Monthly Archives: April 2012

CISPA: Sopa Part 2?

Is the CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Security and Protection Act) Bill, sponsored by Michael Rogers (R MI) a threat to the Internet as we know it?
Yes.

Does it present the same type of threat as the SOPA and PIPA bills? Not exactly.

(For resources on fighting the passage of this bill, skip to the bottom.)

I’m reposting an infographic by Lumin Consulting that explains the issue much better and faster than I would:

CISPA Infographic by Lumin ConsultingInfographic designed by Lumin Consulting(link outdated)

This unjustified bill would negate any type of “privacy policy” that currently exists to protect people who use services.

So do something about it.

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Cute Inkscape Tutorial Series: Basic Cute or Kawaii Face

I’m creating a series of cute animal images, and tutorials to go with them, based on the idea that any creature can be drawn in a “kawaii” cute style. All of the images will be based on the following template:
Diagram of Kawaii or Cute Faces

I’m working with Inkscape, a free vector graphics program that is very similar to Adobe Illustrator.

The key to making these faces cute is the proportion and the roundness.

Notice the placement of the eyes- wide apart, and along the same axis as the mouth!

In Inkscape, you can make words and shapes look extra rounded by going to Object>Fill and Stroke>Stroke Style, and choosing the rounded option on the ‘join’ and ‘cap’ menus.

To download the SVG file for editing or understanding the steps, download it from deviantart.

I hope to be posting tutorials and cute pictures for the following animals:

  • Ema the Emu (who appeared in one of my CSS tutorials)
  • A Sloth
  • A Naked Mole Rat
  • A Burrowing Owl
  • A Slow Loris
  • An Anglerfish

Who needs bunnies and kittens? ; )

3 Companies that Share Awesome Stuff

Any company has a choice about how they send their brand-message to the world. How will they communicate with users, and what will their message be? In my opinion, that communication falls somewhere on a binary between spam and sharing, and I really love when it falls closer to the latter.
My current favorite freebie is BrowserQuest, a retro-style MMO browser game recently released (for free!) by Mozilla and Little Workshop. They could have taken out banner ad spaces to say “HTML5 Rocks!” or “Mozilla is cool”, and I would have completely ignored them. Instead, they created a little gem of a game, and it has won me over.

Here is the link to play BrowserQuest. Enjoy a few minutes (or a few hours) of HTML5 powered fun!

Making a completely free game is an extreme example of sharing great things with your users. Another way of sharing is by actually giving away some portion of your product, and this can take any number of forms.

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