Random Content Generator - A jQuery Plugin Featuring Chuck Norris

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Placeholder Text, such as Lorem Ipsum, is something every web designer or developer uses. And for good reason. It’s not meant to confuse clients and provoke comments such as, “what is this funky writing? I can’t read Spanish”. But, to fill in content areas for web design in a way that simulates real written text.

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Photoshop Makes Peace Not War: Photoshop Masks

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Dude, stop yelling at Photoshop every time something goes wrong and you think you have to hit the dreaded F12 key (revert) and start over from scratch. It isn’t necessary. Photoshop is forgiving and loving. Time to make peace and save a whole lot of time while you’re at it. Let me explain this little thing called non-destructive editing.

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Create a Scorching Hot Metal Effect with Photoshop

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This tutorial will show you how to make a raw unpolished metal texture that has been heated to a nice glowing orange. It uses some non-destructive effects that make it easy to transfer the effect from project to project by simply copying and pasting. Check it out.

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Why I made the switch from Transitional to Strict

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Okay, I’ll admit it. In the past I’ve been ignorant and lazy about using the XHTML Strict DOCTYPE. But no more. I’ve always known that Strict was "better", but only recently have I seen the light and reason to abandon my old ways and make the switch. This is why.

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10 Amazingly Addictive Diversions: Online Games

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Have you ever stared at the code on your monitor for so long that your eyes begin to bleed and the urge to collapse to the floor and begin convulsing becomes overwhelming? If you have, there is most definitely a problem. To work hard, you need to play hard. Give yourself a break every now and again and seek some kind of diversion to keep yourself from going insane. To help you and your sanity, I present 10 amazingly addictive diversions in the form of web based games.

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Battle of the Selectors: Specificity

tagged CSS by Jon

Sometimes selectors will stubbornly refuse to accept the properties you give them. This can lead to tedious bug hunting, hair pulling and insanity.Such issues aren’t random browser bugs, but the way selectors are designed to handle conflicts with each other. Understanding specificity will help you to avoid these annoyances and use them to your own advantage.

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