Friday, June 30, 2006

10 Free Photoshop Plug-ins

I haven't actually checked out what these plug-ins are, but hey, they're free!

10 Free Plug-ins to Enhance Photoshop

Thursday, June 29, 2006

AOL Cancellation

Here's the URL to the AOL cancellation phone call I was telling you about the other day. Amazing.

Putfile - AOL Cancellation

Grandma's house, rocks!


Going to grandma's house is no longer boring for the Shaw family

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I had this idea recently, I guess just 10 years to late

Check out a contractor's history can now do so on Angie's List, an online company that grades handymen, pet groomers and other service providers.

The company has 200 employees nationwide and generated $9 million in revenue in 2005 from $5.95-a-month memberships and advertising that features discount coupons. Only companies with A and B ratings are allowed to offer discount coupons. The company expects to generate $14 million in revenue for 2006.

Angie's List gives grades to service firms

Underused and unappreciated

Worth a read for sure.

MacUser: Ihnatko: Underused and unappreciated

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Artwork in MSPaint

Look at the full size version.

How to Photograph Fireworks

Here are a couple of articles on shooting fireworks, brush up on them before the weekend!

Photography School


Filters for Digital Cameras

Filters for Digital Cameras

With film cameras filters have traditionally been used to modify both the spectral content (color) and intensity of light, as well as generating special effects like soft focus. Digital cameras operate somewhat differently with respect to color though. Color modification can easily be done "in camera", and that's what you're doing when you set white balance. So while for film warming and cooling filters, or filters which convert fluorescent light to look like daylight, may be required, digital can achieve the same effects by internal manipulation of the digital data.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Out of India

Pervasive follows Apple out of India

Pervasive Software, a U.S. vendor of data infrastructure software, this week announced it closed down its software development subsidiary in Bangalore, India, citing complexity of management of the operation, and increasing employee cost and turnover.

Out of India


Automatic anagrams. Type in George Bush and see what you get.

MacBook Pro Batteries Swelling and Failing

MacBook Pro batteries are apparently swelling, then failing.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Blogging Tool for Firefox

I found this Firefox plugin for blogging that looks interesting. I'm using it to make this post.

Performancing for Firefox | Performancing.com

11 Mile webpage

Pretty cool, use your right arrow key instead of grabbing and dragging the scroll bar with the mouse to scroll to the right and see how long it takes for the scroll bar to move.

Hydrogen Atom Scale Model

I didn't do it long enough to see it move

Hits FM

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

PCRE Cheat Sheet

Inspired by the great stuff at ilovejackdaniels.com, here's a dedicated PCRE cheat sheet. The PHP cheat sheet at ILoveJackDaniels is fine enough, but PCRE goes way beyond what is there. Hence, this. Enjoy.

PCRE Cheat Sheet

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

2008 Olympic Stadium Designs

Interesting drawings of various stadium designs for the 2008 Olympic Games in China.

Target Won't Process 'Professional' Looking Photos

A lady in the States ordered prints of her photos from Target. But Target would not give her the prints because they said the photos looked professional and assumed she must be infringing on someone's copyright.

After the storm

A couple of pics from last night. I left the shutter open for longer to get the motion of the leaves in the wind.


Model - NIKON D70s
ExposureProgram - Shutter priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ShutterSpeedValue - 3 seconds
ApertureValue - F 29.00
ExposureBiasValue - -3.33
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
FocalLength - 35.00 mm
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto

Black and White

Model - NIKON D70s
ExposureProgram - Shutter priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 400
ShutterSpeedValue - 1 seconds
ApertureValue - F 20.00
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
FocalLength - 44.00 mm
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto

Monday, June 19, 2006

Active Space

Check out this photo. Looks like he/she lightened the area area around the horse. Cool effect

Don't be afraid of Love

Lightroom Learning Center

Here's a web site by NAPP and Scott Kelby dedicated to Adobe Lightroom. They've got some interesting looking videos on Lightroom features, among other things.

Friday, June 16, 2006

now thats a jelly fish!

A couple of more photos

Field (I wish the sky was brighter)

Model - NIKON D70s
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/640 seconds
ApertureValue - F 5.60
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
FocalLength - 300.00 mm
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto

Post Processing:


Model - NIKON D70s
ExposureProgram - Shutter priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/50 seconds
ApertureValue - F 10.00
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
FocalLength - 70.00 mm
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto

Post Processing:

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Top 5 web site quirks that users hate the most.

The top five Web site quirks that users hate the most, according to iFocus are:

1. Invasive advertising: Cunnington says users widely despise ads that cover content, ads that flash wildly and ads that chew broadband.

2. Re-inventing the wheel: people do not want to have to learn how to use a site before they can browse it, Cunnington said.

3. 'Leap of faith' links: that means disclosing information on content and file size.

4. Attention-deficit Web sites: "Users have a special hatred of flashing icons and banners, because they draw the eye away from what is important and hinder their progress," Cunnington said.

5. War and Peace length: "A common mistake in Web design is to just [convert] a brochure to the Web. But the Web is its own medium, and communication has to change to reach users. Users are known to read 25 percent slower on the screen than on paper, read fewer words and don't like long pages which require scrolling down," she said.

Another problem is site blindness. "We are now seeing right-column blindness, where users do not see information and links down the right hand side of the screen. This occurs because the right hand column has become known for advertising," Cunnington said.

Top 5 web site quirks that users hate the most.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Picasa Web Albums

The new version of Picasa will have web albums. It's basically another online photo album, but it will be integrated with Picasa. So you can upload photos to the web with one click in Picasa. It also allows you to easily download photos back onto your computer.

How IT projects really work

In cartoon form.

Javascript Libraries

JavaScript Libraries

Underground PHP and Oracle Manual

Underground PHP - Oracle Manual

Firefox Leak Monitor

Leak Monitor

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Screencast of web app development frameworks

This post talks about an "interesting and amusing" screencast of web app frameworks. I haven't seen the video yet, but it sounds interesting.

Here's the blog post.

Or go directly to the screencast. (It's long though, about 30 minutes.)

Monday, June 12, 2006

A Couple of Videos

Ali G Moderates Evolution Debate

Funny impressionist. Does Bush, DeNiro and bunch of others.

How Low Are Our Prices?

Read it out loud.

Building Apache

Apache the Way You Want It

Rusty butterfly

Photo from weekend.

Model - NIKON D70s
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/250 seconds
ApertureValue - F 4.50
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Cloudy weather
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 70.00 mm
ExposureMode - Auto

Post processing:
1. Enchanced constrast
2. Increased saturation

Friday, June 09, 2006

Peace in your heart

Awesome photo. Look closely at the tags in the bottom right of the screen, the photographer gives details on how he/she post processed the photo in photoshop

Peace in your heart

Red Car

Panning shot of a red car from Daily Dose of Imagery:

How to Shoot People (and Places and Things)

How to Shoot People (and Places and Things)

Using Ruby on Rails for Web Development on Mac OS X

Good article for those of us thinking about buying a Mac and maybe doing some rails development

Using Ruby on Rails for Web Development on Mac OS X


15 Days of JQuery

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Google Browser Sync

Firefox extension that lets keep browser settings in sync across different computers.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006



Tuesday, June 06, 2006

iPod Price Reduced

Cheaper iPods

Google Spreadsheet

You can create spreadsheets from scratch or you can upload existing spreadsheets in .xls format or csv files. Share your spreadsheets and have multiple people edit them in real time. Looks pretty cool.


Google already has a web-based word processor. I think I see a trend.

Canon Rules, Nikon Drules

Canon Wins!

Monday, June 05, 2006

The Scrutinizer

Something for Web Developers

The Scrutinizer

Thursday, June 01, 2006

UK firm to unveil wall-socket PC

This is a PC that fits into a standard wall socket. Can't run all that much on it, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.

Help Wanted Ad

This guy has good experience.