Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Oh, yeah…

Filed under: Art,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Fun,Personal,Review,The Network Geek at Home — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Rooster which is in the early evening or 6:03 pm for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a First Quarter Moon

I keep meaning to mention this, but I’ve recently upgraded my blogs to the latest version of WordPress. Now, no one has probably noticed that, but I thought it was noteworthy. Well, if I did the upgrade right, no one noticed. Certainly, no one said anything if they did notice.

Mostly, it was a Very Good Thing to have upgraded, but there are some differences that still throw me off a bit. First, there’s the whole new interface deal. It used to be that I had to deal with a pretty simple, text-only interface. Now, though, the whole thing has gone all WYSIWYG and it’s totally throwing me off. Especially because it edits HTML natively. I’m getting used to it, but, still, I have to remember little details like not just hitting “enter” when I want a new line instead of a whole new section/paragraph. Secondly, the tools have really been improved. Linking and formating and everything else have been upgraded to match that slick new WYSIWYG interface, but they’ve added some HTML tools that they didn’t have before. Or, if they had them, didn’t showcase very well. Also improved is the preview section. Now, instead of just showing me a preview of the code in the post itself, WordPress previews the post as it would appear on the blog, with headers and footers and everything.
The one thing, so far, that I don’t like is the way the new version updates the timestamp on the post. For the most part, it doesn’t. Once you save a post as a draft, it takes a timestamp and seems to hold that until you manually change it. Other than that, though, I really adore the new version.

So, now you know. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

Anyway, one of the reasons for the upgrade was because I was developing plugins for WordPress. You can get to one of them right from this blog. Moonie, the name of the plugin, is a little dodad that let’s you add the neat moonphase stuff to your WordPress blog. Now, after admiring it on my blog, you can have it for yourself. Enjoy!


Pringles Macro Lens

Filed under: Art,Fun,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Tiger which is terribly early in the morning or 5:08 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Well, more precisely, a Pringles can macro lens.
I’ve always loved fine art of almost any stripe. I remember impressing the heck out of a nice girl once by correctly identifying not only the Gustave Klimt print she had in her cube, but the Ansel Adams as well. I have to admit, though, the quirky photography has always been what caught my attention, not the classics. You know, things like microsopic beasties and close up shots of common objects. That kind of close-up photography is called “macro photography” and requires, you guessed it, a macro lens. Well, I’m a ways off from doing anything as fancy as that, but if you aren’t then I’ve got just the link for you. Today, I bring you a neat blog called Photocritic.org which has DIY instructions for making a macro lens from a Pringles can. Yep, a Pringles can. Cool art photgraphy and recycling all in one post. Can you get better than that?
Hey, what do you want from me? It’s been a long week, but it’s finally Friday, so just click the link.

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