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Thank you everyone!
Is it too soon to have another competition? Oh, I don’t think so…!
Ah no. I’ve been studying your festive memes, particularly the favourite Christmas track question, so rest assured will be the epitome of Christmas good taste and cheer…
Meanwhile, a few Christmas links to hopefully get you in the mood for a little banner creation:
- Stock photos for Christmas at Stock Xchng.
- Elf Yourself – with a nifty crop, zoom and rotate toolset you too can add your own picture and create a dancing elf e-card for friends and family.
- From Flickr, Gustav the red-nosed weimareindeer.
- Conspiracy Carols lets you add a “secret” message to a Christmas carol. Hmm.
- The Joy of Baking Christmas collection. Yummy.
Update: I’ve now updated the page with the 11th banner. Stupid, stupid woman.
Right then, the Photo Matt random image script plugin is installed and working (this support forum reply by Podz of the fantabulous Tamba 2 WordPress guides was especially helpful) and there are currently 10 different headers waiting for you on each visit.
To save you hitting the refresh button endlessly I’ve put all of the banners on one page with notes on the image source and font used where known.
Where known? Oh yes indeed. Because some of those banners have been contributed by our friendly neighbourhood bloggers and I thought the creative amongst you might also like to have a go at creating one. Or two…
So you have until midnight GMT on Friday, 15 December to chew the ends of numerous pencils and come up with some lovely Christmas/holiday/winter banners. Want to know more? Read on…
No comments, archives, pages… okay, a lot broken. But a nice warm bed beckons so I’ll fix it in the morning. Night, night.
Update: had a sudden flash of inspiration: checked the .htaccess file (empty) so clicked on the Permalinks tab in WordPress Options, copied the text from there, added it to the old .htaccess file, uploaded and renamed it and bingo, we should be back to normal. Well when I say normal…
My new mantra:
“A post a day, come what may.”
But first, a spot of bloghopping!
Two fellow Wise Women list members have books hitting the shelves at the moment:
- Shirley Kaiser of Website Tips, Brainstorms and Raves and SK Designs has a new book, Deliver First Class Websites: 101 Essential Checklists. Two chapters are online (in html rather than pdf so no sign-up needed): Chapter 12, The Ultimate SEO Checklist and Chapter 14, The Ultimate Testing Checklist
- Miraz Jordan and Maria Langer‘s WordPress 2 (Visual QuickStart Guide) looks especially useful for those of us getting to grips with the intricacies of WordPress.
Although I don’t have the budget for books at the minute and can’t vouch for them personally (yet), both books come highly recommended via other list members and are definitely high up there on my list of books to be coveted.
Come join the pity party. On top of everthing else I got bitten by mosquitos last night. The bites (all EIGHT of them) are swollen and ugly and earlier this evening I rubbed one of the many now boil-like eruptions on the fleshy part of my calf on the wicker chair and it burst and waaah, waaah. Ten minutes later her ladyship was trying to kill her ball on a rope* (terriers are like that) when she slapped the rope across the recently burst bite. There are not enough cuss words in the English language to do it justice so I’ll spare you.
But I’ve had a shower, slathered on some antisceptic cream and they’re just quietly throbbing. And I feel like such a crybaby.
Pete Seeger singing Little Boxes:
Now this is the hilarious Liverpool radio clip posted earlier this year. Either hamsters have invaded the studio or something’s happened to the playback speed… Is it something to do with compression of the original file? Enquiring minds wish to know. But not just yet. Let’s enjoy the hamsters.
* Finding that picture led me to the Humungu Tongue. Yes I will be searching for them in the UK and yes I will take pictures when found.
If you’re wanting to have a go at php, there are four excellent tutorials by Stefan Mischook at Killer PHP – PHP videos for web designers. He has a wonderful voice, the basics are clearly explained, perfect for anyone wanting to make a start on learning php.
Topics so far:
- What is a programming language
- Server-side vs. client-side programming
- Installing PHP on your computer
- Write your first PHP script
I signed up to Ma.gnolia months ago but after importing my bookmarks from del.icio.us, admiring the beauty of the design I (blush) kind of forgot to go back very often. But I went back this week and have to confess that the girlie in me still loves the design, it’s just such a pretty place to be. Yes, it’s a tad slower than del.icio.us but I think I can live with that. The interface is a bit clumsy too – I was going to explain the problems but Jim Ramsey sums it up rather well:
If I want to see more than the 3 bookmarks on my homepage I have to click on “View All” which takes me to another page. And then, if I want to add a tag to one of my bookmarks, I have to click “Edit Details,” which takes me to another page where I enter the tag and click “Save” which changes the page to show the current details for that bookmark.
Then, if I want to go back to my list of bookmarks, and click on “Bookmarks” in the top nav and I go back to the homepage, which only has my last 3 bookmarks, and I have to start all over again!
But it’s so pretty! So I’ve decided to stick with Ma.gnolia for a while, have installed Barry Price’s Ma.gnolia plugin 0.1 (if your host supports PHP5 you can use the more recent 0.2 version) and the link feed will display over there in the far right hand sidebar.
I’d love to keep the links here permanently (port them to an archive page after a certain period of time/number of links?) but I’ve no idea how to go about it. Any suggestions happily accepted.
Oh and while I remember, does anyone know what font is used in the Ma.gnolia logo?
But not when you get error pages. Alison is the latest to let me know that sometimes you’re unable to leave a comment (she’s tried a few times today).
and I’ve not changed anything since upgrading to WordPress 2.0.2 a few weeks back.
Any thoughts on what I can do to fix this?
Um, I should have suggested an email since the problem is the inability to comment… daisy AT chasingdaisy DOT com. Murky buckets.