Codex Atlanticus is the largest, online, collection of Da Vinci's art and writings. 🎨 An online version of 507 Mechanical Movements with animations. Oddly satisfying.
DAVINCI ONLINE 👨🎨 AIR GUITAR WITH SOUND 🎸 THE BEST WORDPRESS THEME EVER 🌟
This week, some great animations from the classic '507 Mechanical Movements'. You don't need to be an engineer to enjoy them, I promise. I also stumbled across a glorious animation of circles which just about made my week.
If you are a developer looking to level up your game, then writing is a good (highly marketable) skill to have. The article is aimed at engineers but the advice and tips are good for anyone who needs to communicate as part of their professional life.
Also, be sure to check out the webcam air guitar. We live in glorious times.
🕸️ The Cool Side of the Web
Codex Atlanticus is the largest, online, collection of Da Vinci's art and writings. 🎨
An online version of 507 Mechanical Movements with animations. Oddly satisfying.
This is great fun. A 2D remake of Doom with 0% gloom. 🚉
Ctrl Shift Face is a YouTube channel with Deepfakes like Stallone in T2.
🤩 Visually Pleasing
I don't know how to describe it adequately. It's just a great animation of six sweeping circles. 🔴
A bunch of internet strangers share images of their vintage tech.
🤖 Robots et. al.
A deep neural network is trained to create a face based on an audio file of someone speaking.
The generated images are slightly odd because of the blurred background which makes them feel like an oracle in a weird sci-fi movie. However, let's just celebrate the fact that AI is not great at everything. On the other hand, there is no human working in a job matching faces to voices. So, AI is only bad at the jobs that don't exist.
If you take a look at Glitch you can see the fashion designing AI from MIT. It worked on the classic LBD to come up with something new. I don't really have much of an eye for fashion but I'd say it doesn't look too bad. Would I wear it? Definitely but the appearance of the dress is irrelevant to my answer.
The MIT guys who created Glitch argue for human-AI collaboration as a path towards higher creativity; I see this realized with Uibot which creates an infinite number of UI designs. This could be a great way to get inspired, find a different leaping off point, or just shake loose a block.
⚒️ Tools and Resources
Webcam Air Guitar: Get SOME!
A great pen made with Tensorflow and Posenet to play musical notes based on where your hands would be on a guitar.
Easier grid and done. Take back the power with this CSS Grid Generator. Set the columns & rows and the gaps betwixt them before getting the code. 🏁
🕷️ Design & Development Arena
Undervalued software engineering skills: writing well. ✍️
A good argument for why developers should also take time to practice writing words. The tips, suggestions, and rationale will help anyone level up their writing game in no time.
I wrote 'practice' as 'practive' three times when writing this snippet, so what the hell do I know.
Should chatbots replace forms on mobile?
As much of a marketing question as a dev or design question, but it is a good introduction to chatbots and how to design them for maximum effect.
The University of Helsinki is offering their full-stack development course online. Gratis! 😍
It was written in a bad font. How font detectives uncover fraud through poor font choices.
🥇 World of WordPress
Shameless plug. We launched an update to our theme Neve. Did the oft-requested Header and Footer Builder make the cut? 🏗️
A model for WordPress accessibility that really looks easy to implement.
IKEA recently showed how easily Open Source can adapt to a11y with their furniture adjustments. Adrian Roselli puts forward a simple plan that could get WordPress back on track.
Done and dusted for another week.
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