Calling Card

Alan Levine is an independent educational technologist, sometimes calling myself an “itinerant web geek”, providing anything from development of custom web sites, most often but not limited to WordPress, but also supporting planning for training and development in working, creating online. I work and teach online.

I create a lot of free resources, like WordPress themes, plugins, and other funky web tools, available on GitHub pile (see the “web work” tab), and I have put more than 60,000 of my own flickr photos into the public domain.

I do a lot of this work on my own time and motivation; and have no regular income besides my contract work. If anything I do has some value to you (here comes the begging), please show some support love by an going sponsorship on patreon or a one time via paypal?


Currently I live and work from Mortlach, Saskatchewan (a few clicks west of Moose Jaw) where I am happily married to the teacher/adventurer Cori Saas. She, like I, loves chasing light and nature with our cameras.

For more of a portfolio type background for me, see my own hand made site featuring more about my work and ideas, made by me via old fashioned web making, with fingers in the code, from the Treble bootstrap theme.

What I Do

A Cog, A Dog, a Blog

CogDogBlog has been home, my domain of my own, on the web since April 2013. It’s my space for thinking out loud, sharing my ideas, and codes, and other bits of life.

Blogging has been and still is one of most important ways I spend my time- not for getting an audience, but mainly for a place to hang my thoughts.

Read CogDogBlog


Photography is my favorite creative thing to do. Since 2004 I have shared over 60,000 photos on flickr, all released under open licenses. Many of my photos have been reused and sometimes people pick them for their online avatar.

Photos in flickr

Since 2008 I have done a daily photo project, where one I pick is posted to flickr.

I also put some stuff as well in Instagram but that’s pretty much tossed away, consider the way they downgrade photo quality. And I am wary of who owns the outfit.

I have created new WordPress Theme, WP-Lens, that could make a good photo portfolio for someone interested in something, well, simple and different.

And finally, I keep my own WordPress-powered gallery of my favorite, favorite photos, housed at a place I call Barking Dog Studios.

Barking Dog Studios

Web Work

You know the saying about the cobbler’s children needing shoes?

With 20+ years experience being witness and participant in its evolution and building my own piles of “stuff”, I am still working on a coherent portfolio of my projects.

Having learned everything about building the web from the web it’s always meant anything I have built is shared openly (and blogged too).

My early highlights includes the Writing HTML Tutorial and the Feed2JS service (still in operation). I have a long record of developing and designing in WordPress including building systems for content syndication and a series of SPLOT tool built as stand alone WordPress themes.

An interest in web-based storytelling combined with tapping into the flickr API led to development of two tool sites- Five Card Flickr Stories and Pechaflickr

Giving attribution is a long running theme in the blog and maybe my all time favorite contribution is the flickr cc attribution helper.

If anything is a symbol of how I work it is this very site, my own modifications of a static web template, which I have also converted to a version made freely available as a WordPress theme (and used right here) and blogged the story behind it.

I have more “Calling Card” style WordPress themes available. These, and several SPLOTs, are available too as single click full cpanel installs, with all plugins and demo content, from the cool people at Reclaim Hosting.

And look, old school webring!

An IndieWeb Webring 🕸💍

Github Projects

Show Time! Presentations

Yikes, here I go with the obligatory TEDx photo. Well, giving one in San Juan, Puerto Rico about my most memorable teachers was… memorable. Call me a cliché.

I’ve had the fortune to give a number of keynotes and conference presentations, workshops, in person, online, in many parts of the world.

In the dog-fooding department, where in 2008 I blogged about the presentation not being the same as the presentation slides, I keep a “Best in Show” collection of not only the decks, but archived recordings (many times my own audio recording) and a web page for most that include all web sites mentioned.

I have also created a SPLOT that turns WordPress into something much more useful than Powerpoint, see the SPLOTpoint theme and see several in action at

Best in Show Presentations