Tag Archives | Background

…Memes have beautiful scenery?

Meme Scenery

Sure, you’ve seen the memes, and you probably know them by name, but can you identify them by their… background?

Andy Baio from Waxy.org has created a project called Meme Scenery where he takes the most popular viral videos and strips them of their subjects, leaving just the backgrounds for you to decode.

In all, there are 23 for you to identify, though don’t be surprised if it’s harder than you think. (And if it’s not, maybe it’s time to get out more…)

[Waxy – Meme Scenery]

…TwittAd wants to make you twoney?


Think your Twitter profile is popular enough that it should start making you money?

If so, then TwittAd is here to help.

The service is designed to match users who don’t mind a little product placement and website promotion on their Twitter profile with advertisers looking for a new way to reach eyeballs, and offers Twitter background images that include the sponsor’s logo and information.

Twitter backgrounds don’t include clickable links, so it’s a little bit of a disconnect between the ad and a typical ad measurement statistic like click through rates and page views, but with a lot of companies eager to start using the service to reach a new audience, I don’t think it’s going to be tough to sell the spaces.


[Via: Mashable]

…You can fix unresponsive scripts?

Firefox Unresponsive Script

Whenever I use my RSS reader (NetNewsWire) to read Digg and then open tabs for the interesting sounding stories in the background in Firefox, I’m always greeted with an “Unresponsive Script” warning.

Fortunately, the error is just a timing issue, and if you’ve been receiving the same error, then the fix is an easy one:

  1. Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar.
  2. Filter down to the value for dom.max_script_run_time.
  3. Change the value to something higher than the default.

Yes, it’s that easy; and you’ll soon have uninterrupted browsing of your favorite social bookmarking site.

[Via: Lifehacker]

…You can take better portraits?

Eric Hamilton Portrait

Ever wonder how good photographers take great portraits?

There has to be a trick, right?

Well, according to Eric Hamilton, there’s actually a few tricks, and thankfully, he’s nice enough to let you in on some of them in his guide to The Art of Portrait Photography.

Rule number one is proper use of light, though he also mentions subject, focus, background, composition, texture, color, and exposure, with examples of each.

Ready to take your photos up a notch?

Then read on and find out what you need to do.

[Eric Hamilton – The Art of Portrait Photography]

…Memorial Day weekend is great for projects?

If you have a day off this Memorial Day weekend, or if you are just looking for something to do, why not take on a project? To inspire you, I’ve put together five ideas that are (relatively) simple, (relatively) easy, and (relatively) cheap, and should be doable during the next few days (hopefully).

1) The Twilight Zone

A simple Zippo trick that takes just minutes to master, but is sure to impress.

2) Tic-Tac Rechargeable Flashlight

Tic-Tac Flashlight

This small flashlight is recharged when you shake it, and is a great way to learn about simple circuits.

3) Cheap, Dirty, At Home Screen Printing

Screen Printing

With an old picture frame, some curtains, sun emulsion, a garden hose, and ink, you can screen print out your very own fashion in just hours. Never wear the same shirt again!

4) Create Vector Art

Vector Art

This one requires Photoshop and Flash, but if you’ve got those programs, custom backgrounds are just a vector away.

5) Kinetic Wall Art Clock

Take apart an inexpensive clock and turn it into wall art with a subtly changing moire effect that would make any MoMA proud.

Now stop wasting the day, and get going!