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Tue Jan
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Sun Jan

My first WordPress Plugin “Swatchify”

Swatchify is a WordPress plugin that grabs an image from a post or image file and creates a swatch to go with it. Learn more about it by clicking the…

Swatchify is a WordPress plugin that grabs an image from a post or image file and creates a swatch to go with it. Learn more about it by clicking the link to view this post.

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Sun May

Curated: Kerby Rosanes’ Geometric Beasts

I love these Geometric Beasts from Phillipino artist Kerby Rosanes. You can find him on Instagram here. He has a number of other sketches, and a book. The thing that…

I love these Geometric Beasts from Phillipino artist Kerby Rosanes. You can find him on Instagram here. He has a number of other sketches, and a book.

The thing that I find interesting is that both the geometric portion and the animal drawings on their own wouldn’t be particularly impressive, but the pairing of the two, and the way that he combines them so fluidly is amazing.

geometric bison

geometric whale

geometric rhino

geometric fox

geometric owl

geometric rabbit

geometric polar bear

geometric hummingbird

geometric wolf

tiger

tyranosaurus

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Thu Feb

How to Create a Custom Google Analytics Landing Page Conversion Rate Report

In this post I’ll demonstrate how you can set up a custom report to track landing page conversion rates using a custom metric, and custom calculated metric in Google Analytics….

In this post I’ll demonstrate how you can set up a custom report to track landing page conversion rates using a custom metric, and custom calculated metric in Google Analytics.

You can track form fill with events, but this doesn’t allow you to get a really simple drilldown of form fills per page for some reason…

The reason I needed to generate this report is because Marketo does not provide an out of the box report for landing page conversion when you are using self-hosted landing pages (which I imagine is quite popular because their landing page editor isn’t great).

At the end of this tutorial, your report will look something like the below report.

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To achieve this take a quick view of this video, and if you have questions feel free to ask them below!

 

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Sat Dec

Playing with the Waterlogue iPhone App

I took some time the other day to play with a fun new app called Waterlogue. With this app you upload photos, and it will transform them into watercolor paintings…

I took some time the other day to play with a fun new app called Waterlogue. With this app you upload photos, and it will transform them into watercolor paintings based on a number of predefined filters similar to Instagram.

I love this app. I found it through the Mashable best apps of the year post, and I can’t stop myself from playing with it. Take a look at some of the photos I generated below.

Lobster Dinner Watercolor of my view Beef Taco Watercolor MFA Watercolor Red Sox Watercolor Two Cats Watercolor Cat Watercolor French Toast Watercolor Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Fried Chicken Watercolor Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Bagel WAtercolor Shrimp Watercolor Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Tulips Watercolor Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue

 

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Sun Oct

Regular Expressions, mod_rewrite, and Apache

This past month I went through the process of migrating all of the posts that I had from thecampuscompanion.com to my new site here at sparqvault.com. The process of migrating…

This past month I went through the process of migrating all of the posts that I had from thecampuscompanion.com to my new site here at sparqvault.com.

The process of migrating all of the content was tough enough, but in order to maintain the traffic that I was receiving from the articles, pictures, and general site content I needed to implement some pretty crazy rewrites.

I was using WordPress multisite so the upload paths for the files were weird. Additionally, migrating all of the filed from multisite upload paths to a regular multisite install was damn near impossible. The rewrites for that were even more difficult. I had to do a workaround based on date.

REGARDLESS, I was extremely impressed by my ability to learn Apache mod_rewrite (even though I didn’t end up using it), basic regular expressions, and a variety of rewrite rules.

Below is the result. FUN!

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Thu Jul

Curated: Nicolas Jolly

Nicolas Jolly is a french artist that works primarily with black ink. His work reminds me so much of Vincent Van Gogh’s reed pen drawings it’s crazy.  It’s remarkable how much simple…

Nicolas Jolly is a french artist that works primarily with black ink. His work reminds me so much of Vincent Van Gogh’s reed pen drawings it’s crazy.  It’s remarkable how much simple strokes of a pen can illustrate form and movement.

Wheat Field with Sun and Cloud

Van Gogh Reed Pen Drawing

Nicolas’ drawings all have a “fingerprint” design that absolutely amazes me. I can’t imagine how he is able to superimpose a fingerprint design on everything he is drawing.

The only way I think I could do something similar is if it were on tracing paper over a light boxed picture. At least in that scenario I’d be able to see when the strokes need to go!

Truly amazing work. Make sure to check out his Behance profile and show some love!

Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Boards Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint City Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Corridor Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Dirt Road Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint France Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Montain Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Portrait Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Sailboat Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Steps Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Warehouse

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