Recent Links: March 19 to March 26

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Activate The Death Ray

Activate The Death Ray

“Activate The Death Ray is a Microformats and CSS demonstration site by Andy Clarke, part of the For A Beautiful Web series of web design and development workshops launching in 2008.”

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960 Grid System

960 Grid System

The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.

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Follow Twitter Conversations – Quotably

Follow Twitter Conversations - Quotably

“It seems these days there are lots of conversations that have moved to Twitter. Quotably aims to make these conversations easier to follow.”

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Custom Laser Engraved Moleskine Notebooks

Custom Laser Engraved Moleskine Notebooks

Engrave your Moleskine notebook with your custom image or choose from our artist series.

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Using the Pathfinder and Align tool in Illustrator

Using the Pathfinder and Align tool in Illustrator

“Here is another Illustrator tutorial where I show you to draw a simple icon without the use of the Pen tool…”

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SiteSucker Home Page

SiteSucker Home Page

“SiteSucker is a Macintosh application that automatically downloads Web sites from the Internet. It does this by copying the site’s Web pages, images, backgrounds, movies, and other files to your local hard drive. Just enter a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), press return, and SiteSucker can download an entire Web site.”

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Flickr: Vintage Science

Flickr: Vintage Science

“Remember those oh-so-dated science books from back in the day? No? Well, here’s your chance to check ‘em out. Images from science books of the ’40′s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. This also includes children’s books that have a science theme to them, like space,, astronauts, chemistry, physics, etc. Even books that feature what the future could be like, as long as it’s presented as fact (or what they thought might be fact).

“NO SCIENCE FICTION. There’s plenty of Flickr groups for that sort of thing. This is the real ‘science.’ The kind that only your science teacher could teach about in class.”

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Extreme User Research

Extreme User Research

‘I call it “extreme user research.” What’s so extreme about it? Well, it can be done in 30 minutes per interviewee, and it generates loads of useful data that will have a real impact on design, thus making your website more profitable.’

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1950′s – 1970′s Advertising – a photoset on Flickr

1950's - 1970's Advertising - a photoset on Flickr

“Posters, Magazine Advertisements, Brochures, Booklets, Publishing, Calendars, Greeting Cards, Packaging, Logotypes, Trade-Marks, Letterheads, Exhibitions, Show-windows… Graphic design, illustrations and printed artwork in general”

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CSS Properties Index

CSS Properties Index

CSS properties from 1-3, links to specs and all sorts of handy notes.

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Searching for Findability

Everyone seemed to have their place in the project life-cycle at the web design agency; everyone but little Findability. Occasionally someone would notice his value to a project, but instead of giving him the care he deserved, they’d just fork over copious amounts of cash to ship him off to his sketchy uncle SEO, who tied him up and fed him keywords all day long. He spent so much time at uncle SEO’s that everyone started to think Findability was SEO, and subsequently became a little dubious of his importance.

Aarron Walter

Aaron’s article, Findability, Orphan of the Web Design Industry is a great reminder that we should not overlook the importance of findability, nor confuse it with SEO and usability as we create our designs and interfaces.

Recent Links: March 12 to March 19

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Sketchnotes for SXSW Interactive 2008

Sketchnotes for SXSW Interactive 2008

“Sketchnotes I captured while attending SXSW Interactive, March 7-11, 2008 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

“Created by Mike Rohde. “

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Mastering Your WordPress Theme Hacks and Techniques

Mastering Your WordPress Theme Hacks and Techniques

‘This is the first article in the four-part series, “Powerful guide to master Your WordPress”. Throughout this article, we’ll be focus on many WordPress Theme hacks, ideas, tips and useful tutorials you need to have ready in hand when developing WordPress websites.’

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PS HERO

PS HERO

“Free Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes, Custom Shapes And More!” /// This is a great website that looks fantastic! Really high quality tutorials. I learned a bunch in just the 5 minutes that I looked at it.

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Postable

Postable

A handy service that takes code and converts it into properly escaped HTML, making it easy to post it in a blog or Web site.

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Your Twitter Karma

Your Twitter Karma

“Basically, it’s a Flash application that fetches your friends and followers from Twitter when you click the “Whack!” button, then displays them for you, letting you quickly paginate through them. By default, the list contains all your friends and followers and is sorted by last update, showing those who most recently updated first. You can sort the list alphabetically either ascending or descending by Twitter ID. You can filter the list in several ways: only friends or only followers, all friends or all followers, and mutual friends.”

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Calgoo

Calgoo

“Many calendar platforms offer sharing within their platform – Google, Yahoo, 30boxes, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, to name a few. However, to share calendars all users need to use the same calendar program.

Calgoo Hub takes advantage of our Calgoo calendar synchronization technology and allows you to easily share public and private calendars with people using different calendar programs.

With Calgoo Hub, a wife using Outlook can share with her husband using Apple iCal. Co-workers using Google Calendar can share with each other within the same company or with colleagues using other calendars at other companies. If you’re at work you can view a friend’s calendar to set up a meeting or view your home calendar to see family commitments.”

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Widgetizing Themes

Widgetizing Themes

Technical instructions on updating a WordPress theme for use with widgets.

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Singularity

Singularity

“Singularity is the first large-scale online web conference in the world. Singularity is over 100 of the world’s top web visionaries, developers, designers, thought leaders, and celebrities. Singularity is three days of talks over multiple tracks. In 2008, Singularity will define Web ‘08.”

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Mediatyping

Mediatyping

“Just prior to jetting off to Austin last week, I started playing around with a mobile version of this site. While a personal blog is hardly a site that really needs one (unlike, say, an app with a proven mobile user-base like Twitter), I wanted to see what would be involved in re-factoring this design into something more fitting for a mobile environment.”

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SemanticHacker

SemanticHacker

“SemanticHacker.com is home of the TextWise SemanticHacker API and we’re bold enough to call it the world’s first open API for semantic discovery.

“Semantic discovery is a way to find information without knowing explicitly what you’re looking for BUT “you know it when you see it.” Semantic discovery does not punish you for using the wrong keywords. “

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Vintage Logos – a photoset on Flickr

Vintage Logos - a photoset on Flickr

“Collection of vintage logos from a mid-70′s edition of the book World of Logotypes.”

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Leopard WordPress Admin Panel Theme

Leopard WordPress Admin Panel Theme

An admin theme based on OS X Leopard. In beta. It had some issues running on 2.5 RC1, but looks promising.

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Yahoo!’s Latest Performance Breakthroughs (Yahoo! Developer Network blog)

Yahoo!'s Latest Performance Breakthroughs (Yahoo! Developer Network blog)

“Stoyan Stefanov made an appearance last week at the PHP Quebec Conference in Montreal. His session debuts Yahoo!’s latest research results and performance breakthroughs. He covers the existing 14 rules, plus 20 new rules for faster web pages. We’ve categorized the optimizations into: server, content, cookie, JavaScript, CSS, images, and mobile.”

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Change Congress

Change Congress

“Change Congress is a movement to build support for basic reform in how our government functions. Using our tools, both candidates and citizens can pledge their support for basic changes to reduce the distorting influence of money in Washington. Our community will link candidates committed to a reform with volunteers and contributors who support it.”

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Who Sees Ads ? Manage your Ads, Control Who Sees Them

Who Sees Ads ? Manage your Ads, Control Who Sees Them

“Who Sees Ads is an advanced ad management plugin that lets you decide who will see your ads, depending on user defined conditions. The association of an ad and these conditions is called a context: a set of circumstances you define, that will eventually display or not an ad.

“For instance, you could consider the following criteria: Is the visitor a regular reader? Does this visitor come from a search engine? Is the visitor currently reading a recent post, or something really old?”

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How to enable single window mode in Safari

How to enable single window mode in Safari

In Safari 3.1 Apple added a hidden preference that will enable the single window mode so all targeted links will open in a new tab instead of a new window.

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PolyPage

PolyPage

Polypage was designed to ease the process of showing multiple page states in html mock-ups. By adding simply adding class names to a document you can imply state and conditional view logic.

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Recent Links: March 05 to March 12

Here are the most recent bookmarks that I have saved to Ma.gnolia.

iCopy – Copy and Paste for your iPhone and iPod Touch

iCopy - Copy and Paste for your iPhone and iPod Touch

“iCopy is the first (that I know of) application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows you to copy and paste text and URL’s between web pages. You also have the option of emailing copied text or URL’s.”

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2008 SXSW Interactive Podcasts

2008 SXSW Interactive Podcasts

The home for recordings of 100+ panels from South by Southwest Interactive 2008.

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Twitter Pack

Twitter Pack

Twitter Packs is a place to get a starting idea of who on Twitter posts about what. Come in, look around, add your name where it makes sense, and help out.

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IE6 AlphaImageLoader with links error

IE6 AlphaImageLoader with links error

A solution to the problem where “IE6 does not recognise the links when placed over an absolute positioned background .png image.”

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Top 10 WordPress CMS Plugins | Blueprint Design Studio

Top 10 WordPress CMS Plugins | Blueprint Design Studio

Based on our experience buiding out dozens of e-Commerce, Gallery, Restaurant, NFP, Directory, and Service-based websites, this is the definitive list of plugins that whip wordpress into shape, and don’t let our clients down.

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The AxsJAX Framework for ARIA

The AxsJAX Framework for ARIA

A JS framework for inserting ARIA properties into web applications, for better accessibility with assistive software / devices.

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Turn Out the Lights…

While South by Southwest 2008 continues to rock Austin, the mass influx of geeks have made their way back to their domiciles in cities near and far. The Interactive conference is over, but we made our mark on the city, doubt you not: Tex-Mex and Barbecue were eaten in vast quantities, liquor, beer and wine were ingested in copious quantities and many a breakfast was consumed at the crack of noon.

Yet again, I met some outstanding people and count myself lucky to have participated in amazing conversations.

Our community is vibrant and strong because we have held onto the expectations that we have a world to improve, and that the changes we need to make require the concentrated effort of a diverse and passionate team.

While so many technologies exist to make it easy for us to work together from disparate locations and time zones, South by Southwest 2008 demonstrated yet again that physical presence conjoined with social interaction forms mighty bonds, reenergizes the community and breeds new ideas. I can’t wait to see the projects that launch in the coming months, nor can I wait to interact with and learn from the friends I made at the conference this year as I have with those I met in years past.

Thanks to everyone who came to Austin this year and thanks most especially to those who took the time to strike up a conversation with friends-to-be.

Oh, and yes, my voice is coming back, though I rather like the deeper, Tom Waits-like guttural undertones it picked up in the last few days. It makes me sound ten times cooler than I really am.

Recent Links: February 27 to March 05

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Star Wars vs. Saul Bass

Star Wars vs. Saul Bass

“If Star Wars was filmed two decades earlier and Saul Bass did the opening title sequence, it might look like this…This was a school project.”

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Dockdrop

Dockdrop

“Drag any file or folder you want to share onto the Dockdrop dock icon then choose how you want to send it. Dockdrop uploads it and puts a URL for your upload on the clipboard, ready for pasting into an Email, chat program or website.
Dockdrop is currently available completely free of charge.”

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How to Setup Gravatars for your Blog – Plugin Free!

How to Setup Gravatars for your Blog - Plugin Free!

“Recently I’ve added Gravatars to the comments portion of the site. This is extremely easy to as long as you’re not totally useless in terms of copying and pasting. Fear not of messing your blog’s important code up, for this plan is fool proof.”

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Cross-browser transparent columns

Cross-browser transparent columns

“What if we could use the opacity property but still have the content opaque?

“This is possible using some clever use of CSS-positioning. What we’ll be doing is having a parent element that contains two children. One transparent background that fills the entire width and height of the parent, and one child that contains the content. This way we can have a transparent background while the content remains opaque.”

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On Creativity

On Creativity

“As designers, we’re wrongly perceived as custodians and exponents of creativity. This matters because business currently overvalues creativity. To avoid the inevitable backlash, we must lead our clients’ perceptions.”

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Design is in the Details

Design is in the Details

“Stop worrying about how good a designer you are, and start worrying about the myriad tiny details that can elevate your work from passable to near-perfect.”

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Gravatars and WordPress 2.5

Gravatars and WordPress 2.5

“WordPress 2.5 will come with Gravatar (aka, Avatar) support. Within this post I will demonstrate how Gravatars will be used with WordPress 2.5.”

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Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit

Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit

Links to download the IE8 betas.

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Fire Eagle

Fire Eagle

Fire Eagle is the secure and stylish way to share your location with sites and services online. We want to make the whole web respond to where you are, and to help you discover more about the world around you.

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thmbnl: small pictures for your big picture

thmbnl: small pictures for your big picture

“Thmbnl is a compact utility for showing thumbnail-style images of pages linked from your website or application. Developers can sign in, grab our code libraries and samples, write some code and you’ve got thmbnl in your app! It’s so cool, we had to take out all the vowels. Check us out and see for yourself.”

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Bloxes

Bloxes

“Bloxes are building blocks made of interlocking pieces of corrugated cardboard, folded together.. Their unique shape and structure make them exceptionally strong and lightweight — you could build yourself a platform to stand on, and then pick it up and move it wherever you need to.”

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Time for South-By

My badge photo for SXSW 2008 South by Southwest officially starts tomorrow, though some of us are kicking things off a bit early, so I wanted to post a quick note for anyone who may be attending. South-By is the king of Web conferences, but the best part for me is meeting so many great people and the amazing conversations the occur between panels and during the parties.

I’ve posted my badge photo so you’ll know what I look like – if you see me at the conference, say hi. For that matter, make sure you start conversations with total strangers, especially if they’re one of your heroes on the Net. Everyone is approachable, and unbelievably friendly.

If you’re in town tonight (Thursday), c’mon by the Gingerman, where a few of us will be raising pints in anticipation.

Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit

Microsoft has posted the Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit page. While the links don’t work quite yet, odds are good that an announcement will be made at MIX. Hat tip to Jonathan Snook for the link.

There’s some interesting information available on the site, including how to make your site “light up” on IE8:

  • Site-specific contextual menus called Activities
  • Web Slices, which provide individual feeds of information from parts of a Web page. This seems to be akin to the capabilities added to the most recent version of Safari on OS X
  • CSS 2.1 Compliance and “some of the most requested CSS3 features by web developers and designers.”
  • Developer Tools for debugging JavaScript, CSS and markup
  • And more

We’re on the precipice of another major phase in Web development, and given the recent arguments and outrage around IE8, which ended nicely, it is likely to be contentious at best, and outright nasty at worst.

Here’s to hoping that we as an industry have progressed a bit and embrace meaningful debate and dialog over diatribes and partisanship.

A Good Day for the Web – IE8 to Properly Support Standards

The IE team announced a change from their previously stated plan for IE 8 ‘involved showing pages requesting “Standards” mode in an IE7’s “Standards” mode, and requiring developers to ask for IE8’s actual “Standards” mode separately’ via a specific bit of meta information delivered per page or at the server level. After a lot of discussion in the community, some of it quite heated, Microsoft has relented. IE8 will now ‘show pages requesting “Standards” mode in IE8’s Standards mode. Developers who want their pages shown using IE8’s “IE7 Standards mode” will need to request that explicitly (using the http header/meta tag approach described here).’

Microsoft is notorious amongst the Web development community for past decisions, some, like their initial decision on this issue, made with the best of intentions; so it is great to see that they are willing to step back, re-evaluate and change their direction when the community speaks up. It is a change from the old days, and alongside their shift regarding open source, I truly hope it is an indicator of the future.

Recent Links: February 20 to February 27

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Vector Magic

Vector Magic

Vector Magic – precision bitmap to vector conversion online

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Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

“Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.”

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Keywurl

Keywurl

“A small, free plugin for Safari that adds keyword search to the browser’s address bar.”

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Monoprice

Monoprice

Monoprice sells audio and video cables and accessories for a lot less than most stores.

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Vectips

Vectips

Illustrator tips, tricks, and tutorials

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Pro Sharpening in Photoshop CS3 using Smart Filters

Pro Sharpening in Photoshop CS3 using Smart Filters

“In Photoshop CS3 you have the ability to use Smart Filters. Your layer turns into a Smart Object first and then when you apply filters to it you can modify them over and over, because they are non-destructive.”

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Publishing iCal calendars using cPanels Web Disk feature, a .mac alternative

Publishing iCal calendars using cPanels Web Disk feature, a .mac alternative

This write up describes how to publish to a shared host via Web Disk. Hopefully the steps are relatively the same on other hosts.

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How to recreate Silverback’s Parallax

How to recreate Silverback’s Parallax

Paul Annett of Clearleft shows you how he put tog
ether the cool parallax (a pseudo-3D sense of depth) effect on the Silverback site.

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Dock Library

Dock Library

Dock Library is an application that takes the headache out of managing styles for your Leopard dock.

Download styles from sites such as LeopardDocks.com or LeopardDocks.net. Once downloaded, there’s no need to expand or unpack the file, just click “Add Dock” to add it to Dock Library.

When you have some styles in your library, you’re a simple click away from changing the look of your dock. No hunting through hidden system directories, just select the dock you want and click “Set Dock”.

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The Best Fortune Cookie Ever

The Best Fortune Cookie Ever

A site dedicated to the best fortune cookie ever.

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Configure a New Dell in 38 Easy Steps

Configure a New Dell in 38 Easy Steps

Can’t afford that new MacBook Air? In just 38 easy steps you can get yourself setup with a new Dell laptop instead.

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Table-Based Layout Is The Next Big Thing

Table-Based Layout Is The Next Big Thing

“IE8 will be the last of the major browsers to add support for CSS tables, which will enable designers to use table-based layout techniques without misusing HTML table markup.”

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Extensible CSS Interface I: The Foundation

Extensible CSS Interface I: The Foundation

This is the first article in the four-part series, “The Highly Extensible CSS Interface”.

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Bacon Curls

Bacon Curls

Yet another amazing way to cook bacon.

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Bacon Cups

Bacon Cups

Make a cup or bowl out of bacon.

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Free Photoshop Actions to Boost Your Designs

Free Photoshop Actions to Boost Your Designs

What are Photoshop Actions? An action is a series of tasks that you play back on single file or batch

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Shrine of the Mall Ninja » LonelyMachines

Shrine of the Mall Ninja » LonelyMachines

“This is a collection of the wisdom posted on the internet by a guy calling himself Gecko45.” Funny as hell, but a bit scary too.

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jQuery Tutorials for Designers

jQuery Tutorials for Designers

“This article contains 10 visual tutorials intended for web designers and newbies on how to apply Javascript effects with jQuery.”

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SXSW 2008 Scheduler

SXSW 2008 Scheduler

“An all-inclusive SXSW calendar featuring official and non-official panels/shows/films.” MUCH better than the official panel calendar.

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My SXSW 2008 Schedule

My SXSW 2008 Schedule

The panels that I will be attending, or at least am thinking about attending at SXSW Interactive.

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