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Photoshop Rap

posted Feb 3, 2011, 9:53 AM by Steve Duncan

Take a look at this great video, and maybe learn something!  ...Or at least groove a little!

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Why The Press Went Ape Over "Planet Of The Apes"

posted Jan 14, 2011, 8:59 PM by Steve Duncan

When the sci-fi cult classic was being shot producer Arthur P. Jacobs enlisted several journalists to play background apes. This was a clever way of ensuring that they would write about the film. -- IMDb Trivia: Planet of the Apes (1968).


How to Grant Access to Your Gmail Account (Email Delegation)

posted Dec 21, 2010, 9:34 AM by Steve Duncan   [ updated Dec 21, 2010, 9:36 AM ]

Recently, Google made available the Email Delegation feature to Gmail users, making it possible to grant access to your Gmail account to others (maybe your personal assistant or whatever) but without letting them alter your settings or have a peek at your password. If enabled, the person with the access can read your mails and respond on your behalf. This might come in handy if you have a delegate to look after things for you. Here is how you do it.

Throwing Out the Trash in Google Docs

posted Jul 20, 2010, 9:11 AM by Steve Duncan   [ updated Jul 20, 2010, 9:24 AM ]

I have always wondered  why my storage capacity never seemed to increase when I deleted fies in Google Docs.  Today it dawned on me me after i had deleted a file and read the message saying the file had been sent to "my trash". 
Yes folks, just like your desktop, there is a recycle bin called "Trash".
 Find it in the left hand navigation bar.

No student performers means no arts grants

posted May 26, 2010, 9:43 PM by Steve Duncan   [ updated May 26, 2010, 9:51 PM ]

Google Chrome: Add a Send Link Button to the Bookmarks Bar

posted May 9, 2010, 10:28 PM by Steve Duncan

Oddly, Google Chrome doesn't give you an option to send a link to someone, the way every browser on the planet does! So here's a neat little workaround that works very  nicely!

Blogging Basics

posted Apr 28, 2010, 7:58 PM by Steve Duncan

I' ve been meeting lots of new people from all walks of life lately, and i'm amazed at how many people still haven't jumped on the blog "bandwagon"  I remembered this very important video I found which really helped explain blogging to me.

Blogs Explained In Plain English


Here are some past posts I've done on the Creative Spin about blogging, which you might find useful:

In case you didn't know this, the article you are reading is a blog post which is included in almost every Google Sites template available and called an "Annoucement page.
I'm still experimenting with blogging on Google Sites, I wish Google would give you all the options available in Blogger, for this application.
I miss not being able to "cheat" the date with GS - a very handy option for posting time sensitive things like events. 
I don't like how, when publishing something previously saved as a draft, it posts it with the date when it was first saved as a draft, not it's publish date.  That seems a little screwy to me.
 I'd also really like to be able to add tags. 
I guess people will have to settle for the site search Google provides.

Facebook Changes "Become A Fan" Button to "Like"

posted Apr 21, 2010, 5:10 PM by Steve Duncan   [ updated Jul 20, 2010, 10:04 AM ]

I don't like the idea of making my friends become fans, and I'm not sure some of my friends have necessarily gained my respect enough to consider myself their fan. I've seen this complaint on the FB news feeds a lot!

With Facebook, suddenly any artist can have a "fan club", converting all their "friends" to "fans" and shifting how both fan and celebrity view their relationships with each other.
Well, now FB has changed the "become a fan" button to a "like" button as a way of garnering new members.
A bit deceptive, perhaps.  Just because I "like" someone, doesn't mean I want to hear absolutely everything about them.
Still, the "like" button does take things down to a more rudimentary, broader level. your friends just "like" 
you or at least something about what you do.
For you - the artist or business owner - your job is think of how to keep people liking you. Consider what that takes when you are determining what to communicate to your audience.

Embedding on Google

posted Apr 21, 2010, 5:08 PM by Steve Duncan   [ updated Apr 21, 2010, 6:01 PM ]

My friend passed along this neat little guide for embedding in Google.

http://www.steegle.com/websites/google-sites-howtos/embed-multiple-calendars

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