PolarClock « pixelbreaker PolarClock 3.0 is now available as a screen saver for Mac and Windows, and also as a dashboard widget for OSX Tiger. This release is a total rebuild from scratch using Flash CS3, Flex Builder and ActionScript 3.0. There has been a staggering amount of feedback over the past few months, all of which was very useful. There are more things to add, but there are only so many hours in the day! New Features Language Selection (28 languages so far)Text alignment (outside, centre or inside of arc)Font size 12 – 30pt24/12 hour clock modesFlipping of text when it’s in the lower half of the arc (to stop it being upside down)Guidelines behind arcsArc properties (thickness, padding, radius )A spacer Arc for padding between Date and Time ( movable to be between any arc)Continuous/Stepped motion (continuous was requested a lot, so that you can see a minute slowly stretching each second to become the next minute etc).Ordering of the arcs. A comprehensive options panel has been added, see below:
Make Your Amateur Photos More Professional | Photography With everyone and their grandmother having a digital camera you can make almost anybody look like a professional photographer, well, better-than-amateur at least. You can use this simple process on almost any photo you take. Let’s start with our regular, old, point-and-shoot photo. First, we’re going to sharpen our image a bit using the Unsharp Mask [Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask]. Now we’re going to add a Levels Adjustment layer [Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels]. Next step is to add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layer [Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast]. One more adjustment layer… the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer [Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation]. Now you can probably already see how much of a difference these few steps make. It’s a subtle change, but it usually makes the photo look nicer. You can stop now and still end up with a nice photo, or you can continue on to add a little bit of background blur. Here’s a comparison to the original:
28 Dignified Ways to Impress Everyone Around You post written by: Marc Chernoff Email Far more often than any of us like to admit, our actions are driven by an inner desire to impress other people. This desire is often reflected in the brand name products we use, the bars and restaurants we frequent, the houses and cars we buy and the careers we choose. But are name brand products, fancy bars, houses and cars really that impressive? What about a person who holds an elite position in a career field they dislike? Why? Consider the following questions: He drives a Porsche, but can he truly afford the car payment? You get the idea. Now take a moment and imagine a person who loves what he does for a living, smiles frequently and bleeds passion in every breath he takes. Here are 28 dignified ways to impress everyone around you. We make a living by what we get. Be authentic. Of course, the coolest thing about this list is that everything you need to impress everyone around you is already contained within you. Photo by: Khalid
10 Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web Not everything on the web will show up in a list of search results on Google or Bing; there are lots of places that their web crawlers cannot access. To explore the invisible web, you need to use specialist search engines. Here are our top 12 services to perform a deep internet search. Simply, it’s a catch-all term for online content that will not appear in search results or web directories. There are no official data available, but most experts agree that the invisible web is several times larger than the visible web. The content on the invisible web can be roughly divided into the deep web and the dark web. The Deep Web The deep web made up of content that typically needs some form of accreditation to access. If you have the correct details, you can access the content through a regular web browser. The Dark Web The dark web is a sub-section of the deep web. The Best Dark Web Browser for Your Device The Best Dark Web Browser for Your Device Want to access the dark web? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
My Photography Tutorials - 360 Degree Reverse Photography - Gallery In order to create a , you do not need to be an expert photographer or own expensive photography equipment. You just need to have a standard SLR camera, tripod and a 360-degree panorama software package and of course a good panorama to shoot. Follow these successfully achieving professional results in . First, pick a spot that is equidistant from every point in your photo. Second, pick a lightly overcast day, to achieve consistent lighting across the entire photo. Thirdly, ensure that your camera is affixed to the tripod, which is sitting on a flat surface. Shoot the first frame, and with the use of the tripod, rotate the camera in a clockwise direction so that the first and second frames overlap by 30 to 50 per cent, otherwise your photos will have lines, distortion or missing portions. Continue to rotate the camera clockwise in approximately 25-degree increments, overlapping each photo as before. There are so many different photos that you can take with your SLR camera.
7 Clever Google Tricks Worth Knowing Email Below I have compiled a list of 7 clever Google tricks that I believe everyone should be aware of. Together I think they represent the apex of the grand possibilities associated with Google search manipulation tricks and hacks. Although there are many others out there, these 7 tricks are my all-time favorite. Enjoy yourself. 1. 2. 3. You’re connecting to a public network at a coffee shop or internet café and you want privacy while you browse the web. There are subscription services and applications available such as TOR and paid VPN servers that do the same thing. 4. 5. 6. 7. Bonus Material: Here is a list of my favorite Google advanced search operators, operator combinations, and related uses: Want more info on Google Hacking? If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)...
Translate your users' feedback with ConveyThis Desktop Application | Xerox Business of Your Brain Brought to you by the minds at Xerox, Business of Your Brain® is a desktop app that analyzes your cerebral cortex (well, actually your Microsoft Outlook) to provide a snapshot of the things standing between you and your mind's ability to focus on real business. Examining your email, contacts, calendar of events and even the vocabulary you use, Business of Your Brain® highlights potential distractions including: Total time spent in meetings "Urgent" matters (that probably aren't) Long-winded emails and the people who send them Any and all mention of "Fantasy Football" Business of Your Brain® is for Microsoft Windows only (at least for now). With Xerox, you are ready for real business.
Mesopotamian Astronomy - Babylonian and Persian History Ever since man first looked up at the stars and asked the question, “Are we Alone?” the history of astronomy has shaped the course of human society, connecting science with the inbuilt human spirituality and sense of wonder at the unimaginable vastness of the cosmos. Now seen as the domain of loveable eccentrics, such as Patrick Moore, the late, great Carl Sagan, and Brian May, it is easy to forget how the science of astronomy has pervaded nearly every aspect of human history, and oversaw the rise and fall of great civilizations. The History of Astronomy - Shaping Human History Many notable events in history were shaped by conjunctions of stars and astronomic events, such as the star (supernova) that guided the Magi to Bethlehem. People tend to judge astrology by the poorly written, generic horoscopes in newspapers and internet sites but, back in the time of the ancients, it was a genuine proto-science. Ancient Astronomy and the Sumerians, the Foundation of Civilization Suggest changes
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Are Beards About to Die Out? Beards are everywhere these days. From the urban lumberjacks of Brooklyn to the hirsute hackers of San Francisco, men’s faces have taken a turn for the hairy. But according to one theory of evolutionary population dynamics, the look is destined to die down because of its own popularity. For most biological traits—stronger wings for catching prey, longer legs for evading predators—it doesn’t matter how rare or common the trait is in a population of organisms. Facial hair is a trickier trait to explain than wings or fins, because rather than being determined early in life by genes, it is determined by behavior. A team led by Zinnia Janif, an evolutionary biologist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, realized that it wasn’t enough to just measure the attractiveness of faces with or without beards. To find out, the researchers recruited 36 men who were willing to grow beards. But the context did matter.
About Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Inhabitat was started by NYC designer Jill Fehrenbacher as a forum for investigating emerging trends in product, interior, and architectural design. Managing Editor Mike Chino leads the editorial team, while Laura Mordas-Schenkein assists with daily business operations. The rest of the team is made up of the best design editors and writers from all over the world: Yuka Yoneda (New York Editor), Catherine Winter-Hébert (Design Editor), Lucy Wang (Features Editor), Bridgette Meinhold (Architecture Editor), Jasmin Malik Chua (Copy Editor and Fashion Editor at Ecouterre) and Beth Shea (Kids and Wellness Editor). Sign up with Inhabitat to submit comments, stories, events and listings to us. JILL FEHRENBACHER – Founder, Editor-in-Chief Follow Jill on Twitter at @jillfehr