Stuff for joo!

Webby Stuff

Designing Web Interfaces – 30 Essential Controls – By Theresa Neil
I’m always interested in seeing what other professionals consider essential to have in their tool box. I need a better tool box. My tool box is more like a collection of Tupperware containers I keep under my desk.

Small Sites don’t need XML sitemaps – By Barry Schwartz

It doesn’t mean a sitemap file for a small site is hurtful, it just means it is not required or necessary.

5 things you should know before the Facebook Timeline switch happens – By Keith Wagstaff

WordPress CMS Plugins – By Jeff Starr
VERY useful list of plugins to help transform your standard WordPress installation into something more like a CMS.

 Comic Stuff

The Sigh – By Marjane Satrapi
I’ve liked everything Marjane has put out so far so I can only imagine I’m going to like this book.

Rose is one of three daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market. One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but he fails to find one for her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to take the merchant’s daughter to a secret and distant palace.

N.G.L. it sounds a lot like the plot of Beauty and the Beast. No, not the Disney version I’m talking about the version I read in a book. A book with no illustrations. The difference is in Beauty and the Beast the father stole the gift for his daughter from the Beast’s seemingly abandoned estate and the Beast demanded the daughter in return for what had been stolen.

Women Write About Comics – A new-ish site that is women writing about comics.  Full confession, it’s the brainchild of someone I know. Don’t try to tell me women have no interest in comics. Fans who say this are usually Superhero comic fans. There are more comics out there than just Superhero comics. I have an extensive collection of comics and only a fraction are traditional superhero fare.

Darkness – by Boulet
I laughed and was intrigued! It’s like Gary Stu and Mary Sue square off! It’s a great comic but it nudges into the realm of amazing because it was done in TWENTY-FOUR HOURS! I’m not worthy.

Writing Stuff

Hyperion CEO Ellen Archer: Book Publishing Business Model Is Broken – By Jeremy Greenfield

Maybe we have to drop “books” from the way we think. I think that’s keeping us from not thinking as big and broadly as we need to.

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Don’t trap yourself in the “’book’ book.” It’s wonderful and it’s been wonderful for many years, but the years of printing too many books and taking them back…it’s not really a great business model and we have an opportunity to create a better business model.

Thank you! I agree. ‘Book’ needs to be replaced by ‘story’ because the word ‘book’ is associated with a specific media type. You can get to know a story across many media. Did you notice I didn’t say you can ‘read  a story’? Media means much more than written words you read. My personal consumer experience has shown that audio books are often available before softcover editions of popular author’s works

Education Stuff

The History of English in Ten MinutesThe Open University

Ha! This is an excellent breeze through the formation of the English language.

Faculty Project

The Faculty Project brings academia’s most outstanding professors to the computers, tablets and smartphones of people all over the world.

All courses will be free with open enrollment for anyone with an Internet connection.

I’m there! Free education is the best kind of education!

My Friends Send Me Neat Links Stuff

Jump From Paper – Crazy bags that look TWO DIMENSIONAL! D: Whuuuuut whut?

Pinterest – It’s like the love child of twitter and tumblr? I’m resisting getting an account but it’s fun to browse.

Stuff for joo!

Clearing up my weekly tabs

I’m usually pretty busy at work so interesting articles, essays, links sit in two different browsers all week waiting for me to finally get around to reading them. Sometimes I don’t get time or I have a lot of interesting links to share and that is when you get one of these updates.

Random Stuff

I’m still torn on if I’m going to attend Calgary Comic Expo. If I do decide to, tickets are on sale here.

Creative Stuff

Fluevog is opening a shoe museum in Calgary, ABThose of you who know me from my LiveJournal or Twitter know how much I adore Fluevog shoes! When I was in NYC/MD for 10 days with only a carry-on bag I still managed to buy not only a pair of Radio CBCs at the NYC Fluevog store but also a pair of knee-high boots! Both pairs were transported in my carry-on bag back to Canada. I have to visit this museum!

A Batman-themed album by Maiden Names was brought to my attention by Ming Doyle.

Inspiration vs. ImitationVery good essay about the difference between being inspired by someone’s work and imitating someone’s work. Excellent advice for anyone new to their craft.

dribbble.comI’ve been browsing this site purely for the enjoyment I get out of seeing people’s designs.

Audacity –  Just dropping this here for later. I’ve been recording myself reading stories and having a blast with it but I need some sort of audio editing software.

Webby Stuff

Sisyphus.js is a jQuery plugin that uses local storage to prevent your work [on a form] from being lost.  – I haven’t had a chance to test this out yet but it looks interesting.

Wordless for WordPress :

Wordless is an opinionated WordPress plugin that dramatically speeds up and enhances your custom themes creation. Some of its features are:

  • A structured, organized and clean theme organization (taken directly from Rails);
  • The ability to create a new theme skeleton directly within the WordPress backend interface;
  • The ability to write PHP code using the beautiful Haml templating system;
  • The ability to write CSS stylesheets using the awesome Sass syntax and the Compass framework;
  • The ability to write Javascript logic in Coffeescript;
  • A growing set of handy and documented helper functions ready to be used within your views;

Responsive Web Design in 3 easy stepsSimple breakdown

How to Design a Mobile Responsive SiteI liked that this article mentioned considering how using different devices may mean different goals users have when visiting your Web site. If I had a restaurant site I’d consider a user accessing it with a cell phone would most likely be looking for contact info, location, maybe to book a table, or to see a menu; they likely wouldn’t care about the ‘About Us’ section very much. Food for thought.

Responsive site design test page I don’t know Matt Kersley but I like this page just to give me a quick and dirty way of seeing how responsive a site is.

Content Strategy Within the Design ProcessContent is the #1 reason, in my experience, why site launches get delayed. I would love to work in a 3-man team: Content manager, designer, and developer with myself in the developer role.

Clearing up my weekly tabs