Saw this post on a graffiti artist in Toronto. ANSER’s work in a few different spots on or around Sterling Rd. When I get a chance, I gotta find the photos of the other work he’s got hidden on Sterling.
Along with this, there’s a link to photos from inside the big abandoned building that was across the street for me. If I had known there was all this beaufitul art inside, I would have tried a little harder to get in. I think it’s an old GM building.
Flailing to create music. What more can I say?
Yesterday was a challenge. Witnessing the difficulty in controlling habitual reactions. I feel I did well… but only relatively. In the grand scheme of things I know I can do much better.
With yesterday’s events still in my mind, I entered a very passive open state of mind. In my mind, I recreated the events from last night but imagining a different reaction. It was difficult to find myself reacting differently and I knew I needed some sort of outside inspiration. Lucky for me, I’m in the presence of the most non-judgemental beings one could hope to be surrounded by… animals! More specifically, a 6 year old pit bull name Zoe.
Zoe likes to jump up on me when I walk into the room, sometimes, though I’ve finally taught her not to jump up on me. However, now I would like to teach her to jump up, but only when I ask. I told her “Up!” and patted my hips. She was, of course, confused. I gently seized her front legs and lifted her up. She would stay there for a moment, noticeably unsure of herself before slowly lower herself down. I did this three times in a row.
On the forth time I patted my hips and she hesitated for a few seconds, so I leaned down to pull her up, as I did the previous three times… but then she suddenly popped up and slammed the back of her head into my bottom lip.
I didn’t get angry, though I felt it inside. It didn’t take much effort to question that reaction within myself (before reacting) and found that it was a dream that I didn’t wish to create. I stood up slowly and looked down at her with a smile on my pained face. She was noticeably uncomfortable. I then relaxed more, smiled again and said, “Up!“. Without hesitation, she jumped up, putting her front paws on my hips with that big ol pit-bull smile on her face, waiting to accept the reward.
What started out as me trying to teach, ended up with me being the student. Thanks Zoe.
And now to nurse this bruised and bloody bottom lip.
Years ago I spoke to a good friend of mine about the time just before the sun rises. I felt that the rising of the sun was such a empowering event to witness. You can SEE the content of the clouds. The spectrum of colors feeding the eyes. I would often say, “Start the day, don’t let the day start you.”
Rachit referred to the “hour of the gods” as the time around 4-5am. He said this was a very powerful and spiritual time. I had never heard of this term before, but then again… I’m not Hindi.
Years have passed and I finally tried a bit of Googling. Besides the hundreds of links to a metal album called “Rush Hour of the Gods”, I did come across one inspiring quote via SearchForLight.org.
“There are moments when the Spirit moves among men and the breath of the Lord is abroad upon the waters of our being; there are others when it retires and men are left to act in the strength or the weakness of their own egoism. The first are periods when even a little effort produces great results and changes destiny; the second are spaces of time when much labour goes to the making of a little result. It is true that the latter may prepare the former, may be the little smoke of sacrifice going up to heaven which calls down the rain of God’s bounty. Unhappy is the man or the nation which, when the divine moment arrives, is found sleeping or unprepared to use it, because the lamp has not been kept trimmed for the welcome and the ears are sealed to the call. But thrice woe to them who are strong and ready, yet waste the force or misuse the moment; for them is irreparable loss or a great destruction. In the hour of God cleanse thy soul of all self-deceit and hypocrisy and vain self-flattering that thou mayst look straight into thy spirit and hear that which summons it. All insincerity of nature, once thy defence against the eye of the Master and the light of the ideal, becomes now a gap in thy armour and invites the blow. Even if thou conquer for the moment, it is the worse for thee, for the blow shall come afterwards and cast thee down in the midst of thy triumph. But being pure cast aside all fear; for the hour is often terrible, a fire and a whirlwind and a tempest, a treading of the winepress of the wrath of God; but he who can stand up in it on the truth of his purpose is he who shall stand; even though he fall, he shall rise again, even though he seem to pass on the wings of the wind, he shall return. Nor let worldly prudence whisper too closely in thy ear; for it is the hour of the unexpected, the incalculable, the immeasurable. Mete not the power of the Breath by thy petty instruments, but trust and go forward. But most keep thy soul clear, even if for a while, of the clamour of the ego. Then shall a fire march before thee in the night and the storm be thy helper and thy flag shall wave on the highest height of the greatness that was to be conquered.”
- Sri Aurobindo
TO DO ———————————————
Zen Coding for Aptana
RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN (priceless roundup)
Fluid Design Examples w/ Media Queries
Responsive Navigation Patterns
TOOLS & Reference
Benzier Curve Builder – Animation Ease-In / Ease-Out
CSS / HTML Playground
HTML Outliner – Give URL or Upload File to get Outline of page
Fonts – Web Safe
css transition timing – REFERENCE *GREAT*
Chroma Color Picker & Saver
45 Design Templates
Website design for mobiles
Structures: div, section, article
Smartphone Screens Resolutions
HTML Dog’s Guides on HTML and CSS
SM – CSS3 Learning Guide
SM – Mastering CSS Principals
Designer Web Trends (parallax scrolling,
Fluid Layout (relative to default font)
LukeW – Multi-Device Layout Patterns
Media Queries in Basic Responsive Design Grid (must watch)
Responsive Design Examples
Progressively Enhancing HTML5 (setup Fallbacks)
CSS Menu – using Hover and Position
The Display Declaration
Vertical Centering Methods
Inline Blocks and Why it Sucks
Rounded Corners – REFERENCE – including using images
Lists – Stylized – REFERENCE
Selectors – Advanced (good for dynamic lists in forms – REFERENCE
Multi-Columns – CSS and Javascipt Alternative for IE – REFERENCE
Speech Bubbles & Killer Buttons
Animated pop out Button
Color Guide w/ thumbnail preview of color story
STYLES – RESUME
6 Professional Looking CV/Resume Web Templates
40 Paid CVs (nice reference)
Jason has a pretty example
ANIMATION & FX (CSS)
CSS Gallary – (color swatches) Dark of Black
Using CSS3 Transitions, Transforms and Animation – LEARN BABY
Cast Shadow from cursor
CSS animation principals and tools
jflow video tutorial
3D Parallax Painting
Thumbnail Navigation Gallery
Sticky Header (top) – Content scrolls up under transparent header
Sticky Footer (bottom w/ jQuery)
Footer using CSS
W3 Schools (try me)
Rebuild Conent w/ a Fade
Frame by Frame Animation
SCROLLING / SLIDING
Build a Conent Slider with jQuery
5 Scrolling Content Examples
13 “Beautiful jQuery Conent Slider Scripts – COLLECTION
jQuery – How to animate the scroll
“Scrollable” jQuery Toolset
8 ways to integrate ImageSwitch and jQuery
SIDEWAYS – Badass Fullscreen Sliding Image Gallery
50 more Slideshows! – COLLECTION
Dynamic Scroll – like google reader’s autoloading content
Rebuild Content via Menu Buttons – jQuery TUTORIAL
Rebuilt conent w/ Fade – jQuery TUTORIAL
Pop-up Speech Bubbles using JQuery
Character Rigging by Anthony Calzadilla
Excellent examples on fade examples
Dynamics (chain and more)
Simple Purple Login
Styling a dropdown
from this thread: http://stackoverflow.com/
Better Select Dropdown
24 Ways – Field day with forms
Fun with HTML 5 Forms
Dropdown conent tutorial
dropdown login menu
I’d have to say that X-COM is my favourite turn-based strategy game. Played the crap out of this game, even despite how difficult and time-consuming it was.
A few months ago, when I realized that the remake was released… AND in the classic turn-based tactical style, instead of the silly FPS version that was planned. Picked it up almost instantly (after approval from my partner, of course).
I’ll spare my long review of it, so just go play it. Go out and try XCOM: Enemy Unknown… right now.
Browsing the web, I found a few links to some solid strategy tips for those that are attempting to play the game on “Classic” difficulty.
Besides the links, there’s also this PCGamer video that does a great job. Chis talks about playing the game in Ironman mode where the game controls your single saved game. No retries. Consequences are permanent.
Successful households have some sort of regular schedule that they follow. The most popular time for the entire family to meet up and check in on one another is at dinner time.
Bruce Feiler takes this to the next level by using Agile Development formats in his family meetings.
Was inspired but some recorded matches of Spring RTS, an open source real-time strategy game, so I recorded a big match that I played versus an AI opponent. Wanna play? Well Spring is free, so go download it (or just grab it from the Ubuntu Software Centre).
I will be performing some screen captures on Linux in the future (video tutorials of a 3D animation package), so I wanted to find optimal methods for recording 3D at full HD (1080p).
Settings for recordMyDesktop on Ubuntu 12:10 using Gnome 3:
Video Quality 100
Frames Per Second 30
Encode on Fly: OFF
Zero Compression: ON
Quick Subsampling: OFF
Full shots at very frame: ON
Game was running at 10x speed, and I then doubled it again in my video editor, OpenShot (open source video editor).
*note: Remember to switch to HD 1080p! Make those little dots nice and crisp.
While working on shots for Killer Mountain, I set up my Nikon in order to capture the last 18 hours of my self-induced crunch time.
The last half of the video looks much better, as corrected my camera settings. You might even be able to make out some of the shots.
Gource is a bit of open code that creates time lapse videos to visualize file trees being created.