Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts
Shot taken while taking a casual walk in a nearby park. I always loved these flowers, but never looked at them with a low sun.

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The Disappearance of Header Images

If you're expecting a tutorial or something "trendy" or "up-to-date", you will be disappointed. This is just a [very late] observation post.

Do you remember the Internet of ten years ago? I do. That's when I was in College, learning design, Web development, basic project management... those were the days.

Something I haven't done in years because of my previous role at work is just analyzing the Websites I regularly browse in various ways (design, presentation, navigation, structure, etc). While I never stopped browsing the Web, I never just sat down and analyse what was loaded in my Web browser. Ten years ago, Website headers contained several or one important image that delivered a message or supported the corporate image of the organisation or company. How long ago have these pretty much disappeared?

This change in trend (and, let's face it, Web Usability) is both a Godsend and a challenge from a design perspective. Yes, our dashboard is much simpler and more minimalist... but how do we brand that header? Fun stuff!

What the heck...?

When did I learn to do rolls on the Irish Whistle? I just did a roll on E (cut above, tap below). I think I just broke a progression wall!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Why I Cannot Watch Teletoon Anymore...

Well, the flu didn't kill me. There are still traces of it at home, Stéphanie caught it bad too.

About a year ago I got digital cable at home. One of the things I liked the most was having Teletoon, but mostly Teletoon Retro. About that time, Stéphanie also shared a Webcomic she'd been reading for a few months called Least I Could Do.

If you're somewhat close to me, you know that one of my biggest pet-peeve is Intellectual Property (IP) Theft. Being a musician, designer (Web, graphic, and multimedia) and photographer, I am very sensitive to the issue. This is where everything turns to shit...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I have a fever...

...and it's not Saturday night's!

Oh the joys of being sick...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Seed of Music

It's official, I've been through an amazing [school] year at Espace TourneSol. All that remain is the end-of-year show this Sunday.

We're working out a set for the Bodhrán group class with the an amazing guest musician and a special spotlight (no spoilers for now).

Speaking of Bodhrán, I have upgraded from a student-quality Walton's Bodhrán to a real handmade Bodhrán from Brendan White. It is such an amazing difference to play with a quality instrument. In a way, I have to re-learn how to play.