Creative Community Bulletin 07 June 2011 Through 10 June 2011

These are the ar­ti­cles, blogs, and re­sources I found in­ter­est­ing and wor­thy of shar­ing for 07 June 2011 through 10 June 2011:

  • Bacon Ipsum – a meatier Lorem Ipsum gen­er­a­tor – Consectetur turkey rep­re­hen­derit sed ex­cep­teur ex. Chuck flank id eu rep­re­hen­derit jowl, t-bone ba­con. Fugiat sir­loin rump, enim anim short ribs pork chop bre­saola mol­lit velit proident. Pork belly aliquip t-bone of­fi­cia salami, ad pork eu non eius­mod velit meat­ball com­modo la­boris sunt. In meat­ball la­bore, jowl cow eu elit t-bone. Nulla do meat­ball, shankle est ham sir­loin cow. Dolore ea jerky de­serunt la­bore pork.
  • Using Texture to Get the Most Out of Design | Abduzeedo | Graphic Design Inspiration and Photoshop Tutorials – There are a num­ber of de­sign el­e­ments that are im­por­tant to de­sign, tex­ture be­ing just one of them. However, tex­ture can be a pow­er­ful force when pre­sented in any type of de­sign, adding vi­sual in­ter­est and more de­tail. Texture is of­ten times as­so­ci­ated with the sense of feel, so adding it to a purely vi­sual ref­er­ence can make a 2D piece ap­pear 3D or more real to life.
  • Agents as epub­lish­ers… – Workflow: ePub – Agents as epub­lish­ers…
    …is that a good idea for authors/illustrators? Personally, I’ve never had an agent but one never knows, es­pe­cially in these volatile times in the book biz. A flurry of ar­ti­cles have cropped up lately on the topic, so here are a cou­ple to ex­plore:
  • The Birth, Life, and Death of Typewriters | It Thing! – The type­writer as we know it to­day was orig­i­nally in­vented by a man by the name of C. Latham Sholes. The orig­i­nal type­writer em­ployed a very com­plex me­chan­i­cal de­sign that typed up­side down, which did not al­low you to see what you were typ­ing. Fortunately for all of us, the later type­writ­ers em­ployed a de­sign in which the ham­mers fell straight down, al­low­ing you to see ex­actly what you were typ­ing. The type­writer be­gan to take off, and Mr. Sholes’ lay­out, known as the QWERTY lay­out, be­gan grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. His lay­out was de­signed, not for ef­fi­ciency, but to make you type as slow as hu­manly pos­si­ble. This was done to avoid cre­at­ing me­chan­i­cal jams in early me­chan­i­cal type­writ­ers. Unfortunately, this lay­out also be­came the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard key­board lay­out which is still in use to­day.
  • End of Return of the Jedi a Holocaust for Ewoks and Endor? – Quora #StarWars – From a purely strate­gic per­spec­tive, it was in fact an enor­mous vic­tory for the Rebels – by killing Vader, Palpatine, and end­ing the Death Star II, the way was paved for an even­tual vic­tory over the Empire. But the af­ter­math of the bat­tle it­self, and any po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age that might have re­sulted, is usu­ally glossed over.

    The Rebels claim that most of the de­bris was ei­ther va­por­ized in the ex­plo­sion, burned up in the at­mos­phere, or in­ter­cepted by the re­main­der of the Rebel fleet (see: Apocalypse Endor).

    However, a much more plau­si­ble claim is that this is largely Rebel pro­pa­ganda. The sheer vol­ume of the sec­ond Death Star II, and the amount of en­ergy that its de­struc­tion (along with the de­struc­tion of the Executor and the var­i­ous Rebellion ships) would have re­leased, make it un­likely that that all de­bris was ac­counted for. The re­sult, of course, is prob­a­bly one of the great­est cover-ups in the his­tory of the Rebellion, and later, the New Republic – the Endor Holocaust.

    The Ewoks were likely severely re­duced in num­ber as a re­sult of the en­su­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal cat­a­stro­phe, even though their species as a whole sur­vived. Think about it – even if 5% of the of the Death Star II burned up in the at­mos­phere, the re­sult­ing dust and chem­i­cal residue would have dri­ven large tracts of the moon to ex­tinc­tion.

  • Green Lantern Merchandise Sale @ SuperHeroStuff​.com
  • Are Men’s Bodies Hot or Not? Some Thoughts on Weinergate | Psychology Today – These men have lots of pub­lic power. They are re­spected politi­cians. It's un­likely they feel the need for more power. More likely, they are just hu­man be­ings like you and me. More likely, for the first time in ages, maybe in ever, some cute girl told them how de­sir­able they were and they lost con­trol. They were floored. Their be­hav­ior was re­gret­table, for sure, and def­i­nitely a mis­take, but it was also just hu­man.
  • Creating and Designing Custom Browser Themes – How To – We found it nec­es­sary to tai­lor our of­fer­ing to­ward Firefox and IE to reach the widest au­di­ence pos­si­ble. We’re now adding Chrome to the pro­duct suite given its rapid adop­tion. For com­mer­cial pur­poses, spe­cial­iz­ing in a sin­gle browser may be too lim­it­ing. Our sales ef­forts were much harder in our early days when we had a Firefox only so­lu­tion. Chrome gen­er­ates a lot of buzz in the tech com­mu­nity, but if you’re de­vel­op­ing for a main­stream brand, Chrome’s 11.5% mar­ket share isn’t go­ing to be too ex­cit­ing. It does help to know the au­di­ence of your client. If they skew more heav­ily to­ward one browser theme ver­sus an­other, then your of­fer­ing can be more fo­cused.
  • Philly Merge: July 15th, Philadelphia – PhillyMerge – Come to Philly Merge and strengthen your lo­cal net­work, im­prove your code-fu through train­ing from lo­cal and rec­og­nized ex­perts, and get in­tro­duced to the best tools for the job. We'll have ac­coun­tants and lawyers speak­ing about com­mon small busi­ness is­sues with spe­cial em­pha­sis on nav­i­gat­ing lo­cal government's taxes, rules and reg­u­la­tions.
  • Woman Gets Facebook Friend Sleeve Tattoo [VIDEO] – Friends are a many splen­dored thing — and it’s nat­u­ral to carry them in one’s heart through­out one’s ever-storied life. It seems a lit­tle ex­treme, how­ever, to tat­too them on one’s arm.

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