links for 2011-08-08

  • All you disco-dancing designers out there (no more anticipation of alliteration) have been loving the new features CSS3 provides for making websites look cool in an easier, less hackish, and more straightforward fashion. Features like CSS3 gradients, drop shadows, rounded corners, animations, and opacity are giving us the promise of less time spent in Photoshop, fewer horribly nested <div>s, more flexibility, and more fun! Not to mention more time down at the pub, excitedly showing your friends your latest cool experiments on your iPad, while sipping on a smooth glass of ale with an intense air of self-satisfaction and smugness. Face it, most of us have enjoyed such a moment!
  • SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge lies another landmark cherished by a small but fervent group of travelers: a full-size replica of Yoda, George Lucas' master of the Force.

    Since the statue of the Jedi sage went up amid the Presidio's landscaped lawns in 2005, Star Wars fans have made a pilgrimage to take pictures with their beloved character and take in Lucasfilm Ltd.'s sleek headquarters.

  • Protecting against tracking

    from third-party social media buttons while still allowing you to use them
    ShareMeNot icon
    ShareMeNot icon

    Did you know that buttons like these allow Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and others to track your online browsing activities on every site that includes one of these buttons, even if you never click the buttons and (in some browsers) even if you have third-party cookies disabled?

  • Those quick-response (QR) codes you see spreading far and wide give smartphone users a painless way to go to a company’s website, get discounts or gather contact information. But some QR codes are scanned more than others. Why? Is it because those winning QR codes are so creatively designed?

    Researchers at Lab42 wanted to know “what makes certain codes so scanworthy,” so they conducted an online survey via social networks of 500 Americans over 18, and found out that many people don’t even know what a QR code is.

  • star wars walls
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