steveostudios

I just discovered Sails.js, a realtime MVC framework for Node.js. To be honest, I am not even completely sure an MVC means (I know it means Model-View-Controller). I've spent hours reading nerdy-article after nerdy-article about MVC and the...
My beautiful bride sent me this: Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and...
I think that Jonathan Malm from Sunday Magazine (among other fames) and I have a good working relationship; He gives me challenging graphics with little direction, complete creative freedom, and tons of grace when I hand it off three days late...
My wife just asked me what my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film is. You see, my version of a perfect date night is chinese food and a Hitchcock movie with the lights turned off. Not sure why. But deciding on my favorite film by Hitch is difficult:...
We record three sermons and post them as an audio podcast a week. It's draining! So if there is any chance for efficiency, I'm all about it! That being said, I think I may have found that solution. Back when podcasting first started, you needed...
I think it’s fair to say that most people have head of or used YouVersion or the Bible app on the phone. But it surprises me every time I talk with someone and they have no idea that reading plans and the tools that go along with it exist...
Turns out you only need to add/alter one simple line to the info.plist file. UIPrerenderedIcon
There are a lot of cool new features in iOS 6, but probably the one I'm most excited about at the moment, in terms for the church, is the new "Guided Access" mode. From my understanding, Guided Access mode was developed by Apple for the...
Today Vimeo has a huge announcement. Along with a few other nice new features, like any-frame thumbnails and pausing-uploads, they also announced Dropbox integration. What this means is that you can set up Vimeo to look in one folder on Dropbox...
What you're looking at is 14 high resolution scans of paint drippings, splatters, sprinkles, and smears. My wife and I created these in our kitchen a few years ago, and I've got to be honest, I've used these a ton in my artwork to breath just a...
Lately I have been making a few desktop and mobile wallpapers to promote a few things and have realized just how tedious of a task this is. The first time it took me almost an entire day to just modify the same file to work within the different...
Whether you are producing a church service, or creating a product, or providing a service for others, what you put into your product is more than time and money. We, especially in America, have gotten used to the idea that if an idea is failing...
Everyone who has used Photoshop in the last decade is familiar with the new document dialog box. Here you define the size, resolution, pixel aspect ratio, and color profile of the soon to be masterpiece that you are going to make. Adobe as even...
Last week I published my thoughts on the web app called Read It Later, which you can read now, here. The day before the article was scheduled to hit the inter webs, the guys at Read It Later pushed their big announcement: Read It Later is now...
Here is something I have learned about making apps for Apple: Distributing to a bunch of beta testers (including oneself) is actually pretty difficult! You have to be a legitimate business, get your Apple Developer account, create and write the...
Today I want to introduce you to Read It Later, a nifty little web app that can change the way you read. Lets say that you are surfing through Twitter and see an article that you want to read, but the length of the article and your time to read...
My wife found this idea on the internet and I thought that I would share it with my techie friends. At church all of our cables are organized in bins, or hanging on a pegboard wall, but at home there has been very little organization of my...
Since it's introduction in September of 2010, the Apple TV has had little recognition. In June 2011, Apple announces iOS 5 which allows for AirPlay mirroring. Mirroring is where you can wirelessly mirror whatever is on your iDevice's screen...
In October we had a free conference for tech staff and volunteers for the local church called the Gurus of Tech conference. We had a ton of fun, learned a lot and met some really cool folks. One of the fun things that went over really well was...
In our production space we have all of our computers back in a back closet, but student in the next room controls these computers. There are several reasons for this decision: Every piece of equipment that gets super hot or makes noise goes in...
My friend Kasey showed me this little trick for making things fade out in Cinema 4D. Before, I would render a scene in two passes: one with the object I wanted to dissolve out in the scene and one without and merger them together. Or, I would...
All design takes time and practice learning the metaphorical pallet and brush for the medium. In fine art, you have charcoal, pastels, paint, and canvas. With Photoshop you have the Brush Tool, Rubber Stamp, and your Canvas. In Web Design, you...
CloudApp is an awesome application, aimed at taking away all of the dislikes of sharing links, images, music, videos and other files. What dislikes could there be, you ask? Let’s look at one easy example. Say you are working with a client or...
I made a camera cheat card a while back ago that had different shot types of shots on it that I could use to train our volunteers on proper camera techniques. It’s proved to be very useful, and I have been getting questions on where I got the...
I was trying to update a database in a Titanium Mobile app that I am working on and realized that when the database gets installed, the SQL file actually gets copied out of the Resources directory and moved to another folder. This is because...
The other night my phone dropped a call. I was sitting still, in an area where I knew that I had coverage (you know, the AT&T pose) when it dropped. I looked at my phone and saw the dreaded “Activation Required" dialog. As it turns out (I’m...
I know that that title either excites you or scares you, but let me assure you that what I’m about to disclose is absolutely true: you do not need the most expensive tool to do the job. Now, while generally the cheapest won’t do, a middle of...
Appcelerator is working on an amazing new idea which is totally worth mentioning here. Currently Appcelerator provides SDKs for the desktop, supporting Windows, OSX, and Linux, and Mobile, supporting iOS, Android, and Blackberry. They have...
Simply put, Myfav.es is a really cool bookmark-page maker. However, that doesn't give this the justice that it deserves! I mean, look at the interface above! Clean. Simple. Elegant. And, completely customizable. You can have as many bookmarks...
Please welcome Elliot Michael Stone, born October 10, at 11:29pm. Weighing 6lbs 4oz, an 18-3/4in long, he's perfect. Mom is doing great, and we are so excited!