Testing WP 2.0 for iPhone

November 4th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,

No offense to the WordPress iPhone devs, but 1.0 was a pain in my ass to use! I’d write and entry and publish it and it would never show up. I’d have to do all sorts of finger-crossing and hoping that after 20 minutes of screwig around with it on a computer would I eventually figure it out. And while I don’t expect to be writing anything profound or fantastic on my cellphone, I still wanted it to work.

So here’s me. On iPhone app WordPress 2.0 with fingers crossed (again) that when I open a browser and go to my blog, I will see this little post.

Oh PLEASE work!!

Edit #1: Test one was a failure. The I set it to publish, and it shows status as Published. Visibility as Public. Shows the date and time of publishing, but when you visit my blog there is nothing. This edit is being done on a desktop.

Edit #2: And after adding the first edit, and updating the post, it shows up on on the site. *ponders* I don’t know if that’s quite as functional as I had hoped. Better, but still a pain. Not sure what’s going on.

And now for some photos!

October 5th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , ,

So… I’ve been having some issues with getting some of the WordPress plugins to work. Particularly The WordPress Flickr Manager. For all intents and purposes, it absolutely looked like it was working properly. Except when I tried desperately to add a photo to an entry. Then it would just reload the lightbox pop-up (used for inserting into the entry) and do nothing. I thought it was the browser (Chrome) but it was happening in Firefox too! So I went looking for a working plugin, and had to do all this crazy nonsense to get that one to work. Only, it wasn’t for what I wanted, which was to be able to include just one or two (or 4) specific images to a post. I didn’t want to have to link and entire set/gallery. This isn’t a photo blog (and let’s face it, I’m not the best photographer anyway).

The “other” flickr manager thing required me to do all of this high tech mySQL database conversion stuff. It was kind of terrifying. Mostly because it’s been years since I’ve done that kind of stuff, and I don’t know all the in’s and out’s of how WordPress does it’s thing. Dreamhost ends up doing all of the updates for me automatically anyway, so it’s not really me that looks all high tech and fancy. It’s them. No joke. Not me. So I ended up getting the databases all converted from latin1 to UTF-8. Sounds exciting, but now my little Flickr widget is broken. *sigh* Ah well.

So of course, I’ve been doing all of this and getting no where. Getting frustrated was inevitable, but really? I can’t just put A photo in my blog? Just one? I don’t want to have to upload the same damn photo eleventy-billion times in fourteen different places. I use Flickr almost exclusively for my photos. It’s because I can email them from my iPhone and share. It’s just easier that way. So why all this running around (on the internet) and backwards nonsense to share A single photo?

Oh well. It seems there was some kind of weird change when WordPress updated to 2.8. The author submitted  a fix for the lovely Flickr Manager plugin I already had installed, but it hadn’t been approved yet and you could download it directly. So I did. I could have saved myself a ton of headache and confusion and database backup-ing and terrified I’m going to break something to beyond fixing. Y’know how it goes.

And so here I go with the photo sharing. Because after all this nonsense I better start sharing some damn photos, right??

Sweater Hoodie Thing

Here is the first attempt at Sweater Hoodie thing. It’s technically called theApres Surf Hoodie, but I like my name better. It’s easier for me to say outloud when I talk to myself while knitting/blogging. The pattern calls for you to make two halves, the back and the front, and piece them together. I started the back (which is what you see pictured here) when I found some blog posts somewhere on the internet regarding doing it in the round (I cannot for my life find the link where the girl mentioned how she did this, but if I ever do, I’ll link it!). So I frogged (took the whole thing apart, for you non-knitting/crocheting folks) and started again. And started again. And again. And again. And again. No really. I started it over 5 different times before I finally decided on starting it on DPNs (double pointed needles; usually used for making socks and other items in the round) and after a few rows transferred it to the circular. The “invisible” start cause some issues with starting ON the circular needle (aka frustration!). I’m about 2 rows away from starting the lace part (the body), which took me DAYS to do.

Side note: Because I can now work this all in Stockinette Stitch, I can continental stitch all of it, meaning that I knit 4 times faster. Having to “throw over” all of the purl rows (when going back and forth) meant I got the first 26 rows (of both the front AND back) done in less than a day and a half (of knitting in between Wintergrasps (WoW speak ftw!) this weekend). This should technically take me a whole helluva lot less time to finish. Yay!

Tribal Skein - White Background

Also to share, because I’m in a slightly obsessed phase, is some yarn I dyed. Because, like I said, I’m slightly obsessed. This one is called Tribal. It’s Brown, Teal and Orange. I used Kool-Aid and Wilton’s Cake dye. This one makes me happy and I love it.

Odyssey - Skein

I call this one Odyssey. No reason for the name, but it’s Kool-Aid and Wilton’s Cake dye as well. I love the colors on this one.

And thus concludes my photo sharing entry of the day.

WP Themes

August 13th, 2008 | Tags: , ,

Now that the WP Themes Directory is available… I might play around with some theme design. I mean, there used to be some awesome ones out there. Maybe I’ll play with making them usable in the newest versions or something. Because there are still some older theme’s I’d love to be able to use, but alas, I cannot with it in their current state. 🙁

But I’m thinking I might play around with creating some myself. There are some decent ones there, but a lot of ones that I would never even consider using for any application… ever. Maybe some versatility will help. We’ll see how motivated I am at doing this.

Hmmm… undiscovered WiFi

July 14th, 2008 | Tags: , ,

I keep forgetting that not only is there WiFi available at work, but that my phone is equipped to be able to use it. and not only that, but all of the things I would want to do while in front of a computer can be done from my phone as well. No fancy posts where I can link fun things. But I can blabber on about what’s bugging me. And I can do it without being under the watchful eye of my boss, who tends to be in the office, and can see exactly what I’m doing. :/ So here’s to my first cellphone post. That mobile plugin is awesome!

Edit: Except for the fact that it didn’t actually publish it to the main page, even when it said it was published. I wonder what the deal is with that?? Am I going to have to republish them from the web admin page to get them to show up?? *sigh* Kind of frustrating.

Things I’ve missed

July 8th, 2008 | Tags: ,

In my multiple year hiatus from the blogosphere, and all things internet (not including television, movies, music and the general search for knowledge) I’ve been so far removed from all those things that I used to hold so dear. I forged some great friendships, and I guess when it comes down to it, erasing internet friends is sometimes easier than erasing real-life friends from your life. It’s unfair, but slightly true.

I’ve gotten back in touch with a handful of those people I used to read regularly and interact with regularly and I feel, internet-content. In a way I haven’t felt in a very long time. I don’t get the same joy that I used to when I spent hours and days designing a new layout for my website. I remember first blogging, and the thrill of a CMS, and holy crap, they added the WYSIWYG! There were all of these aspects of designing and blogging that I used to adore.

And then I grew up. And then I got jaded. And then there just seemed to be a thousand other things that were more worthy of my time and energies. And then the spam revolution hit and that was it. I was done. I threw in the towel, because my site had been listed (and still is in some cases) as a porn site, because of all the spam that sat there, plainly visible, for all the search engines to find. It was a lose/lose battle. I couldn’t win, no matter how hard I tried.

As with most things in my life, the phase passed, and then came back. I’ve missed the far away friendships I so easily made then, but feel so awkward about now. I miss the plethora of knowledge I once had about the internet and coding and creating web pages. So here I sit, in noobdom, all over again. And I’m okay with that.

Some Changes

June 29th, 2008 | Tags:

As I play around with the site, layout-wise, anyone who tends to come here to read will see the slight changes. I guess I already wanted a change. Really, I wanted to have two sidebars. And the purple-y thing just wasn’t made that way. Sadly, cause I loved it. AND I’m far too lazy to try to modify it. At least right now.

So, this is it. I’m gonna fill that big X box up there with something soon. Probably tomorrow when I get home from work or something. But for now, it stays that ugly gaudy mess. Ha!

After all is said and done…

June 23rd, 2008 | Tags: , ,

So… I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the net. All sorts of stuff. I mean, I want to make sure that if I use the other domain as a means to write fiction for things like nanowrimo, or just random ideas that come to mind, that it’s easy to use and will be effective for what I want. The problem I’m running into is kind of two-fold. I cannot for my life figure out how to get MT to play nicely. I’ve settled on the theme issue. Fine. I’ll take the pretty pink thing and be happy with it. I figured out how to fiddle with the widgets and to edit the pages so that it can look exactly the way I want it to, with what’s available. I cannot, however, figure out how to install new plugins. Or when I get them in the right folder and follow all instructions, it can’t be activated.

So, after reading some rather interesting discussion with regard to the ownership of blog comments, I think I’m going to go back to a purely WP blog for that website. Because there’s a plugin you can install that allows you to create a Comment License, which clearly explains what does and does not belong to me (the owner of the blog) and the commenter.

All of this being said, this ALSO made me think really hard with regard to publishing publically my fiction. In part or in whole. Will someone steal my idea and make money off the majority of my words? Well, that’s where Creative Commons Licenses come into play.

I’ve always had better luck finding the plugins I want through WP, and when I’ve asked a question, someone’s always kindly given me an answer (or pointed me in the right direction). MT just seems to frustrate me. Akismet is pretty good at catching almost all of the spammage that comes through (and you’d be surprised at how much actually comes through, given that I don’t really have the most popular blog around). I figure it’s mostly because I’ve owned the domain forever. Probably had it registered with some SOE crap things a long time ago. And well, I think it’s even listed on some pr0n link sites because of all the spam comments I used to get (but couldn’t deal with).

Yeah. I’ve decided. Now, do I implement this tonight, or play WoW… this is a pretty intense decision.


June 20th, 2008 | Tags: ,

As though it weren’t bad enough that I installed a TwitterFox, I also installed Plurk Firefox Sidebar… because while I don’t always update, I check often. Man, oh man. It’s all about being a geek tonight!!

Firefox 3

June 20th, 2008 | Tags:

So I upgraded to Firefox 3, because, well, I wanted to see how it was, how it worked, all that stuff. I love my firefox and hate hate HATE when I ever have to open IE, though I keep it as the just in case browser. So far, I like, though it’s going to take some adjusting to. My only issue… some of the school sites aren’t compatible. I’m going to find this for awhile, aren’t I??


June 20th, 2008 | Tags: ,

So I’m finally getting up with some of the awesome technology that’s out there! I installed the WordPress.com Stats, because while I have a stats site that keeps track of cool things for me (like incoming links, what city people who are reading are from, etc) I’d like a lot of that in the Dashboard/Admin area.

I also got the mobile interface WPhone for this site, so that I can use my phone to check cool things and write entries while not in front of a computer. The one on my phone isn’t nearly as pretty as the screenshots, but it works! And that makes me happy panda!

Days like this, when I’ve spent most of the day sitting on my ass bored out of my mind, I’m glad for small victories!