Updatia

Sep. 19th, 2013 01:19 pm
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The Poetry Page @ EverettAWarren.com has finally been updated with some improved content.

On a fairly closely related note, there is now a GreenManEnvy page, which ties in that site, and provides another avenue to help promote GME.

A few other minor changes were implemented throughout the site.
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Did you know...

... that there's a feed on DreamWidth for GreenManEnvy?

... that there's also one on LiveJournal?

The one on DW looks purtier in the whole (at the above links), but they look pretty much the same when you view them on your reading page/friends page.

Also, the one thing LJ seems to do better than DW is handle the share. I've been trickling down posts from DW -> LJ -> FB, but DW's share feature just opens up a dialog to email the post to someone, while LJ's allows me to share to my blog, making it look pretty much like I want it to, with very little effort. Unfortunately, DW's feed got updated right away, while LJ's takes a while. Might just have been the timing of the post, and they both might only update every 12 or 24 hours or something. To avoid duplication of posts on FB (i.e. I post it, then DW -> LJ -> FB cascades down), I'm going to just do the share on LJ -> FB of the poems.

Also also, if you have mythic/natural type content you'd like to promote or share, let me know; I want GreenManEnvy to host the works of others, to the point that I'd love to have a post of my content be a rare event. I'm not opposed to hosting interviews or reviews of music, books, or art that hits on the focus of GreenManEnvy, and excerpts or entire (short) works (such as poems) would also be very welcome.
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Less than a month (one day less, but still...) after fancifying the feeds on EverettAWarren.com, I discover the site that hosted the feed mechanism has gone 404. I'm now using the primary hosting for those scripts, so hopefully that fixes the situation. And that just ate into my time I was going to make a few enhancements...

Speaking of which... comments on the site? I'm thinking about getting rid of the Tolkienesque font, but I haven't gotten a lot of feedback on how that looks, especially on different size devices.
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The next round of changes over at EverettAWarren.com have been completed.

The main fix was to get rid of those really ugly iframe blocks to show content from this blog on the site. The clunky frames have been replaced with CSS-prettified RSS feeds. This brought about an unplanned but welcome change in that links throughout the site now show a dotted underline when you hover over them.

On a couple pages ~ specifically services and writing ~ content will now show and hide itself by clicking on text that will show the same hover behavior as the links.

I made a few minor tweaks and additions in content, and a few other minor prettifications, as I worked through the changes.

I'm pretty happy with how things are looking. The Tolkienesque font for the buttons is still moderately cheesy, but I like how it looks better than the other dozens of options (out of the gazillions of fonts I have installed) that I took the time to look at. Then again, I am a fantasy author, and a programmer... so if Tolkienfonts fit, wear 'em, I guess.

The bread crumbs for navigation are still to come. The RSS changes are significant enough that I wanted to get this out now and not risk starting on the crumbs without the time to finish and deploy the changes tonight. When the crumbs do appear, should the old standby bottom-of-screen navigation go away? Let me know what you think ~ I'm curious!
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Just when I had caught up with my coursework, I went and spent all day yesterday working through all the pages of EverettAWarren.com to match the appearance of the changes made on the splash landing the day before.

I'm now half a day behind on lectures in the Systematic Program Design course ~ although I wrapped the lectures in the Digital Media & Mobile Apps course ~ and I have a nearly mostly almost usable website as a result.

Most of my time was spent on a somewhat known bug with Safari, and various workarounds thereof, involving onload and the DOM. Theoretically, the onload event triggers after the page has loaded completely. Safarially, the onload triggers prior to any elements being loaded, even if you move the script to the last part of the page, and no matter if you make the proper sacrifices, chant the appropriate chant, and check windspeed and direction prior to loading the page.

I could see that Safari could run the exact code ~ it did so in a JSFiddle ~ but couldn't do it on its own.

In a production situation, I would have bagged the image maps ~ the problem came in while trying to resize the maps with window resizing ~ and gone with individual buttons much sooner than I did, or forced a static window size, but it was just too much fun playing with some more complex Javascript than I have in a while.

The current state of the site:
  • CSS implemented across the site
  • All pages changed (with the exception of the EARN Financial Plan Calculator) to use the CSS
  • Some updates to content as I noticed they were needed
  • Navigation to all major pages completed
  • Main graphic simplified to improve load times


I still need to:
  • Improve the graphics on the small buttons (they've been resized up and down as I figured out the best size, and are fairly fuzzy as a result)
  • Build graphics for the various tags on the blog page
  • Get rid of the ugly iframe handling of the blogs and use RSS or something that can be integrated into the site
  • Breadcrumbs and/or clean up the original text link navigation
  • Write the poetry page already
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There are going to be a lot of changes over at EverettAWarren.com...

Some of them have already made it to the landing page!

Although I still want to keep the site simple and straight-forward in support of the multiple primary purposes it has (promote my writing, host my resume, promote my business services), I do want it to look a little less basic and more spiffy, as it were.

After the initial facelift ~ which I still need to carry out across the site ~ and a tiny bit of refactoring, I'll be improving the navigation. Prettifying it, really, as it works now... but I'll be using buttons instead of text links, and that sort of thing. After that, I'll finish the refactoring and get everything cleaned up, especially CSS-wise. In that way, the site will better reflect my coding ~ although it will still be on the simpler side. It just doesn't need a whole lot of bells and whistles.

As a further in-construction disclaimer, the main image on that splash page is currently huge, with ridiculous load times. That has already been fixed, and will get better once I push the next round of changes out.
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While Green Man Envy the site is still just a display panel for Green Man Envy the blog, the content on the blog is growing nicely.

There's a music post, three poems (two illustrated by photograph), a follow up set of links on the urban forest project in Seattle (first covered as Green Man Enviroscaping LLC, back in February), an article on considerations made when selecting plants, some classic Italian sculpture in a suitably naturalized setting, and some original art ~ two green men from two talented UK artists.

I'd love to have some more content for the site ~ I don't have any fiction (at this time) which really suits the setting, or I'd drop a story in. More art ~ especially, but not limited to, depictions of the green man or green woman ~ is always welcome. I'm also looking for poetry and articles that aren't by me!

I've got the blog set up on Blogger ~ you can follow it there, on Google+, or on Facebook. There's also a section on the menu so you can grab an RSS feed of the blog. All of the above, with plenty of likes and pluses, is what will really help get word out on GME!
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I know, I know... I don't update, and I don't even comment much... although I do try to keep up on reading, even if I don't say much in return.

What I've been up to lately is... well, treading water. Unfortunately, the surface is somewhere a half dozen or so feet overhead, but I'm trying not to let that get me down!

Business has been slow ~ some trees to take care of, but no snow to plow, and the Winter transplants we had hoped to do a week or three back didn't materialize.

With that in mind, I decided to offer up my services to other businesses, and the end result of that (thus far) is the launching of me own site, everettawarren.com.

I'm also going to use the site to promote my fiction and poetry and ~ once I get some ready for public consumption ~ music.

So there you go.
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I haven't written much poetry - or fiction, for that matter - lately. Too much going on to get the moment of quiet needed. Or, usually, the many moments. The writing goes by as fast as I can type, but sometimes I have to sit and wait around until the muse starts dictating the work to me.

Anywho, on that note, I started posting some older pieces that haven't appeared in this venue. Unless I forgot to tag them, of course. I started things off with rusalka, one of my favorites, and in rather dubious honor of the delisting of the the grey wolves, I posted Vanishing Point. The latter piece is older than Justin.

I posted the wrap-up for last week's game of Monday's Thirteen, exposing the four correct answers. I'll be posting the new edition for this week in a few moments.

Yesterday I made some changes to the Green Man Enviroscaping LLC website - there's now a blog in place of the news page and there's a page for job listings, with one open position listed.

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