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    This month’s Cool Tool of the Month is a simple site called Placehold.it created for web designers with one simple purpose: to create pixel perfect placeholder graphics used in site wireframes and layouts.

    To generate a placeholder graphic, simply enter the width and height of the placeholder after the site’s URL in the address bar. For example:

    http://placehold.it/600×480

    By default the placeholder is gray, but you can change this by specifying the hex value of a color (without the hashtag). As in:

    http://placehold.it/600×480/000033

    You can also change the text and specific that graphic format (e.g. gif, png, or jpeg).

    If your site is online for client review, you can actually use the Placehold.it URL in your code. Such as:

    <img src=”http://placehold.it/600×480/000033″>

    That’s it. So simple it might fit the meme single serving site (close but not quite). You’re the man now dog!

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    I’ve been saying this for years.

    A great little video about the importance of learning how to code from code.org, featuring a host of heavy hitters such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Drew Houston, and will.i.am.

    Hey kids, there is a shortage of talented programmers in the world, learn to code. By the time you reach puberty, you pretty much know you’re not going to be the next Meryl Streep or Michael Jordan but you can still be a programmer. Learn to code.

    Cool Tool of the Month: Piecon

    Piecon

    Today’s Cool Tool of the Month is Piecon a tiny JavaScript library for dynamically generating progress pie charts within your favicons. Piecon is by programmer Lukas Lipka that runs along the same lines of other libraries that affect the browser’s favicon real-time such as Tinycon and Notificon.

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    Sail by AWOLNATION

    Late discovery of AWOLNATION and their song Sail thanks to the freaky lip-sync rendition by a bedraggled Shawna Howson (Nanalew) and Tessa Violet (MeekaKitty). Not exactly sure how I stumbled upon Nanalew’s YouTube channel but her videos are worth a peek.

    Now I find Sail featured everywhere from The Good Wife promo to BASE Jumper Jeb Corliss’ “Grinding the Crack” wingsuit video. Not bad for the band’s first single but I suppose given the band’s frontman is Aaron Bruno (from Under the Influence of Giants), not too surprising.

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