Useful Web links

Link round up

The number of open tabs on my browser is ridiculously high so it’s time for another link-blog post!

Web development

PHP Storm
Help Your Website Sell More: 11 Overlooked Page Elements That Drive Online Sales Related to Element #8 (Page Loading Speed) in the previous link, Dial-up Internet still a reality for many Canadians. Developers, don’t completely discount dial-up access users.
Heroku.com – Development right on the cloud. I want to learn mooooaaar!
Skillcrush.com – Learn stuff daily! It’s not exactly high-level stuff but, like one of those daily calendars, it’s nice to get little refreshers on a daily basis.
Browserstack.com – Live web-based cross browser testing
TheToolBox.cc – A collection of the best time-saving apps, tools, and widgets from around the web.
CSS Selectors – a very nice way to illustrate what CSS selectors are and how they work.

SEO

A Simple Step by Step Guide to SEO
How to protect your Google Analtyics from hacking

WordPress

The 12 Essential #WordPress Plugins That EVERY #BLOGGER NEEDS – There’s a few on there I haven’t tried yet! Exciting!
QueryPosts.com – better WordPress code reference

Business

5 must-have tools to help you run your small business – I have nothing but good feels for MailChimp. If it is in good company on this list, I need to check out the other recommendations.
Have you heard about the world’s longest invoice? If you haven’t, it’s a Web site where freelancers can add their unpaid invoices to a running sum of how much money freelancers have been bilked out of. As of my writing this post, they’re up to over $15 MILLION dollars in unpaid invoices! PaymentTab.com is a way to combat the deadbeat client. They run a ‘pay and download’ service where you: 1. create an invoice 2. upload your work 3. send a pay and download link to your client and when they pay they can download deliverables. Payments are negotiated via PayPal.

Social Media

CuratorsCode.orga suggested system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, celebrating authors and creators, and also respecting those who discover and amplify their work.

Writing

Writer’s Cramp: In the E-Reader Era, a Book a Year Is Slacking – I’m doomed. DOOOMED! Then again, I wouldn’t mind writing short stories to supplement the novels I write. Will write. Am writing. *cough*

Which brings me to, 25 Reasons you should quit writing. Chuck Wendig never fails to amuse.

Self Improvement

The best place on the web to learn anything, free.
Thirty minutes a day – using spaced presentation to retain knowledge.

Comics

DC’s new gay character will be ‘major,’ ‘iconic’ — and apparently male – Does there need to be huge publicity about this? Maybe I’m silly but I, naturally, assumed the sexuality of superheros naturally reflects that of the general population and there’s just as many queer heros and villains as there are non-heroes and non-villains. Although, I could see wearing tights and fighting with and against super muscley dudes and tough ladies as attracting a certain segment of the queer and powered population to super-heroing/villaining.

Music

Estelle featuring Janelle Monae – Do my thing My favourite song of the month!

Useful Web links

The Last Copy of my Mini-comic

I was at Happy Harbor Comics yesterday, checking out the new location and cleaning out my file, when I wandered by the local-creator section and saw this:

The last copy of my mini-comic Laleeloo
The last copy of my mini-comic, Laleeloo

…the last copy of my mini-comic, Laleeloo.

It’s probably been sitting there for, what, two years now? Three years? God bless you, Jay, for using up valuable display space for my little comic!

What is IN that mini-comic that makes it such a popular purchase?

  1. A comic about a bōsōzoku boy who ate too much cheese
  2. Subversive Animal Crossing 4-koma comics involving a stalker anteater
  3. Other random comics. (C’mon, it’s been a few years since I last read through it!)

So, how about this… if you buy the very last, first edition, probably never gonna be made into a physical copy again, copy of Laleeloo from Happy Harbor, tweet me a photo of you with it and I’ll draw you a picture of a character of your choosing as thanks.

Let’s help Jay out and clear a spot on his shelf for another local creator’s work!

As always you can follow me on twitter @tammalee or on tammalee.tumblr.com.

The Last Copy of my Mini-comic

The Black Keyes

Last night I saw The Black Keyes in concert and the evening can be summed up with this photo:

The Black Keyes - Audience blast of light

SHINY!

I went in only knowing a couple of their songs (I won tickets to see them) but I enjoyed every song they played! Towards the end the other people in the box with me were getting impatient for ‘Lonely Boy’ and they finally obliged by playing it as their final song.

The audience went WILD! Everyone was on their feet dancing and cheering and singing along. This feeling of collective joy is why I like going to live events!

The Black Keyes

Captain America Print

Last night I attended a collograph printmaking class at the Alberta Art Gallery. (Why did I think it was a ‘colloidal’ printmaking class?)

We were given a piece of corrugated cardboard to use as a base then we were turned loose on a variety of craft supplies to make our template. Not feeling like I was in a ‘fine art’ mood I decided to make a Captain America print.

Captain America Print Template
My beautiful template

SCOFF ALL YOU LIKE! This was a shining beacon of inspiration! Do you see how I used a piece of zipper to make his mouth? Because it has teeth? Riiiiight?

I only had time to make one print and, unfortunately, one print wasn’t enough to develop any real skill with applying ink. BUT I STILL LOVE MY MONSTROUS CREATION!

Captain America Print
THIS COULD HANG IN THE LOUVRE!!!

Yes, I know the ink is red. The red reflects my impatience and how I didn’t want to wait in line for blue. According to the amateur art critics I ran into on the LRT red was ENTIRELY wrong for a Captain America print.

  • First guy: Why is it red?
  • Me: It was the only colour available.
  • First guy: It shouldn’t be red. It should be… green. Like my bicycle. *points*
  • Me: Ah, yes, that would have been nice, too.
  • Second guy: Green?! It should’ve been BLUE!
  • Me: *quietly withdraws from the conversation before it gets fanboy-nasty*

It seems to me Captain America’s colours are: red, white, AND blue so the red is still appropriate. Does red still work for Captain StickUpHisBum or does it make him look like he took a bath in the blood of his enemies?

What do you think?
Let me know in the comments below or catch me on twitter @tammalee

PS: This is a note I wrote myself. It was supposed to remind me to loan a game to a coworker. It worked.

Zelda Reminder
This is the future of note-taking!
Captain America Print

iPad cost breakdown

Yes, I’m a huge nerd and I prefer not to make a big purchase until I’ve sussed out how much it’s going to cost for EVERYTHING involved.

iPad Wi-Fi
ItemPriceLink
 iPad 16GB $519 CAD apple.com
 iPad 32GB $619 CAD apple.com
 iPad 64GB $719 CAD apple.com
 Data plan $0 wi-fi or
iPhone hotspot
iPad Wi-Fi + 4G
ItemPriceLink
 iPad 16GB $649 CDN apple.com
 iPad 32GB $749 CDN apple.com
 iPad 64GB $849 CDN apple.com
 Data plan100MB to 500MB is $20/month telusmobility.com
iPad Accessories
ItemPriceLink
 Case $69.99 CAD targus.com
 Stylus $24.99 CAD targus.com
 Stylus brush $39.00 USD nomadbrush.com
iPad Apps
ItemPriceLink
 AIM FreeiTunes
iPeriod $1.99 USDiTunes
Fitocracy FreeiTunes
Calorie Counter FreeiTunes
Angry Birds Space $0.99 USDiTunes
Tweetbot $2.99iTunes
Google Apps for iPadFreeGoogle
Textastic $9.99 USDiTunes
Draw Something $1.99 USDiTunes
Sound drop $1.99 USDiTunes
Art Rage $4.99 USDiTunes
Kindle for iPad FreeiTunes
Keynote $9.99 USDiTunes
Paper FreeiTunes

iPad: 32GB $619 CAD before tax
Okay, now that the dollars and cents are right in front of me I can see right off the bat I won’t be going for the Wi-Fi + 4G. I am usually within reach of a Wi-Fi network and if I really need to access the Internet etc. when I’m away from a Wi-Fi network I’ll be able to use my iPhone as a hotspot. (Of course, I currently use an Android but when it’s time to swap my phone I’m heavily leaning towards an iPhone.)

I store most of my files on Dropbox.com anyways so I’m not too worried about having enough space on the iPad for files.

Accessories: $133.82
Okay, so maybe I don’t need a super fancy case and TWO different types of stylus but I’m planning on making this little iPad a real laptop alternative, especially for art, so I’d like them. If the price is too much, I could always downgrade or put off accessory purchases until I have more money.

Apps: $~35
Wow. Okay, so when I was researching apps I thought I was spending a small fortune but when it comes down to it, the apps are costing me less than $40!  Apps being that cheap means I don’t feel the need, at all, to skimp in this area.

Total: $787.82*
That’s about half of what I paid for my laptop and around the same price as what I paid for my net-book.  Down the line I may want to add a wireless keyboard for $~70 but I’d like to try it without, first.

So, am I going to go for an iPad? Eventually, yes, but my miser-heart will be happier if I can raise at least half of that money through selling stuff I no longer need/want, first.

Hope this breakdown is useful for somebody else! If you have anything to add, leave a comment! I’m curious how other people use their iPads and how useful they’ve proven to be for them! (Or, yanno, hit me up on twitter @tammalee )

*iPad with 4G $917.82 + $240 for one year of Data plan

iPad cost breakdown