Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Best of Photojournalism 2005: Still Photography Winners.

Best of Photojournalism 2005: Still Photography Winners. All the best in professional photojournalistics.
Compete with the very best in still and television photojournalism, in picture editing, and Web editing. Now in its fourth year, the Best of Photojournalism is the world's leading digital photojournalism contest.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Gift Box Templates

Box templates. Paper templates for making simple and impressive Christmas present boxes.
Boxes can be used for holding special gifts, or they can be the gift! Try your hand at any of these unique box templates!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Keyboard Emergency Airbag

Keyboard Emergency Airbag. As a usual airbag it should protect you from the external problems. To be concrete, it is supposed to protect your nerves, hit by a chat partner, fault computer hardware or an e-mail from an angry boss.
Tania Fox made a Keyboard Emergency Airbag to help workers deal with abusive customers. If a caller gets nasty and the worker finds it increasingly difficult to being nice, s/he can activate the airbag and just take a moment to relax, hoping that the customer will chill out a little.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Haunted paper toys

Haunted Paper Toys. A website about paper toys, that you can glue yourself. All the toys are quite scarry and/or funny depending on how much you like skeletons and dead bodies.
Here you'll find a variety of rather unusual paper toys, all free for you to print out and enjoy. The toys include a hearse playset, coffin gift boxes (with occupants), a little cemetery, several unusual board games, a gloomy little haunted house, a rusty old-style robot, and quite a few other dark delights. So pick out some toys, print out the pattern pages, and with a few common supplies like scissors and glue you're ready to create all these strange little curiosities. I hope you'll enjoy them all.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Old operating systems boot-up screens

Bootup Screens. Collection of boot-up screens in old operating systems from ZX Spectrum to Windows 95.
A Collection Of Old Computer Bootup Screens

Friday, November 25, 2005

New office slang Funny dictionary of the office slang.
Adminisphere - The rarified organizational layers above the rank and file that makes decisions that are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant.

Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an office or work group. “I dunno, ask Rick. He’s our alpha geek.”

Assmosis - The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

Dilberted - To be exploited and oppressed by your boss, as is Dilbert, the comic strip character. “Damn, I’ve been dilberted again! The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week.”

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Origami from the dollar notes

Money Origami. Some people collect dosens of origami diagrams. Some try making money from origami. And only one person makes origami from the money.
Folding paper money (or "money origami") is my one true creative output. My best original designs include spiders, eyeglasses, sailboats, and framed portraits. I got started in high school when I learned how to make a ring out of a dollar bill. I generally make these items to leave as tips. A friend of mine keeps telling me "You should write a book... you could make a lot of money." My slogan is: "Everyone is good at something. Me, I'm good at spending money."

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Digital images for free

NYPL Digital Gallery. New-York Public Library presents its Digital Images Gallery. Nice category system and good search engine make it an interesting resource for the free image seekers.
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Top ten CSS tricks

Top ten CSS tricks from Trenton Moss:

1. Block vs. Inline Level Elements
2. Another Box Model Hack Alternative
3. Minimum Width for a Page
4. IE and Width and Height Issues
5. Text-transform Command
6. Disappearing Text or Images in IE?
7. Invisible Text
8. CSS Document for Handhelds
9. 3-d Push Button Effect
10. Same Navigation Code on Every Page

See full descriptions with examples at sitepoint

Monday, November 21, 2005

Funny optical illusion

Mr Angry & Mrs Calm. Funny optical illusion. Look at the picture from the different distance.
If you are near to this picture, Mr Angry is on the left and Mrs Calm is on the right. If you view it from a distance, they switch places!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Google Images Timeline

Google Picture Timeline. What if you search Google Images for a year number like 1900 or 1967 and then gather all the returned pictured together? You'll get a surprisingly comprehensive image of the year
Images selected from the first page of google image results for each year.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Casino Carpet Gallery

Casino Carpet Gallery. One of the most amazing collections I've seen. Check this site out if you want to start a successful casino. Or if you just want to browse the good carpet gallery before buying one for the slipping room.
This is it...the notorious casino carpet gallery: six pages of casino carpeting and nothing but.

Casino carpet is known as an exercise in deliberate bad taste that somehow encourages people to gamble.

In a strange way, though, it's s sublime work of art, rivalling any expressionist canvas of the past century. Note the regal tones of Caesars Palace, the bountiful bouquet of Mandalay Place, the soft, almost abstract pointilism of Paris, all whispering, "gamble, gamble" just out of the range of consciousness as people walk to the nearest slot machine.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Japanese Warning signs

Japanese Warning Signs
Japanese warning signs are very different than warning signs in other parts of the world, because they usually contain a visual and easy to understand reason why something is dangerous or not allowed.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Designer's toolbox

Designer's Toolbox. A set of designer tools. Several useful utilities and a lot of guidelines. Notice the simplest CSS-generator I've ever seen. It is not for generating a web page template, but for generating a text style. With preview, of course.
Design tools for creative professionals. Print resources, online guides, legal forms, and much more.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Free fonts for your site and PC

Fontleech: The Free Font Blog. A blog about free fonts. A lot of links to free downloadable fonts.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Color photos of the World War 2

World War 2 Pictures In Color . A well categorized set of photos of the World War 2. All in color

Sunday, November 13, 2005

How to make a book shelf from the books

This Into That. If you don't really like reading or have a huge load of boring books, you can always make them serve more interesting books.
This Into That offers functional art furniture, primarily book shelves on any theme. Each is made by Jim Rosenau at his studio in Berkeley, California. No books that could change the course of world events are harmed in the production.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Free domain names

Search for free domain names by keywords.

Domain hunter is a must have tool for every web master and seo specialist. Every time I think about creating a new site, I have a lot of headache because of the need to invent cool, keyword oriented domain name, that nobody had taken yet.

Domain hunter passes the keywords you enter to the Overture Keyword Selector tool and then checks the domains, that are combination of your and related keywords. Simple, yet powerful.

Domain Hunter queries the Overture Keyword suggestion tool then checks for common combinations of the keywords as keywords. Potential domains that are not registered are listed in red. Free domains are also listed in a textarea, so you can bulk register the names, after it has processed the list.
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Friday, November 11, 2005

500 hours in MSPaint

Powerdraw. It turns out, that after 500 hours of work in Microsoft Paint it is possible to draw a photo quality picture.
a drawing that i used mspaint to draw with alittle photophop bluring, it is more than 500 hours work on that one no template eyes work
little story about this drawing it was a fews years ago that picture was on a calender i found it out very nice
so i decided to draw it but i did'nt know how to use softwares so i used the very basic mspaint to do it
this is a second drawing that i did this way the first one was reconized by microsoft. Nhat vinh ly
your comments are pleased and very apprecited

Thursday, November 10, 2005

50 Things to do with a House Brick

50 Things to do with a House Brick. 50 ways for entertain yourself if you've found a house brick. Though, it's amazing that building a house is not listed :)

4. Office automation tool (leave propped against “Enter” key. Go to lunch.)

5. Mobile phone placeholder (use to mock people who don’t have the latest model)
30. Extra long-lasting salt lick for gullible cattle.

31. Latest idea for a novelty computer mouse. Ideal physiotherapy for anyone who needs highly developed muscles in one wrist. Bachelors, maybe.

32. Turns bats into insults. (Think about it.)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Free online image editors

Couple of free online photo editors. They are not as great as CreatingOnline editor, but since it is down for about a week already, I thought it would be useful to mention other tools also.

GifWorks is a good for situations when you need to fix your website's icon or create a new one as soon as possible. It is not as comfortable as Photoshop, but you can use 3D-effects, flips, crops, buttonizing, etc. You can save results of your work as GIF files only

MyImager. If you need to edit a photo have a look at MyImager. There you can amend images of up to 500Kb size for free. Interface is a bit annoying - you have to click a lot of "Submits" and the whole web-page is reloaded after you select the option. Another bad issue is the fact that MyImager will show you a lot of pop-ups, so better use it via Firefox with the pop-up filtering enabled.
Nevertheless, the tool does its core job quite well: you can adjust saturation, contrast, apply special photo effects etc.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Free color palette tools online

Color Palette Tools. A set of links to the online color palette tools. Quick and effective.
All of these tools work slightly differently, but are based on the same principle: fiddle around until you find an attractive group of colors. I use all of them at various times, and if I'm not having luck with one tool, I move on to the next.

CSS template constructors for free

Style Templates. A good, small and comprehensive, set of links to the site templates collections. Here you can find ready to use templates, CSS tutorials and even template constructors.
Any Order ColumnsBig
ColumnsBig John Bergeviny Bergevin of Position Is Everything proudly present the holy grail for web designers: multiple column layouts where you can present the columns in any order using style sheetsCreatorSelect
CSS Creator
Select stuff from a form (colors, number of columns, (X)HTML version), push the button, and out comes a CSS tpage.CSSfPage MakerFrom
From ClevaTreva Designs: fill in the formCSSst comes your CSSs.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Ancient postcards

Postcards from the Attic. Postcards from the beginning of the 20th century. Nicely structured categories will let you find a picture for any specific occasion. Oh, yeah, you can also send any card to a friend.
"This project was prompted by my father giving me several hundred postcards sent between 1900 and 1910 by members of my family."

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Russian Propaganda Posters

Propaganda Posters. An impressive collaction of the propaganda posters from USSR, Cuba, Poland, etc.

The View from Everest

The View from Everest. On NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day there are a lot of impressive photos. One of the unique things is the huge panoramic photo from the tallest mountain on the Earth.
What would it be like to stand atop the tallest mountain on Earth? To see a full panoramic vista from there, scroll right. Visible are snow peaked mountains near and far, tremendous cliffs, distant plateaus, the tops of clouds, and a dark blue sky. Mt. Everest stands 8.85 kilometers above sea level, roughly the maximum height reached by international airplane flights, but much less than the 300 kilometers achieved by a space shuttle.

Google Search Tips 2005

Google Search Tips 2005. Fresh set of search tips for Google. Use it if you know the "site:" keyword and if you want to discover some more tricks.
Here are some search syntax basics and advanced tricks for You might know most of these, but if you spot a new one, it may come in handy in future searches.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Taking Professional Looking Photos with a ususal digital camera

Taking Professional Looking Photos Without a Professional. A nice guide on taking "almost professional" photos.
When taking your own photos, you want lots of light - but not direct light. Direct light will cause harsh shadows, which you don’t want. DO NOT USE A FLASH! Flashes wash out colors and details – and even the entire photo if you are taking close up shots. Professional looking product photos have soft shadows and a subtle background. To achieve this effect, you want soft, diffused light.