Archive for April, 2009

Blog Design Update

Posted in Blog, Coding, Design, Development, News, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by blakejohnson

Well, as you no doubt noticed by now, the blog has been redesigned. Again. Well…sort of. There were a bunch of things that were bugging me about the other design: it was getting too small for the kinds of content I was posting (images and videos didn’t fit that well in the roughly 375 pixel wide content area); it was really dark, really contrasty; the image was bulky and took up a lot of space; the sidebar didn’t exist anywhere but the main page (which is weird in itself, but I just messed up the original coding and couldn’t figure it out so I gave up and made it my design’s ‘style’ at the time, heh, yea I know, cheap, but what’re you gonna do); lots of little design things, plus a bunch of stuff about the way I’d coded it to begin with was weird.

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New movie prospects…

Posted in Entertainment, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by blakejohnson

Every now and then I go on a rampage for trailers and movie news around the web. One of the sites I like to check out the most is Apple’s Trailers site and Iwatchstuff, partly for their news and partly for the accompanying sarcastic commentary. Anwyay…here’s a bit of a roundup of some stuff coming out soonish that I’m interested in.

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Gmail Redesigned Update

Posted in News, Reviews, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by blakejohnson

So I’ve been using my computer all day, and noticing a few updates in Globex Design‘s Gmail Redesigned add-on for Firefox, and I like it.

It always bugged me that when you hit Tab+Enter after finishing a message there was no button highlighting that confirmed your ‘Tab’ had selected the ‘Send’ button… et voila! That’s been addressed by a nice faded orange highlighting of the entire button, not just the usual dotted outline most ‘Submit’-type buttons get when selected by keystrokes.

Some cool GUI features have been added, including button outlines and clearer highlighting of the message actions menu just above your list of messages, which I’d always been curious about. There’s a more compact feel throughout the whole thing, with icons and extra separation spacing eliminated from the drop-down menus, giving more focus and limelight to your messages – the point of checking your email in the first place. Non-message text is even smaller now, making message text look slightly larger, a nice addition to the add-on. In-message links are slightly more attractive, and that same nice ‘Submit’-button highlighting is used in search boxes, which is nice.

Overall, nice updates to an already great add-on. And I can forgive the jittery page scrolling for a nice GUI. If you don’t already have the extension, get it here, and be sure to check out their GCal Redesigned and GReader Redesigned extensions. Alternatively, get the whole bunch of them with Google Redesigned.

Movie Review: Transsiberian

Posted in Entertainment, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by blakejohnson

Transsiberian was a decent film. Pretty basic storyline, nothing out of the ordinary, really, but the environment was kind of cool, and not too common (plus, cold wintry surroundings are best I think for isolation, insanity and murder movies, just watch 30 Days of Night).

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Awesome Hot 'n' Cold Cover

Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Music, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by blakejohnson

This had me overjoyed with laughter. Thanks, @feliciaday!

Definitely has that chocolate rain, soon-to-be-famous viral feel to it. I hope they don’t end up on TV or something for this, but I wondered while watching if they’d get picked up like Tay Zonday did after his video. Nonetheless, enjoy the link, I know I did :P.

No embedding code… link: http://is.gd/v9v5

Robin Williams: Impersonation of a Smart Kid

Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Video, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2009 by blakejohnson

I was watching Robin Williams’ Live at the Met and Inside the Actor’s Studio videos last night and came across this piece during his interview that had me at tears. Firstly, technological jokes are among my favorites, and the voice he does for this kid is just perfect so the two together is a recipe for success in my book. Great stuff [after the jump].

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…also in movie news

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Film, News, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by blakejohnson

Machete comes true!

And Rodriguez to make another Predator!

And finally, del Toro to pen series of [real horror] vampire novels.