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My First Web App - Weather/Calendar - Beta

05/17/11 - 2:02pm

I've created, I guess what you would call a Web App. It's just a weather/calendar right now. But I want it to go beyond what it currently is, to something I can be really proud of. So first, here's the link testers.robdupuis.com/weather. I'd like to tweak the temperature gauge to update more often and an added conditions report like Sunny or Cloudy. Based on the conditions report and your current location (right now it's stuck on Ottawa), it would pull up a background image from Flickr.com which corresponds to the current city and current conditions.


With the calendar, I'd like it to be possible to login using your Facebook and Google account and view your events just by clicking on the date. I imagine the event info popping up like the lightbox effect. If anybody wishes to help me out with the final developments, please feel free to get a hold of me.


No longer at TOP Media Group

05/06/11 - 12:42am

Due to unforeseen circumstances that I won't get into, I have decided to part from my position at TOP Media Group. I have learned a great deal about human nature, the importance of clear communication and more than anything, the old saying... get it on paper. I won't go any further than this due to 2 reasons: [reason 1] I do not want to create a "he said she said" situation; [reason 2] due to legalities.


Onto a brighter side... I've had ideas come to me like never before. One idea is to open a diner/coffee shop, optimized for designers and developers with access to wireless internet, meeting rooms and lots of Red Bull. Food and drinks would be served - breakfast, lunch and dinner - open 24 hours a day. More than a diner, this would be a creative hub where clients can hire, and designers & developers can work. I'm not the only one to think about something like this, but at the time when I thought about it, I've never seen or heard of one. Philip Rosedale, the creator of Second Life, is creating a similar hub in San Francisco as discussed in Kevin Rose's podcast FOUNDATION. Btw, I love all of Kevin's podcasts. The problem with coming up with ideas is executing them. I don't know how to run a cafe... Anybody out there want to partner up?



Other ideas have come up: restaurant reviews on Twitter; creating motion graphic adverts for display in restaurants; and as some of you may already know, Sweet Chili.


Sweet Chili is my newest venture. I originally made the mistake of just diving into it but I quickly learned that I need a lot more preparation. As much as I love my friends and family for my support in the diving-in approach, there needs to be a lot more research and development before continuing with this idea. And it's one that I will definitely continue. But until that's ready, I will be freelancing under my own name. There's one more project I'm working on that I can't discuss at the moment, but it involves brand new technology that my good friend Jason Mulligan has been working on called abaaso. "It is a light weight, RESTful JavaScript framework that provides a set of classes and object prototyping to ease the creation and maintenance of pure JavaScript applications." Exciting stuff I tell ya.


Nü Web Designs Cancelled

02/25/11 - 12:42am

Although this happened during summertime, Michael and I have decided against continuing with this adventure. He now works and is part owner to Gallant Media. I won't go into details, but it came as a surprise and it's unfortunate but that's just the way it goes. Not to worry, I'm doing well and have been working at TOP Media Group doing mostly print design to pay the bills. I've also had the chance to work with, and currently still working with, Trustifier. Keep an eye out for these guys, they're pretty awesome people and I feel lucky to be working with them.


Things I have to do soon: update resume; make a 5 year plan; position myself for better employment.


Exciting News! "nü web designs"

07/07/10 - 7:35pm

After many rises and falls in the past few months, my developer and friend, Michael Godin, and myself have decided to take the leap and start a production company named nü web designs. No, it's not french ;) or german, it's phonetic for new. It's also a smile with eyes. It's 2 people standing next to each other. It's social. It's about sharing, and succeeding. It's our motto: learn, share, succeed. And we really believe in it. It's about never turning away an opportunity to grow and share our experiences and knowledge. We want to bring my Sandbox idea as the center of this company. Which is great, because the best part of the sandbox is the ability to play and have fun in the process.


Google Custom Search Is Now Functional

07/05/10 - 5:30am

Google Custom Search is now functional. Pretty excited that I got that all styled up and everything working. Downside is that Google hasn't crawled my site in a while and all the search results are wrong. Hopefully, I'll be able to find a way to force Googel to recrawl or submit a sitemap or something.


I also decided to remove the resources section, mostly due because all of my resources are already nicely kept in my delicious account. Feel free to visit it as well.


Changed the nav name from Work to Portfolio, I thought it would make more sense this way. The user would get a better idea of what to expect.


Added the upcoming projects section on the left side, mostly to try to keep me on track, I tend to get sidetracked sometimes.


Sandbox Online!

06/28/10 - 4:30am

Wow! I went from idea, to design, to development, to the launch of a whole new site and a Wall Of Tweets done in one weekend! And I got all my sleep ;) I hope you like it, I think it's a drastic improvements from my earlier versions. I've actually used a grid this time, and it'll be much more adaptive to my future needs. What do you think?


Not bad... a Wall Of Tweets within 24hrs. It was actually incredibly easy and anyone can do it. Seriously, if you know any html/css at all, this can very easily be done. Just look at my source code, it's pretty much all copy and paste from twitter.com/widgets with a few twists. Next step: implement php so that anyone can enter their info and see their own lists and profies.


Visit the Sandbox page for a look at some snippets of code that I've accumulated in the past couple months. We'll see what else I can put in there as time goes by.


My Work/Portfolio page is totally up and running, visit there for some concept web designs, motion graphics and more to come.


Wall Of Tweets

06/27/10

I had this idea of making something like TweetDeck on a website that I could check anytime, anywhere and be able to share. Sort of like iGoogle (which I use constantly to keep me up to date with everything). So I came up with "Wall Of Tweets". A place where I put all my interesting Twitter Lists in one area. The next logical thing to do was to research if anybody else had done this; and obviously, someone had already coined the term. But I'm sticking to it :P


Welcome To My New Sandbox

06/26/10

Until just a few days ago, I had a hard time figuring out what a "sandbox" meant. I heard the term all over the designer/developper world but I just couldn't make a relation. So, like the nerd that I am, I went to Google and queried "define: sandbox". This came up "a plaything consisting of a pile of sand or a box filled with sand for children to play in". Not sure why but by the time I got to "a plaything" it just hit me. Duh! So I made one of my own :) Welcome to my virtual sandbox: where all my code snippets, motion graphics, photography and anything else I create or find will be living from now on.