Archive for the ‘General’ Category

You Get What You Pay For

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

An obvious issue when explaining how much a website will cost is that most people aren’t familiar with the process. Many people don’t realize there are different ways to build websites and significant differences between solutions depending on a site’s features.

I often get asked simply, “How much do you charge for a website?” Which is virtually impossible for me to answer without gathering details about what the client… Continue reading.


Why Hire a Professional Web Designer?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

In his article In Defence of Eye Candy Stephen P. Anderson cites a 2002 study that found “the ‘appeal of the overall visual design of a site, including layout, typography, font size, and color schemes,’ is the number one factor we use to evaluate a website’s credibility”. 

That alone should make people with poorly designed websites shake in their boots! Continue reading.


Love Connection – 2006

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Video, 15:42 min.
Synopsis: At first Rob is angered by the invasion of his best friends’s new girlfriend, but as he watches his friend Sean, transform from playboy to boy-toy he starts to wonder if more sinister powers are at play. Continue reading.


Giving Mr and Mrs Hypnotist a facelift

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Screenshot of new Mr and Mrs Hypnotist websiteI recently gave Mr and Mrs Hypnotist a facelift. Well, not Mr and Mrs Hypnotist themselves, just their website. Mr and Mrs Hypnotist are a husband and wife team consisting of Paul Irving and Beth Bovaird. They put on a live show involving Beth’s skills as a hypnotist and Paul’s as a comedian… Continue reading.


Kim Gibbons Mortgage Superhero site

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Mortgage Superhero site imageI just completed some updates on Kim Gibbons’ Your Mortgage Superhero website and I found myself reading a few of her articles when I should have been working (naturally, I turned off the clock while reading). She has some very useful information for those who are curious about the upcoming HST… Continue reading.


Some orphaned designs

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Click to see larger versionOne of the pitfalls of being a freelancer is that, on occasion, you run into situations where it’s necessary to do some work to get some work.

By that I mean, you have to attend meetings, prepare design sketches and present them to a client all before being paid a penny. Some times this pays off and some times it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, you find yourself in possession of “orphans”, designs that are doomed to walk the earth, never fully realized and unattached to a project.

This is the story of just such a scenario and the designs that resulted. Continue reading.


Life after 40

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I have found that, since turning forty, it’s become a lot harder to keep on top of all the hair that’s suddenly sprouting up all over my body. It’s like some sort of late-onset puberty. This post demonstrates a typical scenario. Continue reading.


My Life in Music – “The Monkees Collection Incident”

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I avoided jumping onto the list bandwagon thinking that it was too self-promotional and oozed with, as my wife put it, “Oh, look at me! I have such interesting and eclectic tastes!” Until a friend from my OCA days tagged me on her 15 Albums list and I found I agreed with an astonishing number of her choices. Despite my misgivings, I started to ruminate on albums that somehow made a difference in my life. As luck would have it, this blog has been sitting here begging me for content for some time now so I’ve decided to just start writing about music in my life and see where it goes. I should be able to avoid appearing “interesting and eclectic” as there are some records that had profound effects on me but which I would hardly classify as artistic masterpieces or even listen to today. Having said that, these albums were once important to me and shaped my growth as a wannabe rock star. Continue reading.


“It Steals Your Money!” – part 2

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Just for fun I ran the Russian text of the spam in my last entry through Google Translate to see if I could get a better idea of what it read.  The result was much more natural in tone but I still don’t know what the spammer was trying to achieve.  The Google translation was as follows: Continue reading.


“It Steals Your Money!”

Friday, February 6th, 2009

It Steals Your Money ImageThis arrived in my inbox a few minutes ago. The text is in Russian so I had it translated with Babel Fish.  The results made me chuckle. Continue reading.