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Video Tutorials

How to upgrade to MAMP 3 – a quick video tutorial

MAMP 3 (the newest version) was just released with lots of cool new features. Now you’re wondering how you can upgrade your existing MAMP install to the new one without losing all your content. Fret not my friend. It’s not at all hard. You just have to do things in the right order. This 6 minute video tutorial walks you through the process and gets you up and running.

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WordPress

WordPress 3.8 post roundup

WordPress version 3.8 released Thursday December 12th at 9:35am PST and with it a series of articles written by yours truly went live all across the web. For the release we (lynda.com) teamed up with a series of WordPress related blogs to get information out to a wide as audience as possible on what’s new in the update and why you should update right now. To avoid repetition each of the articles is unique and covers a different topic. I also jumped into the booth and recorded a First Look video showcasing the updates. That’s the video you see at the top of the article.

Here’s a roundup of the articles. Jump through the links to read the full texts:

WordPress 3.8 – What’s New and Why It Matters (Torquemag.com)

This week’s release of WordPress 3.8 named “Parker” after jazz legend Charlie Parker shows that the platform (and its developers) take this responsibility seriously and aim to further simplify web publishing for everyone. You can download it right now from WordPress.org or upgrade your existing WordPress site directly from the dashboard. 

Click here to read the whole article.

WordPress 3.8 Is Here With A Sleek New Theme Experience (Elegant Themes Blog)

Alongside the rest of the WordPress admin UI, the theme experience – or wardrobe if you like – has undergone a complete overhaul in the 3.8 release of WordPress, and the new design and functionality makes theme management and customization easier than ever before.

Click here to read the whole article.

WordPress 3.8: A quiet revolution (lynda.com blog)

Today’s release of WordPress 3.8 is revolutionary in the history of WordPress—and a clear sign of things to come from the popular content management system. Sporting a clean new interface, tons of new features, and a new development philosophy, the 3.8 release is a milestone for the WordPress community in many ways. We’re already hard at work updating our WordPress Essential Training course to reflect WordPress 3.8, but there’s a lot to notice in today’s release beyond just what ships in the code.

Click here to read the whole article.

What do you think?

Now it’s your turn. Have you updated to WordPress 3.8 yet? If so, what do you think of the new admin UI? And if you haven’t, what is standing in your way? I’d also love to hear your thoughts on the new Twenty Fourteen theme. Will you be using it? What do you think of a magazine style theme as a default theme? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Projects

Raw Talent 2013: The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit

It started as a crazy idea 5 years ago and now the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon and the following Raw Talent exhibit has become an institution in Vancouver. If you are in town this weekend and want to come out for a unique photo exhibit or just to support the film photography community, visit Raw Talent and bring your friends, your family, and anyone else you can find.

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Music

Sigur Rós – Heima, A Long Lost Review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSV019gkQLI

Once upon a time I was a music critic. I am republishing this review, posted years ago on the now defunct dabbler.ca, on the eve of the Sigur Rós concert in Deer Lake Park. This will be the first time the love of my life Angela and I get to see the band that brought us together live in concert.

An editor once told me “if you’re going to write a biased review, don’t write it at all.” So let me be clear. This is not a review but a recommendation.

Watch the movie Heima by Icelandic band Sigur Rós. Or better yet, go watch them in concert.. If you know the band I don’t need to explain why. If you don’t, I promise you it will change your perception of what music can be. How often can you say you went to a concert movie and saw people crying openly during the screening, not because they were upset, but because the music invoked such strong emotions?

I can say with certainty that Sigur Rós does something no other band can. They perform musical alchemy, transforming simple harmonies into real life manifestations of pure emotion. Those who have experienced it describe it as an almost religious revelation – a spiritual awakening. I have yet to find a person who does not on some level feel drawn to their music. And you’ve probably heard it, though you may not have been aware of it. Did you ever see the trailer for the movie Children of Men? The one with the haunting music in the background that drew you in? Their music is used everywhere, you just don’t know who they are. Well, now you will.

Heima (“home” in Icelandic) is a film that lives on the fringe of the definition of live concert feature. Following on the heels of their successful 2006 world tour, it tells the story of the band’s journey across Iceland as they play free unannounced concerts in the most unusual places for the people who have supported them throughout their career. It was their way of giving back to the country that birthed them and giving people a reason to come together with no strings attached. All the concerts were filmed with the intention of compiling them into a concert movie, but for various reasons it would take almost two years for it to make it to the big screen. In the end, it was Canadian director Dean DeBlois who weaved the story and made what could have been a standard live video into a work of art.

The movie features stellar live performances of the band’s most loved and haunting tracks, all recorded in different locations, all performed with the utmost skill and a complete lack of pretense. We see the band in the cellar of an abandoned fish factory, on the site of a demonstration against a dam project, in an old assembly hall with a stage that barely fits, in an open field – all places that in their own way shed light on where the band comes from and gives new meaning to their music as it is woven into a rich history and culture. Masterfully cut into and in between the performances are candid conversations with the band members, giving us the first true glimpse into the minds of these musical virtuosi. Sigur Rós’ members have become notorious for refusing to do interviews or press of any kind and when they do, little material of use is produced. I guess in a world saturated with celebrity gossip it can be hard to understand, but the culture they come from (the culture I grew up in) is one where self promotion is frowned upon and you are expected to keep a low profile no matter how famous you become. The band lives this philosophy to the fullest and refuses to let anything but the music speak for them, which is why the sound bites are so special, both for fans and fans to be – they give a new understanding of where the band comes from and what they are about.

It is hard for me to put into words why you should watch this movie and why after watching it you will buy their albums. Sigur Rós has a special place in the hearts of Angela and myself – in many ways their music is the reason we are together. But it goes beyond that. Like I said before, they are musical alchemists. They don’t simply make music; they create emotion. There are songs they play that make people cry, not out of pain or awe or anything like that. They cry because the songs do something to them – help them access deeply rooted emotions that need an outlet; carry them over to a different level of consciousness. It’s not astrology or anything like that. They just happen to have found the perfect tune, and they keep finding it again and again in different permutations. It transcends description.

So like I said, find the movie and treat yourself to this musical and filmatic masterpiece. Watch it with your husband, your wife, your teenage rebellious kid or your sibling. Share the experience with those you love and they will love you for it.

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Authored Content

Authored Content, Episode 17: Adobe MAX and Creative Cloud

Episode 17 of Authored Content was all about the Adobe MAX conference and the announcement that Adobe is moving their products to the Creative Cloud subscription. In other words, the “Creative Suite” moniker is gone. The regular crew was joined by Doug Winnie and special guest Anne-Marie Concepcion from InDesign Secrets and other cool things.

Links to all the things:

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Events

Teaching WordPress on the WP Watercooler

I dropped by the WPwatercooler today to talk WordPress teaching and learning with the gang. It was a fun experience and I hope I’ll be able to join again some time in the near future.

WPwatercooler is a weekly 30 minute Google Hangout where people talk WordPress.

Episode page with all the links

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Authored Content

Authored Content, Episode 16: Design trends, Windows Phone 8, Facebook Redesign, and content ownership

Designer and developer Doug Winnie joins the Authored Content crew to talk about design trends, Windows Phone 8 development, Facebook redesign, Google Maps API deprecation, DRM, content ownership on the web and legal responsibility in comments.

Relevant links:

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Authored Content

Authored Content, Episode 15: Unity, Netflix, WordPress Post Formats, One Less JPG, and the Success Loch Ness

This week’s Authored Content became a sunsetting edition of sorts. Joined by Lisa Larson-Kelley the team talked Unity sunsetting Flash, Netflix sunsetting Silverlight, the huge controversy surrounding Post Formats in WordPress 3.6, whether one less JPG will make up for un-minimized JavaScript and finally Twitter sunsetting the Fail Whale.

Links aplenty:

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Authored Content, Episode 14: hood.ie, WordPress under attack, jQuery 2.0, and HTML5 vs. Native

Special guests Joe LeBlanc and Simon Allardice join Ray Villalobos and Morten Rand-Hendriksen for a discussion of the new JS based framework hood.ie, WordPress brute force attacks, Government website design, jQuery 2.0 and no more support for IE8, and the neverending debate over HTML5 vs. natvie apps brought to the forefront again due to LinkedIn’s move from HTML5 to native.

Full list of links:

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Video Tutorials WordPress

Video tutorial: How to remove the admin account in WordPress

In response to my post about brute force attacks against the admin username in WordPress yesterday many users have contacted me asking how to remove the admin user from their installations. In this video I demonstrate how to remove the user completely and attribute all its posts with a new administrator account.

Step by Step

  1. Log in as admin
  2. Change email address
  3. Create new administrator account
  4. Log out and log in as new administrator
  5. Delete admin account
  6. Associate all admin account posts with new administrator

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Authored Content

Authored Content, Episode. 13: hgroup, Raspberry PI, digital afterlife, personas, and more

Mark Niemann-Ross joins the Authored Content crew to talk about the deprecation of the hgroup HTML5 tag, DIY computing with the Raspberry PI, your digital afterlife, Microsoft ending support for Windows XP, Mozilla’s Personas project, Moonbase and more. Links to everything below.

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Authored Content, Episode 11: Google+ Hangouts, noUI, IE11, April Fools and more

Join Ray Villalobos and Morten Rand-Hendriksen in a conversation about IE11 user agent strings, the noUI movement, the future of the border-corner-shape CSS rule, aprilFools.css, the Unreal engine on the web, and HTML5 development for WiiU. Links below.

James is out and there is no guest so this is just the two nerds in conversation.

IE11 user agent strings
No to noUI
The future of border-corner-style
aprilFools.css
The Unreal engine on the web
Nintendo WiiU goes HTML5

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