Cyber War Visualisation

This is one amazing interface for visualising network attacks.

Reminds me of the interface from Ghost In The Shell.

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Films as Prior-art

In a patent battle, Samsung claims prior-art exists against the iPad patent that is owned by Apple. As evidence, they present a very iPad-isque device being used in a 1968 Stanley Kubrick film – 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This proves that Stanley Kubrick was a design genius and well ahead of his time. The film predicted the iPad a few years early. So, where’s Hal?

Also, Captain Picard unveils the iPad.

Typodermic Fonts

I doubt that I will ever be for want of a font again. I just found an artist who gives away 390+ fonts for free, including commercial usage.

Typodermic is a site created by the artist, Ray Larabie, who has been obsessed with typefaces and fonts since his childhood. There are lots of styles on the site and a large number of them are free.

What can I say, I am a sucker for peng, leng, zheng stuff.

Another great source of stylistic fonts is Dieter Steffmann, though I am not quite clear about their licensing.

Sassy Sass

I had a public holiday today and I ended up spending it on hacking some code. I decided to do a WordPress Theme for my company blog instead of lazing around. It was a fun thing to do on a lazy holiday – not very healthy but quite fun. In order to spice things up, I decided to take this opportunity to learn some Syntactically Awesome Style Sheet (SASS).

That is how I do every project – I make sure that there is something new to learn.

According to their website, “Sass makes CSS fun again. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It’s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.” Essentially, it is a meta-language that can be transformed into legal CSS using an external tool. On top of all the advantages stated, it can be used to automate the generation of complicated style-sheets.

One other advantage that it can deliver is eliminate the need for multi-file CSS that is currently used for organising CSS. SASS is like a programming language in many ways and can include stuff from other files, perform variable substitution and even evaluate some basic expressions and built-in functions. With all that, it can still generate a single compressed CSS file for the browser, which will reduce the number of loads needed.

Anyway, it was a fun project. I will convert the other subdomains on my company site later.

Google Webfonts

In the course of working on a Web 2.0 like system, I was asked if it was possible to embed fonts into a webpage. From my knowledge, it was not possible to embed fonts. However, I was told that it was possible with newer technology that allows one to embed fonts in a specially formatted CSS file.

After looking around, I think that the Google Webfonts are probably a very good way of integrating it. They provide more than a dozen of custom fonts to choose from and include an API to be inserted into the code.


<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Cantarell' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

The only catch is that the CSS style-sheet needs to be included as the first file.