It’s not often I get a chance to random surf. But I took a little break to do just that. Here’s what I found:

Flash, Not Flash Gordon…okay maybe him too

Flash animation was great at the beginning, but it was always difficult to share and embed elsewhere. When social media came along, there were people making movies with Flash [NO! not Flash Gordon!] and you were getting that blank box with the text message “This content requires the Flash animation plugin….download it here”


Now the Internet Archives has figured out a way to save them. I made Flash animations and couldn’t even save them the first time!

Fake Booze

Found this slightly amusing.

Don’t drink alone, unless you are George Thorogood

Powerful Photo Editing Software on you USB stick

Haven’t tried it yet but found on a Web Dev geek site.

Expressive Pixels Open Source App from Microsoft

Example of pixels swirl The app gives the ability for people share animated visualizations in their own unique way. Users can make and show both static and animated images on LED displays and other digital devices, such as a PC. You can export the JSON code for use in other programs.

That’s it. I just had enough free time to paste this blog post together ya!

I am seriously wondering when the worlds attraction to social media will implode. I’ve been waiting for over a decade now. Take care of your own data!

I’ve just heard on the following podcast that Huber Engineered Wood Ltd. used Instagram to educate clients about improvements in building techniques and product use. The account got hacked and Facebook’s (owners of Instagram) answer to the help request was to shut down the entire account without notice. It’s a corporate account, which makes it very unprofessional when it suddenly drops dead from facebookitus.

Huber’s Instagram site is a great example of how to use the social media platform for marketing. But have your own website too! Sounds complicated? Time consuming? Not really if you set up some web automation you can send your content accross any number of social media platforms. Automatically! Instantaneous! Simultaneous!

Here are 3 sites that can do “web automations”. Some easy to use, others are more complex, but offer more powerful features.

  • Integromat. The most advanced automation platform I’ve looked at
  • Zapier very powerful and a full range of connected services
  • IFTTT Easy to use and is recommended by IOT users.

If you want even more convincing that you should take better care of what you post to these “free” social sites, here it is:

NATO Soldiers Manipulated by Facebook Fake Accounts

NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence is multi-nationally constituted and NATO-accredited international military organization, which is not part of the NATO Command Structure, nor subordinate to any other NATO entity. They created the Catfish accounts to study NATO soldiers.

The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) wanted to know how vulnerable troops were to social media. They did some social experiments on their troops (pardon the pun). I’d encourage you to read the white paper on their findings. It involves Catfishing, and if you don’t know what that is, read the World Economic Forums take on this study. I’ve saved a copy right here for you in PDF

One of my favorite mapping tools is what3words. I’ve updated the contact forms to include a location autosuggest for filling out a 3word address. The CSS keeps messing up the display, but that’s another days work.

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)


    Your Message

    OPTIONAL: Enter Your What3Words Address:

    or leave blank if not sure.
    what to know what a 3word address is? check out more here:

    I’m currently in the middle of reinstalling the operating system on a laptop I acquired from my daughter. An intel i3 system with only 4 gigs of memory. Also the computer’s battery is toast. I need to get these two things fixed. I plan on maxing out the memory – whatever that is – to 16 gigs I hope. More memory always makes a computer faster no matter what else you have.

    Mobile Career Hunting

    I’ve been looking at new ways to display data on WordPress.  There are a lot of great plug-ins out there.  I tried out M-Charts which is compatible with Highcharts.  I’ve been wanting to highlight some of my skills to potential clients.  Right now the site is very heavy with my renovation work, very photogenic stuff.

    Hey, I made this!

    Thomas G. Hepburn

    [chart id=”1436″]