Posts Tagged:photo

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


RottenNeighbor featured on CNN.com

CNN.com Living featured RottenNeighbor today as a site that “allows users to post material about disturbing neighbors.” The article covered some of the most popular posts on the site, discussed changing neighborhood trends demonstrated on RottenNeighbor and touched on the possibility of a reality show based on the site. To read more on this story, click here.

Our vacation at Acadia National Park

For our 2018 family vacation, we wanted to explore one of America’s National Parks. We decided to take advantage of one of the national parks closest to us: Acadia National Park in Maine. Day 1: Driving around Mount Desert Island An aerial photo of our rental house near Bar Harbor, Maine.We rented a house on the water near Bar Harbor. So on our first morning we explored the beach area around the house. In good tradition, the boys collected some sticks to practice their ninja moves and ninja sword fighting. Both also enjoyed throwing their “ninja stars” (rocks) into what they called “fudge” (dried up piles of seaweed). The ninja stars landed with a nice, soggy “plop”. When not being pretend ninjas, Axl’s favorite part of exploring the beach was finding sea life in the tidal pools. For Stan it was collecting various crab shells in hopes to glue them…

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Five interesting ways to use Sanity.io for image art direction

When we saw Chris put up a list of cloud-hosted data-stores, we couldn’t resist letting him know that we also had one of those, only ours is a fully featured CMS that come with a rich query language and an open source, real time, collaborative authoring tool that you can tailor to your specific needs using React. It’s called Sanity.io. “Add us to your list!” we asked Chris. “No, your stuff is interesting, can’t you write about you,” he replied. “Maybe something that would be useful for people working with images.” Challenge accepted! Systems like Sanity wants to free your content from the specific page it happens to be sitting on, so that you can flow it through APIs. That way you can reuse your painstakingly crafted content anywhere you need it. So, what does this mean for images? Images are the odd ones out. We can capture documentation articles,…

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Library Rules: How to make an open office plan work

They’re mostly terrible, but there’s room for smart choices.Last week, DHH skewered the open office floor plan. He was right. But wait, we have an open office floor plan. And we’ve done a respectable job figuring out how to make it work. Maybe I should share something about that.First off, an open office is appealing from a few perspectives:It makes economic sense. Building out separate private spaces for everyone is costly. Yes, you could argue people being unable to work out in the open is even more costly, and I wouldn’t fight you on that, but that’s an abstract economic impact. Paying construction bills has a very direct economic impact.It’s more flexible to remain open. Companies like to imagine growth. If you have 20 employees today, but may have 40, 60, or 80 a year or two from now, it’s very difficult to forecast what you’re going to physically need. If you don’t…

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Slaves to Our Tools

I’ve stared at the above image for a quite some time and it is truly haunting… … … I like that word in particular. It’s such a remarkable phone zombie moment. Exactly like the undead in movies, the fans are grabbing and clawing for the artist, but there’s no eye contact, scant human interaction to be had between them. Why is the effect so chilling? The reason I find this so evocative is because I see myself in that zombie crowd. Because we’ve all done it before, right? And this is entirely true: In my experience, I can’t focus on both capturing the best possible photo and the subject of the photo. And so, when doing work photography, I can often end up feeling like I barely saw the thing I’d been looking at the whole time. I just don’t think that we were designed, biologically and psychologically, to manage…

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Create your own Serverless API

If you don’t already know of it, Todd Motto has this great list of public APIs. It’s awesome if you’re trying out a new framework or new layout pattern and want to hit the ground running without fussing with the content. But what if you want or need to make your own API? Serverless can help create a nice one for data you’d like to expose for use. Serverless really shines for this use case, and hopefully this post makes it clear why. In a non-serverless paradigm, we have to pick something like express, we have to set up endpoints, we have to give your web server secured access to your database server, you have to deploy it, etc. In contrast, here we’ll be able to create an API in a few button clicks, with minor modifications. Here’s the inspiration for this tutorial: I’ve been building a finder to search…

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Remote Conferences; Bridging the Gap, Clearing the Odds

A few weeks back, I saw one of my esteemed mentors decry the psychological traumas he had experienced, following series and series of refusals at certain embassies. “A child concentrating hard at school” by Les Anderson on Unsplash You would think he went for a contract he did not have the capacity for, but then, you would have been wrong. He needed to impart knowledge. He opted to do so across borders, but then, some realities were harsh. We are fighting just the police for mistaking techies and related careers as fraudsters when we have a much bigger problem #thread — Christian Nwamba (@codebeast) June 3, 2018 Borders and geographical constraints can cause a lot of havoc. However, it can only do so, when the full discovery of a better way to impart knowledge across borders has not been made. Video conferencing technology has become handy at times like this.…

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The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea

Not because there aren’t people who actually enjoy working in an open office, there are. Quite a few, actually. But they’re in the distinct minority. The vast majority of people either dislike the open office or downright hate it. So how is that going to work, exactly?By force, of course! Open offices are more appealing to people in management because they needn’t protect their own time and attention as much. Few managers have a schedule that allows, or even requires, long hours of uninterrupted time dedicated to a single creative pursuit.And it’s these managers who are in charge of designing office layouts and signing leases. It’s also these managers who are responsible for booking photo shots of the FUN-FUN office, giving tours to investors, and fielding interviews with journalists. The open office is an excellent backdrop for all those activities.What it isn’t, though, is conductive to better collaboration. A new study shows…

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Balancing Time

I first wrote this post four years ago. I put it on a blog that no longer exists. Funnily enough, I still refer to it myself, so I figured it might be best served in a place where other people can see it. I’ve made only a few minor tweaks to the original content. A lot about how I work has changed, but most of these pieces have not. I work on many personal projects concurrently. I love doing this, as it keeps me in a constant mode of creation. At the same time, it can become a delicate balancing act. In order to keep everything moving forward, I have set up some guidelines for myself and I’m going to share them with you in this post. However, it’s more important to understand what works best for you and consider the sage words of Thich Nhat Hahn: “Don’t follow someone…

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Creating your own meme generator

Almost every time a new meme pops up in my Twitter feed, I think of a witty version to create. I’m not alone in this. Memes are often a way to acknowledge a shared experience or idea. In a variation of the “Is this a pigeon” meme that has been making the rounds online, a designer Daryl Ginn joked about the elementary nature of most applications that say they use artificial intelligence. pic.twitter.com/nAHki0YFyV — Daryl Ginn (@darylginn) May 16, 2018 Several people replied to his tweet saying something along the lines of “replace this with this.” Daryl’s version got them thinking about other possible variations. Platforms like imgFlip exist to make meme generations fast and easy. However, there is only so much customization they can allow. For many memes, creating new versions can only be done by people with Photoshop knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be so! For some…

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Instagram Caption: The Secret 7-Ingredients Recipe

A picture paints a thousand words, right? Not necessarily. Although Instagram is a visual medium, nailing your Instagram caption is almost as critical as the photo (or video) itself. That’s because those few lines of text not only help to provide context for your image but they also help to showcase your brand’s personality. But Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

Cycling in Bruges' countryside

It was such a beautiful day at the Belgian coast that we decided to go on a bike ride. We ended up doing a 44 km (27 miles) ride that took us from the North Sea beach, through the dunes into the beautiful countryside around Bruges. The photo shows the seemingly endless rows of poplar trees along a canal in Damme. The canal (left of the trees, not really visible in the photo) was constructed by Napoleon Bonaparte to enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies more rapidly. At the time, canal boats were drawn by horses on roads alongside the canal. Today, many of these narrow roads have been turned into bike trails. Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

The Top 12 WordPress Themes for Sports Websites

WordPress is the most popular blogging system in the world today. Developed by the WordPress Foundation, it was released in May 2003 to widespread acclaim. One of the key factors behind the success of WordPress is that it has a built-in template system. This allows users to easily switch between pre-made themes that change the look and feel of their website. Themes are essentially user-created templates that WordPress administrators can freely access (or purchase) for their own website. Once installed, the appearance of the website changes as the PHP, HTML, and CSS makeup of the page are reconfigured. WordPress themes make it easy to launch your own personalized website. Whether your website is all about political affairs or the latest financial market speculation, there are WordPress themes that can appeal to your target demographic. If you want to build a sports-related website, WordPress is the platform for you. With hundreds…

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Independent Thinking

I’ve been reminded, viscerally, in the past few weeks that independent thinking is in very, very short supply. As much as we’d like to think that others (and even ourselves) are mature enough to carry our own opinions without submitting ourselves to the whims of others… the mark is missed wildly in reality. My brother and I have been deep into fundraising for our new project and we have encountered many people who cannot seem to make an independent decision. These people are otherwise brilliant (as far as I can tell) but are still subject to the whims and will(s) of others. Which, of course, is sad. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though as it separates the wheat from the chaff and it allows us to partner with truly independent thinkers who see the opportunity plainly and without group-think bias. We’ve ended up saying “Yes” to those types of folks. On…

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Mollom: The story of my first SaaS startup

Last month, Acquia discontinued service and support for Mollom, the spam service I started more than ten years ago. As a goodbye, I want to share the untold story of how I founded Mollom. In 2007, I read Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Work Week, and was hooked. The book provides a blueprint for how entrepreneurs can structure and build a business to fund the lifestyle of their dreams. It’s based on Ferriss’ own experience; he streamlined his business, automated systems and outsourced tasks until it was not only more profitable, but also took less of his time to operate. The process of automation and outsourcing was so efficient, Ferriss only spent four hours a week to run his business; this gave him time and freedom to take “mini-retirements”, travel the world, and write a book. When I first read Ferriss’ book, I was inspired by the idea of simultaneously…

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Freebie: 100 Awesome Photos from Moni’s Photo

Moni is a young artist who loves photography. On Moni’s Photo you can download all the photos for free and use them for your personal and commercial projects.  Moni’s Photo covers various topics from business and technology to nature, animals and more. All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use them for free, including commercial purposes. Download the best 100 photos beneath the previews. Get the free photo pack from here. The post Freebie: 100 Awesome Photos from Moni’s Photo appeared first on Inspired Magazine. Source: inspiredm.com

What’s New in Basecamp 3.9 for iOS

This release is all about usability improvements. Download it for iPhone and iPad from the App Store now.Find tab improvements 🔍The Find tab now lets you quickly jump to anything you recently viewed without having to type a word! When you open Find, you’ll see your most recently visited pages, making it super easy to quickly get back to something you were viewing. Or start typing to instantly search in place for anything in your Basecamp account. You can also use advanced filters to define even more specific search terms. Go forth and find!New project and team pages ⚡️The old project and team pages were… slow. We decided to speed them up, as well as feature your team’s latest activity more prominently with this new design. Instead of nearly identical cards for each tool, you’ll see a unique icon in a bright color, making them easier to recognize. Each icon also has a…

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Running Hardware Hackathons

A while ago we ran the Pebble Rocks Boulder (PRB) hardware hackathon here in Boulder, Colorado. This was a 48 hour non-stop hackathon focused on the then freshly announced Pebble smart strap. Collectively the goal had been to bring together talented folks and technology in the hopes of generating a handful of clever ideas and projects. However after the dust settled, and the antics were over, what was created was far more than we had expected. We invited teams from around the nation to compete, but instead they ended up collaborating. Teams cannibalized a 3D printer farm, sprawled into one another’s spaces, stayed up late debugging each others problems. As organizers we had unexpectedly stumbled into a world that could, in truth, only survive for two full days. It was a taste of festival life but without the extremes. Along the way we picked up some tips and tricks for…

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