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Tunecore vs Record Union

Record Union

I’ve been releasing albums to iTunes and other digital stores for many years and I’ve historically used Tunecore’s service to aggregate my music. Over the past couple years, I have found their incremental changes intolerable and started seeking a new service to push my label’s music through. I did a ton of searching around and ultimately decided to give Record Union a shot...

First Websites Part Two: Killdevil Studios

Killdevil Studios

Besides my band website, my first major independent project was Killdevil Studios. It is now defunct and we lost control of the domain back in 2001 or so. Killdevil Studios is entirely the predecessor of Bottle Imp Productions, the small record label I manage currently. Killdevil Studios was put together by me and my band-mate Sean Kent back in the mid 1990s, probably 1996 or 1997. We put it...

IE9 Placeholder Solution

Because I largely build independent websites I don’t usually fret over supporting out-dated browsers, in particular, Internet Explorer. Working with my current firm, it is a bit more necessary since we’re building things for marketing purposes and naturally, you lose a lot of important leads not supporting them. IE9 is really turning into the new IE6 for me, its really obnoxious the...

First Websites: Skinny Puppy Central

Skinny Puppy Central

One of the first web sites I helped contribute to was Skinny Puppy Central, a fan site dedicated to the band Skinny Puppy. I was a regular contributor to the mail list back in the day and the original author, MagerValp, wanted to give up the site due to time. So I picked it up and hosted it for a while before I passed it onto SKUMM. I’m honestly a little surprised this site still exists. It...

Retro Fitness Homepage

Retro Fitness

Because the Retro Fitness homepage was not something I conceived and designed from scratch, I am hesitant to include it in my portfolio. At this point, the design is 90% my concept, but there were severe structural and time restrictions I had to adhere to to prevent it from being a representative creative work. I was not able to build this site from scratch. My firm had someone else build an...

WordPress theme for bands, Rebuilding My Site

I am rebuilding the website for my music project, Life Toward Twilight. I manage all of my websites with WordPress, and slowly have been focusing on using Bootstrap on all of them.  Since I am making a fully functional band website, I wanted to keep in mind functionality that would be good for any WordPress theme for bands, in case I want to replicate the functionality for someone else. My Goals...

Moved to the Phoenix, AZ area

Was offered an interesting full time contracting position with a business an old friend of mine works for in Scottsdale, AZ. Move away from a place that is perpetually grey to a place that is perpetually sunny. Took them up on the offer, packed up and headed west. Laborious three day drive, managing pets, etc. Arrived, took a week to recuperate and am in the office this week. Building out...

Quick Movie Reviews for July 2012

The Dark Night Rises – Difficult to review without saying “ZOMG THIS IS AWESOME”. Let’s face it: if you’re reading my blog, you’ve probably watched it anyway. Bane was terrifying, Catwoman was portrayed convincingly despite the struggle, historically, for the Batman series to treat her seriously. Michael Caine should get a support actor Oscar. Nolan gracefully...

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