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We work on the Internet. As such, we are constantly consuming information. Believe me, there is a lot of it out there. Sometimes we even forget things unless we write them down. Our blog covers everything from web standards to the muppets, php to comic books, music and everything else that we find interesting. Leave us a note when you drop by.

Starcraft II

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StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.

Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard will again offer unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company’s world-renowned gaming service, with several enhancements and new features to make StarCraft II the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game.

Visual Lizard Launches the Nellie McClung Foundation Website

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ournellie.com-homepage

Visual Lizard is proud to officially announce the launch of http://www.ournellie.com for the Nellie McClung Foundation. We worked with our friends at KIK Strategy and Blindside Creative to bring it all together.

The site contains a wealth of information about Nellie McClung (Wikipedia link on Nellie McClung), but more importantly, it challenges us to remember that it was not so long ago that women were not considered persons in the eyes of the law. Nellie McClung helped to change that and forever change the course of history in Canada.

Some of the interesting bits of the site that we got to build, aside from a gorgeous design from Rob, are:

  • a special module for our Catalyst CMS to handle pull quotes, or specifically in this case, Words of Wisdom from Nellie.
  • a tool for creating a timeline from within Catalyst. You can see the public results at http://www.ournellie.com/womens-suffrage/history-of-womens-rights.
  • an interesting system for managing source information which comprises the archives found at http://www.ournellie.com/primary-sources. This area of the site is setup to allow it to grow to any size.
  • a tie into our email system so that the staff at the Foundation can manage their electronic mailing list, get stats back on what they send out, and much more. I'll save the specifics for when we launch our site around the mailing system (hint: look for a future post on that).
  • a special visual separation between the corporate site and the public site. We will let you discover that for yourself. Go exploring.

As always, we very proud to have a project we have worked on go live. It has been very busy around here of late, which is odd for mid-summer, but we love it. Cheers to everyone involved~!

Losers

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Plot Summary: An explosive tale of double cross and revenge, "The Losers" centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar-find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they’re joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.

On The Road To A New Web Site - Photography

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In 1996, when we started Visual Lizard, we didn't have a web site. The Internet had just started to appear on the landscape of everyday use. In fact, at the time, there wasn't even a web host in Winnipeg that had a working server, but that is a different story. 

One of our first tasks after opening the doors, was to put up a web page no matter the effort. We worked on and learned about the web as we went. We built a site in good old HTML 3.2. Since 1996, we have had 7 official versions of VisualLizard.com.

For our upcoming VisualLizard.com version 8, we decided that we needed to get some proper team and staff shots done. Photography is important in helping convey our personality and who we are to our clients. In the past, we have been using pictures of the team that were taken at random intervals over a couple of years. They where alright, but the new site needs to take things up a level. We needed proper lighting, uniform focus, retouching of our ugliness, and, most importantly, someone who could hold a camera properly. Of course we turned to our long-time collaborator in Jerry Grajewski. Coincidentally we had just launched GrajewskiFotograph.com.

Our 1.5 hour photo shoot with Jerry was a ton of fun. We had some laughs. We all posed like the super models we are. We broke one of Jerry's lights. Well, we didn't break it directly. It died while trying to make Max visible. After all of that, we now have a great set of staff photos and an awesome team photo. The team photo is posted below to give you an idea of where our staff page on the new site is going to go. It should also give you an idea of what sort of wizard Jerry is, since we all look great. Thanks Jerry!

Visual Lizard Team 2010

Visual Lizard Launches the Women's Health Clinic Site

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Julian Moffatt
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It was back in the fall of '08 when our good friends over at Guppy Design asked us to help out with a project  for their landlords. The Women’s Health Clinic site needed a makeover so we said sure and jumped in.

womenshealthclinic.org-archive-copy

Working with Guppy and the crew at the Women’s Health Clinic (WHC), we built a new site on our Catalyst Content Management system. The staff of WHC has full control of the content within the site. They can also set their titles, keywords and descriptions to help optimize the indexing of the site in search engines. At launch, the site is built to valid web standards for XHTML Strict 1.0 and CSS2.

Womenshealthclinic.org

Congratulations to all involved and we will be watching for good things to come.

Inception

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Plot Summary: Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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Wil Alambre
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Plot Summary: Walt Disney Studios, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub, the creators of the "National Treasure" franchise, present "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" - an innovative and epic romantic comedy adventure about a sorcerer and his hapless apprentice who are swept into the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil.

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice."

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Presenting live theatre in an informal, accessible and inexpensive environment, the Fringe strives to break down traditional boundaries between audiences and artists, encouraging open dialogue between theatre-goers and theatre-creators. Audiences are invited to experience the work of seasoned veterans and emerging artists. Local, national and international performing companies benefit from working together and learning from each other in a vibrant and exciting festival atmosphere. In order to stimulate artistic innovation, applications for participation in Fringe Festivals are accepted by a non-juried lottery.

Predators

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Plot Summary: A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, "Predators" was shot on location under Rodriguez’s creative auspices at the filmmaker’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimród Antal. The film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.

The Last Airbender

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Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.

Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film "The Last Airbender" is the opening chapter in Aang’s struggle to survive.