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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