Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 27th…
JibJab - 2008 Year In Review
It must be December - snow is falling, children are writing letters to Santa and we're dragging 2008 through the mud in our all-singing, all-dancing, all-out year-in-review. Baby New Year '08 takes you on a tour of all of the good, bad, and worse the past year had to offer, all at breakneck speed. We're giving society a primo wedgie - everyone watch, point and laugh! http://sendables.jibjab.com/sendables/202809/2008_year_in_review
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Ross McDowall over the course of December 26th…
The Far Side Reenactments Pool
A group of intrepid Flickr users took matters into their own hands and created a tableau vivant called The Far Side Reenactment pool!
Steam Holiday Sale on Now
The Steam Holiday sale is on now. Until January 2, every game on Steam is available at 10% to 75% off the regular price. Select publisher catalogs such as Ubisoft, THQ, and 2K Games are 25% off. Award-winning titles such as Bioshock and Portal are available for 75% off the regular price. For more information, please visit
- BB Free Font: Whiteboard Modern Demo
POWERS VOL. 12: THE 25 COOLEST DEAD SUPERHEROES OF ALL TIME
The Story: Homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate murders specific to super hero cases, and they both have a secret: They both have powers. This new story will blow the roof off of everything you know about crime comics and super hero comics! Walker vs. Pilgrim! And they both have powers! From the writer of some of your favorite Marvel comics (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, NEW AVENGERS) comes a brand-new chapter from this award-winning book. Collecting POWERS #25-30.
Explicit Content …$19.95
In Stores: Dec 24, 2008 - see details
Contributed by Ross McDowall, Julian Moffatt, and Wil Alambre over the course of December 24th…
- Ruby on Rails and Merb to merge for Rails 3
- Castle Crashers Title Update now available ... finally!
HTTP Client - Mac Developer Tool for HTTP Debugging
Very nice tool. Dwayne - make sure you download this one ASAP!
9 Official HD Teaser Trailer - Tim Burton
Get the full story at: http://buzznewsroom.com/geek/first-look-at-tim-burtons-9-official-hd-teaser-trailer/ A new era in animated storytelling begins on 9.9.09. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Nightwatch) join forc
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Ross McDowall over the course of December 23rd…
Mega Man vs. Hard Hat
An animation I created pitting Mega Man against a Hard Hat (AKA Met, Metall, Metool, Mettaur, etc. etc.). It features every (unique) weapon and utility item from the following games: Mega Man 1-6 Mega Man I-V (Game Boy) Mega Man 7-8, Mega Man &:*: Bass Mega Man Powered Up Mega Man 9 Thanks to th
- Minimum Wage Going to $9 a Hour
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Ross McDowall, and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 17th…
Mini Augmented Reality.swf
an advertising campaign for the automotive company MINI. Where the user holds the ad in front of a webcam and sees an animated 3D MINI ":*:pop-up":*: on the page.
- Handmade beards
Social code repository hosting. Pretty awesome idea and some wicked projects on the go in there. We are an SVN shop at present, but GIT does have us thinking about moving.
Contributed by Ross McDowall over the course of December 15th…
Contributed by Ross McDowall and Wil Alambre over the course of December 14th…
Contributed by Ross McDowall over the course of December 9th…
Batman Begins sequel, the Dark Knight, comes out on Blue Ray and DVD on December 9th.
Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.
Contributed by Ross McDowall over the course of December 4th…
The newest browsers understand how to combine flash and css. The issue of flash always rendering on the top level has been addressed sufficiently, and can now be displayed like any other element by using proper css code.
Except for Internet Explorer.
We came across an issue where our HTML / CSS popup menus were appearing behind a flash object in IE 6 & 7. According to standards, the css and html were correct. This is what we discovered and how it was fixed.
Internet Explorer reads flash in a different manner than the other browsers. Where Firefox, Safari and Camino understand and render the <object> tag with its parameters, Internet Explorer doesn’t acknowledge the <object> tag, and prefers the <embed> tag instead. So while we index items properly in CSS, when it comes to flash, we have to make specific exceptions for flash in Internet Explorer. Follow these rules for proper z-indexing in all browsers.
- z-index the tag in which the flash object is contained.
- set <param name="wmode" value="opaque" />
- for Internet Explorer set the <embed> tag wmode="opaque" !! Important !!
- set Internet Explorer stylesheet specific z-index style for the flash embed
Someday Internet Explorer will catch up with standards. Until then we will need to remember these little quirks and how to fix them.
I received an email from Arnie this morning asking for some clarification on what was written above.
Arnie asks, "In Ross’ Blog 226, he shows how to fix IE’s problem with Flash and the z-index. He doesn’t specify the z-index values; am I right to assume that the div holding the swf should have the lowest z-value on the page so that everything else will appear above it if they overlap?"
In response to Arnie’s question, the assumption that the containing div should have the lowest z-index value is correct. The general rules for z-indexing still apply. The issue that we are sorting out with Internet Explorer requires the embed tag to also have a z-index. As for z-index values, this is always relative to your own CSS and HTML construction.
If you have any other solutions or quirks please let us know. Thanks for reading.
Contributed by Ross McDowall and Julian Moffatt over the course of December 2nd…
- The Grid System
- Somatic Rebirth System
- Google Calendar Now Supports iCal
How to answer the phone
Quick note from Seth Godin on how to answer the phone. It is absolutely true.
24 ways: Easing The Path from Design to Development
24 ways kicked off a few days ago. Here is a terrific article for our all our designer friends.
- A new hero emerges: Master the acrobatics, strategy and fighting tactics of the most agile warrior of all time. Grip fall down the face of a building, perform perfectly timed acrobatic combinations, and swing over canyons, buildings and anything that is reachable. This new rogue warrior must utilize all of his new skills, along with a whole new combat system, to battle Ahriman’s corrupted lieutenants to heal the land from the dark Corruption and restore the light.
- A new epic journey begins: Escape to experience the new fantasy world of ancient Persia. Masterful storytelling and sprawling environments will deliver to action-adventure fans an experience that rivals even the best Hollywood movies.
- A new open world structure: A first for the Prince of Persia franchise - now you have the freedom to determine how the game evolves in this non-linear adventure. Players will decide how they unfold the storyline by choosing their path in the open-ended world.
- Emergence of a deadly new ally: History’s greatest ally is revealed in the form of Elika, a dynamic AI companion who joins the Prince in his fight to save the world. Gifted with magical powers, she interacts with the player in combat, acrobatics and puzzle-solving, enabling the Prince to reach new heights of deadly high-flying artistry through special duo acrobatic moves or devastating fighting combo attacks.
The magical world of C.S. Lewis beloved fantasy comes to life once again in Prince Caspian, the second installment of The Chronicles Of Narnia series. Join Peter, Susan, Edmund, Lucy, the mighty and majestic Aslan, friendly new Narnian creatures and Prince Caspian as they lead the Narnians on a remarkable journey to restore peace and glory to their enchanted land. Continuing the adventure of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe with more magic and a brand-new hero, Prince Caspian is a triumph of imagination, courage, love, joy and humor your whole family will want to watch again and again.