31 Jul

Summer Bliss And August Adventures: Wallpapers To Kick-Start The New Month (August 2017 Edition)

   

Could there be a better way to welcome the new month as with a tidy desktop and a fresh wallpaper? Well, we’ve got you covered. To help you start into August freshly inspired, artists and designers from across the globe once again challenged their artistic skills to create unique desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in — wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd.

All wallpapers in this collection can be downloaded for free and come in versions with and without a calendar — to keep your deadlines always in sight or to stick to your favorite wallpaper even after the month has ended. A big thank-you to everyone who shared their artworks with us! Now it’s up to you to decide which one will become your August companion.

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11 Jul

Wine Adventure Trail Run @ Warwick Wine Estate

We all knew it would be a wet day, from a week before the race the weather was already predicting upwards of 70% rain showers, steadily increasing as the days went on, by Saturday it was sitting at 93% so there was no doubt.

Photo by Chris Hitchcock

Around sunset Saturday evening it started pouring, and my never tested Waterproof Running jacket was added to race prep pile. After all, what is heavy rain shower to a real trail runner (guess I am one now).

Fast forward to Sunday morning and as best I could tell the rain had not let up much if at all, the wine farm was nothing but mud as far as the eyes could see, and yet plenty a runner had arrived, sporting all their colourful raincoats, and few more crazy ones dressed as if it where a summers day.

Having never run in such conditions before, I had no idea what to expect, and that pretty much added to the excitement, only 1 small change in the goals for the day, forget the time target and make down in one piece. Awesomely enough I had only missed what would been my target by about 3 minutes.

Nearing the finish line.

As it turns out, at least 78 other runners had arrived for the wet, wet, wet 15km run, and while I cannot speak for all of the rest, I most certainly hope they enjoyed it as much as I did, a familiar route, made more spectacular by a hole new perspective.

Thanks to the winter season now, in a few days time my shoes, that are now clean, should be dry enough for my next run. Part of me even hopes that for my next race, in about 2 weeks time, the weather tosses in a good downpour just for the funzies.

Wine Adventure Trail Run @ Warwick - Reme Le Hane's 14.3 km run

Help me as I raise fund for the animals while I run for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in the Sanlam Cape Town peace Trail Run 22km.

Running for the animals

Wine Adventure Trail Run @ Warwick Wine Estate was originally published in Running For A Cause on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

25 Jun

Running for a cause: Mid Year Trail Run @ Muratie

It was a very cold start to a pretty great run this morning, gloves, sleeves and rite until the gun, even the breaker.

A nice big crowd getting ready for the 12km, getting ready to enjoy some spectacular views. The sun was just starting to warm things up a bit, but that was short lived, as after 2 quick corners we were back int he shade of the mountain and climbing away. Would be a good 3 or 4km before we found some sun again.

Felt a bit tougher than it was at the start, felt almost like I was pushing too hard at the beginning, maybe it was the cold, maybe I just rested way too much this week :D.

But near the 7km mark, after a 20 second walk break and a 6 word pep talk off I went, and I was pretty impressed with my time, so maybe the pushing was all in my head, but I can see the training is definitely paying off, and back into full swing the coming week.

Running for the animalsMid Year Trail Run @Muratie - Reme Le Hane's 11.8 km run

Running for a cause: Mid Year Trail Run @ Muratie was originally published in Running For A Cause on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

21 Jun

Free Icon Set: Happy 4th Of July 🇺🇸 (20 Icons, PNG, EPS, AI, SVG)

   

Every once in a while, we publish freebies related to different occasions and themes. Today, we'd like to share an icon set dedicated to a well-known upcoming American holiday.

Some of you may already be working on the usual flyers or brochures, so we thought we'd help you out with a set of colorful icons to spice up your designs a bit differently this year. Thank us later!

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13 Jun

Convincing Clients: How To Get Sign Off When It Matters

   

We have all been there. That dreaded moment when after weeks of work we have to present our progress to key stakeholders, and they mercilessly tear it apart. It feels inevitable, but usually, we can avoid these situations.

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we didn’t need to get other people to buy-in to our work? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, especially in digital. What we do involves so many different disciplines working together. We have to get the support of colleagues, stakeholders and management. But, achieving that can be painful, to say the least.

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13 Jun

Convincing Clients: How To Get Sign Off When It Matters

   

We have all been there. That dreaded moment when after weeks of work we have to present our progress to key stakeholders, and they mercilessly tear it apart. It feels inevitable, but usually, we can avoid these situations.

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we didn’t need to get other people to buy-in to our work? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, especially in digital. What we do involves so many different disciplines working together. We have to get the support of colleagues, stakeholders and management. But, achieving that can be painful, to say the least.

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29 May

How To Build Your Own Action For Google Home Using API.AI

   

For the holidays, the owner of (and my boss at) thirteen23 gave each employee a Google Home device. If you don’t already know, Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant and is a competing product to Amazon’s line of Alexa products.

I already have the Amazon Echo, and as Director of Technology at thirteen23, I love tinkering with software for new products. For the Amazon Echo, you can create what are called "skills", which allow you to build custom interactions when speaking to the device.

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23 May

Building Killer Robots: Game Behavior In iOS With Fuzzy Logic Rule Systems

   

Imagine that it's a hot day. The sun is out, and the temperature is rising. Perhaps, every now and then, there's a cool breeze. A good song is playing on the radio. At some point, you get up to get a glass of water, but the exact reason why you did that at that particular time isn't easy to explain. It was "too hot" and you were "somewhat thirsty," but also maybe "a little bored." Each of these qualities isn't either/or, but instead fall on a spectrum of values.

In contrast, our software is usually built on Boolean values. We set isHot to true and if isHot && isThirsty && isBored, then we call getWater(). If we use code like this to control our game characters, then they will appear jerky and less natural. In this article, we'll learn how to add intelligent behavior to the non-player characters of a game using an alternative to conventional Boolean logic.

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