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Archive for December, 2006

Seven things you should know about Tim Biskup

Tim Biskup is one of my favourite modern-day artists, and there’s a new article on him over at Helio: 7 things you should know about Tim Biskup. (via Drawn!)

Disney to produce theatrical shorts again

New animated shorts from-guess who? Disney: Jenny highlights a recent article from the New York Times.

After a hiatus of nearly 50 years, Walt Disney Studios is getting back into the business of producing short cartoons, starting with a Goofy vehicle next year. The studio has released a few shorts in recent years — “Destino,” “Lorenzo” and “The Little Match Girl” — but those were more artistic exercise than commercial endeavor. The new cartoons, by contrast, are an effort by a new leadership team from Pixar Animation Studios, now a Disney unit, to put the Burbank company back at the forefront of animation with a form it once pioneered.

Design for browser size, not screen size

Design for browser size, not screen size: I’ve been saying it for ages but I like reading things by people who say the same things as me. ;) A nice tool here at whatsmy.browsersize.com as well.

“I’m blogging right now…”

I don’t mean for every post to be a YouTube clip, but this was just too funny… “I’m busy blogging right now… I think it’s pretty obvious Jim… if you could just hold all my calls…” (via Kottke)

Small business project management: Part 2

I was recently looking for a simple solution for handing day-to-day tracking of quotes and invoices. I mentioned Mark Boulton‘s upcoming Flow web app which enters Beta very soon, but I also re-discovered Side Job Track. It’s changed quite a bit since I last saw it and I’ve decided that I’m going to go ahead and use it for now — it seems that this app (of the ones currently available) is best suited to my present needs.

It’ll be interesting to compare the two upcoming apps, Pro Job Track (Side Job Track for SMEs) and Flow compare when they’re both released. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on them both.

Now, all I have to do is decide between QuickBooks and MYOB to handle my accounting… and find some time to do some design around all this paperwork!

I just saw a Zune, and guess what? Its a piece of shit.

I just saw a Zune, and guess what? Its a piece of shit: “Zune manages to take the very few features of the iPod and over complicate or ruin them. For example, the navigation copies the iPod’s in the way it looks, and for absolutely no reason, because the way the navigation works does not require the scroll wheel design. This tell tale sign of unergonomic design is known to product designers as a skeuomorph, it’s why cheap hifi equipment has lots of flashing lights to look ‘pro’.

I’ve spent a week setting this thing up and using it, and the overall experience is about as pleasant as having an airbag deploy in your face.”

Sci Fi Tech also has an article on “Why the Zune won’t steal Christmas“.

Wii: First Thoughts

Wii: First Thoughts: Not mine, it’s not out over here until next week (and besides, I haven’t pre-ordered one and don’t have any money anyway…), but Kottke gives the lowdown. I normally link to geeky gadget blogs for this kind of stuff but, as the Wii is a “family-oriented console” I thought it’d be nice to have a more human opinion for a change.

Sam & Max Episode 2: Situation: Comedy

Sam & Max Episode 2: Situation: Comedy: New screenshots and a gameplay video (involving Sam & Max as TV Chefs) are up on the Telltale Games site. It already looks like the series is getting more surreal, which can only be a good thing. “Ta-da! You’ve successfully perverted the laws of God and man.”

Hey Gramps, Can I Borrow Your Mac?

Hey, Gramps, Can I Borrow Your Mac? “Apple’s commercials like to portray its users as young and hip. But a new study is offering some contrary information.

When it comes to home computers, nearly half (46%) of Apple’s U.S. user base is 55 or older. That’s compared with only 25.2% of home PC users who are in that age category, reports MetaFacts Inc., a national market research firm.”

Sexual consent

A superb short film. Sexual Consent, by Thank You For Smoking director Jason Reitman. Co-incidentally, Jason is the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman.