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Michael Gracie

The Trophy Fish Next Door

If you aren’t a previous Carp Slam competitor, local yokel river rat, or in possession of a Hapa Sushi Frequent Diners Card, chances are you’re hard pressed to catch a glimpse of Gyotaku Master Scott Wells’s fish print art. But that is about to change.

Gyotaku

Caught with a Scott S4s 9010/4 and Abel Super 9/10N … wonder where Wells got that?

Actually, please forgive (and that’s the last time you’ll ever hear me apologize for anything) – it already has changed. Scott has a new website up where you can see all the prints he’s created, and … drumroll please … buy them too. All from the comfort of your couch.

Scott’s art is so presentable I almost wanna bear hug the person that put the internet shebang together. But they are sore from a recent beating received via their golf instructor, so I’ll just shake their hand. Ok, that won’t really work either.

MG signing off (to catch a fish then lie about it, after I get the Gyotaku print safely stashed away)

Website. Food. Fight. Photo.

Sometime between thinking about how our newfound friends could kick our asses, and eating double-thick-cut bacon we’d marinated in molasses, we launched a gosh-darn website.

Hoodlum Photography is now alive and kickin’, right in your jaw if you are not lookin’. It’ all about mixed martial arts photography, if your brain ain’t a-cookin’.

We chowed down during the construction phase.

Bacon

MG signing off (to build another server, and get back to that wretched ab-wheel)

The guinea pig was injured

This site acts not just as a outlet for my aimless blathering wit and charm; it also serves as a test bed for certain web development clients. I use it because it has relatively few plugins, was faced with a customized theme, and runs on a server I tweaked; factors those customer sites also share. The sites I work on are also extremely stable, and I do believe that those cutting the checks appreciate it. After all, I am willing to thrash my own product to make theirs better, which is precisely what happened yesterday. Except that shit (the proverbial kind) hit the fan, and I was forced to recover a backup database and activate WordPress.org’s Twenty Twelve default theme.

So, if you happen to be one of those folks who was waiting on a nifty feature I promised, you might have to wait just a little longer. At least it will be rock solid when it is delivered, but you already knew that. And if you are someone who paid for a bit of exposure, I will pat your back, so no need to ask where your advertisement disappeared to.

MG signing off (because the guinea pig was injured, but the vet is the best there is)

AFFTA.com: same good looks, just more better guts

The re-engineered (as opposed to “redesigned”) website of The American Fly Fishing Trade Association is now alive and kicking.

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association

Front page images were rescaled so more valuable content was above the fold, and new typography was chosen so consumers whose eyes are otherwise damaged from tying #28 midges could still read the text. Otherwise, the project was ripping the face off the old site, placing it on top of a more efficient and flexible content management system. Plus a few other tricks not generally available.

The switchover took place when I should have instead been casting the same midges across a small creek, so if you find any technology-related bugs and/or feel the need to play armchair quarterback after the fact, be advised the developer is a little testy right now.

MG signing off (to go back to staring at that yet unused two-weight sitting in the corner of the office)

100 Proof Distilled Fly Fishing Knowledge

Aged, then fermented, then aged again*…

Angler's Tonic

Greg Thomas, Fly Rod & Reel‘s Managing Editor, has a new “second home“.

I can only claim an assist on this one – the designer deserves the lion’s share of the credit here. And it still needs a little tweaking, but irregardless simplicity rules, mostly because the content already rocks the house.

MG signing off (in hopes the DNS propagates faster in the rest of the world than it has in Montana*)

*NOTE – Inside jokes

Introducing the new MidCurrent

It might need a tweak here and there, but click the banner below anyway…

website development

Plausible deniability is for politicians, as is self-agrandization. Compliments are encouraged, but please direct them to the site owner. You can leave complaints in the comments section here because I’m going to wind up getting them anyway.

MG signing off (to get some much needed sleep)