Category Archives: internet

HabitRPG and IFTTT

So, I’m automating again.  My husband says it’s kindnof “self surveiling” but he stole it from S.H.I.E.L.D.

Little reminders and automated news delivery make me mentally and emotionally more accoutable. That could be real help forming and reforming good habits.  Since I went back to full time work, it’s been much harder to make time for me and what I do. Of course, it was hard in the first place… but I believe the gamification and automation crazes and the need to focus my time will work out in the long run.

Working Over the Company Website

One of the tasks I was lucky enough to get offered was to go over the compamy website and try to find more ways to make it work and be the place to go for  metal work and fabrication. We aren’t yet ready for online ordering, but that’s because of the simple fact that labor is a big factor. What I was able to implement was a preliminary estimate based on materials alone and automate emails with their attachments and requests in it.

I’m sure there are a lot of canned methods, but I had time and I like to largely build my own bits where I can.  In the end, I used a canned method for handling email attachments and for one of the text hiding effects, although I restyled it and merged it with the grid system I designed with.

I really quite like the grids.  It took me a while to adjust to the idea of using the extra files,  but it was easy to ignore and just used the functionality provided.  I like the ease it gave me in modular design.

I used the Simple Grid responsive grid.  There are some things I found less than ideal in the transformation to mobile formats, but I have yet to think of a better way to do it.  For the estimate page’s purposes, I would have liked it if the grid blocks didn’t jump down on mobile devices, but I think some work can fix this– at least for the one instance.

For the hide-show methods, I started with the Show/Hide Content from DHTML Goodies.  It’s more obviously meant to code for q&a sections, but it “connects” a visible and conditionally visible div and that was my initial goal. I wanted to keep things compact and simple for people using the form.

I tried to go simple with the menu, but ended up using java script for the screen sensitive menu. I borrowed a snippet..

I also used available customizations for the slideshows, and learned quite a lot in the process.

My goal was a sort of flat design, but I didn’t have a lot of embellishment leeway.

Primarily, my boss wanted an email form that could also take attachments, I found one that handled them without uploads, before I knew what kind of server space he was using, and I might change now, because the current set up seems not to like very big attachments.

In another entry, I’ll cover some of the ways and work arounds I got into making it all go just right and transition to mobile devices.

New Idea. I’m Excited!

My BFF (can adults type that? I’m typing that.) had a GREAT IDEA, and we’re running with it.  We’ve been wanting to work on some fiction or a podcast together for a while (I have, and when I say we then I feel less alone), and this one will be it.  Decided.  I need to get a site together for it!  It’s so exciting!


Got that out of my system.

We’ve been talking for a long time about getting serious and buckling down and really putting out something that can exhibit all our talents and give our random working together a goal other than just amusing ourselves (which is usually it). We hope to go into hard edits and production in January.  Means I’ll probably have to buy a better headset and mic setup.

So, we’re still playing with format and doing rough drafts. The plan is to go into production after New Year’s and start posting when we’ve got enough that we won’t immediately get behind if something comes up. Stay tuned for more info as it comes.

The Pixar Theory | Jon Negroni

The Pixar Theory | Jon Negroni.

I think I’m in love– with a theory.

Of course, I’ve always enjoyed the “Brutal post-apocalyptic” Cars theories that float around, but this unified theory of Pixar is hilarious and oddly compelling.

Sure, holes abound, and there is a solid argument for extra-dimensionality for the Monsters, as opposed to a straight-forward time-line where the SuperAnimals and machines become the Monsters that need humans in a Matrix-y kind of way, but it fits.  I want it to fit and be true way more than I ever wanted the Durden-Theory of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to be a real thing.

On the other hand, isn’t Ice Age Pixar, too?  I suppose that would fit in if you worked things around a little and had OldBoo wind up there a while, or said that the animals always had that potential… maybe?

I need to watch Bravenow, and I didn’t feel that before.

Really Lame Link List Post (Podcasts)

I listen to way too many podcasts, I should probably listen to fewer.

In an effort to organize this and point out how ridiculously many I subscribe to… the list of what I’ve been listening too (with links!):

[To be continued]

Style Sheet Adventures

Style-sheet-ified the site I’ve been working on. I can’t believe how ugly the code was before, and I’ve been looking at it for weeks. I think the client isn’t keen on the colors I picked, but that’s no big… I mean it’s a big, but it’s a big that’s a quick fix.

Other than that– I’ve been playing with color way too much, but not settling on any one thing. My mind is FRIED. We’re finally moving and the resulting flurry of activity is burning me right out for the moment.

Another Update Post

Still writing, or at least pre-writing.

I’m also doing major re-designs/designs on some old banners and sites and a site to sell/distribute templates, etc. At the very least I’m having fun playing with colors and graphics. is a great inspiration and help there. I love the ‘random pallette’ link. Left to my own devices I stick close to blues and pastel rainbows. Going with the random breaks me out of my comfort zone.

At least 75% done with the granny square afgan. I’ll post a pic of the completed project.

I Did So MUCH Nothing, Though!

Okay, I’ve been sort of procrastinating like crazy as much as anything, but it was sort of projecty and crafty. I made a bunch of new images for a design for my personal blog. I scrapped most of them in the end, but they’re still worth having around. I did the redesign. I said ‘the hell with it’ and just put out a podcast. I worked (for some money) on getting things straightened out for someone else’s site…. and I revisited my 43 things, finished filling out my Yahoo 360, and Myspace (at the request of my cousin).

I did this while also running all the ‘keep life going’ errands that cropped up this week and trying to work in some editing and of course, more work on that afgan and major decluttering… I have SPRING FREAKIN’ FEVER!

In technical news… I did finally get my video camera out and test my theory. The memory stick lets me make videos I can burn to DVD, unlike the teeny tapes. I am a happy, happy camper.