Video Games Live Returns Again To Phoenix

Legion of Sand

Video Games Live, the long standing video game symphony that tours the world, will be back in Phoenix on March 12, 2018. I’ve attended this show twice since living in Phoenix and it is really worth checking out and the show plays a nice mix of different genres of games. To check out my recap of one of my previous experiences it at Video Games Live, you can click here

Tickets for the event which is being held at the Orpheum Theater in Downtown Phoenix, go on sale on October 1st! Make sure to visit http://www.videogameslive.com on the sale date!

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Nintendo Power-ful tribute to Super NES Classic games

Nostalgia Ward

Getting your hands on a Super NES Classic Edition may be next to impossible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the return of so many retro games in one convenient package.

Anyone attending PAX West this weekend in Seattle will be right on Nintendo’s American doorstep, and perhaps for that reason they may be able to score one of three special posters in the style of old Nintendo Power magazine covers celebrating the Sept. 29 launch of the much-hyped retro all-in-one system.

it’s a shame the Super NES Classic will be in such short supply and in such high demand, because it will be the only way to play the never-bef0re-released Star Fox 2 — which is one of the game paid tribute to in the PAX posters.

OK, so the Star Fox 2 art isn’t much to look at by today’s standards, but it’s totally appropriate for the…

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WordPress.com Business Now Supports Plugins and Third-Party Themes

Interesting …

The WordPress.com Blog

For many years, WordPress.com has been a simple way for people to create their own beautiful WordPress website in minutes.

But that simplicity came with a tradeoff — WordPress.com did not offer built-in support for the thousands of third-party plugins and themes that helped make WordPress the world’s largest and most open web publishing platform.

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5 Important Things to follow while developing a website

Good and concise – saving for my Web Design students.

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With the evolution of Internet in 21st century, web development field has seen a tremendous amount of uprising. Websites what we are seeing today were used to look very different 17 years ago. Then people used web only for documentation and information. To get a clear idea, it’s better to visit the first website which was built by the creator of web, Tim Berners-Le. The website went live on August 6, 1991.

Websites developed at that time were just an HTML page with collection of text and links. CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) was also developed years after the first website was launched. With basic styling in web pages, websites began to have colors in it. Though, websites were still looking very plain. Wayback Machine shows how amazon website was looking in the year 2000. And we all know how the website looks now in 2017.

There are several factors a…

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Award-winning videos from 2016

A video I shot and co-produced with Pueblo Chieftain reporter Peter Roper won second place in the multimedia category of the annual Better Newspaper Contest at the 2017 Colorado Press Association convention. “Remembering Hiroshima’s Empty Streets” featured World War II U.S. Army veteran Bruce Elson recounting his experiences in the Japanese city of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion that helped end the war. The video was edited in Adobe Premiere CC.

I also edited “Columbus Day: Pride & protest in Pueblo,” which won second place in the breaking news video category and was shot by reporter Jon Pompia. The video was edited in iMovie for Mac.

I’m also proud to add that The Pueblo Chieftain was named Best Website-Daily in its category!

Now I Know: WordPress page template customization and more

I learned a lot about customizing WordPress Page templates over the past week while making some changes requested by our advertising team to their dedicated contact form.

We use a self-hosted WordPress site, with lots of help from the aptly named Formidable plugin, to give us flexible and powerful responsive contact forms, for everything from news tips to letters to the editor and more. (In the past, we’ve even used this to collect votes for the annual Best of Pueblo ballots, but our promotions team is using a third-party partner’s tool for that now. It’s OK … really.)

Back to the project at hand: Our business development manager wanted a more dynamic, and eye-pleasing, alternative to the functional but boxy form page they had before. A particular challenge was not only rotating between multiple photos, something I had to learn how to do (but has taught me a lot more about PHP, and storing and using variables, than I’ve managed to learn on my own impetus so far; can some programming progress be far behind?), but then using CSS to impose the form itself, generated by a Formidable shortcode, on top of the image.

The result (click for live example):

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The only actual content in the WordPress “Page” is the Formidable shortcode; everything else, from the headings and randomized background images to the promotional copy and “FAQ” links below, is hard-coded onto the custom Page template file. I may alter that eventually, but for now I was looking for maximum control to meet the “client’s” desired specifications — and I needed it fast. The content of the Page isn’t expected to change much, if at all, ever.

Fortunately, I’ve become quite familiar with child themes over the last year with my work on Nerdvana, so I know my new Page template customizations are safe from future parent theme updates. (I wish “child plugins” were a thing — I haven’t figured out the best way to update-proof plugin customizations, but that’s another matter entirely.)

Shout-out to my digital media/graphic design intern Severino Martinez from Pueblo Community College (soon to be Colorado State University-Pueblo) for help optimizing these beautiful background images in PhotoShop for this project.