Category Archives: Site News

Sitestuff: Blue Zinfandel

I’ve tentatively chosen Blue Zinfandel 2.0 by Brian Gardner as the base theme for the blog. I had about a half-dozen themes selected as possibilities; Blue Zinfandel is the one Laura liked best. One thing Laura doesn’t like is the typesetting in the header and the general lack of color throughout. I can see what she means, but I haven’t figured out what to do with it yet.

A couple of days ago, I read an article over at The Thinking Blog about David Airey, a creative designer and blogger who updated his site design based on feedback from his readers. I’d like to do something similar here. Unfortunately, I’m not a graphic designer and my HTML/PHP/CSS skills are intermediate, at best. Nonetheless, if you’d like to provide feedback and suggestions, I’ll see what I can do to make things better.

Sitestuff: Design Changes

If you’ve been visiting the site over the past couple of days, you’ve likely noticed that I’ve been playing around with different WordPress themes. If you haven’t been visiting the site over the past couple of days, are you trying to hurt my feelings? I’ve been very happy with the Tarski theme for the past six months or so, but I’m starting to feel that the site has outgrown the single sidebar.

Alas, there’s no 3-column version of Tarski at this time, so if I want a third column I’ll either have to dive into the code behind the Tarski theme or select a new theme with the desired number of columns. I tried Mollio for a day or so, but I’m not thrilled with how it renders in Internet Exploder. I’ve got a couple other potential themes but each one seems to have one little annoying thing about it that brings me back to Tarski.

I’ll probably keep messing with things over the next couple of days and when (if) I settle on a new theme I’ll post again looking for feedback.

Site Stuff: Forums Hacked

If you’re a member of the KJToo Forums, you may have noticed that they are all kinds of gone. The forums were hacked early this morning so I removed the subdomain. I’ll be installing new (and hopefully more secure) forum software sometime this week, but I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get around to it.

WebChess Returns

WebChess

That’s right, WebChess has returned! Click the link in the Features section or just click here to register for an account.

Please note that WebChess stores passwords in plaintext, so don’t go using any of your favorite, hyper-secure passwords. I’ll see if I can’t fix this in the near future.

Annual CSS Naked Day

Today is the first annual CSS Naked Day, and if you’re viewing the site on 05 April, it’s going to look very… plain. The CSS, or Cascading Style Sheet, is what makes the site pretty and keeps everything where it’s supposed to be. Everything from colors to font styles and sizes to how lists are handled is accomplished through CSS, and today I’ve disabled CSS on the site. Well, on the blog. I didn’t mess with the forum or the photo gallery because, quite frankly, doing so would involve some serious effort on my part. I’m nowhere near as familiar with the inner workings of SMF (the forum software) or Coppermine (the photo gallery software) as I am with WordPress (the blog software).

Maybe someday I’ll replace everything with a true CMS and I’ll be able to turn off CSS for everything with ease. Until someone designs a CMS that does everything I want it to and does it elegantly, though, I’m sticking with separate applications to handle the separate functions.

Anyway, enjoy (or despise) CSS Naked Day. Tomorrow, everything will be back to what passes for normal around here.

New Look (Part 2)

I created a new logo for the masthead, which is hopefully eye-catching and… big. I also tweaked the colors on the site a bit, bumped up the font size and brought back some graphical links. Finally, I added a toggle section for the Recent Comments and Tag Cloud features, which just looked weird over in the navigation columns. Mad props to Chris Miller over at Unquiet Desperation for the snippet of Javascript that makes the toggling work.

So, what do you think?