Month: March 2009

Top 10 WordPress Plugins – Updated

Not available in stores...the WordPress Plugin Bar <tm>

Not available in stores...the WordPress Plugin Bar

For this week’s Web Design Wednesday segment, I’m going to revisit a post I wrote about back in August, but a lot of stuff has changed in the seven months since I first wrote it.  For one thing I’m about 100 times more comfortable in WordPress than I was seven months ago.  For another I’ve totally swapped out my old WordPress Plugins for newer better ones.

For another thing, I’ve learned how to build my own plugins.

So this is my latest and most updatedest listing of best plugins for WordPress.  These are all what I consider “manditory” for a new WordPress install. Continue Reading

My comics pull list for March 2009

Comics and TPB's

Comics and TPB's

It’s a brand new month, which means I have to look forward into the future and see what future me will want to be reading comic wise.  I’ve consulted with the bones, and here’s what I’ve found.  As always my Pull List for the comics I get from All New Comics – where not only am I a client, but I’m also a co-owner, can be viewed right here in the About Me section. Continue Reading

How my social media circle works

My Social Media sites

My Social Media sites

I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr, Xbox Live, YouTube, and probably a bunch more social media sites that I can’t even think about right now.  There are two big problems with these disparate services.  1: How do you update them so that they don’t seem stale, and 2: How do you aggregate them so that people don’t have to go to 20 different sites to figure out what you’re doing.

All of these services have one use to me.   Driving traffic to places that I want traffic driven to.  Right now those places are my blog, and All New Comics.  What I learn from my social media experiment will be applied to what I do in my day job, but right now I’m still in the “discovery mode”.

About six months ago I got serious about figuring a way to make all of these things play together and I think I’ve mostly figured it out. Continue Reading

What it’s like to have kids

Kaylin and Maks

Kaylin and Maks

Charlene sent me an article recently on what it’s like to be a stay at home mom, and it got me thinking, I’ve figured out a lot of little analogies that help put some perspective on what it’s like to have little kids rolling around the house.

Most of the people I work with are in a similar point in their lives, some are ahead of me with older kids, some are still at different points, pre-kids, some pre-marriage.  Today isn’t bad, but it’s different.  We look back on our lives and wonder “what the heck did we do?”, we used to wake up when we woke up, go to bed when we went to bed, spend money when we felt like it, and we always had money (usually more than we could spend).  We’d buy little things and big things for ourselves, and never really think about dropping two hundred bucks on dinner and a movie (two hundred bucks???  Really???  That’s like a WEEK’s worth of groceries WITH DIAPERS!).

But here we are.  The here and now.  It’s a different world.

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I watched the Watchmen

Dr Manhattan from Watchmen

Dr Manhattan from Watchmen

Today Char and I got to catch a matinee of Watchmen, and it was…

Watchmen, for those of you who don’t know is the adaptation of a 12 issue mini-series produced by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in 1987 (and available on All New Comics as a softcover and hardcover edition).  It is about big ideas, treating comic book superheroes as if they were in a real world setting, and the changes that would happen to history if this were the case. Continue Reading

Who mourns the media dinosaurs?

The Media Dinosaurs

The Media Dinosaurs

On Friday the Rocky Mountain News closed shop for good.  This was one of two major newspapers in the Denver area, and was a few days shy of its 150th birthday.  This is a paper that was founded before the civil war, had tons of history, and a terrific reputation.  What’s saddest is that hundreds of people who worked for the Rocky Mountain News and the businesses that supported it will now be out of jobs in one of the toughest economies in decades.

This was not unpredictable, nor was it unsuspected, and this is just the beginning.  The big comet called “New Media” fell to the earth about 12 years ago, clouding over the sun of Old Media, and here we are a decade later, the Old Media Ice Age is beginning, and the dinosaurs are falling over, while the mammals scurry to find better shelter.

This is The Way Things Are Meant To Be. Continue Reading