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Busy Times

It’s been a long time again since I posted. I’ve been busy with many things. I’ve spent a lot of time now reworking this website. I added too many things to mention. Nancy and I just finished redesigning the entire back-end administration area of the site. It’s so much more functional now! It still has a long way to go, but I’m planning on releasing this gallery software as some kind of open source project. I’m not sure when yet, but as soon as I can fix some more admin flaws, I am going to release the software publicly. So I’m looking for developers and admin types to help me get this project going. If you know anyone, pass the word.

I’ve managed to process and get a lot of artwork on the site as well. I just added another artist book today. That makes four new books in the last week or so. I’m finishing one more now and that will make seven total on the site. My parents visited a while back and brought a box of artist books I had stored at their place. Thanks for remembering dad! 🙂 Some of the books are a bit dark, don’t get too frightened. I logged my dreams (and nightmares) for a period of years. Some of the images in those books came from recurrent nightmares that I would have. If you are a psychologist, let me know if I should be committed! hahaha. I’ve been working a lot of the video section as well. I added some new videos as well. I’m having a lot of problems with the programming on that page however. Integrating DivX, Quicktime and Flash has been problematic. I have a love/hate relationship with javascript. I do have to say I think it’s a wonderful language, but I’m frustrated because of my limited knowledge. I’ve learned a whole lot but I wish there were better resources out there for handling media files via javascript as well as DOM issues. Which makes me start to think about this whole browser mess, and how frustrating it is to have to test on like 10 browsers on each platform, so like 20… and none of them work the same way twice! UGH! When will standardization kick in??? I know competition is good and all that, but jeez… It may make a lot of programmers out there go bonkers!

We’ve helped Nancy’s parents out settling quite a few things and now I think we’re actually going to buckle down on the job search. I’m having trouble pulling myself away from programming though. It’s very rare to be able to have so many continuous hours to devote to programming! I doubt this moment will come again. So I’ve really taken advantage of it! But alas, we really must be on our way it seems. I’m really going to focus on trying to find an ESP (English for Specific Purposes) job. That way I can teach computer related English, and hopefully get paid more as well!

The changing season has been a wonderful experience. Fall time is my favorite, and it’s the first time I’ve been able to experience it in probably seven years or more. The air is starting to get more crisp and there is a feeling in the air. The light is changing and so are the leaves. I really am savoring this time! I’m planning on trying to take some photos over the next weekend or two. I don’t have any pictures of fall, and I really want some. Hopefully I will have some images to show within the next week or two.

I have been jogging with Nancy about 4-5 times per week. We’ve been going for 3 miles each day for two days, and then taking one day off to recover. My left knee has been giving me major hell though. The feeling of a knife under your kneecap should be a good enough mental image. It’s really my own fault though. I never stretch! Well, almost never… And when I do, I never have pain and feel much better in general… hahaha… My goal is to start doing more yoga. Tomorrow I’m finally going to try out this yoga video. It’s my “off” day from running, and my knee is killing me, so hopefully I’ll be on the mend with some stretching for the next days run. We’ll see!

On that note, it’s off to bed… Once before 2-3am this week, yay! hahahah… Hope all of you are safe and well out in lala land… besos…



Navexos P-35

I’ve been working on the flash book format today. I’m working on the AMFPHP code and all the other connecting code bits to make it more automated. Then I can just pass subcategory (or other) variables to it and the book will put all the pages in dynamically. Stay tuned for that one. I also have to write some more code to make this all work in the back-end of the site admin.

I needed to experiment more with the book interface to study variables and see how things go adding pages, etc. I remembered I had one artist book I made in college here at Nancy’s house. I gave it to her as a Christmas gift back in college. So I scanned the pages in and used it for the book above. This one isn’t dynamically generated though. It’s so fun seeing the book translated to digital format. It looks so much like the original!!! I think I’m going to ask my parents to bring a box of art books I have at their house so I can scan in more. Then I will use those when I start testing dynamically. The scanning part is pretty boring and takes a lot of time. But as I always say, I guess it’s worth it!!! hahaha…

On that note, my parents will be coming to visit Philadelphia next weekend. They haven’t visited the city before so we’re going to take them to see the Liberty Bell and such. Should be a fun time. Since I’m about to become an English teacher, I’ve noticed how my grammar is total shit! I write these blog entries so fast that they are barely thought out and never looked over before hitting the “publish” button. I feel slightly guilty about this. I really need to start thinking about what I’m writing and forming my thoughts better. It would probably be much more fun to read this blog if I did! I’ve also been thinking about how all I do is talk about these boring programming issues! hahaha. I need to start telling interesting stories so you are encouraged to maybe come back again, like two years from now… hahaha.



Artist books, here I come!

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.



Never ending coding…

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?



New Home Page!!!

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.