Archive for September, 2008

Episode 072 – Glass Panels

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Episode 072 just went up.

This screencast describes one method for creating nice looking semi-transparent glass panels using Inkscape. During the screencast I mentioned a limitation of this method, but then never quite got around to describing it. So being the lazy-arse I am, I decided instead to just put the explanation in the blog post instead of re-recording the screencast 😉

It’s one of my longer screencasts I think because I describe a couple of extra things right near the end, but it might be interesting and useful to some people.

Goodies added

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Finally! We have a shirt shop. Let the orders pour in. We’ll add more artwork and goodness over time but in the mean time if you find something you like then grab your wallet and show your support. Apparel like this would definitely standout in a mug shot…or something. 🙂

Take me there or you can click the “goodies” link on the navbar.

Richard just set this up today so if something isn’t working quite right then please let us know so that we can correct it.


Monday, September 29th, 2008

Richard and I would like to take a moment and thank all of those who have made a donation to the Screencasters. You are very generous. Donating isn’t a requirement and we rarely ever mention doing so. Don’t want to pressure anyone. We just wanted you to know that we appreciate it. For those of you who haven’t donated…well…don’t feel bad. I rarely donate money myself…honestly. Personally, I wonder where my money goes anyway. I think it disappears as quickly as I make it. Pretty sure, though, that if my wife sold a fraction of her shoes that I would have a lot more money…money that I could donate to FOSS projects. So really, it’s her fault. 🙂

Anyway, we are never really sure what to do with this money so it just sits in PayPal and grows over time. It makes for nice emergency money. Although, we have a few good ideas how we could put this money to use. Richard thought about purchasing a diamond tooth to replace the one he lost playing hockey last year (Dude, wear a face mask) and I thought about one of those Flavor Flav clock necklaces to replace the small one that I wear that goes completely unnoticed. Perhaps we’ll still get those things but we had a better idea: Shirts for Ohio Linux Fest (OLF).

We double-checked with the Inkscape board members to make sure that we were able to use the Inkscape icons on the shirt without breaking any rules. I would like to thank Ted Gould especially for being extra helpful. He’s a pretty smart cookie from what I have gathered. That goes for the rest of the board members too. They are all rock stars in my eyes. Thank-you very much. 🙂

The idea for this shirt came from a shirt that has been on Jinx forever. We thought it would be fun to make a spoof of a very popular t-shirt. Amazon has a slightly better graphic of the shirt.

Although Richard is unable to attend since he’s getting an 8-track stereo installed in his personal jet that weekend (Oct 11), I’ll be there to give away some shirts to some lucky folks. Yes, I said give away…as in free. Who wouldn’t want a free shirt anyway? Hell, I’d wear a shirt with Pruritus Ani FTW in bold letters across the chest if it were free. Wearing a Screencasters shirt couldn’t be as bad as that, could it?

So if you make it to OLF this year and you’re lucky enough to spot me then you might be fortunate enough to walk away with the gayest coolest t-shirt of all time. I only have a limited amount so they may go fast. Now…if I could only get Richard to set up a CafePress or SpreadShirt store for the Screencasters then perhaps the rest of us could have one too.

Planets and such

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Wow! What a real honor it is getting added to Graphics Planet and LinuxPlanet Blogs all in the same week. It’s nice to be associated with such great people. Although, I hope that doesn’t mean that we have to be interesting because that’s too much pressure. 🙂

Episode 071 – Fabric Stitching

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Does anyone still read this blog anymore? If so then I posted a new episode, Episode 071. Please make me feel better by watching it. 🙂

The Screencasters Flickr Group

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Having reached the nice round number of 70 episodes, it seems to be pretty good timing that longtime viewer zombiebrainz had a great idea and some initiative and started the Screencasters Flickr Group (at

The idea is to have an easily accessible place for viewers and fans of Inkscape and our screencast to share some of what they have produced using Inkscape with or without the help or inspiration of our screencasts. It should be a good place to check out what others are doing, get some comments on your own work and maybe even find some inspiration (something I know I’m always looking for).

Anyone can view the Flickr group, but to contribute (upload stuff, leave comments etc.) you have to join Flickr. If you’re not already a Flickr member, you can sign up for free right here.

Shortly we will add a link to the Flickr group over on the right hand side of the sit. To check it out right now click here.

For those of you unfamiliar with Flickr, keep in mind that you will actually upload your images to your own account. You have full rights to those images to whatever extent you choose when you upload it. The group only aggregates that content for people with a common interest and provides a way for us all to communicate and see what others are doing. The group doesn’t control your content. You can remove it whenever you want.

Almost finally, if you do upload some content, feel free to geo-tag it if you want so that we can get a feel for exactly how global our audience is getting. Of course, like just about everything we do, it’s completely up to you. Whatever floats your boat. 🙂

Although zombiebrainz told me that he needed no pimping or link-love for coming up with the group and the idea, we’d be remiss not to acknowledge him. Visit zombiebrainz’s blog at, and for those of you into the Twitter-thang, you can find him at: Mucho thanks to him.

Thanks to all of you for watching, subscribing and commenting. We’re having fun doing it.

Episode 070 – Case Badge

Friday, September 5th, 2008

About a month since my last screencast, Episode 070 is finally ready. I almost feel like I should apologize for taking so long between my last and most recent tutorials…but I don’t want to. 😛 Luckily Richard recorded a pretty cool Episode 069 to take the pressure off of me. If you haven’t seen his latest screencast yet then watch it now. It’s awesome.

Episode 070 has been in my head for a couple of weeks now. Unfortunately I had zero time to record it. I thought it would be a perfect tutorial for a beginner. Plus, I have been itching to make an openSUSE 11.0 style graphic using those rad looking green and dark gray colors. The artwork in episode 070 was inspired by Jakub (jimmac) Steiner’s countdown banner that he made for the openSUSE 11.0 launch. I have always been a big fan of Jakub’s artwork. I wish I had a fraction of his artistic talent.

There are plenty of case badge graphics on the Internet but there isn’t a lot of information regarding how to print them on a sticker. I wanted to do this on the cheap so I opted for Avery labels which most offices have a lot of. It worked pretty well for me. I was able to cover up that nasty looking “Designed for Microsoft Windows XP” sticker on my openSUSE 10.1 server. I opted to leave off the version number on my custom badge so I wouldn’t have to change stickers when I update the OS. 😉 You might think this is a silly project but I had a little fun doing it. As long as I’m happy that’s all that matters. Maybe I’ll even make a badge for my Ubuntu server. Hey,  a jimmac inspired visual refresh for Ubuntu would be great…dontcha think? 😉