July 30, 2005

GroupHug.us Comments Off

\con*fess”\, v. i. 1. to make confession

Branding, Blogging, Mexican and a Rant on Selling Out Comments Off

What matters is that you do good work. What matters is that you produce things that are true and will stand. What matters is that the Flaming Lips’s new album is ravishing and I’ve listened to it a thousand times already, sometimes for days on end, and it

July 28, 2005

The Misadventures Of Cross-Processing Film Comments Off

My camera is currently housing it’s third role of slide film that just can’t wait to get dipped and dunked into those C-41 chemicals and I’m still rather smitten with the fact that again, I have no idea what they’re going to look like.

The Flicky’s Comments Off

Thanks to whomever nominated me for a Flicky! :P

Graphic Design Vancouver Comments Off

A resource for those searching for the best graphic design services in Vancouver BC Canada

Lomography Ego Trip Photography Contest Comments Off

Intelligent, talented, athletic, good looking, popular? Yes? Oh, you’re so vain! Show us haughty prima donnas, richkidz and all other forms of excess pride in the name of Lomo. From now on the given mission theme and submissions is also a major part of th

July 27, 2005

Top 10 Must-Have Gadgets for 2005 Comments Off

I just found a cool list of Top 10 Must-Have Gadgets chosen by the editorial team over at CNET. I’d have to add an iPod Photo to my list and upgrade the Rebel XT to a EOS 1D Mark II. Also, the wireless headphones are cool and all, but I want a pair that splits apart so I can give one earphone to whomever I’m hanging with and essentially give walking around town a shared soundtrack. Here’s their picks…

1. Sony PSP
2. Sling Media SlingBox
3. Toshiba Qosmio G25-AV513
4. Cowon iAudio X5 (20GB)
5. Archos Pocket Media Assistant PMA430video
6. Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod
7. Canon Digital Rebel XT
8. Motorola Razr V3
9. Logitech Harmony 880
10. PalmOne Treo 650

National Belgian Day Dinner 2005 at Chambar in Vancouver – Podcast Comments Off

Take 6 “Bon Vivants” (K8, Roland, Boris, Kris, Colin, Arnaud) and set them loose at Chambar’s Belgian National Day Dinner and what do you get? Well some good insights, good fun and perhaps far too many zingers like “soul is the brevity of wit” :-) !

July 24, 2005

The Zen of White Balance Comments Off

The real purpose of white balance adjustment is to compensate for the color temperature of the prevailing light source so that your image will show accurate color. Whether you do so by making adjustments on your camera before you shoot or on your computer after you shoot, the objective is supposed to be the same. But rather than stopping there, let’s look at some other, more creative uses for white balance adjustment.

July 23, 2005

Misanthropy Art Gallery in Vancouver Closing Show Comments Off

Curators Celia King, Eben Bender, Everett Nolan and Mr. Brown
Stencils by Dead Empire (Nokin and the dark)

Community Business Minded Ness Comments Off

The community-business-minded-ness of the Bryght team was a refreshing surprise. They get community, they get business … and they know open source can be both.

Boris, Kris and some friends run Bryght, a Vancouver company that offers quick and dirty (plus almost-as-quick and very pretty) web sites based on the Drupal online community platform. Most small open source companies live off customization, set up or support fees. Not Bryght. They just set up your Drupal site in a flash, and then charge you for hosting by the month. In less than a year, they have 800+ sites and a rock-solid ‘beta’ product.

July 22, 2005

The Future of Publishing Conference Comments Off

Stop advertising, start doing!

The move from branding to blogging may be daunting for traditional advertisers, but it creates a myriad of exciting opportunities for forward-thinking business leaders, publishers, and people with a story to tell.

For decades, traditional mass media has been the best mechanism for connecting companies with consumers. However, as new media usurps mass media, traditional approaches to publishing and storytelling are no longer the only solution.

As publishing moves to new media platforms such as the Web and mobile phones, the ways that we connect with customers, colleagues, readers, and each other will continue to change. Tomorrow’s book publishers may choose to help students study for tests by sending sample test questions to their mobile phones and enabling virtual study groups, while at the same time those students are using the Web to publish their own study guides.

This shifting media landscape means that today’s leaders, educators, and communicators must re-examine their ability to connect with consumers, and look for new ways to reach people in an environment characterized by personal media platforms and one-to-one communication.

Portrait Photography Tips Comments Off

While I’m not a fan of celebrity-type magazines I am a fan of great portraiture and I must admit I did pick up an old edition of Practical Photography Magazine (May 2005) when I read the tagline,“Stunning Portraits of the Rich and Famous,” on the cover but only because that was followed up with these three words – by Nigel Parry.

I simply can’t hold it against Nigel Parry that his subjects are some of hollywood’s most elite. ( including Dustin Hoffman, Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Kiera Knightly, Renee Zellweger and the late Richard Harris.) I’ve tried. Really. But he’s just too good.

July 21, 2005

Champ, Krug, Powazek, Turingan Comments Off

“That’s not a law firm, nor a band. They are names, part of my four elements of photographic inspiration. ” Eric you’re awesome. Thx for making my day man.

July 19, 2005

SAJAX – Simple Ajax Toolkit Comments Off

Sajax is an open source tool to make programming websites using the Ajax framework — also known as XMLHTTPRequest or remote scripting — as easy as possible. Sajax makes it easy to call PHP, Perl or Python functions from your webpages via JavaScript without performing a browser refresh. The toolkit does 99% of the work for you so you have no excuse to not use it.i

Ajax Resources Comments Off

Here’s a small and no where near complete list of some ajax scripts and small ajax apps i’ve stumbled upon:

Usable Content Manifesto Comments Off

Here’s some awesome tips on web writing and site content from DKR.

What Usable Content Is

* Usable content is clear and easy to understand.
* Usable content can bridge gaps—things like language barriers, disability and cultural differences.
* Usable content is meaningful.
* Usable content makes the reader feel smart.
* Usable content is goal and audience appropriate.
* It’s thought-out, planned and constantly maintained.
* It’s fresh, light and lively.
* It’s content that is organized in a way that people understand and can get their mind around.
* It’s designed to be accessible.
* It’s reusable and shareable, readily available and easy to locate.
* It’s straightforward, open and honest and to the point.
* It encourages feedback and is engineered for conversation.
* It’s hard work, but worthy of the job.

What Usable Content Is Not

* Usable content is not clever, obtuse or misleading.
* It’s not marketing drivel, or bland branding messages.
* It’s not longwinded.
* It’s not written at the highest possible reading level.
* It’s doesn’t use “big words” unless they are needed.
* It’s not legalese.
* It’s not double talk.
* It’s not an afterthought.
* It’s not a mission statement.
* It’s not an org chart.
* It’s not self-centered.

July 18, 2005

Beyond Robson – the site for Vancouver Comments Off

In early August, Beyond Robson, a blog about Vancouver culture will launch and we’re looking for bloggers to join the team.

July 15, 2005

EventBlogging @ WebVisions 2005 in Portland Comments Off

I’ll be taking photos, aggregating, and blogging about WebVisions 2005 in Portland today.

Go check it out at:

http://2005.webvisionsevent.com/blog/

July 14, 2005

T Minus 7 Hours ‘Til WebVisions 2005 Comments Off

Will & Kris In PDX I don’t know if I should try to catch a few hours sleep or just stay up until registration starts at 7am. Anyway, Will posted first but here are a couple notes from our trip down….

+ The new Deep Dish kicks a whole lotta ass. I still like Deep Dish Toronto better though.

+ There aren’t many cops on I-5 south. I barely dropped below 90 MPH heading down here and no one seemed to mind.

+ The love affair between Americans and their cars is one I’ll never understand. Carpool lanes are empty and all the other lanes are bumper to bumper full of cars with one person inside.

+ I went into McDonalds today for the first time in months… only to go the bathroom. I didn’t even eat anything and I still felt gross after leaving. Will told me all about the chemicals they use to make shakes taste like strawberries.

+ Lee Lefever might be my long lost identical twin brother (either that or we’re the same model of Cylon).

+ UrbanOutfitters used to have the best clothes, for really cheap. Now they have the best clothes, but cost a ton!

+ Will Pate is Web 2.0.

+ Does anyone know where we can watch the new episode of Battlestar Galatica Season 2 at a pub or bar in Portland tommorow night? I’ll bring the geeks. You bring the TV and beer.

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