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Monday, July 3, 2006

Sorry, Movabletype

I don't love you anymore. Wordpress is the new love of my life.

This Movabletype weblog is EoL'd.

Visit Art of Adam Betts v2

Monday, June 19, 2006

So yeah...

Upcoming new web design that'll make current one look like iBook Clamshell.

It'll use lovely Wordpress engine.

Oh and I'm finished with World of Warcraft :)

Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Creation of MacThemes.net

The History of MacThemes.netMacThemes.net is featuring an Insider piece on the history of MacThemes.net.

"The Creation of MacThemes.net"

Check them out if you want to see how the site design progressed from draft to final.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Spam-tastic!

As per request, most of the comment spams are sent to a galaxy far, far away.

If you still see some spams around here, be sure to let me know!

Hmmm, can you smell some pixels cooking? :)

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Some news

Here's what I've been doing lately..

Business:
  • Fitness Health Weblog
  • Icon Project for OS X software
  • Two other website designs
Personal:
  • A secret project I'm working on for OS X. Mockup stage is almost done.
  • Expanding MacThemes.net (Sidebar Navbar, Ad Banner, etc)
  • Spent lot of time playing World of Warcraft.
  • Got Battlefield 1942. Great game but I definitely need lot of practices.
Projects I'll work on soon:
  • More smileys for Adium X
  • More Screensaver Flags. I plan to contact the original author of flag screensaver to see if we could collaborate on this and perhaps offer more features / choices / packages.
  • Website design for WoW Guild I'm in

After I'm done with most business projects, I'll shift my attention to personal projects. It's been a long time since I've done an icon set, OS X theme, etc :(

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Hit a deer last night..

During the 5 hours driving back to my home with Jetta 2000 yesterday, I hit a young deer very hard at around 75 MPH. It was raining pretty bad that day so visual distance isn't great. Everything went slow motion after I saw that deer's eyes..

Luckily, I turned right a bit and hit him by the corner of my car's body frame instead of middle. If he hit my car in the middle, my car's bumper and hood would have been crushed like a cheap soda can and windshield all cracked. I also could have been hit by a large truck following me. Adrenaline Rush saved the day.

Amazingly, the damage on my car is very minimum. The only thing that is damaged is plastic in the tire area (maybe worth around $100) and some bended plastics. There's lot of blood and fur all across the side of my car. My leg's pretty sore after flying off the seat (even with a belt on) and hit the driver's wheel. Very bad headache too.

I did plan to find a nearby policemen so I can ask him/her to fill out a report but changed my mind as I remember that any nature-related accidents get a 25/75 chance of being covered by insurance company. If they've decided not to cover it, my monthly insurance bill will be much higher. Around $100 for a plastic part isn't a big deal though.

Truly a scary experience.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Away on vacation..

Will return June 5th.

Have a great vacation :)

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Cool New OS X Game

Big Bang ChessFreeVerse recently released a new freeware game called Big Bang Chess. I was never a fan of FreeVerse games (feel too 'Carbon-ish', some weak graphics, etc) but this new game really changed my opinion. The graphics and OpenGL effects in it are very well-done and beautiful. It's one of the most OS X-like game I've seen next to Stratéges, iConquer, JewelToy, and few others.

The only thing I don't like about it is, of course, weak App Icon :)

If you're on Mac OS X 10.3, give it a try.

Monday, May 10, 2004

PulpFiction: Your News, Freshly Squeezed

PulpFiction - Coming Soon

PulpFiction will be available at an introductory price when it's out at May 15th. Better grab it while it's fresh!

One thing I'm curious about is if there's a high demand for Graphite Icon? I would be glad to make them if enough people prefer Graphite over Color.

Saturday, May 8, 2004

Flag Screensaver..

Some of you have been asking when will I release next batch of Flag Screensavers, I plan on releasing them sometime next two weeks. My clients' projects is on the highest priorities right now.

Several more flags will come after that then it'll be the last. I have some other ideas that I would like to work on next :)

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Panic Software's Stattoo

Stattoo

Stattoo is pretty cool even though it's basically feature-less at this time. I like it over Konfabulator. Here's what I like/dislike about Stattoo:

Pros:
  • Better consistency (same skin, preferences panes)
  • Very OS X-like
  • Icons that actually look nice and make sense
  • Interface-wise, it makes more sense (everything in one row)
  • Stattoo's few included stattooes are pretty useful

Cons:
  • Background color is weak. White text with shadow on a light background doesn't work that well
  • Icons on top-left corner feel a little awkwarding
  • Very limited customization for each stattooes
  • Cannot change skin to something of your liking

Get Panic's Stattoo Here

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Apple Motion

Apple Motion

"Motion is a completely new take on motion graphics for film, TV, video and DVDs. Motion brings together design, productivity and industrial-strength output in one comprehensive package." – Apple Motion

I'm so drooling at this! This is exactly what I've been needing for DVD Multimedia, TV commercials, etc. I'll buy two licenses once it's out, one for me and one for my brother.

This ought to teach Adobe some lesson for not paying close attention to AE on Mac. It's a Bad Carbon Port™. AE's performance is terrible and the GUI is so 1990s.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

MacThemes.net - Open Soon

MacThemes.net - Open Soon
4 days and counting.

I saw most of the entries and they're very impressive. I can't wait to see some of them made into a theme soon.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

MacThemes.net Theme Mockup Contest

Only 7 days left. Stretch your photoshop muscle and build a mockup to submit! The prizes are very impressive if you ask me.

Instruction on partipicating in the contest can be found here

For those who doesn't know, I'm a staff at MacThemes.net as a web/graphic designer

This week will be pretty busy for me since I'll need to create trophy/award graphics, formatting the theme entries and redesign the site to feature Ballot Theme. You'll see soon :)

Edit: Some people asked if Windows users are allowed to partipicate, yes they are. It doesn't matter what OS you're on now as long as mockup will follow OS X guidelines

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

I'm really sorry about the site being down yesterday and today. The bandwidth exceeded 10GB in three days.

I'm not exactly happy with the way my host provider treated me though. I thought it was a little unprofessional but I'll not discuss about that right now.

In the meantime, anyone have better recommendations for host provider?

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Maker of iPod Commercials Interviewed

"VFXSoup: Blue screen or green screen?

Alex: I'm a green screen kind of a guy. Green has a much higher luminance than blue, so it's much more forgiving for lighting and exposure. I don't know why more fx supervisors don't insist on it - it would make their lives a lot easier. Blue screen tends to suffer in the shadows around the feet. If the blue screen gets too dark, you'll end up waging war in the blacks and your comps will look like bad holograms (think R2D2 + restraining bolt = "help me obi-wan"). As far as I know, blue and green cost the same! The only drawback with green is that it does tend to show the dirt more - but there are always those natty little elastic shoe covers - very chic."

Read the Interview

Edit: They seem to have removed all photos and refer to iPod and iPod commercials. No idea why

Pretty interesting to see what techniques he used to make iPod commercials. I really don't understand why some major production companies such as Industrial Light & Magic still prefer to use blue screen over green. Two leading digital productions companies; WETA Workshop (LOTR) and Manex Enterainment (Matrix) prefer green screen because it gives depth to objects while blue screen make objects feel too flat (ie: Star Wars Ep. 1/2).

Industrial Light & Magic haven't made any breakthrough in technology lately though. The effects in Hulk, Harry Potter, etc are not that well-done, IMO.

Monday, March 8, 2004

Whoo!

Cup Cake21 years old today :)

Now I can legally drink wine. What about Beer, you ask? Nah, my stomach is just not fan of them.

Take care.

Monday, March 1, 2004

The Art of Adam Betts Weblog Launched

Come in and fire away your comment/feedback about the new weblog

While we're at it, do you know any of great graphic arts weblog? My blog bookmark is just dying to know some more.

Edit: For Windows Internet Explorer users, I'm looking into "fixing" the site so it will render correctly on IE Win. But IMO, applying a hack to get it to work in all browsers is just as same as adding breast implants to a perfectly good boobies in order to attract all kind of men.

In short: clean code (and non-implanted boobies) rules.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

CNN: Can sleep make you smarter, more creative?

"Everybody feels refreshed following a good night's sleep. But can you wake up smarter? More artistic perhaps?

German scientists say they have demonstrated for the first time that our sleeping brains continue working on problems that baffle us during the day, and the right answer may come more easily after eight hours of rest..."

Read the Article

Very interesting although I don't think that is the case for me.