WordCamp to go: Improving site performance

While things are fresh in my mind, and because I told a few people I would, I have jotted down some notes I took away from WordCamp Birmingham last weekend. I had intended to make one post, but after getting into it I saw it would be more useful if broken up into several posts. First I’d like to congratulate the organizers on a first-rate event and point out the event was worth many times the $40 it cost me to attend.These notes are simply things that were new or important to me and do not begin to cover all of the information offered. I’d recommend watching the SlideShare presentations for more details. Today I’ve including my notes for improving site performance. I’ll follow up with posts on web typography, marketing for bloggers and finally a collection of useful links I jotted down. Continue reading WordCamp to go: Improving site performance

Monopoly killer and other links

Can You Say … “Hero”?

Who goes Nazi?

How to Shoot a Fancy Stop-Motion Commercial on the Cheap

10 Qualities Great Hyperlocal Bloggers Have in Common

What it’s like to be a refugee in America

But will it make you happy?: New research shows money spent on experiences brings more happiness than money spent on belongings.

City of fear: Using cell phones, an organized prison gang launched an attack that shut down Brazil’s largest city last May.

Monopoly killer: Germans are addicted to board games and the Settlers of Catan is said to be the perfect game.

The boy who cried Cal: Kevin Hart deceived coaches, friends and family into believing he was headed to play Division I football.

In your palm, memories of horror and valor: The Explore 9/11 app, which has already been downloaded 100,000 times, is a guided tour around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, narrated by the people who lived through it all.

The real Facebook burglaries story: The bottom line for both companies is that trust is essential and cases such as these can ruin trust and eventually ruin companies if we cannot depend on them. In the first case, media blew up a story for effect. In the second case, a dangerous vulnerability is revealed.

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish: In recent years it seems that a meeting to set start at 9 am, for some people means in the general vicinity of any time which starts with the numeral ‘9’. Like 9.30 for example. People drift in at 9.10 or 9.20, or even later. And they smile warmly at the waiting group, as they unwrap their bacon sandwich, apparently totally unconcerned that others have been there since five TO nine, prepared and ready to start.

Dead for a century, Mark Twain says what he meant

Disliking the public

Updated to remove now broken links.

Jungle Room and other links

Presidio Heights Mansion Has Special Jungle Room

Bending over backwards in Photoshop. Literally

Shorpy photo Farked in Photoshop contest

Internet uprising overturns Australian censorship law

How American health care killed my father

Create short URLs with your own domain

50 free UI and web design wireframming kits

Amazing retro models

How to Find Time to Learn Something New or Tackle a Passion Project

Are Designer Sunglasses Worth the Price?

How to Create Your Own Email Aliases On The Fly

What I Know for Sure in Business

10 Useful WordPress Security Tweaks

6 Stores Across the World Are a Feast for Design Nuts

The blue holes of the Bahamas

How A 17-Year-Old Craigslist-Swapped An Old Phone For A Porsche

Hyper-local news blog is up and running

I got back from 4-day trip to Ohio this week and immediately started work on a hyper-local news blog, Madison Pike. Setting up aggregation of local news sources was easy. I also located a WordPress plugin that lets me easily turn any post into a calendar event. So by pulling in a feed of city hall news items, for example, I can immediately turn their announcement of a commission meeting into a calendar event. Slick. But trying to pull in other local resources it turning out to be more of a challenge. Continue reading Hyper-local news blog is up and running