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New look, new content

Posted on October 30, 2006, under general, meta, photography.

After languishing with the same theme for a long long time, I’ve finally updated the look and feel of my blog. It still has a way to go yet, but definitely getting there. I started with the Juicy wordpress theme and have been making some usability and style changes along the way.

Light Boxes

I’ve also added a new music section, which I’m going to expand over the coming months (hopefully!), reworked the about section and have also finally started to manage links properly.

The aim is to have a more readable website edition, with a more natural look in a browser. 450 pixel wide panels for blog entries just don’t look right at 1920 x 1440 and the text can get hard to read. Also, most of my entries these days tned to be pretty long, so it helps to have more room to spread out the paragraphs.

I’m still using the excellent Askimet and wp-cache wordpress plugins, but now also using FlickrRss for my Flickr bar at the bottom of the blog, and the Audio player plugin for the music page. It’s still a work in progress, so let me know what you think, but so far I like it better.

Business as usual will commence shortly, thank you for your patience.

Change is Possible

Posted on May 23, 2006, under general, meta, music, photography.

If you’re ever in Dundrum’s massive shopping centre, pay close attention as you pay for your parking (if you happen to have driven there). It doesn’t tell you that change is available, but rather the far more optimistic message, that change is possible.

It’s nice to see, it brought a smile ot my face, and clearly it’s intentional. Maybe it’s part of a car parks against conservatism movement, or maybe it’s religious subliminal messaging, or maybe just a fun meme to lighten the day but whatever it is, it’s good fun.

Papal Cross in Phoenix Park

So, Nóirín helped me change this blog – to WordPress 2 – which is going very well so far. I’ve made it easier to post comments too, which was always a bit too hard for my liking (but I like comment spam even less).

On another note of change; on my travels I got a new Camera, which I’m having some fun with. My shots from San Francisco were taken with it, along with the two shots in this post (The papal cross in the Phoenix Park, and our good friend Conall O’Brien).

Conall O'Brien

And yet again in the spirit of change, I went on my first successful geocaching expedition on Saturday, and it was great fun, I’d highly recommend to anyone. As it was my birthday over the weekend, we went to see two great Gigs in Airfield House. The first was Kevin Burke and Ged Foley and the second was Liz Carroll and John Doyle. Both were excellent, it was great to hear some master fiddlers playing and John Doyle’s guitar playing is truly amazing.

And I think the last note of change, is that yesterday, I finally got IP connectivity into the datacentre we’ve been building for the last few months, which means we are now officially in the migration phase. I might even have free time soon!