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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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U of H School of Architecture - SPACE Container Exhibit

September 11, 2009 - Today I headed over to my alma mater, the University of Houston, but not to the School of Business (class of '87 - Go Coogs), but to the School of Architecture.  I spoke this morning with Professor Tom Diehl, a Registered Architect and instructor who helped me out years ago with concepts on how best to utilize our land (we have 4 acres, but the property has an odd long and narrow shape).  In 2005, Tom had his class visit our studio, and walk the land. …

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Shots of Opportunity - Cook Compression Photo Shoot

September 9, 2009 - Usually when we get a call to do a photo shoot at a client's location, we get a shot list of images that are needed specifically for a web site, brochure, trade show, etc.  So when we got a call from Tim Wold, president of Wold Marketing (a B-2-B Ad Agency in Conroe, Texas) we were surprised to learn there would be no shot list for this particular shoot. Wold's client, Cook Compression, had recently acquired Mechanical Field Services LP (MFS), and Cook needed some…

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A Change In Direction - Using Cargo Containers for the New Building

August 28, 2009 - Try as we could, we just couldn't get excited about the design of the new building. It was clear we needed to go in a different direction - something that would get the juices flowing. We looked at a number of non-traditional buildings, and kept coming back to shipping container structures.  Could the containers be configured in a way that gave us a large green screen studio, and also allowed for additional space we could lease to other creative companies?  We took…

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Seeing Your Work in Unexpected Places…

August 25, 2009 - There is always a feeling of serendipity when I'm thumbing through a trade magazine, surfing the web, or watching TV and come across an illustration, photo or animation epic created, and now see it actually being used in context.  Sometimes, we work weeks or months on an assignment, turn it over to the client, and never see how it was actually used.  That happened recently when the latest issue of Drilling Contractor landed on my desk. While looking through it, I came…

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epic Announces Plans to Build Our New Green Screen Studio

 August 24, 2009 - one online trend that is indisputable is the explosion in the use of video for all kinds of applications. While there is a lot of junk on the web, there is also a great deal of work that is well crafted and perfect for narrowcasting on the small screen.  At epic, we are part of the growing number of web developers who understand the importance of the medium, and we try our best (if possible) to make sure it is a part of every site we build. In the past, we rented…

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