Redesign

Check out my new digs. I’ve been working on this redesign for about a week now. I’m sure there will be bugs for me to fix and I still have about 3 years of old posts to update but I think the vast majority of the work is done. I’ve been inspired over the last few months from attending Design4Drupal in Boston, working with Jen and reading (at her suggestion) Handcrafted CSS by Dan Cederholm. So this site doesn’t look exactly the same in all browsers. I’m using some fancy CSS3 stuff so if you’re using IE8 or IE7 you won’t see rounded corners and shadows anywhere. And if you are using IE6 you’ll see a completely unstyled site! I just can’t waste any more of my time making things work in IE6.

I also wanted to get away from all the special video apparatus I had installed over the years. I’ve always hated feeling like I’m at the mercy of whoever is maintaining my plugins. I’ve decided to go with just the blip.tv player all over the place. It makes a super simple and, I think, effective solution. It also fits right in with my workflow since I’m already hosting the videos there. I just copy and paste the embed code in my post and wrap it in div with a style on it. Piece of cake. [Nov 2009] So now I’ve begun implementing the HTML5 video tag along with Ogg Theora video. The one stumbling point was the lack of poster image support but I finally sat down and figured out how to write a tiny bit of javascript to swap out an image with the video when you click it. It’s not the super simple solution that HTML5 promises, but I wanted to get started with it rather than wait around for everyone to support all the features of the new spec. And I can drop the embed code into the “excerpt” section and use them to make these cool archive pages.