Monthly Archives: October 2008

★ I'm all ready for Movember, are you?

Well here we are, it’s that time of year again. The time of year known globally as Movember, the month formerly known as November, I’m growing a Mo. That’s right I’m bringing the Mo back because I’m passionate about tackling men’s health issues and being proactive in the fight against men’s depression and prostate cancer.

This past year I personally know two people who were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Fortunately both of them were smart enough, and able enough, to see a doctor early to catch it before it killed them. Many others aren’t as able, or aren’t aware. Movember, and us Mo Bros, are aiming to fix this!

To donate to my Mo you can either:

Click this link https://www.movember.com/au/donate and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account, or

Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation’, referencing my Registration Number 1350316 and mailing it to:

Movember Foundation

PO Box 292

Prahran VIC 3181

Remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The money raised by Movember is used to raise awareness of men’s health issues and donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative. The PCFA and beyondblue will use the funds to fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and depression.

Here’s some facts for you:

  • Depression affects 1 in 6 men….most don’t seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide.

  • Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer – equivalent to the number of women who will die from breast cancer annually.

For those that have supported Movember in previous years you can be very proud of the impact it has had and can check out the details at: [ Fundraising Outcomes ].

Movember culminates at the end of month Gala Partés. If you would like to be part of this great night you’ll need to purchase a [ Gala Parté Ticket ].

Oh and there is this little video that I made this afternoon, proof that the hob-cool beard I’ve been growing for the last 6 months did come all the way off.

Thanks for your support Mathew.

More information is available at http://www.movember.com/.

★ They violated my car!

What an ordinary way to start the day. Woke up to one of my neighbours knocking on the front door around 7 am this morning, he was there to let me know that my car had been broken into over night, so had his.

Not entirely sure when it happened, I’m guessing some time after 11 pm last night as that’s when I went to bed. As you can see in the photos they’ve busted the rear left window, probably using a screw driver.

They only stole one thing from the car, an old Apple iMac G5. It was in my car from the Newcastle Music Week Expo Day that I went to yesterday, my stomach was all ick so I didn’t get around to taking it out of the car when I got home, though it was covered by a couple of towels in the footwell in the rear left seat. Oh well, that’s gone now and I highly doubt it will be recovered.

★ They violated my car!

What an ordinary way to start the day. Woke up to one of my neighbours knocking on the front door around 7 am this morning, he was there to let me know that my car had been broken into over night, so had his.

Not entirely sure when it happened, I’m guessing some time after 11 pm last night as that’s when I went to bed. As you can see in the photos they’ve busted the rear left window, probably using a screw driver.

They only stole one thing from the car, an old Apple iMac G5. It was in my car from the Newcastle Music Week Expo Day that I went to yesterday, my stomach was all ick so I didn’t get around to taking it out of the car when I got home, though it was covered by a couple of towels in the footwell in the rear left seat. Oh well, that’s gone now and I highly doubt it will be recovered.

★ I’m all ready for Movember, are you?

Well here we are, it’s that time of year again. The time of year known globally as Movember, the month formerly known as November, I’m growing a Mo. That’s right I’m bringing the Mo back because I’m passionate about tackling men’s health issues and being proactive in the fight against men’s depression and prostate cancer.

This past year I personally know two people who were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Fortunately both of them were smart enough, and able enough, to see a doctor early to catch it before it killed them. Many others aren’t as able, or aren’t aware. Movember, and us Mo Bros, are aiming to fix this!

To donate to my Mo you can either:

Click this link https://www.movember.com/au/donate and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account, or

Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation’, referencing my Registration Number 1350316 and mailing it to:

Movember Foundation

PO Box 292

Prahran VIC 3181

Remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The money raised by Movember is used to raise awareness of men’s health issues and donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative. The PCFA and beyondblue will use the funds to fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and depression.

Here’s some facts for you:

  • Depression affects 1 in 6 men….most don’t seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide.

  • Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer – equivalent to the number of women who will die from breast cancer annually.

For those that have supported Movember in previous years you can be very proud of the impact it has had and can check out the details at: [ Fundraising Outcomes ].

Movember culminates at the end of month Gala Partés. If you would like to be part of this great night you’ll need to purchase a [ Gala Parté Ticket ].

Oh and there is this little video that I made this afternoon, proof that the hob-cool beard I’ve been growing for the last 6 months did come all the way off.

Thanks for your support Mathew.

More information is available at http://www.movember.com/.

★ Should this be 'Mat's Recipes Blog'

Was having a bit more of a detailed look through my Google Analytics stats for this website, this morning, and one thing that is very clear is that people are finding my blog when they are looking for directions on how to make either Fettuccini Carbonara, Teriyaki Chicken, Satay Chicken, or Chicken & Vegetable Lasagne.

Out of the 5,000 odd unique hits I’ve had so far this month an overwhelming 60% of that traffic has come from search engines, and the top keyword terms used were carbonara recipe, teriyaki chicken, fettuccini carbonara, teryiyaki chicken recipe, satay chicken, satay chicken recipe, and chicken lasagne, and this goes on an on till I actually register a keyword of Canon 5D mkII as the 25th most popular keyword.

Something tells me I should not be writing about blogging, and website design, and all those other things I tend to write about at a greater frequency than I publish recipes.

What to do, what to do?

I think I need to do some research on setting up landing pages so that I can make sure people get to the right areas of my blog in relation to their search query.

Or maybe I should just blog recipes all the time, I have a huge number of them.

★ Should this be ‘Mat’s Recipes Blog’

Was having a bit more of a detailed look through my Google Analytics stats for this website, this morning, and one thing that is very clear is that people are finding my blog when they are looking for directions on how to make either Fettuccini Carbonara, Teriyaki Chicken, Satay Chicken, or Chicken & Vegetable Lasagne.

Out of the 5,000 odd unique hits I’ve had so far this month an overwhelming 60% of that traffic has come from search engines, and the top keyword terms used were carbonara recipe, teriyaki chicken, fettuccini carbonara, teryiyaki chicken recipe, satay chicken, satay chicken recipe, and chicken lasagne, and this goes on an on till I actually register a keyword of Canon 5D mkII as the 25th most popular keyword.

Something tells me I should not be writing about blogging, and website design, and all those other things I tend to write about at a greater frequency than I publish recipes.

What to do, what to do?

I think I need to do some research on setting up landing pages so that I can make sure people get to the right areas of my blog in relation to their search query.

Or maybe I should just blog recipes all the time, I have a huge number of them.

★ Fueled by coffee

Fueled by a couple of strong coffees, I’ve some how managed to sketch up 5 different website designs in my web design Moleskine this morning. Hopefully over the next few days or so I can start putting the designs together, code wise that is.

I’ve always been into playing around with website design and development but until recently the ‘light bulb moment’ hadn’t happened for me and I had been struggling with some reasonably basic things…then the light bulb moment happened and well I’ve been motivated and sketching since. I still run into the odd problem, but the web design community is generally really good at helping each other out, so most of the time I can get an answer / solution to the problem within minutes.

So what are these designs actually for? Good question. At this stage one of them is for a mates band, Head of State, who are looking to relaunch their website for a run of upcoming shows and festivals. The others aren’t ‘spoken for’ at this stage, so I might submit them to Theme Forest or one of those websites, not sure yet.

As the designs start to take shape I might post a few teaser screen grabs here, for now though I better get back to work.

★ Fueled by coffee

Fueled by a couple of strong coffees, I’ve some how managed to sketch up 5 different website designs in my web design Moleskine this morning. Hopefully over the next few days or so I can start putting the designs together, code wise that is.

I’ve always been into playing around with website design and development but until recently the ‘light bulb moment’ hadn’t happened for me and I had been struggling with some reasonably basic things…then the light bulb moment happened and well I’ve been motivated and sketching since. I still run into the odd problem, but the web design community is generally really good at helping each other out, so most of the time I can get an answer / solution to the problem within minutes.

So what are these designs actually for? Good question. At this stage one of them is for a mates band, Head of State, who are looking to relaunch their website for a run of upcoming shows and festivals. The others aren’t ‘spoken for’ at this stage, so I might submit them to Theme Forest or one of those websites, not sure yet.

As the designs start to take shape I might post a few teaser screen grabs here, for now though I better get back to work.

★ All Launched Out

Yesterday I spent a very long day in front of Taco HTML Editor, in combination with Firebug and Transmit FTP, putting together the final coding touches to a new clients website. All up it was an 11 hour session, I’ve not seriously coded for that long in a single day before however as we were aiming to launch the site this morning it was a necessity.

So anyway, after a long day, and a very early start this morning, the re-development of SNOBs.com.au was completed.

The basic requirements for the SNOBs re-development was to convert the existing WordPress installation from a ‘hierarchal 3 column design’ to a ‘magazine’ style theme. If you’ve read / viewed this website anytime in the past 6 months you’d know I’m a bit of a fan of magazine style themes and have played with a number of them here.

Some of the other things that Carlee, SNOBS owner, wanted for the re-development were;

  • a way to feature competitions and certain content entries
  • the ability to put polls in articles
  • the ability to sell off numerous advertising spaces, and automate the delivery of them
  • an overall neater and cleaner ‘feel’ to the site

This morning when we launched SNOBS Carlee seemed pretty happy, or possibly delirious from lack of sleep (sorry about that…haha..). And so far the traffic stats and time on site stats are looking good as well.

There’s still a handful of features that will be going live over the next couple of weeks, some really cool and very ‘social’ and others that will make some of the daily site maintenance and operation easier.

Anyway, here’s a quick screen capture of the site, or you can go directly to SNOBS.com.au and see it in action.

SNOBS – Social Network for Opportunistic Businesswomen.

★ All Launched Out

Yesterday I spent a very long day in front of Taco HTML Editor, in combination with Firebug and Transmit FTP, putting together the final coding touches to a new clients website. All up it was an 11 hour session, I’ve not seriously coded for that long in a single day before however as we were aiming to launch the site this morning it was a necessity.

So anyway, after a long day, and a very early start this morning, the re-development of SNOBs.com.au was completed.

The basic requirements for the SNOBs re-development was to convert the existing WordPress installation from a ‘hierarchal 3 column design’ to a ‘magazine’ style theme. If you’ve read / viewed this website anytime in the past 6 months you’d know I’m a bit of a fan of magazine style themes and have played with a number of them here.

Some of the other things that Carlee, SNOBS owner, wanted for the re-development were;

  • a way to feature competitions and certain content entries
  • the ability to put polls in articles
  • the ability to sell off numerous advertising spaces, and automate the delivery of them
  • an overall neater and cleaner ‘feel’ to the site

This morning when we launched SNOBS Carlee seemed pretty happy, or possibly delirious from lack of sleep (sorry about that…haha..). And so far the traffic stats and time on site stats are looking good as well.

There’s still a handful of features that will be going live over the next couple of weeks, some really cool and very ‘social’ and others that will make some of the daily site maintenance and operation easier.

Anyway, here’s a quick screen capture of the site, or you can go directly to SNOBS.com.au and see it in action.

SNOBS – Social Network for Opportunistic Businesswomen.

★ New website design

For the last month and a bit I’ve been selling my services as a web consultant, basically I’ve been helping a couple of local companies better their web presence and help them on their way toward being a whole lot more web savvy. As part of this consulting role I’m also developing new websites for each of them, 3 of which will be going live in the next couple of days pending final review.

With all this website development going on I’ve come to realise that my website, this blog, really doesn’t sell itself as a good, simple, clean, website. It’s quite heavy code wise, and definitely fairly heavy image wise, and it just doesn’t look and ‘feel’ like I want it to. One of the problems I have, both in life and web design, is loading too much into one thing. This is about to change with my new design, and hopefully I can follow it through in my every day life.

May I present you with the ‘almost’ final design of my new website. It’s simple, it’s really clean, there’s very little heavy lifting to do code wise, and it loads pretty darn fast. The home page has maybe 20kb of images on it, individual article pages will be larger but I felt it was important to have the home page really lean.

There’s three little things I want to fix up before I set it loose;

  1. I need an icon for dopplr
  2. I need to put in the footer copyright information
  3. I need to trim my current article categories down (long painful process)

After those three items are complete, and I return someone’s advertising dollars, it’ll be live. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

★ New website design

For the last month and a bit I’ve been selling my services as a web consultant, basically I’ve been helping a couple of local companies better their web presence and help them on their way toward being a whole lot more web savvy. As part of this consulting role I’m also developing new websites for each of them, 3 of which will be going live in the next couple of days pending final review.

With all this website development going on I’ve come to realise that my website, this blog, really doesn’t sell itself as a good, simple, clean, website. It’s quite heavy code wise, and definitely fairly heavy image wise, and it just doesn’t look and ‘feel’ like I want it to. One of the problems I have, both in life and web design, is loading too much into one thing. This is about to change with my new design, and hopefully I can follow it through in my every day life.

May I present you with the ‘almost’ final design of my new website. It’s simple, it’s really clean, there’s very little heavy lifting to do code wise, and it loads pretty darn fast. The home page has maybe 20kb of images on it, individual article pages will be larger but I felt it was important to have the home page really lean.

There’s three little things I want to fix up before I set it loose;

  1. I need an icon for dopplr
  2. I need to put in the footer copyright information
  3. I need to trim my current article categories down (long painful process)

After those three items are complete, and I return someone’s advertising dollars, it’ll be live. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

★ A cleaner, slower internet for all

It’s Friday, time for a Mat Rant.

For some time now the Australian Government has been talking about filtering the internet at ISP level here in Australia with a supposed ‘black list’ of websites with what is termed ‘illegal content’, I’ve even discussed it on this website before here and here.

Well there has been some amendments made to the original proposal and now the Australian Government has decided that there is no ‘opt out’ of the filter, all ISPs will be forced to comply with this legislation.

The filter will be a two-tiered system, the top tier will be always on whilst the second-tier will be opt-out. At this stage there is no full confirmation on what the top-tier filter will actually stop, or what websites will be on the blacklist, however one thing is for sure that it will restrict what we are allowed to see online and it is going to slow down our already crap-tacular internet speeds in Australia, not to mention the $44.2 million dollars that will come out of tax payers pockets to fund this.

 

I’m all for protecting children from pornography, violent videos, and all of the other crap that can be found on the internet however I really don’t think this is the best way to approach this, oh and by the way this filtering system wont be applied to email, peer to peer networks, or even bit-torrents, coz you know kids don’t use those technologies at all.

If this system is to work and not negatively effect how many of us work on the internet, bloggers, freelance website designers, etc. then it needs to be an opt-in service. How hard would it be to ask people when they sign up for a plan “Would you like your internet access filtered to stop certain types of ‘offensive’ materials being available on your computer?”. It’s really not that hard, shoot even Foxtel allows me to put a ‘parent barring code’ on certain channels.

C’mon Senator Conroy, wake up to yourself. This legislation will hurt Australians, it will hurt businesses, it will make us look like a pack of idiots who need protection from the ‘big bad internets’. Ohs nos!

Andrew Beeston says it best here.

★ A cleaner, slower internet for all

It’s Friday, time for a Mat Rant.

For some time now the Australian Government has been talking about filtering the internet at ISP level here in Australia with a supposed ‘black list’ of websites with what is termed ‘illegal content’, I’ve even discussed it on this website before here and here.

Well there has been some amendments made to the original proposal and now the Australian Government has decided that there is no ‘opt out’ of the filter, all ISPs will be forced to comply with this legislation.

The filter will be a two-tiered system, the top tier will be always on whilst the second-tier will be opt-out. At this stage there is no full confirmation on what the top-tier filter will actually stop, or what websites will be on the blacklist, however one thing is for sure that it will restrict what we are allowed to see online and it is going to slow down our already crap-tacular internet speeds in Australia, not to mention the $44.2 million dollars that will come out of tax payers pockets to fund this.

 

I’m all for protecting children from pornography, violent videos, and all of the other crap that can be found on the internet however I really don’t think this is the best way to approach this, oh and by the way this filtering system wont be applied to email, peer to peer networks, or even bit-torrents, coz you know kids don’t use those technologies at all.

If this system is to work and not negatively effect how many of us work on the internet, bloggers, freelance website designers, etc. then it needs to be an opt-in service. How hard would it be to ask people when they sign up for a plan “Would you like your internet access filtered to stop certain types of ‘offensive’ materials being available on your computer?”. It’s really not that hard, shoot even Foxtel allows me to put a ‘parent barring code’ on certain channels.

C’mon Senator Conroy, wake up to yourself. This legislation will hurt Australians, it will hurt businesses, it will make us look like a pack of idiots who need protection from the ‘big bad internets’. Ohs nos!

Andrew Beeston says it best here.

★ Poladroid, it makes Polaroids

This has got to be one of the coolest applications I’ve ever seen, Poladroid. Essentially you install the application, launch the app, drag n drop a jpeg photo onto the Polaroid, and the app does the rest. Apart from the cool photos you get, the best part is watching the film ‘develop’.

Check out the video of it in action and then go download a copy and have a play.

Oh and sorry for you Windows guys and gals, it’s a Mac application only at the moment. And lastly, thanks to @fanbloodytastic for the heads up on this.

★ Poladroid, it makes Polaroids

This has got to be one of the coolest applications I’ve ever seen, Poladroid. Essentially you install the application, launch the app, drag n drop a jpeg photo onto the Polaroid, and the app does the rest. Apart from the cool photos you get, the best part is watching the film ‘develop’.

Check out the video of it in action and then go download a copy and have a play.

Oh and sorry for you Windows guys and gals, it’s a Mac application only at the moment. And lastly, thanks to @fanbloodytastic for the heads up on this.

★ More rainy day photos

It’s still pretty cold and wet outside, some would say it’s ‘a good day for the ducks’ but I can’t see any ducks anywhere. My grass is definitely growing though, probably needs a mow as well.

★ More rainy day photos

It’s still pretty cold and wet outside, some would say it’s ‘a good day for the ducks’ but I can’t see any ducks anywhere. My grass is definitely growing though, probably needs a mow as well.