Noscope is now on a Slicehost powered virtual private server. Which is all kinds of great, hopefully. Since everything is administered by me, there’s a very good chance I may have configured something in a not so optimized way. That’s why you should tell me if something doesn’t work quite like it’s supposed to. Thanks!
moai, (plural moai): one of the large stone heads on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
I know, my redesigns used to have a pseudo-profound reasoning. This one doesn’t, I assure you. I simply find moai exceedingly fascinating. That’s why this entire redesigned layout you’re now looking at (provided you’ve stepped out of your feedreader) is dedicated to the awesomeness seeping from every crevasse of Easter Island. Which unfortunately I haven’t been to, but plan to visit. At some point.
This project took a while. Months of on/off work, in fact, and far more design-iterations than I had originally planned. Mostly because getting moai to look good in a webdesign turned out to be a challenge; one I’ve now documented in animated GIF files here because GIFs speak louder than words:
There’s even a GIF of the entire header area, too large to fit here.
There’s also new cool stuff:
- Because I’ve found Twitter (follow me!) to be endlessly fascinating, not only are “Tweetbacks” added as comments (see my V post for examples) but on single posts you can now click “tweet this” in the same passive-aggressive manner that all the young hipsters do.
- There’s a new logo.
- Work and play is now completely separate, this blog being “play”. Except of course, for the huge blue sticker advertising my work site.
- I started work on my own font, (mostly because I can, now that the cool browser can embed fonts for real), but ended up using the beautiful(ler) BPreplay by George Triantafyllakos. I’ve even exploded the size of the headings now that I can use such a pretty font.
- In the course of my rather WordPress centric freelance adventure, I’ve built quite a few open-source WordPress things. That’s why there’s now a dedicated section, right next to Skyler the silent moai.
- You’ll also no doubt (which is the point) notice the links to recent stuff tagged ‘something’ right at the top of the page. That’s a custom-made widget which grabs most recently updated posts.
I also scrapped a few things:
- Comments are now off by default (more on that later).
- I ditched my poster section, but it’ll probably reappear later in some form.
- There’s no longer a CSS style switcher (and it’s not coming back). This is the design, and it’s staying for a while.
That’s it. Let there be rock.
Just a week ago, I finally jotted down the last lines of code for what’s about to become my only “corporate” website: Dejligt. There’s all sorts of new stuff there which I’ve been working on for the last year. It even sports an ajaxified version of WordPress which is totally less userfriendly but should hopefully wow a few clients.
Most interestingly to you readers I imagine, is the fact that once again I’m separating work from play. As the name indicates, the most customers I get are Danish, and so English is now optional. For this blog, that once again means a focus on “snacksized portions of pointless stuff”. I’ll be removing all traces of dull work stuff and merely advertise “dejligt” for those looking for it. I’ll be looking forward to working on a small redesign which could hopefully breathe some life into the things about this I enjoy the most; thought on usability, B-movie reviews and otherwise awesome stuff. Sure, I’ll need some new shelves but thank science I know a danish webdesigner that can help me out.
Mold has been growin on Noscope! It came out of no-where, and slowly infested this place. The hull was all rotten to the core! I barely poked at the surface and the lot fell apart. I knew then that a regular paint-job wouldn’t do.
So I secretly gathered ingredients whose names I had forgotten and whose contents no longer mattered and concocted a potion so sweet that not even a squishee made up entirely of syrup would compare. You’d spit it out you would!
I call it: Exotic Fauna!