Jun 23 2010

Lou Barlow live in Denver – 6.18.10 – Larimer Lounge

Last Friday I made it to the Larimer Lounge to witness Lou Barlow, of Dinosaur Jr & Sebadoh fame, with his band the Missingmen and was impressed with how awesome the show was. Brought the camera along and got these images:

Lou was also kind enough to sign my guitar… thanks Lou!
Originally uploaded by CJPolitzki on Flickr


May 21 2010

Google Pac-Man Feature

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Google Pac-Man Feature shown on May 21st, 2010

Everybody Catch the Google Pac-Man Feature Today?

If you didn’t, it’s up for another 48 hours to commemorate the anniversary of the game 30 years ago in Japan. Make sure you don’t just breeze past the initial Google Search screen, which usually updates with a doodle version of the original logo from time to time depending on the holiday, time of year and so forth. Instead, click on the insert coin and play a game of Pac-Man courtesy of Google!

Make sure to share with all you friends and family before this feature is taken down!

Chris J. Politzki

Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Mar 19 2010

Studio 119 Degrees on Twitter

We’ve been on Twitter for some time, but I thought I’d add a screen capture of how we added our own brand identity to our Twitter account. Granted, you can’t manipulated the code on the left-hand side and add links, etc. However, you can create the illusion of having added those. It also stays true to our current web site design.


Feb 19 2010

Logos Designed by Studio 119 Degrees

Just a quick one here… thought I’d post a link to a recently updated page of ours for the logos we have developed for clients. There’s also a few icons there as well. Check it out!

Studio 119 Degrees Logo Designs

Visual Samples:

Colorado-based Construction Company Logo

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Jan 9 2010

A Small Birthday Tribute to Jimmy Page

For those of you who know me, this post won’t come as much a surprise, but for those of you who don’t, well… let’s just say I have a mild fondness for the electric guitar and one of my all-time favorite guitar heroes would have to be Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

Happy Birthday Jimmy!

So on this January 9th, 2010, I would like to wish Jimmy a very happy and special 66th birthday celebration. Having recently appeared in the film, ‘It Might Get Loud‘ (which I blogged about earlier, just click the link to the left) it has rekindled the interest and desire to have a tour which includes Jimmy. It doesn’t matter which form or shape it takes. It could be with or without Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, but at least some live music from Jimmy to satisfy the fans, including myself.

Of course, I could think of no better way to celebrate, than by posting some of the magnificient photographs of Ross Halfin. Without further adieux, here are some of my favorite images Ross has taken.

Enjoy!

Jimmy Page in Oakland, 1977

Jimmy Page in Oakland, 1977

Jimmy Page from the early 1980s with telecaster guitar

Jimmy Page from the early 1980s with telecaster guitar

Jimmy Page in 2009 posing with Les Paul guitar for a magazine cover

Jimmy Page in 2009 posing with Les Paul guitar for a magazine cover

Jimmy Page in Los Angeles, June 2009 for premiere of the movie It Might Get Loud

Jimmy Page in Los Angeles, June 2009 for premiere of the movie 'It Might Get Loud'

Be sure to check out Ross Halfin’s web site for more spectacular imagery!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Jan 7 2010

Fractal Images and Their Inspiration

Call me crazy, but I’ve become really fond of fractal imagery. I have used these images as my desktop picture on my computer for quite some time now and feel that they can really inspire me. When I’m thinking of a new design, there’s something refreshing, new and exciting about fractal images that re-energizes me for coming up with that next design. I’ve applied this to logos and web sites alike and there really is something to it!

What are Fractals?

They can be defined as, ‘a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole’, according to Wikipedia’s definition of fractals. They come in many different flavors, such as ‘Mandelbrot’, ‘Newton’, ‘Julia’, ‘Halley’, ‘Secant’, or ‘Dragon’ and I’ll not bore you with the various reasons why. All I do know is that they are wondrous images that also occur in nature, especially in snowflakes.

Fractals as Desktop Images

I’ll post up 3 fractal images here to get the ball rolling, so-to-speak. If there’s enough interest, I’ll post up more. Feel free to download them and use them for your computer desktop image, become inspired by them as I do, or share them with friends. Most of all, leave a comment if you’d like to see more of these.

Fractal image number one

Fractal image number one

Fractal Image Number Two

Fractal image number two

Fractal image number three

Fractal image number three

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Oct 19 2009

Twitter For Beginners – Useful Steps

Signed Up and Not Sure What to Do Now?

I recently posted something of an introduction to Twitter. In it, I introduced people to Twitter and asked a few questions to the SEO community. I still think people are struggling with where to start when they sign up though. I constantly get questions from friends and family on what Twitter is really about. It’s all about joining the ‘real-time conversation’ on any and everything that interests you. Such a vast collection of information may intimidate many people and I think this is why I’m asked the same question over and over, “What can I do with Twitter, what is it good for?”

Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Things You Can Do With Twitter

Try finding friends you already know first of all. There’s a great built-in tool that’s in Twitter called, Find Friends on Other Networks tool. If you have a AOL, Yahoo!, or Gmail account, Twitter can scan your contacts list and see if anyone you know is on Twitter that
you haven’t yet started following.

See a screenshot below:

There’s also an application online that helps you find who’s tweeting. It’s called Tweepz. There’s another one called Twellow and they both are very similar to a Yellow Pages site for Twitter. With either one, you can type in a topic you’re interested in and see who’s tweeting about that subject in your area and beyond.

The Tweepz.com search feature with 'SEO Denver' search entered.

The Twellow.com search feature shown above.

Yet another method of finding friends on Twitter is through Facebook. The Twitter Facebook App can inform you of which one of your friends is on Twitter and which ones aren’t.

Another great and often overlooked tool to find like-minded people to follow on Twitter is to use Twitter Search. See what people are saying in real time about a certain topic that interests you and begin following these people if you find their tweets interesting.

So as you can see, there are many different ways to find people to follow on Twitter. There’s also a few that I haven’t mentioned or tried yet, but feel free to do so if you so desire. These are WeFollow, Twubble and Twitterel.

This is how the Twitter for Facebook App looks like.

This is how the Twitter for Facebook App looks like.

Find Local Twitter People You Can Network With

I found Twitter great for networking. Along with all of the fore-mentioned methods of finding people, there’s a few other methods to really find worth while people to follow and possibly network with. Twitter Advanced Search allows one to limit results to a nearby location. There’s also other 3rd party apps, such as TwellowHood and Localtweeps.

Connect and Stay In Touch With People on Twitter

Now that you know how to find friends and other people who may share interests similar to yours, try downloading a free Desktop or Mobile Client. Keeping up with your ‘mentions’ and ‘direct messages’ within Twitter is somewhat cumbersome and that’s why I personally use TweetDeck. It helps you keep track of everything going on with your Twitter account even if you have multiple account to take into consideration. They’ve even built in a nice MySpace and Facebook feature to track things going on there as well.

This is how TweetDeck looks for managing Twitter, Facebook and MySpace

This is how TweetDeck looks for managing Twitter, Facebook and MySpace

Other alternatives are Seesmic, and others you can research further in a 19 Twitter Desktop Apps Compared.

People who are on mobile devices such as the iPhone or iPod Touch can check out many of the iPhone Twitter Apps. There’s also web-based Twitter clients available that make Twitter easier to use on other Mobile devices such as Mixero and PeopleBrowsr.

Learn How to use Twitter Like a Pro

Twitter Help is a great place to start. Or there’s the Twitter Support Forum. Mashable.com also has a great Guide Book for Twitter. There’s also the Twitter App Directory where you can see some of the cool things you can do with Twitter. Most of all, enjoy tweeting and make it work for you.

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Sep 18 2009

Newly Developed Widgets Live and Tracking Death Statistics!

SEO company and Web Design & Development studio collaborate

Our design & development studio recently completed a widget development project for a local SEO company here in Denver, Colorado. Together, we developed a strategy for creating the all-important backlinks to a Texas attorney’s web site. The group over at seOverflow here in Denver is quite a talented group of SEO gurus that assisted the Studio 119 Design & Development team with the preliminaries for creating widgets for the Jim Adler & Associates team in Houston, Texas.

seOverflow-Studio119-logo

The Widget for Car Accidents

What do these ‘Death Statistic Widgets’ do?

Good question! They simply track 5 different types of deaths across the United States. There’s a widget for Car Accidents, one for 18 Wheeler Accidents, one for Drunk Driving Deaths, one for Mesothelioma Deaths, and also one for Motorcycle Deaths. All five come in 3 different sizes; 300 x 250 pixels, 240 x 400 pixels, and 160 x 300 pixels. All perfectly suited to implement into your blog or web site. Each one respectively tracks the total death numbers to date for each specific type of death. Each day a new number is displayed and oftentimes these numbers are updated hourly using a javascript which deducts the current day, compares it to the national daily average of deaths and returns a total number to date for the specified year.

You can download these widgets at either of these two landing pages:

  1. The Accident Awareness site.
  2. The Jim Adler Death Statistics site.

Why create Widgets for SEO?

Yet another good question… and the answer is easy. ‘To Gain Valuable Backlinks to Your Site‘, simply put. In the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) community, we all know that if you are able to gain links back to your site you can gain some valuable exposure within the Search Engines. Strategically placing targeted keywords within your anchor text (the words that appear within the actual link on the page, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term) also help the spiders that are crawling your site help determine what your site is about and how they should categorize it. Changing up the anchor text is also a common task. Backlinks also function as a sort of voting system in that they indicate that someone has taken the time to add a link back to your site and find your site’s content valuable.

The Death Statistic widgets have appearing on each one of them 2 and sometimes 3 backlinks. Two anchor text links and one image alt tag set on the image link. So as you can see, we’ve placed these within the actual widgets in hopes that people will implement them into their blogs and web pages to give us our precious backlinks to our site. A very unique strategy in my opinion and one that also worked well with our previously developed Dex Yellow Pages widgets.

It’s all done in the name of  ’Gaining Valuable Backlinks to Your Site‘.

Happy Widgeting everybody!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Sep 15 2009

John Paul Jones joins new supergroup ‘Them Crooked Vultures’

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin in action during the 1970s

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin in action during the 1970's

Well, it looks as though the Led Zeppelin reunion tour won’t be taking place after all. As reported on the John Paul Jones web site on August 10th, 2009 he’s joined a new supergroup called, ‘Them Crooked Vultures‘.

The new group features Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl and no other than the legendary John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. According to the official Them Crooked Vultures web site, they are slated to hit the road in October already. October 1st, they’ll be in Austin, Texas at Stubb’s and then they’ll be at the Austin City Limits Festival on the 2nd. Those of you who are familiar with PBS television will probably be aware of this excellent musical showcase program and hopefully there will be a broadcast of the event and performance of the band sometime in the near future. Check more Them Crooked Vultures tour dates to see if they are coming to your town.

It looks as though the web site allows you to participate in a forum, purchase an official t-shirt, sign-up for a mailing list and also explore a Google Earth feature that I’m still trying to figure out. I installed the plug-in, but I just get zoomed into an unknown location in France I think and can’t navigate out of it?

Here’s an image of the guys hard at work:

Live performance image of Them Crooked Vultures

Live performance image of Them Crooked Vultures

YouTube videos of Them Crooked Vultures

There seems to be a lot going on in this realm at the moment and I expect more to follow soon. The teaser video sounds great! Song is called, “Scumbag Blues”. No images of the guys in the band, all visuals of vultures walking around in a very graphical layout. Quite engaging!

I would strongly suggest subscribing to their channel on YouTube to keep up-to-date on what they are doing. Here’s the link to the official Them Crooked Vultures YouTube Channel. There’s some pretty cool in-studio material plus some live fan videos. Here’s a studio video:

And yet one more glimpse from a secret gig at the Brixton Academy on August 26th, 2009:

Pretty interesting sounds, but it probably puts the Led Zeppelin reunion tour rumors to rest, which is unfortunate.

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio


Sep 2 2009

Ace Frehley New Album / CD To Be Released Soon!

 

Ace Frehley Anomaly Album Cover

Ace Frehley Anomaly Album Cover

Hello again! I posted about Ace’s arrival to the world wide web back in April of this year in a post entitled, ‘Ace Frehley finally has an Official Web Site!!!‘. And now the time has come to mention that his newly recorded album is slated for release in just under two weeks! That’s right earthlings… the Aceman has been hard at work preparing us for his latest endeavor. September 15th, 2009 is the date the new recording hits the streets!

 

 

 

Ace Frehley Press Kit for Anomaly

The new album / CD is entitled ‘Anomaly’. Ace has put out an electronic press kit… check it out here:
 

Or check out the commercial:
 

Different Packaging for the Album

Pretty cool stuff for collectors as there is 3 different packaging options. One for Walmart, one for Best Buy, & one that’s just standard, but they are all pretty nice. Take a look for yourself! Nice job by the graphic design team, I must say.

 

ace frehleys walmart anomaly packaging

Walmart Packaging of Anomaly from Ace Frehley

The Walmart packaging of Ace’s CD contains an Ace autographed tattoo!

 

 

Best Buy Packaging for Anomaly from Ace

Best Buy Packaging for Anomaly from Ace

The above Best Buy layout is printed on silver stock, like the Double Platinum Album from Kiss!

 

 

Standard Packaging for Anomaly from Ace Frehley

Standard Packaging for Anomaly from Ace Frehley

 

Anomaly from Ace Frehley is also available on iTunes!

That’s right… you won’t get any of the fancy packaging pictured above, but at least you’ll have the latest from one of the most influential guitarists of our time. Ace Frehlely Anomaly on iTunes.

Track Listing

1. Foxy & Free
2. Outer Space

3. Pain In The Neck
4. Fox On The Run
5. Genghis Khan
6. Too Many Faces
7. Change The World
8. Space Bear
9. A Little Below The Angels
10. Sister
11. It’s A Great Life
12. Fractured Quantum
13. The Return of Space Bear (Dedicated to Tom Snyder and an iTunes exclusive)

Go out there and support our spaceman who has so kindly graced us with his presence on September 15th with his first album in over 20 years!

And be sure to check out his web site as well: the official Ace Frehley web site.

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees