Posts by chuq

New Years Resolutions Considered Harmful

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015

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(let me admit up front I’m playing devil’s advocate here… you’ve been warned) I’ve had this conversation with multiple people this year. When asked what my new years resolutions are, I’ve told them I’m not doing them any more. My explanation: New Years Resolutions are inherently waterfall, and I’ve moved to a continuous development project management style. For the non-geeks, let me explain in real english (the geeks are probably laughing their butts off right now): For the last number of years, I’ve found myself shifting away from making...

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Working Notes: building out the design

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015

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Had a few days where I couldn’t work on the project much, but I spent some time on it this weekend to push it forward another step. One unexpected change: I woke up Saturday morning to find my that brain had been having a discussion with itself overnight about the FYC site, and whether I really had the cycles and motivation to keep things fresh and build content for it reliably. The decision of this internal oversight committee was that I don’t. And in thinking about it, that’s correct. For at least the next year, much as I’d like to build out that part of my content...

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The Apple CES Media Overlay and the leaked 12″ Macbook Air rumors

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015

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If it’s time for CES, there’s one thing seemingly guaranteed every year now, it’s that some kind of Apple News will come out, and as one media person I follow noted, “Suck the air out of CES”. Sometimes Apple’s released a product or issued a press release, but even when it doesn’t, people know it’s a good time for a rumor to come out and get played with. Some of this is simply that the media knows the public will pay attention to Apple news, even weird and obscure rumors — and I think some of media types that don’t go to CES use...

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Working Notes – Site Architecture and connections

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015

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What I’ve been doing since the last update includes a couple of things — continuing to dig into WordPress Themes and making preliminary decisions on them (done!) and starting to build out the architecture of this thing so I know both what content I plan to go where and how I need to interconnect them, and what content is being sucked in or pushed out from other services. For things like this I use a mind map (click through for a larger version) There are four sites in the combined setup now: www (replacing the existing www.chuqui.com), fyc (the review system), photos (the...

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Working Notes: The Gallery Front Page design and Rethinking Photoshelter

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015

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One of the tasks last night was to spend some time going more in-depth on Photoshelter and dig into the design and presentation of some of the sites they promote as well as some other sites I found that use their service. As I was going through it, I noticed that the blogs of the sites I really liked weren’t hosting on Photoshelter but were separate. Lindsay Adler, for instance, is a WordPress blog — not obvious at first look because whoever built that did a nice integration. One that does use the Photoshelter system to blog is Robin Moore, which looks fine to me. Of the sites...

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