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National Novel Writing Month
"It’s not always about writing more words or drinking more coffee. Sometimes getting to the end of a novel simply takes remembering that the world is more complicated than we know, and then sticking some of those complications into the story." Applies to lots of things.
writing  tips  complexity 
april 2013 by infovore
LA Akira Teaches Best | Goh Notes
"If you ever needed a thorough introduction to the series or the new stuff in Final Showdown, look no further. What top American VF player LA Akira teaches in his appearance on UltraChanTV is more than spectacular. More than 4 hours of video goodness fit for beginners as well as more advanced players." So. Much. Virtua. Fighter. (That tip about holding G+P for both blocks and auto throw escapes is a useful one. Throw escapes got so much easier!)
virtuafighter  games  tips  tutorials 
june 2012 by infovore
Find is a beautiful tool - Eric Wendelin’s Blog
A few short tips on find; one of the bash tools I use least, and should probably use more.
find  bash  shell  tips  unix 
april 2010 by infovore
Ten rules for writing fiction | Books |
"Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts." Huge, two-part article (presumably from Saturday's Review) with a great deal of advice - some sensible, some common sense, some insightful, some entertaining - on writing. And: much of it applies to other creative disciplines, too.
writing  process  work  working  tips  advice 
february 2010 by infovore
litany against fear ¤ by nick quaranto ¤ The Rails Module (in Rails 3)
"Better alternatives [to the RAILS_ constants] have existed for a while in Rails core (some since 2.1.0), and it’s about damn time you start using them properly. There’s also some other helpful methods on the Rails module we’ll explore in this post." That was handy.
rails  rubyonrails  rails3  programming  development  tips 
february 2010 by infovore » Blog Archive » A successful Git branching model
"In this post I present the development model that I’ve introduced for all of my projects (both at work and private) about a year ago, and which has turned out to be very successful. I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while now, but I’ve never really found the time to do so thoroughly, until now. I won’t talk about any of the projects’ details, merely about the branching strategy and release management." It's a detailed strategy, but well thought-through; I'm certainly going to bear some of this in mind in future (and, indeed, the way the release branches are handled is familiar).
git  dvcs  versioncontrol  strategy  branching  development  tips 
january 2010 by infovore
Short Order Ruby - Ben Griffiths - Ruby Manor
Comprehensive notes on Ben's talk from Ruby Manor - looks really, really good, and lots of things I should probably know. This is the kind of hacking I'm a big fan of.
ruby  unix  shell  tips  cli  bengriffiths 
december 2009 by infovore
Useful temporal functions & queries |
"Here’s a complication of some common and useful time & date calculations and equations. Some, though very simple, are often misunderstood, leading to inefficient or incorrect implementations. There are many ways to solve such problems. I’ll present my favorites." These are, indeed, useful, and I've been using a few of them recently.
mysql  tips  programming  databases  sql 
december 2009 by infovore
Riding Rails: Upgrading to Snow Leopard
A good list of tips - lots of compiled stuff needs to be recompiled to x64, and this will be confusing. I am not upgrading quite yet.
ruby  rails  mac  osx  mysql  snowleopard  upgrade  tips 
august 2009 by infovore
The Neil Kulkarni guide to being a record-reviewer / In Depth // Drowned In Sound
"Accept that everything you say will be forgotten and ignored but write as if you and your words are immortal. Don’t just describe but justify – make sure the reader knows WHY the record exists whether the reasons are righteous or rascally. And always remember you’re not here to give consumer advice or help with people’s filing. You’re here to set people’s heads on fire."
writing  criticism  reviewing  journalism  advice  tips 
july 2009 by infovore
Eric Goodwin - Autocompletion with Git
"It may be a little hidden but Git actually comes with auto completion, you just have to set it up." I did not know that. Useful!
git  shell  howto  tips  autocompletion 
june 2009 by infovore
Mommy, I found it! — 15 Practical Linux Find Command Examples
"In this article, let us review 15 practical examples of Linux find command that will be very useful to both newbies and experts." I've never really understood find, so these are very helpful.
linux  unix  shell  bash  find  tips 
may 2009 by infovore
GameSetWatch - Column: @Play: How To Win At Nethack
God, Nethack is far, far, far too complicated. This only reminds me why I hated it so much (compared to Rogue, or even Larn).
nethack  roguelike  games  tips  writing  overcomplicated 
may 2009 by infovore
Rands In Repose: Keynote Kung-fu Two
"The original Keynote Kung-fu article describes how to set up and use Keynote for the first time, but once you’ve done a couple of presentations, you’re going to want more." Rands drops some Keynote science, and I learn at least one new thing.
presentation  keynote  software  osx  speaking  tips 
april 2009 by infovore - photographer education
A technique page from a working photographer with quite a few useful tips and technique articles linked off it.
tips  flash  photography  lighting  tutorials 
march 2009 by infovore
Creating HD video with iMovie ‘09 » David Glover
How to get proper HD out of iMovie 09, which is something it makes surprisingly difficult.
tips  osx  video  hd  imovie 
march 2009 by infovore
YouTube - Abel Combo - Street Fighter 4
I've got a way to go with Abel yet; I can't do FADCs at all, but the earlier stuff looks useful.
tips  games  video  combo  streetfighter4  abel  sf4 
march 2009 by infovore
Building and Scaling a Startup on Rails: 12 Things We Learned the Hard Way - Axon Flux - A Ruby on Rails Blog
Some well-worn tales here, but also some good new ones, particularly when it comes to query-profiling and all forms of caching.
tips  ruby  performance  development  web  rails  scaling  deployment 
february 2009 by infovore
YouTube - 2009 Global Game Jam Keynote
Kyle Gabler of 2D Boy gives the first Global Game Jam keynote. Seven minutes, seven tips, packed with goodness. He's not wrong.
tips  design  games  development  globalgamejam  kylegabler  2dboy 
january 2009 by infovore
Cyclopedia Square: 'git revert' Is Not Equivalent To 'svn revert'
A useful guide, although perhaps more detailed than you'd normally need. Still, clear instructions for handling reverting changes in git.
tips  git  versioncontrol  vcs  scm  reverting 
january 2009 by infovore
12 resources for getting a jump on HTML 5 ~ Authentic Boredom
"This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a start. In each of these you’ll find other resources to help you dig deeper." Which, right now, is what I need. For a former front-end-dev, I'm a bit behind the curve.
tips  development  web  markup  resources  html5  dev 
january 2009 by infovore
git ready » daily tips for the noob to the guru
Daily git tips. So far, they've all been rather handy, and given they're nice and short makes recommending this as a subscription easy.
programming  tips  blog  git  versioncontrol  scm 
january 2009 by infovore
Chase Jarvis Blog: 5 Tips For Making Great iPhone Photos
Nothing out of the ordinary, but the take-on-release tip is a good one, and I'll be checking out Pano.
photography  tips  iphone 
december 2008 by infovore
Improve your jQuery - 25 excellent tips
Very good - some good stuff around how the library works, but also lots of basics around how to optimise Javascript.
javascript  programming  development  tips  jquery  advice 
december 2008 by infovore
TextMate productivity tips | 456 Berea Street
Amazingly, a few in here I didn't know - "move selection" and "delete only whitespace" for starters.
texmate  texteditor  tips  software 
november 2008 by infovore
JoeSniff » Telling a good story - Rspec stories from the trenches
A strong article from Joe on some guidelines, based on experience, for writing RSpec user stories.
rspec  userstories  stories  storyrunner  tutorial  tips 
september 2008 by infovore
Simplify ActiveRecord Aggregates And Other Goodies Via named_scope : Locomotivation
"With a recent project, we really started utilizing extensions with named_scope which is very powerful and cleaned up our code considerably." Some really nice examples of using named_scope effectively.
named_scope  ruby  rails  rubyonrails  development  programming  tips 
august 2008 by infovore
Everyday GIT With 20 Commands Or So
A nice simple explanation of what using Git is really like.
git  versioncontrol  vcs  scm  sourcecontrol  tutorial  tips 
august 2008 by infovore
How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method
This is actually a useful way of thinking about writing almost any kind of documentation; single line up to large document. Tools like Scrivener actually make some of the techniques described even easier than using a spreadsheet.
writing  methodology  creativity  tips  tutorial  productivity  snowflake 
august 2008 by infovore
Twelve Essential Photographic Rules - - PopPhotoSeptember 2007
When they say "rules", they mean "of thumb", but they're still handy yardsticks to have.
photography  tips  reference 
october 2007 by infovore
Halo 3: Where is my Hayabusa armor!? « The Xbox Domain
A quick guide to how you unlock all the other bits of armor in Halo 3.
halo3  games  tips  hints 
september 2007 by infovore
Bill de hÓra: Subversion tips: working with branches
Many developers have learned to dread branches, either becasue of poor practices or weak tools, or both. With that here are twelve tips for working with branches in Subversion.
subversion  svn  programming  branching  development  tips 
july 2007 by infovore
sed, awk for rails devs
More sed & awk goodness from the
sed  awk  rails  rubyonrails  tips  unix  shell 
july 2007 by infovore
Some Community Tips for 2007 | fortuitous
"I hate the term User Generated Content... I consider it a pejorative that reveals a lot about the person saying it. It makes members of your site feel like dutiful robots, crapping content that you convert into cash." Great article!
community  ugc  moderation  discussion  socialnetworking  advice  tips 
may 2007 by infovore
Digital Web Magazine - Seven JavaScript Techniques You Should Be Using Today
Lots of meaty/head-scratchy examples in here, but it's definitely a lot of best-practice for your money.
javascript  programming  development  tips  tutorial  dom  scripting 
april 2007 by infovore
» 101 Essential Freelancing Resources
A few things in here I've not seen before; worth a bookmark.
tools  business  freelance  tips  utilities  web  management  software 
april 2007 by infovore
I Don't Feel Like It, Why Don't You // by John Nunemaker
The "delegate" method: "the User model says I don’t feel like dealing with the inbox method so why don’t you deal with it Action."
rubyonrails  rails  activerecord  tips  delegate 
january 2007 by infovore
YouTube video toolbox
Some useful resources on basic film-making collated in one place on YouTube. The stuff on lighting is particularly good.
filming  video  tips  recording  lighting  camera  film  movie  youtube 
january 2007 by infovore
Displaying a content_for inplace
A nice trick for wrangling content_for, something I'm doing a lot of at work at the moment.
rails  tips  rubyonrails  templating  views  blocks 
december 2006 by infovore
Bagelturf - Aperture Articles
A series of fantastic, well-written, clear articles about some of Aperture's nuances. Definitely a piece of software on my "one day" list...
aperture  photography  tips  tutorials  howto 
october 2006 by infovore
A Rails Feature You Should be Using: with_scope
Yes - I definitely should be using this. Will refactor some code to take account of it at the weekend. A really elegant construction.
activerecord  rubyonrails  rails  ruby  scope  development  tips 
july 2006 by infovore

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