So I finally finished most tweaks to my new blog and decided it was time to release it. I based the new blog look on Futurosity Aperio Prototype WordPress theme. I used most of the design structure but tweaked the overall look and feel to match my site. I had to adjust some of the structure to fit my template as well.
At the same time I upgraded to the new WordPress 2.7 version which is working really well. The back-end admin is really slick now and much easier to use. I like the CSS3 stuff in there.
I also installed the super-cache plugin so the site now generates static pages instead of hitting the server, constantly generating PHP files. Hopefully it will help speed up page loads and ease caching in search engines.
Hello all. I named this entry “Bull in a China Shop” as an homage to my mom. I used this lovely phrase on Nancy today and I was amused that she had never heard it before. I said something like, “You’re like a damn bull in a china shop!”, which is just about what my mom would say to me. It’s really a wonderful way to insult someone with style and sass. Thanks mom! 🙂
I’ve also been programming all day. I’ve worked out all the logic and most of the main components for a new gallery module. It will let users of my software add dynamic flash slideshows to their site. They can add unlimited amounts of slideshows, and each show can have as many images as they want. I’m also adding the ability to add new slide show modules as well, so you’ll be able to add new transition styles and effects for the slide shows. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish by tomorrow. I’ve incorporated this great new piece of code as well. It allows you to resize and crop images through a flash interface. This will be used on the back-end site when people upload the images for the slide shows. You can see and example snipit of how it works here:
You can change the size of the image and also reposition it as well before cropping. This will free users from having to size everything in photoshop before uploading. After I get the slide show module integrated using this I’ll be incorporating it into the rest of the back-end. This will mean that only one full size image will have to be loaded going forward and the detail and thumbnail can be created on the fly dynamically. It will be a huge time saver in terms of both producing images and uploading them. Ok, enough computer geek talk!
I had some time to watch a few more Tom Green skits. This one made me laugh quite a bit, enjoy!
I finished the code work on the backend for the new “multi” page format. I also got the basics for the front end gallery view down, but they need much more work. As part of the “multi” view you can now embed flash movies. Yee haw! I dug up some code for one of those page flip flash modules. You can see a basic test file I threw together above. I figured out all the main variables I need to control the movie for my site template. Now I’m going to work on the AMFPHP part of it. This will let me dynamically input what images show up as pages in the book. I think this is pretty damn cool! Now I will be able to scan in or create artist books digitally and have them still be in a “book” format! Wooo hooo… I’ve been wanting to do this for a LONG time. I would really like to get a site going that just features different book artists in this manner. I love art books, but there is no way to see most of them, let alone own them. I think this would be a great way for many people to view a book online.
It never ends. I’ve been coding for two days straight, and I’m still not finished. Things are coming along nicely though. I made long overdue major revisions to the MySQL database structure of the site, which impacts just about the whole back-end admin. That’s what I’m still recoding at the moment. I did finish most of the updates to the front-end gallery pages that display video & audio. Check them out sometime!
The video & audio section both have a “show info” button that lets you view the title and caption information. I also programmed the site to take EXIF style information out of audio and video files and store it in the database. That information is also listed in the “show info” section at the bottom. The video section also has a slideshow feature now. It works like a photo slide show except that it pops open a window with a bigger scaled up version of the video. You can also choose a super big 960px video view as well! The show will advance to the next video automatically after 10 min or you can just click backwards and forwards to navigate through the videos. It’s pretty cool. The only bug I’m having an issue with is making the original video stop before the slideshow window pops up. It sucks because you then get two video audio tracks dueling each other! Very annoying. Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon. I’m in the process of trying to add support for flash galleries and the “multi” page idea is coming along nicely. We’ll see if I survive the next day or two. 🙁
I think I need to take a break soon and go take some photographs! I’ve been wanting to do a night series of big bright places so I’m hoping to do that sometime this week. I also really want to shoot some portraits but everyone here is so lame! If anyone wants to model for me please let me know… I need some new faces!
OK, time for a bit more coding and then it’s bed time for me… I’m jogging bright and early tomorrow! I’m not sure how I’m going to pull that one off. I’ve been staying up until like 2 or 3 am coding for the past four days… I’m thinking a very stiff cup of coffee made syrup style in the little french press and I’ll be good to go… maybe…. I think I’m at 21 miles now… I’ve ran 7 days and did about 3 miles each time… So yeah, 21! Woo Hoo… Now if my cute little smiling belly would shrink up, everything would be just fine. Running has been fine for me and after the first week, three miles isn’t hurting anymore at all. I know I have good muscle underneath, but I figure it will take about two months to be in tip-top shape again. Not having a mountain bike, scuba access, hiking trails, the beach, etc. has been killing me! I hate this suburban sprawl… Oh well, work with what you have, right?
I’m so excited! Figuring out this AMFPHP connection is opening up so many possibilities for dynamic information display! I just reworked the home page with a new dynamic flash clip. Check it out! I’ve embedded the flash movie to the left as well as an example. The flash template grabs the details for whatever the current featured gallery is and shuffles the results. Then it picks the first six and loads them into the flash interface as you see above. After it cycles through, it picks six new images.
I’m going to start working on more dynamic templates that you can feed variables into to make them highly reusable. I just read that you can also use actionscript to program tweens and such as well! That opens even more doors. More on this soon I’m sure.