Kidzapalooza update

For those who have been keeping up with this blog, you’ll know that I have a bit of a vested interest in the upcoming Kidzapalooza Festival in Chicago, USA (the family friendly version of the famous Lollapalooza rock festival, created by Perry Farrell and Tor Hyams), due to my being the Kidzapalooza web designer.

Now that I have that disclaimer out of the way, here’s a reminder for those who are going to be in the Chicago area over the next week or so – Kidzapalooza kicks off on August 1st and runs to August 3rd and it’s going to be an absolute blast!  They’ve got a great line up to entertain the kids (and their parents) including The Paul Green School Of Rock AllStars, Tiny Masters of Today, The Jimmies, Suzy Brack & the New Jack Lords and more.  They’ve also got some other special guest appearances from G Love, Perry Farrell, Jeff Tweedy, Rogue Wave and The John Butler Trio – who are going to perform some kiddie-friendly sets during their breaks from the Lollapalooza stage.

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Designing for entertainment

Tor Hyams

Part of the reason I’ve been AWOL from this blog for so long is the amount of web design work I’ve taken on. I was intending to wind down that side of the business, but then some really interesting projects came along and before I knew it I was sketching and planning and … well … designing.

Two of the five sites have now launched – (official site of LA-based musician/producer/performer and good friend, Tor Hyams) and (official site of the popular kids’ rock music festival founded by Tor that runs alongside the famous Lollapalooza Festival annually in Chicago, founded by Perry Farrell). Continue reading “Designing for entertainment”

Photography, technology and witchcraft

Sally McLeanToday has been (as the nice lady I spent an hour on the phone to at Telstra – our main telco here in Oz – put it) “like a full moon day”. And she’s not wrong. Mis-communication, fiddly details that seemed to take forever to sort out and difficulties with just about every communication device I have – which is quite a few.

But, as a burnt sienna half moon rises above the trees in my back garden (made that colour from the smoke of the bushfires currently burning about 20km away – please God, let everyone be safe who is dealing with those fires), I realise that it must not be the little star that orbits our planet causing all the trouble, but indeed, something else entirely different. Like maybe one or more of the rocks zipping around our solar system and aligning in a non-friendly way, perhaps? Whatever it is, I’d like it to stop now, as I’ve had enough of the dramas and near-disasters. Continue reading “Photography, technology and witchcraft”

Late nights, web sites and … chocolate

Sally McLeanOkay, this is the last time I stay up all night – best to not write here while in a hallucinogenic state, brought on by lack of sleep. But I would like to take a moment to thank all those who have visited my MySpace profile (which you can find at, sent me messages and been so welcoming. In particular, Amy, Denny, Liz and Kaz, who have all been so fantastic. We have a previous association through my work on Alan Fletcher’s site, and they’re all so generous, supportive and friendly – so thank you guys!

On that particular subject, thank you also to all those who’ve written to me to compliment Alan’s new Fanzone design – I’m really glad you all like it so much! It means a lot. And it’s great to see that Fletch has got through to Round Three of SoapStar Superstar on ITV1! Go Fletch! Really glad to see he’s doing so well – but then, it’s no great surprise! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then visit his FANZONE to get all the info). And for those of you in the UK reading this – vote for Alan! (That’s him on the right performing at one of his gigs with his band “Waiting Room” last November in the UK). Continue reading “Late nights, web sites and … chocolate”

Fanzones, internet sitcoms and UK stand up comics

Sally McLeanWell, it’s the fifth day of the new year already (here in Australia anyway) and I’m still typing “2006” when entering dates. It’s a ritual that I go through every year and it takes me about ten days to stop using the old and bring in the new. So, I may be another year into my life, but it’s nice to know that some things don’t change.

It’s been a hectic start to the New Year – from an acting perspective I’ve been preparing for a role in an Internet sitcom (details are under wraps until it’s launch later this year), learning lines and all that, which has had to be done in-between putting together Alan Fletcher’s new Fanzone in time for his debut on Soapstar Superstar, which starts on ITV1 tonight (UK time) at 8.30pm. (For any Americans reading this – Alan plays “Dr Karl Kennedy” on the Australian soap Neighbours as well as fronting the band “Waiting Room” – check out his profile here – that’s him pictured here on the right). Continue reading “Fanzones, internet sitcoms and UK stand up comics”