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2005.06.05
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o_o

Man.

The last few entries - hell, the last few months - underscore nicely why I intend to move away from this thing, rather than reincarnate it or whatever.

Need to get on that!

Funny how half a bag of Combos will kill rant mode dead. I'm all normal and stuff now! :O


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2005.05.02
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Deadlock

Keep forgetting about the "redesign" (read: moving to another domain, etc.). Despite having the necessary equipment and so forth. Vaguely irritating that the plugins and tools that talk to MT don't bother with this version, so I suppose some kind of upgrade is in order. I know what I want to do with Viz; so I suppose it's largely a matter of burning everything down and starting over, etc- the idea was to transition over to a new site around the same time I got the camera, making the thing a little more visual in the process.

I'm still thinking about that. It'll be easier than redoing mercury. The backend, it's fugly. And there was that comment spam thing I finally noticed when Bryan moved web to the new box... fucking animals.

Future project "spec" loosely geared toward more of the same with an emphasis on welding together everything, front page similar to mercury root, probably more disconnected from the "reality" of the internet than it is at present, etc. Viz and blog as seperate entities plugin-welded together on the front page, somewhere to put photos - not a mess I'm going to be sorting out with mercury. Which was, after all, originally a learning tool that became a convenience.


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2005.04.19
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Oh yeah.

Decomissioning mercury just kind of slipped through the cracks there for awhile. It hasn't been a priority, really. That's probably going to change, hopefully before I'm 26. I've been a little itchy about breaking in a fresh install, but the aforementioned format shift ought to pad that a bit. Ditto the MT plugin that runs ATC updates. Abstraction layer, GO!

Planning++

Toys have been specced, and I have the format shift in mind. Rather it's work or the outlet I expect it to be remains to be seen. I'll be keeping the basic format of mercury and probably the color scheme / Beksinskiesque flavor.


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2005.03.25
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This just in.

Finally, a use for the PC in The Pit. Mercury looks like shit in IE/win. LOC looks fine. ATC looks fine. My other project site looks like ass but it needs a makeover anyway.

And the way IE/win scrolls when you whack the spacebar is ... disorienting.

I still want to burn mercury down and start over - it's near the top of the To Do List, filed in with the list of Things I Need To Think About.


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2005.03.17
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Housekeeping

Made some tweaks to the ATC site. Minor under the hood things and some moving around. Still have a few more little things to do- things that are fresh now that I might forget about later. Strange block in my head that I had to push past to get any of it done at all.

Scrubbed loc out. It's still here, mind you, but it's no longer linked outside of possible mercury entries. It's been moved into the appropriate position in the mercury root.

Now I need to decide what - if anything - I'm doing with viz. I could cram it all into my DA account and call it done, but that puts things a bit out of order. I've been thinking about jamming some of the stuff into ATC, but it doesn't really belong there. Once I have a viz solution ("fuck it!" is also an option), mercury will be decomissioned. Already working on the replacement, vaguely.


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2005.02.25
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Bloodsport (one down)

LOC has moved. It's still here, but it isn't being updated and the root flips you to the new location. The same thing will be happening to mercury in the near future, etceteras.

Man, this site's a fucking mess. Going on three years of cruft shlupping beneath a horrid, badly implemented site design. Bleh.

Thanks to bda for keeping backups- I hosed the damned db mistaking ligur for gridlock, etc. Totally underscoring why everything needs to be separated in the process. Go me.

So. LOC has been snipped out (sorta), and migration/transition begins. I'm not ready at all, but I have a tendency to plan myself into paralysis. So, fuck it. We move.

Also, acting out any impulse on the command line is dumb dumb DUMB.


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2005.02.07
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Decisions, decisions...

mercury will be decomissioned shortly.


1. Front page (what the novablade cats call the "jumpgate") : Never was horribly useful. Will probably get parted into the pending blog replacement.

2. LOC : Post Traumatic Ass Disorder will move to a dcr subdomain. Most likely on the home box, since it doesn't get enough traffic to really impact the line. I know what I did wrong the last time I tried to move it, and I'll do it right this time.

3. mercury (BLAWG) : once the other bits are scrubbed out, mercury may be rebuilt for "posterity" and then left alone, or deleted completely. Not sure yet. Merc's more of an outlet for me than anything else- a sort of online bitchbox. No Audience Intended, etc. And it's really bitchy... a whole shitload of tonal ickiness that doesn't work with where I want things to go.

4. viz : I still have some thinking to do about this.
  A. The web interfaces can GO. I'm about as into doing web design as I am into getting assraped by elephants.
  B. The ATC aesthetics test should either be wiped or moved to the ATC site.
  C. carbon_ and viz.... I dunno. That's the big thing that I need to figure out, and soon.


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2004.11.15
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Filtered

Two new categories : bullshit and politics. Politics for the political bullshit and bullshit for the non-political bullshit. Bullshit's mostly a clearing house for bloggy, and should probably be deleted, etceteras.

Did a preliminary filtering pass. Probably missed some bullshit, and I know I missed some politics. :P Oh well.

I'll tear all of this down and reorganize it after I'm done with suction.


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2004.10.23
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Second verse, same as the first. (redux junior, dj notagain remix)

There's a redesign pending again- this one actually being somewhat inspired, at least peripherally. I'm sure I'll hate my implementation quite a bit, as the odds of it looking anything like the source are slim.

This one's coming with a big information redesign. Xeno's probably going to hate me for it. We'll see. I have some basic ideas, but It Depends. I've been wanting to shift gears with mercury for awhile, which was one of the reasons I purchased a domain a bit ago. I can hopefully do it with less hassle, and I'll have more than enough time to give it some thought during the seven hour commute coming up later this week.

My webspace hasn't been edgy in awhile.

People liked the edgy. More than the vanilla, anyway.


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2004.09.14
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2004.2.3

Still using the 2004.2 interface. Gutted the top table and replaced with single 720x89 image. Now using one image for mercury, one for LOC. Some thing, different type. Did it yesterday for the original "port" of LOC to Dead City Radio, which Didn't Happen for technical reasons.

So it's getting used anyway.

Ditched background-as-a-graphic, replaced with straight bgcolor declaration of #333333. Fits the new header, probably looks like complete shit on Windows gamma or dark monitors.

A properly calibrated display is the responsibility of the user.


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2004.08.11
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2004.2.2

I've been dicking around with making web sites for a few years and finally found an excuse to learn forms. To an extent, anyway. The dropdown keeps the Archives list nice and small. Figured that one out through analysis of Engler's markup.

Search is in. Fields are in loc and the blog. Can't figure out how to make a search dropped in loc to actually search in loc exclusively- mt documentation is extremely vague on the particulars. But there is Search Capability Dammit.

So.


14:41 < ejp> fagbot: doot for mercury
14:41 < fagbot> OBTASTELESS: I TOOK A SHIT
14:41 < ejp> exactly.


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2004.05.27
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Minor adjustments

Tinkered with date formatting, date header containers. Implimented some things I wanted to do early on with this design, but Didn't for one reason or another. Much happier with the flow. Still need to gut and rebuild LOC along similar lines at some point.


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2004.04.23
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Cleanup

Created a site category and refiled all News entries in which I talk about the development of mercury and not much else. This effectively cut the news section in half. :P

Also went through and wiped damned near ALL the cruft- old interface containers, old subdirectories that were used in 2003, obsoleted templates, etceteras. This makes the backend cleaner for me. And old safari link caches kind of useless.


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2004.04.15
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Second verse, same as the first.

Mercury reimplimentation is complete. This consisted of:

1. The Usual aesthetics swap. Migration from 2004.1 to 2004.2, which necessitated template cleanup for LOC. mercury.morg is now a cohesive environment.
2. Gutting the front page. Links only, no cruft. News has been moved into the blog.
3. Viz was completely erased, which makes it the first legacy-free section of mercury. Brand new implimentation, elliminating everything from 2002 and earlier.
4. The blog now has category archiving and monthly archiving turned on, which elliminates the need for several templates, and completely cleans up the interface design by implimenting a mercury skin over what are very nearly MT defaults. This means I only need to edit one template to hit all categories, and I can add new categories without adding new templates. Browsing of individual entries handles the same as it did under 2004.1- the biggest difference is that said entries are now accessed through timestamp links.

So. 2004.2 : aesthetics and interface overhaul- the most extensive improvements implimented in a single revision of mercury to date.


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2004.04.12
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Viz Redux

I'll be starting reconstruction of viz today. The template thing will be easy enough- the hard part is going to be reuploading _all_ of the images. And thumbnailing them again. :P Which entails some batch processing with fireworks. :D

I'm probably going to do this the easy way- just wipe the viz blog and start over clean. It's the only one that doesn't have an individual entry template, and that section of the site has needed an overhaul for a very very long time.

Also, it's another shitty rainy gray day in Pittsburgh, and I feel vaguely nauseus. And my thumbs keep locking up over the space bar for some reason, Game Boy style.

==

Viz brought online at 2137 hours. Will add the rest of the content later.


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2004.04.09
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business as usual.

The blog, LOC, and the front page have been converted over to the new aesthetic. Next on the list is some debugging and tweaking to get the front to where I want it. Viz is up after that, which is the biggest project of the lot, considering the fact that it's going to likely involve a complete reload of everything. :P

So. New frontend, viz unlinked for the time being, dropped some of the extraneous and unnecessary bits.

Doom.


My spine is the bass line.

Mercury will be going back to something close to the final 2003 layout, albeit with a different aesthetics approach. As usual, there's Reasons for this. The big one is that I think I've finally figured out what the hell I should be doing with this site, and the alterations are due largely to the new approach to information design. This is the perfect time to rebuild viz while I'm at it, and to restructure the blog as well as the front of the site.

In theory, mercury.morg will go back to having a unified LOAF- something it doesn't have at present. Xeno approves of the 2004.2 layout, so the likelihood of mercury remaining fractured is extremely slim. Currently it's a matter of getting the template sliced up and new CSS written, then smacking things around until they conform to the new direction. The new look is back to being minimal, which suits my own needs perfectly fine, as I spend a good amount of my online time limping along on a dialup.

No ETA on the next revision. I might be able to get parts of it up tonight, or it might have to wait until Monday. As usual, I consider the upgrade to be a step in the right direction and time well spent- and I may well redesign ATC while I'm at it. :P


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2004.03.19
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Doom.

Fixed a small fuggup in the Workload section that occured when I moved the entries from one blog to another- I forgot about excerpts, which is how the anchor tags write themselves out- same as the FAQ. Minor typo corrections. Thinking about .plan files and what do do about blog category filtering.

Wondering where the heck all of my coworkers disappeared to.


Shore Lined Poison

I'm still not sure what the hell I'm doing with mercury. People read it, I know that much.

Scary thought, really.

The information design still smells funny, and my brain's perpetually out to lunch on a clean solution. Probably because I have ATC to worry about, and a couple of other web sites to maintain. And a couple of others I need to design. And another I need to finish. And the webcomic. And the day job.

To take Consolidated out of context : What about the album? To paraphrase: What about the focus?

Is there one? Should there be one? No and maybe. I think. They have created a repressed society and we are their unwitting accomplices. And so forth. Miss the attention span somewhat. Occasionally the social thing. Too much time with a Trinitrons of varying vintage inches from my nose.

Beats the alternative, really. Too much time with genetic waste of varying vintage inches from my nose.

Spring happens in about fourteen hours, officially- which means I'm closer to comfortably not wearing pants for several months. I'm happy about this.


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2004.02.09
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Oof.

Bleh. Did some organizational work on the blog- at some point I need to run through and delete most of it. Or take off and nuke the site from orbit. Moved workload and the mlp into the aesthetics management controller so the previous/next functions in the blog work. Wiped the non-me shit out of the MLP- I won't be adding more to it, I don't use it, etc. It's kind of pointless to have it. o_o

News gets a blog category- I basically just moved the news log and how it functions down a tier. This is more for filing than anything else. At some point I need to just drop the thing and migrate to something new, much like Bryan did a la signal to noise.

That or just a straight rethink- see exactly what sort of purpose mercury serves.


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2004.02.06
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2004.1

Well, welcome to 2004.1. Root, Blog, and viz have been reskinned- and that's about it for the time being. Further functionality can wait- viz still needs a complete rework, and I still have to tune the includes a bit so I can skin the site without replacing parts of some forty or so templates- just, like, eight.

We'll see how long this one lasts! :D

I think the fact that I've made it 37 days into 2k4 before doing another aesthetics redesign speaks well of my restraint. :P


Mmmm. Evil.

New Mercury template ready to implement. It can hypothetically go in clean, but that would be all kinds of evil- so it's going to go in the nasty way. At some point. Tonight or tomorrow. I still need to consult Xeno and see if he's down with it as a LOC replacement or not, and still need to do some inline widgets, but those can wait- they would require editing the crap out of every single template on the site. :P


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2004.02.03
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Dead Lines

Mercury's probably going to get rebuilt. Again. I've learned more about how to effectively separate presentation and content on the backend, and mercury isn't exactly easy to mung about with in this respect. :P

I also totally suck at blogging, so I'm thinking of refiltering the blog section down to the sphincterspasming of the funnier IRC logs. Most of my exposition is irritating (to me, anyway- especially considering the fact I'm usually compelled to expose when I'm :|, >:|, >.<, >_< or :(.)- the two entries reclassed to "Draft" status in particular, as they're the output of psychotic episodes which were brought to a hault by hitting the vending machine like a ton of bricks. Mental instability is one of the many symptoms of hypoglycemia. I've managed to collect the whole symptom set over the course of the last three years, though I didn't get the next to last piece- the complete mental fuckishness- until recently, and I still need the final piece to complete the collection- the rare, limited edition, expensive as hell "medical diagnosis."

You can't find that one on ebay.

So. Back to the semi-challenge of forging a new aesthetic, and the uber-challenge of forging adequate information design. Mercury fluctuates more than everything else for the simple reason that it lacks a coherent focus- the projects I work on with their own sites have all more or less matured into useability and stability, whereas mercury's been little more than a bitchbin and a dropbox..

SAB got tweaked in August- its first tweak in eight months- and that was a minor aesthetics shift to go along with moving it to MT. I don't see it changing much in the future. Yeah, it's like the 94387534987593847th design, but it was the first time I shifted colors rather than blowing weeks on a clean reimplimentation. I'd call that progress, personally.

The Gravicon finally hit something that doesn't make me fisty, which is what's gotten me to thinking about mercury- G7 is on its fourth aesthetics revision- four revisions on a basic color scheme I'd decided in 2002. Basically, tightening things down and ramping up the pretty- the actual information design is set and stone and I can fiddle the site without mucking with actual content templates. A big difference over this site- which has never been thoroughly planned out in the information design sense. :| The Gravicon, on the other hand, existed on paper as a structural design long before I installed linux on the server I'm building it on. o_O

ATC is something I'm going to be perpetually dissatisfied with until it's built up enough to start developing its own information design "personality", and I stop chunking out pages that make my eyes bleed. I'm assuming - correctly - that that bit is going to take awhile. And some love- my attention is split between G7 and ATC lately, and G7 is, frankly, a lot less strenuous.

So: Mercury needs either a cleaner and more future-proofed information design- one that totally removes content from aesthetic- or a good swift kick in the nuts. :D


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2003.12.12
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Right about now, 'bout now, 'bout now, 'bout now

I've had Rockafeller Skank stuck in my head all week. There has been much rejoicing. We care a lot about Dead City Radio. iTunes overload. Right about now, the funk soul brother.

Check it out now, the funk soul brother. The new interface Works. Somehow. Mainly the alterations to dataflow and the functional isolation of components in the sense that mercury and blog are run off of the same backend- where mercury's pages are all top of the directory structure with no subentries as per the blog. The only thing that needs any sort of attention is viz, and I figure it'll get what's coming to it in January, which is as good a time as any to do some sort of restructuring, keeping the current materials framed up as they are or perhaps reimplimenting the whole thing from scratch. I prefer the possibilities of the latter for reasons of organization re: the rest of the site interface.

LOC, functioning according to established habit, has been extensively updated in the wake of the new interface. Something about this process has a habit of kicking xeno and I in the ass.

We care a lot.

In other news....

I had a semi-serious mental episode on Monday, and pumped it all out into artwork. The side affects of this are several new high quality CG pieces and zero work done on ATC, which is starting to look like SHIT in the face of the higher quality work that's been done this week. I blame that one squarely on inking treatments. ATC is low-detail, #3 micron and the stuff I've been doing has been high detail #1 micron. To give you an idea of micron guages, a #1 is approximately the same width as a sharpened number two (HB) pencil, which results in drastically more accurate line work. The #3 is fatter and is good for heavier lines, but integrates poorly against a #1- stroke patching with blunt tips larger than a #1 is, to put it miildly, >_<.

So. Projects are forking, and I'm getting no work done on the two major things I should be haxxz0r1ng at. I've set a personal deadline of getting chapter two scene two of The Dualist done before January, and the other things I'm working on are on no schedule to speak of. Consequently, said projects are the things I'm burning all of my clock cycles on. Go me.


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2003.12.09
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Dead City Radio

Viz is moved over. So now Mercury has been completely migrated and integrated. Tighter CSS presentation, obviously new aesthetic, first real overhaul since the paleozoic. Return to black. Bright colors in dim lighting FRY MY EYEBALLS and I'll be damned if I'm going to broil my sockets with my own material.

Viz needs an implementation overhaul, and a rethink- this has nothing to do with aesthetics and everything to do with the backend. In the meantime, the current setup works, and is less work than the proposed implementation would be- an implementation I'm already using elsewhere, tediously.

So. One MASSIVE restructuring and extension later, mercury has a new face and new material. Easier to navigate as well. Woot.


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2003.12.08
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Und Keine Eier.

Well. The mercury devblog has been smacked into the current blog, and the whole mess has been configured transparently, for the most part. More shit to work on, but mercury is essentially liveish at the moment. LOC and Viz are still using the old interface- I'll get to that shizzle when I have the time.


Was, not was.

The devblog has been assimilated into the blog blog.


That is all.


The Ticket That Exploded

As per the previous post, mercury's in a bit of redevelopment. As usual, I get a design together and hate it immediatly, for reasons that can't really be quantified. Part of it is that unlike the Real Web Sites I'm working with, mercury is very rarely, if ever, planned out in any level of detail. It's smacked together, skinned, and called good. End of story. This winds up looking pretty damned slipshod, obviously, and I wind up changing it a few times a year.

The biggest difference between the last build and the current one is that a lot of structural changes will be taking place on the MT end. The project I've been working on at home over the past year is finally in the build phase, and I'm doing it all through MT- it's so extensively thought out and mapped out in terms of information design that there's actually design documentation- something I haven't done since art skool. Fortunately this has revealed some shortcuts for how to properly abuse the CMS- and this is exactly what I'll be implementing with mercury in the coming weeks.

The biggest changes will be to the blog itself- it's going to be completely reimplimented, in a much more cohesive fashion, implementing a lot of the cheats I've learned from other projects. This means a lot of consolidation of unnecessary bullshit, seeing as how I've learned to work around Individual Entry presentation and integration. I'll be moving the devblog back into the main blog tree and removing it as a project. Projects will be moved around as well- basically, instead of multiple redundant blogs, the mercury subdomain will end up having one for viz, one for LOC, one for the backend management, and one for everything else. Go me.


Check it out now, the funk soul brother.


11:36 < solios> xeno: http://mercury.mirrorshades.org/dev.php
11:36 < xeno> k
11:36 < xeno> :O
11:36 < xeno> k
11:36 < solios> o_O
11:37 < solios> yeah.
11:37 < solios> there's a reason it's dev instead of index.
11:37 < xeno> um...
11:37 < xeno> no?
11:37 < solios> ?
11:37 < xeno> Best. Design. EVER.


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2003.10.16
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Well.

Minor updates. Added a list of known accomplices. Cleaned up and reordered Viz, adding the old biotech artwork. It's in there mainly as a contrast against carbon_ and more recent digital artwork- same concepts, different medium.... and it works better in photoshop. Writeups for each of the Projects in place. ATC is proceeding more or less on schedule, I have a little more cash than I thought I did, it's cold and drippy and :| outside, and aside from that, everything is going more or less as planned.

Whee.


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2003.08.31
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Viz progresses.

Welding UI and Viz together seems to have been a smart move- all of the photoshop candy is in one block of the site. Makes my life easy. Still have some additional material to toss in and work around, but as usual, it can wait. I've decided to keep the previous year of user interface design, on account of the fact that it's something quite different, overall, than what I'm doing these days. Basically. O_O. I want to add some ATC sketchwork, etceteras- things from what ATC isn't, so the story isn't spoiled.

In the meantime, I need to make a phone call. And have drinks.

Many, many drinks.


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2003.08.30
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The Severing

Okay. carbon_ and the buttgravy that's still steaming fresh have been laid into viz. Next up is culling the UID pages of the old site and adding that material in as well. Then doing some more filtering. And a front page for viz. And stuff.


Fantastic, thanks.

Okay. I have the templates debugged, having used mercury and LOC as guinea pigs for the procedure. Oddly enough, mercury is better than it ever has been. o_O

Now it's time to figure out exactly how everything else will be integrated, and what of the last revision will be kept for the transfer here. Yeeha.


s/will be/was

I really, really love symlinks.


Increase the shelling.

The replacement is on the cutting board. It'll be a seamless switch. Upload new files, and that's it. Done. No other changes.


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2003.08.29
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Anyway.

This may end up being the shortest-lived site build ever. I'm having cognitive issues with layout- essentially, my thoughts were along the lines of "I'LL JUST MOVE REVISION TO MORG AND BE LEET!" and, well.... no. That's just not happening- I wound up trying to reorganize in my head while I was building the site and as a consequence, this is about as well thought out as any other impulsive decision.

So. All this shit's getting wiped. Except for LOC. I'll be throwing some clock cycles at the problem this weekend and, as usual, working through the holiday. There are MUCH more effective ways to organize this.

Stay tuned.


Right.

Okay then. Template's laid in and can be changed if I don't stop hating it. Yay. LOC and the old blog have been contained and cordoned off. There's also one FUCK of a thunderstorm happening outside, to the tune of thunder driving my ears six feet into my skull.

Wheeha.

mercury.morg is/will be revision, only less so. From the standpoint that it's being consolidated further. Lots of shit's getting thrown out. Moving target and all that. The log and the rest of the front page will be shaping up in due time. And I still need to get the rest of my shit ported over, or rethink the site entirely. I haven't decided yet.


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2003.05.15
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Reconstruction.

No, really. Should be obvious. Should also be finished before end of day, EST. Go me, go me.


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2003.01.31
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Refining the structure.

Categories have been defined, and the material from liquid and mlp, which were seperate blogs, has been added to mercury. that content is unpublished in the mercury blog right now, as I'll be doing the conversion tomorrow. It's late, etceteras, etceteras. I figured out how to do it thanks to LOC, so I may as well load up the LOC changes and the Mercury changes at the same time.

Maybe things will stabilize then. :)

(update)

Category filtering is in effect, which is something I was attempting to do using multiple blogs. Which you basically had to do with Grey Matter. This is better, by far. It just requires a little bit more work and structure on my part to get everything set up so it filters itself properly. The next two steps at this point in time are getting the sidebar rebuilt and the pages for the other categories setup to display properly again. Relatively easy, but time consuming.

(also update)

Mercury has been tightened down. Less ass, more happy. Makes me happy. The only thing I have to deal with now is proper category indexing, which looks like it might be a pain in the patootie given my present level of understanding. I'll smack that around after I bring LOC up to spec.


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2003.01.30
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Yay standards.


12:51 < solios> http://mercury.mirrorshades.org/mlp/000010.php
12:51 < bda> align="top" that shit.
12:51 < solios> It is, yo.
12:52 < solios> Using a non-moz browser?
12:52 * solios thinks it was, anyway....
12:52 < bda> The link to the webcomics is middle.
12:52 < bda> Yeah.. safari.
12:52 < solios> browser?
12:52 < solios> SEE?
12:52 < solios> Fixing the display in Moz broke it in Safari and IE.
12:53 < bda> haha.
12:53 < bda> :)

I've figured out a fix, but it involves- you guessed it- dealing with CRAP! WOO!

==

Fixed up the includes and reorded include insertion on the templates. The problem was that for some reason, khtml and IE didn't like the title image being in one table cell and the blog content being in another. Smacked that shit down solid, kicked the shit out of a bug that cropped up in IE, and generally made things presentable.

Man. I haven't had problems like this with a site for quite some time. But hey, this shit works. Probably would have worked the first time if I did web design for a living as opposed to for fun. :P

Anyway.


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2003.01.28
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My catheter tastes like pee.

I need to poke at Categories. Which are apparently some totally zowie and neat-o thing that will get me laid, according to some people.

Consequently, the need for this post was certainly meditated upon.

Briefly, at any rate.

Categories are this mtype thing that let you filter your stuff more or less however you want to- I know analytically how this should work, which means that's how it's probably not going to. The basic idea would be to have certain things set as material that never hits the front page. Generally speaking, as a weblog, it's against policy to put something intelligent on the front within easy reach, where your audience might realize that you're more than a self-styled wit and some unresolved issues.

I'll probably whack whatever it takes to do this out of another mtype setup and splat it into this one, then fug with it until it works. Beats reading the manual.

Beat into useability time for MT, with bda installing: ~12 hours
Beat into useability time for GM, with dmh installing: ~4 hours

Easy != flexible.

How many nymphomaniac contortionists do you know?


Spoony.

'aight. The front is obviously presentable. Figured out a nice workaround for the sidebar and nailed a few more glitches in the process. Scrapped the old css model. Made the sidebar a little more streamlined than the original cut, which was fairly "I have a blog, you care". Well, I do, you don't, and we're in the clear on both of these facts.

So.

The details are probably important to somebody, even if it's me retroactively, scanning through entries and noting that I'm deeply obsessed with computers, girls, and the interrelationship between the two. Whee.

I'mma hack the archives a bit and pass out.


If it ain't broke, fix it.

Front end renders correctly, which mitigates issues with getting this beast setup to the sidebar and everything else- the latter being running through some VERY scary-looking templates that have a lot of "don't touch this!" all over the place.

You could say the same thing about the headers. But I'd smack you. The page rendered stupid until they went away. Stupid being highly relative, of course. If the present rending solution didn't skullfuck itself in the process, then it's sort of middle-aligned in IE5/Mac and works fine in Safari and Mozilla. Yay standards.

Some hacking to finalize multiple entries and how they work together- woo. Yay. Next target: sidebar.


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Yay blog. Yay also hacking on MT for the first time. Frustrating.

Also, head explodey. I suppose you'll have that when you're staring at a completely unfamiliar interface and don't have your usual toolbox on hand to get everything to make sense. Consequently, it's going to take some time to get this thing hacked into shape. Yay learning the hard way.