Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Croft Street Toronto Illustration

Croft Street is between Ossington and Bathurst was once a greater representation of community it is still known as, 'Little Italy.' The street was affected by a fire in 1904 and claimed the life of John Croft who the street is named after. With the major transformations of the last few decades, College St is now lined with bars, clubs and restaurants that overflow with people when the moon comes out.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Capel Street City Scene Painting In Dublin

An early Sunday morning in the early summer of 2007, on this downtown Dublin street. The 'Soho' shop front reflects on the discreet presence of a few adult only shop's on the street. I have decided to utilize advertising space in public areas by placing an advert for a previous art project that was made into a short film, 'Harry.'

How Does Your Home Look With New Vinyl Windows

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Royal Building Products for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever wondered about changing the look of the exterior of your home? Royal Building Products have a great tool to show how it will look before you have even decided upon the style you wish to have. 
The virtual home remodeller tool allows anyone to upload a picture of their house and select different styles of vinyl siding. There are many styles available to choose from, it can be hard to visualise just how they will look. That is why this handy web tool is a great idea. 
Even if you are not replacing vinyl siding and experimenting with look it will give you. It is worth a try. Vinyl siding will help protect the exterior of your home against the elements. This will in turn reduce maintenance costs on your home over the years as you make arrangements to increase the life of your exterior. 
Not only does the onlt remodeller show you examples of vinyl siding, but it also lets you visualize different Vinyl Windows Systems. This way you can see how windows will look before you rip them out and install new windows. 
Just by taking a look at the home remodeller tool you can see what your house will look like with new vinyl siding. All you have to its upload a picture of your house (looking at it straight on) and your good to go. View different styles, colours or just play around with the tool to see how your home would look.

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Monday, 28 October 2013

A Web Application To Visualise New Windows On Your Home

This post brought to you by Royal Building Products. All opinions are 100% mine.


By using the home remodeller tool developed by Royal Building Products you can see exactly what your house will look like with new windows or windows in a different colour. 
It may sound like a like a lot to have a picture of your house done with new windows, but it is actually quite simple. All you need to do is take a few steps outside your house with your digital camera or mobile phone. Once you are looking at your house square on, in other words you are looking at your house and all the windows look more or less square. This way the remodeller tool will work best.
The next step is to either email the picture to yourself or upload it over to your computer via the USB cord or SD card if you used a digital camera. You may even be able to upload it straight from your smarphone. It will be best to look at the remodeller tool on a computer so then you can see the full size picture without holding it up to your nose. 
Now you can see your house on the remodeller application and also see the the different options you have for vinyl patio doors and windows. You can change the colour and style to see exaclty how they will suit your house before you order. This is a great web application for any home owner to visualise how new windows or doors will look on a house. There are a great many options for new windows and it may be hard to imagine what they will look like without using a tool like this.

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Nuit Blance 2013

The big whale on University avenue.

Some hand clapping.

Singing clowns and balloons.
The oragami hut had an hour long queue of people wanting a hat.
The sound box made some noise.
Girl walking inside a big dress.

The Toronto alleyway project showed some pictures of some alleyways in Toronto.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing

A few people have asked me over the past few weeks about affiliate marketing on the internet and how it works. Well many web users have heard about the success of sites like Groupon. 99.9% of Groupon's income was from affiliate marketing.

How can I start affiliate marketing? 

It is actually rather quite simple to start affiliate marketing.  These days you don't even need a website to start, you just need a responsive following. This can be on any social network, although for best results a website will be worth the time and money it takes to set-up. Once you have your website setup you will need to add a privacy policy page stating how the website uses cookies and what they are used for. Many affiliate platforms will help you by providing a sample privacy policy. If not you can always search for free online privacy policy generators. Once your website is in good order you can begin to join affiliate marketing websites. These sites manage 'cost per action' (CPA) marketing campaigns for a variety of well known brands.  You can find multiple brands within your niche category and then click to join each brands program. Some companies or brands will approve you automatically whilst some will need to approve you first.  Once approved you will then be able to generate your own unique affiliate url's.

How do affiliate url's work?

Each affiliate url that is generated is unique and contains a cookie which acts as a tracking code to award you your commission.  This cookie is usually active for 30, 60 or 90 days, the length of thia period will depend on the advertiser.

Do I get a discount as well as a commission? 

In many cases companies will privide coupons exclusive to affiliates. This is how coupon sites make so much money. The coupon codes they offer are actually earning them a tidy commission. You can get your hands in the action too!!

What are some good sites to stary with?

Viglink automatically converts any brand-able words into affiliate links, making it a lot easier to get setup. All you need to do is add some code to your website and the monetized links will automatically start appearing.

This is a good one that has quite a few reputable brands. They are also good at sending out payments to affiliates.

Linkshare has quite a few good brands but a problem with Linkshare is the links generated can only be used in certain countries. For example, you will need to generate seperate affiliate links for Canada,  United States and United Kingdom. This is not a problem if you are using an ad server script with geographic targeting or you only looking to target visitors in one country.

Commission Junction is a big site with many well know brands. You will need to get approved by the affiliate manager for each program before you can any affiliate links. Before becoming a member of Commission Junction you also need to get pre-approved so it is a good idea to make sure your site is in good order before hand.

Why You Should Pack Travel Insurance

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Insurance Hunter for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


When it comes to travel insurance there are some common misconceptions that all too often leave people to pay for extremely high medical bills. The first one is the "it'll never happen to me" misconception that people say when they truly believe that they will not become ill or have an unforeseen accident when abroad. Pretty much every person that has an accident or become ill, does not foresee it happening the week before. This is why you cannot predict whether or not you will need travel,  you are just better off being covered and protected. 
Another reason people may reject the idea of travel insurance is the cost. Paying for a trip abroad is expensive and who wants to pay for additional costs when they are not mandatory. One could argue that this is exactly the reason you need travel insurance. Especially when the cost of travel insurance can be as little as a few dollars a day. The price of travel insurance does differ quite a bit depending on the individual. Your best bet is to talk to a licensed insurance broker to get the right facts. 
For whatever reason people decide to go on holiday without travel insurance, it is really not worth the risk. Insurance Hunter has put together some informative YouTube videos highlighting some examples and giving a good case study for travel insurance. 
The short video clips posted on YouTube by Insurance Hunter answer some common questions and also highlight some common mistakes made by people when purchasing travel insurance. I have included links to these videos below:
I can remember going on holiday to a small Greek island and being warned by the rep that they don't recommend renting a scooter as there is no hospital on the island. If you needed medical attention then the cost to be airlifted to the mainland by helicopter was upward of $30,000. With the right coverage these kinds of unimaginable expenses can be paid for, sparing you the burden and allowing you to get back to enjoying your vacation. 



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