Hello World!

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. I plan on being a bit more publicly reflective this year as I continue to work as a teacher in a school in rural Victoria.

I have wrestled with the idea of a public, anonymous internet persona existing alongside my public persona of teacher. Minor celebrity status is a perk/failing of being a teacher in a small any town. I don’t add my students to my (real name) facebook profile, I don’t want them reading this and knowing it is me. Hence no surnames, no specific location details. I also just simply stopped blogging last year as I came to grips with being a brand new teacher.

I’ll also be playing with the themes a bit, as the aesthetic of the internet has changed a bit since I was here last.

So, 2014, the year I begin blogging again. Hopefully. It feels good to be writing again.

January 20, 2014 | Comments Off |

A return to blogging

I’ve been neglecting this blog of late, mostly for good reasons, such as Christmas, New Year, family weddings and holidays, but partly because of laziness. I really enjoy writing, there is something special about forming ideas into words and sharing them with others. I also like typing- the act of using both hands and both sides of the brain to communicate makes me feel more awake and alive, and my creative hemisphere gets a chance to come out and play, the rational side often takes over and the creative side sometimes feels like it is just coming along for the ride.

Anyway, I have started another blog- not in competition to Creative Hedgehog but rather to provide a focussed place for me to plan out a novel that I will hopefully write this November during NaNoWriMo. That blog is called “Writing sunken forest” and it’s a free wordpress.com account: http://sunkenforest.wordpress.com/.

Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up the blogging.

February 7, 2011 | Leave a Comment |


 [ xkcd's blogger re-enacter from the future ]
Even though the best month of the year (and other months also) have plenty of cheesy modifications of the name, I’m inventing a new one: Blogtober. This means that I will try to blog every day of this month. This challenge might be a struggle as I run into the last few weeks of the uni year, but it will be a good excuse to get away from the studies. I was inspired to start this as I saw midnight roll over on my clock and noticed that my next blog post would be the first one for October- sorry, Blogtober (eww!) and not the last of September.

October 1, 2010 | Leave a Comment |

WordPress 3.0

Hi all, I’ve upgraded the blog to WordPress 3.0 Thelonious and so far it looks like everything has gone smoothly. Please leave a comment on this post if you see anything weird or not working.

The new theme looks nice, I’m looking forward to having a tweak and a play with my own theme.

June 18, 2010 | 2 Comments |

victories in website crafting

Today, I attempted to fix the rss feeds. I could see the solution, glistening on a third story windowsill, with me out of reach below. I looked around for a ladder- and found one in the fixrss plugin. However, this ladder was in pieces because it only came in a rar format archive. On downloading it to my computer I found I could extract it and repackage it as a tar format archive, thus fixing the ladder. However I then found that I could not easily transport my ladder back to the tall building as the Rsync truck was inexplicably broken. I uploaded my tar file to a free hosting service and used the wget truck to transport my ladder back to the tall building. I leaned the ladder up against the wall, and discovered it only came half way up the second storey. I wasn’t going to change the permissions of every file on my server as that was inviting more breakage. So, I put down the ladder and read up about the problem. Then I found the solution, I needed to scramble up the last few feet, manually editing the wp-rss.php, wp-rss2.php, wp-atom.php and wp-config.php files to remove whitespace from the end of the file. Success! I was at the third window sill, and I reached the solution. The subscribtion feeds should work fine now.

The next thing I tackled was the About Page, which I copied and pasted over from a google document to a new wordpress page, which was very painless.

After that, I implemented a new plugin (Contact Form 7) on the contact page and started to update the links across all the pages that had the menubar on them, all 5 or 6 of them. “Hang on, this is silly.” I thought. I read up on a bit of php, and put my links in their own php file, (lets say menu.php) and changed all the other pages to reference that:

<?php include("menu.php"); ?>

Now when I want to update the menu, I only need to do it in one place and not in many.

Now I went after the broken archive and useful links pages. This proved to be more elusive. Apparently you can’t put php in a page and expect it to be executed. I have decided to call it an evening, with the links not broken, but not exactly finished yet.

Edited to add:
I found how to add a template to a wordpress page, on the quick edit of a page, you can change the page template. To get a new template to show up, you need the following type of code on the top of the template php file:

Template Name: Archivalist page

(thanks WP Hacks.com, which also has the relevant code for the archives page.) I found that I needed to name the template page archivalist.php, not archive.php, because otherwise the regular functionality of the archives and categories was broken as it tried to use the new template. Now I just have to add my links page, and improve the regular archive and category pages to link to the original posts.

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What are your website headaches? Victories? Have you seen something that I really need to fix because it’s annoying you? :) Leave a comment in the box below, they are always welcome.

January 27, 2009 | 2 Comments |

success installing WordPress

I’ve finally moved my blog onto a current blogging platform.  While there are some detractors, wordpress is a current and active project, with lots of options for hacking the code about to customise it a lot.  I’m excited about the options for widgets and other fun things, as all the tutorials you tend to run into online are all about wordpress.  If you can’t beat them join them I guess.

Thank you for your patience as I fix up broken links and add features. If you see anything missing, have any ideas or any comments, as always, leave a comment in the box below. :)

January 13, 2009 | 14 Comments |

real people

I’ve just spent the last week hanging out with some very cool people- at a mission conference in Bolivia. These guys really have a heart for Loving God and loving others, and I had an great time being there with them.

I also shared my website verbally- yes, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome! Leave a comment if you are so inclined. :)

July 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment |

inverted design

It was a dark dark night. I was awake. The white from white web pages was glaring in my eyes. Then I remembered. Control + Option + Apple + 8. This nifty key combination inverts the colours of the monitor. (Thanks to lifehacker for pointing this out sometime.) Oh, and sorry other computer users- as far as I know, this is apple only.

Firefox 3 looks great in colour inversion, and iTunes isn’t bad either. I had a giggle looking around my regular pages, and noticed that some looked good either way (the aforementioned lifehacker and facebook isn’t bad) and some websites turned from a serious good looking site to a silly or not-fitting colour. Photos, of course, look really weird.

This brings me to an announcement- I’ve tweaked my web page colours again- now it looks nice when inverted. The content box colour was a horrible puke-like green before.

What do you think? Is the ultimate design problem choosing colours that go well when inverted? Do my new colours look weird on your monitor? Let me know in the comments. Go on, don’t be shy!

[that gross puke colour I was talking about.]

An After Thought. I took a screenshot and inverted the colours so those of you without the cool ctrl+opt+cmd+8 key combo can see what I’m talking about. I also inverted the old colour so you can see why I changed.

[a screenshot of this website with the colours inverted.]

June 27, 2008 | 3 Comments |

writing makes me happy.

Last night I sat down to write a blog post about Peru, so I don’t need to keep emailing people who are interested in the information. (I will post this when it’s ready.) As I typed, I realised something that I had forgotten. Writing makes me happy.

Oh, I know I’m busy at the moment, and blogging just isn’t something that I can devote a large chunk of time to when deadlines are looming and the work just keeps piling on. (You know how they say “living out of a suitcase”? Well, what they really mean is living with everything you own strewn around the room because there isn’t room to leave everything in your suitcase and still get to it. ) But I am going to make an effort to write more. I even have a to do list of blog posts I would like to write/finish, and I hope to have a little bit more time for the site in the near future.

So, I’m not dead, and neither is this website. Stay tuned!

June 26, 2008 | 1 Comment |

twitter bar

I’ve wanted to get a twitter bar (see just under my site heading/title, rss readers can click through) for a while now, and finally tweaked it to where I’m happy with it- for now. (After wading through scads of CSS code, I settled on a table, boo hiss and all of that.)

Of course, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, borked or not working, please let me know, comments always welcome.

Ooh cool, my 400th post. Yay!

April 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment |
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