PlasmaCar Races 2011!!

Plasma car races with Schipul 2011

Thanksgiving is best celebrated by pushing co-workers and family members down a steep garage incline, don’t you think?  Well, we do…

Schipul and the plasma car racing

This year’s annual PlasmaCar Races were thrilling adventures in gravity-land, fully of (joyful) screaming, competitiveness and comrarderie – all on the backs of small children’s toy vehicles.  Take a peek at more PlasmaCar Racing photos on our Facebook fanpage here.

Rachel on Schipul plasmacar race 2011

It’s a tradition best explained by being there, I suppose.  But this video might shed some light on our love of sharing a holiday with family and co-workers on the seat of a speeding scooter.  We hope your Thanksgiving was an exciting one, too!!

PlasmaCar Race Day from Schipul – The Web Marketing Co. on Vimeo.

Orange Show Gala brings sparkles, costumes + jazz to 2011!

The Orange Show Gala 2011 by Ed Schipul

We love working with all of our clients (seriously, they are amazing), but few clients can throw a costume and glitter festival like The Orange Show.  Check out some of our photos (taken by Ed Schipul and Derek Key) from their 30th Anniversary Orange Show Gala and tag yourself on the Orange Show Facebook page if you see yourself!

The Orange Show Gala 2011 crowd

Happy faces at the Orange Show Gala 2011

Welcome to the Orange Show Gala 2011

Dancing at The Orange Show Gala 2011

Great friends at the Orange Show Gala 2011

 

Learn more about The Orange Show (one of Houston’s art and creative treasures) on their website and be sure to connect on Facebook to attend their next awesome event!

Celebrate #Failsgiving with Houston NetSquared!

Houston Netsquared nonprofit technology meetup group

Nothing says ‘staying strong and moving on’ like discussing your 2011 challenges and failures over a glass of wine with some passionate Houstonians!

This month’s Houston Netsquared nonprofit technology meetup is dedicated to those projects that tanked, those ideas that hit a brick wall and other hard learned lessons.

Our frank round table discussion is a way to celebrate what we’ve learned, share our experiences to help others avoid some headache and to celebrate having made it through another busy and successful year.

Join us for ‘FailsGiving’ – we won’t be serving turkey or yams, but will enjoy our shared tasty tidbits all the same.

What:  Houston Netsquared nonprofit and technology ‘lessons learned’ happy hour
When:  Tuesday, November 8th from 7-9pm
Where:  Stag’s Head Pub (2128 Portsmouth St. – look for us in the back ‘Oak Room’)

Happy Halloween from your favorite haunted Web geeks

Aaron Long and David Stagg Halloween 2011

A scary thing happens every year at the Schipul office, we become infested with zombies, ghouls, freaky clowns and more — and absolutely love it.

Kieu, Erica and Tabby Halloween 2011

From amidst our cob webs, freaky face paint  browsers full of bats – Happy Halloween!!!

Will Hilliard and Trevor West Halloween 2011

View more Schipul-tastic zombie photos on our Facebook set here.  Leave us a comment with some of your exciting ghoulish plans for after dark today!

AIGA Houston roast: Ed survived

Schipulites at AIGA Houston roast 2011

Thanks to April Guzik, president of AIGA Houston, the Schipulites got to honor our fearless leader Ed Schipul as only we know how – through quirky video creation and hilarious Powerpoint presentations.

Ed gets roasted by Aaron at AIGA Houston

Aaron Long led the roasting charge with an animated discussion of crucial Ed-isms and Schipul office elements, such as:

Schipul AIGA Houston roast 2011

Other roastees of the evening included Jonathan Fisher and Bo Bothe of Brand Extract:

Ed Schipul, April Guzik and the Brand Extract blokes

Lots of laughter, grimacing and fun – check out our entire AIGA Houston 2011 Brand Legend Roast photo album on Facebook here!

Drupal and WordPress at SchipulCon: One Stage, One Open Source Love

Open Source Discussion with the Founders of Drupal and WordPress from Schipul – The Web Marketing Co. on Vimeo.

“People being told what to do and working for money are never going to match people working for passion and a community.”
~Matt Mullenweg

“With every cell in my body, I believe that Open Source is the way forward.  Especially when it comes to websites, but also beyond just websites.”
~Dries Buytaert

We were beyond honored to host Drupal founder Dries Buytaert and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg at our SchipulCon 2011 event.

Guided by David Stagg, the open source conversation survived epic microphone turmoil years of open source competitiveness to showcase the true brilliance and passion of these open source leaders.

Dries Buytaert and Matt Mullenweg share the SchipulCon stage

Around Designers vs Developers Flocking to WordPress and Drupal (Respectively)

Matt:  “I learned a ton about code and programming and back end systems… mainly because I had sort of a vision of something that I wanted a user to realize…. and so we made certain design choices from a technical view that to me are more intuitive.

There were two big pressures early in WordPress’ life:  1) everyone wanted us to adopt a templating system because everyone at the time had one  and 2) they wanted us to go a strict object oriented model.  So you could extend everything WordPress does through classes essentially.

We took an action oriented plug-in approach… which is perhaps not as correct from a programmer’s point of view, but easier for beginner users.”

Dries:  “When I started Drupal, I was in college to get a computer science degree – almost an engineer.  So I wasn’t too concerned about user experience – more obsessed with the architecture and the right APIs and all of these things.

When I finally released Drupal as open source, it really attracted an audience of developers.  The initial community was a developer community and began to expand to more and more developers.  That emphasis on architecture was reinforced.  [We’re] trying to change that and it’s slowly starting to work – it’s very much historical.”

>>> Cool side notes:  Matt has been a Drupal member for 8 years and one week.  His interests on his profile include typography and simplicity (the only person to include this in their profile).  Years back, Matt gave a credit to Drupal and reminded Dries that he had some code in WordPress very early on — time for Matt to contribute to Drupal!

Wordpress and Drupal at SchipulCon

What Do you Wish you had Done that the Other Did?

Dries:  Matt did a lot of things right, he started his company sooner, WordPress.com is a tremendous asset to get more people involved and his focus on design and usability is key – a very important thing to do very early on.  In a way, Drupal is paying the penalty for not doing this early on.

Matt:  When I look at the Drupal community, the thing that I like is that the software runs the community itself.  The bug tracker is Drupal, the forum, the issues – everything is Drupal.  Also the 3rd party developer community – even though WP has more websites, we have fewer of the large consulting firms.  Drupal has a lot more large development firms building these giant websites, that’s not as common with WordPress.

How Do you Benefit from the Other Existing?

Dries:  If WordPress wins, Drupal wins.  Because that means Open Source is winning.

Matt:  Competition is good.  Anytime any firm or product does something amazing, the bar has been raised.

Want more SchipulCon brain candy and memories?

Dries Buytaert and Matt Mullenweg jumping like mad

We’ve got some great SchipulCon speaker videos going live in the next couple of weeks, just be sure to keep an eye on our SchipulCon video gallery! Matt and Dries chat photo album has lots of great photos of these great guys and be sure to find yourself in all of our albums from the event.

Thanks again for being such a special part of SchipulCon!