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Coolio: Conglomerfont

Posted in 2D, Art, Computers, Design, Graphics, Inspiration, Resources, Web on January 21, 2009 by blakejohnson

So found this today.  (Yea I’m posting…I know, it’s been months).  Anyway…thought this was pretty cool and was waiting for some other downloads from Bittbox to finish while working on an opening title sequence for my class’s demo reel.  This was a worldwide collaborative font creation project by the host of Bittbox and many others, and it came out reminding me a lot of the The [New] Way Things Work book cover.  Anyway…downloads are done now.  Enjoy the link :P.

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Evernote

Posted in Computers, Life, Productivity, Resources, Video, Web, Work with tags , , , , , , , on August 31, 2008 by blakejohnson

Wow. I’m fucken sold. I’ve had this tab open for a while now, and finally got around to watching the guided tour for Evernote, a sort of life-capturing application where you capture things you want to remember (from literally anywhere) and then it indexes and searches it later when you need to find something (yea, even text in photos). I was into the idea, but didn’t think it was really something I’d end up using that much, but I figured I’d give the tour a whirl anyway.

So I just watched it and holy shit… the simplicity but “it-just-works”-ness about this app is so cool! It just works! I think I might give it a shot. I’d use it less on the net but more in real life, with a phone (which means I need to investigate my phone plan’s accomodation for web uses…once I get a job). One of the things I like the most (aside from the fact that it’s freeware!) is that a lot of the net- or browser-based apps like this that I’ve come across support only specific or affiliated sites, which kind of rules out the usefulness of a tagging application like that. This app doesn’t care what the site is, or even what the media is you’re capturing, it can search anything (it didn’t mentioned anything about videos, so I’m not sure about those…but how much would that rock!?) But everything else seems to work great. I’ll give it a shot and see how it works. I could see this becoming very useful later on when I’ve got a job and any kind of resources to devote to developing a sort of pipeline for using it. Let me know about your experience if you’ve used it before.

O’Reilly Hacks Series

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Resources, Web with tags , , , , on July 31, 2008 by blakejohnson

I discovered this while perusing filmmaking books on Amazon and thought it was a sweet idea. I really don’t know what O’Reilly’s reputation is, but I’ve heard the name and seen the label many a time over the years, so I can only imagine they’re doing something right. Anyway, the “Hacks” series sounded pretty sweet, so I wanted to pass it on. I know I’m going to go through the list and pillage their supply of books, adding it to my wishlist :P.

O'Reilly Hacks Series

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Resources, Web with tags , , , , on July 31, 2008 by blakejohnson

I discovered this while perusing filmmaking books on Amazon and thought it was a sweet idea. I really don’t know what O’Reilly’s reputation is, but I’ve heard the name and seen the label many a time over the years, so I can only imagine they’re doing something right. Anyway, the “Hacks” series sounded pretty sweet, so I wanted to pass it on. I know I’m going to go through the list and pillage their supply of books, adding it to my wishlist :P.

Dove Commercial

Posted in Art, DIY, Entertainment, Get Meta!, Graphics, Inspiration, Life, photography, Resources, Video, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2008 by blakejohnson

I was looking through Photoshop tutorial sites tonight, a result from my newfound fascination with Photojojo, and found this.  It’s a pretty interesting video, and though Dove uses these goodwill-spirited pieces as their advertising campaigns, I think they deserve credit for the way they’re put together and the fact that they’re shown so openly and liberally.  That’s really what kind of statement it is, anyway, a liberal one.  Anyway, I saw this and wanted to share it, since we’re bombarded with “beauty” and society’s expectations and standards of that beauty all the time.  So here’s the link.  Enjoy (or something… I don’t know if enjoying is really what you’ll do with this).

Also, as a footnote, I want to say that HDR. is. awesome.period.

Photography Resolutions

Posted in Art, DIY, Humor, Inspiration, photography, Resources, Web with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2008 by blakejohnson

When a cool DIY photography blog publishes a story called “Goodbye 2007, Hello Two Thousand And Awesome,” you know you’ve got to pay attention.  Photojojo I only just found last night, but already I’m extending beyond the screen in Firefox tabs, all with different pages form the site.  This particular post, however, is a great inspirational (and quick) read about what to do with your camera in 2008.  From joining numerous photo groups on Flickr, taking classes and even a few DIY projects (fisheye lens, coloring books, mosaic emails), it’s got me itching to go an snap away.

At the moment, I’ve got some more rotoscoping work to do, and then it’s off to lunch, but I’m thinking of taking a peek at some of their ideas in a bit more depth when I get back.  Check out their lively 2008 resolution post, and figure out what to do with your camera in the new year!

Hotmail forwarding to…anywhere!

Posted in Computers, Resources, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2007 by blakejohnson

This is an excellent tip that I’m now going to use to finally check all my emails accounts in one place.  Pesky little Hotmail made the free version without support for POP, meaning no email forwarding from Hotmail to Gmail or Apple’s Mail.app.  Or anywhere, for that matter.  However, with this handy little tip from Javed Mandary’s blog, it’s stupidly simple to forward your Hotmail messages to your favorite email address, and only ever have to check one spot for everything, from then on.  I’m definitely using this now and definitely going to keep using it into the future.  Great tip, man, thanks a lot!

Link: http://javedmandary.blogspot.com/…