I finally couldn’t take it any longer. As the old design had aged, I had liked it less and less. I spruced it up a while ago with a brighter color scheme and a little layout rejiggering but it still wasn’t perfect. Lately the lack of a responsive design has been nagging at me. I felt I really needed something that would work on mobile devices but I haven’t had the time to either modify the design I had or create a new one from scratch.
So here we have a (slightly) modified version of WordPress’ 2012 theme as a child theme. I really like the clean look and beautiful typography of 2012, while the new customizer helps keep it from looking exactly like every other WordPress blog.
I’m still not completely happy, (really hate how post images look at larger screen sizes) but it’s as good as it’s going to get until I have time to do something really custom. So now I’m having too much fun playing with Google web fonts for the header and color schemes in the customizer.
I’ve updated my list of Open Source Software for libraries, updating links and cleaning out dead projects.
I’ve put up a long over-due redesign. I like the simpler look. The most interesting thing is that it’s coded with HTML5 based on the free WordPress theme.
HTML5 is the next version of the hypertext markup language (HTML). HTML5 brings a lot of useful changes to website coding, including more meaningful markup. For instance a website header would be denoted as a “Header,” which would be easier for both humans and machines to understand and make changing formats (say pulling the information off a website and compiling it in a database) easier.
Another interesting part of this design is that it mostly uses advanced CSS selectors. There are 3 classes and 3 ids in the whole site. It makes and interesting change and may make updating much easier.
This site works in all modern browsers, unfortunately IE6 isn’t one of them (mostly because of the CSS). I know a lot of libraries were stuck with using IE6 because of their IT departments a couple of years ago. Hopefully they’ve been able to move on since then but if yours hasn’t this is what it’s supposed to look like.
I thought I owed you guys an explanation for why I haven’t been really posting lately. Life hates me.
First I got a roomate. Then the new apartment manager gives me a hard time because she has 3 cats even though the old apartment manager okayed it.
Then I found out that my mom has cancer. She has maybe a year and I’m too far away to see her often.
So we found a new apartment and we’re moving this weekend. Or rather I am because my roomate has to work 6:30am to 7:30pm Friday through Sunday (she’s a nurse).
I got in my car this morning to come to work and it wouldn’t start. I’m pretty sure the battery will have to be replaced, but there may be an alternator problem too.
Online stuff just doesn’t seem that important these days.
Nothing lasts forever, particularly my site designs.
If you’re using a feed reader, you might want click through to see the new look. As always, I would love feedback.
I’m moving next week and I don’t know when I’ll get back online so I’ll see you soon.
I’m back at work full time and I’ve finally managed to get caught up with work. I’ve reopened comments and hopefully I’ll get something interesting in here soon.
I’m having eye surgery tommorow for a detached retina. I have no idea when I’ll be on the Internet again so I’m closing comments again until I get back.
I received not one but two interesting emails recently in response to posts I’ve written. I’m taking it as a sign that I’m growing as a blogger to the point where readers may actually want to talk back to me. So I’m opening comments here. We’ll see how it goes.