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random banners now greet you
|| 3/3/2007 || 9:38 pm || Comments Off on random banners now greet you || ||

In an effort to make my website a bit more Internet Explorer friendly, I decided to remove the eponymous flash animation that used to sit on the left side of the screen (It never really showed up properly on IE anyways). The banner has now been replaced with a php script that randomly picks a file in a folder on my website. I made 15 banners that all feature my second generation digital signature in the southwest corner. Each time you visit a new page you will get a new banner displayed (some exceptions). View the entire lot after the fold…


1 year later
|| 12/1/2005 || 8:00 am || Comments Off on 1 year later || ||

Today there is an interesting overlap of events taking place….

First & foremost, today is my 1 year anniversary of my job at the AAG. I must say this year has gone by extremely fast. It honestly feels like just a few months ago I was riding down the street joyfully calling my mom telling her that I scored my dream job. 12 months & $7K in taxes later, I feel I have accomplished a lot this year. Tomorrow I am going to write down a comprehensive listing of all the activities, projects, and accomplishments I’ve had undertaken in this last year. I hope to use it to justify a decent salary increase… I feel I deserve it :-)

The secondary overlap, is that tonight is the DC Statehood Green Party general body meeting. I have been nominated for both the steering committee of the DC Statehood Green Party and as a delegate to the Green Party National Assembly. To be honest I don’t know how much work I’ll have bitten off if I get elected, and for that I am somewhat nervous, but what I’ve learned thus far in my quarter century of life is that the harder a situation is, the more character is built. I think back to Operation Ceasefire (I never wrote a recap of it!), which I still regard as the hardest day of my life, yet I finished that as a changed man, and hopefully if I get elected it will also change me in a way for the better.

In regards to my previous posting about the general body meeting was actually picked up by DC Blogs. KOB (the webmaster of DC Blogs) actually violated a gentleman’s request I had with him about keeping my blog entries off of his website (I don’t want a bunch of strangers looking at my website– weird right?), yet the ironic part of it is that I’m actually happy he did so, simply because he gave free publicity to the party. I’ve only had three visitors who actually came from his website to mine, but at least they came with an intention of finding our more about the party… If you are reading this KOB, ask me first ;-)

new visitors
|| 3/18/2005 || 10:39 am || Comments Off on new visitors || ||

I was doing my daily check of my website logs this morning, and I am very pleased my colleague Joseph Kerski recieved my print in the mail! I can tell he liked it because he sent my link to some of his friends. In the end, I recieved 10 hits from various USGS employees. That’s definitely the most hits I’ve recieved from one government agency in one day! I wonder who else will check out my work today? I’ll definitely find out tomorrow. Last night I added some content to my design & video pages, and most importantly I included a link to my most recent project,

Well tomorrow has come and there have been 23 more USGS visits :-) Including someone from NORAD & someone from DHS. I hope you have enjoyed your visit!

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wow …its really finished… for now
|| 8/11/2004 || 6:33 am || Comments Off on wow …its really finished… for now || ||

I have spent entirely too much time working on my website! But DAMN, I am really proud of how it looks now. I added a whole slew of new pages. First off, I created a services page, which I hope will drum up some new business. I feel that I will be updating this page with some more explicit information shortly. I also added a bunch of new renderings which I’ve been waiting for some time to put on-line. The whole “Lenz Project” has really churned out some amazing images! And they keep getting bigger too! The last few designs have rendered at 10,000 X 7,500 pixels (about 300 megabyte TIFFs!)- which means they’ll make some amazing posters someday. When I first started rendering designs I’d make them 1600X1200, and after the 9 day rendering of the “recycling room,” I have become a lot more patient and now the graphics are just getting larger & larger. Now the only drawback is obtaining free satellite imagery that is large enough so that I can render the XXL sizes without massive pixilation.

I am now experimenting with taking the whole Lenz template and elongating the sphere to create an eye. It looks like the next series will be the “Eye in the Sky Project” :) After compiling all the images together for the design page, I opted to make the new design page four pages instead of one. I didn’t know that I had that many graphics, but at the same time I realize there are a few that aren’t even listed on the page itself! (I like the way that page looks with the “earth,” Baghdad, the Pentagon, the Vatican, and Mecca- but I don’t really care for the moon rendering there, but oh well) I also split up the video page into two sections. Doing all of this made me realize that I beginning to build up a decent body of work. Next up is redoing the “site map,” because the XML portion that I toiled away for hours working on last year has been replaced by this blog. I think I am going to make the White House the link to the services page. I’ll post updates when they are completed.

In reference the last post, after checking my website logs (rather excitedly) I ended up getting 5 hits from the U.S. Capitol Police. Nothing from the Department of Homeland Security or the State Department. The U.S. Capitol Police didn’t look at anything on the website except for my animation, my blog, and of course they downloaded my resume. Judging by the speed at which they ran through the pages, it was more of an investigation of Nikolas Schiller than an analysis of my animation. However, I was glad to see that during one of the 5 hits, someone actually looked through the complete analysis. Nonetheless, my encounter with the U.S. Capitol Police Investigations Division Task Force was a lot better than the two reporters with the Common Denominator who were detained! The whole irony is that even the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police sees no specific threat to Hill. Its 3 year old intelligence! What was that? Did you hear a boy crying wolf in the distance?

The political hardball I’ve been the most privy to as of late has been with Adam’s campaign. This week we are contesting the fact that Adam’s challenger is using the DC government website for his reelection campaign website. I got to be quoted in the press release, but judging by the few hits I received today it wasn’t sent out to many people or the reporters chose not to cover the story. [update: this was not written to insinuate that anyone did not do their job properly] Nonetheless, its my first time appearing in a press release. Next up for the campaign is to make a nice looking promotional campaign video. I have all the footage to make something now, I just don’t have the creative drive at the moment- or more like the framework for which I want to make it. I’d like to work with someone on it rather than going at it alone. Anyways, this Friday I am going to be out in Ward 7 again campaigning without Adam for Michele Tingling-Clemmons (candidate for DC City Council WARD 7). I’ve enjoyed going to Ward 7 & 8 this last month because its shown me a lot more DC than I ever have seen in the last 5 years…errr, well the east side of DC that is. I want to do another event in Adam’s Morgan though! Next month we’ll probably have another one :)

Well the sun is coming up and the vampire must go to sleep. Or should I just stay up? Eh, there is a drum & bass event tonight at Club 5, but I don’t think I’m going to go. I should, I need the exercise, but I’m just kinda bored seeing the same folks every time I go out. We’ll see about it…

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