Archive for June, 2013

June 30, 2013

How to Vine With No Hands

Whenever I see people using Vine with no hands, I assumed they were doing it with paperclips and sponges or something. But it turns out you can do it completely from the phone itself. Duh.

The basic idea is to use the iPhone’s built-in functionality for helping people with motor problems. In this case their deficit is our benefit. Nice!

First, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn “AssistiveTouch” on.

Then you’ll create a new gesture. Just tap and hold in the center of the screen until the time limit runs out. You’re probably figuring out where this is going.

Then save that gesture and call it whatever you want. I called mine “Vine” because I’m original.

Notice that when you turned on AssistiveTouch it added a little circle thingy to your phone? Well that’s how you activate the gesture you just made.

Tap the circle, choose “Favorites”, then tap “Vine”. Then it will add an extra blue circle to your screen. Tap that blue circle to start recording.

If you’re having trouble, here are some things I’ve noticed:

You can reposition that AssistiveTouch circle thingy by dragging it. Sometimes using it in Vine only works when it’s on the left middle side of the screen.

Sometimes your Custom Gesture of just tapping and holding in the middle of the screen doesn’t work. So try making a new gesture where you tap, hold, and slightly move your finger around in a circle.

Sometimes ending the Vine video is tricky. If you can’t tap the Next button in Vine, hit the home button and wait a few seconds, then relaunch the app. Your Vine should still be there.

So that’s how to Vine with no hands. Enjoy, and keep using Vine to record your stupid crap!

June 27, 2013

Browser Pong

If you’re on a desktop computer, check this out:

I could explain but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.

Via Tim Holman on Twitter

June 26, 2013

Rasterize Layer

Wish I’d thought of this.

Via Reddit

Amazing “Back to the Future” DeLorean Replica

I spotted this on a drive to upstate New York last weekend and was absolutely floored. It even has the “Mr. Fusion” device on the back, replete with bright green liquid.

I was a little bummed the license plate wasn’t “OUTTATIME” but the actual text (“NO PAINT” – referencing the DeLorean’s stainless steel body) is better than nothing.

Anyway, I couldn’t find more details on this guy online, so if anyone knows anything (or finds this via Google) I’d love to get more info and/or photos.

Related nerd note: I shot this with Instargam, and their camera-stabilization is pretty impressive. Look now the hood of my car is bouncing around while the DeLorean itself stays perfectly smooth.

June 18, 2013

Steven Seagal’s Energy Drink Commercial

You’ll think this is a joke until you see Mr. Seagal himself at :19.

Then you’ll think, woah, is this a real ad?!?!?

Then you’ll see the total length is 1:54 and realize it was never meant to be broadcast in a paid media environment.

Then you’ll just feed bad for Steven Seagal. Until you read this article about how much of an asshole he is. Then you’ll laugh a little bit and continue on with your day.

Found via Reddit

June 17, 2013


This website looks amazing: Apparently it can make a 3D model of your face based on photographs, then print it on action figures, legos, 3D sculptures, and more.

If anyone tries it let me know!

June 13, 2013

Pouring a Gold Brick

This video is pretty amazing. It shows how a bucket full of earrings, watches, and other gold hardware is converted into one of those classic gold bricks. I didn’t think I’d watch the whole thing, but I did.

What It’s Like Directing The Emmys

While watching big live televised events over the years, I’d figured something like this was happening behind the scenes. But it’s cool to actually see it in action.

This is video shot by CBS Exec Jodi Roth (@rothjodi) of the talented director Glenn Weiss doing his thing.

June 6, 2013

120 New Yorker Cartoons Combined

What happens when you write a Photoshop action that combines hundreds of cartoons from The New Yorker? This!

June 4, 2013

Social Media Button Alignment

For the last 6 years or so, every time I’ve added the standard slew of social media buttons to a website I’ve needed to manually adjust their vertical position to get them to line up. This is a sight I’m sure all web designers are familiar with:

So today when I noticed the alignment was off again and started editing the CSS, I was delighted to see that I could just remove the vertical position hacks altogether. So it looks like it’s taken Twitter and Facebook 6 years to agree on a consistent vertical position.

In any case it’s nice to have one less thing to worry about while maintaining a website.