design, and standards-based web design communities; they worked with vendor after vendor to offer as many fonts as possible; they spoke everywhere, marketing their venture one lecture and even one designer at a time.<br />
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    Typekit excited the web design community about type and proved that licensing and hosting web type was a viable business, providing options and convenience for designers and their clients, while bringing new revenue to type designers and protecting their intellectual property.

Bookmarks for Mar 23rd through Mar 24th

These are my links for Mar 23rd through Mar 24th:

  • SitePoint CSS Reference
  • About Twitterfountain | Twitterfountain – Have you ever wanted to see what was happening at that one event you could not go to? Did the plain text-backchannels somehow left you feeling disappointed?<br />
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    Twitterfountain comes to your aid: we mash up tweets and Flickr-images that share the same tags into a spectacular visual. Below is a sample, that you can even copy and embed in your own site:
  • Fun with JavaScript: jQuery and Konami Code | Your Inspiration Web – Today we’re going to take a small leap back in time to the year 1985, when a Konami developer (Kazuhisa Hashimoto) created the first version of Gradius (a video game for the Nintendo console). During game trials, Kazuhisa realized that it was really difficult to complete, and so he created a code which immediately gave the player all possible power-ups.
  • Robert K. Logan | Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) – Robert K. Logan is Chief Scientist, Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD. Originally trained as a physicist, Prof. Logan is well known as a media ecologist. He received a BS and PhD from MIT in 1961 and 1965. After two post-doctoral appointments at University of Illinois (1965-7) and University of Toronto (1967-8) he became a physics professor in 1968 at the U of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus since 2005.<br />
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    During this period in addition to math-based physics courses he taught an interdisciplinary course The Poetry of Physics which led to his collaboration with Marshall McLuhan and his research in media ecology and the evolution of language. His best known works are The Alphabet Effect based on a paper co-authored with McLuhan, The Sixth Language: Learning a Living in the Internet Age and The Extended Mind: The Emergence of Language, the Human Mind and Culture.

linkHive For Mar 22nd

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 22nd

  • httpd, the Apache HTTP server – The Apache HTTP Server is a “heavy duty” network server that Subversion can leverage. Via a custom module, httpd makes Subversion repositories available to clients via the WebDAV/DeltaV protocol, which is an extension to HTTP 1.1 (see http://www.webdav.org/ for more information.) This protocol takes the ubiquitous HTTP protocol that is the core of the World Wide Web, and adds writing—specifically, versioned writing—capabilities. The result is a standardized, robust system that is conveniently packaged as part of the Apache 2.0 software, is supported by numerous operating systems and third-party products, and doesn't require network administrators to open up yet another custom port. [22] While an Apache-Subversion server has more features than svnserve, it's also a bit more difficult to set up. With flexibility often comes more complexity.
  • httpd, the Apache HTTP server – The Apache HTTP Server is a “heavy duty” network server that Subversion can leverage. Via a custom module, httpd makes Subversion repositories available to clients via the WebDAV/DeltaV protocol, which is an extension to HTTP 1.1 (see http://www.webdav.org/ for more information.) This protocol takes the ubiquitous HTTP protocol that is the core of the World Wide Web, and adds writing—specifically, versioned writing—capabilities. The result is a standardized, robust system that is conveniently packaged as part of the Apache 2.0 software, is supported by numerous operating systems and third-party products, and doesn't require network administrators to open up yet another custom port. [22] While an Apache-Subversion server has more features than svnserve, it's also a bit more difficult to set up. With flexibility often comes more complexity.
  • Firebug – The most popular web development tool for Firefox<br />
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    * Inspect HTML and modify style and layout in real-time<br />
    * Use the most advanced JavaScript debugger available for any browser<br />
    * Accurately analyze network usage and performance<br />
    * Extend Firebug and add features to make Firebug even more powerful<br />
    * Get the information you need to get it done with Firebug.
  • Trans-herbe – Four O’ clock – Unique and refined<br />
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    Once reserved for the emperors and the nobles, the prized white tea is only harvested during a short period in the springtime. The young and tender leaves are free from any process. White tea brews to a pale yellow colour, and has a unique bamboo fragrance with a slightly nutty taste.<br />
    Ingredients<br />
    Organic Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) white tea leaves from China's Jiangxi province (Camelia sinensis).

linkHive For Mar 7th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 7th

  • Design View / Andy Rutledge – Design Questions – You may be surprised, but I never ask design-related questions in design project discovery meetings. Some might wonder at this, as it may seem counterintuitive. The reason I don’t ask design questions of the client is the same reason an architect doesn’t ask the client what PSI the building’s load-bearing foundational structures will need to endure.<br />
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    In either case, such issues are for the design/architect pros, not the client. The result had better serve the client’s needs and it just better damn-well work. That’s what the client and his customers care abou
  • I wish I would have known: Answers from 11 top freelancers | Guerrilla Freelancing – Today we’ve got an awesome article for any first time freelancers. I’ve rounded up a few of the top freelancers out there and had them answer the question “What do you wish you would have known starting out as a freelancer?”. Needless to say, this article is full of over 2 thousand words of wisdom. I hope you find use for this article and if you know someone who might benefit from it, I’d love if you shared it with your twitter followers and facebook friends. Thank you :)
  • The Future of Wireframes – Articles – MIX Online – As we move into the next decade of web design, it's time for us to reevaluate our understanding of wireframes—a tried and tested user experience staple.
  • Book: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig – The untold secrets of the elite JavaScript programmers distilled for intermediate JavaScript programmers, bringing them completely up to speed with the challenges of modern JavaScript development. Explores specific techniques, strategies, and solutions to developing robust, cross-browser, JavaScript code.
  • jQuery: Novice to Ninja by Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie – jQuery: Novice to Ninja will show you how to unleash the amazing power of jQuery. In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll master all the major tricks and techniques that jQuery offers—within hours.<br />
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    jQuery has quickly become the JavaScript library of choice, and it’s easy to see why. This JavaScript framework dramatically improves how you add interactivity and animation to your website.
  • ‘Good’ Beats ‘Innovative’ Nearly Every Time – BusinessWeek – An obsession with innovation leads executives down the wrong path. Just trying to be good would be a smarter focus
  • Skyrocket Labs | Web site design, development, blogging, social media, XHTML/CSS templates, jQuery, PHP | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – CSS3 tricks have been pretty popular in the last while on various design blogs and with good reason. Like many of you, I've caught the CSS3 bug and this afternoon I took a stab at this nifty little method of adding hints to your form fields (as well as some fancy style enhancements) using CSS3. The cool part is you don't require Javascript for the form field hints. Here's a demo and run down of the code used.
  • How To Design a Clean and Professional Resume / CV Website | Voosh Themes – Earlier in the week I released a new HTML template called Jamba which is a single page resume and CV template. In this post I’d like to show you how I designed the template in Photoshop (check out the Jamba features page and the live demo).
  • Design View / Andy Rutledge – Design Questions – You may be surprised, but I never ask design-related questions in design project discovery meetings. Some might wonder at this, as it may seem counterintuitive. The reason I don’t ask design questions of the client is the same reason an architect doesn’t ask the client what PSI the building’s load-bearing foundational structures will need to endure.<br />
    <br />
    In either case, such issues are for the design/architect pros, not the client. The result had better serve the client’s needs and it just better damn-well work. That’s what the client and his customers care abou
  • I wish I would have known: Answers from 11 top freelancers | Guerrilla Freelancing – Today we’ve got an awesome article for any first time freelancers. I’ve rounded up a few of the top freelancers out there and had them answer the question “What do you wish you would have known starting out as a freelancer?”. Needless to say, this article is full of over 2 thousand words of wisdom. I hope you find use for this article and if you know someone who might benefit from it, I’d love if you shared it with your twitter followers and facebook friends. Thank you :)
  • The Future of Wireframes – Articles – MIX Online – As we move into the next decade of web design, it's time for us to reevaluate our understanding of wireframes—a tried and tested user experience staple.
  • Book: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig – The untold secrets of the elite JavaScript programmers distilled for intermediate JavaScript programmers, bringing them completely up to speed with the challenges of modern JavaScript development. Explores specific techniques, strategies, and solutions to developing robust, cross-browser, JavaScript code.
  • jQuery: Novice to Ninja by Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie – jQuery: Novice to Ninja will show you how to unleash the amazing power of jQuery. In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll master all the major tricks and techniques that jQuery offers—within hours.<br />
    <br />
    jQuery has quickly become the JavaScript library of choice, and it’s easy to see why. This JavaScript framework dramatically improves how you add interactivity and animation to your website.
  • ‘Good’ Beats ‘Innovative’ Nearly Every Time – BusinessWeek – An obsession with innovation leads executives down the wrong path. Just trying to be good would be a smarter focus
  • Skyrocket Labs | Web site design, development, blogging, social media, XHTML/CSS templates, jQuery, PHP | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – CSS3 tricks have been pretty popular in the last while on various design blogs and with good reason. Like many of you, I've caught the CSS3 bug and this afternoon I took a stab at this nifty little method of adding hints to your form fields (as well as some fancy style enhancements) using CSS3. The cool part is you don't require Javascript for the form field hints. Here's a demo and run down of the code used.
  • How To Design a Clean and Professional Resume / CV Website | Voosh Themes – Earlier in the week I released a new HTML template called Jamba which is a single page resume and CV template. In this post I’d like to show you how I designed the template in Photoshop (check out the Jamba features page and the live demo).
  • Pure CSS speech bubbles – Nicolas Gallagher – The demo page for Progressive enhancement: pure CSS speech bubbles.<br />
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    For a detailed explanation view the CSS file. It is heavily commented.<br />
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    All examples use simple, semantic HTML. No empty elements, no unnecessary extra elements, no JavaScript, no images (apart from that Twitter logo). Have a look at the source code.

linkHive For Feb 22nd

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 22nd

linkHive For Feb 8th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 8th

  • Forget About Photoshop: 5 More Ways to Stop Using Images in Your Designs – Cherrysave – Images increase download time for end-users and workload for web designers, slowing down the time it takes to fully develop a concept for clients. Furthermore, images can add unneeded clutter and increase search-engine blindness, detracting from the principle of simple web design.
  • Knowledge Games – How to apply game thinking to your business challenges
  • Understanding CSS – Padding, Positioning and CSS3 « CreativityDen – With the release of CSS3, which is now being used more frequently, I’ve put this little article together for more of a beginner. However you never know, there may be a few tricks you don’t know.

    I’m also going to be giving advice on such things as Padding, Margin, Borders and Background Colors, and how to us them effectively.

  • Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist, Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist : FindMeByIP : what browser am I using, how modern is my web browser, and what’s my IP address? – The table below displays browser support for HTML5 (including Web Forms 2.0) and CSS3 (including CSS3 selectors).

    It relies partly on the excellent Modernizr javascript library and browser testing information is supplied via the ever useful LitmusApp browser testing application.

    Updated every Friday: follow @deepbluetweets.

  • Strategizing Web Content – Writing for the Web | letscounthedays – When it comes to designing a website, content is often overlooked, but why? Very rarely do users browse the web looking for a good design or decent experience. Users come for the content. Not giving them what they want with poorly written content will frustrate users. Not only does it waste their time, but your time as well.
  • 0x1fff: 35 Google open-source projects that you probably don’t know – Google is one of the biggest companies supporting OpenSource movement, they released more than 500 open source projects(most of them are samples showing how to use their API). In this article I will try to write about most interesting and free releases from Google, some of them might be abandoned.
  • 50 Free UI and Web Design Wireframing Kits, Resources and Source Files – Smashing Magazine – Planning and communication are two key elements in the development of any successful website or application. And that is exactly what the wireframing process offers: a quick and simple method to plan the layout and a cost-effective, time-saving tool to easily communicate your ideas to others. A wireframe typically has the basic elements of a Web page: header, footer, sidebar, maybe even some generated content, which gives you, your clients and colleagues a simple visually oriented layout that illustrates what the structure of the website will be by the end of the project and that serves as the foundation for any future alterations.

    This article focuses on actual wireframing tools and standalone applications, as well as resources that you’ll need to build your own wireframe: wireframing kits, browser windows, form elements, grids, Mac OS X elements, mobile elements, which you’ll use in any typical graphics editor such as Photoshop or Illustrator. …Or you could use pen and paper.

  • A List Apart: Articles: Unwebbable – It’s time we came to grips with the fact that not every “document” can be a “web page.” Some forms of writing just cannot be expressed in HTML—or they need to be bent and distorted to do so. But for once, XML might actually help.

linkHive For Feb 1st

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 1st

  • 500 Internal Server Error – 500 Internal Server Error
  • Flash, iPad, Standards – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report – Lack of Flash in the iPad (and before that, in the iPhone) is a win for accessible, standards-based design. Not because Flash is bad, but because the increasing popularity of devices that don’t support Flash is going to force recalcitrant web developers to build the semantic HTML layer first. Additional layers of Flash UX can then be optionally added in, just as, in proper, accessible, standards-based development, JavaScript UX enhancements are added only after we verify that the site works without them.
  • 13 Useful WordPress SQL Queries You Wish You Knew Earlier | Onextrapixel – Showcasing Web Treats Without Hitch – WordPress is driven by a MySQL database. This is something active WordPress users would know. However, if you only just read about it here from us, here’s what you should know. MySQL is a free relational database management system available in most web hosting services. All of the WordPress data like the posts, comments, categories, and settings are stored within the MySQL database. If you wish to read up more about MySQL, you can take a look at WordPress’s Database Schema.
  • 10 Tips for Better Print Style Sheets | Webdesigner Depot – Print style sheets have been somewhat forgotten, and yet they remain important all the same. Many people print out articles to read while traveling or when they have no access to the Internet.

    Print style sheets have definite benefits. For example, reading on paper is less tiring on the eyes than reading on screen.

    Also, following tutorials is easier if you have one next to you, with your code editor open on the screen; that way, you don’t have to switch windows every time to look something up.

    In this article we’ll point out 10 easy tips that will help you create better print style sheets.