Instant insight from a free heatmap

Who knows how I found it, but I came across sumome.com‘s free website tools the other day.

It’s a great collection of website tools (analytics, newsletter signups, contact forms etc.) that’s completely free. There are some extras that cost money, but you can get value without paying.

After a couple days:

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I’ve never used a heat map before, so this is probably quite obvious. Anyway, some instant insights that I am going to test in the coming weeks:

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Sointula

My partner and I have been scouring British Columbia, checking out potential properties to purchase. While the truth of BC’s high cost of land may have hit hard, the excuse to venture into previously looked-over corners of this truly beautiful province has been a thrill.

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A birthday story from the 135

Awhile back, I lived atop Burnaby Mountain. Often, I would take the 135 bus in and out of downtown Vancouver. One of these times, returning from downtown, I happened to sit next to a fellow who wished to share a story.

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The value of a web developer

James Somers asks if coders are worth it. Well, I’d like to answer that.

I may have missed the point of the article, but he seems to be drawing attention to web developers making good money while working for web startups, which aren’t serious business. Serious, in the sense that the problems being solved aren’t grand or meaningful enough.

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Should we care about Organic

Anna Bronnes recently published on Ecosalon a link-bait article—with good intentions—that unfortunately fell a bit flat.

I entirely agree with the intention:

In the modern age, if you are able to comfortably put food on the table, it is inexcusable to not think about what you are eating.

But, the article lacks significant information to help those wishing to become more informed about the food system. It also, subtly, suggests devaluing what “Organic” labels actually represent.

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Being self-taught revisted

A few weeks ago I posted about possible drawbacks of being a self-taught web developer and I got some really good feedback.

The two main problems I illustrated were: How to your asses your own ability and properly convey it and after assessing your ability how to properly determine the next step of progression. I now think both problems are futile. I’m self-taught because I didn’t agree with the requirements and structure of schools and assessments are inherently part of schooling—So, why am I trying to assess myself?

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My first visit to Seattle

Since I missed the chance to see one of my all-time favourite
people live, in Vancouver, I had an all-too-good reason to visit Seattle for the first time.

Grinderman, the newest project of Nick Cave and most of the Bad Seeds, is finishing up their North American tour. It seems the show in Vancouver sold out too fast for me and, without hesitation, caused me to buy tickets to the Seattle show. Incredibly excited to see Nick Cave in the flesh—I just can’t help but enjoy almost everything he produces—I was also excited to visit Seattle for the first time. Which is a strange thing as I have, thanks mostly in part by my Dad, seen more American soil than Canadian.

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Logicalism over minimalism

I don’t subscribe to any sort of minimalist way of life. But, that word seems to have a meaning that I can often attest to my life. The funny thing about words and their meaning is that they aren’t consistent across all means.

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An interview with Chris Allen

Chris Allen is a Vancouver based freelance Graphic Designer and Art Director, an Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design graduate and has strong roots in the Skateboarding industry.

Check out this interview I conducted with him to find out more!

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