Monthly Archives

May 2008

Ethur Presentation and Interview

By | BAIMP, Cool Things, Design, Issues | No Comments

I have been working on and pitch for part of my professional studies module at Uni. We have chosen to do a company called Ethur they are a missional based creative interactive media organisation that work on in house ideas that they have conceptualised along with other peoples ideas. They take a more direct low budget but high production value approach to producing. 

Deadly Viper on youtube

We had the privilege of interviewing Mike Foster the Founder of the Ethur and were able to talk for over half an hour on all sorts of issues. 

  • Ideas are crucial to everything but unless you create that idea and you put Meat on the bones as such they are pointless. I felt really challenged by this as i tend to get allot of good ideas but i don’t actually put these into action or even get them onto paper sometimes. So consequently i am going to try and get all my ideas down on my blog so at least people can then chase me up and see them. The question is what if people steal them and do them instead of me.. well i geuss that is fair enough if i haven’t been bothered to do them and maybe they will do it even better. Oops ranting on a bit… 
  • Relationships are crucial when forming a client base as these are people who you can go back to time and again and offer new ideas and work. These have to be based on integrity and trust. 
  • Scope schedule budget; these are the production principles that they use in each project and are really simple but powefull

Deadly Viper Charter Assassin is what we talk with Mike. It is such an amazing project as it seems like a huge budget site and idea especially with the book they have put out. I don’t think that it is fair to say, with asking Mike, the budget of the project. Though i can say that it is extremely low compared to what a publishing house or for profit company would ahve spent easily 5 times as much. 

 

The book, that by the way they gave out thousands (10,000) of which is so crazy but amazing, seems awesome.

They used 5 graphic designers that were sourced across the US using the internet and facebook. They also used people from their affiliated media company Plain Joe Studios that mike worked for as the senior creative director.

They have also done some really simple initiives one of is Junky Car Club

I think that if i could do what they are doing with such integrity and passion and able to just get work out there so quickly but with such high standard and values, I would be a happy bunny but sadly it does not happen over night and takes a while to learn and build up links so thank you Ethur. 

PS Keith Mason my good friend did the interview but i feel like i know Mike now as have listened to the Interview so many times 

PSS I shall ask Mike if i can put some clips of the interview up on this post..

 

The Image Bearer of God

By | Beliefs | No Comments

I was watching two short video clips by a Evangelist called Reinhard Bonnke that talks about our true image and where our true identity come froms. Along with knowing who is our actual author. This is a brief sumary of what they are about 

Part 1

Do you know what it means to belong to God? Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, in Part 1 of this 2 part bible study, introduces the concept of “bearing the image of God” and the power of being in his image.

The second clip is the more important of the two: Part 2….

Did you know that Satan’s Goal is to wipe out the Image of God? In this concluding segment Evangelist Bonnke shares how both sin and Satan relate to the image of God and how you, by surrendering your life to God, can live every moment in His Power, …as an image Bearer of God.

I would urge anyone one and every one to view these clips as they are extremely thought provoking and potentially life changing. I don’t want to impose anything on you but if you do have about 14 minutes then do as they are really great or if you cant manage that length do pleas watch Part 2

Part 2

Links to Video Clips

Honesty

By | Christianity, Issues, Me, Personal | No Comments

I think that it is really important to be honest and use integrity when working on a project and with people. 

The bible talks in Leviticus about how we should be honest in simple things like weighing and measuring out things c 19 v 35-37. I sometimes get so annoyed when you see people share out things differently because they may have some pre-conceived ideas about them or may not like them. I am guilty of this as sometime when i am serving chips at my youth-club i give more to kids i like and less to the one that give me a hard time. I would say that that is a very easy-thing to do but actually we should be fair and equal in how we steward ours and others resources. Another example was when my house mate asked my to pay for the delivery of a car and he said he would reimburse me £35 as that is what he was quoted  but when it actually came to it it was £30 and it would have been so easy for me to make a quick fiver but if i had that would have been effectively stealing from him or conning him. 

I have also been challenged in what i tell people i am capable of when it comes to web design skills as it is very easy to churn out some fancy jargon but until i am actually able to produce that and put it into practice all that makes me is a liar.

This is a helpful scripture describing what i have discussed above:

Zechariah 8:16-17 (New Living Translation)

16 But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. 17 Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the Lord.”

I don’t want to blow my own trumpet as it is definitely not the best sounding but i am working on keeping things honest and by using integrity i think people with be able to trust you more in the future. Every one says that that world of say business is a shrew cut throat industry but i guaranty you that if every one dealt in this manner there wouldn’t be all the problems or recessions and rising and falling economies. Please don’t let that comment sound like i am against these industries as i am not. 

Please let me know what you think on this matter. 

What CMS Should i use?

By | Coding, Design | No Comments

I am pretty stuck at the moment as i am looking to at how to do content management for my website as coding something from scratch is not my strength at all.. 

So i have had a look at a few open source options such as Joomla, CMS made simple, Expression Engine (Not quite open source though) and PHP Nuke. These are just a few that i have found but i have not actually instaled any of them on my my server as i want to try and get a good one to start with then work with that…. as i am not one to just start of with something that will waste my time… 

So if any one could shed some light on some that can help me

  • Manage Comments and Post to a Database.
  • Upload video, images, and various content. 
  • submit contact forms.
  • Generally edit areas of web pages… 
I am just curious how this intergrates with my current websites and how i tell it to edit say my resume page or my about me tab… i am assume i have to ad the corresponding so that i allows the user to edit that. 
I also realised that in my research that Wordpress can actually do all of this… how could i integrate the lush wordpres CMS with areas of my website. 
Sorry that all of this sounds really easy and basic but i would really appreciate some help on this matter.