Steven Spielberg directs a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish starring Georges Rémi's famous adventurer, Tintin. The movie is based on the two-part comic, The Secret Of The Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure. I read these books as a kid and am super-excited to see it on the big screen in a 3D Motion Capture film! :D
Last week, we had a party and a whole bunch of friends and family showed up to party with us. We had a large, well stocked bar (that featured a little too little scotch apprently), lots of snacks, some hot food prepared by Chef Dwayne in our kitchen, Elf on the big screen, and much merriment.
During the party, we asked that people bring food for the Christmas Cheer Board. Lots of you did and we ended up with over $300 worth of food and household items to drop off. Thank you everyone.
On top of all that we had a draw for a bunch of stuff. The names where drawn out by an pair of impartial young ladies aged 7 and 5. Here are the winners:
- Rina Ricci from Syverson-Monteyne - New Years Eve Jets Tickets
- Olga Gorelkina from Velocity - March 1 Jets Tickets
- Mary-Lou McGurran from The Manitoba Arts Network - HP OfficeJet 4500
- Marriane Hubrew - a coveted Visual Lizard zip up
- Jeremy Peterson - another coveted Visual Lizard zip up
- Darcy Boguski - shirt
- Rick Fillon - shirt
- Reid Henderson - shirt
- Paul Barsy - shirt
- Lee Froese - shirt
- Gerhard Hopenheit - shirt
- Stan Ross - shirt
- Dean Syverson - shirt
- Alex Sheludchenko - hat
- Colleen Hailey - toque
- Nancylyn Ross - toque
- Russ Tychonik - hat
- Jerry Griffith - hat
- Lorraine Carrette - toque
- Bruce Froebe - hat
- Carolyn Rickey - toque
- Steven Rosenburg - hat
- Shawn Zayac - hat
- Jerry Grawjewski - hat
- Suzi Bonk - toque
Congratulations to all the winners. If your name is up here, please drop by the office to pick up your prize. I also apologise for any mis-spelled names. Some of you missed your calling as pharmacists.
As another reminder, Visual Lizard will be closed from December 23 to January 3rd, 2011. Have a very Happy Holiday Season and may warmth and saftey find you and yours in 2012.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 19th…
Today, Google announced a couple updates to their social platform, including a slider control to prioritize a circle's stream, an easier to scan notifications popup, and an improved photo experience.
Kim Jong-il Looking At Things
With the passing of the Northern Korean leader two days ago, we remember him by looking at a blog of him looking at other things.
Dear Congress, It's No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works
As Joshua Kopstein says, this used to be funny. Now it's not.
Specializing in the creation of fine embroidered velvet fezzes. I might have to get one of the Mignola inspired ones!
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in Guy Ritchie's sequel, Game Of Shadows. This time they are joined by Jared Harris playing the criminal mastermind, Professor Moriarty. The first film was well put together, with Downey Jr. stealing the show as the title character.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 15th…
MSN via XMPP
Microsoft makes access to the Messenger network publicly available via XMPP, an open standard. This means that anyone can build innovative messaging clients - either stand-alone or built into their devices - that include access to Messengerâs 300 million active users.
Automatic Updates for IE
Microsoft has announced that starting in January 2012 Internet Explorer will, like Chrome, Firefox and Opera, no longer pester you with update notices. Instead Internet Explorer will automatically download and install updates in the background.
Facebook Timeline Available Worldwide
For those of you that have logged in and been confused by your profile's new layout, the new Facebook Timeline has been made available everywhere. Let the disgruntled whining begin...
The Internet Justice League
College Humor presents new superheroes for the internet. Or, internet sites as superheroes.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Dwayne Kristjanson over the course of December 14th…
TextMate 2 Alpha
2011 seems to be the year vapourware suddenly materializes. Allan Odgaard has released an alpha of TextMate 2.0 (originally announced way back in 2006).
Louis C.K.s DRM-free Experiment
Comedian Louis C.K. recently released his latest stand-up special as a DRM-free download for a mere five bucks. This post is a follow-up, a couple days later, on how the experiment went.
I can haz status codez?
(HTTP Status Cat images by GirlieMac)
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 13th…
Any Website's Colour Palette
PANDR have made a neat little tool. Type in the URL of your favourite website and get a gallery of the colours used on it. Or save the provided bookmarklet for the same. For instance, here's our palette.
Comic Sans Projects
"We are the Comic Sans defenders." A neat tumblr blog that replaces the font of famous logos with Comic Sans. Because "Helvetica is so 2011".
- GIJoe Retaliation, premiere trailer
No Copyright Intended
"Remix culture is the new Prohibition, with massive media companies as the lone voices calling for temperance. You can criminalize commonplace activities from law-abiding people, but eventually, something has to give."
Yes, Tyrone, There Is A Santa Claus
Best. Christmas. Story. Ever.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 12th…
Apple announced today that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store in less than one year. Wow. I didn't realize it was doing that good!
Jet Plates Available Today
Reminder, the official Winnipeg Jets license plates are available from your local Autopac dealers today. They cost about seventy bucks each, a portion of that going to charity.
- Men In Black 3, first trailer
- Game Of Thrones, Season 2 teaser, "Cold Winds"
Contributed by Max Chiriac, Wil Alambre, and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 8th…
You probably remember the keyboard with each key displaying any image and being assigned any function, which costed more then your car and you could not afford it by selling the car. Now you have a more real chance to get it after new and more affordable versions has been announced. Not only Optimus Popularis is cheaper, it is more compact too. Optimus Popularis is engineered for any layout, language or symbols: Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabian, music notes, numerals, codes, math functions, images, special symbols, and so on to infinity. Optimus Popularis is an indispensable tool when it comes to high performance in any creative field and will be appreciated by designers, typesetters, traders, musicians, video designers, photographers, and others.
- New New Twitter
Wil Ferrel on Davenport Old Milwaukee
Bad product. Great commercial.
Subscribe Button For Websites
Another social tool from Facebook, though this one might make more sense on most public websites, in context, than a "like" button.
- Google Currents
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Dwayne Kristjanson over the course of December 7th…
Android Phone Name Generator
Samsung Devour Neo. Motorola Amaze Black Z. Acer Infuse Touch. HTC Nexus Incredible 3D. LG Thunderbolt Epic.
Flipboard for iPhone
Flipboard is a personal favourite on my iPad, so it's pretty cool to see it not only come to the iPhone, but also as a universal app.
Previewing the Windows Store
Microsoft provides a preview of the upcoming Windows Store, part of Windows 8 and the distribution point for Metro style apps.
Duolingo Private Beta Begins
I signed up to get on the waiting list for Duolingo a while back. Now I need to decide if I'd rather try learning Spanish or German.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 6th…
BBC reports the controversial .xxx domain name goes on sale 16:00 GMT, as "legal efforts continue to scupper it." Ten points for the use of the word "scupper".
Type Kerning Game
Awesome! My type-aholic internal designer just spent my lunch hour kerning away.
This past weekend, the Android Market exceeded 10 billion app downloads. To celebrate, Google has a new set of apps available for only 10 cents each. A single dime.
It's funny cat videos put to music... the internet in its purest form.
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time
Discovery Magazine teaches us things we already "know", like that fact that we all live it the past and that a lifespan is a billion and a half heartbeats. The more you know.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 5th…
Matt Gemmell writes about trend of copycats and examines why its done. I particularly like how he looks at what "innovation" actually means in the industry.
Most Popular Hashtags In 2011
Via Twitter's year in review, its the hottest topics of the past year, 140 characters at a time.
- Cello Wars
Seth Godin on the Erosion of Old Media
As a result of these three factors, there's a huge sucking sound, and that's the erosion of mass as part of the media model. Fewer people buying movie tickets and hardcover books, more people engaging in free media.
Seth has a post up about how he sees the old media world - the one where everyone pays for everything and a select few companies that don't really do anything ride along and make money - crumbling as new media takes over.
The seventh annual advent calendar of web design and development articles and tutorials.