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Torontoist has been doing our best to cover the crap out of the G20 -- our writers, photographers, and readers have all been filing live updates for us, and we've been distilling and collecting the most important pieces of information as best we can, all weekend.

Here, for one thing, is our exclusive video from the ground of that cop charge into a crowd that'd just finished singing "O Canada" on Sunday.

We also have video from the moment that a cop car was torched on Saturday.

Photo timelines of each of the two bigger days:


And our live coverage is all collected here:


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The fine folks over at XDA have patched the latest EVO rev to circumvent the imposed 30FPS limit that has been bothering EVO owners for some time. [via phandroid]

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F*ck Yo Couch is a popular catchphrase used to convey complete irreverence for another person, similar to the conversational usage of “F*ck You.”


The phrase was first uttered by the comedian Dave Chappelle playing as the character of Rick James, who shows complete disrespect to the party hosts by soiling their white leather couch with his boots. The original sketch aired February 11th, 2004 on Chappelle’s Show. The sketch, entitled “Rick James: Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories”, was co-written by Dave Chappelle and Charlie Murphy, who plays himself in the sketch.


The phrase was added to Urban Dictionary in Fall 2004, Defining it as:

1. More disrespectful than ‘fuck you’ because it means disrespect to you, your property, and your crib.
2. Can simply mean that you don’t give a damn about someones couch.

The phrase began to trend in the summer of 2005, more than a year after the sketch originally aired.

In January of 2007, DJSuckapunch uploaded the first remix to YouTube, which currently has over four million views.

The F*cking of the Couches

Shortly after the phrase gained popularity, people began uploading videos and images of themselves demolishing their couches under the name “F*ck Yo Couch” or “F*ck Your Couch.” The most common method appeared to be setting them on fire, though other methods included throwing them off of balconies, running them over, and laying waste to them with assorted melee weapons.

In Popular Culture

In October of 2007, the line was referenced on the show the Boondocks during the episode Stinkmeaner Strikes back. One of the main characters, Tom, becomes possessed by the ghost of Colonel H. Stinkmeaner, who was killed in the first season. During the middle of a courtroom hearing, he is overtaken by Stinkmeaner’s ghost and jumps on top of a table, kicking his legs and shouting “F*ck your court, nigga! F*ck your court!”

In 2009, the clip was remixed for the song “Fuck Yo Couch” by Bailey.

The line was also mentioned in North Carolina rap group Little Brother’s “Say it Again”.

When clothes fit strange
I’m playin’ Rick James
“Fuck yo’ couch nigga!”
I’m comin’ out with a bang

In June of 2010, the line was mentioned again in Eminem’s “Session One” featuring Slaughterhouse.

I pull it out and flip your partner upside-down like ya’ll are a couple 69ing
It’s like Rick James is shooting up your house, nigga….fuck your couch nigga!


Baby edition (August 2007) 293,000+ views

Tom Cruise on Oprah (June 2008) 112,000+ views

While I Play Unfitting Music (June 2008) 54,000+ views

Furry edition (July 2008) 9000+ views

Sparta remix (January 2009) 14,000+ views

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International Advertising Festival
(Design Lions)
Corporate or Brand Identity / Broadcast Design & Graphics :

Awards 2010 : TV & Cinema Communications
TV Promotions, Stings & Programme Junctions

*ED AWARDS / European Design Awards :

Vuoden Huiput (Top of the Year Finland) :

NY ADC : Young Gun 7 / Judge
NY TDC55 - The Type Directors Club (NY) :
Print [Packaging] / ISSEY MIYAKE Shipping Box (New York)
Tokyo TDC

JAGDA: Graphic Design in Japan 2009

ADC Young Guns 6 (New York)
Award-winning : The final 50.

London International Awards (UK)
The One Show
Book Design Finaist
(New York)
Tokyo Interactive AD Award
Finaist : GYRE

JCD Design Award 2008 BEST 100 / Dual City Sessions 2007
(the Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers)
Display Design Awards 2008 Selected Work / Dual City Sessions 2007
(the Japan Display Design Association)
* Exhibition Design by upsetters architects

The ADC 86th Annual Awards :
(New York)
Tokyo Interactive AD Award / Finalist, Branding Site
The FWA (UK)
Japan Good Design Award
Applied Japan Typography
Web Design Annual Japan
Adobe Motion Award : Interactive / grand prize

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As the rest of the world busts a gasket over dying pelicans, we sent Baby Balls down to Louisian-aye-ay to hang out with some humans whose lives just got smothered in oil.

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TEDxAmsterdam: Hans Aarsman from TEDxAmsterdam on Vimeo.

“Hans Aarsman, a photographer, resumed by talking about his work, exploring different concepts of beauty in photography. He arrived at the paradoxical conclusion that “if you want to make an interesting picture, you ought not to want to make it” and contrasted the notion of aesthetic photographic beauty with an investigative type, where beauty lies in discovering something through or in the picture. He summarised the benefits of this approach: “I got paid more money and I moved into a bigger apartment”.

I hadn’t come across this before, but thanks to HCSP, it drifted my way today.  It’s great, and made me think about an idea we’ve discussed around here a few times, and that’s artistic ambition.  Aarsman gave up photography, gave up concepts, themes, series and projects.  And he felt liberated.

He eventually picked up a camera again, simply to document things he was throwing away.  In an ironic twist, the work was eventually published in FOAM.

It made me think about how there are times when I come upon a project or series of work and feel the photographs are completely detached from the concept or statement.  This happens often actually.  It’s a tricky thing, and I’m not sure where I stand on it, but I know “if you want to make an interesting picture, you ought not to want to make it,” is one of those philosophical phrases that tends to gnaw at you for awhile.

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Continuing with the 'Beautiful' series, O'Reilly has released their newest one, Beautiful Visualization:

This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a variety of perspectives -- as artists, designers, commentators, scientists, analysts, statisticians, and more. Together they demonstrate how visualization can help us make sense of the world.

Like others in the series (e.g. Beautiful Data, Beautiful Code), Beautiful Visualization is a compilation of essays from twelve people and groups who work in the field, and it's a very mixed bag. Regular FD readers will recognize many of the names: Fernanda Viegas, Martin Wattenberg, Aaron Koblin, Robert Kosara, Nick Bilton, and Jer Thorp, among others.

How to win a copy

You know the drill. Leave a comment below to enter your name into the raffle. Answer the following question: if you were an animal what would it be and why? I'd be a tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race.

Comment by Wednesday, June 23, 11:00pm EST, and then come back here to find out who won. I'll be selecting five winners at random.

If you're in the contiguous United States, you'll get the choice of the physical book or electronic version, which includes PDF, epub, APK, and mobi. Others will get the electronic version.

Good luck!

P.S. If you're impatient, here's the Amazon link. All proceeds of the book go to charity.

Comment to win a copy of ‘Beautiful Visualization’ / Follow @flowingdata on Twitter or fan on Facebook for more data goodness.

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Photographer Teru Kuwayama of Lightstalkers and a Knight Fellow at Stanford University just won a $202,000 grant to support his project proposal summarized here:

“Broadening the perspectives that surround U.S . military operations in Afghanistan, this project will chronicle a battalion by combining reporting from embedded journalists with user-generated content from the Marines themselves . The troops and their families will be key audiences for the online journal steering, challenging and augmenting the coverage with their feedback . The approach will directly serve the stakeholders and inform the wider public by bringing in on-the-ground views on military issues and the execution of U .S . foreign policy. The troops were recently authorized to use social media while deployed, and this project will also study the impact of that decision on the military.”

Congrats to Teru and all of the winners for their great ideas. It’s exciting to see good journalistic and reporting ideas get some real money behind them. More details on the winners here.

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From Pixel Prospector comes these two great videos – the first shows off 235 free indie games that you can download RIGHT NOW, and the second shows off 190 free indie games that are still in development. Download links for the games are available here.

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Freelancers accumulate a lot of things and habits that get in the way of their work. Sure we meet deadlines and get things done but our productivity suffers.

At the end of the day, we’re left scratching our head wondering where the day went. We end up working nights to meet a deadline that should have been met ahead of schedule if things had gone according to plan.

Here are 7 Things You As A Freelancer Need To Ditch in order to find the kind of success you’re looking for in your business.

1. Excessive Social Networking, Instant Messaging And Internet Browsing

This has been written and told so many times that you’d think it would be engraved in people’s head by now. Even if you’re super careful and watch your time, social networking and browsing have a habit of sneaking up on you and making you ignore the clock.

Stop Stumbling, Digging, or going through your RSS reader for an unscheduled period of time. If there’s work on your desk that’s being ignored in favor of it then you’re wasting time and momentum.

2. Email Obsession

Ah yes. We all have the email bug. Here’s how you ditch the habit.

1. Turn off the notification sound
2. Shut off your inbox
3. Check every two hours or any (reasonable) time period of your choice.
4. Rinse and repeat

You could also check email as a reward. Completed an article? Check email. Met a deadline? Omg, I so deserve to check my email now!

Yes you’ll go crazy, but your work will thank you for it!. Think of the happy clients and stress free pace of work as you’re free from the anxiety of having things added to your to-do list with every email.


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Games Everywhere : The Larger Role for Web Platforms and Services for Games & Serious Games

Google Tech Talk June 14, 2010 ABSTRACT Presented by Ben Sawyer, Co-Founder, President, Digitalmill. Videogames have always been a business at the edge of technology and change. Today, however, as games burst beyond the living room, and traditional forms and platforms of play they are turning up everywhere. With the rise of serious games which make use of videogames and videogame technologies in areas beyond entertainment, there is even larger requirement for videogames to change form and integrate with platforms and systems that were previously never considered relevant to game development. As games move to more pervasive forms, spanning both entertainment and non-entertainment fields, we need to define and understand this gamut of activity and the technologies that can support them. What new models, design, and engineering patterns exist that are, and increasingly going to be essential to a world where games are everywhere? Drawing on experiences with large organizations, non-traditional videogames forms, and analysis of the commercial videogame industry this talk not only illuminates the wider gamut of videogame activity but where there are unique needs and opportunities, especially for cutting edge Web services and platforms, that until better supported are, in fact, holding back the larger ascendency of games into everyday life. Slides can be viewed here:

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Vor wenigen Wochen unterlag das Unternehmen hinter dem Männermagazin Perfect 10 in einem Verfahren gegen den One-Click-Hoster Rapidshare. Dieser hat seinerseits nun eine Klage eingereicht, in der Perfect 10 als "Copyright Troll" bezeichnet wird.

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Arrange Fields screenshot 1

This module lets you drag-and-drop the fields of any CCK content type into the positions you would like for editing. This makes it super simple to have forms with inline fields, which you can change at any point. Tab indexing is also updated, so no matter how you arrange the fields, the users can still tab through them easily.


  • Drag and drop fields into any arrangement you want. Makes web-forms look more like pen-and-paper forms.
  • Resize textfields and textareas by dragging.
  • Edit CCK configurations for each field (required, help text, allowed values, etc) in a popup without having to leave the page.

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Warning! Spoilers for Houkago Play Volume 1 . Also slightly NSFW.

The 4-koma manga series Houkago Play had its second volume released recently. Having enjoyed the first volume, I decided to place an order for Houkago Play 2 at Kinokuniya NYC. However, I received a call telling me that the book could not be ordered due to “content.”

Wait, what?

A call back had them explain that Kinokuniya has a policy about sexual content, which is perfectly understandable, but I didn’t even realize that Houkago Play fell into this category. The first volume is certainly sexually charged, as the story features a sadistic tsundere character frustrated at not getting any alone time with her guy friend, and there’s even a brief portrayal of sex at the end of the book, but there is zero nudity in the book, and the sex takes up only three pages out of an almost 200-page book. Next to some of the stuff that Kinokuniya sells already, such as josei manga, certain seinen titles, and even harem or shoujo romance stuff, this seems like small potatoes. So what gives?

This is literally as far as Houkago Play goes.

One possibility is that the second volume of Houkago Play may be significantly more graphic than the first, which is in itself odd. If that’s the case, where is the line of “content” that Volume 1 manages to keep clear of, but Volume 2 tramples over on its way to the other side? Or is it that the constant sexually charged nature of the comic itself is what takes it over the edge?

If anyone can tell if there’s a significant difference between Volumes 1 and 2 of Houkago Play, that would be very helpful.

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If you're into origami and/or the alphabet, you'll love this template that shows you how to fold 3D letters of the alphabet out of paper. It appears to be part of a computational puzzle series designed at MIT.
The crease pattern by itself provides a kind of encoding of a maze, which can be decoded by folding. We applied this idea to encode textual messages in crease patterns that can be decoded by folding. Figure 1 shows a simple font we designed with the constraint that each character is a small orthogonal maze.... (With larger dimensions, the font might be easier to read, but harder to fold.)

Origami maze puzzle font [via Kottke]

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The Google I/O sessions are now live. I/O was a big event this year, and the press liked to focus on the splashy double headed keynotes (day 1: go web!, day 2: go Android :/).

The bulk of the real content from Google engineers was very solid indeed, and there are gems for Web developers out there.

I wanted to highlight a slew of these:

GWT + HTML5 can do what?!

Remember the GWT Quake goodness from April 1st? The crew behind it are back giving a talk about the tech behind it. There are many gems in here, such as the image library by Ray Cromwell that has software and hardware back ends (WebGL). Watching the photoshop-esque filters running via WebGL makes you drool.

There were other GWT sessions:

HTML5 and Chrome

Google used the "HTML5" word a loooot that week. Here is a blending of talks, part open Web, part Chrome itself.

Ian Fette kicks off a session on HTML5 support:

Oh, and have some fun with Ignite:

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Click here to read ScrollyFox Automates Firefox Scrolling for Hands-Free Reading

Firefox: If you spend time reading lengthy text on the web ScrollyFox is a handy tool to automatically scroll the page down for you. More »

Firefox - Browsers - Clients - WWW - Add-on

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Wer sich schon immer gefragt hat, wie viele Porno-Webseiten es im World Wide Web gibt, an welchem Tag die meisten Online-Pornos geschaut werden oder was die meisten pornografischen Suchbegriffe im Netz sind, sollte sich die folgende Studie nicht entgehen lassen.

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Views Infinite Scroll provides a #586668: Pluggable pagers that enables views infinite scrolling ( autopaging, depaging, endless pages name it) by using jquery.autopager plugin. using this module with views page display will load another page whenever the user reaches bottom of the page.


Important notes

  • This module is not compatible with Views Ajax support.


  • The module provides somehow similar features to Views Infinite Scroll, although, it overrides views mini pager's theme, preprocessing and ajax behavior. If you are not willing to upgrade to Views 3.x (though I really recommend doing so, the upgrade is seamless and Views 3 comes loaded with tons of new features :) ), then you can use this alternative module.

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This one is a really old effect that I always wanted to do. It has two part, first the 2d water effect, and then the parallax effect.

Water Effect

It all starts (once again) from this page. On there you'll see a "magic" trick to simulate 2d water. I've implemented that code in Actionscript and even as a Pixel Bender Shader but unfortunately never got something interesting out of it. Some months ago I revisited it again and made a Javascript version which has been on my site for a while.

At first it was a bit boring in black and white, but with a bit of experimenting I found out this color offset that made it look more interesting.

Parallax Effect

While working on the water effect I somehow remembered HeartQuake by Iguana. A MSDOS demo from 1994. One of the effects in that demo consisted in a 2'5D liquid surface.

(You can see the effect on the 5:32 mark)

I've seen that demo many times, but only this time I had enough knowledge to start guessing how each effect was made. The effect looked like the water effect but used as elevation map, maybe using voxels for creating the 2,5D illusion. I tried the voxels path but it was too slow for Javascript, so I forgot about it and left it there.

This week, for some reason, I ended up at Petri Leskinen's blog once again. On this visit I realised he shared a very interesting snippet. It seemed like a very fast technique to simulate 2'5D terrains. I quickly tried it out to see how fast it performed in Javascript and the results seemed pretty good (18ms for creating the perlin texture, 17ms for the elevated one).

So from there it was a matter a putting everything together and playing a bit with the code until I found an interesting level of interaction. The text idea seemed to work quite well, it had very mermerising motions so I went forward with it also as a bit of homage to Iguana's demo.

There are still a bunch of oldschool effects I want to try using <canvas> before I jump to WebGL shaders. As always, feel free to abuse of the beauty of Javascript: Right click > View Source :)

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Whole Brain Emulation: The Logical Endpoint of Neuroinformatics?

Google Tech Talk May 27, 2010 ABSTRACT Presented by Anders Sandberg. The idea of creating a faithful, one-to-one computer copy of a human brain has been a popular philosophical thought experiment and science fiction plot for decades. While computational neuroscience and systems biology are currently very far away from this goal, the trends towards large-scale simulation, industrialized neuroinformatics, new forms of microscopy and powerful computing clusters point in this direction and are enabling new forms of simulations of unprecendented scope. In this talk I will discuss current estimates of how close we are to achieving emulated brains, technological requirements, research challenges and some of the possible consequences.

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Better menus

Improves the Drupal menu item creation workflow by replacing the standard menu creating widget with a javascript powered tree menu.


This module requires that you install jQuery Update version 2.x and download a stripped down version of jQuery jsTree. Follow the instructions in the README.txt file supplied with the distribution.


Developed by Peter Törnstrand at

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The folks over at iN-Public have just recently put out a street photography compilation of 200 images by their photographers over the past 1o years. Appropriately and simply titled 10 I’d imagine this might be an interesting resource for finding some work beyond the household street photographer names, and to maybe see some new locations too. Check it out here. The price is about what you’d expect for a boutique hardcover….actually maybe a bit less.

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Career satisfaction, life-work balance, the reality of the changing workplace, and understanding personal goals and priorities has been emotionally draining for many as we surface from the economic crisis.

Recently we've seen books like What's Next Gen X?, the film Lemonade, 37signals's 4 day work week, Frog's latest issue of design mind, and numerous others explore these issues — and on the flip side — companies large and small are constantly looking at new ways to attract talent, and retain it!

In the video above, author Daniel Pink cites 50 years worth of behavioral science research demonstrating that money is only a motivating factor to a point for getting good results. After that people seek autonomy, mastery and purpose to be fully productive and indeed happy. Side note — love the animation that accompanies this talk, originally given at the RSA in London, January 2010.

via Joe Gebbia


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Shinzen Young: Deep Concentration in Formal Meditation and Daily Life (Theory and Practice)

Google Tech Talk 27 April 2010 Presented by: Shinzen Young ABSTRACT Renowed meditation teacher Shinzen Young leads a meditation session on concentration and discusses the application of the concentrated mind in daily life.

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“And Not a Single Fuck Was Given That Day” is a modified version of the colloquial phrase “I don’t give a fuck” which is usually applied to images wherein the subject generally appears relaxed or carefree. Similar to Come at me bro, the catchphrase can be paired with various images and portraits, as long as they fit the theme.


The image and phrase began to gain popularity starting around March of 2010; however, examples of the phrase “and not a single fuck was given that day” appear online as early as 2009. Usage of this phrase and image macros has been steadily growing on 4chan since March 2010, and has become a popular macro on Reddit.

“Not a Single Fuck Was Given That Day” also has a Facebook group with over 4000 members.

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Views preview with explain info appended.

Views Explain is a very simple module that runs EXPLAIN on the query generated by views, and appends that information to the views preview table.

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This is a simple module that adds a checkout pane to the ubercart checkout page to force the user to agree on the site's terms and condition.

You can configure the terms and conditions path.

Configuration screen is at Store administration -> Configuration -> Terms and conditions.

The checkbox label (and link) is themable.

This module has also lightbox2 support. If enabled, it will open the terms and conditions on a lightbox2. You can configure width and height of the lightbox.

Notes for themers and lightbox2:

The module appends a ?format=lightbox2 to the configured path so you can customize the page look (remove sidebars, headers, etc.) of the term and conditions page when viewed within lightbox2.

Refer to Lightbox2 - Howto add a lightbox to your images and other content for further explanations.

This is a replacement for Global Terms and Conditions. I have taken some ideas from it, but simplify the module a little bit and added lightbox2 support. The author of this contribution has agreed to forward further support and comments to this module.

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Origami Typographic experiments made by Carlos Natan López Nazario. More on Designaside.

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Enjoy a spectacular particle storm! In this experiment
we use a bitmap filled with Perlin noise to create
an acceleration field. The field controls the motion of thousands
of particles creating a turbulent, dramatic effect.
We use filters and color transforms to obtain the effect
of fading trails behind the churning particles.
Complete source code available for download.

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Click here to read Unshake Makes Blurry Photos Passable

Sometimes, you just have to take a picture of what's in front of you but you're stuck with low light and a cellphone camera. Free utility Unshake makes those photos somewhat presentable by toning down the blur. More »

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Deal With It is an image macro series and catchphrase used as a retort when someone disapproves something. The image macro structure consists of a picture of someone looking smug with sunglasses. If sunglasses are not present they have a tendency to fall into place.

Origin & Search Trends

“Deal With It” in its own is a rather common colloquialism. Though Google Insights’ search queries reveal a noticeable spike in mid-2007, this can be largely attributed to the High School Musical singer Corbin Bleu’s song “Deal With It,” which was released in May 2007.

The dog in the image originates from the SomethingAwful forums, as an emoticon :smugdog:. The catchphrase itself also has a SAclopedia entry dated May, 31, 2009:

A catchphrase attributed to atheists that is much much more commonly used to make fun of atheists.

Example: “There is no god. Deal with it”

On SomethingAwful, the catchphrase has seen excessive use on the Let’s Play and YOSPOS forums but because of the commonality of the phrase, it is very difficult to pinpoint a date and may very well be coincidental.

In mid-late 2005, Matt Furie, creator of Boy’s Club and the creator of Feels Good Man, posted a webcomic on MySpace using the phrase:


Image site is currently taking claim for popularizing the image macro series in 2010. They created a page and contest in late June 2010 providing the sunglasses template, along with examples, so you may make your own

The dog image itself does predate, but the date it was posted is still unknown. Ryder Ripps, site producer, cited the dog image in an interview with Know Your Meme:

That Something Awful duck hunt dog had been around for a while and myself and jertronic and some others started making our down versions of it to be funny, and then it just sort of took off. I put the photoshop template I made online and people were making them with that I think.

Ryder credits a Urlesque article recognizing as being the turning point for recognition of Deal With It. The image macros were spread prior to the article but Urlesque was one of the first to actually cite as a source.

One of the earliest Tumblr instances appeared in early June 2010, posted by jertronic, a admin. It was then amplified by reblogs by Greg Rutter and Brad O’Farrell.

Other Works


Photographer Chris Clanton posted a photoset on August 3, 2010 of real life Deal With It gifs, complete with falling sunglasses.

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The Neural Circuitry of Perception & Genetic and Hormonal Influences on Cognition

A Google Tech Talk May 5, 2010 ABSTRACT Presented by Michael Goard, PhD, and Emily Jacobs, PhD. The majority of the human brain is comprised of a single structure, the neocortex, responsible for a range of cognitive functions, from sensory perception to abstract thought. However, despite this diversity of functions, the neocortex has a simple architecture it is comprised of numerous repeated motifs of a single stereotyped neural circuit. This talk will serve as an introduction to the structure and function of the neocortical circuit, particularly focusing on how it processes sensory input in order to generate cohesive perception of the external world. This will be followed by a description of recent experiments demonstrating how the neocortex can process sensory input in different ways depending on the behavioral state of the animal. Finally, there will be a discussion of how understanding neocortical function will lead to innovations in medicine, computing, and artificial intelligence. The study of neuroscience is devoted to understanding how the brain functions uniformly across members of a species, but a critical question centers on how cognitive processes differ between members of a species, or in an individual under varying environmental conditions. In short, why do some people excel where others falter? This talk introduces two factors that contribute to individual differences in cognition: genes and hormones. This concept is examined through recent experiments <b>...</b>

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Artist Bio

When asked by his parents what he wanted to be when he grew up, five-year-old Eric replied, “a paperologist.” Throughout his childhood and adolescence he enjoyed paper crafts and origami—a frequent birthday gift was stacks of paper and rolls of tape.

After preparing for a technology career, Eric kept looking for an artistic outlet to balance his creative side with his professional life. He returned to his childhood love of paper, and discovered a deeper appreciation for the beauty of origami by exploring and researching new areas of folding. These days, Eric focuses on the geometric art of origami tessellations.

Eric continues to fold, teach, and share his talent through art workshops, origami conventions, international art exhibitions, and through his popular site on the Internet. He currently balances dual careers as a technology professional and paper artist in Minneapolis.

Eric Gjerde’s Website

Eric Gjerde on Flickr

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Attributes in cart

This module allows site administrators using the Ubercart and its Attribute modules to let their visitors change attributes of products they have added to their cart on their cart page.

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This tutorial is for anyone who has heard about haXe, but never had the time to figure out how to set it up. If you guys show a lot of interest in learning more

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AS3 Signals is an awesome open-source project created by Robert Penner that will make you re-think the way you approach events in all of your future projects. I

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We have the power to bestow our abilities onto the things around us. By being conscious of our tools, habits, and spaces, and actively conditioning them to help us behave the way we want to behave, maybe we can more efficiently tap into the thousands of hours of creative genius embedded in our everyday objects. Maybe we’ll be able to maximize the capabilities that new technologies afford us without being overwhelmed by the distractions. And, just maybe, we’ll remember what it feels like to be utterly engrossed in our daily work.

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Over the last year, Smashing Magazine has evolved. We’ve been publishing fewer lists and more in-depth articles about design and Web development. We have invited professionals and high-profile developers to write for us. We’ve been investing more resources in the quality and relevance of our articles. We’ve also explored new formats; and on weekends we’ve been publishing more inspirational pieces, leaving the in-depth articles to weekdays.

We’ve tried our best to fuel the growing appetite of our readers for more advanced articles, but recently we’ve been receiving more requests for carefully selected, useful round-ups. We are not big fans of lists either, but the format is useful and — if the resources are relevant — can be extremely helpful. Therefore, we’ve decided to add a couple of round-ups per month as a bonus to our regular articles. Instead of replacing the main articles, we will add round-ups on top of our regular schedule. If you don’t like round-ups or find them inappropriate, please feel free to skip them. How does this work for you?

In this post, we present 40 useful but obscure jQuery plug-ins that will hopefully help you improve the user experience on your websites. We look forward to your ideas and suggestions in the comments to this post.

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TipTip jQuery Plugin
TipTip detects the edges of the browser window and will make sure the tooltip stays within the current window size. As a result the tooltip will adjust itself to be displayed above, below, to the left or to the right of the element with TipTip applied to it, depending on what is necessary to stay within the browser window. TipTip is a very lightweight and intelligent custom tooltip jQuery plugin. It uses ZERO images and is completely customizable via CSS.

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Contextual Slideout Tips With jQuery & CSS3
A set of contextual slideout tips with jQuery & CSS3, which are ideal for product pages and online tours.

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jQuery Slider plugin (Safari style)
jQuery Slider is easy to use and multifunctional jQuery plugin.

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jSquares is a jQuery plugin that pops up an image and a description in an overlay on hover. It is basically identical to the image grid found on Works like a charm in IE6+, FF 3+, Safari 3+ and Opera 10.

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Single sprite navigation is great, but we all know it can get a little bit tedious. All that measuring of pixel perfect photoshop slices, careful coding of your CSS and subsequent calculator bashing is enough to drive anyone to start microwaving fluffy kittens. Wouldn’t it be great to have a fancy online tool to take care of all the boring stuff for you in a few simple clicks? Well wish no more…

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Jquery Two Sided Multi Selector
This Plugin converts a multi select list into a two-sided multi-select list. This means you display a list of options in the left hand box and items you select are moved into the right hand box.

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jQuery MegaMenu Plugin

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jQuery Keyboard Navigation Plugin
The jQuery Keyboard Navigation Plugin provides the capability for elements on a page to be navigated and activated via the keyboard’s up, down, right and left arrow keys.

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FullCalendar – Full-sized Calendar jQuery Plugin
FullCalendar is a jQuery plugin that provides a full-sized, drag & drop calendar like the one below. It uses AJAX to fetch events on-the-fly for each month and is easily configured to use your own feed format (an extension is provided for Google Calendar). It is visually customizable and exposes hooks for user-triggered events (like clicking or dragging an event).

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iPhone Style Radio and Checkbox Switches using JQuery and CSS
A simple technique for creating radio button and checkbox switches with jQuery.

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jQuery UI Selectmenu: An ARIA-Accessible Plugin for Styling a Custom HTML Select Element
Our latest contribution to labs is the selectmenu plugin, which is designed to duplicate and extend the functionality of a native HTML select element, and lets you customize the look and feel, add icons, and create hierarchy within the options. Best of all, it’s built with progressive enhancement and accessibility in mind, has all the native mouse and keyboard controls, and is ThemeRoller-ready.

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A Better jQuery In-Field Label Plugin
This is a pretty nice effect, and it can really help to save space on forms. There are a billion different ways to implement this, and I don’t suggest you use the example from above because that was just a quick way to show the effect. So let’s walk through a couple of different implementation approaches and figure out the best way to implement this feature.

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Sliding Labels
Tim Wright came up with a jQuery technique that presents labels in input fields by default but then slides them to the left (or up) rather than removing them on click. If JavaScript is turned off, the labels are displayed above the input fields. The small jQuery snippet works in all major browsers and can be used for input and textarea elements.

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Login or Signup with jQuery
Some users doesn’t like to filling the registration form. So that I had implemented login and singup fields in same block just controlling with jquery and PHP. It’s is very simple javascript and basic PHP code.

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Uniform – Sexy forms with jQuery
Have you ever wished you could style checkboxes, drop down menus, radio buttons, and file upload inputs? Ever wished you could control the look and feel of your form elements between all browsers? If so, Uniform is your new best friend. Uniform masks your standard form controls with custom themed controls. It works in sync with your real form elements to ensure accessibility and compatibility.

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Slideshows and Galleries

jQuery Quicksand plugin
Reorder and filter items with a nice shuffling animation.

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Nivo Slider: Slideshow jQuery Script
Nivo Slider is a simple and powerful jQuery image slider plug-in that fits the bill. The tool has nine unique transition effects built in, as well as plenty of options to fiddle with: for instance, you can define functions to be applied before and after the image has changed, set the animation speed and activate pause on hover.

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#grid is a little tool that inserts a grid onto the Web page. You can hold the grid in place and toggle it between the foreground and background. To display the grid, just press a hot key on your keyboard, and you can set your own short keys to switch views. #grid comes set up with a 980 pixel-wide container, with 20-pixel gutters, and assumes one lead of 20 pixels. You can download the source code (JavaScript and CSS) and use classes for multiple grids.

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Improving The Content

Dynamic Footnotes With CSS and jQuery
Lukas Mathis has come up with an elegant solution to improve user experience with footnotes: his jQuery script shows the content of footnotes as soon as the user indicates that they are interested in it – i.e. when they move the cursor over the footnote symbol.

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jQuery Captify Plugin v1.1.3
Captify is a plugin for jQuery written by Brian Reavis to display simple, pretty image captions that appear on rollover. It has been tested on Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and the wretched Internet Explorer. Captify was inspired by ImageCaptions, another jQuery plugin for displaying captions like these. The goal of Captify is to be easy to use, small/simple, and completely ready for use in production environments (unlike ImageCaptions at the moment).

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Copy to Clipboard with ZeroClipboard, Flash 10 and jQuery
With today’s post I will show you a contrived example to get you started. I eventually hope to add this to the contextMenu.js jQuery plugin that I use, but for now this should be pretty straight forward. I do want to note that in the demo and download I am loading the latest version of the jQuery library (1.3.1) from Google’s CDN for the first time in any of my posts. For more information on how to do this see the instructions from Google.

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Columnizer jQuery Plugin
This jQuery plugin will help you create a multi-column layout without complex CSS hacks. Works across all major browsers.

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jQuery Grid Plugin

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Charts and Graphs

Dygraphs: Create interactive graphs from open source Javascript library
Dygraphs is an open source JavaScript library that produces an interactive, zoom-able charts of the present time series. It is mainly designed to display the dense data sets and enable the users to explore and interpret them. It is a JavaScript Visualization Library.

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gMap – Google Maps Plugin For jQuery
gMap is a lightweight jQuery plugin that helps you embed Google Maps into your website. With only 2 KB in size it is very flexible and highly customizable.

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10 jQuery Plugins for Easier Google Map Installation
The plugins below offer not only an easier method to install a map, they also offer the option to add extra functionality, should you choose to need them. They also all come with a varied degree of docs, some are extensive and some non-existent, so choose your plugin wisely.

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Images and Visual Effects

jQuery imageless buttons a la Google
This jQuery plugin is an attempt to recreate Google’s imageless buttons and prove that it doesn’t take a whole team of engineers and an endless cycle of code revision and quality control (their own words) to pull this off. I don’t know how Google did it, but my buttons automatically adapt to paddings and other styling you wish to use. They allow for a lot of stylistic customisatoin via a few lines of css while keeping all the display critical css rules hidden deep inside the plugin.

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jQuery Presentation Plugin
jQuery Presentation Plugin: Say NO to Keynote!

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jQuery pageSlide
This plugin allows any developer to recreate a similar interaction on their own website using a few simple lines of Javascript. By attaching the method to an anchor tag, pageSlide wraps the original body content into a wrapper and creates an additional block for the secondary content load. The slide is animated whenever the click event is invoked.

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jqFancyTransitions: jQuery Image Rotator Plugin
jqFancyTransitions is easy-to-use jQuery plugin for displaying your photos as slideshow with fancy transition effects.

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A demo of AD Gallery
A highly customizable gallery/showcase plugin for jQuery.

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Pines Notify jQuery Plugin
Pines Notify’s features include: timed hiding with visual effects, sticky (no automatic hiding) notices, optional hide button, supports dynamically updating text, title, icon, type, stacks allow notice sets to stack independently, control stack direction and push to top or bottom.

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Animate Panning Slideshow with jQuery
In today’s tutorial we’ll take the makings of a classic slideshow, but use a different kind of transition to animate between slides. It may not fit every project, but diversity is always welcome in the world of web design.

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Sponsor Flip Wall With jQuery & CSS
Designing and coding a sponsors page is part of the developer’s life (at least the lucky developer’s life, if it is about a personal site of theirs). It, however, follows different rules than those for the other pages of the site. You have to find a way to fit a lot of information and organize it clearly, so that the emphasis is put on your sponsors, and not on other elements of your design.

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Last Click

CoffeeScript is a little programming language that compiles JavaScript while simplifying the code that developers actually have to deal with. It works with current JavaScript libraries and compiles clean code, leaving even comments intact. Once developers familiarize themselves with how CoffeeScript works, they could potentially save themselves a lot of time and headaches with the simplified code.

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Brosho ‘Design in the Browser’ jQuery Plugin
With this Plugin you can style your markup right in your browser with a build-in element selector and CSS editor. Generate the CSS code of altered elements with one click and use it in your own stylesheet.

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gameQuery – a javascript game engine with jQuery
gameQuery is a jQuery plug-in to help make javascript game development easier by adding some simple game-related classes. It’s still in an early stage of development and may change a lot in future versions. The project has a Google Code page where the SVN repository of the project is hosted and a twitter page where you can follow the daily progress of the development.

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Mind-blowing JavaScript Experiments
The following JavaScript experiments demonstrates the amazing capabilities of the modern browsers such as Chrome and Safari. In this post I will showcase to you an array of experiments that will surely blows your mind off.

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