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... and solid, constructive feedback.

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new blog and this week I hit the RSS feed button.

It was a scarey thing turning that RSS feed on.

All of my grand ideas seemed foolish and already one.

But with these thoughts, I’m reworking the purpose of this online journal.

The blog isn’t complete in what I’ve been experimenting with, but I hope to incorporate those features in future entries.

Also, the visual design isn’t what I want it to be. I need to improve my coding skills. Am trying to find reader-friendly features to incorporate.

Please feel free to offer constructive feedback – good and bad.

The address is:

http://annieoakleyofpecos.com

Fire away!

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sckot
Apr. 13th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
First, on your title, the word "pecos" is about a third submerged below the green (cutting off below the bottom of the centers in the p and o). This is on Firefox 1.5.0.5 (OpenBSD Unix). No weird display settings on my end.

Second, testing if different text sizes would fix the pecos iceberg showed me that the font size is fixed. (A glance at the stylesheet confirmed this.) I'm not going to make grand claims about anybody else here, but fixed font sizes bug me (and people with bad monitors or eyesight).

Third: It looks good in my text-mode web browser, w3m (running inside Emacs, incidentally). Actually, I didn't notice the "no guns, jist words" in Firefox, it was completely submerged. It showed up in w3m. I can email you a screencap of this setup if you want.

Those are all form, not content, points. Fwiw. I'm dwelling on that because I'm trying hard to make a web-based app even remotely usable right now.
lost_tumbleweed
Apr. 13th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
Thanks, Sckot, for the info.

I haven't had a chance to check out comments today.

I'm on my way to SF for my niece's Bat Mitzvah.

Am trying to update each day, but not sure it will happen.

Have only been using Safari to post. Interesting, this template is standard for WordPress, so it shouldn't have problems. I haven't had a chance to delve into any coding experimentation.

Blah.

Ciao and thanks, again, Good Guy!
lost_tumbleweed
Apr. 13th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
just checked in FireFox 2.0.0.1 and it looks fine.

I forgot if you're on a PC or Mac, so not sure which would be the latest version for you.

Gotta sleep. Am getting up horribly early.
sckot
Apr. 13th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
Cobbled-together PC running OpenBSD. Firefox 2.0.0.3 is ported in CVS, but it's a few weeks until the next stable version of the ports tree.

And a Sparcstation 20, but that mostly gets used as a firewall.
lost_tumbleweed
Apr. 13th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
sorry, Guy, you're on an EMac. :/

You said you're seeing "screened" comments. I'm not seeing any comments. Here or over at annieoakley.

thank you for your own comments. i appreciate them ... and am seeking this kind of feedback.

no apologizing for dwelling on a subject.

ok, now i am going to sleep!!!

peace out.
sckot
Apr. 13th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
(I was wondering if comments were screened since it looked like nobody else had commented, that's all.)
lost_tumbleweed
Apr. 14th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
I haven't shared this blog with a ton of people. So no comments is most likely the case ... especially since I can't see them when I'm logged in.

In time. It's only five days on an RSS feed.
sckot
Apr. 14th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
When you're not logged in? Otherwise, I'm really confused.

And, I'll email you those screencaps in a moment.
lost_tumbleweed
Apr. 18th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
eh, I couldn't see any comments when I WAS logged into wordpress.

the first comment that I know of, came through as spam. it was from a very good friend with a legitimate email addy.

weird.

thanks for the link to CVS. Just in the past few days I've been seeing that term.
sckot
Apr. 18th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
CVS ("concurrent versioning system") is a program that keeps track of changes to stuff. It has a rather obtuse interface*, but the underlying concept is simple: You have some files that you're working on (usually code, but it could be a film script, poetry, whatever), and whenever you're at a good stopping point, you use the program to check it in. It looks it over and backs up changes in its peculiar shorthand:
@@ -114,6 +116,22 @@
[
and then I rolled over, half awake, and thought
+ "I could really go for a bagel right now.
+With cream cheese, chopped roma tomato, and green onion.
+That would be delicious."
It would not last.
I hate my alarm clock.
]

Which mostly means, "between here and here, you added this." That way, you have backups each step of the way, and if you suddenly go, "Oh no! I want to go back to the version of my sonata before I had my wisdom teeth pulled wrote all of that doggerel on vicodinTM! Before I made Giovanni meet his untimely demise!", you just push a button and have it back.

(It's more useful still with code, because there is a lot of rearranging functions and formulas in ways that you hope will make more sense in the long run, but you get the idea.)

CVS is infamous for having various design problems, such as being unable to rename files or directories in a sensible manner (it was in turn standing on the shoulders of the very archaic rcs), and there has been a scramble to replace it with things that worked better. subversion ("svn") is the new de factor standard, although some others (particularly my friend graydon's monotone ("mtn", apparently version control programs gotta have three-letter abbreviations)) have significant advantages as well.

* I think I remember seeing an OS X demo where the new version (bobcat or civet or luwak or something) had some kind of versioning filesystem, called "time machines" or something. It may have just been somebody messing with our heads, though. Most new OS X stuff makes me think, "Hey! Unix has had that for, like, fifteen years! Except it's not quite so clunky this time." Which is both a compliment and a slight, I suppose. For what its worth, I use an Emacs mode (like a plugin) to manage subversion, so essentially I check boxes for stuff I want to check in, hit go, and write a comment for what I've changed. Dead easy.
lost_tumbleweed
Apr. 18th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
You make cvs sound so easy and desireable to use and so poetic ... uh, sorry for all my misspelling tonight.

svn i've seen those letters a lot lately, too.

yeah, i figured unix people would know that this is all a masquarade ... a nice one ... maybe it's the right timing ... i mean, would all these neat unix features have worked quickly using dial-up?

have been looking for a new theme (template) to display that blog. something cool and ready for widgets and customizing number of columns and widths.

eh, i still need to focus on the important mods ... more features like that "share it" plug-in. have you checked it out? tres cool. i mean really. i stumbled on it and felt like i was in nirvana.
sckot
Apr. 18th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
would all these neat unix features have worked quickly using dial-up?

Yes, many of them were designed for dialup connections, and some slower still. A lot of them would probably work well enough across smoke signals. Talk is cheap, bandwidth doubly so.

The graphical features, windows that dissolve, video studio stuff, that's been beyond the reach of old computers. But bandwidth (aside from streaming video, of course) hasn't really been the constraint. A lot of Unix stuff is built on the idea that you can represent signals with streaming plaintext (whether that's chatting on irc, shell commands, or shorthand for "move this window to 760,438 and minimize it"). Plaintext has always been pretty nimble, even at 200 baud.

As for the plug in, no, I'm not really sure what you're talking about. I haven't paid much attention to blogging software for a while. I have surprisingly little to say, except for occasionally ecstatic ranting about (Punjabi/Korean/Thai food)/cycling/Aikido/..., but I have a lot invested in setting up good systems to help others document things. I'm an archivist at heart, not a journalist.

And I have an awesome project that I'm just about wrapping up, I should tell you about it sometime when we're not both on the way to bed.
lost_tumbleweed
Apr. 18th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
Re: A few (screened?) comments from someone with no design credentials
'Night. :)
lost_tumbleweed
Apr. 18th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
Re on the CVS
you're in deep.

i don't believe i want to get that involved with coding ... but i have to get more involved than i currently am ... to truly use wordpress to it's fullest. (oh, this is so sacreligious ... writing about WP on lj.

by any chance has the wp blog improved visually for you? not that i've modded it.
sckot
Apr. 18th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
You're in deep
It looks the same.

CVS (and the like) are surprisingly useful. See the other comment.

And if you do decide to get toe-deep in coding, I wholeheartedly recommend Python. The library has Learning Python, too. It's a great language.
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