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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year and a blessed 2013 to everyone!

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I Joined 14th Tour of the Fireflies

Monday, November 19, 2012

I join the annual Tour of the Fireflies for the third time. This year's theme is BEST, which stands for Bicycles for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation.

"The event is primarily aimed to support the government's environmental projects on Clean Air and Environmentally Sustainable Transportation strategy," according to the Firefly Brigade's statement.

It is also being held in line with the Philippine Clean Air month celebrations and the kick-off event of the Philippine Climate Change Consciousness Week.

The event is also reported in GMA News TV's Balitanghali

I have taken some photos during the event. The photos are taken at random and from a participants point of view. More photos and official photos are available from Firefly Brigade's Facebook Page.

My bike under the shade

The tour is also being held in line with the Philippine Clean Air month celebrations and the kick-off event of the Philippine Climate Change Consciousness Week.
The tour is also being held in line with the Philippine Clean Air month celebrations and the kick-off event of the Philippine Climate Change Consciousness Week.

Carbo-loading in preparation for the tour
Carbo-loading in preparation for the tour

Scene before the peloton rolled out

Scene when the peloton started to roll out

Scene when the peloton started to roll out

Scene when the peloton started to roll out

the peloton in Marikina

the peloton in Marikina

My bike leaned at the fence of Dambana ng Ina ng mga Walang Umaampon in Marikina city.
My bike leaned at the fence of Dambana ng Ina ng mga Walang Umaampon in Marikina city.

Dambana ng Ina ng mga Walang Umaampon

tall bike tall bike

tall bike tall bike

The Start/Finish sign in Tiendesitas

Refreshment after the tour

Facebook are known to have a nasty habit of breaking photos' URL. When the time comes you won't be able to see the photos in the space provided above, you might view it from this link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151167223864370.463957.619219369.

My good friend MJ got a series of nice photos of the event here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152242860590109.924714.711615108.

Official Firefly Brigade photos can also be viewed from these links:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10151177561874217
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.295749090537138

.co.cc Ceased to Exist!

The reason I posted the entry above here in my travelogue blog is because my cycling blog encountered some issues with regards to custom domains this second week of November. Here are some screen captures...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.cc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.cc

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.cc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.cc

It's a cycling blog and I wanted a .cc domain, so I end up registering bikelog.cc that happens to be fortunately available for me. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to be configured with Bloggers's custom domain though I already had followed all the instructions of customizing DNS entries. It's already been a few days since I waited.

Problem with custom domain registration
Problem with custom domain registration.

I will try to wait for a few more days.

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Received Another Google Adsense Payout

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I have just received another Google Adsense payout last week. This blog just sat idly for almost three years already and it was surprising to find out that I got earnings.

In my Facebook status last August, I posted about my Google Adsense account being disabled (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151004872659370&set=a.444964099369.244038.619219369). After two months of exchanging e-mail with Google Adsense staff, my Google Adsense account was restored first week of October.

So happy about my earnings. Here's the screen capture:

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The Difference Between A Graphic Designer and Interface Designer

Monday, October 29, 2012

I am sick and tired to be compared head-to-head with a graphics designer!!!

After five weeks of exchanging ideas, five templates being presented, three revised project proposal, I dropped a client today. We've come to terms wherein the client prefers a visually orgasmic web site by a graphics designer over my fast and efficient interface design and she's going to drop me anyway. I was told, "Mas maganda ang gawa ni [name of the graphics designer] kesa'yo. Ito na lang seguro ang kukuhanin ko. I think he's better than you." ([Name of the graphics designer]'s design looks better than yours. I am now contemplating to hire his service instead of yours. I think he's better than you.).

Backgrounder:
     I'm an old-school web designer who started working on static web sites since 1996. I am proficient in HTML and Javascript and adept in tinkering source codes via text editors (i.e. Notepad). For the touch of graphics, I commissioned graphics artist to do it for me and splice their work to my web interface.
     Content management system (CMS) and blogging platform such as Wordpress and Blogger provided an avenue for fully-automated yet cost-effective web site development. I ditched static web pages and embraced blogging tools to build web sites that are fast, effecient, yet economical. Depending on the needs of the client, the web sites I created for my client are usually "automated" which simply means it is almost comparable to high-end database driven web sites where web site owners can post entries or articles by themselves (e.g. http://www.wfwp-asia.blogspot.tw/). All these without the high costs of maintaining a database-driven web sites.
     Technology advances for the better and I was left behind with a very awkward know-how of HTML5, DHTML, XHTML, XML, SGML, and any other modern type of markup language for web browser display. Since then, I no longer hand-code web design from scratch but rely heavily on free or premium web templates readily available across the web. It is cost-efficient and save time for me and my client.

As an interface designer, I work side-by-side with graphics designer who can provide graphics works that I can splice into my web interface. Interface designer and graphics designer are two different professions. This is why to compare me with a graphics designer is simply not right. As a general rule, these are completely two different discipline in the web design industry that complement with each other - not compete.

There are also instance that interface designer and graphics designer cannot work along with each other. It's not because of competition but more on compatability issues. One time, I was maintaining a particular web site operating on Blogger platform. Posting and updating with entries were as easy as a breeze. Yet, while the domain is country-level, still it didn't incurred much expenditures as even web hosting is being provided by Google (or more appropriately Blogspot) for free. The owner commissioned a friend graphics designer to "redesign" the site. The plan included getting a paid web hosting service, flashy static web pages, and the tedious FTP jobs. I decommissioned myself from that website because of difference in ideas on how to implement user-friendliness environment for both web site visitors and web site administrators. Fast forward today, I was tasked to update the web site and there lies the problem. The redesigned web site being on static web pages became too difficult to maintain. There was never a problem if only the graphics designer could design an XML-based web template. Blogger platform is XML-based and had XML-based web template was implemented, there was no need to practically overhaul the whole site.

Nothing is wrong with the graphics designer. He is a very very good designer and talented at that and in fact, an experienced graphics designer working in some prestigious graphics designing company in the country. The only thing is that he's not designing XML-based template.

“Interface design is when one is designing something that will be used by humans. The understanding of how a user thinks, learns and adapts is important knowledge.

I’m not down playing graphic design in any way, it’s just different. For example, graphic designers have the intention to grab an emotional response visually. While Interface designers have the intention to grab a logical response mentally.”

Just as I was Googling keywords like "difference between interface designer and graphics designer," I came across this pretty straight-forward explanation here: http://m1k3.net/archives/distinction_between_interfaces_and_graphics.

Complete list of 2013 holidays:

I spent my long weekend almost for nothing - web design project that will not pushed-through. Anyhow, as a bonus to myself, I am posting here the 2013 list of holidays:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day - January 1 (Tuesday)
Maundy Thursday - March 28
Good Friday - March 29
Araw ng Kagitingan - April 9 (Tuesday)
Labor Day - May 1 (Wednesday)
Independence Day - June 12 (Wednesday)
National Heroes Day - August 26 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day - November 30 (Saturday)
Christmas Day - December 25 (Wednesday)
Rizal Day - December 30 (Monday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Black Saturday - March 30
Ninoy Aquino Day - Aug. 21 (Wednesday)
All Saints Day - November 1 (Friday)
Additional special (non-working) days - November 2 (Saturday) and December 24 (Tuesday)
Last Day of the Year - December 31 (Tuesday)

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary - February 25 (Monday)

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calibrate your monitor. Calibration guide courtesy of Rey Nocum.