Well we finally found a web designer! Now hopefully he can get the job done before the Emerald City Comicon.
My wife is a comic book writer and artist. She has two books out right now with the third coming soon (http://faminelands.com). She has been putting a lot of work into her website and I suggested she just pay someone to do that. She told me she investigated that option but didn't find anyone that she liked.
I browse craigslist all the time and knew there were always a lot of people advertising web design so I told her I would look into it.
Turns out she was right. Most of the ads are really poorly done and quite a few don't even have portfolios. I suspect a lot of them are folks who took a community college course on HTML and are now "web designers".
I heard back from a few who said "their plate was full" or a nice way of saying they didn't want to work on the site (then why are you advertising?).
Now that isn't to say we didn't find anybody. Some of the folks had real skill but also wanted $2k for a site redesign - I wasn't willing to pay more than $500.
So for now I guess its up to her.
By the way if your a web designer please contact me
I just picked up Secrets of The Rock Star Programmers: Riding the IT Crest. Wow what a horrible title. Good thing the book is really good. Ed Burns interviews well known folks in the field of programming. He asks them a range of questions from "How do you setup a new machine to work on?" to "How do you keep the work/life balance?". Someone once said that to be successful you need to study the habits of successful people, so this is my attempt at that I guess.
Some astute readers of my blog (I think a total of two people) might have noticed I started reading a new book but didn't put Dan Brown's Digital Fortress in the "Just finished reading" section. I liked DaVinci Code even though it read like a screenplay - it was fun. However since I am in computers I couldn't stand all the little mistakes Dan made in Digital Fortress. Furthermore after reading DaVinci Code, which came after Digital Fortress, I felt I already read the book. I asked a good friend at work about this. I basically said - "Is it alright not to finish a book" to which he replied that yes it was. He told me earlier in his life he couldn't stop reading a book even if it was bad but now that he is older he will just put it down. Life is too short for bad books.
Well I just recently finished the whole Harry Potter series and now am actually excited for book seven to be released. I can't wait to see how J.K. Rowling wraps it all up.
Speaking of Rowling her site is one of the worst I have ever seen. Flash only sites are a horrible blight upon the internet and should be outlawed. She does have a text-only version but even that is ugly - white and yellow on black. Normally if I mention a site I would link to it but I can't bear to put anybody kind enough to read my blog through that kind of pain.
So I decided to give emacs another try. I say another because in 2004 I used it for about 3 months before deciding to go back to vim. So I went to Barnes & Noble at the University Village shopping center tonight and they didn't have a single book! When I got home I went to Amazon.com (I work there by the way) and searched for 'emacs'. Three titles came up that were relatively new and in print. Three. The greatest editor ever and there are only three books? Eclipse hasn't been out that long and there are entire bookshelves dedicated to it so what is the deal? I don't know but it might be related to lisp. Lisp is supposedly the greatest programming language available but good luck finding more than one or two books on the topic and those will probably be academic texts.
Maybe the emperor doesn't have any clothes on. Maybe I am reading all these blogs from Paul Graham and Steve Yegge and am convincing myself that the whole world is using emacs and lisp except me.
I will am still going to give emacs another go but I won't expect it to solve all my problems this time around and maybe I will enjoy it all the more.
Well you might have noticed my book list on the right and see that I am reading the whole Harry Potter series back to back. I just recently finished Goblet of Fire and the movie came out today and was anxious to see it.
My first impression was that it was a Cliff notes version of the book. They cut so much out that it felt like the movie was on fast forward. I think it was better than the Prisoner of Azkaban though.
Lets see some of the things they left out (there are more but here are the highlights):
Riddle family murders
Potter at the Dursleys
Mr. Weasley "flooing" to pick up Potter and confronting Mr. Dursley
Winky the house elf
Percy Weasley (Weatherby)
Fred and George's bet
Who won the Quidditch World Cup game
Ministry of Magic protecting World Cup
Potter, Weasley, Malfoy's in box seats
Death Eaters attacking muggles
Weighing of the Wands
Potter resisting Imperio Curse
Bagman and the Goblins
S.P.E.W. and the House-Elf Liberation Front
Return of Dobby
Return of Sirius
The giant spider in the maze
Explanation of Priori Incantatem
Potter giving the Triwizard Cup winnings to Fred and George
Rita Skeeter being able to turn into a bug