Alan Levine was a long time independent educational technologist, sometimes calling myself an “itinerant web geek”, providing anything from development of custom web sites, often but not limited to WordPress, but also supporting planning for training and development in working, creating online. I work and teach online. Since June 2021 I have taken up a full time perch in community engagement for Open Education Global.
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 these projects on my own time and motivation and they are hardly done at a professional level. If anything I do has some value to you please show some support love via patreon or a one time via paypal. Or just any message of thanks is appreciated too, they are as good as gold.
Currently I live and work from a quiet rural location outside of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 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, 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.
This site is all hand crafted in HTML, just in case you might think from the other work All He Does is WordPress.
I do more than just make web sites, what I love the most, and excel in, is working with individuals and groups to find new approaches for building what they imagine. Often the starting place is a visual metaphor (like the UDG Agora project).
Anyone can roll out stuff from templates, I have the demonstrable ability to go beyond what is possible in most tools, spaces. I can find ways to bend technology to meet your whims, not the other way around.
The other thing about the way I work is a focus on explaining things in understandable language. And most everything I have done is described, shared, peeled apart at CogDogBlog.
Since 2008 I have done a daily photo project, each posted to an album in flickr, which is added to a grand collection. It’s not about being a perfect 365 for 365 but just doing what I can to practice seeing the world through a lens.
Counter to most common wisdom, I just give ’em away for free, since 2016 I chose to make all my photos available as public domain (Creative Commons CC0 license) because making money has never from my photos has never been a goal, and any reuse of my photos is a reward of its own (sometimes my advice is best taken with castor oil). I have found that be using the most frictionless terms, many people go above and beyond the minimum rules of licenses, and glorious things have happened.
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.