The aspens/poplars have leaves the size of quarters, the delphiniums are about eight inches tall, the grass is green, and it is snowing.
So, as I sit facing a window that shows me this all too clearly, I will do a knitting update and silently think a stream of profanity to make a sailor blush.
I have been really bad about documentation for the last year at least but here's some attempt at catching up with photographic evidence. ( Lots of photos under this cut. )
For those that remember my ranting about my craft blog, Omnifariously Knotty, well it's still lacking OpenID... but there are posts! Not many, but there's actual content. To be specific I put up a post on what I did to make Namid's white top (seen in the lace stole photos) from a baby top/dress pattern as well as a post on how to modify my shorts pattern into capris.
The aspens/poplars have leaves the size of quarters, the delphiniums are about eight inches tall, the grass is green, and it is snowing.
Then I went to work on Omnifariously Knotty and pretty much crashed and burned.
My problem there is that I dearly love the layout theme, but it's not been updated in over two and a half years. I've used some tweaks that other people have created, or tried to. One works (the date tabs include year for posts over a year old), but the one I worked on again today worked only partially. It was supposed to wrap the main content under the second column to use some of the wasted space as you scroll down. Well it worked great on the "home" page but when I when I checked it on the Categories page and the About page... nope. The content ran under the second column. No matter how often I look at the assorted template files I can't see why it works on home.php and not on categories.php or any of the other files that I tweaked. It's one line added to them, not exactly a lot of room in that for errors.
There is also a much more annoying problem with that layout. I've installed the OpenID plugin on my instance of WordPress but the layout doesn't display the option to use it. I poked and fiddled with the comments.php file today to try to get that fixed. That also didn't go well. I need to learn how to use php with forms (or at all really) and figure out how to construct the if/else loop in there to drop through the options of having a login account (which no one has other than me), supplying an email address, or using OpenID. Sure, as the site stands now people can use a name and email to comment, but I'd really, really like to have OpenID as an option.
Maybe I should just go looking for a different layout theme. *sigh*
I am looking for an image/photo gallery script/program I can install on my website that basically acts like Flickr for one person. I want to be able to upload images at full size and have a thumbnail and a medium (about 500px) size (at least) generated by the script. I should be able to tag the images at the very least but being able to group them into sets/albums/galleries would be handy. A comment area would be a plus. I, though not necessarily others, should be able to get direct links to any of the generated image sizes as well as the original image. A web interface for uploads would be handy, but not required, and it would be awesome if I could just dumped images into a directory by FTP even if I do have a web interface available.
As I recall my host has PHP4 by default but does allow me to force the use of PHP5 (this is how I got WordPress working there) and I can make SQL databases (MySQL I think, I haven't checked on the specifics there recently).
So, any suggestions?
The sorts of things that are likely to turn up on the craft blog:
"choose your own" knitting pattern (AKA, fill in your own gauge and measurement guides)
knitting technique tutorials
how to make knitting charts with a decent paint program (PSP for me but it plan to generalize)
how to draft sewing patterns (specific patterns that I don't feel like grading and working up PDFs for)
heck, maybe some soap recipes
tatting patterns, if I ever do more than dabble with it
ditto with sprang
You get the general idea. :)
I was thinking "Making Stuph" but that is very generic, even with the verging on cutesy Stuph spelling. "Teph Makes Stuph" is today's thought. Whatever I come up with will have a subdomain on tephras.com so whatever.tephras.com should also be a memorable URL easily associated with the site name.
I'm sort of tempted to swipe the name of my dead crafting comm on LJ, Internet Refrigerator, iFridge.tephras.com? :D Yes, I could do the technique posts to internet_fridge, and I may do that, but it wouldn't be kosher to take that comm for the pattern selling part of the plan.
Some one toss me some ideas? Random thoughts?
Crafty Pantry just popped into my head. I need to kill it with fire.
So, yeah. If I draw/write/otherwise create anything even remotely "questionable" by LJ's still poorly defined standards you can expect no links to it here. I'll tell you where it is but you'll have to use a bookmark or something to get there.
You might want to take note of my other journals and sites:
Tephra @ InsaneJournal
Tephra @ GreatestJournal
Tephra @ JournalFen
Tephralynn @ DeviantArt
My personal website (which I really need to finish restoring)
Then I tried installing the software on his domain.
Let me point out, we have the same hosting service and hosting package level.
The software that installed so nice on my domain? Will not install on his. I've created and destroyed four SQL databases today trying to get eFiction installed on his domain and keep getting the same SQL error. Now either they've updated the SQL version in the last week (which they haven't, according to their FAQ and everything I can find on their site about the versions of MySQL and PHP on the site) or something is different about the eFiction installer.
You see, on my domain I installed 3.0 and then discovered right afterward that 3.2 was out so I upgraded. On Hafoc's domain I am trying to install 3.2 directly.
Wouldn't you know that I can't find a copy of the 3.0 zip anywhere? I know it had a security hole but normally you can find an old copy of a program somewhere online.
But then this is eFiction, the one piece of software you can search for with google and get three pages of results of sites using the software without actually finding the homepage and download site for it.
My head hurts.
Update: A very kind soul over in the eFiction support forums sent me the zip for version 3.0 which installed just fine and was upgraded to 3.2 immediately. So that part of Hafoc's site just needs content and a few tweaks (like the text of the Creative Commons license he's using).
Next up is yet another stab at forums now that Hafoc has revised, again, what he wants out of them. I'll have to do some skinning work to make the look and feel from the story archive carry over and I'm not looking forward to that. Skinning eFiction is relatively easy but phpBB is a bit more complex. At least I don't have to bridge the databases.
<insert truly vile language here>
So I find myself trying to decide while modifications to the forum code are more likely to work to prevent this sort of thing since apparently just needing people to read a code out of an image and type it in AND click a link in an activation email isn't enough. The "best" choices (meaning the ones that have more "yay it works!" comments than "I can't get this to install" comments) are to do a different visual confirmation system (requiring a person to indicate if the supplied image is an animal or not and allowing me to supply my own images) and/or to add a bright red message telling people to leave the profile section of the registration empty and then reject any application that has anything in that section.
The former would undoubtedly look better but may conflict with the visual confirmation of the first post modification I've already done.
The latter is unlikely to conflict with anything but is a bit obnoxious. There is a variant that just hides the profile section of the registration form, which is visually more elegant, but apparently bots are "smart" enough to check if a field is hidden and then simply not fill it in.
And several points about the basic forum code make me wonder if they even thought about security, it seems if you want to prevent harvesting of your member's email addresses you have to either trust they will tick the "hide address" box of install a MOD. Version 3 might solve some of my issues but it's still in beta (though it seems to be close to release.) Of course there will likely be a lag between the release of 3 and the release of compliant MODs.
Well, enough for tonight, sleep time. *Zzzzzz*
This is what I've learned so far:
* Setting up a forum is actually pretty damned easy.
* Modifying a forum with some basic MOD code is also pretty damned easy.
* Trying to make two major MODs to the way posts are handled is rather like getting two drenched cats to play nice in a burlap sack strapped to your back while climbing a muddy cliff in a thunderstorm at midnight.
It may come down to making a choice between two of his desired features, full moderation for the "Ask X" forums and anonymous first posting for the writing critique forum. Both modifications edit the function_post.php file heavily and they get along about as well as those cats.
I've had to completely nuke the forum twice now because things are just too messed up to fix. For the third attempt I'm going to once again hold off the anonymous forum MOD until the very end, and then do the hacks by hand since at that point the script installer can't handle it.
Wish me luck.
I decided to check out the Japanese section and the intro has me snickering:
"The Japanese have 800 myriads of Gods which must cause a few congestion problems on their islands.
"They appear to have a tendency to worship anything if it stays still long enough and looks interesting enough. Photography has replaced Iconography and pilgrims can often be seen in London recording taxis and streetlamps for possible deification."
By this logic, I am a god in Japan.
There were a ton of tourists taking my picture when I was mapping in the Grand Canyon as a grad student. I'm not sure what was so photogenic about a fat American girl in combat boots, jeans, and a flannel shirt. Maybe it was the fact I was sitting astride the stone wall at the very edge of the canyon with a map board and pencil while squirrels used my leg as a highway in and out of the canyon. Or the fact that the squirrels were stealing my grapes while I worked.
One of them probably has a photo of me taking a photo of a squirrel as the squirrel tried to steal my camera.
This means of course that my email is a bit scrambled for the moment since I now have to get my client set up for the new host. I have none of the nifty procmail filtering that I used to have so I'm getting a lot more spam than I used to get as well (especially since the only way I can be sure of getting all my mail at the moment is to accept any mail sent to my domain.) Once I figure out which addresses I actually need to keep from my old set up I will weed things down to a mailbox for the addresses I use and a mailbox for everything else to be dealt with as needed.
As for the websites... well the PSP site is going to be the last back up, if I put it back up at all. With all the stuff I have for download, and the traffic I get through there, I'm concerned about the bandwidth and storage space (even if Kazin says that his whole server used less than what this basic hosting package has.)
There are some sections of my site that used perl scripts I wrote, those will have to be reworked since the basic package doesn't allow users to use perl scripts. And since I have to rework parts of the site I'm taking the opportunity to go through everything.
So, in short, my website is going to be offline for a while. Once I get my email straightened out everything else at tephras.com is bumped down the priority list while I deal with hafoc's site1 and other things.
And now to hunt down some lunch.
1. I have what is, for me, a very basic set up that is awaiting content. I'm sure there will be many tweaks and revamps forthcoming.
I just found out that my domain host will cease all services October 1st. This means I will have no host for tephras.com, no mail, no website.
I'm not in a good position to look for a hosting service, let alone afford one, so this was just the sort of news I did not need to get while sitting 1000 miles from home waiting for mom to have a cancerous mass removed from her breast.
So far I have had 1and1 recommended by my erstwhile host. I'm admittedly spoiled by him, I was free to install what I liked and was given a lot of permissions on his server, so the hosting services are all both foreign in design and rather restrictive in practice.
I most likely will not be maintaining my PSP related site, the bandwidth and storage is too great. I don't want to lose my domain since I'd like to avoid having to change email addresses (the very thought of hunting down every site and person to update that is shudder inducing) and it's paid until next July.
This is pretty much the last straw for today. I'm going off to have a cry, if I can do that without someone demanding my time and attention yet again.
Imagine my shock when I discovered that the last time I updated anything on my PSP site was in May 2004.
My creative pursuits have been in a serious decline over the last couple years. At least in terms of anything original getting finished.
Anyway, I wrote the tutorial mostly to remind myself how I did the graphics for paintedshoji.
Of course I realized after I had finished that I had actually left out a step I used for the paintedshoji images. It has a very subtle effect with the image I used for the tutorial however, so I'm waffling on correcting the tutorial. If I didn't think it would be odd to add the step near to the end of the tutorial I probably would add it, but it makes more sense to have the step earlier (though it really makes no impact on the process, you could do it at any point after deforming and positioning the artwork.)
Meh. I'll think on it. Maybe a footnote for what to do if you have a very light image to work with (since I only came up with the step because the first screen I made was a mostly white image.)
I "think" with too many parentheticals.
Of course I changed my email with LJ during the outage so I could keep track of things, therefore the first order of business was to change it back to my normal email address.
I'm not getting email from LJ.
So I go and force LJ to send another validation email. I do that about half a dozen times. No validation emails arrive.
I go log into my server (yay for shell accounts and SSH!) and go through my procmail filters. Nothing to mark LJ mail as spam in there but I whitelist LJ anyway.
Try having LJ mail me a validation a few more times.
Log back into my server and check my mail logs, nothing from LJ, not even something getting caught in the assorted server side spam filtering I have going.
Change my email with LJ back to my meowmail count and get a validation immediately.
It's not LJ.
It's not my filters or ISP.
Email the admin of my server. Discover that I need to have Thunderbird purge the old site certificates so I can actually send email. Poke around and find where it stores them and delete the old certs, accept the new ones, then send the email.
We're hoping it's just some lingering DNS cache issues and not the DSL provider.
So I find myself hoping I'll get eight or ten invalid validation emails in the next day or so.
I should perhaps also go through and put subjects on everything.... "No subject" is unhelpful when searching for something.
My server is still down and I'm getting a bit irritated. I've changed my LJ mail address to my backup meowmail address so I can keep track of people replying to things here. Perhaps it's time to see if hafoc can set up another mailbox with Charter (from what I've seen on their site there should be slots for nine more boxes).
This song would make an interesting AMV...
For those that noticed that my email and websites (and everything hosted on my website and linked here) are down, I know why now. It seems my admin moved and didn't bother to warn me of the expected server outage. I managed to find a mutual friend that knew of the move and according to him the server should be back up sometime tomorrow. I'm guessing the hold up is the DSL connection at the new location since my admin hosts the server in his home.
Having "Fuck this shit" on my fanart gallery main page, no matter how creatively displayed, just wasn't acceptable.
And to think, I left comments asking if I was an animal-person obsessed lesbian up in my SF/F gallery....
I'm very, very puzzled.
And that segues pretty well into my latest irritation. People finding stuff on my site and then grabbing domains for them and emailing me asking for more information and demanding to know my interest in the term.
The world should live in fear of my ever gaining godlike powers.