If you’re looking for a free newsletter tool for your installation of WordPress and have less than 2,000 subscribers, the WPNewsman plug-in is fairly nice. They allow you to style your newsletters, entering shortcodes for post-specific content, as well as the post entries and separators. Once finished, you have the option of selecting by author, category, and date range, and creating a newsletter to use excerpts, fancy excerpts (which includes html), and full post content. Unfortunately, the full post content turns HTML into text and removes paragraph breaks, leaving one giant mass of text and html code, commingled.Read More »
Dating back centuries, the names of our everyday colors have origins in the earliest known languages. According to linguists:
There was a time when there were no color-names as such . . . and that not very remote in many cases, when the present color-words were terms that could be used in describing quite different qualities [including] gay, lively, smart, dashy, loud, gaudy . . . dull, dead, dreary . . . tarnished, stained, spotted, dirty, smeared . . . faint, faded [and feeble].
As different societies developed names for colors, across the globe, isolated cultures went about naming the colors, but weirdly, they all generally did it in the same order. Called the hierarchy of color names, the order was generally (with a few exceptions): black, white, red, green, yellow, and blue with others like brown, purple and pink coming at various times afterward.
A while ago, I posted the link to The Vendor-Client Relationship, in Real-world Situations. It raised a bit of awareness to the hypocrisy of the design industry, where clients and contractors over-expect liberties from creatives. I firmly believe this is inherently an industry problem, not one that plagues specific people or firms. #CoglioneNo is Italy’s take on the same dilemma. Most of their videos focus on young creatives, however the issue plagues those of all experience levels. Not only did their PSAs strike a chord with me, they also helped me practice my limited knowledge of Italian.Read More »
I’ve added a new image to my “don mots” collection. See the growing gallery, here.Read More »
Google Plus has been auto-awesoming photos for a while, meaning that they’ve stitched together images with similar composition into animated gifs. See my cover photo with Banksy, for example. Well I was excited to see that they also auto-awesomed some photos from my 2013 to create this cute little video. Log-in to your Google Plus to see your version of 2013, auto-awesomed.Read More »
Mike found this link to Street Art Utopia, which recently posted the 106 best street art photos of 2013. This gallery shows my favorites, but the site is a wealth of artistic and clever pieces. Take a moment to peruse their gallery to see that there’s more in the world of street art than just Banksy.Read More »
I met a man today selling locks on a bridge,
passing couples in love with much love to give.
With an hour to burn I pushed him to talk.
“What profit there is on a bridge selling locks?
For surely there are hardware and fastener stores
among the masses in towns, surrounded by doors.
Industry!” I said, “It’s about knowing your crowd.
Their desires, on the inside, their budgets, on the out.
But where only lovers come and go as they please
are those seeking locks at 10 z?oty a piece?”
He inspected his wares for tarnish and rust.
Wiped away blemishes, mildew, and dust.
And lay it with brothers, aligned side-by-side.
Only then did he face me and smile and reply.