by Minh D. Tran
A few nights ago, I had a dream. A dream just like any other dream, except for the fact that I was designing my dream in HTML and CSS. I was putting <div> tags up and was floating it right and left. It was weird. I guess after a dream like this, you come to realize that you live web designing. You are a geek. I’m a geek. You realize that you need to find a hobby. Wait a minute, web designing is my hobby.
INSOMNIA OR NOT?
It’s 12:40am on a Tuesday morning and I’m still awake. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say still awake, but more like woke up early. There’s like a dog fight, or rather, an animal fight, or something at the Vet right outside my house. I can’t sleep. I hear cats, birds, hawks (???), dogs, and something that’s making the mixed sound of a monkey and a frog or something. All of them sounds like they’re screaming at the top of the lungs. Arghhhh…it happens almost every freakin night. I have to work tomorrow. No wonder I’ve been so tired lately at work…
RESEARCH ON LINGUISTICS
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.
IT IS FINISHED!
The last few weeks I have been working on this new design and I think I am just about finished with its last few little details. I’ve added a “functional” login screen, for those who have access to post new blogs. I’ve added an RSS file for those who want to subscribe to my blogs. And going an extra step, I decided to get a new hosting server, hopefully it would be faster than the last.
The format of this webpage is a 3-row website where I have a top row including the banner and the identification of the website, the middle row is where the main content of the website reside, and the bottom row, which includes things like copyrights. The color I chose is a beige-ish background on a maroon foreground. I find this combination of colors to be very warm and easy on the eye.
The 2006 W³ AWARDS: call for entries
The W³ Awards, presented and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top professionals in the marketing and multimedia arts field. The Academy will judge based on a standard of excellence. According to their website, “The W³ is the first major web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.” The competition is open to anybody that works in “creating, designing, maintaining, or promoting websites, online marketing or original content created for the web.” Sounds like a pretty interesting competition to enter.
by Minh D. Tran
M-TRAN.NET is currently working on a new design and would really appreciate your feedback on anything from colors to navigation to layout. It is not a completely finished website so excuse the broken links and such. Any criticism is more than welcome so here is your chance to trash talk about how ugly you think my new website is. Of course, any positive feedback will also be more than welcome and greatly appreciated.
VIETNAM: a trip to remember
by Minh D. Tran
The last two weeks I visited my homeland Viet-Nam. It was my first time ever meeting my grandparents, along with my other aunts, uncles, and cousins. Vietnam has some beautiful scenic places, food, art, and everything else. But it was so hot that people go to the beach at 5:00 in the morning.
I am so glad I made a trip back home. It is a trip to remember and the best part was meeting my family.
10th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS
M-TRAN.NET RECEIVED “OFFICIAL HONOREE” DISTINCTION FOR THE TENTH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS
M-TRAN.NET Recognized by Top International Honor for Web Sites
Huntington Beach, CA – April 24 – The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web sites, today recognized M-TRAN.NET as an Official Honoree, a distinction that recognizes sites exhibiting remarkable achievement. The site is produced by Minh D. Tran.
Hailed as the “Online Oscars” by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.
“The Webby Awards honors the outstanding web sites that are setting the standards for the internet,” said Tiffany Shlain, founder and ambassador of The Webby Awards. “M-TRAN.NET’s Official Honoree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”
The 10th Annual Webby Awards received a record number of entries from over 40 countries and all 50 states. Out of the over 5,500 entries submitted, fewer than 20% received this honor and were deemed Official Honorees.
Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.
Winners will be announced on May 9, 2006 and will be honored at a gala event at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street on June 12, 2006.
M-TRAN.NET is created by Minh D. Tran as a personal and professional webspace to promote freelance work in the designing and development of web and visual arts.
About The Webby Awards:
Called the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the 10th Annual Webby Awards received over 5,500 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: AOL; The Creative Group; Verizon; Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines; Fortune; OnRequest Images; IDG; iStockphoto; American Marketing Association; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced Studios; MX Interactive and Museum of the Moving Image. For more information visit www.webbyawards.com.
About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS):
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser. The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of International Data Group. For more information, visit www.iadas.net.