Dark and brooding just didn’t quite do it for me.
I’ve had this idea in my mind for a while now, the outline of our family. Originally it was supposed to be used as more of a watermark down the page, but alas my WordPress butchering skills do not extend that far, to being able to create a background image that scrolls with you. Alas.
That said, I’m incredibly happy with how it’s turned out. It’s become a nice minimalist theme, And I think it works rather well. Next time, I’m not doing anything like this with the scroll wheel not working so much in my Mighty Mouse. I’m thinking perhaps it’s time for a Magic Mouse…
It’s been considerably far too long since I have blogged – in fact, I do believe close to a month. A lot’s been going on – a ton of work, a ton of weddings, and even more things to occupy my headspace – most recently the Victorian bushfire crisis. The thoughts on that matter that I do have are still spinning around my head far too quickly to make any sense in any other context just yet – but a good friend of mine has been involved in the relief effort through his role as a pastor, and you simply must read what he wrote.
Matt Glover – The Victorian Bushfires: My Day as a Chaplain.
Please, do take the time to read what he has written.
I know, I know. Most unimaginative post title in the world. Deal with it!
This post does come a little late – I was up until 3am, and surprisingly (depressingly? Unsocially?) enough was actually online from about 1am onwards. Perfect time, you would think, for writing a post that would usher in the new year, one which I’ve mentioned I’m quite excited about. But instead of busy writing any post-celebratory thoughts, I was busy getting a little something ready for today. As I did mention earlier, I was thinking about a photoblog for 2009, and after all the glowing positive feedback received from one reader, I decided to go for it. Beth also seemed quite excited about the idea which, I’m sorry to say Sam, held a lot more standing.
And so here it is! I present to you a photoblog, one which will be posted on each day, and one that will stretch me as I seek out photo opportunities a lot more frequently. Enjoy!
james burke | photoblog
Those who follow this blog know of my short-lived love affair with Starbucks. Their generous armchairs, their coffee, and the fact that they would happily let me sit for hours and read were all things that constantly drew me back each weekend. Then they went and shut down most of their Australian franchises, and I cannot find one near enough me to be worth it.
Then Beth goes and gets me reading Undomestic Diva, which does bring some humour to my days. Then next thing I know, I’m following her on twitter. And then, she’s twittering every second day about Starbucks.
It’s just not fair.
WordPress 2.7 finally made its way to Fantastico so I could upgrade the lazy way – and it’s nice! I have to admit, this is the first upgrade I’ve actually been hanging out for (courtesy Geoff for posting about the first beta over a month ago) – and even though it’s taken its sweet, sweet time in getting here (following the Dev Blog hasn’t helped, either. I just wanted it, dammit!), it is nice and shiny.
Even Beth commented immediately upon seeing the new dashboard. Now I’m looking forward to exploring a few new things as time goes on.
We’re sitting in study, both of us on our respective computers. It’s not an altogether uncommon sight – we both spend a fair bit of time online each day – though myself considerably moreso than Beth. Not that I make an effort – I just have eight hours sitting at my desk four days a week that gets my aggregate up.
We’re not usually the music listening kind. Occasionally we’ll have something on the stereo, but most of the time we’re just sitting here, listening to the sounds of the dogs playing, the TV, or little Max upstairs. Today we’re listening to music, streamed live to us from the living room of somewhere in England. Added to the music are the sounds of the living room being cleaned (at least I think that’s what’s going on it’s a photo/picture being put together, Beth tells me), and it makes for a somewhat fascinating soundtrack.
There’s a number of blogs that both Beth and I follow together, and we find at times we end up discussing what’s going on in the lives of those blogging. On one particular blog, there had been a fundraising effort underway – their contribution to the BBC’s Children in Need fundraiser. Their target had initially been £400, and when it became apparent that they were mere pounds away from doubling that figure, Beth decided to chip in on our behalf. As a thank you to all who contributed, the author of the blog Helen gave us access to a webcam set up in their living room to share in a part of their life for a small moment of time.
It’s fascinating, I have to admit. We first checked it this morning, but due to time differences, it was 2am and pitch black – and it wasn’t until this evening that we saw light begin to emerge, eventually followed by the people of the house. There’s nothing special going on because this is being streamed live, it’s just normal, ordinary, day-to-day activities. But it’s a window into someone’s life. It can’t help but be fascinating.
Check out the blog, Everyday Stranger. While it started out as just another item on the list in my RSS reader, it’s long since become one that I make sure is read straight away.
In all my excitement of getting things working a few days ago with the new blog layout, I completely forgot about the Google Analytics tracker code, until I got a rude shock this morning. Whoops.
Fixed it all again, and now have to wait for the data to come in. But in the mean time, I managed to find out how to create a favicon for my site, so that has been done both for the blog, and for my work site.
Often when I visit my own blog from the ‘outside’, I end up umming and ahhing about whether or not to change the theme. I mean, it’s a simple enough way to give things a little spruce up, and does a little towards getting me a bit more excited (read regular) in my posting habits. The problem I face almost every single time, however, is finding a theme that both a) works, and b) I like.
A few days ago, I spent a good couple of hours trundling around the plethora of free WordPress theme sites, and found exactly none that I considered. Slightly frustrated, I took it to be a sign that my then-current theme was both good enough and would have to do. Besides, true to form, I hadn’t fully decided to make the change. But someone out there was listening.
Today as I went through the feeds in Google Reader (as I do every morning, as one of the first things activities of starting a new day), one of the design blogs had a post on 40 Great Web/Graphic Design Resources that included right down the bottom, a link to 100-odd free WordPress themes. Curious, I trawled my way through them, found and downloaded those that I liked, and uploaded them into WP to play around with. One in particular caught my eye, being the Resurrection theme from Vikiworks, and after trying it out, it seemed to work fairly well. Some minor bludgeoning was required, but nothing an hour or so couldn’t fix.
Three hours later, I finally got everything sorted that was bugging me, layout-wise. Once again lamenting my laxadaisical attitude towards teaching myself CSS (boy would it make my life easier), I eventually got things figured out and working properly. The only thing I still can’t get going is the Twitter integration, which does frustrate me. But that is for another day.
Now is for sleeping.
… The net result would have been the same.
I came across this site that allowed users from around the world to select their preferred Presidential Nominee, and now that the results are out, looks like the rest of the world voted well!
I, for one, am happy with the news.
The Waiter commented on my blog! *does happy dance* No seriously, he did – check it out!
Okay, so I know I’m soundine a lot like a fanboy, and that Beth is going to give me crap about this later. But seriously. I just read the guy’s book. And then he commented on my blog. That’s way cool!
And, for the record. The book was great! Couldn’t put it down!