Posts Tagged: site news

Broken Links Corrected

I did a design theme update to the site, so it looks a bit different these days. There will be some more tweaks as I customize the theme a bit more, but it looks a lot more simple than it did. I have also gone through the entire site and updated all of the broken

Read on »

Online Housecleaning

I’ve been doing a lot of housecleaning, site-wise over the past several weeks. I’m in the process of converting over some of my older blog sites to wordpress, shuttering others, and putting up fresh new “coming eventually” pages at all of the URLs I own. I’ve been playing with Foundation by Zurb as a CSS

Read on »

Well, Howdy

Hey, I finally got my site all moved over to my host and just as importantly, to my new content management system. The design is quite different, and not yet mine. I’ve done some customization of the theme, but I have a lot more work planned on that end. And there’s a lot of clean

Read on »

IE7 Fixes

I figured out my IE 7 display issues finally. Sorry for the delay – normally I don’t let problems like that linger, but I was having trouble finding a free hour to troubleshoot. Thanks to Wil for helping me pinpoint the problems.

Read on »

Drop-Down Fly-Out Navigation on my site

I’ve been dissatisfied with the navigation methods here on my site for a long time – I was very frustrated by the long, unwieldy category list from the sidebar – I’ve always organized by category, but the display of that navigation sucked, because it was hard to tell that there were categories and sub-categories, and

Read on »

Blogiversary?

Way back in the dark ages when I started this site, I didn’t manage to keep track of the date. It was before blogger software, and before it was even affordable to own a domain name for a personal site (it cost in the $200 range to purchase one). I believe – but am not

Read on »

So NOW they create a sandbox template!

After I pretty much got everything in place, Movable Type comes out with a plugin and set of sandbox templates — similar to what WordPress has — that allows you to install a really basic default set of templates and then create your own design on top of the template elements — similar to what

Read on »

More site updates

I’ve been doing some further site tweaking over the last several days. The major thing I accomplished was getting my Big Things photo galleries into the content management system, which will make it infinitely easier to edit the content on those pages. Which I desperately need to do. There are lots of new photos I

Read on »

Movable Type 4.2 upgrade recap

I’ve got my Movable Type software upgraded to 4.2 and replaced my old templates with default ones, which I’ve done some customizing on, with more to come. So far, so good. It’s MUCH faster – my faith is restored. For the most part. I started by installing the Professional Pack templates, and after I got

Read on »

blog software update day(s?) – AKA ‘wreck stuff day’

A while back I put off upgrading my blog to Movable Type 4.2 because the upgrade would break the site, according to my webhost. Well, now I’m on a blogging vacation, and I’m ready to blow this puppy to smithereens. Because my custom templates are centuries old now, I’m going to install default templates and

Read on »

Back end problems

Boy, do I have have them. No, I’m not talking about my butt here. (and you shouldn’t be, either!) I’m having some frustrating problems with Movable Type that my site hosts can’t seem to solve, and Movable Type doesn’t have answers for either, despite me spending about 10 hours with both trying to figure it

Read on »

Blast from the Past

Normally when I upload a bunch of older photos to my flickr account, I turn off the splice between my flickr account and my RSS feeds, so those who read my blog via a feed reader don’t get a massive influx of my photos in my feed. However, last night, I forgot to do that.

Read on »

Weekend Update 2007-02-26

We had a pretty quiet weekend around here. I went to water aerobics with my new suit, which is awesome. Stephanie went skating. Her dad decided against coming down to visit because Valpo got hit with a storm, which knocked out the power for Stephanie’s mom. We went over to my old house to check

Read on »

Apparently, I’m Chopped Liver

Hmmmm – I guess my 20,000 visitors a day don’t rate a mention on Indiana Equality’s thank you letter for the Rally organizing… Many, many other businesses, organizations and bloggers contributed greatly to Monday’s success by promoting participation in the rally. A big thanks to Advance Indiana; American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

Read on »

Getting there

I’m somewhat up and running. I’m still missing some files that need to be transferred over to this new server, and my comments aren’t working, but at least the site itself is up so people can see it. It’s possible that the domain name still needs propagate everywhere…

Read on »

Changing Hosts

I’m going to be migrating my site to a new host over the next several days, so fewer posts and updates, and probably some downtown. I’ll be back up as soon as humanly possible.

Read on »

Comments Feed

I added a comments feed to my site last night, in case some rare person out there might be interested in hearing what others have to say about my site, like the homophobes and weird flamers who occasionally troll by and leave hate messages that I promptly delete. I don’t get too many comments on

Read on »

My “Friends” Map

I’ve been playing around with “Frapper” which is a Googlemap application that lets you create a google map of your own, letting friends add themselves to the map. So here’s mine, and I’d be much obliged if you would add yourself to it. Your e-mail is hidden and your location is based on zipcode, so

Read on »

Weekend Update 2006-02-20

What I accomplished this weekend: Comment Code – I worked on the comment code on my site to accomplish: Cleaner xhtml and css. This was hard, but I got it working well. Displaying the number next to the comment. This wasn’t hard. Displaying comments from me in a different color than others. This seemed to

Read on »

Quiet time

Sorry about the lack of new and unique writing over the last week or so. I’m writing a couple of long book reviews that are still in draft form, and doing a lot of heavy lifting behind the scenes on the site design to get everything cleaned up, so things have been quiet ’round here.

Read on »

Hey, that’s my birthday!

Apparently, the world is in a tizzy because in June of this year we’ll have a date of 06-06-06, and there’s even a movie about it. Fascinating. Also, my birthday. Just mentioning.

Read on »

Stephanie has a blog

Last night we set up a blog for Stephanie. I’ll let her tell you where it is in the comments for this post, in case she wants to keep it secret or something. We also set up a News feed reader for her, to make it easier to keep track of her favorite blogs, and

Read on »

CD Mixes converted

In my continuing quest to move my static html pages into Movable Type, early this morning I finished up entering my CD Mix Playlists. I also added a number of playlists that for one reason or other (mainly because it was a pain to do the old way) I never made a page for. 2019

Read on »

commonplacebook.com nominated for a journalism award

On November 5th, 2005, Nuvolab XII will announce the top two Journalism Award winners. The best independent blogs will be awarded for promotion of equality, political insight, creativity, and presentation. Award winners will receive custom award images to display on their site, as well as permanent recognition here on Nuvolab. Third, fourth, and fifth place

Read on »

Blog Frustration

I have Movable Type up and running on my site, and this blog you see is in it now. However, I’m still working on moving my old blog posts from Blogger into Movable type, and I’m only about half done. The difficulty is with Blogger, not with the new content management system. Within Blogger, I

Read on »

Finally! I was able to fix my blogger templates

Sometime back in May, blogger stopped supporting my archive index page, and they failed to tell me about it. So since then, my archive pages haven’t been updating. I noticed the problem two weeks ago, and since then have been struggling with blogger help to figure out how to solve the problem. I finally got

Read on »

Technical Difficulties — Please Stand By…

I just transferred webhosting to a cheaper service, so there are some aspects of my site that aren’t currently functioning, like the guestbook, and unfortunately, my big things photos. Give me a day or two to get everything set up, and hopefully, everything will be back to normal.

Read on »

Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday, dear me. Happy Birthday to me. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, today is my birthday. Yesterday, I had someone come up to me and say “I recognize you from somewhere.” And after we went through a big list of places (work, college, high school,

Read on »

I can’t tell an anecdote anymore

Okay it’s creeping me out a bit the number of people who I’ve started to tell a story to, and they say, “yeah, I read that on your site.” First because I’m scared that my friends actually check my journal regularly, and second, that I’m ruining all my small talk. I can’t tell the same

Read on »

My Photos

I’ve been updating and posting my entire photo galleries over the last few days. With the exception of three new galleries (work, places I’ve lived, around Indy) everything is out there and everything is new. Check them out. UPDATE: I’ve since relocated my photos to Flickr, with selected photos of them posted here occasionally.

Read on »

Invictus

Oh holy crap. Timothy McVeigh decided to release as his “final words” before execution the poem “Invictus” which I’ve had on my website in my favorite poem section for five years. I come up at the top of some search engines, so I’ve had almost two hundred thousand hits on this page since this afternoon.

Read on »

blogger is set up

Okay. Blogger is set up and I finally got it working the way I want it to. I only hope that I can figure out how to archive stuff the way I want. Tonight is the big Buca de Beppo Xmas bash/White Elephant party. Should be very interesting. UPDATE: Prior to this post, I had

Read on »

About This Site

Commonplacebook.com has been in existence since 1994. Originally, the site was up at a URL at my service provider because it was really expensive to own a domain name in those days. In 1996, I bought the URL – commonplacebook.com. Commonplace book (n.): an edited collection of striking passages noted in a single place for

Read on »