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The Digital Nativity

22 Dec

ideasgarden wishes all and everybody near and far a very happy Christmas and 2012!

 

Princess-Rainbow.com: First Ever Person to Change Their Name to a Website!

27 Aug

Claire Forshaw of Manchester has changed her name by deed poll to Princess-Rainbow.com, in the process become the first person ever to change his/her name to a website.

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Claire, 24, decided to change her name when she was drunk one night and because “it would be a laugh and it only costs a tenner”.  She plans to sell her art from the site and the story has got her lots of interviews and attention.

The bank had no problem using her new name; Facebook refused, however.

See more here.

 

One in five kids will be approached online by a sexual predator.

06 Aug

A startling statistic from Common Sense Media.  Other “Media Mythbusters” published include:

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  • 80% of TV commercials are for fast food, candy, cereal and toys.
  • Kids see more than a quarter of a million commercials aimed at their appearance by age 17, with the result that The number one wish for girls ages 11 to 17 is to be thinner; boys 11 to 17 want a physical ideal that can only be achieved through steroid use.
  • Watching a lot of sexual content on TV greatly increases the chance that a teen will have sex at an earlier age.
  • 1 hour of TV per day are 4 times more likely than other teens to commit aggressive acts in adulthood.
  • By the time kids reach middle school, they will have seen 8,000 murders and 100,000 violent acts of violence on TV alone.

See the full article here.

 

Brilliant Javascript Graphics Demo

22 Jun

Mr Doob does it again!  Check out http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/depth_of_field/ to see an amazing 3D graphic demo, all done using Javascript.  This means that there are no big fat graphics servers in the background, it’s all done and calculated and displayed within your browser.  Responds to mouse movement too.

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Sometimes seems to have problems displaying in IE7 so check it out using Firefox or Google Chrome.

 

YouTube in Higher Quality

21 May

YouTube has just announced that users now have the option of watching some videos in 720p HD. These streams are available on certain videos, depending on the source file uploaded to YouTube.

The ability to upload higher quality videos means improved sharpness and visual clarity for some YouTube videos. It’s very noticeable in videos that contain text or fast movement and also in full-screen mode.

This is an excellent post on the topic by Cinetech – thanks Cinetech!  (Be sure to visit his other Squidoo sites.)

http://www.squidoo.com/youtubehd

 

 

AVS4YOU Audio and Video Apps – one registration

16 Oct

AVS4YOU Best software for you on today’s market. Subscribe and download now for free!

 

Click on text matters

07 Oct

It’s been a bit since I’ve seen any actual test data on the use of actionable link anchor text, so I thought I’d share the results of a Marketing Sherpa experiment performed with their newsletter readers. The goal was to find out if the wor

ding used in hyperlinks could make a difference in clickthrough rates.
The answer is yes. They found that the right two or three click link words can lift clickthrough rates by more than 8%.

Here are the results:

“Click to continue”: 8.53%
“Continue to article”: 3.3%
“Read more”: (-)1.8%

 

Nice CV Layout in PowerPoint (David Seah)

04 Oct

http://davidseah.com/blog/powerpoint-resume-layout-tips/

 

Translate Me!

01 Sep

http://www.oddcast.com/home/demos/tts/tts_tran_example.php?sitepal

a brilliant example of Google code + Sitepal animation characthers, you can type in a message and get it read back to you by an animated character in any language. Cool!

 

Vusion – DVD quality streaming

14 Jul

..as demoed at Galway Fleadh by yer man Andrew, very impressive.

The plugin is small (<3MB), it sends 8 bits of info about your system setup then optimises the streaming for your setup, giving really high quality. Time for a hosted VOD setup for Indie Ireland. http://www.vusion.com/