the-inbetween posts categorized as Site

Knights of Charlemagne

Right from the start, Reiner Kniza’s “Knights of Charlemagne” is in my good graces. It does something that all apps in the App Store should do: it doesn’t mute my music on start. I have an iPod Touch and an iPod is primarily, above all else, a music player. If it’s on, chances are it’s playing music. Any app that mutes it without my consent makes too many suppositions about its place and role on the device it’s on. “Knights…

> READ THE REST…

Site Tweaks

Those that only see this weblog through an RSS reader might not have noticed that I’ve made a few tweaks around here. The second column of links, imported from delicious, has been moved to the bottom of the page. Since there’s only the one core column now, I’ve merged the wordmark, which sat above the second column, with the header image and centered everything. I haven’t changed a single thing in the main body since I was happy with the…

> READ THE REST…

Playing mp3s In Browser

or, “The V in FLV Means ‘Video'” The good thing about Flash becoming such a ubiquitous audio player online is that it has, essentially, killed off proprietary formats like ASX and Realmedia. Nearly every browser has Flash installed so it makes it easy for site operators to allow mp3 playback without having to worry about what players the user has installed or what the default download options are or whatever. You put up a simple Flash audio player and it…

> READ THE REST…

Happy New Year

2006’s been a good year, so here’s to an even better 2007. Happy New Year. Bonus trivia: How is this weblog just like the block of cheese I bought two days ago?

> READ THE REST…

WordPress part 2

There. I’ve gone live with a WordPress install. It’s been live for a couple of minutes and I’m already sick of WordPress. I don’t know why even bothered. This port of the site has left me screaming at the screen more often than XBox Live’s Street Figher 2‘s arcade mode. With that, I say Fuck you WordPress. You certainly are easy to install, but doing anything with the themes is so obtuse and rediculous I might as well just code…

> READ THE REST…

WordPress

WordPress is a pain in the ass to skin. More so than any of the other weblog tools that I’ve used. The seperation of content from design in the templates — the default ones — doesn’t feel up to snuff. I find myself mixing the WordPress PHP variables with other various PHP statements and conditionals right in the middle of the HTML, which reminds me more of clumsily pieced together scripts than, you know, top-tier web applications. All I want…

> READ THE REST…

Amalgamated Feed

When online web services don’t play nice together, doves cry. Right now they’re bawling their eyes out over the glitchiness between Bloglines and del.icio.us. I don’t know how it all began (and it began weeks ago) — perhaps an overly eager spider got itself throttled — but the end result is that most user feeds from del.icio.us don’t work very well anymore. Luckily, that’s what my inbox is for. However, in trying to fix and/or workaround the problem, I turned…

> READ THE REST…

Sixer

My hip four digit blogger id (it’s been a long time since I used their service) confirms that this is my sixth anniversary of doing this. I’m a grizzled veteran. After all these years, the weblog became a natural extension of the self. There isn’t any thought to it, there’s no pressure or desire to impress or attract traffic and no stress about posting habits. It just is. I’ve seen a lot of change in these six years. I’ve seen…

> READ THE REST…

Syndication nation

There was some sort of game today. Something to do with a breast. I don’t know, I wasn’t following it. I was watching Shall We Dance on TVO instead. How’s that for counter-programming? Quirky film. Anyway, I have updated my RSS feeds to be more complete and valid, using these MT templates. I’m not sure if I like the idea of a full content feed, as that defeats the purpose of syndication, but I’ll try to see how it fits…

> READ THE REST…

Innocence

Five pages of stills from the new Ghost in the Shell movie, Innocence. There’s a trailer, too. I didn’t even know they were making a follow-up, so it’s news to me. The art looks pretty good, but hell if I know what it’s about. I’m trying to figure out a way to integrate my delicious feed into the main weblog here, but: 1) I’m not good with perl, so modifying Movable Type might be problematic; 2) Out of consistency, I…

> READ THE REST…

Mimir

What ever happened to the RSS Reader that I said I’d make? It is alive and already proving itself quite useful! The preliminary version is up at dev.the-inbetween.com/Feeds. That was the first look I was going for, but after some tweaking I’m starting to favour the alternate look. It’s more compact and efficient, and with some more compacting it might make a good Firebird sidebar. The floating descriptions are powered by kryogenix’s nice titles script. It’s dhtmlicious! There’s still some…

> READ THE REST…

Pink is the new Gray

It took nearly a week to fine-tune and finalize, but the new style — along with some relatively minor fixes in the underlying XHTML — is done and live. Quite clearly, it is not my typical fare as it has colour (and not just colour, but pinkish colour.) Yes, I have decided to opt in on pink, shunning aside all those years of dark-gray on light-gray with touches of grayish-blue. I am comfortable enough in my masculinity to use pink.…

> READ THE REST…

ch-ch-changes

On the surface, the site changes are minor. Underneath, the mark-up is drastically improved: I’ve removed a lot of superfluous html; improved semantic structure; cleaned up the style sheet; started using header tags properly; removed all instances of the img tag (except when actually displaying inline images — no more dividing lines and such); and, added a number of links to enable the Mozilla site navigation bar. It’s a useful feature. If you are viewing individual entries, you can navigate…

> READ THE REST…