links for 2010-09-23

  • I saw that Andy Clarke had added a fluid width YouTube video to a particular page on one of his sites. His code relies upon a wrapping div and then images and video within this wrapper are set to the width of the wrapper:
  • The new cinematic trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie has appeared on YouTube. This is the highly anticipated first part of the epic finale that brings closure to the adventures of the little (O.K., perhaps not so little any more) wizard. Check out the new trailer above. If you missed the first trailer for the movie, you can find it here.
  • DVD and games rental company Blockbuster has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. The Dallas, Texas-based company said it had made the decision as part of attempts to cut its debts and restructure the business. Agreements with its creditors will allow it to cut its debts from nearly $1bn to about $100m, Blockbuster said. Blockbuster's non-US operations are not included in the bankruptcy, as they are legally separate entities. That includes its 4,000-strong network of stores in the UK, Canada, Denmark, Italy and Mexico. Blockbuster's 3,000 stores in the US will remain open for the time being, the company's statement said. It has also secured a new $125m loan it says will allow it to keep working during the restructuring process.
  • Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. "This video is worth sharing," said Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and one of the research pioneers who developed this method.
  • A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we heard about a crowdsourced, shot-for-shot remake of Star Wars. Okay, it was actually about a year or so ago, we read about it online, and if you’re going to be an uptight fanboy about it, it’s a remake of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Nevertheless, it’s finally here, and we have not been disappointed. Which in and of itself is saying a lot. Unless you’ve spent the past thousand or so years being slowly digested by a sarlacc in the Great Pit of Carkoon, you’ve probably lamented what’s happened to the Star Wars franchise. Sure, we were able to forgive the Ewoks.
  • Transparency is a core value at Google. As a company we feel it is our responsibility to ensure that we maximize transparency around the flow of information related to our tools and services. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual. We’ve created an interactive map of Government Requests that shows the number of government inquiries for information about users and requests for Google to take down or censor content. We hope this step toward greater transparency will help in ongoing discussions about the appropriate scope and authority of government requests. Our interactive Traffic graphs provide information about traffic to Google services around the world. Each graph shows historic traffic patterns for a given country/region and service. By illustrating outages, this tool visualizes disruptions in the free flow of information, whether it's
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    links for 2010-06-11

  • Readability is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you're reading. Follow the steps below to install Readability in your Web browser.
  • Researchers at Tokyo University have come up with a technology that is a first and significant step away from the mouse and keyboard – touchable holograms.
  • Whether you have a brick and mortar or you want to bring a new idea to life, the online world is likely a good option to explore. So, where do you start? Hopefully I can walk you through the steps I took to create my own website ( and show you some useful things to do (and not to do).
  • In your WordPress theme folder, there lays the most powerful theme file known as functions.php. As the name suggests, this file adds unique functions to your WordPress installation. This file works just like a plugin within your theme. So you can modify/override WordPress core features without editing any core file. If used correctly, this file can do wonders for your WordPress site. It also speeds up development because you can have all the codes at one place. In this article, we will share some of the most incredible and most wanted tricks for the WordPress functions.php file. Note: This article is targeted for WordPress theme developers. You may need have some PHP knowledge for some hacks.
  • One of the lesser-known jewels of HTML 5 is link prefetching. The idea is to extend the time-honored concept of image preloading to HTML content (and without any messy AJAX code). Here’s how it works: You add a line like this to your page: <link rel="next" href="page2.html"> Then the browser automatically downloads page2.html in a background process as soon as the user’s computer is idle. When the user finally clicks a link to page2.html, the browser serves it from the cache, and so it loads significantly faster. Link prefetching is currently only supported by Firefox. But since Firefox is the second most popular web browser in the world, you can noticeably decrease load times for a significant chunk of your users just by adding one line of code to your HTML. Pretty cool, huh?
  • Free fonts – designers always looking for free fonts because client always can’t afford to put money on expensive fonts due to tight budget of some projects. So, in this article, I am gathering high quality free fonts, which are almost suitable to be used for any design project. And I am sure it will surely save lot of time of designers out there which they spent on computer surfing for free fonts. Please be sure to read copyright and legal documents before using it for commercial projects because some of these are only for personal use. Clicking on font name and image will redirect you to the font page where you can read terms and conditions to use these free fonts and make your design more beautiful and professional. So we have a collection of fonts from I hope you like these fonts and appriciate the designers for this wonderful work.
  • Use Aviary's music creator to simulate dozens of musical instruments including piano, guitars and drums. Create music loops and patterns for use in Aviary's audio editor (Myna) or as ring tones.
  • When it comes to email marketing on the web, you have many choices. Two of the most popular hosted services for internet marketers include and They both offer good service at an affordable price (at around $20 per month). But if you are just starting out and prefer to run your own email marketing software, here is a free script for you to use. It is called Phplist from It is fairly easy to install and configure. You could be ready to run your first email campaign within an hour. Here is a quick lowdown on how to install the free email marketing software.
  • Brian Casel is a web designer and owner of ThemeJam WordPress Themes and CasJam Media. You can follow Brian on his blog at or on Twitter @CasJam. WordPress (WordPress) is the fastest growing CMS platforms in today’s web design industry (yes, it’s a true CMS). Much of the action in the WordPress community is largely driven by the market for WordPress themes. The vast selection of free and commercial themes is what makes WordPress so attractive. But the theme is often only a starting point for further customizations. Web developers and DIY website owners like to start with a great theme and tweak it to perfectly suit their (or their client’s) needs. Many themes, particularly commercial themes, come packaged with a robust theme options page, which lets you to configure many aspects of it. You should check out those available options before diving into the code. That said, all themes are different, and sometimes you need to get your hands dirty to fully customize it
  • Welcome to the world of Dark Sun! Beneath a crimson sun lie desolate wastelands and cities of cruel splendor where sandaled heroes battle against ancient sorcery and terrible monsters. This is Athas, the world of the Dark Sun setting. Rich Baker, lead designer for the new 4th Edition Dark Sun setting, and Rodney Thompson, lead developer, introduce you to the process of creating a new D&D game world from the bones of one of TSR’s most popular 2nd Edition settings.
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    links for 2010-05-19

  • Netflix: DVDs by mail plus instantly watch some movies on your PC, Mac, or right on your TV via an Internet connected Netflix ready device.
  • This ain't your parents' birth announcement (that would just be weird). Nerdy couple Jeff and Jessica, fans of "Star Wars" and procreation, got creative when it came to announcing their twins and re-edited "Star Wars" to tell the tale of one, singular "kick ass sperm." Coming to us a day after the unofficial "Star Wars" holiday ("May The 4th Be With You"), you can tell this couple is awesomely nerdy and really excited for their upcoming spawn. They say they won't name the twins Luke and Leia, but how about R2D2 and CP3O? OK, maybe that's taking it a little too far… (Via The Daily What)
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