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This is where I blog about my work, personal projects, music, and general solutions I’ve found for this ‘n’ that.

July 22, 2016

Google Apps: How to forward multiple emails to multiple email addresses

A client posed me with this tricky challenge for Google Apps mail routing: “How do I make it so that any email sent to OR OR gets CC’d to AND” Buried deep inside of Google Apps, there’s a super slick way to do this, even without having to login to the info/sales/marketing accounts. Login […]

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May 5, 2016

The Asia Foundation’s 2016 Redesign

I’ve been working with The Asia Foundation since 2008, and this represents our most ambitious redesign to date: All website content was migrated out of their custom content management system and into WordPress, including over 400 personnel bios, 1,500 publications, 200 slideshows and videos, and 4,000 blog posts and press releases. The website itself was launched […]

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February 13, 2016

Christ in the Desert Monastery

This job had two equally important goals. First, to redesign the public website for the monastery. Second, to design and implement a database and content management system to accommodate all of the monastery’s needs for managing overnight  guest reservations, taking donations, and sending out mailings. Here’s a quick peek “behind the scenes” to see what it looks like […]

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January 22, 2016

How to list all email addresses and aliases from Google Apps

If you use Google Apps for your email service, how do you export or list all of your email accounts and email aliases without clicking through each account one by one? Here’s how: Login as the an administrator for the Google Apps account Navigate to Apps Click on Gmail Click on Advanced Settings » Select Email addresses That’s it. You should […]

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October 15, 2015

GCI General Contractors: Portfolio site with full-screen slideshows

This portfolio WordPress site was built to accommodate a graphic design supplied by Avantgarde in San Francisco. The jewel in this work is a web-based photo management library, which allows the client to use a simple drag-and-drop interface to build out gorgeous slideshows that can scale to full-screen – even on mobile devices.

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September 1, 2015

How to use Mailchimp’s “Archive” JS code if your site is SSL encrypted

Mailchimp has a handy feature where it can embed a list of clickable Mailchimp-hosted archives of your email newsletters. Unfortunately, if your site is served over https, then Mailchimp’s “Folder Archive Generator” Javascript code doesn’t work in modern browsers. This is because the JS tries to retrieve the archive over http which creates a mixed encrypted/non-encrypted content […]

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August 26, 2015

Electroswing & Jacked Jazz DJ Mix

I recorded this set at a mellow outdoors party by the side of a pond in Chimayo, New Mexico. If you haven’t heard  electroswing yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s what happens when 30’s swing meets up with modern house.

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June 18, 2015

Jim Rabby Gallery: Elegant & easy-to-edit artist website

In redesigning, the client wanted a very clean and minimal website to showcase the prolific amount of work produced by the artist. (At the time of launch, over 400 paintings were included.) One of my goals was to make sure that the client could edit the website with a minimum of fuss and training. […]

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April 24, 2015 / is a Scam. Ignore their emails.

After registering a new domain name, you may receive an email like this one: It’s a scam. It did not come from the same place where you purchased your domain name. This company watches the WHOIS database and sends unsolicited email to new registrants, which is illegal. They want to fool you into signing up for […]

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February 9, 2015

Configuring the Logitech F710 for OS X / Macintosh

These instructions for how to setup the Logitech F710 gamepad (joystick) for Mavericks / Yosemite / OS X Macintosh were originally posted on now-defunct  Setup The trick is to plug in the receiver while the controller is actively connecting. Hardware/Software Logitech F710 controller (included with F710 purchase). USB Nano-receiver (included with F710 purchase). Optional – Gamepad Companion or […]

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February 1, 2015

Website redesign for Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe NM

I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune of being Upaya’s webmaster since 2007, when they first asked me to modernize their system for registering visitors for meditation retreats and trainings. However it wasn’t until 2013 that we had a chance to completely redesign the look and feel of the website from scratch. Upaya’s Abbot, Roshi Joan […]

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November 11, 2014

How to directly link or embed Dropbox images

Have you ever tried to embed a “public URL” Dropbox link in an <IMG> tag—as you might for a blog post, forum post, or any HTML file? If so, you’ve experienced the problem that Dropbox “public links” are not direct links to the image file itself, but rather to an interstitial page that frames the image and gives you options for […]

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May 18, 2014

Original Thinking: Aboriginal / primitive design

For, I wanted to build a website that would reflect some of the philosophy behind the book it promoted. Glenn Aparicio Parry’s book “Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature” speaks about our relationship with time and the lands we inhabit.  The intent of the site was to invite the visitor into a uniquely primitive space that could be experienced […]

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May 14, 2014

How to Disable WordPress Caching at GoDaddy

Short answer: You can’t. At least, I’ve confirmed that this is the case with GoDaddy’s turnkey “managed” WordPress hosting service. If you’re a developer unlucky enough to have to work within this hosting plan, and if you’re trying to modify your template files via FTP, you may notice that your changes aren’t taking effect right […]

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April 22, 2014

Aware Pilates: Single page style website redesign

Aware Pilates Santa Fe required a simple site to let students know what kinds of classes it offered. One interesting technique for websites with only a few pages is to have the entire website content accessible from a single long-scrolling home page. This site is super-optimized for mobile phones, which is especially important for businesses such as restaurants […]

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April 1, 2014

Bluehost Email Forwarding Addresses May Not Work

I love Bluehost, and I usually recommend them for all my clients who need a budget web host. However sometime in early 2014, Bluehost made a change to their email delivery policies which makes them much less useful, at least insofar as email is concerned. If you only rely on Bluehost’s own POP3 or IMAP […]

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November 15, 2013

Holiday Themed Bitcoin Paper Wallet for Christmas / New Years

On various Bitcoin forums I’ve seen people asking around to see if there’s a good holiday-themed paper wallet for giving away bitcoins as gifts during the holidays. Here’s the design I came up with last night.

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September 28, 2013

Selling a 1903 Wing & Son “Style 26″ upright piano with 5 pedals

I’ve got an antique piano for sale! It plays great, holds tune, looks amazing. The extra pedals transform sound into “banjo, harpsichord, zither…” This was the original synthesizer back in the early 1900’s when these pianos were installed in saloons and silent movie theaters alike. Make an offer! And contact me if you’d like a copy of […]

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April 15, 2013

Mobile responsive website design for

Here’s how Reology’s founders Jake and Hannah Eagle introduce their philosophy: Imagine a practice where every time you speak you bring yourself to the present moment, become more conscious, wake yourself up, take command of your life, and experience more peaceful interactions with others. Accordingly, their website design needed to be exceedingly clean, with a focus on […]

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April 7, 2013

Bitcoin Paper Wallet Design

I had lots of fun this weekend working on my own design for a two-sided tri-fold tamper-resistant paper Bitcoin wallet. If you don’t know how to use Bitcoin (but you’re interested in having some) a paper wallet is the easiest way to keep your investment safe from the shark-infested waters in which this currency floats. […]

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March 27, 2013

Persephone in Hell Pomegranate Salsa Recipe

A Halloween (autumn) recipe. Makes 2 or 3  cups. Ingredients: all the seeds from 1 large pomegranate (or two medium ones) 1 medium to big red onion, finely chopped 1 minced habañero (roasted and peeled if you like), or 2 minced serranos or jalapeños 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro 1/4 cup of rice vinegar (or […]

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March 24, 2013

Canton’s 40th Birthday Mixtape

  I turned 40 today! To celebrate, I put together a 2.5 hour continuous mix of the most moving, fun, inspirational, and peaceful music I’ve discovered over the last ten years. This musical trip will take you into ambient, hip hop, folk, techno, and modern classical spaces. I really enjoyed making this mix, and I […]

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February 14, 2013

Leah’s Valentines Day Mix

Leah’s Valentines Day Mix by Canton on Mixcloud

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November 20, 2012

Working out at work

I’m a huge fan of walking while working. A little over a year ago, I installed a treadmill under my desk and I walk an average of 20 miles a week while programming, emailing, and talking on the phone as usual. Ever since I started programming a Commodore 64 computer back in the 4th grade, […]

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October 29, 2012

Mailchimp: Editing the ‘Facebook’ link in your template

This morning I went a little crazy trying to figure out how to update the target destination URL for the *|FACEBOOK:PROFILEURL|* merge tag in my Mailchimp template. I’d share this tip since the solution was surprisingly unintuitive. If you build a campaign using a Mailchimp template as a starting point, you’ll probably notice a “friend […]

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October 11, 2012

The Great River – Happy Melodic Techno

Happy melodic techno. 122 BPM, starts off in a mellow place then gets bouncy and fun. Vocal sample is from Richard Kilmer’s LibriVox public domain reading of The Night Horseman by Max Brand (1920). Right click here (or use the down arrow icon in the player above) to download the high quality MP3 for this song […]

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September 28, 2012

Funky Breaks Indian Chant Track: “Gamaya”

I love the album “Chants of India” by Ravi Shankar, and in particular the track that features this chant: asato ma sad gamaya / From ignorance, lead me to truth tamaso ma jyotir gamaya / From darkness, lead me to light mrtyor ma amrtam gamaya / From death, lead me to immortality. Here’s a funky […]

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September 10, 2012

New Site for New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts

In 1979, The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, Santa Fe was founded to combine the elements of traditional healing and modern science, to offer an education in and experience of the extraordinary range of integrated massage and bodywork. Thirty-three years later, NMAHA, Santa Fe commands the lead as an Integrative, Holistic School of leading-edge […]

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August 1, 2012

Redesign for food policy expert Mark Winne

Food will be the biggest challenge of the 21st century. Will you be ready? Mark Winne is an expert in “food security”, helping communities organize themselves to control how they grow and purchase their food. The purpose of this quick WordPress website redesign was to: promote his work as a speaker and trainer (e.g. via […]

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July 23, 2012

Newspaper writeup on My Future Self

Here’s a nice write-up on My Future Self from the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper. July 23, 2012 – About a year ago, I received an invitation to be an “alpha tester” for a new Web application called Conceived and built entirely by Santa Fe Web programmer Canton Becker, the site offered me the […]

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July 1, 2012

Marketing Site for Laurie Staub

This WordPress website was designed to highlight Laurie Stuabs long career in international marketing and executive management.

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May 19, 2012

Invisible Space Journeys (1997 Album)

For the last few months I’ve been overhauling my iTunes library: cleaning, tagging, organizing, re-digitizing… and this morning I realized I didn’t have any of my own compositions in my library. While I was sorting through volumes of folders looking for various scattered original tracks, I found an ambient / techno / drum ‘n’ bass album I made […]

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May 1, 2012

Ecommerce Redesign for Synergetic Press

As a result of the 2012 release of the Woocommerce framework & plugin, WordPress has finally become a viable end-to-end solution for selling products online. This website for the independent publisher Synergetic Press integrates a friendly and full-featured shopping cart where visitors can explore publications by author or topic.

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April 13, 2012

Chart: Which fish & seafood have the lowest mercury levels?

Wondering which fish and seafood species are lowest and highest in mercury? Here’s a one-page printable chart suitable for hanging on your fridge or tucking in with your shopping list. I put this together based on information I gathered from the NRDC website. mercury-fish-seafood-chart.pdf  

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March 1, 2012

Redesign for Global Ecotechnics / Biosphere 2

This website was built for Global Ecotechnics Corporation – the parent company for a number of incredibly interesting projects including the Biosphere 2 — “the #3 greatest engineering achievement in the 20th Century“. It features a very nice homepage slider and a well organized portfolio area.

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February 1, 2012

Kibera Law Centre

The Kibera Law Centre provides free legal assistance to the poor in Kibera – the largest urban slum on the African continent. This WordPress-based website uses large photos and stories to illustrate how important it is to help improve the quality of life for the estimated 1 million people dwelling in Kibera, Kenya.

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November 22, 2011

How to sync Google Music genres with iTunes genres

“Why does Google Music show the wrong genres (compared to my iTunes genres?)” This past weekend I went a little crazy trying to synchronize my iTunes library with the (otherwise totally awesome) Google Music service. As someone who had spent many hours carefully organizing the genres for my iTunes library, I was depressed to see all […]

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October 28, 2011

Keep an online diary & send emails to your future self

After more than 5 years of planning and full year of on-and-off programming, I’m pleased to announce the public beta launch of My Future Self at “My Future Self is a new way to keep an private journal online. It will encourage you to write about your life and the stories from your past. […]

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October 3, 2011

How to change the width of an automatic WordPress embed

One of the superb things about WordPress is that it will automatically convert YouTube URLs into embeds (as well as URLs pointing to Vimeo, Flickr, Hulu etc.) For example, the video you see embedded on this post was supplied from within the WordPress post editor like this: How to change the size for an individual embed: […]

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October 3, 2011

Feedback for NPR’s Android App

Here’s some feedback for the open source development team that’s updating NPR’s somewhat buggy but hugely valuable Android application: Please make it easier to listen to NPR programs with this app. I’m sure there are users of this App who like to fiddle around with the program streams and create their own custom playlists, but the […]

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May 30, 2011

Breathe Free Tibet

Every year, I agree to build one or two non-profit websites at a discounted rate. This year, I was especially honored to be given the opportunity to design and launch The purpose of this organization is to “save an ancient culture from extinction” by improving health care available to Tibetans in exile. This population […]

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May 30, 2011

Website Redesign for Unity Woods Yoga

Unity Woods Yoga hired me to design and build a modern website for their four yoga studio locations in the Washington DC area. The client is able to edit 100% of the pages on the website using WordPress, including all homepage content, instructor bios and the blog. Additionally, class schedules are automatically synchronized to a 3rd party […]

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February 21, 2011

Website & blog redesign for Round Mountain

Round Mountain is a “Two man singing folk orchestra” based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When musicians Char and Robby Rothschild received a last-minute invitation to play at the Folk Alliance conference in Memphis, they asked me for an emergency meeting to see if it would be possible to build them a brand new website […]

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December 18, 2010

Eclectic Mix of “Some Guys”

A departure from my usual dance/electronica mixes. This one includes everything from Appalachian blues to electronic/glitch to hip hop to pirate ballads to chants. I put this together when a group of my Guy Friends got together to share stories and music. The only theme to this mix that the songs are all recorded by […]

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September 17, 2010

The Asia Foundation wins Non-Profit Standard of Excellence Award

Our work helped The Asia Foundation earn a prestigious Non-Profit Standard of Excellence Award in the 2010 Web Marketing Association WebAwards. Congratulations to the web team including David Hirschi, Donovan Watts, and Keith Mitchell. It’s notable that most of this award-winning design work was completed almost three years ago, proving that our work remains relevant […]

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August 28, 2010

Floodwaters (lush techno)

My first original techno track in a long, long while. Lush, layered, moody, epic. Composed in daily 20 or 30 minute stolen workday moments over the course of several weeks. Floodwaters by canton Finished this during a moment in history when 2,000 Pakistanis have died and 20 million are injured or homeless as a result […]

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July 6, 2010

Deadmau5 vs. Double Rainbow Guy (unintentional mashup)

Just now I was checking out the website belonging to techno legend Deadmau5, enjoying how his home page was bumping out a tune called “Word Problems”.  Then I noticed he’d tweeted about some over-exuberant double rainbow guy on YouTube. I opened the YouTube video in a second browser tab — didn’t want to lose my […]

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July 5, 2010

Does Gmail support HTML imagemaps?

Short answer: Yes! I ran a test myself because if you search for email client support of imagemap-clicking, you’ll see everyone pointing to this article from 2007 which sadly reports that Gmail is the only significant email client that does not support HTML imagemaps. Sometime between then and now (July 2010) Gmail added HTML image […]

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July 4, 2010

Chanson pour Monsieur Du Serf (1993)

“Il y’a un truque que m’a frappé: Tu a quatre-vingnt ans, il y’a des vins que tu ne boiras jamais.” (This is the thing that struck me: You’re eighty years old, there are some wines that you’ll never drink.) This afternoon I was digging through my collection of digitized cassette tapes as part of a […]

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June 30, 2010

Toryanse Dance Remixes

This morning I flashed back to 2006 when video game maker Konami hired me to compose a techno remix of Toryanse for their Xbox release of Dance Dance Revolution. All in all I think I went through 13 rounds of remixes back and forth before Konami finally settled on a techno genre tempo-warping version of the melody. Here’s an early draft version of the final mix (to which Konami still has exclusive rights.)

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May 6, 2010

Podcasting website for Future Primitive

Joanna Harcourt-Smith has been recording her interviews with visionaries and innovators for almost five years, so the most important part of this website redesign was to reorganize her 150+ recordings into topics and collections using WordPress. This also presented the opportunity to create a striking graphic design and logo to reflect the earthy and ambitious […]

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April 28, 2010

Using the TGFI SEO plugin for WordPress

Here’s my response to a client asking for guidance about filling in the fields offered by my favorite WordPress SEO plugin, SEO: 1) No need to set the TITLE if it’s the same as the name of the page. Only set it if you want to make a bigger fancier more keyword-rich TITLE. (Not […]

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February 1, 2010

Drinking chocolate recipes and building a site in 4-hours

Lately I’ve been trading Internet business consulting for exquisite chocolates made by my friend Mark Sciscenti, the man behind World Tree Chocolates. Mark had purchased the domain name for some time ago, and last week in a frenzy of chocolate-induced mania, we planned, designed, and launched his new website in under four hours. (We […]

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January 26, 2010

Website redesign for MMD France: MindManager experts

This project involved redeploying an extensive static HTML site as a WordPress site with a brand new look and feel. MMD France is made up of a team of experts in MindManager, software used for “Mind Mapping” ideas. To distinguish MMD from its competition, the goals for this redesign included: Becoming content-driven: Focusing attention on […]

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January 5, 2010

Tutorial: How to crop images within WordPress

WordPress is great for resizing the resolution and file size of images you upload using its editor. If you upload a huge 3000 x 2000 pixel 8MB digital camera snapshot, WordPress will do the work to reduce the image to a web-friendly 600 x 400 pixel 100KB file. And now (as of WP version 2.9) […]

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November 26, 2009

Website for Earth Treasure Vase

For Thanksgiving Day 2009, the official website for the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project was completed and published. Visit to see how this interesting and profound spiritual practice was illuminated using an unusual circular introductory video and an interactive geo-tagged google map. This site is 100% WordPress powered, meaning that as new Earth […]

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September 16, 2009

Website for “under the rose”

Today I designed and donated a simple website to launch under the rose, an album featuring master oud player Rajim AlHaj and nouveau flamenco pioneer Ottmar Liebert. The musicians who recorded this album are giving it away for free in support of Direct Aid Iraq.

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August 29, 2009

Website for Green Psychology

This website was designed for Jake and Hannah Eagle, co-founders of Green Psychology™. The content management system for this site is based on WordPress so that the client can easily update web pages, articles, and hosted discussions.

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August 25, 2009

How to search for ‘backdoors’ in a hacked WordPress site

If your WordPress site has been hacked, then you’ve probably already been advised to: Backup your WordPress database and wp-content directory Reinstall WordPress from scratch (the latest version, of course) Restore your database and wp-content directory Next, you need to make sure there are no ‘backdoors’ installed in your wp-content directory. Here are a couple […]

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August 20, 2009

How to wrap text around an image in Photoshop (Video Tutorial)

I just recorded a quick screencast video tutorial for a colleague on how to use paths or shapes to wrap text to avoid objects or circumscribe shapes (curve text around circles, etc.) using Photoshop CS. This is something more often done in Illustrator, but PS does the job pretty well too. When mocking up websites […]

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July 11, 2009

Help for “bablooO” hacked / attacked WordPress Sites

Hopefully, this information will be of use to some people out there who are unlucky enough to be hit by the “bablooO” wordpress security exploit. I believe this hack can impact anyone using WordPress version 2.8.0 and earlier. See this recent advisory, which I believe is related. If you do a ‘view source’ on your […]

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July 8, 2009

How to remove ‘Web Hosting Provided by’ WordPress footer

Recently bluehost made an update to their “SimpleScripts” installer so that when you install WordPress, no matter what theme you’re using, your site gets a “Web Hosting Provided by” footer advertisement. This can be pretty aggravating at first, especially since it seems like the only way to remove the promotional message is by commenting out the […]

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June 24, 2009

Using free WordPress templates for fast & affordable redesigns

Here are two beautiful, highly functional, self-editable websites that were launched on shoestring  budgets by making good use of off-the-shelf WordPress templates: Deva Foundation I started off with this freely available WP theme. Then my client found a nice stock image of clouds on that I converted into an ephemeral background. Finally, I popped […]

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June 24, 2009

Strip www off URLs at GoDaddy using .htaccess mod_rewrite

Here’s how to remove the www. from your domain name so that Google won’t “split” your pagerank as a result of some inbound links going to and others going to (Google will see this as two separate sites.) This tip is tuned to work at GoDaddy, where using mod_rewrite can be a real […]

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May 17, 2009

Olympus E-620 Noise Reduction and Gradation (SAT)

So far I’m enjoying my new compact digial SLR, the Olympus E620, but I’m having a lot of trouble deciding whether or not to shoot JPGs with built-in noise reduction (NR) and/or “Gradation” (SAT) settings. Shadow Adjustment Technology is something I usually do in-computer instead of in-camera, using iPhoto and/or Photoshop’s shadow / highlight adjustments. […]

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April 20, 2009

“Narrowing down your design preferences”

  Sometimes a tricky process during a website design or redesign project is to figure out what kind of a general look and feel the client wants for the new site. Asking a client to “just go find some sites you like and send me the links” is a bit like asking “just go find […]

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April 6, 2009

Flash Site for GCI

Working from Illustrator mockups (graphic design by avantgarde) this 100% Flash site was built with gorgeous full-screen portfolios, custom text and photo scrolling classes and efficient loading / pre-loading behaviors. GCI is a succesful San Francisco based commercial contracting / construction management firm.

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April 1, 2009

“What makes a great newsletter?”

  Here’s an example of a really super email newsletter. Even if you’re not a Yogi, it should be clear that this newsletter offers real value to its readers. Here’s what makes it so great: It’s not too long: You don’t have to set aside a special time in the day to read the whole […]

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March 22, 2009

Prototyping for PayPal

I really enjoy doing rapid prototyping, and from a business perspective there’s no better way to figure out how to bring a new product to market. This month, AnswerLab (San Francisco) hired me to produce web prototypes to test a new financial product for PayPal. Here’s how this type of study works: Figure out what […]

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February 4, 2009

“Agile design and just getting it out there”

This morning, a friend and client of mine emailed me regarding the work we’re doing to get his new website built: I interest myself in how the structure of our site will influence our behavior … As the website design develops, so does my clarity. It’s obvious to me that “site review and evaluation” will […]

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February 1, 2009

Being With Dying

Today we launched this simple elegant website to promote Upaya’s enormously important “Being With Dying” training program:   “The professional Training Program in Contemplative End-of-Life Care has long been dedicated to fostering a revolution in care of the dying. This unique program provides clinicians with essential tools for taking care of dying people with skill […]

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December 15, 2008

New Song: “Snow Break” (92bpm)

On this very snowy Santa Fe morning and with one week left until the 2008 Winter Solstice, I’m pleased to release this new song for free under a creative commons license. Snow Break is a 92bpm ‘breaks’ piece based around a sampled string melody from a 1960’s Mellotron tape loop. (The Mellotron was the original pre-digital sampler, a […]

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November 28, 2008

Ottmar Liebert’s Redesign

The last time I did a complete redesign for platinum-selling flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert was in 1995. By 2008, he was ready for something new and fresh, something that pushed the envelope while staying rooted with his zen-sensibility for elegant, clean, functional design. The jewel of this redesign is a environmentally sensitive home page which, if left […]

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November 25, 2008

Wedding Photography Blog Redesign

This was a super-basic blog redesign for a friend and former colleague of mine. The assignment was to create a look and feel that kept his existing branding requirements (color pallette, logo) while making a new frame for his blog that would provide an elegant relief for large animated photo slideshows and sparse text.

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November 10, 2008

Beauty Through Balance was designed and built for Shannon Plummer, the sole proprietor of a holistic health and beauty business in Santa Fe. Her new site was built using WordPress so that Shannon could easily update the site on her own. For example, she uses WordPress to add the  health tip of the month. Visitors and customers […]

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October 6, 2008

Redesign for The Greenlining Institute

I’m very pleased to announce the redesign and redeployment of Associate Director Orson Aguilar at Greenlining hired me to make a brand new website, following a look and feel sketched out by their designer. They needed a customized content management system that would make it easy for them to update their news, videos, publications, […]

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September 10, 2008

Funky Nasty Techno Mix

Recorded live from on top of Roe Mesa at a party in Northern New Mexico this past weekend. Funky techno / electro, featuring songs with dirty(ish) vocal samples. Starts off with 128 BPM techno, ends up with 140 BPM full-on breaks. (The set then continued into big drum ‘n’ bass and went all over the […]

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August 7, 2008

New Donations System for

The Challenge: The Upaya Institute relies on donations to support a variety of projects, and using PayPal for donations has turned out to be expensive and difficult to track. Upaya needs to be able quickly manage and prioritize a list of funds, and make it easier for donors to make contributions. The Solution: We decided […]

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June 16, 2008

Serious Song (Drum ‘n’ Bass)

Wow this song was a long time in the making. 12+ months? Not sure if it’s done yet — this mix feels a little thick and awkward at times — but it’s done enough to let me move on to some other tracks in the near term. 174 BPM d’n’b, growly nasty bassline, occasional explosive […]

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June 9, 2008

Flickr Photo Updates (Finally!)

I hadn’t touched my Flickr account in a very long time. I think I’m still bummed out that Yahoo! bought Flickr. But there were a few fun photos I wanted to share, including this one: “Ocean: 1 Tank: 0″ Found on a beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico. The US military used Culebra island for practice-bombing […]

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June 5, 2008

Ottmar’s “Scent of Light”

Long-time client and friend Ottmar Liebert just released a beautiful new album of guitar music. It hits stores next week, but the music can be previewed and downloaded as of today from the ListeningLounge — a custom-built mp3 store I set up for him a couple of years ago. Each of these ten instrumentals draws […]

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May 23, 2008

White noise compositions for sleeping

I made these sounds and this web page after a rather frustrating time searching the Internet for free MP3s of ambient white-noise stuff — things to help my baby boy sleep. I was amazed when I found no high quality long playing mp3s free of charge. Click here to start snoozing: White Noise Sleepy Sounds […]

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May 20, 2008

Dance Dance Revolution

Does anyone have a Xbox 360 I can borrow? A while back I was hired to compose two songs for Konami’s DDR UltraMix 4, and they sent me some free copies of the game… but I don’t have a console to play on (or stomp on or whatever it’s called when you do the blinky-light […]

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March 30, 2008

Benbient (Ambient)

Composed for Benjamin Becker, born Feb 12, 2008. 102 bpm. Ambient groove deep ethno dub. Usually I make music on a Macintosh running Logic Audio and a sizable amount of outboard gear… but this one was composed entirely on a Palm Pilot T|X using Bhaji’s Loops between the hours of 3am and 5am while lying […]

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March 1, 2008

Space Lullaby Mix

Recorded in March 2008 – Very mellow go-to-sleep ambient space music mix. Features tracks by Bark Psychosis, Aphex Twin, Steve Roach, Michael Stearns… even some very early Moby before he was consumed by Pop. For Benjamin Becker, born on February 12, 2008. Click below to listen: Tracklist

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January 10, 2008

Back At The Ranch Cowboy Boots

This design was for a vendor of high-end cowboy boots in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each of the 100+ boots was professionally photographed from five different angles so visitors could thoroughly explore each item in the collection. You can see how the design looked when it launched in 2006 in the video below. Get the […]

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January 2, 2008

Moon Mix for Leah

Ambient-ethno grooves & oldschool intelligent drum’n’bass. Listen here: Tracklist

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January 1, 2008

Stringy (Drum ‘n’ Bass)

168 bpm, lush strings, jazzy fun drum ‘n’ bass with a couple of deep-beat breakdowns. Listen:

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January 1, 2008

Twelve more hours of DJ sets (1999 – present)

Many of my sets are available for streamed listening and/or mp3 downloading here: These include mellow sets (like Leah’s Moon Mix) as well as straight up techno and funky tekhouse mixes (like the Dinosaur Mix and Dirty Secrets) and lot of Drum and Bass — including that great 1990’s era stuff that was so […]

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