[d]online Index

On January 18, 2006—exactly six years ago—I started this blog. Since then, there have been:

  • •  1729 Posts (this one included)


  • •  254 Informational Posts

  • •  24 Code Examples

  • •  17 Prose Posts

  • •  16 Rants/Diatribes (oops, sorry!)

  • •  13 Technology Review Posts

  • •  11 Poetry Posts

  • •  9 Versions of the Flash File Uploader

  • •  4 Original Videos

  • •  2 Original Typefaces


I am a little shaken by how much time I spend on this blog.
*goes outside for the first time in 6 years*

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus

An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1

Direction and Motion Graphics: Patrick Clair
Written by: Scott Mitchell
Production Company: Zapruder’s Other Films

Random Musings III

Sir, this area is just for waiting

After just having returned from a month researching my family in Italy (we were able to trace our family back to 1200 when previously we couldn’t get past 1860), I noticed the prevalence of the green man over The States’ preference for the red word “Exit”. But I also saw a number of signs that I felt were funny. Here’s one for the “waiting area” of an airport. In a place where iconography is especially important due to so many international speakers around, I initially thought this was a sign for the bathroom.

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Cursor Illusion

Cursor Illusion

This is a pretty basic example of custom cursors in Actionscript which, when coupled with a fake drop shadow and a background image that further provokes the illusion, makes a cool effect. Granted you don’t actually have to turn the arrow cursor backwards for the effect to be achieved, but us lefties like the occasional positive reinforcement.

Again, since this effect is so simple, I’ve decided to just attach a zip of the source so you can download it and figure it out on your own. If you have questions, feel free to post comments.

Download the source files here.
This zip contains all project files for the Flash Example “Cursor Illusion”.