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Monday, January 29, 2007

Site news

So, um, yeah, about the site

Wow, that sure was a big lapse. No posts at all in either October or November. Looking at the archives, I notice that I took the same months off in 2005 and took November off in 2003. So you know what? From now on, danesch.com is taking November and December off. Unless it isn’t. You can never tell, really.

Anyway, now that I’m done being photo editor for the Spartan Daily, I’m back among the living, academically speaking. I’m taking a full load of courses, and two of them (so far) require me to keep regular journals. One is daily and must include a photo of me; the other is weekly and may end up having to be in blog form anyway. It only makes sense, then, to do both of them right here.

The first is Photo 120, Image and Idea, for which I must snap a self-portrait every day. Second is Journalism 145, which calls for a weekly “visual journal”but it’s not really supposed to have pictures. Initially, I tried to have these under their own invisible categories, which would make the journals available to anyone requesting them, but not show them to casual visitors. I haven’t been able to work that out yet, but I might still try.



Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Site news

Foist of March

I can’t believe how March always sneaks up on me. Seems like there should be a couple more days of February, but since it is usually the worst month of all, I am happy to see it go.

Unpleasant though it might often be, this February was a banner friggin month here at danesch.com. The number of posts for the month set a new record, and traffic was through the roof. (I want to encourage everyone to leave a comment by clicking on a photo, and let me know who the hell you all are.)

One bit of bad news: The eminently cool Alma Bowl sign, which I photographed last April, came down last week along with the Alma Bowl itself. In my dreams, the sign has been spirited away to be refurbished and put back in place next to whatever monstrosity gets built there. As if.

When you’re done drying your tears, why not make yourself feel better with a quality print, suitable for framing?


Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Site news

A good streak ruined

To what’s left of my loyal readers:

I had a good thing going here — a year and a half of pretty solid posting, anyway, and pretty good traffic at one point. Even some good comments and e-mails from strangers, which helped fuel the whole thing.

I also had big plans: A shift of all the photo-hosting headaches to someone else. Higher-quality versions of old galleries. Better scaling and color for your display. A few prints for sale here and there.

But then the last few months happened, and well …. What’s important here isn’t the last few months, but the months to come. After registering for a full load of classes that didn’t include the student newspaper, I’m as surprised as anyone to find myself on the staff of the Spartan Daily. That means lots more photographs to come, mainly of a kind I’m utterly inexperienced with … like, say, water polo. (It’s a far cry from Monterey at sunset.)

As I get back to working on the site regularly, I hope to implement more of those changes I had in mind. One improvement has been forced upon me by unscrupulous casino comment spammers, and it starts right now: Comments can no longer be made on this page, and instead can be left at photos.danesch.com, which you can get to by clicking on any new photo. (The older stuff will take some time in transition.)

The bottom line is this: Stick around, it’s only going to get better.


Friday, July 8, 2005

Site news

Updates in progress

To be sure, I’m not the only one who hasn’t been cranking out the blog entries lately, but I still feel the need to explain myself a little. I’m still trying to organize my life a little better and generally get my shit together, and that’s been a daunting project. (On the plus side, I’ve uncovered some interesting artifacts, as you’ll see in today’s other post). On top of that, I’m in the process of totally redoing the photo section of this site. The first phase of that project, removing lots of old snapshots, has already happened, and I’m trying to roll out phase two by Monday. Stay tuned.


Saturday, June 4, 2005

Site news

Flood of “danesch.com” spam

Last night, some asshat sent out several hundred (at least) pieces of spam that appear to have originated at danesch.com. They did not. The return address was spoofed. I had nothing to do with it, and I can’t do much to stop it. If you’re here trying to figure out why I’m spamming you, all I can offer is an apology and an assurance that it’s not me. I don’t know "Lucie Mclaughlin," I’m not in the Viagra business, and I hate this even more than you do.


Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Site news

Record collection + computer = geekitude

Maybe I’m a little too jazzed about this, but it’s my first Applescript project, and I think it’s pretty cool. The script checks in with iTunes every few minutes, sees what’s playing, and puts the info up on the blog pages. That’s already been going on here for a while, but what’s new is the album cover display. (So far, I’ve got about 600 of my CDs on a hard drive, and cover art for more than 500 of them.) If I’m at home and there’s music playing, you’ll see something like this in the left-hand column:

no longer playing

Yes, I am a geek.


Saturday, February 5, 2005

Site news

Zero padding, begone!

Finally! I’m happy to point out that the above date is not February 05. With all the coding skill of a modern three-year-old, I altered the script that runs this blog, and now all the ugly zeros are gone. (Just the leading zeros, I mean, not this decade. I can’t do anything about that.)

This message was brought to you by $da =~ s/^0+//;.


Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Site news

From the like-you-care dept.

Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

In another bold yet largely invisible design improvement, I’ve gone back and cleaned up all the code for this site to make it compliant with standards established for the web. These standards exist to ensure that everyone, regardless of operating system or browser, sees the same web page. Like English, the languages that describe web pages can be written many ways, but there are certain well established dialects that offer the best chance of being properly interpreted by your computer.

After getting everything up to snuff here, I ran all the pages past the people who wrote the rules. They describe it like this:

Validation is a process of checking your documents against a formal Standard, such as those published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) …. It serves a similar purpose to spell checking and proofreading for grammar and syntax, but is much more precise and reliable than any of those processes because it is dealing with precisely-specified machine languages, not with nebulously-defined human natural language.

I wonder why this standards-compliance stuff appeals to me…

Anyway, the best browsers, like Firefox and Safari, are designed to adhere to W3C standards. They are the ones that will give you the best results with sites like mine. Microsoft Internet Explorer, on the other hand, seems more interested in its own proprietary standards than those developed by the founders of the web.

This site should still work fine with IE, but it would look better on Firefox or Safari.


Friday, December 24, 2004

Site news

Geegaws galore

There are a number of things I’ve wanted to add to the site for some time now, but I’ve lacked the free time to put them all together. With a hellish semester behind me, I now have the leisure to geek out on code for a while. So here’s the fruit of my labor:

New, improved comments

The quality of the comments is really up to you, but the forum is improved a little. There are timestamps on the entries now, just like in the big city. And threaded comments are allowed, so you’re free to get all up in the grills of the people before you.

Categories

Again, just like a regular blog, this one is now tagged with categories, allowing you to look at just the posts with links, for instance, or with photos. You can also see the entries with recent comments. There’s a list of categories down there on the left.

Now playing

Further down that column, if I’m listening to music on the ’puter, you’ll see the song that’s playing, along with the artist and album. (If nothing’s playing, the area will be blank, and that link won’t work.)

Why? Because I can. And because I love the abuse of technology involved in getting my musical choices posted to the web every two minutes. It feels like the internet equivalent of using cell phones to locate friends in a crowded bar. All this technology, and what do we do with it? Make up problems to solve! Hooray!


Monday, December 13, 2004

Site news

Speak to me

As much as I enjoy working on this site, it’s a pretty thankless job most of the time, owing to the fact that it’s a pretty one-sided conversation I have with my visitors. There used to be a lot more e-mail links all over the site, but nobody ever used them. Until recently, in fact, I had never heard from anyone that I didn’t already know.

Lately, I’ve definitely heard from more folks out there, as the president would say — the Danesch family of Hungary, for instance, and a Frank Allison fan somewhere. So I’m all the more inspired to open up a new channel of communication, and make this blog a two-way street. Henceforth and retroactively, all the posts will end with a link to see comments and a link to make them, which is pretty much the same place. What I’m saying is, talk back. Give me some input. I’m eager to hear from you.

There aren’t a lot of controls imposed on the posting, because I’m trusting my fellow man not to be a jackass. There’s no doubt in my mind that the comments will soon be overrun with ads for discount drugs, but until then, have fun.


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