Category Archives: Art

three.js GUI tools
Date Created: April 2, 2016  Date Modified: April 2, 2016

This is more a marker for me, than anything informative. Check them out if 3D web is something yo your alley

Tools which help to edit a scene or generate code with three.js

three.js editor – http://threejs.org/editor/
ThreeScene – http://errolschwartz.com/projects/threescene/
ThreeNodes – http://idflood.github.com/ThreeNodes.js/
ThreeInspector – http://zz85.github.io/zz85-bookmarklets/threelabs
ThreeFabs – http://blackjk3.github.com/threefab/

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Too often…
Date Created: February 14, 2013  Date Modified: May 14, 2013

Im not explaining this again. Its pretty straight forward.

Banksy / Robbo

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These are a couple of in progress pics of my two-tone attempt. Im not going to explain the whats and whys of this, just that I currently dont have the time or money to do a bare-meatal respray. I aim to do that in July…

Still need a second coat

Passanger side still masked

I will leave the 380 badge off once its all finished–their glued btw, only the tri-star has pins

Rollin in a… Bath-tub?
Date Created: October 16, 2012  Date Modified: October 16, 2012

The owner of this vehicle lives in the next street, so I see this quite often–The motorized bathtub!. The first time I saw it he ran a stop sign and nearly hit me, I posted about this to FB but I knew the pics or didn’t happen was to follow, so now every time I see this transport I always photo it.

Noticing from the wheels and red spray job–hes put some work into it over time–or is this another motorized bathtub all together? in Freo it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.
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[VIDEO] El Lupe Live Recording
Date Created: November 28, 2011  Date Modified: May 6, 2012

Back when I was a student I aspired to work in the glamours world of the music industry, needless to say that didnt happen, but here is one of the many gigs I filmed at the time.

It was shot on a Canon XM1, but as you can see this upload has been thru the codec blender (blame the producer, not me. I didnt upload it)

More info can be found on the producers MySpace page (Im mentioned by name on this site…)

Occupy Web Technology
Date Created: November 21, 2011  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

The “Occupy” brand has exploded, Im not going to get into all the different products latching onto the Occupy theme–that would take to long. What I have found a little interesting is that two Occupy movements have popped up that I think are worth a mention here, they are Occupy Flash and Occupy HTML. Oh dear.

Lets start with Occupy Flash. Flash is propriety software that is distributed by the corporate giant Adobe, after they purchased their biggest competitor–much to my annoyance at the time. At the time I saw it as Adobe creating a web monopoly, something the OWS have been vocal about since they launched their brand. Since then the web has changed and the Macromedia stable is nolonger the dux-nutz of web development tools. Who uses Dreamweaver as much as they did in 2001?. Flash managed to survive the Web 2.0 upgrade by catering toward a different market, and it worked; testimony to that was Microsofts attempt at encroaching Adobe’s market share with Silverlight… To any webmonkey claiming flash is dead, just log into Google Analytics and right click on the map overlay!

However the folk at Occupy Flash seem to think otherwise:

Flash Player is dead. Its time has passed. It’s buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn’t work on most mobile devices. It’s a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash present a completely inconsistent (and often unusable) experience for fast-growing percentage of the users who don’t use a desktop browser. It introduces some scary security and privacy issues by way of Flash cookies.

Flash makes the web less accessible. At this point, it’s holding back the web.

All of the above could be true of any web technology; Sharepoint, iOS, .NET, their all guilty to some extent. Holding back the web? well back in the late 90’s it was Flash that was the fore-front of rich web, and without it we would have never seen any of the Web 2.0 technology we have today; Google Maps, Youtube… I could go on.

Then there is the counter argument from the Occupy HTML folk:

Flash is mature. It’s supported by all major desktop browsers. It’s stable when used properly. If not, it crashes a lot, just like every other technology. It requires constant security updates, just like every other web technology. It doesn’t work well on most mobile devices, and for good reasons. It’s a content plugin, developed during the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash can present a unique (and often unparalleled) experience for the massive percentage of users on a desktop browser. Flash powers some amazing experiences that work consistently across all of the major browsers in a way that cannot be replicated without Flash technology.

Championing simplistic statements regarding web technologies makes the web less educated.
At this point, it’s holding back the web.

A “content” plugin? well thats news to me–altho the XML data connector is a great little object to display your content in a visually pleasing way, Flash is for the most part asthetically driven as opposed to content driven (but maybe my definition of content differes from the writers?). The point about Flash working consistently accross browsers is a misnomer too–Konqueror anyone?.

As someone who wasted MANY years of my life with ActionScript, Im not one to quickly bash Macromedia’s Adobe’s rich-web software. That said, having years of experience dealing with an anti-Flash market, and the shortcomings of the platform, Im not one to instantly praise it. Flash is still useful in certain situations, and HTML5 does not get full cross browser support (yet). Really its like comparing Apple’s and Wintel’s.

Im not going to bash either technology, both are useful, both are required by the market. Both cater to a different market share. And most importantly: Both can co-exist on the web. If we as developers and designers dismiss one tech for another then we are only limiting ourselves to one market or the other.

Live and let live.

Visualise Statistics With Google
Date Created: October 24, 2011  Date Modified: May 13, 2013

Google charts is an amazing piece of API, the data is there for you to use however you want. Supporting SVG and HTML5, this is a great tool to integrate within any site to display metrics visually.

The following example shows World top 10 Current Account balance:
Current Account Balance - Ranking

Me as an infographic
Date Created: October 3, 2011  Date Modified: October 3, 2011

Considering the data is so limited, being only a recent twitter adopter, the followig infographic from visual.ly is remarkably accurate.

I cant wait for them to open up the API

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…
Date Created: September 19, 2011  Date Modified: January 22, 2013

playing with the CSS today so the site might look wacky.. I dont like the OOTB twentyEleven theme..

Im baseing it on my blogger site layout that kind of evolved its own CSS over the years. At least I am hacking together my own style here from twentyEleven–even if im not building a theme from scratch..

Still have a few more elements to sort out before the theme is stable…

UPDATE: All thats left to do now is customise the navigation and then I think we’re done with the CSS for now.. DONE

UPDATE: I commented this out of the original post but I have decided to have it visible because this is all too common and it cheapens my industry

I think its worth pointing out that there are some design agency’s (read: more than one person unlike myself) are using OOTB paid for themes sans any custom CSS.

Im also going to add OracleDigital this list as they are another web “company” who dont even use their own theme. Im going to continue cateloguing every so called web designer in WA that, as I said in the commented out sections of this post:

Yes I am annoyed at the lack of knowledge and skills some people manage to make a living from.

I beilive in industry self-regulation–if you are making money from other peoples hard work, be afraid!.

Snuffy’s drug habit
Date Created: July 9, 2011  Date Modified: December 27, 2012

A mate was looking for a pic of snuffy for his FB profile but he said he couldnt find the right one–SOUNDS LIKE A RULE 35 TO ME

UPDATE: I like this one better

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the GIMP is on tablets
Date Created: June 7, 2011  Date Modified: June 7, 2011

having the week off work is good to relax and dust off the old tablet… started colouring in this self portrait from earlier

UPDATE: nevermind

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New Art; Old Muse
Date Created: June 4, 2011  Date Modified: December 27, 2012

those who know me know Storm has been a huge influence on my life, and after meeting up with her again after all these years I needed t do some sort of new art for my greatest muse…

the pic was sent to be from her phone and I used GIMP and inkscape as the productivity suite for this…

UPDATE:This was written on June 4 2011; current status of the Storm is that she is no longer in my life and this is for the best.

This rant was posted in GIMP, Inkscape, SVG on by .

Layer Masks
Date Created: January 18, 2011  Date Modified: October 5, 2011

Knocked these layermasks up at work today rather quickly, they can be found on the careers centre pages at the UNDA website

Please note that not all the layermasks on the UNDA site are mine–some talented person created some for the med school pages–I told them I would do it for them, but they insisted.

This rant was posted in Layer Mask, Photoshop, Work on by .

SVG Slideshow
Date Created: September 14, 2010  Date Modified: May 24, 2012

Im trying out the picasa slideshows thingy, yeah way to articulate. It will probably remove some of my early pics as I have moved them out the blog album..

whatever

This rant was posted in Flash, Illustrator, SVG on by .

Ci Logo in Bryce
Date Created: July 2, 2010  Date Modified: July 2, 2010

I havnt used Bryce in years, the materials editor is amazing and so easy to use–not like the surface editor in Lightwave… anyway thyese few quick renders of the CI logo are from Bryce6

UPDATE: I changed this to an embeded slideshow as this seems to be one of the more popular posts on this blog..

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