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Thu Nov

Fort Snuggleton / Camp SnuggleWood / Snugglesworth Manor

You are never too old to make a good fort when it starts getting cold and you want to act like a child. Kat and I are children, and decided…

You are never too old to make a good fort when it starts getting cold and you want to act like a child. Kat and I are children, and decided to craft a masterful blanket fort. You can see the results below.

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Thu Nov

Benjamin the Koala, Some Art For Kat

Despite their penchant to contract Chlamydia Kat still loves koalas. Since she had been bugging me for art I decided to craft her a cuddly little Koala a couple of weeks ago. Using…

Despite their penchant to contract Chlamydia Kat still loves koalas. Since she had been bugging me for art I decided to craft her a cuddly little Koala a couple of weeks ago.

Using some nice drawing paper, pencile, and pen I drafted out benjamin, colored him in with ink, and dramed him in a nice black frame with matting.

For some reason, after showing Kat her new koala I decided I was going to name him Benjamin. No reason. He just looked like a Benjamin.


 

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Tue Jul

Clearbit’s Logo API

I just spent countless hours generating high resolution JPEGs for the Periodic Table of DevOps and the DevOps Tool Chest, and of course the second I stop doing this super…

clearbitI just spent countless hours generating high resolution JPEGs for the Periodic Table of DevOps and the DevOps Tool Chest, and of course the second I stop doing this super labor intensive work one of my old coworkers sends me this.

Clearbit has an API that will allow you to easily pass a url to it, and receive a nice logo for the company in question.

<img src="https://logo.clearbit.com/{{DOMAIN HERE}}" alt="" />

Here is an example using Google:

You can also send these parameters to alter the image returned:

Parameter Description
size integer Size of the image returned
format string Format of the default – either png or jpg
greyscale boolean Enables greyscaling
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Tue Jul

Best Favicon Generator

One of the annoying things you have to do when you create websites is come up with a favicon (because the client always asks for it, and you should always…

One of the annoying things you have to do when you create websites is come up with a favicon (because the client always asks for it, and you should always do it anyways). This tool give you not only the favicon, but also a host of other icons that you should be generating for apple, android, and other devices!

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Sun Jul

Gifrocket

Gifrocket will take any video you have and convert it into an animated gif.

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Gifrocket will take any video you have and convert it into an animated gif.

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Sun Jul

Instagram Filters in CSS3

Everyone loves Instagram for their filters. It’s their secret sauce. I found these imitation CSS3 filter effects somewhere on the internet (I wish I could remember where), and they’ve helped my bring…

instagram-logoEveryone loves Instagram for their filters. It’s their secret sauce. I found these imitation CSS3 filter effects somewhere on the internet (I wish I could remember where), and they’ve helped my bring a lot of magic to my images here on Sparq Vault.

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Thu Jul

Fourth of July Desserts

Fourth of July Watermelon Cake Fourth of July Puppy Chow Fourth or July Candy Bars Fourth of July SkewersFourth of July Fudge Fourth of July Bar Fourth of July Panna…

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Thu Jul

Design Seeds Image Search by Color Palette

Design Seeds has a book full of color palettes derived from images, but they also have a great tool for searching images based on color profile. Check it out!

Design Seeds has a book full of color palettes derived from images, but they also have a great tool for searching images based on color profile. Check it out!

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Thu Jul

Drop Your Bounce Rate by 30% by Removing the Clutter

This past month I did something drastic to my blog. I removed almost everything from my post template except for the title and the content of the post. I was inspired…

Drop Your Bounce Rate

This past month I did something drastic to my blog. I removed almost everything from my post template except for the title and the content of the post.

I was inspired by Evernote’s Clearly App, and how delightful it was to read content when using it. As a result I:

  • Took away my menu
  • Turned my “related posts” thumbnails into a list
  • Centered all the content and put whitespace on either site
  • Combined the post info, related content, and comments into one tabbed section to take up less space.

After all was said and done the articles on my site were about as bare as I could get them.

The result…. A 30% drop in bounce rate.

I imagine this is because people get to the page and aren’t distracted by all of the unnecessary shit.

They don’t know who I am, they don’t want to read other articles I have, they don’t want to comment, they don’t want to do a damn thing except read the content they were expecting to get when they clicked the link in the google search results.

Once they’ve read that content I provide them with just enough content to start to get to know me.

Magic.

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