WOW, it has been a long time since I posted on my website. For many years, it has served me as a teacher, I can show my work, post tutorials, it served as a way for people to reach me, and it helped as an excellent classroom aid with links to my animation blog, mfa thesis and to a page that has all of the students who have graduated my class, I call this the AILV Website page.
This page however gave me grief because in the last couple of years, this page was not able to update properly. Through countless hours of researching the problem, I learned that maybe it could be a server issue, a server security issue or WordPress issue. I’ve done all that I could to try and update this page, but when I do, the page crashes and my site goes down for about fifteen minutes. Not cool and very scary. This page served as inspiration for current students to help create their sites, employers look at this page to see the newest talent coming from school, I use it as a log to keep track of past graduates, and its a great place to network.
I learned that the problem was in GoDaddy’s security requirements, especially for pages that had too much action on them, in the case of my AILV websites page, it had too many links, over 80 the last time I checked. The server should have been able to handle it, as it seemed to be a simple thing to do, but it did not. I kept getting Error Transfer Data messages using Chrome, and so I left this page to sit. I would check it on and off for two years, and nothing happened. I kept getting emails from many of you that encouraged me to keep the pages up to date and so now, you know the reason for the delay.
To solve this, I basically split this long list into two manageable pages. You’ll see the new page and the one that I have been updating since 2006. Not a big deal, but it seems to work. No crashes (knock on wood).
UI Designer – CODEX WORLDS GAMES:
Moving forward, I’ve recently landed a job as a user interface designer for Codex Worlds Games. The job is fun, the work is great, and my wish is for you is to see the work, because it is numerous and robust. At the moment however, because of a nondisclosure agreement, at least until the game is complete, I cannot share with you what I’ve been working on until our game launches. Once I have permission, my site will look different. I have about two and a half years of unique UI designs, concepts and art ready to be posted. Stay posted.
Depending on my focus and interest, this blog has been used to support my animation, visual effects and portfolio classes. I’m changing the format so that it is more inclusive, not to just designers and animators. I plan to use this website to post my thoughts of prosperity and to use it as a platform to motivate others. It will consist of quotes, web clips, words of wisdom that I have garnered from my 10+ years of teaching and motivating people, and to encourage people to achieve their goals and dreams. If appropriate, I also will post insight into the tools that I have been using to help me become the best person I can be every day. So come back.
Since my site wasn’t updating properly, I started shopping around for other servers and was very impressed with the websites produced by Squarespace.com. If I didn’t get these pages to work earlier, we wouldn’t be using WordPress and GoDaddy.
I feel I have new energy, it seems that I have new focus, I work out twice a day, love eating the right things and do my best to keep things balanced with work, my relationships and my family. I put up a new logo, new fonts and colors and in the next coming weeks as a symbol to myself that we are starting anew. Its a good feeling, if you have any suggestions, please send me a message, I’d love to hear from you.
I wish all of you the best. Work hard, persist and keep moving.
Fire It Up!