Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 27th…
Public transit patent trolls get thrown under the bus
This couldn't happen to a nicer group of scumbag-trolls.
Here is one to watch. They just raised $25,000,000 in VC. The CEO is 21. Their app is a working prototype that ran a short test at Stanford. The app aims to replace your wallet.
Sun-Times vs Tribune
The Chicago Sun-Times fired all its photography staffers and gave their regular reporters iPhones to take pictures with. These two front pages summarize the result...
Kickstarter in Canada
Later this summer, Kickstarter will finally allow Canadians to pitch their projects and ideas without having to jump through the "have a US bank account" hoops we do now.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 26th…
Canada Day 2013 Festivities In Winnipeg
If you're making plans for your long weekend, Access Winnipeg helps you out with a list of handy suggestions :)
Windows 8.1 Preview
Microsoft makes the upcoming free update available to download as a preview. So far, people are welcoming the changes to Metro and the OS.
Another in a trend of random filler text generators, this one based on the works and writings of William Gibson.
Hey there everyone!
If you're a a partner, a friend, or a long time fan of ours, you likely received our very first official email newsletter yesterday. We ran a fun little contest in the newsletter, and we thought we'd share some data with you... as well as let you know who won!
First, lets take a look at the newsletter. We sent the email out through Emediatemail.com, our awesome service for creating and sending electronic newsletters. The numbers over the first 24 hours look like this:
- From our 4 lists under Visual Lizard, we sent to 1,131 contacts.
- We've had a 34.99% unique open rate.
- 82 people clicked giving us a 22.84% click rate.
- Canada accounted for the most opens. USA was second. The Netherlands, third.
- The top link clicked was more than halfway down, and was about the contest on www.visuallizard.com
- The link attached to our "lizmouflage" banner at the top was second in total clicks.
- We had a 1.07% (11 people) unsubscribe rate with 0% marking the email as spam.
- Our website registered the most visits in a single day for this past year.
Overall, we're pleased with the results we saw from this newsletter. As part of the awareness campaign we're embarking on, we plan to send our newsletter out quarterly. We've set the bar pretty high with this first one!
Someone Said Something About a Contest?
Since summer is such a special time here in Winnipeg, we decided to pick an outdoor activity for our contest. We figured golf (which, admittedly, is not something everyone likes doing) would work for a prize. An all expense paid round was chosen, including beverages and lunch out at the prestigious Elmhurst Golf and Country Club.
The challenge was a scavenger hunt to find the golfball "icon" (clue #1) hidden somewhere on our website. We didn't want to make the contest too easy, so we made the icon subtle. Once you rolled over it there was a tooltip telling you "congratulations, you have found the golfball!". If you clicked it, an email launched with the subject line "I found the golfball".
We had some really creative answers. Some of the best were:
- It's the Portage la Prairie School Division logo!!
- I found it on your map. It's the little green pin golfball thing right? Right??
- The golfball is on the side of the lizard's head.
- We also saw several people use the search and look for "ball", "secret", "golf, and a few others.
Three hours after we launched the contest, Russ from MGEU was the first to spot the icon. We had placed it under Services > Email Campaigns. We actually debated putting it there as we thought it would be too obvious. It turned out to be the perfect spot. 45 minutes later, John from MNP also emailed in a correct answer, complete with screenshots and arrows.
Congratulations Russ and John for winning the first ever email contest from Visual Lizard! We're looking forward to an afternoon round in July with you. To our friends and partners, we apologize for the momentary loss of productivity. To everyone else that didn't get a chance to play (or didn't want to win a golf game), stay tuned; we plan on sending out another newsletter in the fall with more fun stuff!
Thanks for reading! If you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to ask them in the comments, via twitter, or through the contact form.
Contributed by Lauren Zacharias, Wil Alambre, and Julian Moffatt over the course of June 25th…
How to use a SuperDrive with a Mac that already has an Optical Drive
By default an Apple SuperDrive won't work on a Mac with an optical drive - but you can change that.
The Boy Who Loved Math
A wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated childrens book on the life of Paul Erdős. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head... but he didn't learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty.
Okay, now *this* sounds clever! I want to play a couple rounds of this playground game again. :D
Director Saschka Unseld discusses Pixar, photorealism, and the making of The Blue Umbrella
I haven't seen Monsters University or The Blue Umbrella yet, but it looks absolutely stunning from the clip featured in The Verge article. I can't wait to see it on the big screen.
Apple Looking into MacBook Air Wi-Fi Complaints, Issuing Replacements
Posted for Dwayne and his new MacBook Air 11". The battery life is disgusting on it, but perhaps that is due to the wifi craping out early in the day ;)
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 24th…
Apple Seeds iOS 7 Beta 2 to Developers with iPad and iPad Mini Support
Downloading it now. Hopefully the lag and the battery consumption have been tightened up. Remember not to forget that this is still a BETA though. File your bugs at radar!
NetNewsWire 4 Open Beta
Black Pixel releases the Mac RSS reader app as open beta, and is accepting pre-orders at 50% off.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of June 20th…
Remembering James Gandolfini and Tony Soprano
Terrible loss. I have always been a big fan of the morally conflicted, true to their word, anti-hero that was Tony Soprano and others like him. Just a guy trying to do the best he can within a world of brutal and sometimes insane parameters. Hopefully his ground breaking work won't be forgotten.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 19th…
McDonald's Should Bring This Awesome Gem Back
The sandwich sucked but the ad campaign was terrific and it helped launch Jason Alexander's career.
Your instagrams in stone, coasters
Coastermatic is a pretty simple and awesome concept. There are going to be some nice Christmas gifts given to the relatives this year.
I ran for a year
Great storey over at Medium about running. For anyone thinking about getting into it, like the slogan says, just do it. Start small. Set small goals. My current goal is to break the 5 minutes for 1KM mark. I ran a 5:03 yesterday. Getting there!
- "Get Lucky" As A Vintage Irish Tenor Cover
- The LEGO Movie
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of June 18th…
- First look at "Frozen"
Battle for the planet of the APIs
"Once Facebook had proven that it was possible to be the one-stop-shop for your users every need, that became the model to emulate."
CBC's Chicago vs Boston Opening for Game 3
Damn if hockey is not the coolest game on earth. It also doesn't hurt that Neil Young is featured. My motto this playoff run has been "anyone BUT Boston" so go Chicago!
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Lauren Zacharias over the course of June 17th…
If you live in Winnipeg and you have an LTE enabled cellphone (such as the iPhone 5), then you may see your Rogers wireless internet being super zippier starting today! :)
Periodic Table of the Muppets
For all your Muppet identification needs.
What isn't there an API for these days?
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of June 15th…
Google introduces Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone
Pretty awesome if this works.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 13th…
- Field Notes: Night Sky Edition
The third and final Beastles album, "Ill Submarine", is now out. Twenty songs mashing the Beetles with the Beastie Boys, by djBC. Dedicated to the memory of Adam Yauch.
- Fez 2
Ten Questions About Canada's Secret Metadata Surveillance Activities
After the big surveillance story spilling out down south, it was reported that Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) has its own metadata surveillance program with approval granted through a ministerial directive from Defence Minister Peter MacKay. Michael Geist collects ten questions we want answers for...
- 300 Rise Of An Empire, trailer
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 11th…
- The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug, trailer
Google Purchases Waze
"To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze. This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day."
Feedly Transitions To Own Servers
Feedly offically leaves behind Google Reader, three weeks before the dying service's expected July 1st shutdown.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of June 10th…
- Brand new Mickey Mouse short series
100 Meter Scroll
Someday, browser scrolling may become an Olympic event. Time to start training up! :)
One of those "we should have thought of this" ideas, a site of curated videos for web designers!
An awesome 404 page
Pew pew pew...
Guide to HTML5 inputs
Six Revisions has a good overview of some of the new input types that'll make building and using forms online way easier!
HTML9 Responsive Boilerstop JS
Trend up onto that fad bandwagon, web gurus! :P
Apple - The New Mac Pro
Wow. Unreal design of both the new computer and the site to sell it. Love it.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of June 6th…
Not really the cleverest portmanteau for the name, but nice site for shot of creativity.
How To Be Happy
I am really enjoying the quality content that people are contributing to Medium. I think I will start with step 7 here. No more email first thing in the morning.
DRM and HTML5: it's now or never for the Open Web
Dr Harry Halpin gives us an inside look at the debate and what he calls a "crisis of representation" as corporations look to close up the open internet.
The Border And Your Laptop
The United States say they can search your laptop at the border but they won’t tell you why. No search warrant or reasonable suspicion required :/
Came Back Haunted
The first Nine Inch Nails single in five years, from their forthcoming album, "Hesitation Marks".
Contributed by Max Chiriac and Wil Alambre over the course of June 5th…
Great Books for Free from Readmill
Great deal from Readmill - many classic books for free, plus some are free for the next 24 hours that usually have a price tag.\nI was thinking of buying Icon Handbook. Guess what?! It is free today!
The Launch Is Dead
"After building LayerVault for nearly two years, we have realized that the best way to build a product is to release things piecemeal and to avoid the Big Launch."
A Couple of Use Cases for Calc()
If this was better supported, this would be a fantastic solution to many stylesheet conundrums!
Design For Breakpoints
Stephan Hay walks us through some solid advice about laying out sites for responsive responsive design.
Quickly gain an overview of the style guide of a site, including colours, fonts, sizing and spacing.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of June 4th…
Make Firefox Show Broken Images
In case you haven't added it to all your production CSS files yet.
This might be my new favourite site!
Double Fine's MASSIVE CHALICE by Double Fine Productions on Kickstarter
XCom-like. Game of Thrones style kingdoms at war. Heroes. Blood-lines. Shut up and take my money already!
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of June 3rd…
No More Three Year Contracts
CRTC released a new consumer wireless code this morning, effectively ending cellphone companies' three-year contracts.As of December, consumers can terminate their contracts after two years with zero cancellation fees.
Reset or Normalize
Oli Studholme writes an article about the pros and cons of CSS resets (such as Eric Meyer's ) and CSS normalizations (such as Nicolas Gallagher's and Jonathan Neal's).
Anatomy Of A Logo
For its 36th anniversary, Alex Jay examines the original Star Wars logo's evolution, from pre-production to final release to its use in media over the course over the years.
Cold fusion reactor independently verified, has 10,000 times the energy density of gas
Wow. I'm unreasonably hopeful this is true. The possible applications are mind-boggling.
The E-Cat (Cold Fusion link above) is back, and people are still falling for it!
Well, that was short lived.
This Is Water
Pretty awesome commencement speech by David Foster Wallace, filmed and animated. Making it all the more powerful given his tragic death a few years later.
(hat tip to Guppy's Facebook page)