So I’ve not written anything for a while. I’d say I haven’t had anything to write about, but that’d only be half true. It started out that way, but then something happened, and rather than write about it, lazyness took over. So I’m forcing myself to write this now. So, things that happened in the last week…
Well five days ago my dad wrote off his car, as he put it in an email, “Sadly the Omega is no more as I managed to plant it in a field last week and needed a crane to get it out. It was a Dukes of Hazard style jump through a hedge…”
So naturally I replied with, “How did you manage to write-off a car by putting it in a field? Surely you could just scrape the mud off and it’d be OK again.”
And the explanation went thusly, “The mud in the field wasn’t the problem — it was the fence and hedge that it went through to get there that was the problem. The nearside and some of the front was all crumpled.”
Unfortunately there are no pictures of this, which is a great shame because I am fascinated with destruction. I’m hoping that there are some pictures of it on the back of a truck or in a garage at least.
“What else has happened?” I hear you cry, naturally I don’t answer, your cries of anguish amuse me.
Pfft, fine, whatever, well this morning I’ve been installing some plugins for WordPress. It’s pretty cool how there’s oodles of addon’s that I can use that are almost plug and play, the upside of using a widely available blog code as opposed to writing one myself I guess. The plugins I’ve installed are as follows:
- Elegant Category (In)Visibility
- Get Recent Comments
- Tiger Style Administration
Basically I just looked at the list of plugins that Dan had installed, then found some more all on my very own. Unfortunately they didn’t all work perfectly (and two still don’t). The “Get Recent Comments”, “Tiger Style Administration” and “WP-ContactForm” all went very smoothly indeed and all worked straight away, however for some reason the “Elegant Category (In)Visibility” plugin prevents any of the pages I’ve written using the wordpress admin panel from displaying. I think it’s because all pages are plonked in “Uncategorized” (which is spelt wrong incidentally) and even though I told it to display all categories, it seems to ignore that instruction, so I’ve currently got that plugin disabled.
The Gravatars plugin requires the users email address to be passed to a function which it generates an MD5 hash of, then requests an image of the Gravatar site and passes the MD5 string in the URL, then if you’ve signed up to the gravatar site and have an image, it will be returned and displayed next to any comments you leave. Unfortunately I don’t actually know the variable name that contains the email address for a user comment and I can’t be bothered to find it right now. So that’s a job for another time. Maybe I’ll ask Dan, he seems to have it all set up on his site.
I should also point out that I don’t actually like the tiger style administration (which is a skin for the admin panel by the way), but it’s FAR better than the default admin panel skin.
I’ve also added a couple more links in the sidebar, one to an about page and another to a contact form. The about page is just the short intro that used to be at the top of the side-bar, however I decided to put it on it’s own page because it looked a bit silly with just the contact link in a section by itself.
And finally, yes I am fully aware that Stagnatation isn’t a word, however there’s a cool (93min long) video that you should all check out, it’s a video of Richard “Lowtax” Kyanka speaking to a very large audience indeed about his site (www.somethingawful.com in case you didn’t know). It’s quite funny and very informative, well worth the download and time to watch. Here’s a description of the talk.