Unconscious Mutterings #121

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

  • Crowd:: In
  • Hamburger:: Fries
  • Choker:: Necklace
  • Lights:: Camera, Action
  • Tinsel:: Town
  • Testament:: New
  • Best part of the day:: Afternoon
  • Election:: Day
  • Clarinet:: Wind
  • Dead Sea:: Mud

(from Unconscious Mutterings)

Inline Editing

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I got inline editing to work with my blog, using the standalone entry form, Solspace’s form helper plugin, and ajax. Check out this animated gif (64kb) for an example.

When you click on the edit link for an entry, a javascript function is called, which retrieves a page with an edit form. The edit form is loaded in the place where the entry used to be. When you press the Update button, another javascript function is called, and it sends the form contents to EE, which then updates the entry. The page is refreshed automatically, showing the newly updated entry.

Would anyone be interested in finding out how to do this? It takes me forever to write up a tutorial, so I thought I’d ask to see if anyone was interested before I started writing anything. smile

Edit: I’ve written it, the post is available here.

Book Meme

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I saw this meme on Wendy’s blog (it’s suspended for some reason right now).

Total number of books owned
On my bookcase right now, I have around 100. But I have many more packed up in boxes, and a row on my brother’s bookcase. Mostly fiction, and a couple of non-fiction and old textbooks.

The last book I bought
The Ringmaster’s Daughter, by Jostein Gaarder. I bought it on Sunday, in a used book store.

The last book I read
The last book I read from cover to cover was The Return of the King. (Because I had watched the extended version of the movie for the first time and I wanted to refresh my memory.) After that, I started reading Life of Pi, and then lost interest. Last night I started the Ringmaster’s Daughter.

5 books that mean a lot to me

  1. Watership Down, by Richard Adams. A great book about rabbits in the English countryside.
  2. The Kitchen God’s Wife, by Amy Tan. A mother shares her life story in China to her daughter.
  3. Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton. An eccentric man decides to create dinosaurs and put them in a park. In my opinion the book is better than the movie. The book turned me into a fan of Michael Crichton.
  4. Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson. Best comic strip ever.
  5. Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling. I’ve read each of the books in the series many, many times.

Tag 5 people and have them fill this out
I’m lazy, if you read this and you feel like doing a meme, consider yourself tagged.

This is a Test Entry

Saturday, May 28, 2005

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Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

I saw Star Wars – Revenge of the Sith last night. It was awesome, cheesy dialogue and all. A great ending to the prequels. Couldn’t help wishing for Anakin to not cross over to the dark side, because I felt so sorry for him. And I loved Yoda, he’s so athletic for a little green guy! smile

Unconscious Mutterings #120

Sunday, May 22, 2005

  • Heimlich:: Maneuver
  • Gesture:: of Affection
  • Party:: Animal
  • Cuddle:: Toy
  • Room with a view:: Ocean
  • Sebastian:: Belle
  • Ooooh:: Ahhhh
  • Sigh:: Breathe
  • Two fish, three fish:: Four fish, five fish
  • Cake or death:: Cake

(from Unconscious Mutterings)

Would You Rather?

Friday, May 20, 2005

I wanted to come up with a poll question today, but I couldn’t decide on anything. So instead I’ll link to WouldYouRather.co.uk, where there is a whole bunch of “would you rather?” questions.

Some questions are:

Would you rather
a) be a significant nobody
b) be an insignificant somebody

Would you rather
a) have one really close best friend
b) have lots of friends?

If you’re like me and like taking polls, the site will be fun. ;)

Comments Live Preview

Thursday, May 19, 2005

I’ve enabled the Live Comment Preview (which allows you to use Textile in the comments) and the Live Gravatar Preview. The live Gravatar requires a ton of extra javascript (12KB!) but the effect looks so cool. cool

It’s Done Now

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

I said I’d finish up by Saturday, and then I put up a notice saying to check back on Sunday, and of course I missed both those deadlines.

The new design is pretty much done now. I still have to make sure everything validates. I couldn’t really do that while I had shut down the site. I love that ability about EE though, with a click of a button you can restrict access to your entire site. So no one can see what a mess everything was while I was coding. blush

What’s changed? This update wasn’t just a change in the CSS. (The old skins are unavailable now, by the way.) I fixed up the HTML in a lot of the templates. I retired my words blog. I applied some more of this Ajax technology to the category archives, the links blog and the portal. There’s a new calendar archive now. Yoshi released his links list module and I put that to use in the portal. I also made use of the Keywords Plugin to add some ratings to my Media Log. I added in the Technorati Tags to my Atom feeds. Lastly, I brought back the mood themes. There’s now a random option, so each time you load the main page there’ll be a random mood image.

Credit for the image in the header goes to the stock.xchng. As for tools, I found UltraEdit to be sooo useful. I had over 80 templates to edit, and UltraEdit allows you to open a file from a remote host via FTP. This saved me a lot of time. The Web Developer Extension and the Aardvark Firefox Extension were really useful, too.

If you notice anything strange, please let me know.

There wasn’t any point!

Monday, May 16, 2005

In the last 17 minutes or I’ve gotten 40 bogus registrations on my old pMachine site. grr I’d been meaning to delete it anyway, so I did. Stupid spammers.

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