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1  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: (new) icon - make it easier to hit on touch screen device on: July 18, 2014, 10:32:26 PM
The same, or at least comparable, feature would be nice for the 'all unread' list, where the icon is quite small, but I assume it's using the same icon tellme

I don't think he's talking about that icon. I believe he's referring to this one:

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They do 2 different things.

The "new" icon takes you to the first unread post in the thread.

The icon you pointed out takes you to the last post in the thread.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is the logic of bezier curves? (for Illustrator pen tool) on: July 15, 2014, 09:57:51 PM
I have never tried doing stuff like this in Illustrator (yet), but it's quite easy once you have had a little bit of practice in Paintshop Pro.

You'd probably be able to figure it out on your own if Illustrator supports raster and vector layers within the same image (I don't know if it does).

If it does, I would suggest grabbing some very simply drawn sample images to work with, creating a new vector layer over them and using the sample images as your guide. You could practice getting your shapes to follow the same lines as the sample image. It only took me an hour or so to get the hang of node manipulation, this way.

I do all of mine as a series of vector circles shapes, manipulated at the node level till they are just right, converting all the nodes to "cusp" type before I begin (I just find it a lot easier to work with that way). Each circle has 4 nodes, by default (which I may or may not keep, depending on how complex of a shape is the goal). I add more nodes, as needed, remove ones not needed, drag & drop the existing nodes where they are needed, and lengthen/shorten the handles and swing them left/right till it matches the lines on my base image. When I am finished, I delete the base layer, so only my vector layers remain.

Once you have had some practice with some sample images, you can sketch & scan your own to work with, doing the same thing....or move on to photos that have very clean lines. Wink
3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Do you use a good office chair when programming? on: July 14, 2014, 12:55:19 AM
(see attachment in previous post)
I don't know if it's shopped or not. I've not been able to find anything like it online.

Not shopped. According to NPR, it was custom made by a company called ErgoGenesis for a client who exceeded the 600-pound limit of its other chairs, and it cost $1,800.

http://www.npr.org/2011/1...eel-the-impact-of-obesity
4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Do you use a good office chair when programming? on: July 13, 2014, 01:24:50 PM
does anyone know if there is such a thing as a high quality chair meant for people who tend to site cross-legged (ie sit with their feet up on the seat of the chair).  and if not, maybe it would be a good invention..

Yes, they do exist. You just have to get an extra wide chair, like the ones made for guys that weigh 300+ lbs.  Wink

Another benefit to getting a chair like that is that they are better quality, made much sturdier, so they don't break under the weight of a heavier person. You usually will not find cheap plastic legs on one. But the tradeoff is that they do come with a higher price tag.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 11, 2014, 11:13:43 AM
Steamed baby potatoes taste awesome hot or cold.

Little baby red potatoes, in a pressure cooker for about 7 minutes, then chilled. Eat them like apples. They are quite sweet.  smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 10, 2014, 09:19:40 PM
Troll Truck

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZEUcLRVNmM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZEUcLRVNmM</a>
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... botanical info on: July 10, 2014, 08:56:33 PM
It's not a book, but it is substantially cheaper than one (free).  Wink

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits on: July 10, 2014, 12:28:28 PM
"My Wikipedia entry doesn't mention the long haired cats! It MUST mention the long haired cats! Somebody get on that, right away!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...32870&oldid=564309759

 Grin
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 10, 2014, 01:51:39 AM
You're trying to be rational. Stop.

Wait...what? You thought that was rational?  ohmy

I am not too sure how I should interpret thatundecided

Too bad the average idiot is also to lazy to read what they can watch on TV. It didn't get the nickname Idiot Box for nothing.

But why bother to watch the BS on TV when someone else's even worse interpretation of it can be summed up in a 480x360 graphic on Facebook, complete with a sentence or two of misspelled text & bad grammar, and a link to a site of questionable validity, built by a mentally ill individual that very likely has an entire tinfoil wardrobe? And you don't even have to Google it to see if they are talking out of their ass or not, before liking it and resharing it, to spread it's BS message to your friends & family, who most are likely to be just as uneducated, gullible, & lazy.

Of course that won't remove all of those people from the world, that actually have a brain and know how to use it, but you can just quickly block or unfriend them when they correct your BS, so that nobody else will know just how stupid and lazy you really are.  Wink

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 09, 2014, 08:34:57 PM

But it doesn't matter.

Perhaps I'm not being clear enough.

The psychopaths out there will read anything and come up with anything. That it is the declaration of independence doesn't matter -- it is good enough that it was written in the same century by the same basic group as the fellows who wrote the Constitution. Logic doesn't matter. Reason is irrelevant. The psychopaths follow the same basic patterns all the time. They grasp at straws and bray like donkeys until they get their way. We see this regularly. The entire SOPA/PIPA/etc. thing was a good example. The same nutjobs came back with the same nonsense again. They latch onto anything remotely related to any issue and pursue it until they get it. They don't take no for an answer. This will be the same basic deal because it's "close enough".

But why bother with the Declaration of Independence, which predates the founding of this country, when there are so many better documents to mess with that have much greater potential for accomplishing so much, in the way of a psychopathic power grab? Why not attack the Constitution itself, and reveal it as a complete fraud, and produce a document declaring your family as the rightful royal heirs to the crown of the USA, as willed to your family by the childless George Washington himself, this country's first King? Then march your gun nut psychopathic patriot army right into Washington DC, kick the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court off your brand new property, put yourself in charge of everything, and either shoot or lock up anyone that disagrees with you (without a trial), and make everyone live by your psychopathic rules?

If you are going to distort history and use its historical documents to do it, might as well go all the way with your psychopathic distortions.  You would have a better chance of success messing with the Constitution and the last will & testament of George Washington to do it, than a punctuation mark in the Declaration of Independence. Wink
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 09, 2014, 05:42:19 AM
I certainly wouldn't put it past people, like, oh perhaps a constitutional law professor, to conveniently reinterpret for broader government power despite knowing the history.

But it's not the Constitution. It's an old formal declaration of war that predates the Constitution. It holds no bearing on how things are run today. It can neither grant any rights to citizens nor any power to the government...at all.

Any reinterpretation at this point, based on a single punctuation mark, would be equal to you discovering an old baby picture of yourself which leads you to believe you had slightly less/more hair on your head, when you were born, than you originally thought. How life changing would that be for you?
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 07, 2014, 04:14:18 AM
^^ Can surveillance be addictive? I hadn't known that.

I think it's probably more along the lines of being addicted to power, and surveillance just being a tool of power.

And then a little splash of voyeurism to boot! smiley

Or perhaps you have quoted someone addicted to forum spamming, who had nothing of real value to add to this conversation. Wink
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 06, 2014, 11:26:28 AM
I don't think there is a 2nd way to interpret the document, if you consider the context and the events that followed it. It meant only 1 thing.

And if it had been a simple 3 word document, stating merely "F**K You England" it still could not have been interpreted any differently.

It is not a legal document that holds any bearing on modern life in the US. You can't go to court over any perceived violation of rights, citing the Declaration of Independence as granting you any. Nor can it grant the US government any extra authority.

It's just the old declaration of war that lead to the founding of the US. Nothing more, nothing less.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Manipulate a webpage to include a watermark on: July 05, 2014, 06:58:50 PM
You're welcome.  smiley
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Manipulate a webpage to include a watermark on: July 05, 2014, 05:28:19 PM
Formatted for Javascript with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. javascript:(function(){data=document.getSelection();correios=document.createElement("div");correios.id="correios";correios.style="background:url(http://i62.tinypic.com/169hxls.png)%20no-repeat;display:block;height:37px;padding:135px%200%200%200;position:absolute;right:0;text-align:center;top:0;width:171px;z-index=-1";correios.innerHTML=data;document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0].appendChild(correios);})();
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Manipulate a webpage to include a watermark on: July 05, 2014, 12:47:20 AM
You might be able to do this with a bookmarklet, instead of greasemonkey.  Wink
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 04, 2014, 02:04:34 PM
tl;dr - Fast food hamburgers contain wood pulp.


Nothing really new about that ingredient in our food.

Up until the mid 80's, reduced calorie bread was accomplished by just cutting it a lot thinner. But then all of a sudden, a whole bunch of reduced calorie breads (and now they call them "reduced carb") appeared on the market that the slices were the same thickness as normal bread, and the average consumer liked this much better than just having thinner slices to accomplish the same calorie reduction.

The secret ingredient was the same: cellulose

You know what else is made of cellulose? Kitchen sponges. yummy!

So, in a pinch, if you spill something and don't have a sponge to wipe it up, you can just use a slice of reduced carb bread to accomplish the same task.  tongue
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Freedom Summer on: July 04, 2014, 05:17:42 AM
I am reminded of this:

Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 04, 2014, 04:52:39 AM
Your next driver's license picture... Wink


Some years back, the photo on my husband's drivers license looked so unlike him, that he had to carry the older expired one along with it, otherwise if he got pulled over, the officer would likely have thought he was using someone else's license.
20  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Free ebook: The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 3rd Edition on: July 03, 2014, 03:12:51 PM
SitePoint just released a brand new 3rd edition of the book "The Principles of Beautiful Web Design" and through this weekend, are offering the ebook edition free of charge, bundled with a 14-day free trial of Learnable.

A credit card will be needed to take advantage of this offer. The Learnable membership will automatically renew at a rate of $29 per month at the end of the free trial, unless you cancel before that.

This link will take you directly to the shopping cart, preloaded with the special bundle.

http://email.learnable.co.../y-l-iyilhrt-jyjiihxdt-t/

About that Learnable membership: You get unlimited online access to all of their books and courses for as long as you remain a member, plus 2 free downloads per month. Not sure if this free trial comes with any download credits, but if it does, they can be used to download additional books or sets of course videos, free of charge. So, don't cancel the membership without checking for that, first, otherwise you may end up throwing away the opportunity for another free book or 2.


Disclaimer: I do work for Sitepoint/Learnable, but do not receive any compensation from this offer or for posting about it here, nor have they even asked me to post about it here. I just like sharing free stuff. smiley
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Steals 22 Domain Names from NoIP on: July 02, 2014, 01:00:25 AM
I used to use the paid No-IP years ago. It was always very good.

I used to use their free service years ago, back when I used to host a website on my home PC, over 33.6k dialup. (yea, I was crazy...and still am.  tongue)
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 29, 2014, 03:59:16 AM
Texas DoT believes that the sight of a very large distracting object while you are driving, will help cut down on distracted driving:

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http://blogs.dallasobserv...ke_you_a_safer_driver.php
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: June 29, 2014, 03:18:35 AM
A friend of mine pointed this out, and it would apply to Facebook's paper that was published on the PNAS site:

For experiments involving human participants, authors must also include a statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from all participants. All experiments must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki.

Acceptance of Facebook's user agreement, at the time of signup, would not be considered "informed consent".

Informed consent is described in the Declaration of Helsinki as:

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26.       In medical research involving human subjects capable of giving informed consent, each potential subject must be adequately informed of the aims, methods, sources of funding, any possible conflicts of interest, institutional affiliations of the researcher, the anticipated benefits and potential risks of the study and the discomfort it may entail, post-study provisions and any other relevant aspects of the study. The potential subject must be informed of the right to refuse to participate in the study or to withdraw consent to participate at any time without reprisal. Special attention should be given to the specific information needs of individual potential subjects as well as to the methods used to deliver the information.

           After ensuring that the potential subject has understood the information, the physician or another appropriately qualified individual must then seek the potential subject’s freely-given informed consent, preferably in writing. If the consent cannot be expressed in writing, the non-written consent must be formally documented and witnessed.      

           All medical research subjects should be given the option of being informed about the general outcome and results of the study.



24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 27, 2014, 03:45:13 PM
If you have ever played The Sims, this one is for you.  Wink

 
25  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Programming on a Keyboard… a Piano Keyboard on: June 26, 2014, 07:55:45 PM
If it wasn't for the fact that this video is now well known, I can see that as a cool way to get past nosy surveillance guards in a less free country.

So you get them to release the CD / download and get it to go to the top of the music charts. "Hooray, Culture!" they say. Then say two weeks later the minister of technology comes up and says "Uh... Mr. Supreme Comrade? We have a problem. Four million people now have that forbidden program."

"Oh look, he's playing nice music!"
(Guy thinks to himself "Sure, but I'm also coding!)

Reminds me of an episode of The Bionic Woman (1976): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0526196/?ref_=ttep_ep4

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A fellow OSI agent goes missing while investigating country legend Big Buck Buckley who seems to be passing out top secret information by way of his music. Muffin Calhoun, a mutual acquaintance of Buck and Oscars takes Jaime to Nashville and introduces her to Buckley as the aspiring singer 'Jodi Lee Sommers'.

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