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DNS propagation viewable on a world map

I just discovered a great tool for anyone who deals with the arcane world of DNS. It shows how DNS changes are propagating across the world with a neat world map view. It’s great to have a visualization tool for something so abstract. I can dig the command line for its simplicity and power but sometimes I need to “see” what the virtual world looks like.


via: What’s My DNS? Global DNS Propagation Checker.

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Free WordPress Workshop by HelloARI: Web sites for Performing and Visual Artists in Chicago


Peter McDowell and I will offer the free workshop “WordPress Web sites for Performing and Visual Artists” at the 2011 Creative Chicago Expo on March 12, 2011. The Expo is held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington and offers free admission.

Using dynamic discussion and visual examples, this workshop will go through the basics of establishing a strong online presence for performing and visual artists with a focus on:

  • Branding
    • Simple logo vs Complete visual identity
    • Logotype, logomark, business cards and other matching print collateral
  • Content Management System (CMS): How the WordPress CMS can empower the delivery of constantly changing information to key audiences
  • The differences between WordPress.org (requiring a web developer) and WordPress.com (free do-it-yourself) services
  • Building a strong platform for online marketing
    • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
    • SEM (search Engine Marketing)
    • Social networking strategies to drive traffic
  • How a web site fits into a larger marketing effort
  • Costs and timelines: getting your content together before you approach a designer
  • Time management: “Don’t be a programmer, be the best artist you can be.”

Peter McDowell and Ari Salomon believe in the necessity of access to effective, attractive, functional web sites for performing and visual artists. McDowell (a veteran of 20 years experience in arts management) and Salomon (a web designer and developer for 15 years) have teamed up since 2009 seeking to provide a low-cost, high quality option in web marketing for artists by creating over a dozen web sites for artists and by training them how to update and maintain their new sites. Their upcoming venture, PerformSites, will launch in Spring 2011.

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Exhibition: Habitat

I currently have 4 pieces from my 18 Rue Dugommier series on display at a show called Habitat: Explorations of Home and Shelter in Contemporary Art.

The exhibtion runs from February 24 until May 13, 2011 at the California Bank of Commerce in Lafayette, CA (map). Hours are Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm with a reception on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The exhibition was curated by Carrie Lederer and Steven Pon.

Artists include:
Julie Alvarado, Pamela Belknap, Tyler Bewley, Maggie Birmingham, Sara Bright, Joy Broom, Jessica Dacher, Davis & Davis, Katherine Dunlevie, Danielle Giudici Wallis, Sheldon Greenberg, Kerri Johnson, Sheila Ghidini, Aida Gamez, Michelle Nye, Deborah Hamon, Deborah Hamon, Stephen Hayes, Randall Heath, Terry Hoff, Derek Lynch, Lisea Lyons, Jeannie O’Connor, Emily Payne, Sasha Petrenko, Alejandro Rubio, Amy Sollins, Lisa Salomon, Gina Tuzzi, Lucy Trager, Ann Weber, Mary White, Jen Zahigan.

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JCSEO: Dirty Little Secrets

The New York Times had a long article about Black Hat SEO they uncovered for JCPenny.com over the last few months. Google has severely lowered their ranking as a result.

…the digital age’s most mundane act, the Google search, often represents layer upon layer of intrigue. And the intrigue starts in the sprawling, subterranean world of “black hat” optimization, the dark art of raising the profile of a Web site with methods that Google considers tantamount to cheating.

It’s like the old robber-baron day of railroad when big brands did whatever they want.

I was surprised to learn this fact: 34 percent of the traffic from Google go to the #1 result, about twice the percentage that go to #2.

I rechecked my own PageRank: I’m up to 6 out of 10. That reminds me of other SEO successes my clients have had. And new clients I have connected with since I started targeting “WordPress Expert” on my own site. Including an internet lawyer who is using SEO effectively to get his new business off the ground.

via Search Optimization and Its Dirty Little Secrets – NYTimes.com.

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New Laser Zaps Mosquitoes in SlowMotion

Killed by consumer electronics. I can somehow relate to that.

YouTube – New Laser Zaps Mosquitoes in SlowMotion.

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Formerly Honest Foods

I came across this rebranding nightmare. Honest Foods became Earnest Eats. But somehow they also became “Formerly Honest”…

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Prado print on demand

I was recently at the Prado museum and found this print on demand service available for many images in their collection. the Gift store no longer carries posters – you can print many images at any size you want.

Here is their info card with pricing. I did not buy one but I remember the days when I used to buy posters from museums.

you can also buy online at www.tiendaprado.com

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Exhibition: Follow-ed (after Hokusai)

Follow-ed (after Hokusai): a collection of books influenced and inspired by Ed Ruscha. (view my book) Winchester Gallery (UK), Curated by Hermann Zschiegner (New York ) and Tom Sowden (Bristol, UK)

My Book

More About the Exhibition

About the exhibitions
Print matters is the title for a group of three exhibitions, each related to artists’ publications. These range from seminal artists’ books produced in the 1960s, a homage to the books of Edward Ruscha, through to the contemporary zine made by Graphic Arts students at Winchester School of Art. (PDF brochure)
A visual journey through the artist’s book, is grouped around four themes: beginnings, narratives, interventions and constructions.
Follow-ed (after Hokusai) is an exhibition of books inspired by the American artist Edward Ruscha, collected and curated by Tom Sowden and Michalis Pichler, on show in the Winchester Gallery.
Zines is displayed in the Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library.


The Winchester Gallery is on the University’s Winchester School of Art campus, Park Avenue, Winchester. Maps and travel information are available on the University website

Opening hours
Follow-ed (after Hokusai) runs from 2nd February to 10th March 2011 and the Winchester Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Related Information

  • Tom’s article on Follow-ed for The Bonefolder was published in the Fall Issue, Volume 6 Number 1, and discusses why he makes books influenced by Ed Ruscha and how his plans to curate a show of works in this style developed. You can access The Bonefolder journal online, free, at: www.philobiblon.com Look for PDF link…
  • After the Winchester show, the show is traveling to P74 (Ljubljana), Arnolfini (Bristol, UK) and other places.
  • The opening at Gallery P74 (Prušnikova 74, Ljubljana) is on Friday, March 11, 9pm. The opening at Arnolfini (Bristol) is on March 15, and also there is a crackers Photoshoot March 3-5, from 11am-5pm
  • The show was featured as a centerfold spread in The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism in Volume 37, Number 6. Click images below to enlarge:
  • 9/2011: Follow-ed (after hokusai) has been shown as part of the Impact 7 Printmaking Conference at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Photos here.

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WordPress Support » Widget Logic (logged in?)

Do not display for people logged in

Question: Is there a conditional tag so that I can show/not show a certain widget based on whether the person is logged into the blog.

Answer: the code to use: is_user_logged_in()

The forum post below is closed so I’m answering this question here on my blog.

BTW if you want to NOT show a widget to logged in users just use: !is_user_logged_in()

via WordPress › Support » Widget Logic – Do not display for people logged in.


More Tips

Also: if you want to show a widget on two or more specific posts then use an array like this: is_single(array(1,147,53))

if you and to target two or more specifica pages use: is_page(array(1,147,53))

and you can use the opposite too if you want to exclude a handful of pages or posts: !is_single(array(1,147,53))

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Unintentional signage #1: LIBERTY

I am gathering images of old, faded, cracked vinyl signs and have been keeping an eye out for a certain kind of wabi-sabi sign. Today though I have a different kind of sign to share.

I came across some moss growing in the sidewalk embossed sign for “Liberty” street…

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