WordPress 3.4 “Green” is here!

From the WordPress.org blog:

WordPress 3.4 is here and out the door. We’ve dubbed this release “Green” in honor of guitarist Grant Green whose soulful simplicity has kept many of us company during this release.

This release includes significant improvements to theme customization, custom headers, Twitter embeds, and image captions — here’s a short clip with the highlights:

SXSW 2012

SXSW

I’ve always said, if I’m living in Texas when SXSW rolls around, I plan on going whether I have a badge or not. Yes, a lot of the parties/events are “badge only”, but that’s why it helps to have friends in high places. Usually I can still get into a few events by sneaking in with people I know, but there’s also lots to do when you don’t have a badge. And, even if you know nothing about SXSW, Austin is always a great place to visit. If any of you out in the interwebs plan on attending this year as well, take a look at my ever-changing to-do list for next week HERE.

p.s. Let me know if there’s something I haven’t listed that you think would be exceedingly enjoyable! 🙂

Random Work Excitement

First of all, it’s important to know that I’m one of those web developers that not only hates seeing poorly designed websites, but sometimes I actually consider redesigning the super-awful ones… just for fun. Obviously something is wrong with me. 😉

Anyways, it feels like 75% of my job is simple content updates to the main SHSU website, digital signage screens, mass emails, etc. Every once in a while though, a project gets handed to me that I’m genuinely excited for. Today I got to start on a website redesign for the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Not to put down the previous developer (because I don’t actually know when their last theme update was), but the site is looking a little gnarly for 2012. Long story short, I’m super excited for this project, especially since the museum curator already approved/loved my mockup. You can see a preview of it here →

The Last Essay

Part of the final exam for my Art History class this semester was a 5-page paper about how 19-20th century art is reflected in my own artworks. Well, because I’m not officially a studio artist (painting, sculpting, etc.) I felt like I needed to inform my professor that web design was my “artwork” and I wasn’t sure how to write an essay on the subject she requested. I was able to convince her to let me write a paper on a slightly different topic- what influenced me to start designing websites, and why I chose to earn my degree in a related major (graphic design).

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