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Working notes — shipping photography.chuqui.com

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015
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It’s been three weeks since my last set of working notes, and I announced that photography.chuqui.com has gone live a couple of days ago. If that seems like it happened a lot sooner than I implied it would, you’d be right. As it turned out, the content migration and editing went a lot faster than expected. I identified about 80 blog posts that belonged on the new site and about 8-10 longer articles. When I reviewed the blog posts, I decided about 35 of them weren’t worth migrating and deleted them. The rest got exported out...

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Photography.chuqui.com launches! Come check it out.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015
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Last night I finished setting up the content on the new photography.chuqui.com site and so I’m now officially launching it. Time to go and check it out. My introductory note about the site is here. If you follow this site via my twitter or Google+ feeds, you’ll get updates on new content on that site in those places as well. If you subscribe to my RSS feed or my posting mailing list, you’ll need to subscribe to the new site as well. I do plan to post notes here about new content (most likely as part of Three Dot Lounge to...

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I’m in Birdwatcher’s Digest

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015
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Just a quick note to let folks know that I have an article reprinted in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Birdwatcher’s Digest. They’re reprinting my piece on Getting Started in Bird Photography — Choose Your Weapons. Thrilled to see this finally in print and able to talk about it! Because we’ve been working on Cisco Live Milan, not much time for using the camera, but with the show starting up now, I think I may start having more free time (at least until we get into heavy planning for Cisco Live in San Diego in June). I...

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Working Notes — finishing details in the header and footer

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015
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My original plan this weekend was to get some projects done and get out and do some birding. Between the weather and some unspecified other complications, I ended up digging into the site and working on some of the theme details instead. Most of the work was involving trying to figure out how to customize the theme to solve some problems in my preferred design. If you look at my main site I don’t use a sidebar, but instead put the usual sidebar content down in the footer. That’s also where I place a block for the Amazon affiliate...

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Working Notes — what you see is sort of what you get….

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015
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Time to work on this has been limited, but I’ve continued to try to push forward where I can. The focus the last few days has been to finalize the core design and validate it against real content. They key pieces of design are now, I think, done. Behold the new front page. The main menu has been changed a bit (and may change in minor ways still). The colors have changed in minor but significant ways (more on that in a second), and you can see that the images now have the title captioned in. In fact, the title is part of the actual image...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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