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