The Boston T Party
I attended my first TypeCon last summer. This year, as luck would have it, the conference is happening August 9-13th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Boston. They’ve got an interim website up (by Boston’s Stolze Design) with more in the works for later this month.read more:
Where's the data?
There is a wealth of information on the web, presented in many cases by an impressive set of well-designed websites that enable a casual user to find and interpret the data easily. However, most websites only present the 'presentation layer' of the data to a user, i.e., rendered HTML. Very few websites allow direct access to the data behind the presentation layer. Some do an admirable job. Amazon offers Amazon Web Services
, allowing third parties to build completely new storefronts on top of Amazon. InfoWorld's headlines are available as RSS feeds
, allowing integration of the data into another website or application. However, for the most part, access to the raw data behind the web pages is not available, and people rely on screen scrapers, such as HTML Scraper
to try to gain access to the data.read more:
Building a Wine Finder website
An ongoing project of mine has been to create a 'wine finder' website. This will allow people to search for wine using a variety of methods. Example queries might be 'What wines are produced that contain Cabernet Pfeffer?', 'Which wineries produced a Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah in 1998?' or 'What wines that received a 90+ rating in both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator are available online for < $30?'. To support queries like this, I needed to create a relational database to store information about wine.This seems fairly straightforward at first. The 2000 Franciscan Oakville Estate Chardonnnay Napa Valley
has 4 data elements - the vintage (2000), the producer/brand (Franciscan Oakville Estate), the varietals used (Chardonnay), and the appellation (Napa Valley). However, things can get a bit more complicated.(continued...)read more:
International Herald Tribune: Quirky serifs aside, Georgia fonts win on Web. The thesis of the article is that, because of its use in some fairly high profile redesigns (the New York Times website among others), the font Georgia is undergoing a comeback. A slim thread on which to hang an article, particularly when you consider that Georgia has been the font of this blog since at least its redesign in January 2004 (the original custom CSS design used Verdana or Helvetica, depending on availability, as my old stylesheet reveals).
It is sad, as Dave Shea at Mezzoblue notes, that there is practically speaking only a pool of eight or nine fonts through which we can rotate for web typography. In this vein, I have to go back and give Hakon Lie partial credit for at least trying to move the ball forward on web typography, as wrongheaded as he was about the business model implications of what he proposed.read more:
New Releases for March 8th
There's a new Tiny Showcase
If I hadn't been spending all of my free time on the new site, I would have told you about these new releases: 50 Cent's Massacre
, 50 Ft. Wave's Golden Ocean
, Ash's Meltdown
, Boom Bip's Blue Eyed In The Room
, Decibully's Sing Out America
,Kasabian's debut (read Leslie
), The Kills No Wow
, Paint It Black's Paradise
and Sam Prekop Who's Your New Professor
. The last one was my personal pick of the week - Paul
's got a review on 75 or Less
I forgot to me mention it last week, but The Rutles 2 came out on DVD. We're about to wrap up the contest - get yourself signed up.
Here's a true store about Ash's old record label, Kinetic. They once begged me for months on end to run a contest. I'm serious - they sent me a weekly email like "We love your site and we would do anything to set up a promo with you." They eventually came up with a contest that was really cool. The prize was great - limited edition, signed - everything that makes a nice prize. They told me they would send me the prize after the contest was over. They, of course, never did. Wouldn't respond to my emails, wouldn't acknowlege that I was alive. Very classy move. So I became bitter and vowed never to trust anyone in the music industry (well, except for the good guys - you know who you are) ever again and started an art website. The end.read more:
My new website
I've got a confession to make
The lack of updates on this site is not entirely due to the fact that I've been working like crazy.
Somewhere towards mid-February, I was sitting in a long, semi-drawn-out meeting when this crazy vision popped into my head.
Now, ideas like this pop into my brain all the time. More often than not they involve insurance scams. I usually dismiss them within ten minutes. This one wouldn't go away though - partially due to the fact that I was stuck in a meeting with nothing else to think about, but mostly because I got the feeling that this was a genuinely great idea. It stuck with me and wouldn't go away.So, I started coding. Code code and more code. And, as I kept writing code, the project seemed to make more and more sense.
I've gotten to the point where I'm almost there - I can see the end product and I'm feeling pretty good about it. So, I've decided to set a project launch date.I am telling you this partially to evoke interest in my new website, but also to keep myself on track. I've integrated a journal so you can see how I'm doing.
Tiny Showcase launches March 1st, 2005. I hope you'll like it.read more:
New Releases for February 15th
Five for February 15th
has already stated, it's tough concentrating on this week's releases when next week looks so massively promising. Here are a few notables though. If none of them catch your eye, check out the Rutles 2 DVD giveaway we just kicked off (for those of you who are reading this via RSS, you're gonna need to open the website in an actual browser - sorry).
- Camper Van Beethoven - Discotheque: Live Chicago I'm not really sure why I chose this disc to link. Most of their stuff is available for download via archive.org.
- Dread Leppelin - Chickens And Ribs I know the joke should be old by now, but it still cracks me up. It features a guest appearance by Billy Zoom.
- Mahi Mahi - Remove Your Body This came out a few weeks ago and I forgot to mention it. I always bitch about the music scene in Providence, but when someone releases an album, I forget to write about it on the site. Sorry about that.
- They Might Be Giants - Here Come The ABCs Speaking of children's music, have you seen the Pancake Mountain site? I've probably already linked it, but the Fiery Furnaces "Mouse House, Moose Hoose" clip is too crazy to not mention several times.
- Wedding Present - Take Fountain I wanted this album to be absolutely amazing, but I'm having trouble getting into it. I'm gonna give it a few more tries - I can sense that there's some great material hidden in there.
CMC Sound Adventures receives Applied Arts design award
The CMC website Sound Adventures has received Applied Arts magazine's best information and educational site award in its Advertising & Design Annual. Canadian Music Centre is recognized for its work on Sound Adventure, an educational web site designed in collaboration with ecentricarts.This year, the Applied Arts Advertising & Design Annual celebrates its 14th year and status as Canada's most prestigious design competition. The annual competition receives thousands of entries from Canada, the U.S. and beyond, in six main categories: advertising, design, tv/video, editorial designand digitalmedia. An international expert panel of 30 judges decided winners. The Annual is available now on selected newsstands in Canada and the U.S.and online at www.appliedartsmag.com.read more:
Play Rachel Stevens
The lovely Rachel Stevens, formerly from S Club, has added a new game on her official website for her new single So Good. Play the memory game at:www.rachelstevensofficial.comread more:
Northern Chamber Orchestra Concert
Wednesday 26th November 2003 at 7.30pm Bowdon Rooms, The Firs, Bowdon, Manchester.
The Northern Chamber Orchestra, led by its Artistic Director Nicholas Ward, will perform Alan Bush's English Suite for String Orchestra in Manchester on 26th November, in a programme of music for strings spanning 200 years. Formed in 1967, the NCO has a formidable reputation throughout the North West of England. Playing without a conductor, the ensemble members are all distinguished musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists.
In 1994 the NCO recorded Bush's English Suite - one of his more important works - on a CD for Redcliffe Recordings, Music by Alan Bush. You can listen to the Passacaglia movement on the Listen section of the website.
Mozart: Divertimento in F
Rossini: String Sonata no 2 in A
£12 Adults, £5 Concessions (Students, Children and Unwaged)
NCO Box Office 0161 247 2220 read more:
Create a Google Sitemap
Learn how to create and submit a Google Sitemap for your website.read more:
Why have a website?
Many companies throughout the world today are operating their business with no website. When the internet keeps moving forward and advancing, your business needs to advance as well. If companies do not own or operate an online business as well as a physical business, they will lose out on sales and additional profits.read more:
5 Reasons Why Headlines Are Crucial To Your Website's Success
How to sell more of anything via effective, cheap, useful, fruitful and intelligent advertising. Specific strategies to increase your sales in any type of business, online or off, without spending a fortune on copywriting.read more:
7 Steps to Set Your Website on the Fast Track to Success
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Let's Design A Website That Sells
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Top Five Reasons to do a Website Redesign
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Use Creative Tools for Effective Website Redesigns
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Want a Simple Way to Save Time and Money?
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Do You Have a Website Strategy?
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Three Steps to a Great Website
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Evaluating Website Accessibility
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Dive Into Accessibility
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Being the Head of Web Services isn?t All Tech
So of people might forget from reading my blog that web design isn’t all about tech. In fact, some days for me are very low tech or no tech oriented. Thursday and Friday of this week were like that because we are working on a header/banner for the Libraries website face lift.In many respects [...]read more:
Drupal's New Server
With the new release of Drupal 4.5.0 not too long ago and an elegant theme to match, the aging server was coming under a lot of stress. The Drupal website experienced a large increase in popularity with more than 10.000 visitors per day and 70GB of traffic/month.Now they have migrated to a new server and they're happy as all get-out. I would be too.read more:
Is cloaking the holy grail of SEO?
Cloaking obviously works. Should you use it for your website and what should you do to get high rankings on Google, Yahoo and other important search engines?read more:
How to succeed with search engine optimization
Much has happened to search engine optimization in the last years. It has become much more difficult to get high rankings for a website. However, it's still possible to get your website at the top of the list if you do the right things.read more:
Can grammar and spelling influence your Google rankings?
There's a new theory that Google might also consider the grammar and spelling mistakes on your web pages. What does this mean to your website?read more:
Can too many links hurt your website?
Many webmasters are unsure if too many links can hurt their website rankings. Others think that links to a brand-new site might be a spam indicator. How many links are good for a website? Should you wait before getting links to your site?read more:
Why has your website been dropped from Google?
Has your website been dropped from Google and you don't know why? There are a number of factors that can get your website banned on Google. In this article, we'll tell you why your website can be banned from Google and what you can do to get listed on Google.read more:
Is Google manually influencing its search results?
Google pays people from all over the world $10 - $20 per hour to check Google search results every day. What does this mean to your website?read more:
Google's Sitemaps service and your website
Last week, Google released its new Google Sitemaps service. Despite the name, Google Sitemaps is not a tool that creates sitemaps for your website. Google Sitemaps is another way to submit your web pages to Google. How can your website benefit from this service?read more:
How your firewall can destroy your search engine rankings
Poorly configured firewalls can block search engine spiders. If you use the wrong configuration, Google, Yahoo, MSN Search and others might not index your website.read more:
What the Google patent means for SEO
We summarize the most important parts of the patent specification in this issue so that you have a quick overview about how Google might rank your website according to this patent.read more:
Google ranking secrents revealed - Part 3
Google has recently filed a patent that details many points that Google uses to rank web pages. This article series discusses Google ranking secrets that have been revealed in that report. This time: how links to your website and their changes can affect your rankings.read more:
How long does it take to get listed in Google?
If your website is not listed in Google although Googlebot regularly visits your website, this article can help you.read more:
How to get out of Google's sandbox
If your website has good rankings on Yahoo, MSN and other search engines but not on Google, it's likely that your website has been put into Google's sandbox. What can you do to get out of it?read more:
Do reciprocal links still work?
Rumor has it that reciprocal links are not as effective as one way links. Some people in online discussion forums claim that one way links from a website to another site work far better than reciprocal links. Is this true and what do you have to do about this?read more:
Is your website dependend on Google?
Yahoo and MSN have made significant gains against Google. They can send a considerable amount of targeted visitors to your website. This article helps you to benefit from this search engines trend.read more:
How to avoid click fraud
Click fraud is becoming a major problem for online advertisers. If you advertise your website on pay per click search engines such as Overture or Google AdWords, chances are that you pay way too much for your clicks.read more:
How to get your website into Yahoo!
All you need to know to get your website into Yahoo's search engine results. Learn how Yahoo's spider works and why it is important to be listed in Yahoo.read more:
Use RSS feeds to improve your link popularity
Although these little orange RSS images look very inconspicuous, they can help you to improve the link popularity of your website.read more:
Should you buy text links?
Many text link broker websites have appeared on the Internet. These websites allow you to rent links from other websites on a monthly basis. Is this something you should consider for your website? What can you expect from these text links?read more:
How to fake Google PageRank numbers
Recently, a new technique of faking the PageRank number of a website has become popular. For example, a rather dubious adult website managed to get a PageRank of 10.read more:
Why valid HTML code is important to your website
Many webmasters overlook a very important aspect of website promotion: the validity of the HTML code.read more:
Compare your website to your competitors
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How does your website compare to your competitors? Does your website has more incoming links? How much traffic do your competitors get?The new version 3.0 of the freeware tool Link Popularity Check helps you to get the answers quickly and easily.read more:
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