Spider Web Design – Facebook Page

I've been trying to keep myself busy recently, so I made a new portfolio site. It's nothing flashy - it uses Twitter Bootstrap's default 2-column layout, some Google web fonts and a bit of jQuery. That's about it. It's coded using HTML5 on the CodeIgniter PHP framework. The best thing is that it's completely responsive - meaning it will scale down for different screen sizes. View it on your mobile, or re-size your browser window to see it scale down. I also stuck a secret warp zone section in there, just for shits and giggles - see if you can find it... The idea to do it was simple really - I wanted a clean professional site that I could use as an online C.V. The photos on there are appropriate and there is no mention of midgets, porn or drugs. Maybe most astonishing of all, at no point do I use words like "cunt", "fuck" or "ballbags". You can view it here: www.tom-fogarty.com To accompany this site, I also set up a Facebook page. Again, it's very simple - and will feature examples of the websites I have worked on, and any new projects in the pipeline. I might stick some of my music reviews up on there as well. Please go and 'like' it, you bastards: www.facebook.com/tomfoggy  

New Blog – Spider Web Design

So I've been having problems with my hosting company. The redirects I've set up only seem to work when they want to. My sub-domains hardly ever work and now I've found out I'm nearly out of space. This is a pain in the arse because I'm a regular blogger at the moment, and I like to upload pictures. My hosting company is French by the way, making communication with them almost impossible. I can't remember why I decided it would be a good idea to opt for a French-speaking web hosting company. I was probably drunk at the time. I will probably switch hosts at some point soon, but it's somewhere down on a very long "to do" list. Somewhere behind "Natalie Imbruglia". What I've decided to do is this: I've set up a new blog over at Spider Web Design. I will use this to blog about the current projects I am working on - web design, web development, photography, art etcetera - and the bulk of my photos will be uploaded there. As that blog is tied to my "professional" website spiderwebdezign.com, I will try to be sensible and keep the nonsense down to a minimum. I will continue to post my stupid stories, rants and rambles on this blog. Any pictures I do upload here (homemade tattoo misadventures, embarrassing drunken pub jaunts etcetera) - I can host on Flickr or Picasa and hotlink to them.

If Music Be The Food of Love..

I had a really strong urge to blog tonight, but couldn't think of anything much to say. No change there then. Decided to share my Last FM profile with you: Last FM - SpiderWebDesign I don't have a an iPod, nor do I have a Spotify account - but I do like Last FM. I've created a playlist on there with about 57 songs - it plays the songs randomly - and I listen to it often. I've got some good stuff on there - GG Allin, Misfits, Rezillos, LunaChicks et al. I also have some utter shit - Dennis Waterman, Belinda Carlisle, Glen Madeiros(!). I don't apologise for any of it; what it represents to me is nostalgia. Good or bad, all the songs on the list stuck in my mind at certain points in my life, and provide me with escapism today. If I have a shitty day at work (which is often) - I can play some of these tracks - and it transports me back to other times in my life, happier times. And it helps me to feel better. That is all. Have a listen, see what you think...

Google Re-Indexing

So I'm still waiting for Google to re-index my site, but the bastards don't seem to want to do it. Basically, what I want is for them to list www.tomfogarty.com instead of www.tom-fogarty.com. I don't have a lot of patience. At first I did the sensible thing and I simply redirected the old domain to the new one, but I got bored of that. So now I've made a "Tom has moved" page instead. I got the idea while I was checking out the website of a friend of a friend. He's called Thomas Flintham and this is the page: thomasflintham.blogspot.com It's based on the now defunct Teletext page and I think it's really cool (if you check out his CV there's some pretty impressive things on there, but I think this is better). In fact, I wish I'd thought of the idea first. Changing the subject, Google Analytics can tell you some interestings things; for the past 3 days someone has found my site by searching for "Tom Fogerty Spider Web Design". The funny thing about this is that they know my company name, but misspell my surname (which proves it's not my mum at least). I wish I knew who it was. I also get quite a few hits from people searching for "Liam Sparkes Exhibition". I hope they're not too disappointed with what they find here, as I'm a big Liam Sparkes fan.

YouTube Channel – Spider Web Design

I set up a YouTube channel over the weekend - partly because I had a creative vibe going on for a while there - but mainly because I was bored: YouTube - Spider Web Design I've only got 2 shoddy videos on there at the moment; one was something that I was forced to make while at university in 2007 (you can tell I was forced by the sarcastic tone of it), and I've already shared that one on here before. The second one I knocked up in 20 minutes on Saturday - it's just photos moving around - but it's something I'd like to play around with more. You can also check out some of my favourite videos from other YouTube users. I'll be adding more stuff there soon, and it's basically just another handy way for me to peddle my evil wares online. Talking of videos, I was really happy today to get a reply from Lloyd Kaufman on Twitter (@lloydkaufman). He's the director of The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke'em High, Poultrygeist, Sgt. Kabukiman: NYPD etcetera. He's one of my favourite directors of all time, up there with John Waters and Russ Meyer.

New Facebook Page

A couple of weeks back I deleted my Facebook profile as it was getting on my nerves. As a result of this my blog views have taken a serious drop, so I had to come up with a workaround for the problem. I've now had the brainwave to create a Facebook page instead. It doesn't have any fans/followers yet so I don't have a custom username/URL to send you to yet. You can find it by searching for "TomFOGARTY: Spider Web Design". The good thing is that as a follower, you will be informed of my latest blog posts, pictures, events etcetera... but you won't have to put up with me posting nonsense on your walls and photos. Everyone's a winner. I even made this cartoon logo to go on the page, inspired by the 90s cartoon, Daria.

www.liamsparkes.com – Live This Week

I've just finished this website for Shangri-la tattooist, Liam Sparkes. The site was made entirely with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and I'm really pleased with the results. Check out the website and get some ink done: www.liamsparkes.com