September 2006

Make your website a local resource – do something for your neighbors.

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We’re currently working on an interesting project for one of our clients, Green Acres Manor. They are a local Sonoma County elder care home offering long term residential care. Green Acres Manor is run by a young, energetic couple, Joe and Monica Hansen, and their facility is very homelike. Additionally, the surroundings of the care home are quite stunning – the vineyards and mountains that have made Sonoma County one of the world’s best-known tourist destinations. Continue Reading »

A break from graphic design for fine art’s sake

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Just a little post to let folks know that I may be blogging a bit less than usual during the next week or so. I just started a contract today for a portrait commission. As you may or may not know, prior to becoming a slave to my Photoshop program, I worked for a number of years as an artist. Sometimes, when asked, I’ve explained my flair with pixels as being the outcome of all of those years of ceaseless painting, and though this is certainly true, a mouse and a paint brush will always be two very different-feeling objects to me. Continue Reading »

Cascadian Farm – paying attention to the E. coli spinach crisis?

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post entitled Cascadian Farm – Web Business Review. In that review I expressed my concern about the holes Cascadian Farm puts in its frozen foods packages to let the air out in processing. To me it doesn’t seem like it would require the mind of Albert Einstein to realize that if stuff can come out of a perforation, stuff can also get into one. E.coli bacteria was only one of the possible concerns I listed in my letter to the Cascadian Food corporation, which they did not chose to respond to.

And now we’ve got the E. coli spinach catastrophe on our hands. As of today, the tragic death count from may have moved up to 2 people, and over 130 people across the U.S. have been made violently ill. Is Cascadian Farm paying attention to this? Continue Reading »

What is quality? Of pottery, other goods and web development.

Emerson Creek Pottery's Dinnerware
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‘Quality’ has been a big buzzword in the web development and SEO industries for quite a while now. Google wants ‘quality’ written content. SEOs seek ‘quality’ links. Web designers try to develop ‘quality’ websites. The word has, perhaps, been overused at this point, and I’ve even seen other developers suggesting people stop using it as it may begin to look like spam to the search engines. Nevertheless, ‘quality’ is always going to hold a place with us, because we work with small web businesses whose goods are, in fact, generally superior to what a shopper is going to find from a chain store. Continue Reading »

What Atari 2600 games can teach an SEO like me.

Adventure by Atari
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If you’re a 70’s kid like me, chances are you played an Atari 2600 video game or two in your heyday. It’s not far-fetched for me to wager here that a lot of today’s web designers may still even own the Atari 2600 system they had as a child – unlike modern computers, they never break (knock on wood paneling!) Mine is still going strong, and when I need to escape the pressures of daily life, I find a good round of Adventure or River Raid takes me back to the simple happiness of childhood.

SEO (search engine optimization) is all about making web pages basic and simple for search engines to use. How do we approach this? Continue Reading »

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