August 11, 2011

The Next Step:

Taking steps into the unknown is a little scary, even when it's something as simple as setting up a web log. How soon do you tell folks where to find it? If you want to use it as a tool to market yourself, when do you know that it adequately represents those aspects of yourself that you want to advertise?

While I've been a bit occupied with the ongoing Geek on Three Bucks a Week project on Punch On Australia, setting up the new web log under my new top-level domain name is the main reason why I've been quiet lately. I wanted to keep it under wraps a bit longer but Salidar managed to track it down and leave a comment! If he can find it, it's likely others have too!

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July 23, 2011

New Website On The Way

You may have noticed that has been a bit quiet of late. That's because I'm in the process of moving my stuff over to a new domain powered by WordPress. Don't worry; the awesome Marcus Herstik is still hosting and supporting it.

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September 18, 2007

MT4 and A CSS Nightmare

As I start this post, it’s a quarter to two in the afternoon, and the temperature in our undercover backyard entertainment area is thirty-two degrees. Quite frankly, I see this as the perfect excuse to stay inside and catch up on some posting. Once again I have a list of topics that I want to catch up on in my notebook, with posts for here, the MySpace and even my GameSpot blog.

That’s actually a pretty good place to start. With the recent launch of version 4 of the Movable Type software that powers my blog, I’m starting to think about how I can get what I see as the hub of my online presence to do a bit more than it does right now. Recent changes have included the addition of profile summaries for my Xfire and Xbox Live user-IDs, as well as an iTunes widget that shows off my recently reviewed podcasts.

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May 29, 2007

Wiki Down; Gaming Down

I popped into my Wiki today, fearing that it had become a haven for Wikispam in my absence, only to discover that it seems to have broken down. Every page is giving me an SQL database error message.

I’m not sure if I’ll ask Marcus whether he can fix it up. I think today was the first time in a good couple of months that I’d gone anywhere near it. Also, it’s not really being used as I hoped it would; the various campaigns mooted in the last six months have all tripped at the gate and I lost interest in the last Lexicon game I tried to organise, many moons ago. In that regard, I think I’ll just take it down to make room for more blog posts. (I still have to do some fix-ups on Vickie’s blog…)

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January 26, 2007

Partway Unhacked

At twenty to eleven this morning, I sent an e-mail out to IMAGinewS:

If you try to get to any of the websites at the moment, you'll see a nice little message from a lovely person who decided that he or she had nothing better to do than commit gross site vandalism. It seems this person struck sometime in the last hour or two. Marcus is looking into fixing the problem at the moment; hopefully our sites will be restored to us soon.

Well, Marcus has been hard at work all day (missing out on a friend's barbeque) and as you can see, IMAGinES is back up, shy only a couple of posts! Unfortunately, Midustouch isn't yet, nor is the main website. We're not the customers Marcus has, so he's still hard at work as I type this. If you're anywhere near him, go give him some love and pizza. Tell him Vickie and I sent you.

UPDATE: Actually, IMAGinES isn't shy any posts at all! Marcus said that it was only the index pages that got over-written, and he would've restoed them from an earlier backup, but the Movable Type back-end, where the latest posts were saved, was untouched! Adding this post rebuilt the front pgae, so back the other recent posts came!

November 05, 2006

My LJ Friends Page

So it would seem that I don't need an active LiveJournal to have a Friends page, as long as I have a TypeKey ID. Which is cool, because this right here is my LJ, and having an active Friends page means I can access all the protected LJ posts I otherwise wouldn't see. I mean, there I was thinking Gav couldn't be arsed with his LJ because he seemingly hadn't posted since Stormtrooper Detachment Epsilon stood down (November 28th), but after becoming his LJ Mutual Friend, lo and behold the posts that suddenly revealed themselves!

So, yeah, if anyone else wants to be my LJ friend, just look for "ext-2136" or ""

January 22, 2006

Hey, You Guys Aren't Junk Mail...

Several of you may have noticed that your comments ot the site have sat unapproved for a while. That's because, for some unknown reason, Movable Type 3.2 classified them as junk and didn't let me know you'd submitted them.

I only noticed your comments when I got another honest-to-god junk message waiting for my approval and I decided, rather than just delete it, to mark it junk and see what happened. It was moved to the Junk Messages list, which I finally decided to check - and horror of horrors, as well as around fifteen actual junk comments, I discovered comments from Salidar, Mandi, Gav, Lauren, Cheryl, Marcus and more, some as far back as the days after the upgrade to MT3.2!

So, as you should now be able to see, your comments have been approved and restored. I'm very, very sorry, and I promise to keep a weather eye on the junk bin from now on!

December 16, 2005

Helping Hand

I'm having some trouble at the momkent with getting commenter verification via TypeKey up and running. Not having it won't make any real difference to the blog, but it's one of those things - when everything else works, the one thing that won't really bugs you.

I've received some helpful advice from another Movable Type user - although most of the fixes he's suggested have already been implemented in the latest version of Movable Type, he's helped narrow the problem down.

I've asked Marcus for his opinion. In the meantime, a public thank you very much, Meathe, for your help!

December 14, 2005

Tags for Ten Most Recent Comments (Commenter and Title Only)

UPDATE 11 Jul 2006: I just discovered some better code that actually gives me what I'm after. The code below does not reflect the current setup of my site.

Because I couldn't find it anywhere else, here's the code I put together for the Recent Comments list you now see in the Log column on the left:

<MTEntries recently_commented_on="10">
<MTComments lastn="1">

<li class="module-list-item">
<a href="<$MTEntryPermalink$>#comment-<$MTCommentID$>"><$MTCommentAuthor$></a> on <a href="<$MTEntryPermalink$>"><$MTEntryTitle$></a>


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December 13, 2005

News and Info

Vickie and I were having a chat last night - well, it wasn't a chat, exactly; Vickie was on her soapbox and I was sitting back and listening. The topic was immigration and assimilation, due to the current race tensions and resulting violence in Southern Sydney (EvilHayama's been close to some of it lately).

Vickie pointed out that most of what I was doing was listening and nodding - I wasn't really contributing to the conversation. In fact, I almost always sit back and listen whenever Vickie's on the soapbox. (She really needs a bigger audience, as I've said several times in relation to her using her own web log a bit more often.) I said that I really didn't have anything worth contributing; I tend to avoid keeping up with the news (when I do so, I usually feel like not keeping up with the news afterward) and I don't know enough about history, recent or not-so-recent, to place current events in any sort of context.

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December 04, 2005

Tweakin', Tweakin', Tweakin'...

Well, I'm slowly but surely getting this web log looking more the way I want it to look. I still have a fair bit to go:

  • I want to widen the main page so that the post text doesn't look so crammed in.
  • I want to sort out the headers of the Archives and Individual Pages so that the IMAGinES graphic appears everywhere, as well as make sure the heading lines up properly (which it doesn't right now).

But by and large, I like what I have so far! It's still a bit on the generic side, but I'm pretty happy regardless!

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December 03, 2005

A Wide Variety of Options

So far, I must say that I'm highly, highly impressed with Movable Type 3.2. It's leaps and bounds ahead of MT2.661 in terms of basic functions, and it gives a lot more control over what content goes on the website. Finally! A complete, searchable list of comments! Bloody marvellous!

I'm currently uploading the files to Vickie's installation. I think she will be very pleased with it.

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Upgrade Complete!

Well, aside from a few easily-corrected snags, upgrading to MT3.2 went very smoothly. Unfortunatley the new look is nowhere near as complete as I'd like, so for the time being I'm going with MT3.2's default templates.

But I have TrackBacks again! Ain't that great? :-D

September 27, 2005

Okay, Who Else Has One?

I only just discovered today that Gav has his own website. He didn't tell me this, of course; I discovered it through his comments on someone else's LiveJournal. I have now linked to it.

So: How many more of you slack buggers out there have a website, LiveJournal or whatever that you didn't bother to tell me about? Come on, own up!

June 18, 2005

Wikis and Folder Permissions

On the general topic of wikis in today's news post, we had some trouble with mine not long after I got the Media Wiki application set up and running. The files and folders from some of the previous attempts were still present, and a lot of the folders were refusing to be deleted. Apparently, this was due to some of the rights Marcus had to give the folders while he was figuring out how to make the various applications I threw at him work, so when I pointed the problem out, he went through and changed the folder permissions so I could scrub them.

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May 05, 2005

Wiki on the Way

Well, after the semi-success of the Lexicon game I ran on my Wiki before the server move, I've had some players badgering me (you know who you are) on a regular basis for another game. In turn, I've been badgering Marcus to re-establish the Wiki software on the server.

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March 28, 2005

Man At Work, Pt. 1

Just to prove to you that I am actually doing more than just talking about a redevelopment, here's a quick snapshot of what I've done so far.

Of course, I've not been slacking off in the meantime. Oh, no. Don't let those hours logged on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War fool you either. I've been out in the garden cutting down trees (well, long grass) and clearing away thorn-bushes (all right, branches) too. So there.

March 25, 2005

Planning a Facelift

The fact that the current IMAGinES website design doesn't look as good in Firefox/Netscape as it does in Internet Explorer has been bugging me recently. I found (well, made, mainly by ignoring chores) myself some time over the past couple of days to do a bit of investigation and a bit of fiddling with HTML, and I'm starting to come up with a design that I like.

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February 20, 2005

Moving In: TrackBack Spam

Since we got our PCs up and running after moving in, Ive been clearing out heaps of TrackBack pings from Vickies website. Theyve all been spam of the usual kind, whether help with poker or supposed help to poke her, if you get my drift. I had the feeling a few months ago that sooner or later the comment-spammers would get around to hitting trackbacks; Im just sorry they did so while we were away from our PCs for a while.

Im lucky that TrackBacks arent working on my site for the moment. I think I managed to stuff up my sites TrackBack PERL script, and Im thinking of upgrading to Movable Type 3 as a possible fix; Id prefer my site was working 100%, even if I closed some of its features off.

What it's meant for Vickie, though, is that I've disabled TrackBack pings for all of her posts, and switched off TrackBack ping availability on new posts. I don't think she's ever had a legitimate ping from anyone bar myself, but it's disappointing.

September 05, 2004

The Rebuilding Process

Well, all of our previous web logs are now back up and in something resembling operating order again. I've brought across all of Vickie's old content and made it available, and am working on mine now.

There's still a bit of work to be done, though. Quite a bit, in fact. Getting the category and monthly archive pages looking the way they were is turning out to be a pain. I'll have to go over the HTML structure of my backed-up archives to figure out how I set it up previously.

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August 23, 2004

Slowly Rebuilding

After encountering some issues with Movable Type 3.01, I decided to shift back to Movable Type 2.661; I'm a little more comfy with it and I know it works. The good bit is, I've discovered that Marcus' new server is lightning-quick when it comes to rebuilding the website (and doing any standard functions, for that matter).

The bad news is that the file-copy I made doesn't work; you can't copy an old installation of MT over a fresh one, even if the two are of the same version. So, I've asked (read: begged) Marcus to make the old server available on the web, so I can get my old MT installation to export all my old entries up to before the migration (the most recent export I have is from January). With any luck, both Vickie's and my web logs should be back in full operating order by next weekend.

August 22, 2004

Testing 1-2-3

Hi, everyone. If you've browsed along to the site within the past hour, you'll notice that the web log is back up and running. You've probably also noticed that it's still missing all the old posts. Marcus and I are working on fixing that at the moment, but as it involves trying to run the old MT application on his old server, it's going to take some time.

In the meantime, I'm going to be working on properly restoring the layouts for the Midustouch websites and the Corsairs web log. I've also asked Doc of Doc's Blog to show me how he got the combined TrackBack and commenting layout working, so you may see some changes on that front as well.

July 23, 2004 is Moving!

Well, talk about best-shoring in reverse - my web-admin Marcus is shifting his hosting operation from his personal server to a fully-supported unit in the States! He's planning to get started tomorrow, so this evening I'm helping out by doing a backup run off all the stuff in my folders, including the Wiki and Vickie's site. So, once this is updated, that's it for the next day or two!

June 14, 2004

New Category & Archives Up To Date

Well, it's finally out of the way. I've brought the rest of the news postings from the old BigPond website over to Movable Type. This should make them easier to referr to, not to mention allowing searching (which can come in handy for me).

I've also set a new category up, Events & Get-Togethers. It's where I'll put notices of upcoming parties, social occasions and the like, as well as run-downs on any we attend.

June 06, 2004

Closing Down Comment Spam and MT3.0

Yesterday and today, I've been adding the news history from the old IMAGinES website files to this web log. As of this writing, I've done as far back as May 2002, which means I have about seven months to go. It's been good catching up on what's been happening over the past couple of years. What I've done while putting those comments up, though, is switching the Comments option for each post to "None". This way, I won't have comment-spam on all the older posts that no-one's likely to comment on anyway; I've noticed that most posts older than a few months don't get any new "real" comments.

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April 24, 2004

Counting the Posts

If there's one thing I like about Movable Type, it's how easy it is for me to cuustomise broad swathes of my site by just modifying two or three bits of code. For instance, you may have noticed how the links on the main page to the various Category pages have suddenly got entry counts by them - or, just today, how both the Monthly and Category archive pages now have entry counts above the list of entries on the right hand side. This is all thanks to the MTArchiveCount tag and its many uses.

I'm also going back and slowly adding in my 2002 news posts from the old IMAGinES website. I covered December and November today, and will slowly add another month or two until I finish with October 2001 (when the re-vamped IMAGinES site went live on my BigPond webspace).

April 23, 2004


Some more changes to the archives today. I got to not liking how my notes on PCs and computer/video games were lumped in with the RPG notes, so I decided to separate the RPG stuff back into its own category, and rather than just dump the computer-related stuff into Breaking News again, I created a new category, Computers & Games, which has everything form my Xbox adventures to my upgrade agonies. I think it works a little better.

April 16, 2004

Shrinking the Archives

Two more tweaks to the site today. As some of the Category archives - Breaking News especially - have got pretty large through showing complete posts, I've changed the code so that it shows a forty-word excerpt only. This should make the pages load more quickly.

I've also modified the calendar in the Monthly archives so that when you click on a day that has entries, it'll take you to that day on the archive page rather than to the last entry's individual page. I'm thinking about changing the Monthly archives so that they only show excerpts as well - for consistency's sake if none other - but they do look fine the way they are, as there are usually only moderate postings in a month.

April 15, 2004

Major Site Reorganisation

Well, I finally did it; in one sitting, I've re-worked both my web log and the static site. The larger articles, including all the short stories and most of the RPG stuff, have gone back over to the static pages - which have been re-named from Side-Projects to Showcase - and I've re-jigged the web log categories so they make more sense when applied to the journal-type entries rather than the full articles. Breaking News, formerly News & Musings, still takes the lion's share of the posts with just over a hundred and twenty by itself. The category page needs around thirty seconds to fully load!

I'm a little more comfy with how things are right now.

In related news, I'm trying to set up a wiki on the webspace for the Lexicon idea I mentioned in the previous posting, but am having some trouble getting it to work properly. I've e-mailed Marcus about it, and hopefully he can figure out what's not working and why without too much trouble.

I wonder whether he's getting annoyed with my loading all these weird little apps up to the server...

April 04, 2004

Yet Another Redevelopment Binge

We picked Brook up from the Central coach terminus yesterday; the bus was running late, so we nipped off for a coffee and some food, and when we got back, Brook had arrived and had been waiting for five minutes!

We were planning to take her into the city today, but the rain that moved in on us overnight pretty much put paid to that. It�s also largely scotched our plan to go into the Show tomorrow (although I hold out hope that it�ll somehow fine up, the weather forecast says showers), so instead I�ll be going into work; I�ll see if I can get that day of annual leave moved to Friday the 16th. At least I�ll be paid by then, so we can have a good day out with Brook.

I�ve been thinking of re-jigging the site again. If there�s one thing that bothers me, it�s that the News & Musings section is huge � the category page takes full minutes to load � while everything else seems minimal. That's been bothering me for a while. The Editorials, FAQ, Reviews and About IMAGinES sections would still work as part ofthe blog, but I�m getting the feeling that the Short Stories and the full article content of the RPG Stuff section should really be shifted back to my BigPond webspace. They just don�t get updated that often to warrant them being part of the blog, and when they are updated, it�s with developed material that takes longer to write than the average blog post.

Once that�s done, I can split the News & Musings section out into more valid blogging categories: RPG Stuff could be the container for the RPG news/linkage posts and meanderings on our current campaigns that I put up; News and Musings could be broken into two separate categories, keeping News for the day-to-day updates on what�s happened and what�s going to happen and using Musings for the small ruminations that aren�t big or developed enough to be full-fledged Editorials; and I coudl even add a category for posts like this, containing thoughts on the blog itself and various plans to redevelop it.

The good bit is, I have fairly recent versions of the old IMAGinES site with most of the older content on backup discs; restoring them and adding the newer items, like those optional rules I did for Dan Bayn�s Wushu Guide to The Matrix, shouldn�t take much time.

April 01, 2004

Isn't It Always The Way?

Here I was, planning to put an April Fool's gag up on the IMAGinES site, only to discover that Marcus' server was down. I e-mailed Marcus, but in the hope of getting the site back up so I could post something before the traditional midday deadline for pranks I tried to call him also. Unfortunately, his mobile was off and no one answered his home phone. (Sheesh, Marcus, what sort of personal secretary is Nell if she doesn't keep regular office hours?) And wouldn't you know it: when I checked at quarter past twelve, the site's back up.

Oh, well. There's always next year.

Speaking of the site, I've been doing a little looking around at solutions to the comment-spam problem Vickie and I have been having lately. I must confess, I've not been looking too hard, as Six Apart are working on options for Movable Type Version 3.0 (no mention of a final release date, but they're about to release a beta test version) and I'd prefer nto to put a third-part applet in that ends up conflicting with the new version.

Six Apart's main thrust is TypeKey, a universal blog-comment sign-in hosted on one of their servers. It reads interestingly, and I reckon I'll include support when it rolls out, but I'd also like legitimate commenters to be able to add their thoughts without having to go to another site and step through the "your user-ID is already taken, please enter a different one or select one of the options below" process we're all familiar with whenever we go somewhere new that has cool stuff on the other side of a login text box. You know what a pain in the clacker that can be, right?

(An aside: Someone once told me that, to some, "clacker" meant a woman's front-bottom rather than the meaning I thought it had, i.e. the gender-neutral rear-bottom. So ladies, please don't be offended - well, no more than you would if I were making a colloquial reference to the anus. Which I was.)

This merits some serious study (anti-comment-spam devices, not anuses), but I have a lot of rented DVDs to watch before they go back on Saturday, and Brook's going to keep us both hopping for the next couple of weeks (oh, yeah, and the guys are going to be charging over for Star Wars Episode II - ahem, I mean Sesssion 2, tomorrow night), so you can expect an update on this hot issue sometime near the end of the month - and a bit more comment-spam in the meantime.

January 21, 2004

IMAGinES Side-Projects is Up!

When I started running the IMAGinES website from Marcus' server as a Movable Type blog, I promised myself I'd get some of my prior efforts off their GeoCities web spaces and back onto my own personal account. After some frantic FTPing and fiddling with HTML this evening, I can now say I'm a good way toward accomplishing that goal.

The Old IMAGinES Website has now become IMAGinES Side-Projects. It contains my larger RPG and story-writing efforts.

  • The Bubblegum Crisis RPG Super Site is largely complete, although thanks to some missing images, I may need to do some redesign work on it.
  • The Aliens Cyberpunk 2020 Conversion needs the most work; I'll probably be stripping it of images before I respost the information pages. I'd also like to edit the Materiel section down further.
  • And,of course, Slamdance and After... are still present, albeit unchanged. I'd like to make some vague comment about working on those, except I've done that before and naught has come of it. Still, the intent is there, and I know there's still a demand for more Slamdance.

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November 23, 2003

Comment-Spam Deleted

It looks as though this site’s been hit by a comment-spammer. Someone going by the name of “job” put a semi-sensical comment in my Labour Day 2003 posting, and when I did a net-search, it looks like he/she’s been putting the same comment in other blogs and message boards.

I know this may be giving him/her the attention he/she wants, but I intend to delete the comment, and I wanted to let you know in case some/all of you had seen it there.

November 22, 2003

Minor Tweaks

The sharp-eyed among you will no doubt have noticed a little renovation on the main page. I've put the sign-up box for the IMAGinewS group back in, and as a result I've shifted the entire side-bar around so that it looks a little better.

November 02, 2003

Site History

IMAGinES kicked off during 1997, when I wanted to build my own website. It started off with material for roleplaying games; rules, characters and the like. It changed, grew and mutated over the proceeding four years; I experimented with frames, fiddled with FrontPage and dabbled with design. Eventually, however, IMAGinES began to stagnate. I wasn't investing any time in keeping it up to date or organised. New sections were added almost as afterthoughts, and as for planning, well...

In mid-2001, I began to seriously consider revamping the site. I didn't like its layout, it didn't do what I wanted it to well, and it probably wasn't the easiest to navigate either. (I'm biased, I designed the thing.) I also wanted to put new material on the site; I wanted to challenge myself by making a serious commitment to practising writing and adding new material.

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October 20, 2003

No Luck With Telstra

I knew there was something else I wanted to post this morning. I finally managed to get onto Telstra yesterday. It turns out they've been aware of the FTP access problem sice the tenth. It's not just hitting me, they're working on it and they didn't provide an ETA (admittedly, I didn't ask for one).

I just tried the URL for the old website; it's down again.

Once again, Marcus, thank you for the webspace, you're a deadset legend.

October 15, 2003

Grumble Mumble...

You know, after all that hard work I went to last night, not one other person has signed Vickie's guest book. All of her poetry board friends were complaining that her site didn't have a guest book, and they wanted to leave their opinions in one, and in the twenty hours between now and when I set it up not bloody one of 'em has been back to do any posting.

That's gratitude for you.

October 14, 2003

Sixteen Tons...

Well, since I got home this evening, it's been non-stop web development. It seems versions of Internet Explorer earlier than 6.0 aren't laying Vickie's pages out properly, which is a bit of a bugger when you consider the probable volume of non-WinXP users out there. I've been tweaking code and trying different things with the aim of eliminating the problem. The last few tests didn't work, but with any luck, the latest change I made may have fixed things up. My fingers are crossed.

I've also implemented a Guestbook for Vickie. It's up and running right now, so if you've been to Vickie's website, please drop by and leave words of encouragement - and if you've not yet been, what are you waiting for?

So after all that scrabbling around, I think I'll leave off adding any old content to either of the websites this evening. I was also going to harp on about a few other things, but they can wait until tomorrow as well. My back is sore from all the typing and gazing at screens that I've been doing, and I haven't even eaten dinner yet (not that I'm really hungry).

October 13, 2003

Well, I Think I Have It Sorted.

I've just spent most of the evening touching up ye newe site a bit. I've added in monthly archive listings on the major pages and spruced up the Category list (speaking of which, I pared the Descriptions for the Categories and the Site down to a single line, as more than one line always got displayed awfully). The biggest change has been the addition of the revised IMAGinES logo, re-colourised to fit with the Gettysburg scheme. Thanks go out to Peg for coming up with the original!

You know, I had all these grand plans on how the site was going to look and work, but with only a few compromises, I think I have something that looks very snazzy with half the effort.

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The Things I Do For Love...

... like spending most of yesterday sitting in front of my PC, hard at work on Vickie's website. I resized pictures, experimented with alignments, split individual posts into multiple ones modified HTML and added over thirty poems. There's still more to be done: the layout of the Category pages needs ot be modified, a Guestbook to be set up (that's going to be interesting work), and fifty-four more poems yet to be posted.

All that, and I was still providing cups of coffee on request. God, I must be a good husband or something...

The upside is, I have been getting some wonderful schmoozing from Vickie. In fact, she just told me this morning that I'm brilliant! How's that, eh? :-D

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October 11, 2003

I'm Such An Attention-Slut...

After getting Movable Type working, I decided to donate some money to the MT designers. It's a great product, and worth every dollar. My motives aren't exactly altruistic, though - if you donate US$20 or more, puts you on their "Recently Updated" list whenever you update your blog. My name in lights, and, with any luck, an increased readership!

Vickie's Up And Running!

Hi everybody! I just thought I'd let you know that Vickie's new website, The Midustouch, is up and running! Vickie's put up her first news post, and has also included some photos of her jewellery. Please nip over and take a look!

I'm still planning the design for both of our sites. Movable Type is versatile, but getting it to do more than the default means learning its marker tags and figuring out how they're used. So, getting a pair of full-featured sites that work the way we want them to is going to take a while. Still, when you go to and take a look at some of their featured sites, you can see how all that work can pay off. A lot of the layouts and functions these people have designed into their sites are just fantastic. One great example is The Girlie Matters. This creative person has not only a fully-featured website, but also a personal blog and a Tips & Tricks blog for Movable Type, SQL, PHP and all the other fun yet complex ingredients of her site.

Oh, and she's a redhead too.

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October 10, 2003

Echoes of the Blue and Grey

If you've been trying to browse this site over the past ten minutes or so, you've probably been witness to some awkward changes in style and layout. I was making some experimental attempts to get the site looking a little snazzier. They failed. Rather miserably.

So, wanting my site to look snazzier than the defult without having to do too much work this very minute, I went to the Movable Type web site to choose one of their sample styles. As it 's an approximate match the blue/grey colour scheme of the old site, and because we watched the four-plus-hour epic recently, I downloaded the style called "Gettysburg".

I'm still going to tweak the style and page tempaltes of this site in the near future; I have a good idea how I want it to look. The trick is figuring out how to program that look in HTML/CSS.

This Old House...

So, now that is up and running, what happens to the old site on my Telstra personal web space?

For the time being, I'll probably put a single news-post up directing people to the new site, but until I can get all the old material migrated over, the site will stay as-is.

Once the migration is done, though, I'll have ten megabytes of web space sitting idle. That seems a bit of a waste to me.

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October 09, 2003

Testing 1-2-3

After some misadventures, it looks like the new IMAGinES site is finally getting off the ground! Most of the troubleshooting has revolved around the back-end, so I'm still saddled with the default layout for the time being. Still, I'm planning to change that very soon. Anyway, please keep an eye on this site as I slowly get it looking more like how I want it and add in new news, editorials and other writings. I'm also going to get as much content from the old site as I can brought across. A quick shout-out to Marcus, who just spent an hour and a quarter with his phone handset between ear and shoulder, talking with me as he worked dilligently to get the site back up and running! Marcus, U d4 B0mb!

October 05, 2003

Out with the Old...

This news post is simply a bookmark for archival purposes. Every post prior to this one has been taken from the old IMAGinES site. The post titles are all new, and I may add some editorial comments where I feel they're warranted, but I'm leaving the content as it was.

July 31, 2003

Telstra Vs. iiNet and Poet of the Week

Before I write anything else this evening, I'd like to start by apologising to Gav. In yesterday's post, I took a jesting swipe at Gav and Boots ("ingrates" was the term I used) for having double-booked the Saturday evening in question; I had forgotten that just the night before, Gav had had a death in the family. Gav, I'm sorry. Next time, I'll try and think before I write.

The Telstra vs. iiNet battle still continues, and it looks like iiNet may winn my dollar. While it may cost $300-450 to shift over to iiNet (mainly in the cost of a new ADSL modem), the fact that, for less than the base monthly rate of my current 3GB cable connection, I can get a superior download limit, equivalent bandwidth and a larger web-space that meets Movable Type's requirements (as confirmed by iiNet's helpful tech support team, unlike Telstra's, who direct me back to their BigPond Hosting page that woefully neglects to provide more than a brief, incomplete features list) is making me seriously reconsider paying Telstra anything more.

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July 26, 2003

Social Butterflies and Enter the Movable Type

Good afternoon, everyone! I've been meaning to post for a few days, but haven't got round to it. First thing I want to let everyone know is not to be surprised if we're not too active over the next couple of months. Once again, our finances are getting stretched (the going-out budget has pretty much been eliminated between the outings for Boots and Rog), and it's going to be one of those triple-rent months between my August and September pay days. So no more movies or dinners for a little while.

Not much to report from the past few days; work's been pretty much occupying most of our time. We had a very nice evening out on Thursday night, out with Rog, Linda, Gav, Mandi and Mandi's mate Kieran (I hope I have that right) at the Soup. It was the first time Vickie and I had been back since it opened. They've given it a new lick of paint and have started framing all those wonderful photos of jazz muse-os (most were at the framer's when we were there), but it's still the same old Soup. Vickie and I stuck it out until about eleven, when we finally tore ourselves away; I decided to go into work an hour late yesterday morning, and worked back an hour.

Been reading a lot of Wil Wheaton's web logs lately. I like the way he writes very much, serious but light and tongue in cheek. I've never lost that sense of - well, novelty, I suppose, for want of a better word - that I had when I found out that this guy is a total and thorough geek. He really is. He thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with Steve Jackson - "got to spend quality time with" him, in Wil's own words - at a recent comic con. I mean, is that a geek or what? If I ever meet Steve, I'm going to ask him what it's like to hang out with an honest to goodness science fiction star.

And if I ever meet Wil, I'm going to ask him what it's like hanging out with Steve honest to goodness Jackson.

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November 24, 2001

Live on Telstra

The News of the Day today is that the new IMAGinES site has gone live! There are still a few sawdust-riddled areas, and there's still definitely some content to come. Keep checking back, and if you're part of the IMAGinewS group, I'll keep you posted. I'll be using this News section to keep you updated on IMAGinES-related events and other goings-on.