Markdown is getting more popular as the best way to handle text. It's super easy to use and allows users to focus on the content.
One solution is to use a clipboard converter, such as the Clipboard 2 Markdown tool over on Euangoddard's Github. Simply paste any clipboard content onto the browser window and you get an instant converter. Now you can take that text and safely place it in Notion or Day One for easy import.
I have the page bookmark so that I can access the tool whenever I need it. While it would be awesome if there was a Macintosh application, this works just as well. I don't always have to convert the text, but if it's just a click away, why not just use this tool?
Text Color FaderText Color Fader
Colors can help make plain text stand out. Using multiple colors helps words stand out even more. Color Fader creates a cool effect with adding different colors to each letter of a word.
Note: This doesn't work in Slack
This application allows you to generate color faded text that can be used to help decorate emails, webpages, profiles, a message board / forum post, a text document, and whatever else you can think of. You can use the different designs to help show off your personality or to just pimp out something like an email signature. Dark colors can help you give off a certain moodiness while lighter colors are easy on the eye. A variety of output formats are available, though you will most likely want to generate HTML color codes.
Be sure to try different options for the "Fade Type" feature. Lots of different fading styles are available, and you may find that one style fits what you're doing better than the others. Also, if you come up with any neat color presets and want me to add them to the application, just shoot me an email with the color codes and I'll add them in.
Have a Blog? Do you Need Blog Topic Ideas? A good place to get some fresh ideas is "Answer the Public." Simply type in your broad topic, and in a matter of a few seconds, you'll get a list of questions and bullet point ideas.
Your topic results are broken down into questions, prepositions, comparisons, alphabetical.
The auto-suggest results provided by Google & Bing is a goldmine of insight for today’s marketers. As you type you are presented with an aggregated view of the questions & therefore a hint of the motivations & emotions of the people behind each search query. It’s perhaps one of the best but most underutilized sources of research for content ideas.
AnswerThePublic is brought to you by the team behind CoverageBook. Find out how over 1,500 PR teams worldwide Make Coverage Reports, Faster at CoverageBook.com.
Some Sample Searches to Try
Interested in the capabilities of Answer the Public, but don't know what to put in the search query? Try these to start:
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Red Sox
- Macintosh Computers
- Donald Trump 2020
- Guinness Beer
Interesting Use of "Answer the Public"
One of the nice things about "Answer the Public" is that you can get some creative questions out of it. These are good to ask in technical interviews. In addition, these are good when putting together technical documents, making sure that your document or paper answers some of the questions.
This is also good for those A-Z challenges. You can get creative ideas on your topic from A to Z.
Daily routines are difficult with some kids. They may not always remember certain tasks that they have to do every day. Thankfully Trip Clip has come up with some handy checklist for children. These can be completely customized to your needs.
Trip Clip has all sorts of creative games that keep kids off technology for a bit: Airport Bingo, Mazes, Word Search, Coloring Pages, Crosswords and so much more. The Word Search is very cool because you can add your own words, think Spelling Words, and it will help your children remember the letters. You can buy a clipboard to help the kids perform their activities - in the car or at the airport.
While this isn't a free service, it's pretty cool and certainly worth checking out if you have children.
The Trip Clip® - Morning Routine, Bedtime Routine, After School Checklist, Chore Chart, Picture Grocery List, Mazes, Car Bingo, Travel Activities, & More
For $14.95 you can have lifetime access to all the activities on the website. If you're a grandparent, this is a great site to have as a resource for "things to do" on a rainy day.
Not a Paid Endorsement
Just like all the blog post that you see on cryan.com, this is not a paid product endorsement. This is a cool service that I think is worth sharing.
If you know of a better service, please let me know in the comments below.
Technology Book Generator
Working in technology can be stressful, and every once in a while it's nice to brighten up things with some humor. One way is to create silly O'Reilly Book Covers.
If your not familiar with O'Reily Books - they are known technology books with some animals on the cover. They cover just about every possible technology segment and have been around for years.
Insult your co-workers with snarky O RLY parody book covers!
Google Maps are great, but it isn't helpful if you want to draw and showcase areas around a location. That's what makes inkatlas so great. You can draw and print out maps.
Description from Website
Whether you need a quick map for your next bike trip or a tailored cartographic solution for your publishing business, Inkatlas is the simple way to create paper maps. You don't need to become a GIS expert. Leave it to us!
Sample Map created with InkAtlas
Markdown Table Generator
Markdown formating is becoming really popular. Cool apps like Notion is making is easy to copy/paste data. Markdown is also very popular in the Wiki community.
One of the challenges of Markdown is making tables. Thankfully sites like Table Generator makes it easy to create table. Simply define the number of rows and columns - and presto you have a working Markdown template to fill in.
Description from Website
As the official Markdown documentation states, Markdown does not provide any special syntax for tables. Instead it uses HTML <table> syntax. But there exist Markdown syntax extensions which provide additional syntax for creating simple tables.
Sample seven-day table.
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Creating .ico can be complex, but Xicon makes it easy. You can easily create icons from any size image. There are some tools that help remove the background and add additional touch-ups
X-Icon Editor is an HTML5 application (based on Canvas) that allows you to create high-resolution icons that let your sites shine with IE9 and above. With X-Icon Editor you can quickly get your site ready with a large icon which will be available for pinned sites and the new tab page. Create your own site icon today!
The X-Icon Editor helps you build a high-resolution icon that can include up to 4 sizes: 16x16, 24x24, 32x32 and 64x64 pixels.
Five Things I learned about Xicon Editor
- The site launched on October 28, 2010 by Microsoft.
- You can import any size image to convert to an ico icon.
- Using the paint bucket you can easily remove the background.
- The final image isn't compressed, and the site offers some suggestions to help compress the image.
- The preview is a good way to preview the icon as a bookmark, Window's dock icon, and in the tool bar.
Ranking of Weather around the World
Ever had one of those days where it felt like it was the hottest place on Earth? Or perhaps it's freezing outside and your thinking it must be the cold place on the planet?
Well now you can check it out from ogimet.com. You can see the Hottest Temps, Coldest Temp, Rainest and Windest place on earth. Not just right now, but anytime in the last 20 years!
You can find out what the extreme Temps at the time someone was born in the past 20 years.
Description from Website
This is a free service, and there is a time limit on how many history searches can be performed. (I believe it's one query for every 1 minute.)
Using an LCD generator to display text is one way to make your message stand out. What's nice about avtanski.net solution is that there are so many ways to quickly generate a custom LCD screen. Simply drag/drop the graphic to Slack so that everyone knows.
The LCD Generator is a unique way to display your phone number on your website or business card.
This is a generator for LCD/LED display screenshots. Supported display types: 5x8 character matrix, 7-segment, 14-segment, and 16-segment displays. Select the display type, type the message to be displayed, pick a color scheme, display dimensions, cursor position, and image size, then press Preview to see the image, or Download to save it locally.
Facebook Design — Devices
There are a lot of services/solutions to creating mock-up and a quick Google search for "iPhone Mockups" produce about 50,800,000 results. Yikes! How can one find good quality Mockups to use in Photoshop, Sketch or Affinity Photo?
Facebook? Yes, that Facebook. They have a developer area where you can download all sorts of device design ideas which you can download and use as mockups.
Facebook supports a diverse audience around the world and an equally diverse set of devices. To emphasize that in our design mocks, we redrew a range of devices to show the global diversity of the people using our products. Each device comes with a bitmap of the device (with and without shadows) and the original Sketch file for that device.
We’ve incorporated many of these devices into Origami and worked with the Framer Team to add them to Framer as well.
While Facebook has redrawn and shares these assets for the benefit of the design community, Facebook does not own any of the underlying product or user interface designs. Please do not repackage and redistribute these as your own.
Using the iPhone XS Max, and Dell XPS design I created the sample layout in Affinity Designer:
Text to ASCII Art
Ascii Art is a popular way to highlight text. In the 80s and 90s it was popular to show Ascii art in popular chat rooms at Delphi Internet or Compuserv. Nowadays, Ascii art is used for terminal login headlines.
Patorjk's Text to ASCII Art tool is a great way to create all sorts of Ascii art.
I originally couldn't think of a name for the app, and I thought ASCII Art of pizza is called "Pizza ASCII Art", so what this app generates should be called "Text ASCII Art". However, the name was a little awkward, and I noticed some people were calling it "Text to ASCII Art Generator" (I guess they assumed I forgot a word). When I saw this I realized that was a better name. While coding up version 2.0, I decided to rename the app to add in the "to" and to capitalize on the "ASCII" part.
Five things I Learned
There are 174 fonts in four categories: 53 Feature FIGlet Fonts, 10 ANSI FIGlet Fonts, 75 Regular FIGlet Fonts and 36 AOL Macro Fonts.
The "Test All" is a good way to look at your text in all the fonts!
You can't cut/paste the output into Slack. The best way to display in Slack is to use a screenshot
If you use like the Text to Ascii Art tool, there is a Chrome Extension. Now you can easily create Ascii Art whenever you need it.
There is an Ascii Art Web Ring where you can find other sites that offer Ascii arts.
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Icons are useful in folders and applications. Finding good icons can be a tough task using Google or Bing.
Thankfully someone created a service that not only makes finding icons easy but also creating an icon from images. Iconizer is a great resource for finding and creating icons.
Simple Website Description
This is not just a search. It's an icon GENERATOR
Things I learned about the Iconizer
There are a lot of great icons in the database. They are great to add to Slack.
This is a good resource if your using Notion.so As you can find useful page icons.
I had a problem creating an icon from an upload. When I uploaded a small PNG file, the image would never show up in the editor.
Everyone needs a vacation from the daily routine. Certainly, Disney World or Hawaii would be great places to go. But what if you didn't have enough money to go there - but you still want to get away for a quick vacation.
You could always ask your Facebook friends on where to go. You would get all sorts of interesting places.
WhereFor has a better way. Simply set your budget and your departing City and WhereFor will tell you all the places you can afford to go to.
Explore our map to discover all the cities you can go on your budget. Youll be surprised how far you can go.
For each city, we show you the cheapest flight and highest-rated hotel in your budget. Or, choose your own.
We guarantee the lowest prices, never add fees, and have a 24-hour refund policy. So book your flight and hotel, together or separately, with confidence.
The service is still in Beta. The Google Maps still says "For development purposes only" and the Facebook sign-in shows this message: "App Not Setup: This app is still in development mode, and you don't have access to it. Switch to a registered test user or ask an app admin for permissions."
Destroy the Web Game
Sometimes you need to have a break from all the craziness at work. Spending all day searching information on stackoverflow.com can be boring.
Why not spice it up the website with a game? That's what kickassapp.com is for. Simply drag the link to your bookmark bar and then when your tired of a site, simply click on the link and play the game.
Kick Ass started as a hobby project by a young developer named Erik Rothoff Andersson. The first iteration of Kick-Ass came about when he wanted to destroy his ex-girlfriend's blog. He put up Kick-Ass on Reddit, showing off his programming ninja skills and shortly after it exploded on the internet. The internet was abuzz with Kick Ass-fever. Many ad agencies modified Kick-Ass to promote brands like M&M, the movie Thor, Axe and many more. Erik was later invited to Denmark to receive the Danish Internet Award for his excellence, also free beer.
You can create your own ships on Kick Ass website. Simply go to the Designer Page and create your ship.
Website owners can support Kick-Ass by removing ads from the game. It's a way to make a website a bit more entertaining for a certain segment of the internet market. (Subscription is $99 a year)
I recall another app that offered a similar functionality but Website developers were able to add a shield to prevent the site from being destroyed. (I am searching for that site - if you know leave a comment below!)
As of today, the default ship has been played 4,841,459 times. (That's a lot of free time.)