Monthly Archive for May, 2005

24 hours in nyc

“garden”, posted by nedward

I plunked down the $15 and rode the Fung Wah to nyc to visit the new MoMA, and visit some friends. It was nice to finally get inside the museum, having been thwarted by long lines on my past two visits. I enjoyed meandering around by myself, though the guided audio tour is pretty worthless.

Saturday night, Jenna took me out with Jin, Anna, and my friend Stef from Boston, to see mazing vids at the Cake Shop in the Lower East Side. We ate s’mores from a streetcart, which made me want to go camping.


Anna from John Niedermeyer on Vimeo.

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Tattoo

“Tattoo”, posted by nedward

Presley’s new tattoo, done by Custom Claire, of Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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Pixies Return

Well well well… the Pixies are going to play Boston, afterall.

Last year, I saw them at the show in Amherst, and the first show in Lowell. Now, they’re playing just across the river.

Pixies related posts from last year:

UPDATE: Tbone got us font-and-center, 5th row!

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Redesign followup

Thanks again to everyone who has written me about the reboot. I’m still getting used to seeing my site looking like this.

And, yes, I’m still working out a few kinks. I did receive my Flickr API key, so hopefully I’ll find some time this weekend to get my site header photos plugged-in.

Nick Chapman posted his javascript solution that I mentioned in my previous post… and it looks very cool. I can’t wait to try it out.

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Latitude

Well, I feel a bit guilty about this, but they gave me a laptop at work this week… a Dell Latitude C640, 1GB RAM, 40MB GB HD, etc. Why do I feel guilty? Well, my friend used it until she quit last week… so, it feels like someone else’s PC.

Now, I can VPN in, and work at home! Hooray!

“sacrilege” on Flickr.

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Redesign… version 4

Somehow, some way, after more than eight months tooling around in Photoshop, I managed to give this site a major design refresh. The motivation was the May 1 Reboot, but I’ve been trying to get this done for quite some time.

First, my objective was not to totally re-brand myself and my site. I like how this site’s structure and style have evolved over the past 2+ years, and I love the green & orange. So, job #1 was continuity.

Keeping this in mind, there was a lot of room to improve…

Logo
I switched to a Macintosh almost 2 years ago, and it was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I wanted to keep the old Alison “N”, but figured it would be nice to aqua-fy it, in honor of OS X.

Navigation
The site header and navigation in the last design took up too much real estate. I always admired Jason Kottke’s decision to minimize his nav bar in his last redesign:

The yellow-green thing at the top is a tag. Like the red tag on Levi’s jeans or even the red stripe on Prada shoes. It’s small, out of the way, but when you see it on something, you know exactly what you’re holding in your hands.

I decided not to go too small, since I wanted to make it easy to click and navigate, but I combined the site header and navigation in one horizontal green block… the gradient was used, in order to break up the “block-iness”.

Photo Headers
I knew that this time around, I wanted to make the photo header a bit more dynamic, and easily updated. Flickr has become such an important and enjoyable part of my online life, that I decided it would be great to integrate my Flickr Photostream into the site header.

This however posed some difficulty… how to integrate? Sure, Flickr has a great API, but it would be quite daunting for this coding amateur to build the kind of photo header that I envisioned.

So, I looked around for some help. I remembered Bryan Bell mentioned that he was working with Nick Chapman on a kind of site header built using alpha-channel PNGs, and javascript. But, despite some show-and-tell, it seems that they don’t have it worked out yet. And, after spending about an hour trying to figure out how to get a 24-bit PNG to play nice in IE 6 WIN, I decided that I didn’t really need my logo to overlap my photo header…

Still, Bryan and Nick’s idea got me thinking — Todd Dominey’s SlideShowPro would be an excellent match for what I wanted — though, I’d have to deal with the trade-off of having Flash embedded in my site. Having spent the past 2 years learning about and embracing Web Standards and concern for accessibility, I’ve avoided using Flash… but, the more I read about SlideShowPro, the more I thought that it was the perfect fit for what I wanted. It has built-in support for the Flickr API, it’s easily customizable to any dimensions or color palette, and it’s built by a guy that I respect and enjoy reading.

I wasn’t able to get the Flickr functionality implemented yet, (waiting on my request for an API key), so I just threw a couple of photos together for this launch.

Feedback?
Please email me or leave a comment, let me know what you think. I did a bit of testing on IE6 WIN, so hopefully there won’t be many quirks to work out.

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