Suggested by Xornell A universe war between Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and League of Legends (LoL). Omnis barred. Which MOBA packs the bigger punch in its lore? Also, if you play either, favorite hero/champion? Related Posts: League of Legends... Read More »
This link will take you straight to the song on YouTube, in the middle of the K-love Fan Awards Press Conference.
If you want to watch the whole press conference, here is the video below:
Brought to you by Guest Imagine if Kong came into contact with gamma rays and had the same reaction as Bruce Banner. What would we call this monstrosity? What powers would it have? What other implications would there be? Related... Read More »
Suggested by MrRyder For this fight we have Raiden (Metal Gear) facing off against Samus Aran from Metroid. Battle takes place in large abandoned city. Both are standard distance from each other. Samus has her standard power suit, all abilities... Read More »
Some of you may have heard that Travis and I are moving back to our home town of Butler, PA! We're very excited about this. I've been trying to come up with words to express my thoughts about our time here in Alexandria. I always wanted to live somewhere else at least once in my life, so when Travis got offered the job we went for it. It was so hard to leave Dustin at home and take a leap of faith. I missed him so much but thankfully with texting and facetime it really wasn't too bad. Travis and I got to experience some new things...such as relaxation! We realized how over extended we were back in Butler. We committed to way too much and were just WAY too busy. Here in Virginia we got to step back and enjoy life a little more. It was a wonderful time to just hang out with Travis and have an adventure. We did SO MUCH bike riding and it was fabulous! We took lots of walks and explored Washington DC. We went out on dates. Well I mean, our whole life down here was one big date! It was great. I became an avid reader! Now THAT'S crazy. I never thought I'd blow through 29 books in one year, but that's what happened! I had fun living in a small apartment and appreciated the ease of cleaning it. Somehow through it I learned to appreciate minimalism (kinda sorta). I now love to declutter and don't hold on to anything that just takes up space. Those are just some of the fun I will never forget.
At the same time we never really settled in. People here are different and it wasn't really what I expected. I guess I thought it was going to me more like a "regular" big city. I think DC area is different than usual cities. So many people are only here for short periods of time. It's a very transient place. I really yearned to go back to where I could be with friends AND make friends easily (which really did not happen here.) The crafting community wasn't the same either. Shows were sparse, more expensive and harder to get into. This place just wasn't for me.
So anyway, Travis applied for some other jobs and we now are able to transfer back. We still have our old house in Butler, so it should be an easy transition! I'm excited to get back into my old studio and do a little redecorating! By the end of April we should be settled back in. I'm so looking forward to being back home. I love Butler and I love Pittsburgh! Yinzer for life! :D
I'm very thankful for this great adventure for the last year and a half. It was exactly what we needed and the way it was meant to be. I'm now excited for the next chapter.
Suggested by josh Here we have an interesting fight in the form of the Fire Nation from Avatar facing off against Mordor from the Lord of the Rings franchise. Mordor is right before the second book. Fire Nation is at... Read More »
Brought to you by sadot06 How would this impact the DC Universe? What would happen to Earth? What would transpire? Related Posts: What If…Doomsday Landed on Earth 616? What If…Kharn was selected by a Red Lantern Ring? What If…The Carnage... Read More »
Now the real reason I took my camera outside. . . to measure the snow! Only 4.5". Bummer.
I LOVED this squirrel! The colors! Hoping this guy can make an appearance in some paintings.
Sorry this is a terrible picture...but can you believe this little rodent? He has an elephant nose! LOVE!
The National Zoo has tons of smashed penny machines! I'm not even sure if I found them all.
I also got my first "medallion". Pretty fun.
I've now filled two books plus!
Launching a new website is exciting for everyone. There are cheers and congratulations, plans of posting news and blog entries, and promises of updating galleries and portfolios
And yet, in all the years I’ll been building websites (14 years!), I’ve seen relatively few companies and organizations work actively with their sites and keep them fresh and up-to-date after they’re launched. So many do nothing with the sites at all after launch — not adding even a single new photo.
This is no good. A website is only as interesting as it is current, and if we created it 6 years ago and updated only a few things since then, now it’s nowhere near current.
A website has the potential to be more than just a brochure that prospects read online. It’s the face you show the world, the way you can see what interests your customers and passersby, the place for you to experiment and get feedback and ideas and answers. If you don’t know how your website can do that for you, then you’re missing out.
Getting your hands onto your site, understanding what you can do with it and what it can give you: I believe that’s what most helps anyone get the most from their site.
The websites we’ve built in the past were worthwhile, and they can still deliver on their promise now. But I believe there’s more that each of my clients could be doing with their websites, and more that other small businesses could do if they had a more personal connection to their websites too.
So: Going forward, Big Big Design won’t build new websites for clients. Instead, we’ll help people build their websites themselves.
My thinking is that, if you’ve worked with your website, hands-on, you’ll have a greater chance of keeping it updated over time, and of going beyond your website to other networks and online spaces.
I’ll help people take over their websites in two ways. First, I’m offering online, multi-week workshops to guide people through the process of building a site, and then to doing more with it — expand it, make it unique, bring in more traffic through SEO and advertising, meld in social media to connect and build community, and so on.
Second, I’ll continue offering consulting on web strategy, social media, online ads, and so on.
This doesn’t mean teaching all the world to code. The web is different now, and building websites has changed so much. Only a few years ago, we designed and built our clients’ sites from scratch because that was the only way to build a site. Now, there are polished and professional site templates and tools that make it possible for anyone — even someone who feels very non-tech — to create and manage a website. The technology is no longer the biggest hurdle.
What remains hard — what requires the most attention — is choosing what to say and do online, offering value, and creating clear ways for site visitors to react and connect, to act or make a purchase. That’s what my workshops will focus on.
Am I saying there’s never a need for a web design agency to build a site for a business or organization? No, that’s not what I mean. Do I think that a premade site template is all anyone would ever need? I’m not saying that either.
I’m saying that for for many — maybe most — small businesses stepping out into the web, or replacing sites so long-abandoned that they pretty much don’t count as a web presence, it’s essential to focus on goals and audience, and to get online fast, to experiment, to find and show your value. And the simplest way to do that is to use a well-made, premade template to you devote the energy and resources to content and process.
And then later, you can work with accomplished pros to customize the look and feel, knowing from your own experience what you need and how it will fit with the rest of your business.
And there you have it: Every business person needs to be web-savvy. Big Big Design is here to help people make sense the web, through hands-on courses and coaching.
I want to make clear that I’m excited to keep working with my current clients. I’ll continue to support them and their current sites, provide hosting, and help them however they need. And I hope that among the new workshops and services I’m offering, they’ll discover new ways to get more directly involved with their sites and their online presence.
So, what do you think? Is this a good move? Am I on target, or completely off base? Let me know what you think of Big Big Design’s new direction — new design, if you will — and what you hope to see us do going forward.
Photo credit: Nicholas_T on flickr.
Brought to you by sadot06 Here we have a Universe match with all of the Cartoon Network squaring off against Nintendo. Network and System Exclusive Content Only. Omnipotent, Nigh Omnipotent, and Abstracts are excluded. Fight to the death. Which side... Read More »
Suggested by Epicazeroth A Predator decides he hasn’t been sufficiently challenged by any prey for too long. He travels to Pandora, before the humans get there. He is equipped with: Shuriken; a Smart-Disc; Gauntlets with Wrist Blades, Sat-Com; Gauntlet Plasma... Read More »
Suggested by Thomas Forr this fight we have Ada Wong (Resident Evil) facing off against Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise. For this match there are three scenarios: 1) Hand to Hand combat. 2) Gun fight. 3) Death match.... Read More »
It’s that time again. The third installment of the Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music to Cure Cancer compilation is coming out June 10th. You can pick up a copy over on Metropolis records, or get the premium edition from Distortion Productions
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Suggested by Xander XT Here we have an epic clash between two giant machines. Voltes V faces off against Voltron. The battle takes place on Cybertron. Who wins? Related Posts: Voltron Vs Gaiking Voltron Vs Burning Gundam Voltron Vs Symbionic... Read More »
Suggested by Austin Bird For this match we have Godzilla (1980′s) going up against a Zillo Beast from Star Wars. Scenario: Godzilla is destroying Osaka and causes an earthquake, which then opens the ground up. When Godzilla is halfway to... Read More »