Peter Singh-Vigilante on Dec 19 2012
This site is an awesome guide that helps you make those minor adjustments to your typography, with nice descriptions and justification for why these little changes have such a huge impact on the readability of your site.
Peter Singh-Vigilante on Dec 17 2012
I always hated the signal bars on the top right, as they always seem inaccurate. If you want to see a more accurate decibel number of your signal strength, try the following hack (no jailbreak required).
Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on you phone and press call.
Step 2: You’ll now enter Field Test mode. You’ll notice at the top it is already showing the signal strength in decibels. You can tap the signal strength to toggle between the numbers and the bars.
Step 3: Too make this setting permanent, hold down the power button till the poster off screen appears, but don’t power it off.
Step 4: Hold down the Home button till you leave the power screen and exit the Field Test app and are returned to your home screen.
That’s it, you can now see the exact signal strength.
The lower your number, the stronger your signal—but don’t include the – sign when evaluating (so, if the signal says -60, that’s better than -90).
Peter Singh-Vigilante on Dec 15 2012
In this scenario I was tasked with setting up a local server on our company network (so not accessible out side our network) for students to access and upload their own websites, and give them access to their own MySQL database through PhpMyAdmin.
The first thing is to direct your desired domain name to the networked computer (since I don’t want to keep typing the IP address in the address bar, and it helps my students relate to a real web server). In the DNS manager of your domain host, have the domain point to your local IP address (this is usually a 192.168.1.##). Once the DNS record is saved it may take up to 48 hours before it updated, but their is still some other things to do before we see this work.
You’ll want to already have your favourite Apache, MySQL, PHP package installed. I personally love XAMPP so I’ll be using that.
Navigate to your XAMPP’s httpd-vhosts.conf file, it should be in this directory:
Go to the bottom of the file add the following:
Allow from all
Replace the area the says “yourdomain.com” the the domain name you need the server to accept.
Replace the “yourfolder” with the folder in your htdocs folder your want the domain to point to (remove if your want to just use your htdocs folder as the site root).
That will get the domain pointing to the folder and acting as a website, but we aren’t done yet; One issue we have is PhpMyAdmin does not accept requests from names outside the localhost, so we need to tell it to allow. Find the http-xampp.conf file, it should be located here:
Go to the bottom of the file and you should find an area labeled as “New XAMPP security concept”, change the “Allow from” part to just allow “all”. it should look like this:
# New XAMPP security concept
Deny from all
Allow from all
ErrorDocument 403 /error/HTTP_XAMPP_FORBIDDEN.html.var
Finally, that is all we need to do in XAMPP, but for security purposes Window does not allow outside access to your computer unless strictly approved. We just need to add our domain to the safe list; navigate to your windows hosts file found here:
In this file, near the bottom, you’ll find where Windows is allowing even your localhost to access your computer (“# 127.0.0.1 localhost”). At the bottom of any other localhost name resolutions, add your domain to be resolved to the same local IP (127.0.0.1 which is just a reference to your computer), so your file should look like this:
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
# 127.0.0.1 yourdomain.com
Peter Singh-Vigilante on Dec 09 2012
Kinshira – Poetic Movement entertainment company asked us to spice up their branding, showing more of their fiery spirit. The symbol is based on a fire dance the performers do, in which they draw the symbol in the air. I wanted it to seem link the symbol had just been drawn with fire from the bottom up, and the audience gets the single glimpse of it before their eyes catch up with the fire.
Peter Singh-Vigilante on Dec 09 2012
This painting went through many iterations before coming to this final composition. I wanted something whimsical and somewhat surreal (a dream like state), and to create intrigue with the character. A complex mind, a secret past, a state of uncertainty.
Peter Singh-Vigilante on Sep 26 2012
I was inspired to do with photo manipulation that merged real paint with a live model. First I found the model shot from my collection, and then traced over it using the regular pencil. Then I did another pass using acrylic paint. Finally I took the canvas and just started slopping random colors onto it, as thick as possible so that I could get the light to reflect off of it.I then lit up the canvas and took dozens of pictures of all the painted pieces. Then using Photoshop I put together the pencil drawing, the painting, and all the random acrylics streaks together to come up with the final composition. I played around with a few backgrounds, but came to like the digital look better as it brought the whole concept of real paint and digital technique together.
Peter Singh-Vigilante on Sep 06 2012
Saw a really cool picture use similar effect and just had to try it for myself. We did a photo shoot to try and get the perfect statue like pose, then in Photoshop I layered dozens of textures and applied numerous color effect adjustments to get the final result.
Peter Singh-Vigilante on Aug 30 2012
A quick digital illustration, done in Adobe Illustrator, for my Introduction to Computer Graphics students as an example for their major project. The entire face is composed of a single shape in illustrator which was then modified using the gradient mesh tool. the only other paths in the picture are the hairlines. The piece to a total of one hour to complete using a Wacom tablet in Adobe Illustrator.