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Dallas Shooting Supplies – Photo Shoot

November 24, 2009 – Dallas Shooting Supplies is a relatively new web based shooting supply company. The company is owned by Morgan Richie and Vic Cherubini Jr. who both have a passion about rifles and weaponry. Vic was coming home for the holidays, so I asked him to bring some of his guns so we could do a photo shoot. I had not seriously photographed weapons before, so in preparation of the shoot, I spent a couple of hours scouring the web for ideas on composition, lighting, and tips on…

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Upcycling a Shipping Container into a Fireworks Stand

November 12, 2009 - The purpose of this blog entry is to take you through the process of converting a shipping container into a fireworks stand - from concept to creation.  I have included a number of photos to help others who may want to use a container to build a Fireworks Stand, Concession, Storage Unit or similar structure understand the process. You will hear people refer to these steel boxes as cargo containers, intermodal freight containers, but, when they are "upcycled" in…

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Use an Advergame to Build Your Brand - Part 2 of 2

November 12, 2009,   In the first part of this blog post;I talked about the branding components of an Advergame. In part 2, we will discuss what makes for a great Computer Game, and in turn a great Advergame.   Think back to time when you first discovered video games – the thrill and excitement of actually interacting with some element on the screen was enthralling. Now, stop and think about your favorite video game. What made it so special? Was it the graphics, the…

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Use an Advergame to Build Your Brand - Part 1 of 2

November 11, 2009 - If you are looking for a way to build your brand, and at the same time make your site more "sticky", you should consider developing an Advergame. What exactly is an Advergame? Simply put, "An Advergame uses interactive gaming technology to deliver embedded advertising messages to consumers". These games incorporate the company brand or product as a key element in the game. And, unlike a "product placement" in a movie (where you may only see the brand…

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A Peek at the Creation of epic’s New Logo

  October 29, 2009 - The new epic logo went through many revisions before we finally settled on what you see at the top of the site today. The goals of the logo were pretty straight forward. Create a logo using the epic “e” symbol without updating the symbol beyond the point of recognition. Use the company colors (White, Red, Grey) It must be readable at small sizes or from a distance. After several unsuccessful attempts at incorporating the “e” into the type, (replacing…

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My Epic Journey

September 25, 2009 - I came to epic in early June looking for an internship and haven't looked back.  Like most graduating students I was required to complete an internship in order to graduate.  Hearing about the stories and uninspiring experiences from fellow students about their internships I was a little skeptical.  However, shortly after my first week here I knew this was not your typical internship.   I was lead to epic by my career advisor who recommended me to…

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Shipping Container Research - Articles, Videos, Etc.

September 24, 2009 - In doing research on container structures, I have come across a number of excellent reference items, Articles, photos, videos, and other things that I wanted to assemble in one spot and share with others. You may want to bookmark this page since it will grow as I find more information for it. Online Articles -Shipping Containers + Milk Crates = Cratehouse - Take two shipping container for the first floor and combine them with hundreds of milk crates for the second…

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Captcha Like Plug-In Developed for Expression Engine Sites

September 14, 2009 - The Woodlands, TX - Web sites that have email addresses on their Contact Us page are just an open invitation for a web bot to harvest the address, and add it to a giant list of "good" email addresses, which is then sold to spammers.  What typically follows is a deluge of spam messages for everything you can imagine and one unhappy client.  One effective way to combat these unsolicited email messages is to add a reply box to the page that requires a human to…

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