Help A Scientist

Published: February 09, 2013

I try to keep this blog mostly relevant to tech but I'm reposting this from Hospitium to try and get a bigger response.


Clean URL's in Nginx

Published: November 07, 2010

Quick post to let everyone know of a good trick I just figured out. Most clean URL's are created through a rewrite and query page that does all the work.


If is_page() With Regular PHP

Published: October 02, 2010

My article on WordPress' is_page() is one of the most popular articles on my site. One thing I receive questions about on a regular basis, is how to use is_page() in regular PHP.


Upload Videos To MediaSilo With PHP/FTP

Published: September 18, 2010

In continuing with my last post on how to upload videos to Ooyala with PHP, here is one for MediaSilo. This ones a little different though in that it uses FTP as opposed to an API to upload the videos


How To Setup A LAMP Virtual Machine

Published: May 09, 2010

In an effort to develop in an environment closer to many production servers, many people have begun developing in virtual machines running on their host os. This article is a comprehensive guide to creating a LAMP virtual machine.


Best Ogg Theora Video Compressor

Published: April 25, 2010

A while back I did a comparison of the popular mp4 compressors. Specifically ones used to convert videos for HTML5 playback. Well here is a follow up, this time around though, we’re comparing compressors for Ogg Theora.


Adding Internet Streaming To FFmpeg Outputs

Published: April 17, 2010

Just a quick post. After deciding that FFmpeg was my video compressor of choice, I ran into a small problem. The videos that are outputted don't begin playing immediately when embedded in a web page. This is a pretty big setback.


Video Compression Show Down

Published: March 11, 2010

Video compression is an absolutely critical component that has allowed online video to take off in recent years. Advancing from super pixelated 320x240 video, to rich and vibrant 1080p has required massive improvements in compression technology.


On HTML5 Video

Published: February 25, 2010

Hey! Have you heard? HTML5 video is going to revolutionize the way we use video on the web.


Use WordPress' is_page() To Exclude Content

Published: January 30, 2010

After my last post involving including custom content, I've received questions about doing the reverse, excluding content on certain pages. As with everything there are several ways to accomplish this. I'll cover some of the easiest.


Don't Be Afraid To Self Promote

Published: January 17, 2010

Self promoting your work can be a fine line to walk. Don't do it at all, and people won't take you seriously because you give the impression you don't take your work seriously. Do it too much and you run the risk of looking like a blowhard jerk.


New Free WordPress Theme: Dark Wood

Published: December 20, 2009

I have just released a new WordPress theme. The theme is dark and modern, perfect for a portfolio site. Theme features an accordion style menu, and slider example galleries.


Improve YSlow Score With .htaccess

Published: December 20, 2009

How fast your site loads is a huge factor in how many visits you get. One of the biggest names in performance testing is YSlow. A high score on YSlow is a good indicator that your site is performing well.


Simplifying Video Aspect Ratios

Published: December 16, 2009

Video aspect ratio can be a confusing beast. Is it 4:3 or 16:9? Are the pixels square or some sort of rectangle? All of these things are important to consider when creating video files and assets for video.


Tooting My Own Horn

Published: December 14, 2009

So I got an email today from mobify.me. I use them to make the mobile friendly version of my site. Turns out they have a design gallery and mine was selected for entry.


Making display:none; Javascript Accessible

Published: December 11, 2009

When creating a collapsible navigation for a client, I came across the problem of having my navigation remaining hidden if someone has javascript disabled. Needless to say, this was a big problem


Sound FX Tip - Muffled Sounds

Published: November 29, 2009

When I was working on a video project this week I came across the need to have my sound effects sound like they are coming through a cell phone and from inside a box.


5 Awesome News Mashup Sites

Published: November 25, 2009

There are so many great news sites out there. From traditional news, to bloggers, to social submission sites, following them all can be overwhelming. Luckily there are mashups that bring all these wonderful sites to one place.


5 Resources for Web Type

Published: November 17, 2009

Typography has come a long way in recent years. From everything being done in Arial, to using images to fake different fonts, the web has grown up.


YouTube Gets 1080p

Published: November 15, 2009

YouTube is the worlds largest online video site. They have been slow to the game when it comes to HD video but they seem to be trying to take the lead as of late.


Great CMYK Art

Published: November 15, 2009

There is a great post over at PrintRadar highlighting some cool designs using CMYK as their color palate. There are some really stunning examples listed.


5 Handy Plugins for 5 Kick-Ass Free Apps

Published: November 15, 2009

I’m a fan of open free technology. Not only is it useful but it’s free. For beginning artists and designers, that’s key. So here is a list of kick-ass free applications and some plugins that help extend their functionality.


Setting Up Quicktime Streaming

Published: November 14, 2009

I usually use a third-party service such as vimeo to host and stream my video. However, after moving to my new awesome host, DreamHost, I discovered that they had an option to enable quicktime streaming. I poked around the support wiki and decided to test it out.


Creating Navigation Highlights

Published: November 13, 2009

When creating this site I decided I wanted to have the navigation bar have a different color highlight the current page. I dived in thinking it would be a simple problem. Turns out I was wrong.