29 February 2008

Digital speed painting

I've wanted a digital art tablet for some time now, so when I saw a collection of speed painting videos on You Tube, I got really excited (although my work will look nowhere near as sophisticated as this artist's).

He does a selection of well-known characters, but here's his Optimus Prime clip:


21 February 2008

Another good read for the gamers

Nearly every time I read a gaming article (that I like), I'm compelled to post it here despite the fact that I hardly ever play anything. Still, for everyone I know who plays a game online, I think the article below - and the discussion in the subsequent comment section - is a nice little boost.

20 February 2008

Not unpleasantly cold

Weather is a hot topic of conversation in Victoria and all around the West Coast virtually any day of the year. We all feel we've made some level of sacrifice to move to or continue to build our lives in a part of the country fraught with over-priced real estate and high cost of living.

So when Old Man Winter dares to touch our territory with so much as a pinky finger, we're agitated - even outraged. After 2007 saw a grim summer (at least it seemed like it) and a snowier, colder winter than we're used to, many of us were feeling mutinous. (Although I'm sure the prairie and East Coast folks feel an understandably low level of sympathy.)

Today is one of those days - a mid-February day - when I am completely certain that our balmy spring-like weather (10°C and sunny as I write) is that sunshine tax pays for. Now if it just happened more often...

05 February 2008

A word on the new look

If you've been here before, you're probably noticing that I've recently renovated.

I've been meaning to update the design of both my web site and blog to integrate the two sites more smoothly. Yet, I wanted a design that fit my personality and my work. To do this, I knew the coding was beyond my skill to create, so I've used an opensource xml template.

Life gets busy, so its great to keep things simple - which is what I'm going for here. I'd invite feedback, but as the design isn't mine, there's not much I can incorporate in the way of changes.

That said, please let me know if you see anything sketchy in terms of font, (eg. I'm still smoothing out the nav font size for consistency) graphics, layout or anything you think isn't being rendered properly on your computer.

If there are too many bugs, I'll likely revert to the old blog and previous incarnation of my personal site, so I need the bad news as much as the good.

In the meantime - thanks for visiting!

02 February 2008

Eye tracking

For some time now, I've been researching the reason the human eye fails to recognize typographical errors. I keep coming across chastising blog posts and intense proofing 'how-to' pages.

Fine, but none of those pages addressed the 'why' aspect I'm more interested in. Rather than internally berating myself for every error I've ever made, I wanted to find any scientific, biological, psychological reasons.

So my curiosity drove me forward. Here's what I found:

Eye Tracking
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_tracking

Eye movement in language and reading
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_movement_in_language_reading

Saccades
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saccades
 

"From a study of speed reading made by Humanistlaboratoriet, Lund University, in 2005."

Good old Wikipedia. The more often I use it, the more I trust it.