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After all these years... Cameras and computers are still my friend.

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Imperial Pools Inc. - Custom Backyard Pool in Decatur, IL.
I was commissioned to do a lil drone piloting and video editing for commercial purposes.  It has been quite a while since I have done any commercial work outside of companies owned and worked at by friends...  But, I still have those skills I learned almost 20 years ago. ;)

At this point... You have probably already watched the video above... But, if not, check it out and let me know your thoughts. The video shown here is the "short" version, but I personally think it will be the one that gets the most activity.   As always, feel free to get in touch with me directly if you have questions or have project ideas of your own.  I am here to help!

For Your own custom pool, give Imperial Pools Inc. a holler! They do amazing work and transform your outdoor living areas into something great.
https://imperialpoolsinc.com/

Experimenting with Custom HTML/CSS/JS/PHP Framework, Security, and more...

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Recently, I have decided to change the way I have been developing custom websites for clients.  In the past, I had always started with a basic wireframe CSS file that had my basic layout included in it.  All of the HTML, JS, PHP, ect was written from scratch in order to have the leanest, most efficient code possible.  Efficiency is very important to me, as is delivering the content in the fastest and most secure ways that I am capable of.  My old method often afforded me the ability to crank out a small custom site < 10 pages in around 2 days, 3 max.  With that level of speed in production, there isn't much need for the Wordpress and other CMS systems the world has to offer... Nor even the CSS or JS libraries.  Nothing I have built has "needed" any of those buzzword technologies, and has all been achievable using base languages whilst meeting every client deadline given to me.
But, all of that is not what I am here to talk about...  Just the backstory that brings us w…

Voracious Vinyls :: Raudi Project

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Swarty, Jared, & myself had a bit of a fun with the photo/video shoot this weekend.  I took several great shots of the car as well as got some great rolling video footage (WATCH THE VIDEO). You may remember this car as being purple, but... Swarty is a vinyl wrap installation expert and has done a lil something to his ride for halloween.  Can you figure out whose car he dressed up as??
Feel free to reach out to Swarty to give him the answer.  I'm sure he would get a kick out of it.  Also, while you are doing that, ask him about what he does and what he can do to help customize your ride.

swarty@voraciousvinyls.com
http://voraciousvinyls.com
New Site (Under Construction): http://98.222.46.90/voraciousvinyls.com
For Web/Design/Photographic Services, give me a holler.
https://benkress.com

Why Custom Websites?

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Unfortunately, custom programming is becoming less of an occurrence in today's market. This is mainly due to favoring Content Management Systems such as WordPress and Drupal. While both of those serve their purposes decently, they are ultimately bloated, over-developed, and potentially insecure platforms to use for your website. Besides, do you really want your site to look like so many others due to colliding templates and widgets, run clunky on mobile, and have the potential to be hacked? To combat this, most CMS platforms have been fragmented into component libraries and individual chunks which require constant updating to keep in-line with the platform's almost continuous security updates. What this means for you is that you must stay on top of managing and maintaining your site and its associated software to keep it running smoothly. Custom does not suffer from this problem at the application level.

So, why custom? Custom frees you from the framework and the clunkiness of…