X Files Hokey Show Opener Revisited

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A Cheesy Opener for a Highly Regarded TV Series

I had to take a minute to mention how extremely cheesy the original show opener for the X Files was. NetFlix is currently streaming the entire series of X Files of which I was and still am a huge fan. I’ve seen the entire series and seen both of the movies in the theatre. In fact, thanks to NetFlix I’ve been able to relive the series. According to the multiple sources the X Files reboot is inevitable.

At any rate, take about 42 seconds and give X Files the original show opener another view. I can’t believe I’ve never noticed it before. The show opener looks like it was put together by a Freshman in high school using some video freeware program.

It seems so uninspired and appears like a total after thought. It starts off with some really hokey, dodgy ufo clip. Ok I get it. That’s followed up by a blurry equation of some sort that then segways into a Jacobs Ladder type light, followed by a twisted screaming face with “Paranormal Activity” haphazardly thrown in seemingly out of no where. It doesn’t adhere to any sort of design style. This is then followed by a ghostly figure walking down the hall with yet another text effect that is not only way different looking than the first, but seems to fade out almost before you can read it.

Like I said I love X Files. It’s just strange that it took so long to notice how bad the original opener was. I guess that’s what binge watching will do for you. I seriously feel like I could make something very close to this in less than a half hour.

If you don’t have NetFlix you can watch most episodes of X Files on YouTube. And if your an uber fan check out this great podcast by comedian Kumail Nanjiani, the X Files Files.

Follow Kumail Nanjiani on Twitter.

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Goodbye Internet Explorer You Will Not Be Missed

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In case you were too drunk yesterday and missed the joyous news Microsoft announced it was retiring it’s browser the dreaded Internet Explorer just shy of it’s 20 year anniversary. That’s right Bill Gates will be spilling malt liquor soon for IE and it’s shitty iterations. Not since Netscape died has the web design community had more of a reason to celebrate. For regular Internet users out there and government employees alike this might not sound like a big deal, but from the web development community this is music to our ears. It’s a God send, a red letter day. For years we’ve had to develop for this lumbering dinosaur of a browser which didn’t support modern day code until version 9.

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All you need to do is perform a hashtag search for #dieIEdie to see just how many people were not on board with this clunky excuse of a web browser. Perform a quick Google search and you’ll find page after page of anti IE websites that exist. There is a huge side of the Internet community that has no idea of the sleepless hours lost over programming for previous versions of this browser. IE 6,7,8 being the target for a most of the geek vitriol and hatred.

This means that gone are the days of writing downgraded code to provide a gracefully degredated version of the web site or application you spent countless hours programming. No longer will we have support technology that refuses to support itself. No longer will we have to provide a clumsy bit of broken code that works for IE and only IE.

This is a Double Edged Sword

Yes IE is going the way of the Do Do, however there are plans to replace the soon to be defunct browser in Windows 10 with a new browser Microsoft is calling Project Spartan. So I’m sorry to say to all the cross browser compatibility specialists out there we’re still going to have at least 1 more browser to code for. Hopefully, they will pick up where IE 11 left off and at the very least support modern day code.

“We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela. “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”

 

What does this mean for devout IE users?

When I say devout users I guess I mean those people that are still forced to use IE for job or school. There are plenty of people in today’s working world that are somewhat forced to use Internet Explorer to run programs. That’s right in order for IE to work properly there are many programs that have server side includes and scripts that make MS programs function. If they adhered to W3C standards like the rest of the design community they wouldn’t need these. It’ll be interesting to see how the educational and professional communities that rely on IE for day to day use handle the inevitability of the death of Internet Explorer.

Enjoy it while you can. We’ll see how Spartan shakes out. But for today…WOOHOO!

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5 WordPress Plugins for More Traffic

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Today I wanted to write an article about 5 popular wordpress blog traffic plugins that will stimulate visitors and get more eyes on your web site. This is by no means a hard and fast list, but I assure you if you’re looking for more traffic on your WordPress web site or blog these plugins will help. The following plugins are arranged in order of what I’ve personally found more effective. The plugins towards the top of the list have garnered me more WordPress blog traffic than the rest.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

wordpress-seo-yoast1With out a doubt the most useful plugin I’ve found for search engine optimization is the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. This is a great tool that keeps you aware of all the pertinent information while you are posting.

About the Yoast plugin:

  • Checks the length of your description and other meta data.
  • Helps your posts by optimizing by a keyword of your choice.
  • Keyword density tool.
  • Meta data tool.
  • keyword research options.

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The free version of the WordPress plugin offers a lot of SEO tools right out of the box or you can sign up for a subscription basis which will not only offer more marketing opportunities, but also get you in contact with the Yoast staff.

Add to Any

wp_plugins_04Add to any is a social media plugin that sets up social network icons for your visitors to share. There are a lot of options for how these are displayed including a floating social bar if you are into that type of thing. I started using this plugin after realizing the Shareaholic plugin was slowing down my over all site performance. This is a lighter social icon plugin with all the options most people are looking for.

SEO Content Helper

contenthel[erThis plugin is great if you have someone working for you that isn’t a SEO person. The SEO content helper helps bloggers write relevant content with tools that measure keyword density and provide a keyword suggestion tool.

This plugin has both a primary and secondary keyword module that will help even donkey brained writers create content that is not only value added, but will attract more visitors based on what the majority of people are searching for in the major search engines.

SEO Auto Links

linksThe jury is out on this plugin as to just effective it is, but over all I think it’s a good especially for longer tail keywords. This plugin works by automatically linking words in your blog to a page, category or otherwise important section of your website. You select the keywords you want to target and assign them a page. This can be set up to link site wide or you can omit sections or categories you don’t want included.

SEO Friendly Images

friendlyThe final plugin I’ll be reviewing today is another one that’s good to have if the people writing aren’t seo professionals. SEO friendly images does exactly what it sounds like. It adds alt and title tag information programmed by you. You can set it up so that across the board the images regardless if they already have alts or titles will pull from title information of the post. This way if you’re working with someone that doesn’t know they should be adding these tags it will be handled for them.

Do you have a WordPress Plugin I missed?

Do you have a plugin or plugins you use to promote your web site that I didn’t cover here? Leave a comment and let me know what you use. I’m always curious to test out new software for effectiveness.

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Use Custom Error Pages to Generate Traffic

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Here’s a cool little web marketing trick that I wanted to share with you that you may not have considered. By doing this I increased viewer-ship of some of my less visited posts by promoting them on my error pages. Take a look into Google Analytics and see if you have a large number of error pages that are getting hit.

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Trevor Moore: Drunk Texts to Myself – What About Mouthwash? NSFW

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I’m a huge fan of The Whitest Kids You Know #WKUK. This is Trevor Moore of the prolific WKUK group. lose to this.since the Kids in the Hall has there been a comedy group This is the kind of comedy that’s hilarious to witness, but another thing to share on social networks. It’s much better to do so on my website, but since I have a not safe for work category I’d have to […] Continue Reading…

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Import Multiple Images into 1 PSD then Export All Layers to Any Format

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Just today I had a series of exported pngs that I needed to edit in Photoshop on quite a grand scale and then import those back into a video format to be edited. Before I get ahead of myself let me explain the scenario. I had 264 separate frames that would be very advantageous in a time saving way if I could some how automate layers in Photoshop.

Low and behold…IT IS A REALITY. If […] Continue Reading…

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