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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Neglected weblogs

As I've already said on Looking to Cupertino, my other Blogger weblog, it's a long time since I've posted anything anywhere but on Jim's Rants (my principal weblog). And now here we are at the beginning of March already! It's a beautiful, bright, dry day here in Dublin as I write this (although the temperature is only 3º). I've nothing of note to say, though. I watched the Ireland-England match in the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a group of friends on Sunday, which was the highlight of my weekend. We had good fun, and our collective nails somehow survived the tense final fifteen minutes. We were a bit fortunate, really, to come out winners with a score of 19-13. The competition is now firmly between Ireland and Wales. Either country can still get the Grand Slam, the Championship, and the Triple Crown, so there's a lot at stake from our matches on 12th and 19th March.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

I'm included in The Mirror Project

Since stumbling on The Mirror Project I've toyed with the idea of submitting some images myself, but only got round to it last week. The submission rules are quite strict, and I suffered two rejections before I got things right — I suspect the problems were a, exceeding the permitted file size; and b using a nickname for the submissions. I changed these aspects, tried again, and got a bit of a thrill when emails arrived confirming that my images had been included.

Direct links to my photos are here, here and here.

Another submission restriction is that no more than three images can be submitted in any seven-day period, so it will be another week before I can add anything further (I have three more ready and waiting and another one in my head ready to shoot).

Sunday, November 21, 2004

A fascinating photographic site

I stumbled on this through one of those typical internet moments when a browsing session leads off in all sorts of unexpected directions. The Mirror Project is exactly what it says: a photographic site where all the images are taken in some form of reflective surface. I got here via a circuitous route which began at that other great photo site, 26 Things. The current list of 26 items there is described as 'very easy', so I really have no excuse. Get that camera out boy! Get snapping!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Coudal Partners

Coudal Partners is a site well worth visiting. It's as close as it gets to a magazine on the web. The layout is excellent. Its approach to web design is exemplary, and well worth study. The content is diverse (sometimes just plain quirky). All in all, worth bookmarking and frequent visiting.

These guys are the brains behind the drop-dead-gorgeous Jewelboxing system, which is an imaginative new approach to CD-case design — if only shipping charges to Ireland weren't so expensive I'd order a batch of these right away!

p.s. This is the first blog I've done using the BlogThis! link on Safari's Bookmarks bar. It works!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Further tweaking

I was unhappy with the way my Profile info was presented in my chosen template, specifically the little matter of there being no space between 'Name:', 'Home:' and 'About Me:' and the text associated with them. This seems to be due to a missing space within <$BlogMemberProfile$>, the catch-all tag for Profile info.

So I edited the Template, bypassing this over-riding tag, replacing it with the specific ones I was interested in, and ensuring that the requisite spaces were included. I'm much happier with it now.

I've done the same sort of thing over at my other Blogger weblog.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Testing email blogging

This is a test, using the email posting facility which shows up as part
of the Blogger setup. I'm not sure how this works, or if it works at
all, but it's worth a try.

Here's a new paragraph.

Well, it worked! I sent the text above to the appropriate email address, set my Blogger preferences to Publish, re-published my weblog — and lo and behold, there was what I'd emailed. But this all begs the question: Why would I want to do this? If I have access to an internet connection to send email, wouldn't I also be able to post normally through my Blogger gateway? Or is to do with 3rd-Gen mobile devices and all that sort of thing?

A really silly entry

This really, really is silly. I have nothing to say about anything. I'm merely writing this so I can see how Blogger treats a new day in the item list. It's 4.00 am. I couldn't sleep.

Monday, November 15, 2004 is an oh-so-cute weblog written by a house cat in Mew Jersey, USA. Worth a look for a giggle.

What a busy little Blogger am I!

I notice on Jim's Rants that I've only missed one day this month in terms of weblog entries. It's a terrible shame that I missed that one day, especially since if I'd realised where things stood I could have squeezed in something — even a few words — just to have it dated 7th November. Still, let this be my resolution: not to miss any more days in November. I can't see myself managing such a resolution like this in December, what with all the celebrations and so on, so this is it until January.

My God! Here I am writing about Christmas and New Year, and it only seems like yesterday that I was munching Christmas goodies and ringing in the New Year. All in all, 2004 has been mixed. Nasty on the world stage because of Dubya and Co, up and down emotionally on a personal level, and disappointing financially and professionally. With Dubya back for another four years, who can tell what the next four years hold in store?!

I've done some tweaking

It's been an interesting hour or so. I've fiddled with my Blogger settings, I've added a what's-this-all-about bit, I've played around with this and that, I've checked out some other Blogger blogs (my God, but there are really bad ones out there!), and here I am at a ridiculously early hour of the morning, wondering if I should grab a quick bite to eat and then go back to bed, or just go back to bed anyway.

I'd already done some CSS updating on my main weblog, which took until 2.00 am or so, then I read a bit of my current book (Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo) and finally turned over to go to sleep. I woke from a disturbing dream at 6.15 am or so, as usual in those circumstances came in here to my iMac to check email and somehow got dragged down the unforgiving road of web surfing until I landed at Blogger's door.

I should really do some more work on the website upgrade for my principal client. At this stage I think it's appropriate to fall short of adding the new functionality which will form the core of the upgrade (dynamically generated graphs and tables which show Fund performance trends and other details at individual Investor level). But I could certainly continue with the content re-design, applying the new look which the client instantly approved at our meeting last Thursday to the entire site. That beggars the question, of course: should the upgrade roll out in two stages (the new look for existing content first, then the new functionality later), or is it better to wait until everything is ready and launch a super upgrade some months down the road.

In the mean time the more immediate consideration is: what to have for breakfast.

Does the world really need another weblog?

It all happened because of my current research into CSS. I've been threatening for ages to open the doors to this brave new world, and the need to put together a major upgrade to a web site I'm in charge of finally forced me to do something concrete about it.

Finding out at Blogger happened because of a link I found somewhere along to way. This brought me back to the truly wonderful Stopdesign site, where I spotted that Douglas Bowman had been responsible for a redesign of the Blogger web site. From there it was an obvious next step to set up an account, choose a template and start the ball rolling with this little offering.

Of course, I already have a well-established weblog which has been running on pMachine from my iMac here in Dublin, Ireland, so this begs the question which I ask ^ up there: 'Does the world really need another weblog?' Well, maybe it doesn't need another one from me as such, but the experience of setting up a Blogger account would certainly urge me to recommend this as a painless route for anyone interested in setting up a blog presence . . . and, of course, well done to Stopdesign for an excellent job on the Blogger web site. Douglas certainly is one amazing guy!