Archive for the Productivity Category

DIY Lightbox

Posted in DIY, Inspiration, People, Productivity with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by blakejohnson

I wish I had teachers do cool, simple stuff like then when I was in school. Not only is it cheap and gets the job done, but it’s something the teacher took the effort and initiative to do outside of the classroom in order to teach more adequately the material to their students. In general, I think creative, crafty teachers are some of the best kind, and maybe it’s overkill to applaud them, but after the last year of making fruitless tuition payments, I applaud them whole-heartedly. Way to go, bigtreehouse!

The goal was to make a light box for my students to use that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Went to the second-hand store and found a florescent light… ($4.99 with 50% off) then noticed a suitcase/briefcase ($3.99 with 50% off). I got them both and started thinking of ways to put them together.

Instructables via Lifehacker.

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Firefox Extensions

Posted in Coding, Computers, Development, Productivity, Resources, Reviews, Web, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by blakejohnson

Google FX is a pretty sweet-ass extension that offers all kinds of cool customization options and features to Google Search users. One bug I did discover though – which is not so much a bug as a sort of conflict – for those of you using the Google Redesigned extension to make your Gmail, GCal, etc. look and feel cooler, more usable, go into ‘Manage User Scripts…’ under ‘Greasemonkey’ in the ‘Tools’ menu, and change the ‘https://*.google.*’ rule. [Note: You should be using secure connections for your Google apps anyway, and if you’re not, change that in your ‘Settings’ section of your Google account.]

userscripts via Lifehacker.

Web Developer by Chris Pederick (who has a pretty awesome website, by the way) is a sweet-ass looking tool for web designers, one of the coolest aspects of which allows them to essentially code with real time updating of the results of said code, and then a simple copy-paste-save ensures a faster, accurate workflow [no more Ctrl+S-Alt+Tab-Ctrl+R to check your code]. Also, you can validate CSS and HTML, and even local versions of those languages while you’re working on them. Tons of other features abound in this extension, check it out online and fiddle with it a bit. I promise you’ll be happy :P.

Chris Pederick via Themeforest.

Oh, and if anyone figures out how to use Chris Pederick’s other extension, ‘User Agent Switcher’, let me know. I was excited at the prospect of checking IE rendering results on my Mac, but was slightly confused and disappointed when it seemed that wasn’t what the extension was for.

Enjoy the goodies!

…yummy Photoshop

Posted in Coding, Computers, Design, Development, Graphics, Productivity, Resources, Video, Web, Work on February 20, 2009 by blakejohnson

Yup, you got it, more o’ the good stuff.  Found some more useful tutorials today.  This one’s basically a crash course in the application, but I figured it’s a good addition to my growing list of resources.  Can’t hurt to revisit your basics every once in a while.  I’m exhausted at the moment, had a tuna burrito, then a lamb burger, then pizza and apparently it’s taking more energy to metabolize than I’d anticipated.  But that’s fine by me.  Sleep never hurt anybody :P.

Anyway…here’s the link, and here’s another random resource in case you were interested in that last building-custom-themes-for-Wordpress video series I posted about.  Enjoy :P.

Holy Photoshop!

Posted in 2D, Art, Coding, Computers, Design, Development, Graphics, Productivity, Resources, Video, Web, Work on February 19, 2009 by blakejohnson

I’ve been watching Adobe’s screencasts the past few days (one on web-based DVDs and one this morning on the Lightroom 2/Photoshop CS4 combo) and have found through them a bunch of new resources for this type of work. Coolness! So from this morning, Julieanne Kost was the host and her website is chock-full of Photoshop and Lightroom tips, with links to her videos on Adobe TV as well and a separate Photoshop Tip of the Day blog, as well as an additional resources page with links to other useful sites on the net.

Also, I’ve gotten hooked on the TutsPlus network of site (PSDTuts, NetTuts, AudioTuts, VectorTuts, AETuts) with their wealth of knowledge and tips and whatnot from all kinds of people.  Lastly, I’ve been watching ThemeForest‘s tutorial series on making custom themes for WordPress (no promises, but possibly in the future of blog of blake).

Mozilla Ubiquity

Posted in Computers, Development, DIY, Productivity, Web with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by blakejohnson

Ubiquity is a term I associate with the internet, however, after watching this video, I’m beginning to think it may become more manageable in the next few years.  Check it out.

Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

via NetTuts

Lifehacker Code

Posted in Coding, Computers, Productivity, Resources, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by blakejohnson

A cool little list of Lifehacker’s homegrown Firefox addons and standalone apps.  Some cool little useful stuff.  There are some other things I remember them making that aren’t on this list, but this is a vote on the best 5 I think, so maybe that’s why they didn’t include them all.

Some of the unmentioned ones:

Useful Photoshop Tricks

Posted in 2D, Art, Computers, Design, Graphics, Productivity, Resources, Web on January 23, 2009 by blakejohnson

Looks tasty…gonna have to read more thoroughly at some point.