these pages are “how-to”s, “what I did”s and “what I think”s in the techie world.
they are all under construction so far, when a page makes minimal sense and is not deemed embarrassing I publish it and keep working on it.
These are the pages I am working on so far:
- WHUFU – my mega-project – an interlinked presentation of all my content. In my grand vision, this will become a generalizeable content presentation system that will actually make me some money, which would be awesome.
- This led me to install and become minimally proficient in Subversion, after I lost a substantial chunk of code while working distractedly at the bar … I started a new page by dragging and dropping about 140 lines of PHP — that is I cut it rather than copied, then happily modified the new copy for a couple of hours. The next day I noticed those 140 lines were gone from the original. sigh… I can take a hint; the Universe is telling me to bring Source Control back into my life, and you should always listen to the Universe :)
- Doing my own development on my own timeline meant I can use the whole thing as a research project. Something I’ve had in the middle reaches of my technical brain since the 90’s was the centrality of properties in technical development. Not a new insight I know, but I have my own Freeman-ized version of property management that is working out quite well for me.
- After a threshold amount of development of both content and techniques for WHUFU, I decided it was time time to start working on presentation rather than purely back-end development. This lead me to discover Free CSS Templates. Taking a couple of templates and hacking them for my own uses (resume and new home page) lead me to a higher plateau of understanding how to really use CSS and thus really elevate my page design game.
- Part of WHUFU is organizing and interlinking photos in a database-driven way. While thinking about this, I went back to some earlier work on file-driven (no database) photo presentation. The idea was to integrate my nasty-looking operation photos into my shockingly popular health blog. This lead me to the discovery of JQuery, my new bff and the current obsession of my technical life.