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Notes from An Event Apart Boston 2012 I had a great time at An Event Apart Boston, 2012. Ill post some photos soon. The conference avoided deep dives into code in favor of showing WHY you would do reactive design. As Eric Meyer said "My...

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The difference between classic and motion tweens in... Here it is: If you're used to doing things "the cs3 way" then you can continue to do so with the classic tween tool. It works the same way as you remember, using key frames as normal, but you cannot...

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The Future for Night Clubs Twitter

Category : Social, Technology

Fliers cost money and everyone throws them out. Myspace and Facebook take too long and you have to know a college kid with enough time to do nothing other than friend 8000 people on each service and then spam them day and night with messages, comments, and bulletins every time you throw an event.

Twitter is the next step. It’s like word of mouth with instant gratification and all the linkable goodness the web provides. Event pictures, videos, and reviews are all done via text message style communication and from the promoter’s prospective it’s even better because it’s public.

Spris in Hartford is already on this trend, but I think they can go further. You don’t have a lot of options to customize your account’s appearance in Twitter, but you can customize the background a little bit to add some function in there, like contact info for bottle service, emails for djs to send a demo, the flier for the month’s party, etc.

I see this going a lot of different ways. Makes me think that the next hot wave of ideas will be ways for people with huge Twitter lists to make better use of their lists and manage them it ways that makes sense.

New Categories

Category : Around The Office

Technology, Social, Politics, Photography, Humor, and Gardening are now nested categories.
Clicking on any of them will get you the posts for that and its child categories.

The last month or so I’ve been kicking about on some seemingly off topic posts, from police brutality to community organizing and gardening. These are things that are important to me, and if they are of interest to you I encourage you to read the posts and share your thoughts.

In the near future Ill be CSSing the begeezuz out of the ul and li items, but for now just know that they are nested, renamed, and reordered. My next step is to add a ton of helpful widgets that Ive found over the last week working on another blog and finally to come full circle with a redesign. More on that later.

CompUSA Back from the dead – Retail 2.0?

Category : General Web Info

More than 3 years after the chain closed all their doors they are back open again. About 30 stores have reopened with the theme of “retail-2.0″. Modeled after the every so successful website mash ups in the 2.0 revolution CompUSA and their parent company (owner of TigerDirect) seem to think that if they connect every computer to the net and let their customers do their independent research in store, people might be more informed and because they linger for a longer period of time looking at reviews they just might buy more too.

This has never been tried before. Kudos to CompUSA for trying something new in the old world of retail. Rather than dealing with some pimpled 14 year old at Best-Buy who trys to hustle me a service plan before checking inventory (one of their favorite tricks) I can see the inventory of the story Im in from any screen in the store. This is really handy and I hope it manifests into sales for the “new” company.

Read the full story on Wired.com

Who blogs near you? Find out with Placeblogger

Category : Around The Office, Around West Hartford, Cool Web Programs

This is a neat concept. You enter a location and it displays a list of blogs that are published in that area. You can also cue the blogs into a single feed and get all the selected posts from a given area.

I can see this as having a professional use for journalists, politically minded people, law enforcement, marketing/PR peopl, and anyone who wants to keep tabs on the pulse of a geographic community. The main drawback being that some people simply wont post their blog because they enjoy the curtain of privacy the internet provides.

On the otherhand, if I was going on vacation in Tokyo and wanted to find some really cool clubs, I could do a survey of blogs in Tokyo and see what the people are saying without ever going there. As an added plus, Id avoid the “top 10″ clubs in the city and hopefully find a comfy dive within walking distance of my hotel.

http://www.placeblogger.com/

Excellent CS4 Kinematics tutorial by layersmagazine

Category : Flash, Great Tutorials

Just discovered a new tutorial site while doing research for my class tonight. Layers Magazine is chuck full of animation tips and great videos about flash. Great articles and I gotta say I really enjoyed the guys teaching style and overall tone.

This tutorial is on using CS4 Kinematics tools. Here I was thinking flash was almost dead and then CS4 comes out to change everything… fantastic work Adobe. The ease of this changes everything.

http://www.layersmagazine.com/flash-cs4-animating-puppets.html

Flash CS4’s new inverse kinematics tools allow users to create and arrange symbols in a collection called an Armature. These armatures contain bones that have relationships with other elements which can be animated. Users can create and control their won dancing puppet.

Best WordPress 2.7 Cheat Sheets

Category : Reccomended Tutorials

I’ve looked over a slew of WordPress 2.7 cheat sheets in the last few days while working on some of my recent projects. In my research I’ve found a pair of cheatsheets that are just great. Have a look and let me know what you think or suggest a better one. Thanks for stopping by.

The Best WordPress 2.7 Cheat Sheet is put out by http://www.dbswebsite.com contains a long flowing list of terms and statements than WP 2.7 uses. Best of all it expands and gives you a ton of extra info about the function you are calling, known paramaters, and possible pitfalls.

This cheat sheet is highly recommended if you are a seasoned veteran of WP or are just getting started.
And Yes, it’s native English. (But Kudos to that German guy who apparently wrote half the WP cheat sheets on the internet.)

Best Basic Intro to Making Widgets – Lonewolf-Online
Its not nearly as complicated as it seems at first. The guide walks you through it and explains whats happening, which I liked as a first timer. I’ll definitely be tinkering with this more in the near future.