I stayed up late last night to wrap up the design for my new blog, banannie.
I’m going to keep both blogs active. More on why later- I’ve got a busy day ahead, taking Andy back to school and visiting with my dad, then I have to be back here to get Tim off the bus. Lots of driving, and possibly passengering on the way up if I let Andy take the wheel!
I’ll have to go play around in it, but it sure is busy. It’s full of autoplaying video, which I really don’t like, especially because I tend to open up a bunch of tabs then click among them. Having 3 tabs playing videos just isn’t pleasant. But it sure is purty, I’ll give them that!
Hmm, it looks like the “disney.com lite” is pretty much the same without the autoplay, but it sure doesn’t seem to meet any accessibility standards that I’ve ever seen…
It’s very geeky of me, but I love this video explaining the evolution of the web. This stuff fascinates me. In a very similar way I was fascinated by television 25 years ago when I concentrated in TV Production in college. The intersection of media and viewer… and this vid shows how that intersection has blurred into a cloud where the viewer becomes the content provider, the media just a conduit between us. Content is king, presentation secondary.
As a visual learner/amateur graphic designer, I know presentation will aways matter, but I also know that presentation is subjective- what works and is appealing for you may look and work like crap for me. With the evolution of web interface we can all find the information we want and need and not be held back by poor design.
Of course, being held back by poor content is another issue, but one step at a time!
Edit: Ha! I beat BoingBoing at posting something for once :).
I turned 42 the other day (need to update my sidebar I suppose.) One of those blah birthdays, but it was OK- we went to a Lion’s Club family picnic thing at the home of a member- they have a nice property with a pool. I didn’t want any gifts (spending a little more than planned on our trip to WDW) but Pat gave me some flowers, chocolate, a book… and the kids collaborated on a card for me- Nick drew the pictures, Tim colored them in, and Andy did the words. Best gift they could have given me!
Today was the day I could make dining reservations for my October trip to WDW. We got great airfare thanks to Jet Blue starting to fly out of Newark- overall I’m getting away pretty cheap on this one. Now I just hope to get a lower rate on my room.
The architect for our addition came over the other night, he suggested a few changes but overall he said our plan looks good. He’s doing this on the side (Pat used to work with him) so I don’t know how soon he’ll have drawings for us- but we did tell him we’re anxious to get started.
Of course, I’m also anxious about the money it all will cost. I know intellectually that this is a good idea, but the hidden tightwad inside me is screaming right now!
Heard through the grapevine (not through my son, of course) that Tim got two strikes against him at summer camp yesterday- thankfully today is the last day so I guess he’ll make it through the week without being sent home. Apparently he was squirting water on someone and didn’t stop when told to – typical. He was in a mood from the moment he woke up yesterday, and when he gets like that he refuses to do as told… then gets all apologetic later. Sigh.
It’s been so nice this week- hot but not very humid (although a little stickier today.) I’ve been trying to get outside, relax, read more than I usually do… but I do have work to do.
And on that note, I’m off to look for a border graphic…
I own, set up, and am the admin for the website for our school PTO. Went to update it the other day, and imagine my surprise when it was GONE! As far as I can tell it crashed a couple weeks ago, about a week after I last updated it. I really don’t know what happened, but I was using the PostNuke CMS and it was corrupted somehow. I don’t begin to have a clue how to troubleshoot- so I just NUKED the PostNuke and now I’m looking at other options.
What I really liked about PostNuke was the calendar component I added to it. Really, I’d love to find a stand alone calendar using php, or a CMS with a calendar built right in, but it seems like I’m back where I was a year ago :bangwall: .
But I’m not going to go crazy rushing around to fix it. I think the same three people look at it every month anyway!