What’s going on?

As I’ve previously noted, Sean and I have been in Delaware for over a month now.  A major rush of accounts has come through over the course of the past few weeks and we feel as though the universe is trying to tell us something.  Ever since we made the choice to move down here and purchase a home, hundreds of emails are going back and forth on a regular basis with numerous different clients.  I personally have 5 sites to work on at the moment, and Sean’s got more to do than he can even think of.  I don’t know if this is because of our choice, proving to us that it is 100% possible to live down here and afford our own home, we really – really don’t know. Either way. We’re going crazy with work, and it…

It’s been…rough…

As previously noted, Sean and I are in Delaware for a “workation”.  We haven’t really gotten to enjoy very much being as our computers really don’t leave our sides unless we’re sleeping, even then they’re still on and downloading countless emails for the 6-8 hours (if we’re lucky) while we’re asleep.  We took some time to drive around down in the Rehoboth area (by his Mom) to do some house hunting.  Of course everyone that sparked my interest was in the $250k to $350k range.  The difference between looking down here at houses in that price range, and the quality of the house in New York would be $500k at least.  I’m looking at houses that in NY would typically be listed in the $850k range just based on the amount of property, the quality of the house, and the…

Up and running!

It took about a year for me to get back up and running, but I’m happy to say that AcidGloss.net is back! The theme is up, and some content has been loaded in.  Over the course of the next couple weeks I’ll be blogging (a lot more), and hopefully able to get this domain back to where it used to be. There will be sponsored posts, but I’ll be sure to keep them limited so that it doesn’t take away from everything else.  I figured a very simple CSS design would keep everything flowing.  Eventually I’d like to turn this into more of a magazine kind of setup but for the being I’m very happy with the result and moving forward with it. The last few years took me away from the internet due to landing myself a very crappy…

WordPress Plugins with jQuery – Five To Know

jQuery is one of the wonders of the modern design world, enabling for the creation of hyper-impressive animations and interactions. Couple it with the power of WordPress and you’ve got a whopper of a duo to achieve some amazing effects. In today’s Design and Development Digest, let’s look at five WordPress plugins that add some jQuery interactivity to your site that you should know. WP Sponsor Flip Wall is a plugin using jQuery and CSS for creating boxes that flip when clicked by the user. The plugin provides administrators a way to upload and crop images, and add custom text for the reverse side of the image. (See image below) Announcement Bar is a very new plugin (just a few hundred downloads at the moment) that adds a jQuery file to WordPress that will position a fixed bar at the top…

Google +1 Reporting with Webmaster Tools

Last week was a busy one for Google, and summer vacationing Webmasters may have missed the global release of +1 buttons to Google search sites, as well as the introduction of the Google+ project. Both are key elements to Google’s social networking initiative, designed to compete directly with Facebook by making it easier for users to connect with friends and colleagues online. The +1 button aims to bring recommendations from friends and trusted contacts into actual Google searches – potentially giving it similar weight for marketers as the Facebook Like button. Google may make up for being late to the party by providing the kinds of analytics that marketers have been yearning for in the social space. Late last week, the company released a number of reports within Google Webmaster Tools that will show website owners the actual value that…

Charset Checkup (HTML5)

HTML5 is revolutionizing nearly every facet of Web work – from applications to layout/design. It’s importance to search engine optimization is also something to note. Website Magazine’s upcoming August issue tackles the subject of structured data but what we quickly found was that there’s much more going on that Web workers (particularly those in SEO) should definitely be aware of – for example, the meta charset tag in HTML5. Character encoding tells the browser what character set the web page is written in. Failure to specify a character set forces the browser to assume that the web page uses a default one. If the browser is read this information wrong, the page may be displayed incorrectly. Let’s do a “charset” checkup and show how to set charset in HTML5. If you’ve spent anytime designing web pages (or SEO’ing them) then…

Inspration Required.

Work has been going pretty well lately, it’s proving to be a bit difficult on my inspiration though. I have the stamina to complete the tasks I have, there’s no question about that. The issue is where I’m unable to come up with ANYTHING for the new clients coming in that hasn’t been done before. I know there are some very creative people out there but it’s one of those situations where once you’ve seen it done before, you know it’s wrong to go out of your way to recreate it and then pass it off as your own. Of course, there is an exception to the rule. If a client asks you to recreate a template that they liked (paid or free, or just on someone else’s website) then you have to do what the client wants – without…

Happy August

While it’s only about 1:30 in the morning, it’s officially August.  July went by rather quickly.  I’m still in New York, I’m still searching for a job and I’m still working on straightening out my head so I can figure out exactly what I’m going to do with my life.  Numerous family members are sick, and while Sean and I have been at my father’s house this entire time, my father doesn’t seem bothered by the fact that we’ve both been here for as long as we have.  We’re hoping to figure things out as soon as possible but of course that requires some kind of a call-back from any of the positions I’ve applied for. Today was pretty busy for me.  I put in a lot of applications and I spent about six hours (straight – no breaks) working…

Patiently Waiting

I’ve been pretty busy for the past couple of days, mainly with work.  I’m working on a new site now that’s proving to be a bit more difficult to code than I’d originally thought it would.  I’m working on another template that’s so beyond my experience it’s unreal.  I’ve been able to get somewhere with it, I’ve just never had to use so many div layers to accomplish everything. On top of that, I’m waiting to hear from at least ONE of the jobs I’ve recently applied to.  I’m waiting on about 7 design positions and a few clerical ones as well, the biggest being one at the Hospital.  Even though it’s per-diem (call you when they need you) if you have your foot in the door and have your shit together, then you’ll more than likely be on their…

Upgrades

Thanks to Fantastico finally being upgraded on the servers, I’m now using WordPress 2.5.1.  It only took about 10 seconds to upgrade but that’s the beauty of auto-install programs.  With the upgrade came updates for about 20 of the 35+ plugins that this domain uses.  Thankfully everything is automatic there too so what I thought was going to be a daunting task of downloading all of the .ZIPs and then uploading manually – it was actually quite simple and only required the click of a mouse.  That’s always a good thing. I’m in the process of updating my portfolio.  I have my resume updated but I need to get a few images pasted into my portfolio so hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish that sometime within the next hour or so.  I have to send out my resume to three…