Other Stuff

My blog – a collection of articles and posts not directly related to music news, but most likely interesting (and maybe even entertaining) to someone somewhere – hopefully…

POSTED: March 25, 2015

House Concert in Munich

Big fun on a big Steinway at a house concert in Munich, Germany. What was a free night in my schedule on my tour with Curtis Stigers turned into a wonderful way to bring together friends for an intimate concert of solo-piano music and some great conversation. Thanks for the party!

House Concert in Munich

Posing with Cliff, the House Concert Host House Concert in Munich

POSTED: March 21, 2014

Improving Accessibility in MF Gig Calendar

Jean-Yves Poupin: BrevesJean-Yves Poupin is a Swiss jazz pianist and is now using my MF Gig Calendar plugin for WordPress. He also happens to be blind. I’ve been in contact with his web developer and now I find myself working with him to make the plugin more accessible for his screen reader. It currently works for him with a few hacks, but could be easier for him.

So – look for improvements in accessibility in upcoming versions of my plugin.

This is a really turning into an interesting and exciting side project for me! Check out Jean-Yves’ music here: http://poupin.ch

POSTED: March 2, 2014

Gerber-Seid Fine Art: New Custom WordPress Theme

Gerber-Seid Fine Art WebsiteJust launched is a custom WordPress theme I did for art consultant Leslie Gerber-Seid. The front-end design is intentionally very minimal to showcase the art, but hidden beneath is a bunch of custom post-types – art, artists & collections – all linked and working together to control the content. A few useful plugins made the work easier:

It’s incredibly easy to update and leverages WordPress’ built-in image resizing capabilities. It’s the geeky bits that get me really excited and and in this case I have to say, “I love it when a plan comes together…” READ MORE

POSTED: August 31, 2013

New Brooklyn Legal Services WordPress Website

Brooklyn Legal Services websiteI just launched a new custom WordPress theme website for Brooklyn Legal Services. They are a not-for-profit group of lawyers who have provided high-quality, neighborhood based civil legal services to low-income individuals, families, community groups, and nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn for over forty-four years. In short, they are awesome and I’m really proud to be working with them on their new website!

They are using my MF Gig Calendar plugin for their online events calendar, plus I created a custom featured-content slider for their homepage. READ MORE

POSTED: July 19, 2013

Using MF Gig Calendar with MailChimp

I’m a big fan of MailChimp and here’s yet another reason: their RSS importer for email campaigns is really great. I’ve connected that tool to the MF Gig Calendar RSS feed and have been automatically including upcoming events in emails I send out. I thought I’d put up a quick tutorial on how I did it. Nothing fancy – I’m no monkey-guru – but it works for me.

It’s really easy to get the basic content included – just a few steps… READ MORE

POSTED: July 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

New Shortcode Control Added in Version

Version of MF Gig Calendar is now available. The current version fixes a silly mistake I included in the previous version (thanks to Chris Meijer for catching that so quickly!). While I was tinkering I also enhanced the shortcode variables for customizing a list of events. I’ve also reworked the documentation just a bit to (hopefully) make it a little clearer to understand. READ MORE