Month: April 2005

Expanding the Site

Not surprisingly, adding new content to this site is pretty low on my list of priorities. It’s fun, but it takes a backseat to things I need to do. However, in between all of my obligations, I managed to come up with a few little things to add.

The first thing, a photos section, is something that I’ve wanted to do for about two years. It’s just one of those things that I put off indefinitely. Even now, I’m so cheating by including my Flickr photos with their provided script. I prettied it up a little with CSS, but there’s not much I can show in the way of commitment. But, pictures! Finally.

The next thing I’ve done is to make a links page so that I don’t have a huge list on the main page. The “Worthwhile Clicks” will remain on the home page as will the links to my other projects, but everything else is moving to the hyperlinks page. In addition to this, I’ve also tweaked the default WordPress template a little bit to make the header smaller. Sometime this spring, I want to do a full design, but I don’t have the time at the moment.

And finally, I created a new Media section for my collections of books, music, and movies. It’s far from finished, but I think it’s a nice start. The only section available, Movies, lists all of the movies I’ve seen, and many that I’d like to see. It’s going to be in progress for a while until I can add the movies I’ve watched; I’m sure that I’ll be adding movies continuously while playing catchup. I’ll also want to include more features, such as DVD’s I own and a way to sort results.

Let me know what you think about the changes I’ve made and how I can make this site even better. Thanks!

Hotlinking Fun

The Guns of August and This image is stolen from Hotlinking is to the web as plagiarism is to the classroom.

Am I becoming popular? Considering that I was a victim of design theft and forum hacking last month and bandwidth theft this month, I think I am gaining popularity (on a small scale). I noticed in my referral logs—aka: my best online friend—that someone was requesting one of my images many times from another URL. Apparently, Mr. Monahan is unaware of the finer points of online etiquette; I consider it my duty to teach him a lesson.

Long story short, I modified the image he was requesting (The Guns of August book cover) with an educational bit of advertising mockery. I’m not sure how long it will take before he notices, but I’ll be interested to see how long it will be until he makes a correction on his page. It is an interesting coincidence that I found this about the same time that I read a related post by Dan Cederholm. Luckily, I had a few more pixels to maneuver.

Amazing Spring Weather

Yellow Spring Flowers

The weather over the past five days has been unbelievable! Living in Northeast Pennsylvania all of my life, I’ve grown accustomed to overcast winters and hazy summers; rarely does the weather deliver bright, sunny, cloudless days. I honestly don’t remember the last time we’ve had blue skies for five days in a row. When I went to Spain in high school, the sky was a brilliant shade of blue every day, for ten days. I’ve never forgotten how nice that was and I’d love to go back for a longer stay.

I posted a few photos on Flickr that I took over the weekend of my dogs and flowers at my house and some I took today in Scranton.