Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Optical Illusions

I ran across this site with some pretty cool illusions...

First this mural on a building in France. Trippy, no? Trompe-l'oeil at its best.

I wonder if people inside can see out...

Second up! This neat trick! Stare at the middle long enough and the yellow dots disappear. Really!

Lastly, and the hardest: Stare past the center of this image, unfocus your eyes so theres 3 blurry images and genteelly scan the distant imaginary horizon until the two images merge into one 3d chair.
It's hard to do and easy to lose the illusion but its pretty awesome when you get the idea.

All credit for these goes to - check it out for more eye-trickery. Eyes pwnt.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Badass Basslines

A playlist of 29 pretty funky pretty unheard of tracks to bounce to while you work, cruise town or just chillax.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Making Your Photoshop Website Template LIVE! (PSD to HTML)

Soooo you know want a website but you have zero web development skills. You already picked out and registered the perfect domain name (domain registration?) and you have signed up for web hosting services (who's hosting what now?)

After that, you considered paying someone to build it for you , but being the ambitious go-getter that you are, you decided building a website can't be that hard...

I mean, really.

A lot of Googling later, you've found a free website template you want to use as the basis for your new website, but hold on a second! This template is in .PSD format, and I KNOW websites are supposed to be .HTML... you aren't fooling anyone you fake website template distributor!!

Oh, what's that? A .PSD can be turned into .HTML? Is that so...
Here's how:

First, get the tools required for the job!
Photoshop, Dreamweaver and an FTP client (Filezilla)

You'll need to "acquire" the first two, but the last is a free download.

1. Open your template in Photoshop
2. Use the SLICE Tool, extensively - watch this video for FULL details
3. Save for "Web & Devices" and optimize your slices.
4. IMPORTANT - Make sure to save as type "HTML with images"
5. Open that new HTML file in Dreamweaver - video with FULL details
6. Templatize and "save as template" for building every other page of your site.
7. Open up Filezilla and upload your site to your hosting provider's server.
8. Save your homepage as "index.html" in the root of your domain name folder.
9. Visit your site, !

There's a lot of ways to build a website, but this is the easiest way I've discovered aside from trying to morph a blog into a website.

PSD to HTML pwnt ;)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Origin of Weather People by RJD2 + RJD2 Songs

If you haven't heard, RJD2 is a sample remix DJ with mad skillz that you should check out.

He's got some great songs, Deadringer is probably his best album and here's a few of his best songs:
The Horror - Link
Ghostwriter - Link
1976 - Link
A Beautiful Mine - Link
Work It Out - Link

But his BEST song, imo Weather People is right here:

This beat just really pwns face if you ask me, but where's the sample from?

This creepy goblin song from a 1977 Italian horror flick called Suspiria - its beyond creepy up until they all start chanting "witch", that just reminds me of Monty Python too much to take seriously. Here's the Suspiria theme vid if you are so interested - Link

RJD2 pulls samples from all over. Few other DJs are this good at mixing such diverse samples into a masterpiece.

DJ Shadow is the only other sample remix DJ I feel is at this level. His album "Endtroducing..." is beyond description. check it out!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Modeselektor Pwns Face

Here's an awesome video by this dope German electronic duo:

This eerie vaguely-Chinese dragon man releases a ball of white light that just goes nuts! Dancing everywhere and pulling him like puppet strings. Then the light gets bored with him and goes to possess some helpless girl. she births a ball of red light and the two dance through the city endlessly. Then! There's an awesome duel or dance off between the white and red dragon.

Stop motion makes the light effect possible, but also is really the perfect choice for this amped beat, reminiscent of strobe lights and definitely adds to the eeriness of the dragon creatures.

If you liked that, here's another one even more full of pwnage:

I get to see Modeselektor pwn face in person this June at Wakarusa 2011.

If you haven't heard, its only the "headiest" summer music fest in the USA!

More on that when the time comes.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to Plan an International Trip:

So, you know you want to go on a vacation out of the country, but you also know you don't want to be broke and homeless when you get back Stateside. Planning a vacation is a daunting task, especially when traveling to locales unknown, and even more so to a foreign country. But don't let that stop you, besides who wants to go on vacation to someplace familiar?

Adventure is the spice of life, the unknown is the answer to all of life's mysteries. Explore, travel, soak it in and broaden your perspective on life! Travel expands the mind.

Anyhow, back to the details, to simplify the unsurmountable task of trying to snag a deal on an international trip...

Here's the tools I've used to go on some very cheap international vacations. Hopefully, this helps some wayward, cost-conscience traveler...

1. Find a cheap flight is your best bet

2. Find some cheap lodging options always delivers some budget rates for those who have money.

3. Find out the best way to get around once you get there (taxi, bus, or rental car) is a great resource or

Google "[destination] taxi rate" and you'll find an article about it.

4. Book the flight before the price goes up!
Seriously, the prices can change at any time.

5. Make sure you have a valid passport!
Good for 10yrs!

6. Have Fun!
Remember, it's vacation; RELAX. Minor details have a tendency of working themselves out.

This post inspired by my recent booking to the tropical island of Barbados! Upon my return, I'll have info to share about the island and environs, I'm sure.

Paradise. pwnt ;)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Places to PWN FACE at Snowboarding

I love snowboarding! Even though I'm from Atlanta, I belong on a board flying down a powder run. So, I've found a few places in my travels that are worth highlighting to fellow snowboarders.

Copper Mountain, CO is awesome, with huge well groomed runs. Perfect for those who love to just fly. Really a fun mountain with smoking huts and a good terrain park, plenty of glades.

Keystone, CO. Really great runs, and many feel like a race course. Can get pretty crowded pretty fast, but it's nice and spacious higher on the mountain.

Beaver creek, CO is dope, quiet, powdery with a lot of up and down cruisers and nice cut backs. I'd say great for groups and families, rich ones of course.

Snowshoe, WV is as good as it gets on the east coast. It is a surprisingly big mountain for the east with some very nice runs. They even a double black one the back, and it wasn't icy... If you are stuck on the east coast, go here.

Whiteface, NY. aka ICEFACE! The windiest, iciest snowboarding of my life. It's a big and popular mountain with a lot of runs, full of ice. Maybe for a weekend or two it is nice and powdery, but the wind off lake Placid and just being on the East coast makes this place an ice sheet nearly all season.

Wildcat Mountain, NH. I can't give this one a fair shake because I went during mud season. Aside from the March melt and ice, it is a good mountain best suited for intermediates and advanced. Lots of good and long blue cruisers and black mogul runs.

Mary Jane, CO part of Winter Park, was one of my favorites, first for the name, second for the pow pow. Nice glades here I recall, lots of fun banks of powder and nice spacious runs. It's also cool because it's a little emptier than expected because winter park gets most of the traffic.

Steamboat Springs, CO is a nice big mountain with tons of runs, kind of tucked back from the crowds with some beautiful scenery. They get some nice powder here too but the main drawback is that it's pretty far from the rest of the Colorado mountains.

Vail, CO. the end all be all of skiing and snowboarding. Hands down the most skiable terrain of any mountain anywhere. The resort is a small city and the 3 mountains are the expansive countryside. You can get lost on this mountain and never ski the same run twice. Excellent conditions and bowls accumulate powder like NO OTHER. The only drawbacks are the ridiculously expensive lift tickets and there are tons of traverses, a snowboarder's bane.

Beech Mtn, NC, the best in the south east, not counting snowshoe. 3 runs open on a good day, but that one is enough to have a good time. If a good storm comes through, Beech can have some really killer powder+ they have some cheap lift ticket deals.

Mt. Hood, OR. the most beatiful mountain I've been too, and Portland is lush and green. The conditions here can be hit or miss but if they hit theres nothing better. The mountain itself is pretty massive with plenty of runs.

These are all based purely on my personal experience. Stowe, Jackson Hole, Lake Tahoe and Big Sky are next on my to do list. Am I missing any must-visit snowboard destinations?