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Gone Home Review

September 20th, 2014

There’s very few gaming experiences that transcend the perceived notions of what makes a game and totally immerses the player into the narrative itself. Gone Home is one of them.

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Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World Review

September 10th, 2014

There’s little evolution in sound here, because none is needed. In the 10 years since the last album, we pretty much forgot this genre and their unique sound. Coming at us again with their primordial rock aesthetics, we are delighted at the same trashing, blistering, dark, dancey, fast music and catchy lyrics we remembered fondly.

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Ladyhawke – Self Titled Review

August 28th, 2014

I have no idea how I missed out on Ladyhawke. I guess I didn’t really miss out, since I can still enjoy and listen to it objectively without any hype. Just as well, it still sounds pretty modern.

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Top 15 Brackets Extensions (for 0.42+)

August 5th, 2014

I’ve been really loving Brackets lately. I hesitantly made the switch from Sublime Text 2/3 a couple months ago and it was quite a rocky start. I expected as much, as I was getting in on the ground floor so to speak since Brackets is still very much a work-in-progress editor that gets monthly updates.

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Baths – Obsidian Review

June 6th, 2014

Hauntingly beautiful, complex, and flawed. There’s a deeply personal feeling to this Baths album from the mixture of amateurish falsettos to the presentation of these dark and mostly painful lyrics – which are of course poignantly written.

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Chiodos – Devil Review

April 15th, 2014

I was kind of scared for the fate of this album after listening to “Under Your Halo”, which was released before the album. I wanted some old-school Chiodos! The hard stuff! And while I’m glad there ended up being lots of that going on in the album, “Under Your Halo” has since actually become one of my favourite tracks on the album.

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Create an Advanced/Basic Menu & Workflow for WordPress Admin

February 12th, 2014

If you’re a lot like most Wordpress builders and users, you only use like half of features of what is in the default Wordpress admin menu. If you are building a site for a client, sometimes they use even less, a lot less. It makes sense to streamline this workflow for yourself and them.

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Quick Fix: Center An Image Within A Block Element

February 6th, 2014

If you’re used to Wordpress, you’re also used to it putting a paragraph around your images. This can cause some issues when trying to align something, especially when you are trying to center something.

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State of Nearest-neighbor Interpolation in Canvas

November 8th, 2013

Nearest-neighbor interpolation is the bread and butter of pixel art and a staple for many indie games. It’s what allows us to create crisp and sharp pixelated graphics, responsively without exporting all our graphics upscaled via image editing software.

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Dusty Melling

October 6th, 2013

When Dusty asked me for a new site, she told me she wanted to do an embellished texture-fied, dark and moody site with some fantasy themes. Well, actually, she didn’t tell me that, but that’s what came about as part of the design and development process. I primarily worked on the development end as usual, […]

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HTML5 Audio Format

So, Do We Have A Cross-browser Audio Format Yet?

September 12th, 2013

Short answer: Nope! Oh, you’re still here? It was a happy day when Firefox 21.0 was released. A true day of celebration for HTML5 and audio aficionados everywhere! Why? Because we were finally granted MP3 (MPEG) support! That’s right, all of the major*, updated browsers now support** MP3 audio via HTML5***!

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Hunger Clock, Literally

August 27th, 2013

Hunger Clock, Literally is a fast-paced, retro, Spelunky-like platformer where you must eat all the apples in the map. Maps are randomized and are different every time you win or lose. The game was made in 48 hours for the Ludum Dare 27 Compo using the “10 Seconds” theme. It is made in HTML5 and […]

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CSS Quirks with :after and :before Pseudo Elements

May 11th, 2013

My colleague came across some quirks with the less commonly used :after and :before pseudo elements.

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The Real Scoop on jQuery .find() Performance

January 8th, 2013

.find() seems to get a bad rap. Some people state that selectors are WAY better for performance, some people say that .find() is. Well, actually both can be true. Not only depending on what amount of elements you are searching, but HOW you are selecting or finding them as well.

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WordPress Workflow: 2 Sites, 1 Database

December 11th, 2012

If you’re like me, or thousands of other people, you like to develop Wordpress sites via localhost solutions. But when it comes to moving your site online to show clients or the boss, you just know there is going to be a long back-and-forth process of changes, improvements and tweaks to the site.

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Saving and Loading Objects (or Arrays) in localStorage

November 22nd, 2012

Although localStorage is not very popular (due to size browser sizing constraints and lack of consistency), it can still be a great (and fairly cross-browser) way for storing lots of data. About 2.49-4.98MB worth depending on the browser.

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Bare Bones CSS-based Drop-down

October 4th, 2012

Drop-downs are nothing new at this point. In fact, this trend that started to take off in the late 1990’s has seen many changes and evolution in it’s technology, development and design. Through the use of modern CSS, we are able to ditch the clunky JavaScript, Flash and Applet implementations of yesteryear.

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Glitch Gamer

September 15th, 2012

Glitch Gamer, much like Half-Life Library is an archival and informational site based on a very niche subject. In this case, video game glitches. The website catalogs video game glitches, bugs, errors, and anything that was unintended by the developers of each game. No matter the console or format, Glitch Gamer aims to be a […]

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Fading A Background Image In

September 14th, 2012

Fading in a website background image is not generally an easy task. This is because there’s no opacity state for background images in specific. Fading a solid background is pretty easy using RGBa – not so easy for images. There’s also the issue of when you change the opacity of body (or wrapper) element, everything inside (or the children) are effected as well. In this example, I will be using jQuery to animate the effect.

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Food First

September 8th, 2012

Food First is the personal nutrition counselling practice of Emily Burt. Emily is passionate about the power of food and the nutritional health and well-being of others. As the founder and visionary behind Food First Nutrition Consulting, Emily takes pride in providing nutritional advice and expertise using an innovative client-centered approach. The website contains valuable resources for visitors, […]

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