Pixeltrics’ Logo Evolution

Over the years I’ve gone through a handful of logo designs. Originally it was the Magic Hat and Wand with DVD, VHS and Film coming out of it, that’s when I was primarily doing video editing. Then as I got more into digital media and websites, I tried to edit it to reflect the transition, but I was never quite happy. I found work by Michael Whiting ( http://www.michaelwhiting.com/index.php?/wall/standing/) very inspirational and first tried to imitate it with vector graphics, but wasn’t happy with the result again. So I decided to contact Michael directly, and he sent me a few new elements. I liked the computer wearing the magic hat idea and the new pixelated font for the text. I added my trusted 10 year old Photoshop gold/chrome action to it, and whoa-la. The new logo is live. I still don’t think it’s quite the final version but I finally think it’s a change in the right direction. Thank you Michael, love your art.

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Google Knowledge Graph

Major changes to Google Search going live today: Google Search Just Got 1,000 Times Smarter

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Customize the color of visited links in Google’s search results in Firefox

Ok, if you’re like me, then the visited links must look very similar to each other in the latest version of Google’s search results. I’ve found a great Firefox plug in that lets you customize CSS styles for certain sites: Stylish 1.2.6
by Jason Barnabe

This is the code that I use in it:

@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);
@-moz-document domain("www.google.com") {
  a:visited{color:#666 !important}
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Don’t over-optimize your blog or website

There is a great video on the Daily SEO blog . It goes into some of the important strategies for keeping your site and blog optimized but not over-optimized which Google as announced in late April 2012, that they will begin penalizing for.

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Easiest way to display source code in a WordPress blog post

Had to do a little searching for this one. But turns out there is a pretty simple way. Get this plugin http://www.viper007bond.com/wordpress-plugins/syntaxhighlighter/ and then use this syntax

your code here

More info here: Options for displaying source code in post

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New Video from Lindsey Stirling – We Found Love

I just love the sound of her songs, this video and music gave me goosebumps.

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Twitter’s Bootstrap project

While at the WebMonday meetup yesterday, someone mentioned Bootstrap and showed a couple of examples.  Seems like a pretty useful project http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/

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The Avengers lives up to the hype

Ok, I think The Avengers really lived up to the hype. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie and it might even be worth a second outing to see it in 3D. As much as I loved all the super heroes, I think Tom Hiddleston’s performance stole the show as the villein Loki. He really made me have strong negative emotions towards that villain. I think Tom Hiddleston’s performance is on par with that of the late Heath Ledger as Joker in The Dark Knight.

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Pixelwiz finally starts a blog, about half a decade overdue…

Ok, so I really should have started doing this a few years ago, but the important thing is I’m starting now.  Just like a few months ago I’ve finally made a commitment to putting all my appointments in my Google Calendar, today I’m making a commitment to having my own blog.

This week is actually a pivotal week for me.  I’ve discovered a new Krav Maga school right across the street from where I work, and turns out the lady that teaches there is my original teacher’s teacher.  So I’m really excited about getting back into Krav Maga, the best workout I’ve ever done.

Along the same lines of getting fit while having fun, I’ve started taking Salsa and other dance lessons.  Today was my first lesson at a new school thanks to an Amazon Local deal where i got 2 private lessons, a group lesson, and a dance outing with the group.  I’m really looking forward to this in addition to re-starting Krav, continuing tennis, and I don’t want to give up hip-hop lessons either, so I’ll be relying on my calendar.

After missing quite a few meetups, I’ve finally made it back to WebMondays today.  And the topic was Pinterest.  For a techie, I really should have started paying more attention to it like a year or two ago, but better late than never I guess.  I still don’t quite see it’s purpose or that of Twitter, but I think I’m gonna give it a shot, as it should fit right in with starting this blog.

Well, hopefully this will go well.  Got to start looking for the right theme for this thing and then posting category specific posts.  Stay tuned…

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