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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links for 2005-05-07

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.

links for 2005-05-02

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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