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July 14, 2010

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My name is Eric Zabinsky, I am the owner/webmaster of Flash by Z previously known as Z3 Design. My wife Desi and I are everyday people that enjoy spending way too much time on the internet. With that said, a website was created through a trial and error process. It is now a dead domain long closed (zabinsky.com). Text and images were about it in those days. I still remember the first time I saw an image actually work on my website. WOW! Cutting edge technology.

Current interests include staying abreast of current internet "technologies" such as XHTML, PHP, CSS, AJAX, and FLASH. These have become friends and hobbies. They are daily learning experiences through that same trial and error learning process and I enjoy sharing what I learn with others.

Flash by ZFlash by Z was created originally as a stepping stone for new designers and as an award program. It eventually grew into something completely different as my wife and I fell in love with the Possum Kingdom lake community. The passion was now sharing information about the lake so we added a homemade photo gallery created with PHP and CSS. I created a CMS for the photo gallery and Desi pulled out the camera. We worked together and watched the gallery grow.

Flash by Z was something of a child. We nurtured it with content. Like anything else, it gives back whatever you put into it. Our child grew into an online home featuring a plethora articles pertaining to award programs, beginning web design, and the lake. The child now contained a portfolio demonstrating the use of CSS and a gallery powered by PHP and a homemade CMS that powered all the above.

Three years later we stopped going to the lake as much but we still enjoyed surfing the web and we still wanted to share our experiences. None of it really fit into the scope of Flash by Z. So, our new child was born... Flash by Z _the blog. PHP is the greatest thing since sliced bread and creating themes for the WP framework is a snap. So, we added WP to our domain and started work on a theme. It changes depending on the season. For instance; recently, we went to see "Alice in Wonderland" and Burton's imagination spurred a new inspiration so the current theme for our blog is very Burton-esk. Enough about that... it is a passion so I tend to ramble on.

The overall concept here is that the blog allows us to create, write, or display whatever hits our fancy that day without leaving the confines of the original Flash by Z scope. They are two separate entities within the confines of the same domain. My wife enjoys the strange and unusual as you will find out if you visit the blog portion of our site. A bit of bias may be in play but I think she is a terrific writer and she keeps the content fresh with her original articles and topics.

A bit more about us. Desi and I were High School sweethearts. You can get that FULL STORY right here.

Other interests include scuba diving, theater, Douglas Adams, Monty Python and musicals. I also enjoy music from the big band era, 40's radio programs and beach music.

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