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Drawing isn't a black art, but most of us never have to practice enough to become comfortable with it:

"Drawing is merely making lines and dots on paper. If you can write your name, you can draw. But we all take shortcuts when we see; often our brains fool us, and we skip over most visual details."
 
My art classes didn't even push observation this well:

"The results are spectacular. Students love it, feel engaged and involved, and take pride in their work – not because it’s worth a grade, but because they struggle, push themselves, and end up with a brilliant payoff."

There's a focus on biology here, but it clearly extends beyond reproducing specimens on paper.

"The goal of my biological illustration course is not the product, it’s the process. The power of my course is in its interdisciplinary nature – not just because it combines biology and illustration, but because it forces students to recognize their own weaknesses in a whole array of knowledge and skills. Real life isn’t neatly divided by subject."

#drawing   #art   #education   #learning  
A century ago, drawing was taught as an essential skill for scientists, valued for communicating ; findings, but also for enhancing observations. One biology professor laments this loss and aims to incorporate drawing back into her introductory biology courses.
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If you haven't done so by now, here's how to get some of your custom formatting back into WP 3.9
The release of WordPress 3.9 saw the update of the included TinyMCE editor to version of 4.0 and this caused no small amount of havoc for people who'd been customizing the text editor. In the past, one was able to define one's own custom styles and modify the block formats like so: ...
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TinyMCE Advanced I was referring to. I mainly install it because it has support for tables, amongst other things, which are still important in my view for presenting certain information and which a lot of clients still use. I guess I'll have to find another plugin. 
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If you'd like to keep up with my design work or other website-nerdiness, be sure to follow +Wolfestar Design.

Everyone else, back to our regularly scheduled programming...
 
To coincide with the release of her latest book, Hibernate, author +Elizabeth Eslami wanted to refresh her website http://elizabetheslami.com/. Goals for the project included modernizing the site with a responsive design, promoting Hibernate as well as increasing the visibility of Eslami as an author.

With that in mind, we have a home page that has the double-duty of introducing the book while literally putting Eslami's face on the project. The 3 most recent News post headlines at the bottom of the page guide readers on to learn more and dig deeper into the site.

The site also features a book trailer for Hibernate by +Bring Media, mailing list options,  and some of the social media connections that are standard these days. And to make sure it's all easy to use and manage, it's all powered by WordPress as a completely custom theme along side a small collection of great plugins like WordPress SEO and Advanced Custom Fields.

http://elizabetheslami.com

#webdesign   #WordPress #responsivedesign #rwd #hibernate
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Brilliant! I'll report back as soon as I've tested this...
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Really just too much to quote in this article... lots of very good points about why #PROTECT-IP needs to be stopped just as much as #SOPA does. The former isn't really a compromise at all. Please check it out.

But to try to come up with a hook for the tl;dr crowd, how's this?

The risk of these broad definitions on perfectly legitimate companies is not theoretical: ...it appears that Universal Music also included the personal website of one of its own top artists, 50Cent... Similarly, Monster Cable, who has stated its support for PROTECT IP, has put together its own list of "rogue sites" and it, rather stunningly, includes sites like eBay, Craigslist, Costco and Sears.

It look like advocates of these bills are looking at it as their own "no-fly-list" for the internet. Don't like competition in the marketplace? Accuse them of piracy and shut them down. We'll see if they were actually guilty of anything later.

But it's not too late to do something: Go to http://americancensorship.org/ and sign up for the planned call-in to congress this coming Tuesday to tell your representatives know that that this legislation is unacceptable. We don't need a Firewall like China, we don't need to fuel more lawsuits, we don't need new ways avenues for censorship. And honestly none of that would end piracy anyway.

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There's been plenty of talk (and a ton of posts here on Techdirt) discussing both SOPA (originally E-PARASITE) and PROTECT IP (aka PIPA), but it seemed like it would be useful to create a single, "def...
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Don't be afraid of display:table. Table markup may be ugly, but selectively using their display properties can be great.
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Last free show is today at 2pm at yerba buena. Good stuff, even Tank! performed live
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Some nice, free design assets available with this sign-up link:

http://creativemarket.com/uPLmoSl

Always fun to get new vector brushes...time to go play!

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Creative Market is a marketplace for handcrafted, mousemade design content like vector patterns, icons, photoshop brushes, fonts and more.
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Question for anyone keeping up with photographic equipment more than me:

Does it make sense to buy a Canon G12 right now? I've just seen some rumors and speculation about what's happening with the G line, and seen other things saying "wait until February!" to buy cameras, but I'm not sure how much of a difference that'll make.

As to why I'm looking at a G12 right now: our old Powershot A610 seems to be on its way out, and we love the articulated LCD so much that we're not considering any of the pocket-sized models out there. Also, we do occasionally use the manual settings, so the feature set seems like a good match.

Thanks for any tips/persuasion.

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