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    70 Free Tileable Wood Backgrounds for Web Design

    If you design websites of any form then the free tileable wood backgrounds below will be a valuable resource for future projects.

    The benefit of seamless images is being able to cover the entire screen with a background image without having to rely on a heavy and slow-loading file.

    All the images in this collection have been optimized and rendered as lightweight at possible. I have sorted the images into two folders: light and dark wood. You can see a sample of 20 images in the list below.

    So go ahead and download the backgrounds, use them freely for personal and/or commercial projects.

    Please share this resource with others via Twitter, Facebook or other social media sources. Thanks.

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    Unusual and Mostly Useless Portable Speaker Designs

    I like the 70s, and I’m not just talking about my women. I mean 70s disco music. You know, Boney M., the BeeGees, Donna Summer and all those other groovy bands that turned dance floors into funk temples.

    But I’m embarrassed by my taste in music and others are embarrassed for me too. That’s why I always try to hide the sounds I play and blame it on the neighbors.

    What better way to conceal your secret fetish than with a portable bluetooth speaker that doesn’t look anything like a portable bluetooth speaker? So you lose a little on sound quality…who cares? The most important thing is to feel comfortable with your choices in life.

    This list is all about comfort. Warning. This list may also contain nudity.

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    Free ideas for bloggers – Part 2: Creativity

    In this second post in my ten-part series of free and open ideas for bloggers, I focus on creativity. Regardless of your blog’s subject area, every blogger or writer needs creativity and inspiration to produce new and exciting content.

    With that in mind, I put together this list of ten activities that any blogger can complete to inject some creativity into their blog.

    Feel free to use these ideas, share them, modify them, break them, curse at them, do whatever you want. If you do use an idea, all I ask in return is to leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post. Happy blogging!

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    Enter the Wonderful World of Wintercroft Paper Masks

    The paper mask designs of Steve and Marianne Wintercroft are deceptively simple and hauntingly beautiful. With one simple sheet of cardboard the masks resonate with contemprary cultural life on several levels.

    First, they conjure up contemporary pop culture references with overtones of Minecraft and other pixelated sandbox games, as well as masked superhero characters such as Ironman and Batman.

    Secondly, they are also a statement on environmental awareness since the two UK-based designers made a conscious choice not to ship pre-made masks given the carbon footprint it would contribute to. Instead, they turned the masks into downloadable and printable templates.

    Thirdly, the masks create an interesting encounter between online and offline personas. Creating and wearing a mask is always a transformative process, a way of bringing fantasies to life. With these masks, as the photos below demonstrate, there is often a sense of embodying the online world we inhabit on a daily basis.

    Above all else though, these masks are great fun and make great creative construction activities for children and adults alike. The Wintercroft masks have been used in a wide range of contexts, from part masks to theatre productions and in music festivals and political demonstrations.


    Note: all the images used in this post are copyright of Steve Wintercroft and they link to Steve’s mask designs available for purchase on the etsy.com website.

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    20 Free High-res Background Images for Web Design Projects

    Finding 100% free high quality background images for use in web design projects is not easy. Most “free” images come with strings attached. Not in this case. All the photos below are from the excellent unsplash.com website. According to the site’s help section, the images are “free to use, for both commercial and personal purposes” but even though it’s not mandatory, it would be good to give “a credit/link back to the original photographer if possible”.

    I have chosen a mix of textures and patterns that can be used across a broad range of web design projects from travel agency sites to home decoration and outdoor adventure. Putting this list together was very inspiring thanks to the amazing vision and quality of the images.

    Each photo in this list is linked to the original image file where you can get extra information on the image attributes and the photographer. Enjoy using these images and feel free to leave a link in the comment section below to your site or project if you do end up using one.

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    Weapons to survive the zombie apocalypse

    Photo by Wil Stewart

    Let me preface this by saying that this post is purely for fun and the items listed here are all (except one) dangerous and deadly if misused or handled inappropriately. Be responsible, take these tools seriously.

    I’m a huge fan of zombie apocalypse movies and the ongoing AMC drama, The Walking Dead. Sometimes, when I watch those shows, I find myself thinking “what weapon would I use” in that situation? Negan has the baseball bat, Michonne has the katana, Daryl carries a crossbow and Rick carries a trusty Colt Python.

    Well, in reality, I’d probably opt for an automatic weapon if one were available, but here I’m working on the assumption that firearms are out of reach. So this is a list of melee weapons. What would be your weapon of choice?

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    Free ideas for bloggers – Part 1: Getting to know you

    Welcome to the first of a ten-part series of free and open ideas for blog posts. Over the next few weeks, I will aim to post 100 ideas to help bloggers find inspiration for their next post. In this first installment, we begin at the beginning with ten ideas that help your blog readers get to know a little bit about you. Feel free to use these ideas, share them, modify them, break them, curse at them, do whatever you want. If you do use an idea, all I ask in return is to leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post. Happy blogging!

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    10 Remarkable Free and Open Source Games for 2017

    Finding free and open source games is easy, but finding games that are actually worth playing is not. In this post, I’ve highlighted some of the best new free and open source games of 2017 ranging from first person shooters to flight and vehicle simulators. A special mention goes to SuperTuxKart, which is an amazing Linux take on the popular Nintendo Mario Kart games.

    If you would like to recommend a recently released free and open source game, please go ahead and let me know in the comment section below, or drop me a line via the contact page, or indeed hit me up on Twitter. Happy gaming!

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    Crazy cosmic cat T-shirts that will freak people out

    In a 100 years from now, people will look back at the first two decades of the new millennium as the age of the Internet. It will be remembered as a powerful tool for the pursuit of knowledge, a vast hub connecting millions of people across cultures, but above all, it will be remembered for one tiny three-letter word: Cats!

    Cat photos, cat videos, cat memes, cat apps…cats are everywhere! Here are some insightful facts about cats and the Internet: 2007 saw the launch of I Can Haz Cheezburger, a popular meme site devoted to cats. By 2010, the site had more than 100 million views per month and led to “a whole new form of internet speak“. In 2014, New York Times journalist, Derek Willis, described cat photos as “that essential building block of the Internet“.

    By 2015, there were over 2 million cat videos on YouTube. CNN estimated that in 2015 there may have been around 6.5 billion cat pictures on the internet. British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, named Nyan Cat the most popular internet cat of all time.

    Let’s add one more statistic to the Internet’s infatuation with cats: a list of some of the craziest cat t-shirts ever designed. All the t-shirts below play with popular cat memes from Internet history. Check them out.