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I’ve taken a second step toward fixing my Google indexing problem. On the advice of Casey, I modified my .htaccess file to rewrite all ned.suckahs.org URLs to nedward.org and send out 301s (Permanent redirects).
Now, when a user arrives here via a ned.suckahs.org URL, they’ll be transparently redirected to nedward.org and Google will see the 301 message. Hopefully then, Google will get with the program.
It’s been eons since I had a reliable site stat tracker, and this package looks as good as the hype. RIP, Refer.
My alma mater just launched a nicely-designed portal called BU Today, which publishes (official) daily news from the university. It’s as if this school finally “get’s it” — that Public Relations matter.
Ug… things are not too tidy around this site lately. My Site Header frustration continues, as it’s once again broken. And, my Google Site Search is still useless, despite my having created a Google Sitemap.
UPDATE: Nope, it looks like we’ll get Beta 5 today
It looks like we’ll have a Moveable Type upgrade tomorrow.
I’ve been using the betas for a while now, and overall the experience has been positive. Though the release number only jumped to 3.2, this is a major upgrade. Those people who grumbled at the release of version 3.0, (myself included), will enjoy the new features in this release.
Google is playing tricks on me, lately. When I use “SiteSearch”:http://www.google.com/services/free.html to search this site, I don’t get individual results– just recent results, from my home page and RSS feeds.
Case in point– “pixies”:http://www.google.com/search?ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&q=pixies&domains=http%3A%2F%2Fnedward.org&sitesearch=http%3A%2F%2Fnedward.org&btnG=Search
I’ve posted many times about this group: “1”:http://nedward.org/archives/002831.php “2”:http://nedward.org/archives/002606.php “3”:http://nedward.org/archives/002627.php “4”:http://nedward.org/archives/002456.php, etc. Yet only the home page result appears in my SiteSearch.
Is it that this site’s pagerank is so low, that Google isn’t bothering to index it anymore? If anybody has some ideas, or replacement suggestions, i’d love to hear from you.
Since XMLHTTP (Ajax) only works locally, I had to use Nick’s PHP proxy, but I hard-coded the script URL. To fix it, all I had to do was switch to a relative URL (“/”).
Done. Thanks to Nobuko for pointing it out!
I received a message from our friend Karla today, about what her boyfriend Steve is up to this summer. He’s a public-school teacher, and is currently working to produce a documentary titled John Doe: Mexican, on border crossers in the Southwest.
Sounds like an interesting project, which he will be blogging about:
John Doe Mexican is an hour-long documentary that captures the struggle to value human life, even in death.
The dead have no names here. For Mexican border crossers, Southern Arizona’s Sonoran desert is an unforgiving and, all too often, murderous landscape. John Doe Mexican follows a handful of people who have made it their business to end these desert deaths and to name John Doe.
Karla said that he is looking for feedback and questions, so feel free to leave a comment on his blog.
I took a few minutes today, to try and sort out my Flickr-integrated site header issues… I found that by adding just two characters to Nick Chapman’s script, I can parse the original-sized images from Flickr.
However, given that I upload my photos at full-quality, it wouldn’t be too advisable having 2MB images embedded in my site. So, for now, I have to create these site-header images, and tag them as siteheader.
I also squashed a background CSS bug, which caused short pages to look a bit strange. Nice to have the time to finally sort these things out…
I’m still paying for this Typepad site… why?
Originally, I wanted to test out the service, and thought it would primarily serve as a place for off-site photo galleries… Flickr killed that need.
I think it’s time to cancel.
However, the Flickr RSS feed doesn’t provide the original-sized photos, so I’ve got some tiling action happening above… anyone got ideas how to make a Flickr RSS Feed, with the original-sized Photos?
I just took Cameron’s MIT Weblog Survey, and you should too. It’s just a general social/demographic questionaire, which should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.
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.
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…
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Well, it’s been a _long_ time since I’ve done a major overhaul of this site’s design… Though this site has looked very much the same for more than 2 years now, a lot has changed “under the hood”. I’ve converted it from a tables-based layout, to a transitional CSS layout, keeping the design mostly intact. I even got close to validation.
But, Nedward.org is long overdue for a _visual_ update — so, I have taken a chance, and thrown my hat into both the May 1st Reboot and CSS Reboot. The design is ready to go, after almost a year of start-and-stop work… but, I have no idea if I can have it live by Friday morning. ::fingers crossed::
Are you redesigning?
*** May 1st Reboot suggests shutting down sites today, April 25th, to manufacture some dramatic effect… However, I’m not comfortable doing this, so I’ll keep this up, at least until I start uploading the new site.
Apologies for the site outage the past 12 hours… Here is the explanation provided by my hosting company, site5.com:
It appears that the permissions to your web directory were modified and no longer gave permission to apache to enter the directory. I’ve changed the permissions and your site is back up now.
I love how hosting companies insist that their servers have a 99.9999% uptime… but little f*ck-ups like this don’t count, since only my site was affected, and the server was “up”.
Time to email the billing department…
bq. Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!! Yes! We can finally confirm that Yahoo has made a definitive agreement to acquire Flickr and us, Ludicorp. Smack the tattlers and pop the champagne corks!
My initial reaction, as an avid Flickr user, is very wait-and-see. Despite the occasional downtimes, I’ve been impressed by how they’ve managed to scale up, as the site has grown exponentially. But obviously, there comes a point where a Yahoo! can really help.
What I’m worried about most, was only slightly deflected in Caterina’s post — it’s not that Yahoo! will get “flickrized”, but that Flickr would end up “Yahooed!”:
Yahoo Photos will get a lot of Flickr features, and there are alot of other areas around Yahoo that will also be Flickrized where Flickrization would be good.
That’s not reassuring… I guess we’ll wait-and-see.
This is where weblogging starts to get interesting — when you can make a living doing it, with your readers as your only shareholders…
If the site looks a little goofy right now, (ok, stop laughing if you think it always looks goofy), hit refresh.
I’ve made some changes to the mast/logo, widened the content area to hopefully make the content column more readable, and finally switched everything from a suckahs.org subdomain to the real deal: nedward.org.
I’ve been putting off moving the domain for some time now, but through the miracle of .htaccess files, I’ve hopefully managed to make the move as painless as possible — ned.suckahs.org (and the 500+ archive pages) should still function properly, though I recommend you update your bookmarks!
I just noticed that Boston now has it’s very own bostonist.com… looking forward to checking it out.
Though, I can’t imagine what could be posted about this town that would be worth reading.
Some new Atom & RSS feeds added today…
Also, I added feeds by Category… so, for instance, you could subscribe to just entries that I tag as Boston/Cambridge:
Overall, not bad. However, my beloved method for posting “cropped” Flickr photos to my blog is not valid — placing an anchor tag around some divs disses the rule that says “you can’t put a block-level element inside an inline element”.
But I like it.