Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: ePluribus Meta, DK4 Formatting Tips and Thou Edition

Earlier today, ePluribus Media posted a diary over on Daily Kos containing a few formatting tips and tricks for the new DK4 format. The diary is called The Elements of Style: Tips, Tricks and Regrouping News. The first part of the title comes from the well-known The Elements of Style - perhaps a bit presumptuous, but at the time it seemed appropriate.

For those who are waiting and watching as ePluribus Media rebuilds and rejuvenates, we're interested in any feedback you've got regarding our past, present and future: what would you like to see, what would you like to see more of, and what didn't work for you?

We'll keep the community posted on developments as we move forward, and we'll be starting a group (as yet undefined) over on Daily Kos as part of reconstituting our core of citizen journalist researchers, writers and editors.

We hope to see you in the comments below, and over at our dK4 Group too. Most of all, we hope to hear from you.

For now, though, just remember: This is an Open Thread.

Good, Free Software Training Resources

I came across a resource on the web that I thought was well worth sharing:, a site created by Adam Khoury as part of his educational courses and applications. You can go to for more information about Adam and his sites, or straight to

Once you check out, you may find yourself returning over and over again. There are programming and application courses, free source files to go with the courses, and lots of information. Here's a few of the items that you might find interesting, taken from the list on the site's left-hand nav bar:


  • HTML Course
  • CSS Course
  • PHP Course
  • MySQLi Course
  • ActionScript 3 Course


  • PHP and MySQL
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe AIR
  • 3D Model Design
  • Video/Audio Production
  • Visual Basic
  • Miscellaneous Tips

I've run through a few of the Flash video courses so far, and found them quite useful. I'm sure anyone looking to learn a bit more about any of the topics listed above will, too.

Give it a look, and share any feedback -- I'd love to hear from you. And if you leave them a message or contact, let 'em know how you found them.