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Laravel Custom REST Auth Driver Extension


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Just started looking at the Laravel framework recently and one of the taks I had to undertake was to figure out out to connect to an external API but still take advantage of all the built-in Auth functions so with a little research I found out all you have to do is build a custom

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Updated site…now with responsive design


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As part of the continuous improvement of my website I’ve replaced the old theme I deployed two weeks ago with a fully customized theme that I built from the ground up with bootstrap. The new site looks very similar to my previous design except this version if fully responsive. This coming week I’ll adding some

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New website theme


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I’ve installed a new theme on the site with some slight design modifications to help emphasize my portfolio and strengths in user experience design, mobile design and front-end development. I’ll be making more frequent posts regarding upcoming projects and exciting announcements here so stay tuned. I’ll be making slight tweaks to the site continually.

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Mondo Movie IX


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Yesterday I attended my first Mondo Mystery Movie event thanks to my friend Chris in LA who couldn’t come and needed someone to collect the posters given away with each ticket. It was quite an experience. We met at the Riverbend Church parking lot and then bussed us all the way to Highland Mall. Once

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Pay it Forward 2011


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Yesterday my fellow co-workers and I at Enviromedia are commemorating the anniversary of Sept 11 by helping the PayItForward Foundation and doing random acts of kindness. I went out with a co-worker and pretended our car was broken down on the side of the road and waited for someone to help. Finally a woman stopped

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Google Swiffy Flash to HTML5 Converter Test


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Google today introduced a new tool from their labs that “converts Flash SWF files to HTML5.” I thought I would give it a try on an old flash demo I did a while at InsiderPages. Below is the result I got from the tool: Looks like Swiffy doesn’t support shapetweens, fscommand, MovieClip.getDepth(), setInterval, MovieClip.createEmptyMovieClip(). Wonder what

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Maui & the house of the Sun


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This past Thanksgiving weekend I had the pleasure of spending some time in Maui with my girlfriend. It was a great trip filled with adventure, fun and relaxation. A vacation that I will never forget for the rest of my life…..more to come from this trip. [flickr-gallery mode="photoset" photoset="72157625504924880" size="medium"]

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Taekwondo Fun


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This weekend marked my one year anniversary doing Taekwondo and I celebrated by getting my green belt and doing some sparring at Magic Island. Lots of Taekwondo fun!

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Hallowballoo 2010


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Spent this Halloween kicking back mostly with my gf, enjoying the weekend off and some good music at the Hallowballow festival in downtown Honolulu. The Budos Band  played a rockin’ set and Dengue Fever featured in the photo above was a pleasant surprise. Here’s the full set of photos on Flickr. A very rockin’ Halloween.

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Komen Race & Punchbowl Photos


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I’ve been having lots of fun taking photos recently. Last weekend I help my gf with her station’s booth at the Komen Race for the Cure event and took some photos of the race. I also went up to Punchbowl and took some cool photos of the views of Diamonhead. All in all, some great

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Taekwondo Beach Class August 2010


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I love my Taekwondo beach classes in Waimanalo because they remind me of how beautiful and awesome it is to live in Hawaii. This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking my mom and my girlfriend Lorena for the first time to partake in the fun which made it even more enjoyable. Here’s the

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Teaching my first workshop…


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So this past Wed. on August 11th,2010 I taught my first workshop at Pacific New Media entitled “Web DIY: An Intro to Visual Web Design, Social Media and E-Commerce” in conjunction with  Dan Leuck. We had a great turnout and people seemed to have a great time. Lots of people interested in setting up their

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Korean Festival 2010


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This weekend my Taekwondo dojo participated in the Korean Festival at Kapiloani Park. I was a bit nervous since I was tasked with doing a spinning heel kick break but things went relatively smoothly and I broke my board in one try.  Here’s the full set of photos from Flickr.

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Yummmmmmm….4th of July 2010


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This past 4th of July was full of memorable moments and I sust wanted to share on of them with you which was this amazing dish I discovered at Bogart’s called Migas. I loved it so much I had to make my own and I have to say that mine was much better. It even

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Living in the moment…


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This past Memorial Day weekend was appropriately one of the most memorable I’ve had in Hawaii since I’ve been here. Creating unique experiences that are cherished forever is one of the most amazing things life can give us and I feel blessed to be living in such a beautiful place where that comes easy. This

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Having fun at local events


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One of the great things about working at Ikayzo is the dedication our company has to being involved in community efforts. It’s funny because in LA I never was very active in the tech community with the exception of a couple of  LA Flash User Group meeting I attended but here in Hawaii I’ve really

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Sunday’s Creative Stroll Part 1


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Part of being an artist and designer I have learned is all about training your eye to find a way to communicate ideas visually by finding a new perspectives on things. As I’m getting more into art direction lately I’ve decided to make Sundays my “training day” so to speak. My first creative Sunday stroll

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The Original Wonders of Hawaii


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It has been a little over a month since I have moved to Hawaii and although I knew this was a special place before I decided to make it my permanent residence now so more than ever I have come to one single conclusion — Hawaii is one of the last Original Wonders left on

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Inspiration and Love


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Been reading a lot of inspiring quotes lately and wanted to add one of my own to the list. This is something I firmly believe in and have always lived by. “Inspire those that love you and love those that inspire you.” — Gus Higuera

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60 Second Sketch Challenge


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At this year’s comic con, Dean Hsieh the creator of Zudas’s Devils Wake was going around asking artists to draw something in his sketch book in sixty seconds. I took video of some of these sketches including Re-Evolution’s own Juan Felipe Salcedo doing a sketch of Chehuahua. Also included in the list are Tone Rodrigues

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Zuda Inspired ComicsFox Persona for Firefox 3.5


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I’m a big Firefox fan because of it’s great utilities for web development so I decided to make a Zuda inspired Persona for the new Firefox 3.5. A “Persona” is a sort of skin for the browser. Here is a screenshot. To install it just visit the following link and click the install button. Note:

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How to Generate a Flex/Air Configuration File


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For my first post in the Web section I’m gonna talk about configuration files for Flex and Air. These files come in real handy when trying to automate the build process of a Flex or Air application which is how I learned how to correctly used these files. You can use the mxmlc command-line utility

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Re-Evolution featured in El Tiempo


We were featured today in El Tiempo, the biggest new publication in Colombia. Juan has become quite the celebrity in his native country now that we’ve won the July Zuda competition. Today he was interviewed on their largest radio network RCN. We hope to have an audio clip of that soon.
Read the article here

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Comic Con Wrap Up


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Comic Con 2008 is over and I’m finally back at home where I can rest my poor throbbing convention feet. I had loads of fun this year hanging out with Tone and Dan at the booth. Had lots of great response from people checking out my comics and Re-Evolution. We’ve reserved the booth for next

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Comic Com Day 1: Whew! Made it through.


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Well it was a pretty hectic day today. Met lots of cool people and got some nice toys and schwag. Was pretty excited to meet some people I had been talking to on Facebook and the guys from Intrepid Pictures who are interested in optioning Subtle Bodies. Been putting out our feelers on the SB

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Comic Con 2008 Countdown


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It’s almost here, just one more day until Comic Con and the insanity begins. I’ve been preparing all week and I met with my co-creator of Subtle Bodies Gio today to discuss our plans for the weekend. Did run into a problem today with the printing company who’s doing my stickers, seems they won’t be

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Subtle Bodies to be showcased at Comic Con 2008


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Well after 6 months of preparation my close friend and co-creator Gio Negron and I will be pitching Subtle Bodies at Comic Con 2008. We’ve been cooking up this story for a while now and hope to be able to share it with everyone soon. Check out the page we made for it on this

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Wizard Universe Reviews Re-Evolution


Wizard Universe did their monthly round up of all the Zuda competitors.
Sure, Re-Evolution has cute and cuddly, but it’s also got murder and mayhem… all with animals! The art is excellent and the story has great depth to boot. Will Guerilla Wild liberate the animals from Gorilla control? Vote for this book if you wanna [...]

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Zuda contest begins, some thoughts…


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Well the Zuda contest has begun and I posted some thoughts about the contest on the Zuda boards. I’ll note a couple of observations coming out the gate as a competitor this month. 1) All the comics are REALLY REALLY GOOD. A given, true, but it’s even harder to compete this month given every single

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Useful Tool for Comic Book Writers


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I’m trying to post more often…I really am. Well I’m back at it writing the next chapter of Re-Evolution and I found a neat tool called StoryMill to help me in the writing process. It’s made for novel writers but works well for comics. The cool thing about this software is that it helps you

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Pre-Rankings Update


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Well we haven’t seen an update in the rankings since last Thursday and I have to say I’m kinda nervous. We’re still beating Melody in all the stats with more than 1k views and 25+ favorites but who knows how many votes we got. I know I personally know tons of people been voting for

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NWO on Comics2Film


Rob over at Comics2Film was very kind to feature NWO on his site’s new feature called the Elevator which is meant expose comic books to the entertainment industry. Who knows, we might attract some attention and see an NWO film happen. Check out his site for other interesting information in the world of comics as

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Che Poster


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Well, here’s the actual poster. We will make a large one available soon so you can post it everywhere and spread the word about Chehuahua’s Re-evolution!

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Phoenix Cactus Con Day 2


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I have been having a great time at the Phoenix Comic Con, here’s an update with some photos for you guys. I had the pleasure of meeting the Graveslinger team Shannon Denton and Jeff Mariotte and had my copies of Graveslinger signed. I tried to ask them to get sexy for the camera but all

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Phoenix Cactus Con Day 1 – Preview Night


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Well I’ve been anticipating coming to this con for some time now and I’m pretty excited to be here I must say. Got in about 7pm here in Phoenix and got to cruise around the exhibitor room for a bit and check things out. Chris from the Cactus Con was really nice and showed me

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Issue #1 in Stores Today!


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The long-awaited release of issue #1 of New World Order is finally here. For those of you who just picked up a copy check out the issue guide and learn about the symbols, concepts and philosophies contained in the first issue. NWO #1 Issue Guide If you want to give us some feedback, ask questions

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NWO out this Wed!


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I’ve been waiting so long for this week to come and it’s finally here. NWO #1 comes out this Wednesday and you can see it on the front pages of the Image comics website along with all the other titles being release this week. Make sure to get to your local comic shop and get

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Zuda Submission Sent!


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Well, after lots of hard work we have finally submitted our webcomic series Re-evolution to Zuda comics. I had the pleasure of talking to Juan over the phone today and personally got to thank him for all the hard work he put into this submission. Zuda here we come!

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Let the controversy begin….


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With only a week to go before the release of issue #1 of NWO, it’s already starting to cause some controversy. I love it! “What at first sight looks like a not so bad idea – main character Max shows our youth how to fight the NWO – turns out to be a bad fruit….Jordan

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NWO Forums are Above Top Secret


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It’s my pleasure to announce that we are launching a new community for New World Order on AboveTopSecret.com ATS is one of the most popular alternative news sites on the web and we hope to be a positive contribution to their community. Go check the forums out and start posting! http://nwocomic.abovetopsecret.com

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NWO #3 Title: “Tragedy & Hope”


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I’d like to announce the title of NWO #3, “Tragedy & Hope” which is a nod to the book by Caroll Quigley by the same name which is an expose of the worlds ruling elite. I also picked this title because I think it does a well job of rounding off the mini-series. I will

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Previews & Screenwriters Expo


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Well I had a great time at the Screenwriting Expo last night. Got to meet some cool people and talk about the writing process for films with some screenwriters. The guys at the booth next to us were really cool. Check out their site if you get a chance. http://pubfilms.com/ Went to my local comic

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Image Solicitations for Jan. 2008


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Woohoo! New World Order is listed over at comicbookresources.com in the list of Image’s solicitations for Jan. 2008 NEW WORLD ORDER #1 story GUSTAVO HIGUERA art GIUSEPPE DE LUCA cover JUAN FERREYRA “DAWN OF A NEW DAY” Inspired by the research of occult master Jordan Maxwell – the man who exposed the Illuminati – New

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New World Order in Previews


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Editor girl just gave me a peek at what NWO will look like in previews next month. It’s a chance to see what the cover looks like with the new logo and the Image/Shadowline branding on it. I’m drooling…..looking pretty sweet!

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Interview on ComicNews


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Check out my first ever interview with Gary Rodrigue of ComicNews.info. To read the full interview click here. Here’s an excerpt: ComicNews: How much truth is there in Third Army considering that it to focuses on conspiracy theories, occult philosophies, religious controversies and so on, compared to what’s happening in our world today? Gus Higuera:

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