Saturday
Nov232013

Interlude: A Doo-wop cover of Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop"  

Sometimes covers are far, far, better

 

 

Sunday
Nov172013

More about (Photoshop) Blend Modes than You ever wanted to know  

Sparked by an interesting Hacker News thread recently –  if you need to implement blend modes or understand technically what is going on then you'll find these useful.

Photshop Blend Modes Explained
http://photoblogstop.com/photoshop/photoshop-blend-modes-explained

Insight into Photoshop 7.0 Blending Modes
http://dunnbypaul.net/blends/

Let’s Learn Math: Photoshop Blend Modes
http://www.venture-ware.com/kevin/coding/lets-learn-math-photoshop-blend-modes/

Photoshop Blend Mode Math
http://inlandstudios.com/en/?p=851

Implementations

Obligatory Wikipedia Link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blend_modes

 

 

Saturday
Nov092013

The way it used to be done: The 1983 HBO Intro  

I have fond memories of this Intro sequence from HBO. This video shows the amazing amount of effort that went into its production.

It's refreshing to see what professionals were capable of achieving before today's ubiquitous use of CG .

 

And here's a link to the official Intro sequence so you can experience the majesty.

 

 

Saturday
Nov022013

Help me with my Visio + PowerShell presentation at the PowerShell Summit North America 2014

I was thrilled last week to discover my proposal for the summit was accepted –  the title of my presentation? ….

Visio + PowerShell = Crazy Delicious

Quick Summary: I'll be showing how you can drive Visio via my PowerShell module called VisioPS (download it here).

A rough outline for the session:

  • Why this is interesting
  • Overview of the VisioPS module
    • Architecture
    • Optimization for Interactive Sessions
  • Demos of real-world scenarios and applications
    • Basic Visio Automation
    • Time Savers
    • Diagram Analysis (Shape connectivity, reachability, shape data)
    • Drawings from data
      • Directed graphs / Flowcharts
      • Trees
      • Org-Charts
    • Data Import/Export
    • Reporting & Simple Graphing
    • Diagrams as Document Object Models

 

Here’s how you can help me deliver the best presentation possible:

  • What topics would you like to see?
  • Would you like to see spend more time showing code or spend more time doing demos?
  • What do you NOT want to see in the presentation?
  • What questions must be addressed?
  • Please feel free to provide any other suggestions!

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Thursday
Oct312013

The Redesigned MSNBC in 2013 Looks Great  

17 years (and going) as a Microsoft employee habituated me to do one thing at least: when I wanted to check the news I typed “MSNBC”.

However, for quite some time now the MSNBC website was redirecting users to nbcnews.com.

But as today (2013–10–31) , it's back to being MSNBC and –  surprise, surprise –  it looks great! Take a look below.

It's a rather clean and responsive layout that emphasizes vertical scrolling – authentic to the web experience instead of trying to mimic a print news source.

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You can also see how responsive it is to different browser window sizes.

 

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