Today’s Readings

From National Geographic, comes the Public Profiler, an interactive world map of surnames. Where do you have family? Was surprised to see “Grogg” so prominent in Switzerland…

A great-looking product from Adobe, Adobe Nav, let’s you use your iPad as an interface with PhotoShop (click the “…More” link just above the images)!  A pretty slick idea, I thought, and it got me wondering: could an app make iThings serve as generic interface devices (i.e. a replacement for your mouse / touchpad)?  You could customize your app to do things the way you want to do do things (three-finger-left = Back, button-left of screen = screen-saver, etc.), then any computer you plug-in your device into would work the way you want it to…  Possible?

Want a view of what the web will some day become?  Check out Google’s 3 Dreams of Black.  And if you’re using a computer like the one I have at work, you won’t be able to view that, so Googie was nice enough to post a video on YouTube…

This sounds like a pretty damned cool innovation in music listening, though Koi Vinh has a few ideas on the next innovations.

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I’ve talked before about how amazingly cool the ColorZilla CSS Gradient Generator is, but recently, I was trying to replicate a bunch of gradients and was amazingly annoyed at having to go through all the f-ing clicks required to get all the colors out of PhotosShop, so I could paste them all, individually, into ColorZilla…  Why doesn’t PhotoShop let me right-click a gradient and get the CSS values?
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A few more notes on ColorZilla…  Not sure when it happened, but they recently added several very powerful new features:

  1. A “Save” button, which lets you name and save your custom gradients to the palette already offered…
  2. A “hue/saturation” button, which… well, I don’t really know what that means, but it surely someone out there does…
  3. A “reverse” button, which flips what gradient you currently have set-up, the other-way-around, auto-magic-ally…
  4. The inclusion of the new WebKit Linear Gradient CSS declaration, while retaining the old, for older WebKit browsers!
  5. The inclusion of -o and -ms declarations for Opera and Microsoft!
  6. An “import from css” button, that lets you paste a single CSS statement, in any format (W3C or vendor-prefixed) and get the whole batch generated back at you!
  7. And the pièce de résistance, the “import from image” button, which lets you upload an existing gradient image, and get back all the CSS needed to kill that offensive image and its annoying little friend, the HTTP Request…

Now that’s some powerful sh… stuff…

Beyond this being a the really cool video, I just love when people do something… that is just… plain right…

This new “Google” place… seems like it would be dangerously addictive to work there…

And finally, having been in serious apartment-search-mode for the past several weeks, so I could immediately appreciate Christian Schallert’s amazing transformation and practical use of 250 square feet.  Yes, 2… 5… 0…  And with a balcony!

Happy reading,
Atg

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