Contributed by Ross McDowall over the course of December 31st…
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of December 29th…
New York Times Photo Piece During The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto
Powerful and scary, but mostly just sad.
Contributed by Ross McDowall over the course of December 24th…
DC Comics Solicitations for Product Shipping March, 2008
DC Comics has released artwork and solicitation information for new comics and products shipping in March, 2008.
Lying In The Gutters
It's a Merry Christmas as Rich turns in one of his biggest rumor and art filled columns ever! Does X mark the spot for Fraction? Early word on the Skrull effect at Marvel. A new five issue mini to come from Warren Ellis with a look at art. More "Doctor Who" to come in comics (with some major surprises). New releases from IDW. And much,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Visual Lizard would like to wish all of our family, friends and clients a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
We will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2, 2008. We look forward to a fantastic 2008.
A new muscial movie directed by Tim Burton. Johnny Depp tries his hand at a bit of singing and cutting hair-without the scissorhands this time.
The first movie was good, but I wouldn’t call it mind-blowingly amazing. I remember coming out thinking "That was fun. I hope it makes money so someone will trust them to make a cooler one next time." The Hellboy comics have always been a favourite for it’s mix of pulp hero and strange folklore, and the first movie seemed to only to dip one foot in that deep possibility.
My first impression with this teaser? Hellboy did make money, and Pan’s Labyrinth earned oodles of critical acclaim (as well as three Oscars), and Del Toro suddenly has free rein to be so out there as he wants to be. And it is good.
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Julian Moffatt, and Ross McDowall over the course of December 20th…
Visual Lizard Minicity!
A little twist on social network sites and those really neat pixel image cityscapes. More visits to the subsite result in more SimCity like results
An awesome design for a computer desk. You can even put fish in it!
Parallels vs. VMWare from TUAW
Doug. Read this!
List View to Stacks
According to MacRumours, Apple will be adding an option to view stacks in List View with the upcoming Leopard 10.5.2 update expected in January
Native Americans Secede from the US
People shouldn't be surprised at this. They should be surprised it hasn't happened earlier.
- Because coffee can be Foamee, too
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Ross McDowall, and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 19th…
Duke Nukem Forever Teaser
3D Realms releases the first Duke Nukem Forever video in six years. Is the worlds most famous vapourware actually going to be released someday?
Free High Res Grungy Paper Textures
Free zip file of four textures, from Bitbox.
Image Comics Solicitations for March, 2008
Image has released images and solicitation information for new comics and products shipping in March, 2008.
Zero Punctuation: Mass Effect
This week on Zero Punctuation, Mass Effect.
IE8 passes Acid2
The offical Internet Explorer blog reports that the development version 8 currently passes Acid 2 face CSS test!
18 Great Photoshop Brushes
A collection of interesting PS brushes listed by Matt at Attitude Design.
Gruber Tears Apart FastCompany
Grade-A tear down of FastCompany's Adam L. Penenberg, who might not even have looked at Apple and their product line before writing his article.
Contributed by Ross McDowall, Julian Moffatt, and Wil Alambre over the course of December 18th…
A bright and well-worn system replacement icon set.
Anti-paint dumping ad from WWF - effective and haunting
I think that these World Wildlife Campaign posters are incredibly effective - they depict a giant, skyscraper-sized used paint-can as the mouth of a river (one in the countryside, the other in Sydney), with the legend "A single tin of paint can pollute millions of litres of water." Link (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
New trailer for Wall-E
New trailer for Pixar's next film,
For our designer friends out there - BOOKMARK THIS! A matrix of fonts on both PC and Mac and where they might have come from. Great when planning your layouts and which fonts will work for everyone.
What candy bars, chip bags, and more would look like with all their branding stripped off.
Solar Power cheaper than Coal Power?
Nanosolar out of California is looking to be the first solar cell manufacturer to make solar power easier and cheaper than producing a coal fired power plant. Let's hope so.
- The wiki way of doing things
Marvel Comics Solicitations for March, 2008
Marvel has released images and solicitation information for new comics and products shipping in March, 2008.
Apple Fixes Keyboard Freezing on MacBook and MacBook Pros
Apple has released MacBook, MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1 today which addresses a keyboard-freezing issue seen by many MacBook and MacBook Pro users under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:
iStat Widget Update
The best widget ever gets an update to 4.5. If you don't have it yet, what are you waiting for?
Contributed by Ross McDowall, Julian Moffatt, and Wil Alambre over the course of December 17th…
Not Using Internet Explorer? Detention!
A grade eleven student receives detention for doing his / her work. People who teach by using the internet should be aware of the state of the internet. Internet Explorer is a dinosaur and tech savvy people look for something better.
Lying In The Gutters
A look at the major changes happening at Wizard, both onine and to come in their convention business. Plus, more on the "Creepy" and "Eerie" reprints and the legal issues it faces, top comic creators flock to London for signings and much more.
ELP! - first letter always missing!
If you are an apple MacBook pro user like me, and this has been driving you nuts, get in the thread and make some noise.
Yet another diagram tool
It's web based and works well
Happy Holidays from RRC
Our friends over at Red River College had a good time with their holiday greetings this year. Way to work the web!
Security Update 2007-009 for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and 10.5.1
Apple has issued security updates for Mac OS X 10.5.1, 10.4.11 (PPC), and 10.4.1 (Universal) today. The individual packages affected are listed:
Like the classic Oregen Trail, but browser based, and places you in a car to the Atlantis Music Festival in California.
Contributed by Ross McDowall over the course of December 16th…
Clever Ad for Vodka
Ad agency Saatchi
The Dark Knight Trailer Now Online!
After debuting in theaters with record-setting I Am Legend on Friday, Warner Bros. Pictures has now officially brought online the excellent new trailer for director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight , hitting theaters on July 18, 2008. The Batman Begins sequel stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
In this movie, scientist Will Smith attempts to cure the world’s population from a pandemic of cannabalism in this sci-fi thriller based on the novel by Richard Matheson.
Contributed by Ross McDowall, Wil Alambre, and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 13th…
Canadian DMCA to be reintroduced - your action needed NOW!
Danny sez, Michael Geist says that flip-flopping Jim Prentice may announce his Canadian DMCA bill tomorrow morning after all, following what looks like pressure from the US, and a government that doesn't want to appear "weak". If they do, the thousands of Canadians who thought it was smart of him to actually pause and consult the voters on this bill will be furious. Online Rights Canada, whose letter campaign has already sent 2500 letters to MPs, has launched a site to keep track of all the protests, photos, Facebook groups and political developments as they happen. One page, and an RSS feed is all you need at http://www.copyrightforcanadians.ca/ Like I said before, this thing won't die until we cut off its head, sew its mouth full of garlic, and bury its head at a crossroads. Link (Thanks, Danny!)
In Tokyo, if you can't own a cat due to your apartment regulations or whatever, you can rent a cat by the hour to pet them or whatever!
Canadian DMCA to be reintroduced - your action needed NOW!
Danny sez, Michael Geist says that flip-flopping Jim Prentice may announce his Canadian DMCA bill tomorrow morning after all, following what looks like pressure from the US, and a government that doesn
PHPBB forum software has been offically updated to version 3.0
From the creator of the Human Clock, natch :)
- Microsoft Designs the IPOD package
10 Ways To Get Design Approval
24 ways presents us with a nice little list as a refresher.
Coming to the Imax in Winnipeg. I'm thinking field trip!
This Is Why I love Pixar
Why For showcases the in jokes found in all the Pixar films.
Christmas 'Get a Mac' Ad on Apple.com
Apple is featuring a new Christmas themed 'Get a Mac' advertisement on the front page of their website at Apple.com.
QuickTime 7.3.1 Security Update
Apple has released QuickTime 7.3.1, which addresses a number of security issues. The release is available for Windows, Leopard (10.5), Tiger (10.4), and Panther (10.3) and available in your software update.
When it comes to technology and product launches, Canadians have gotten used to watching Americans get all the cool toys. We then get to wait weeks or months before it trickles north. Usually in some lesser form. On the bright side, at least we don’t live in Europe or Australia, where those same products arrive years later (the only recent exception to this being the iPhone).
Case in point: Microsoft launched an online service to distribute television shows and movies to Xbox 360 owners. The service was launched in USA on November 22, 2006 via Xbox Live. In October 2005, Apple updated their popular iTunes Music Store to sell music videos and episodes of popular television programs, that could be watched on their updated iPods. I remember being excited about both launches... only to be disappointed when I discovered it wasn’t available in Canada.
Now, a year after the Xbox Video Marketplace went live, and two years after the American iTunes Store update, Canada is finally getting online video distribution. And, as expected, it’s the poorer cousin to the US versions.
The Xbox Video Store officially launched in Canada on December 10th, 2007, with a total of 31 movies available. It’s an odd collection of movies, from Warner Bros., Maple Pictures, and MPI, but it has to start somewhere I suppose. The US store originally launched with 37 movies, but today has somewhere around 300.
The Apple iTunes Store began selling TV shows in it’s Canadian store on December 12th, 2007, though music videos have been available for much longer. The selection, however, is stereotypically unimpressive; Corner Gas, Little Mosque On the Prairie, NHL reruns? Am I supposed to be excited about this? In comparison, the US store has Dexter, Lost, Babylon 5, Firefly, Venture Bros., and a handful of anime.
It’s still questionable about whether online video sales are sustainable. Or at least wether or not they are sustainable in their current format/prices. And I can only imagine the legal nightmare of getting permission and rights to distribute anything in different countries, especially anything as touchy as digital media. But I must admit to being happy that Canadians at least get to try it out.
Now, we just have to wait for our iPhones...
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Ross McDowall over the course of December 12th…
Movable Type Open Source
As of today, and forever forward, Movable Type is open source. This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose.
Zero Punctuation reviews Guitar Hero III
This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee gaily shreds Guitar Hero III.
- Online Video Media Comes to Canada
When inspiration just won't come. Why not redecorate?
IE and Standards, Where is it all headed?
Chris Wilson, Platform Architect for Internet Explorer.
Princess Bride Game
A game based in the best movie ever, Princess Bride!
- XNA Game Studio 2.0 coming tomorrow, includes LIVE support
Internet Explorer 8
Who said it would end at ie7?
Contributed by Ross McDowall and Wil Alambre over the course of December 11th…
MPAA RATING: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Gary Oldman, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry’s integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Umbridge’s "Ministry-approved" course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark forces threatening them, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore’s Army", Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
MPAA RATING: PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action
Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, and Albert Finney
All he wanted was to disappear. Instead, Jason Bourne is now hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, he is undeterred by the barrage of bullets and a new generation of highly-trained killers. Bourne has only one objective: to go back to the beginning and find out who he was. (Universal)
Canadians gathered in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, December 8th to confront Industry Canada Minister Jim Prentice on his proposed copyright legislation. Kempton Lam, who organized the anti-DMCA rally, has posted several reports about the day.
The proposed legislation has been described as the worst copyright law in the developed world, mimicing and exceeding the worst elements of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) 1998. Reports are that Jim Prentice shut Canadian artists, industry and consumer groups out of the drafting of the bill, writing it with the help of US entertainment giants and the US Trade Representative.
Some firms have used the DMCA to thwart competition by preventing research and reverse engineering. Others have brought the weight of criminal sanctions to bear against critics, competitors, and researchers.
Meanwhile, the US DMCA has done little to stop music and movie pirates...
Worst of all, DRM technologies are clumsy and ineffective; they inconvenience legitimate users but do little to stop pirates.
On Saturday, approximately forty citizens came to the Minister’s open house in Calgary, and asked him some of the 250+ questions compiled by Canadians and the CBC Radio programme Search Engine. Also, as of this writing, a Facebook group dedicated to fair copyright in Canada has crested 12,000 members, and has posted numerous photos and videos of Saturday.
Apparently, the Minister is currently rethinking the legislation in light of the recent public outcry.
Contributed by Ross McDowall and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 10th…
Lying In The Gutters
Is there a real super hero in our midst? Probably not. Plus, Rich quells rumors about Diamond's Steve Geppi owning a stake in the New York Comic-Con, variations on "One More Day," a look at Dale Keown's grayline variant for "Darkness" #1 and much more.
- Rallying Against Canadian DMCA
Lego Eddie Izzard!:
Interesting article about the mountain of cash that Apple is sitting on. The comments are well worth a read as well.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of December 7th…
Halo 3 Cheat Codes, as Explained by Neglected Girlfriend Janet Iverson.
Wow. I didn't realize I was married to Janet Iverson. Somehow this all seems very familiar.
The Future of Quicksilver
Nicholas Jitkoff, creator of QS, discusses what's the plan for the app, post Leopard.
Wireless Wii Nunchuck
Nyko comes out with a wireless Wii Nunchuk. Great idea that everyone's been expecting, though I don't ever remember a time when then regular Nunchuk's wire was
Gallery of Motel Signs
A Flickr photo albums of American motel signs
Another redesign for Technorati
I'm not sure what the designers were trying to do here. If ugly was it, they nailed it.
Design is in the Details
All the presentations from the Web Jam Session 2007 for those of us that couldn't make it there. Well worth the read. Now you have something to do this weekend.
Nicole Kidman is the villain in the big screen adaptation of the first novel in Philip Pullman’s "His Dark Materials" trilogy.
The movie is being done heavily in green screen, as seems to be the trend these days when trying to translate comicbooks and cartoons. But what I’m looking forward to is some over-the-top racing. I mean, stupid crazy over-the-top cartoon racing... involving hopping cars with buzzsaws, if possible!
Producer Joel Silver is not letting me down as he describes some of the crazy racing we can expect from the movie: "We called it ’car fu,’ because it was like kung fu with the cars".
I mean, look at that! It’s the Mach 5 (or is that a Mach 6?) skidding out of a corkscrew track. A corkscrew track! How cool is that? :)
The first official Speed Racer trailer is online...
Looks even more cheesy than I expected, but I still can’t wait to see it. :P
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Ross McDowall, and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 6th…
Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors
Who said dual-core was enough?
The google maps of the last supper?
Creating Sexy Stylesheets
Don't want to be embarassed when someone views source on your stylesheets? Some excellent CSS advice from Jina Bolton over at Vitamin.
Windows Error causes universe to implode
problem causes program failure of problem reporting - will report problem - problem causes program failure of problem reporting - will report problem... world disintegrates in puff of anti-logic
A new site dedicated to the business of developing web applications. Timely!
Unobtrusive Print This Page Link
Roger at 465 Bera Street brings logic and semantic code to a common request.
Contributed by Ross McDowall and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 5th…
Massive Passport Canada data leak
The Passport Canada website has a grave security flaw that allows easy access to the personal information (birth certificate, driver's license, dates of birth, social insurance numbers) of passport applicants. The breach was discovered last week by an Ontario man completing his own passport application. He found he could easily view the applications of others by altering one character in the Internet address displayed by his Web browser. "I was expecting the site to tell me that I couldn't do that," said Jamie Laning of Huntsville. "I'm just curious about these things so I tried it, and boom, there was somebody else's name and somebody else's data." Link (Thanks, Glyn!)...
- Choose an accessible image replacement method
Update to Panic's FTP client.
Must See Trailer: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The first trailer for the upcoming Chronicles of Narnia sequel Prince Caspian has hit the web, thanks to the folks at Yahoo. More CG creatures, more sword fights and that Lion that sounds like Liam Neeson is back for more. Keep up the good work Narnia team
Contributed by Ross McDowall, Julian Moffatt, and Wil Alambre over the course of December 4th…
Canadian Industry Minister refuses to defend Canadian DMCA in public
Canadian Minister of Industry Jim Prentice refuses to be interviewed about the forthcoming Canadian DMCA that his Ministry will be bringing down. Last week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio show Search Engine solicited public suggestions for questions to put to the Minister about his copyright bill, but the show has been informed by the Minister's office the he will not schedule an interview with the show to defend the proposal. The Canadian DMCA follows the USA off the copyright cliff, instituting even more draconian provisions than were present in the USA's 1998 law. Since then, the US has seen the bankrupting-by-lawsuit of technology companies, lawsuits against tens of thousands of fans, a general trammeling of fair use and consumer rights (pity the poor schmucks who bought Microsoft "PlaysForSure"
- Reminder: Xbox 360 dashboard update is now available
- BioShock DLC available, adds plasmids, achievement points
A cross-platform instant messager program, based on Mozilla and Pidgin.
A Preview of HTML 5
A List Apart article by Lachlan Hunt, going over a couple upcoming features.
Alternatives to the default Aqua icons for OSX.
Adobe Releases Flash Update Incorporating H.264
Adobe has released Flash Player 9 Update 3 which includes support for H.264 video, support for which was announced in August.
MPAA RATING: PG-13 for intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images
Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, and Lee Arenberg
In the follow-up to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, we find our heroes Will Turner (Bloom) and Eizabeth Swann (Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones Locker while the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones, under the control of the East India Trading Company, wreaks havoc across the seven seas. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Ross McDowall, and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 3rd…
Perl on Rails
Who didn't see it coming?
Email Standards Project
Trying to standardize and improve email the same way we've tried to improve web stanards.
Lying In The Gutters
Ebay sketches getting the boot, some of DC's ladies get a monthly, a popular French series makes its way to the US, Devil's Due makes some changes and much more in this week's LYING IN THE GUTTERS!
Rare Mummified Dinosaur Unearthed
Wow. This should prove interesting to say the least.
One Cold Hand
A site dedicated to helping people find their lost gloves.
Digg Labs shows us an interesting way to display the amount of data that they have to pound through each day. Do not watch this if you are tired. It is pretty mesmerizing.