2007-04-08

Do you really know about your web stats software?

Thanks to Debbie for alerting us about certain stats-tracking companies that may be installing cookies without users' consent.
Read more from:


And from the StatCounter blog:

A few months back, StatCounter was approached by an advertiser, offered lots of $$$, and asked to include a spyware cookie on all of our member sites…we refused on the spot.

You install StatCounter to track visitors to your site NOT to open yourself and your visitors up to being spied upon by phantom advertising corporations.

It appears, however, that other players in the world of webstats were happy to take up this offer…


The alleged offending code has been removed from my websites.


2007-04-07

Send this to a mom you know

Moms need "pats on the back" just like everyone else. Send this to a mom you know!

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The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2007-04-06

Kathy Sierra on "How to be an expert"

[Edited to add a terrific example a the bottom of this post.]

On March 3 of 2006, Kathy Sierra wrote this terrific piece on "How to be an expert." (Which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.)

I love this chart that she made:



Favourite quotes from the article:

  • It turns out that rather than being naturally gifted at music or math or chess or whatever, a superior performer most likely has a gift for concentration, dedication, and a simple desire to keep getting better. In theory, again, anyone willing to do what's required to keep getting better WILL get better.
  • Maybe the "naaturally talented artist" was simply the one who practiced a hell of a lot more. Or rather, a hell of a lot more deliberately. Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, professor of psychology at Florida State University, has spent most of his 20+ year career on the study of genuises, prodigies, and superior performers. In the book The New Brain (it was on my coffee table) Richard Restak quotes Ericsson as concluding:

    "For the superior performer the goal isn't just repeating the same thing again and again but achieving higher levels of control over every aspect of their performance. That's why they don't find practice boring. Each practice session they are working on doing something better than they did the last time."
  • So it's not just how long they practice, it's how they practice. Basically, it comes down to something like this:
    Most of us want to practice the things we're already good at, and avoid the things we suck at. We stay average or intermediate amateurs forever.
  • And if the neuroscientists are right, you can create new brain cells--by learning (and not being stuck in a dull cubicle)--at virtually any age. Think about it... if you're 30 today, if you take up the guitar tomorrow, you'll have been playing for TWENTY years by the time you're 50. You'll be kicking some serious guitar butt. And if you're 50 today, there's no reason you can't be kicking guitar butt at 70. What are you waiting for?

Back to the drawing board for me!

--

via Neatorama:

Huang Xiaohu, a 32-year-old Chinese man trained himself to write 10 numerals simultaneously using 10 fingers.

Huang Xiaohu told to Beijing Times he acquired the special ability through countless practices. "I want to prove myself by doing something that others can’t do," he said.

"I have no special talent. I did it entirely by practicing."


2007-04-05

Skill Acquisition pt 2 - Adults

In direct contrast with children, have you ever noticed how quick adults are to give up on learning new skills?

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The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2007-04-04

Skill Acquisition pt 1 - Children

Have you ever noticed that children tenaciously practice at new skills until they master them?

2007_04_04_Skill_acquisition_part_1_children

The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2007-04-03

Easter Bunny

This was created at our local Ontario Early Years Centre.


easter_bunny

For instructions please visit Craft Day.


2007-04-02

Out of the loop*

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The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


[*] - The characters in this doodle are fictional. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is unintentional and purely coincidental.


2007-04-01

April Fool's or really good fortune?

You decide. Read today's XKCD's post titled "Syndication."

[Edited to add: It was a prank. He took the original post down and replaced it with this text in the header:

Re: April Fools: Balls to syndication. You guys are the readers I want! <3
Good one!]


2007-03-31

Simply an observation

I've heard this approach used by instructors of disciplines ranging from voice to yoga.

"Simply make an observation. This is where you are today."

"Let go of self-criticism and judgement."
For many, there is a familiar habit of self-criticism and judgement associated with self-observation. Familiar though this habit may be, it often hinders the student's progress.

2007_03_30_Simply_an_observation

This doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2007-03-28

Welcome Neatorama visitors

Welcome Neatorama visitors!

Here's the link to the Motivation and Happiness doodle along with the code to publish it in your blog.

I hope you enjoy your stay!


2007-03-27

Lookin' a little Goofy (but not as Goofy as I'd like)

Lesson 9A / 10 (Model Sheets) - Part 3 (Goofy)

(This is either Lesson 9A or Lesson 10, depending on whether you're following JohnK's numbering or the number at ASIFA.)

The $100,000 Animation Drawing Course - Lesson 9A/10 (also seen at ASIFA-Hollywood)


Notes:

  • these were very challenging !


Model sheet:



My sheet:
Assignment_Model_Goofy


2007-03-25

Sick Days

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Doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2007-03-19

The impact of spam

[Edited to add, this is an entry for Andrea's Monday style challenge. Her post is here.]

Interested in joining the war on spam? Drop by Project Honey Pot and among other things, learn How to Avoid Being Harvested by Spambots. For a detailed study on the effectiveness on an obfuscation method, have a read over at Nikita The Spider's excellent article Ingen Reklam, Tack (No Spam, Please). A primer on spam can be found at CDT.org's article Why Am I Getting All This Spam?

Can anyone out there recommend a strong PHP formmail script?

2007_03_19_ImpactSpam



Doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2007-03-17

A good day

[Edited to add: the top character was inspired by a Between Friends strip done by Sandra Bell-Lundy.]

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Doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2007-03-14

Wrong feet?

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Doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2007-03-13

Animal Headband

This was created at our local Ontario Early Years Centre.

animal_headband



For instructions please visit Craft Day.


2007-03-12

Spray Paint Art

This fellow's got more control over a can of spray paint than I do over a 2B pencil!



Thanks to Joe for the link!


2007-03-09

Lesson 9A / 10 (Model Sheets) - Part 2 (Skeleton)

(This is either Lesson 9A or Lesson 10, depending on whether you're following JohnK's numbering or the number at ASIFA.)

The $100,000 Animation Drawing Course - Lesson 9A/10 (also seen at ASIFA-Hollywood)

Notes:

  • For some reason I found it impossible to find my groove with this page
  • It didn't help that the drawings in the book I have differ from the first edition
  • Proportions continue to haunt me
  • Here's hoping the next sheet goes more smoothly

Model sheet:


Sort of close:

Assignment_Model_skeleton_jerry



Assignment_Model_skeleton_tom


Pages:

Assignment_Model_skeleton_pg1



Assignment_Model_skeleton_pg2