Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Slippery Slope? Court Orders Apple To Unlock Shooter's iPhone

Apple says it would fight a federal court order to help the FBI break into a dead terrorist's iPhone. The feds say they're being kept out by one of the phone's security features.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Making a Simple Image Resizing/Optimizing Service in Automator

As I was using Photoshop to resize my eleven billionth image, it occurred to me I should probably simplify this process. AppleScript, perhaps? Photoshop scripts? Some already existing little app? A little pontification on Twitter resulted in a number of suggestions to try OS X's Automator. Turns out it's a pretty easy thing to do, at least in a limited way.

Open Automator, then...

1. Make a Service

This is really up to you. You might prefer an app that you can drag things onto. Or a hot folder you can just drop things into. I like services since I can use them from the context menu anywhere.

2. Add "Scale Images" Action

It's under "Photos".

It will ask if you want to make a copy of the image or not. You probably do, so you can keep the original in case it doesn't turn out how you want.

3. Add "Open Finder Items" Action

Open it with ImageOptim. In my case I'm scaling the images for the web, so of course I want them to be as optimized as they can.

4. Save It

I like calling it something super obvious (to me), like simply "500" or whatever the max size of the scaling is.

5. Done! Now it's available as a service for any file in the Finder no matter where it is.

This is pretty rudimentary

  • It has zero logic. So if you drop a 437px image into a service that scales to 1000px, it'll scale up which you almost certainly don't want.

  • It keeps whatever format it's currently in. Perhaps your PNG makes more sense as a JPG, this can't help.

  • It not always the greatest quality. I might look into attempting an Acorn or Photoshop thing instead since they seem to keep quality higher.

Would love to hear about your photo resizing workflows.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NC Design & Architecture hides Hong Kong restaurant behind grocery stall

A facade resembling a Thai grocery stall disguises this restaurant in Hong Kong, which local firm NC Design & Architecture designed to look like a film set (+ slideshow). (more...)

Lady Gaga Grammys 2016

Lady Gaga Grammys 2016Lady Gaga Grammy Performance 2016 - Tribute To David Bowie

For those of you who missed the Grammys 2016 you missed one of the best homages to David Bowie I know of. The Lady Gaga Grammy performance was an emotional experience as you would expect. For her, the grammy performance was very personal. Gaga posted an Instagram video of herself crying backstage as her Bowie makeup was being applied %u2013 who could blame her. If if wasn't for the daring risk taking career of bowie she could possibly have never wished for signing up for the personas she actually is infamously famous for. She took us over a ride within the vast expanding and contracting Bowie universe covering every one of the music icons top hist. This song of choice to submit us in the cosmos of Bowie was the one and only Space Oddity with cartoon graphics projected to be with her face.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Trump's Reaction to Depps Viral Parody Video Can't wait to hear

Trump's Reaction to Depps Viral Parody Video Can't wait to hearThe reaction we are all waiting to hear - Donald Trump's Response to Johhny Depp's Viral Parody Response What will he think?

Donald Trump(Johnny Depp) has it all. Money, power, respect, and an Eastern European bride. But all his success didn't come for nothing. First, he inherited millions of dollars from his rich father, then he grabbed New York City by the balls. Now you can learn the art of negotiation, real estate, and high-quality brass in this illuminating made-for-TV special feature, Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art Of The Deal: The Movie

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Design Mock-Ups Need Dynamic Content: Tools and Plugins

Nothing is perfect on the web. We can't make sure that our websites always work as intended, but we can try our best to design resilient and flexible websites that aren't that easy to break -- both in terms of interface design and security. Yet neither resilience nor flexibility are usually reflected in our deliverables and mock-ups.

In practice, mock-ups usually represent a perfect experience in a perfect context with perfect data which doesn't really exist. A good example for it are "optimal" usernames which are perfectly short, fit on a single line on mobile and wrap nicely, or perfect photography that allows for perfectly legible text overlays. It's not realistic. We need to work with dynamic content in our prototypes, with both average and extremes being represented.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Zika Virus Prompts Tata Motors To Rename New Car

The new hatchback, which hasn't been launched yet, was named Zica. That was before the virus by the same name exploded as a public health emergency.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BP Earnings Plunge 91 Percent In 4th Quarter

Global oil and gas price drops have done a number on BP's net income, which fell to $196 million from $2.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. The company plans to cut thousands more jobs.

Dutch police train eagles to hunt drones

As authorities scramble for effective and advanced ways to counter the increasing number of rogue drones buzzing around our skies, Dutch National Police have come up with something a little more unusual: the mighty eagle.