If you have visited this site before, you might have noticed that something doesn’t quite look the same since you last set foot on these pages. You would of course be right. Over the period of the last two days (well evenings), I have meticulously taken everything apart, given everything a good spit and polish, added a lick of paint, and reassembled it all to present to you the new and improved, rather fiery and dashing, House of C.
Hope you like it.
(And if you spot anything amiss, let me know!)
I finally got around to designing a usable logo for my collective group of work that has always gone under the banner of Rugged Rock Studio for as long as I can remember (that or CodeUnit when it comes to my programming work).
Anyway, wanting to emphasise the strength and durability of the name, I opted for a rocky fist (think the Thing from Fantastic Four if that helps) and adopted a brown palette as the main color scheme for the studio logo. And after a bit of pencils, fineliner, scanning and a quick dab of Photoshop wizardry, out popped the following three web elements which will now adorn and serve to tie together my various web presences as I make an effort over the next while to give everything a much needed lick of fresh paint.
First, the official Rugged Rock Studio logo:
Next, the Rugged Rock tab which will hang above all my sites:
And finally the official Rugged Rock Studio icon, which will become the favicon for the majority of my sites:
Our new voting station for both national and local elections is Gordon’s Bay Primary School. And yup, usually they’re pretty well organised down there! :)
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QR codes are slowly, slowly gaining more traction, despite the fact that they are pretty much only useful little beasts when it comes to directing smartphone users to some or other web content URL. Generating them is pretty easy, hell, Google Chart has an API for them (which is exactly what we are going to leverage in a minute), and to decode them you simply need a phone with a camera and a decoder app installed. So let’s do this.
If you are already familiar with using the classic Google Chart API to generate graphs, then you will know that creating a graph image is pretty much hitting a Google-supplied URL and providing certain required paramters as specified by the Chart API. Because QR codes essentially work the same way as graphs do, i.e. they are produced based on the passed information, it was a fairly simple task to incorporate them into the API. One or two minor parameters added and removed (as laid out by http://code.google.com/apis/chart/docs/gallery/qr_codes.html) and you’re good to go.
To actually see this in action, let’s generate a QR code which is nothing more than an encoded URL (if hit by a smartphone, the phone should attempt to redirect to the encoded URL):
<img src=”http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=qr&chs=350×350&chl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.codeunit.co.za” />
As you can see above, only three parameters are required to generate our desired QR code. cht is to tell Google that it is a QR code, chs defines the size and chl contains the data to be encoded, in this case a URL. Note that the data needs to be URL encoded before being passed to the API.
And the result?
Here’s a handy tip for adding the necessary two or three stripes to your belt whenever you reach a level that requires that sort of distinction from the plain color of the belt.
Instead of stitching on a cross band of ribbon or material, simply reach into your tool box, pull out a roll of white PVC insulation tape, wrap that around the belt and cut off the ends to make it neat.
It sticks really well, looks very neat, and is a doddle to remove when you finally grade next and get a new ranking with that color band.
And as an example, allow me to provide a photo of my very own brown belt three, recently achieved with the surprise grading ceremony held after the Funakoshi Karate International South Africa Gushku 2011 at Oak Valley Wine Estate on the 7th of May 2011.
Pretty, isn’t it?