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  • ubernaut 11:13 am on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , france, rotoscoping   

    Real Time Retouching is Just Plain Awesome to Watch 

    What happens when you teach French people how to rotoscope? They make awesome stuff like this:

    So heres what’s she’s singing because i know you’re curious like me, don’t ask me to explain anything other than how awesome it is:

    New Perfume
    Or Prada, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Cartier, Azarro, Sisley, Escada, Gucci Naf Naf, Nina Ricci, Lancome, Kenzo and still more / again, again
    Either Bruno Banani, The Bastidane, Estee Lauder, Guerlain, Burberry and Thierry Mugler, Bourjois, Chloe, Jean Paul Gautier, Valentino and I do not know more
    Which I choose?
    Why I choose?
    Who wants me to choose?
    I’m not their product
    Of beauty, preciousness
    They can not change me
    Peerless, nonpareil,
    The new fragrance is myself new perfume
    Or Roberto Cavalli, Bulgari, Givengi, Dolce & Gabana, Paco Rabana or Lacoste Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent and I do not know more
    Which I choose?
    Why I choose?
    Who wants me to choose?
    I’m not their product
    Of beauty, preciousness
    They can not change me
    Peerless, nonpareil,
    The new fragrance is myself new perfume

    ↬ John Nack on Adobe
    ᔥ BOGGIE performing Nouveau Parfum on Vimeo

  • ubernaut 2:02 pm on December 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme   

    Merry Christmas from Chuck! 

    Not to be out done on the internet, King of Meme, Chuck Norris has released this year’s Christmas message to the tubes. Thanks as always to our good friend John Nack from Adobe who shared this one.

    And in case you missed the original, here’s Jean-Claude Van Damme performing the most epic of splits:

    And while we’re at, just for fun, don’t miss Rob Ford, the crack smoking mayor of Toronto performing the same trick:

    ↬ John Nack on Adobe
    ᔥ Valentin Bajkov on YouTube

  • ubernaut 1:49 am on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    MP6, the Other Side of the Coin 

    Let me start by reiterating that i love MP6 and that i think it’s a worthy successor to the legacy WP interface. It’s clean, modern and clear and definitely feels like the next generation of WP UI should.

    But i have noticed a small issue with MP6 which promises for me, at least, to be functionally speaking at best a lateral move, more then likely it will make my everyday tasks quite bit more time consuming due to its additional space requirements forcing me to do a lot more scrolling to accomplish my everyday site management tasks.

    Excessive scrolling, which is the problem i am trying to identify here is quite possibly the worst UX/usability flaw a website can have in my opinion, an extreme example of this i would be the issue the currently well known issue in the widget admin area of WP admin. But even in simple things like selecting posts in the bulk edit screen become much more time consuming when you can only select about two thirds as many posts before having to scroll again.

    Anyway that’s the opinion portion of this post, i will now layout my comparisons of a few parts of the MP6 UI elements in the hope that some improvements can be made to make MP6 better in all aspects not just most aspects as compared to the legacy UI.

    This example site has a few plugins, is hosted on WP Engine and is a Buddypress/Multisite network who’s homesite is a magazine content driven site so we get a lot of posts compared to most wordpress sites but i suspect we are fairly typical in terms of complexity and number of plugins for magazine style sites.

    In this first comparison we have the post list, probably the most often used screen for managing content driven sites. As you can see on the left hand side in legacy UI there is room for 20 menu items before scrolling is required on this 1280 by 800 screen i’m using; using MP6 this number drops to 17, 15% reduction of available menu items (click for full size).

    Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.58.05 PM

    Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.58.09 PM

    Also note the difference in the number of posts displayed in the post list, here we see without scrolling we see 6 in legacy versus 4 in MP6. If you scroll down so that the entire screen is filed with posts the difference lessens a bit typically but there is another issue which can also exacerbate the issue besides the white space itself which is that the font is taking up more horizontal space in the list which can cause more line breaks as well, so even with no space wasted in top UI the difference is usually about 2 less posts per screen (7 in legacy versus 5 in MP6, in my example). With the default setting of 20 posts per screen this means 4 scrolls versus 3 to see your entire list, and this ratio holds if you have your post list set to a higher number with MP6 generally requiring about 30% more scrolls to view the same amount of posts.

    In this second comparison i highlight the horizontal component of this issue as you can see the extra space is actually breaking the layout of the admin menu due to its extra space requirements causing the left and right sides of the menu bar to collide:

    Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 6.23.21 PM

    Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 6.23.30 PM

    In conclusion, for anyone who has bothered to read this entire post i would just like to add that i think with a few minor adjustments we can have the benefits of mp6 without any of the drawbacks i am seeing. So thanks for your time and any and all comments are more then welcomed.

    • Bryan Petty 9:23 pm on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I think a better question is why so many of your installed plugins think they *all* need top-level menu items *as well as* admin bar menus and icons. This is serious cognitive overload (a very real UX problem) that can only be fixed at the plugin level.

      Besides that, what is that huge extra “Broadcasted” column in your post listings even being used for? I don’t see anything useful there for an index page, it’s just wasting a ton of table space. Again, this is a plugin problem, not WordPress itself.

      I don’t see any reason why WordPress core should be designed around and allow/encourage/support this kind of abuse. You should probably discuss these problems with the plugin developers making these decisions.

      Although, I think something probably should be done with the admin bar not just breaking when this happens.

      • ubernaut 9:34 pm on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Well i think that the term “abuse” is a bit extreme large sites/networks often need a number of plugins to provide all the desired functionality. i actually try to limit the number and quality of plugins as much as i can. The column “broadcasted” indicates which sites on the network have syndicated (or have been syndicated from) a particular post. the additional column only amplifies the issue it does not create it.

  • ubernaut 3:24 pm on October 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , content aware fill, photoshop   

    The Predator Got a New Car 

    Check out that whip…

    But seriously this is a rotoscoped content aware fill replacing the car in some commercial with what photoshop would fill in using the content aware fill tool. Very cool, can’t wait to try this effect out myself. Thanks again to John Knack from Adobe for sharing such an awesome video.

    ↬ John Nack on Adobe
    ᔥ Zach Nader

  • ubernaut 12:45 pm on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3d animation, motion control, Robots   

    Projection Mapping + Robots = Awesome 

    Thanks again to our friend John Nack over at for sharing the awesomeness. This one well it’s sorta hard to describe but basically it a bunch of motion control plus 3D animation and the result… well let’s just call that magic. 😉

    And more info about the company behind this magic is here:

    ↬ John Nack on Adobe
    ᔥ Box & Dolly

  • ubernaut 10:16 am on September 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clueless gamer, conan, gta 5   

    Clueless Gamer: GTA 5 

    Join Conan as he declares war against the Vanilla Unicorn strip club after he gets thrown out for getting “handsy” in his latest installment of the Clueless Gamer.

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  • ubernaut 9:38 am on September 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: drink, , shitfaced   

    Shitfaced Mario 

    Just for fun, better with sound, your welcome.

    ↬ Tosh.0
    ᔥ Tyler Crocker

  • ubernaut 3:05 pm on September 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2D, 3D, modeling, photo   

    3D Models Now Extractable from 2D Photos 

    The future gets cooler every day doesn’t it? Props to John Nack on Adobe who always shares the coolest stuff.

    ᔥ John Nack on Adobe

  • ubernaut 11:34 am on September 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, cheap, , iPhone 5C   

    iPhone 5C – Not So Cheap After All 

    Apple announced their new models today but one thing noticeably absent for the iPhone 5C is the price of the off contract version. $550 as can be seen in their store. I have to say I’m a but disappointed but I do still ironically feel like it’s a decent value when compared to past models and the S model. The market will decide if the price point is right but somehow I doubt it will be low enough to make a big enough impact in the emerging markets where Apple has been struggling to keep up with Samsung.

  • ubernaut 3:15 pm on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ps vita, sony, tv   

    PS Vita TV – The Console Handheld Division Blurs 

    So apparently Sony has beaten Apple to the punch in making their handheld Vita more living room friendly. In this new video from Sony in Japan you can see the convergence happens right before our very eyes.

    The new PS Vita TV is  6-by-10 cm, incorporates the same hardware from the Vita portable console and will allow the console to play Vita games from the both the original PlayStation and the PlayStation Portable, as well as select titles from the PlayStation Vita.  The  Vita TV will start at $95 for the base version, with a bundle  for about $143 with a DualShock 3 controller and 8GB memory card.

    ᔥ AppleInsider

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