New Pluralsight course: Introduction to WordPress

pluralsightMy second course for Pluralsight goes live today. If you don’t already know, Pluralsight offers developer training videos and my first course, Introduction to WordPress Theme Development, was published in January. This course — Introduction to WordPress is a more general overview of WordPress and WordPress settings. I tried to pack it full with every screen available in WordPress so it can be used by beginners and developers alike.

But wait, you’re still unconvinced that Pluralsight is worth the monthly investment? Seriously, you shouldn’t be. This stuff is by devs for devs (of all shapes and sizes, from beginner to advanced) and the material is awesome. But you don’t need to take my word for it. I’ve got a stack of 1 month trial codes that give you access to the whole library sitting right here. I’ll give you one (well, I’ll give you the code and the URL to activate your trial) if you tweet a link to the announcement post on the Pluralsight blog and post a link to your tweet in the comments. Ready? Go.

My first course on Pluralsight

introduction to WordPress theme development

It’s happened. And it was much more work than I had originally anticipated. Much listening to (and cringing at) myself talk and trying to edit out all the “uh”s and “um”s (or as many as I could manage). Content wasn’t an issue, it was a matter of organizing the content into a structure and providing enough examples. There’s a lot of room left to build from, go into more detail, dive into deeper, but this is an introduction, after all.

I’m excited to have this new course in the @pluralsight library and I’m looking forward to making more. In the meantime, you can check out Introduction to WordPress Theme Development on Pluralsight. Also, the blog post on my first course. :)

The Signal: my next album and my first Kickstarter project

So, I recently became aware of these when @percussa started following me on Twitter:

They’re called AudioCubes. And I want one. Actually, I want four.

The concept I’ve been toying with for my next album was already going to be sort of an abstract sound collage-type thing, trying to represent and tell a story about UVB-76, a secret Russian short wave radio frequency that’s been broadcasting buzzes and beeps since the Cold War, which I learned about a couple months ago in Wired. Then these things come into my field of view, and it’s just a perfect way to create the types of sounds that I have in my head when I’m trying to think about ways to represent an enigmatic, encoded audio message.

That led to a somewhat careless thought, maybe I’ll start a Kickstarter project for it. Except, that wasn’t actually a half bad idea — other artists, like Juliana Hatfield and Kristin Hersh, are using PledgeMusic to fund their album-making, why not let people help contribute to the making of this album and give them the results and a chance to participate in the process? It couldn’t hurt to try, right?

So, that leads to this, my Kickstarter project.

Kickstarter does not allow partially-funded projects to be green-lit, so we need to make the full $900 before the project ends on January 9. I picked that date to give me enough time for funds to transfer and for the cubes to be shipped to the US. I don’t have high expectations, but I certainly have a desire to make this happen and, one way or another, the album will be made. But it would be a whole lot more awesome to make it with the cubes. And this leads into another idea that I’ve been toying with for a while, which is live performance.

Up to (and including) now, the music I make isn’t particularly live-worthy. It’s more, program some stuff, play, listen to in the dark on headphones music. But the cubes are, by definition, a performance instrument, and that would open up the possibility of, you know, performing with them. Which could be really interesting and now that the kids are a little older, it’s something that’s been simmering in the back of my mind since I had the random thought hey, I should see if I can perform at the Utah Arts Festival.

That’s what I’m thinking and that is the impetus behind this project. I hope you help contribute to make it happen. Even a couple bucks can go a long way, but even better if you can spread the word and spam your friends and family. I will be posting project updates over there, so if you want to hear more about what I’m doing with regards to AudioCubes or The Signal, watch the Kickstarter project.