- Tuesday, August 31, 2004. On this day: BBC, Wikipedia, HowTo
- New navigation is done
Well it was a major pain but I've finally got my new hierarchical navigation menu working. What annoyed me the most was that very early on I found a page that had example code that seemed to do exactly what I wanted to but was ridiculously complicated and poorly documented in some respects. Because of that, I gave up on it and struck out on my own way of doing it. This failed miserably. Finally, I went back to trying to do it in a similar way as the example code. Doing this started to help me understand the example code better. There was still a lot of stuff I didn't understand in the example code though. It turns out though that none of that code was needed for making the navigation menu the way I wanted it.
Once I got the basics worked out I still had to play around with it to get my links working properly as well as getting it to look right. Overall though, I'm very happy with the way it looks.
# Posted 4:24 PM (0) comments
- Sunday, August 29, 2004. On this day: BBC, Wikipedia, HowTo
- Ultimate in geeky
Anyone visiting my site can tell that I'm pretty bad when it comes to keeping my site up to date. One of the things that would most quickly date my site would be if I included my age anywhere on the site. Because of this, I had pretty much given up on including my age on my site anywhere.
However, thanks to the power of PHP, that has all changed! A few years back I'd actually joked about doing something like this but had never bothered. I now have my age proudly displayed on my front page. However, it's not actually my age, I actually have PHP taking the current year and subtracting my birthday from it so now my age will always be accurate!
# Posted 3:34 PM (0) comments
- Site update push
Lately I've really been in the mood to work on my site more which is cool because I want to get it updated before I leave. Ideally, I want to get the re-design completed and everything up on my actual domain, www.tildefrugal.net/ instead of on the dev site. I plan to shut down my Linux box while I'm away so anything that I want to be accessible has to be up on my main site before then.
The big stuff that still needs to be done is to update all my pages so they reflect the new design and to hammer out a few details with the new design. But once I get all the pages ported over to the new structure I can work on any other changes to the design and they'll be reflected on every page.
At the moment, I'm debating on changing my navigation structure. As I've mentioned before, I've had a lot of issues with figuring out how to structure it well. I'm now thinking I may do a more hierarchical navigation instead of the "menus" at the top of the screen. The big plus is then I can go as deep as I want but it might get a bit unwieldy.
# Posted 1:19 PM (1) comments
- Thursday, August 26, 2004. On this day: BBC, Wikipedia, HowTo
- Forced to download bad 80's music
Sometimes when I'm planning a trip a song comes to mind as an appropriate representation of the trip. This is kind of hard to explain what I mean without offering up an example. One I clearly remember was when I was planning on going to Russia the obvious song was Back in the USSR. In that case it wasn't bad at all, I really like The Beatles and it's a good track. The obvious one for my planned travels after my placement is of course Holiday in Cambodia by the Dead Kennedys. Again, pretty cool. For my placement though, the obvious song (as many people have already pointed out) is One Night in Bangkok which has got to be up there in terms of 80's cheese. Still, it fits so well that it can't not be the song. If anyone knows of any songs about Laos please let me know.
# Posted 11:35 AM (1) comments
- Sunday, August 08, 2004. On this day: BBC, Wikipedia, HowTo
A couple bits of good news the other day have really re-energised me. First of all, as of Thursday, I have been approved by the Lao government. Apparently, my visa has also been approved which is good because I had thought I'd have to go through that process once I got there. I'm still not 100% sure on what my visa situation in terms of my travel arrangements but at least it has been approved.
The other really good bit of news is that my start date is going to be pushed back. I don't have the new date yet but the tentative date is Sept 20 for arrival in Bangkok. This is really good news because I was really starting to feel stressed out from the lack of time to get ready to go.
Since then I've really found a boost in my energy to get work done to go. I still have a lot to do but it feels really good to have the time I'll need to get it all done.
# Posted 12:35 PM (0) comments
- Thursday, August 05, 2004. On this day: BBC, Wikipedia, HowTo
Still working on getting everything together for the trip to Laos. The time crunch is really starting to get a little crazy. The current start date in Laos is Sept 1 which means if I subtract a day to get from Bangkok to Vientiane and 2 days to get from here to Bangkok then I'm leaving on Sept 29. Aug 19-24 I'm in Montreal and Ottawa for orientation so that makes things pretty crazy.
I'm increasingly thinking of not running my Linux box while I'm away. At first I thought I would keep it going but I won't be around to maintain it and shutting it down will make things much easier. This increases my impetus to get the new design live on tildefrugal.net so that I can still keep my blog going on there. I have signed up for a gmail account so I'll probably just have everything forward to there or just give that address out to people to use depending on how much I want to keep the spam down.
Somewhere in the middle of this I'm also supposed to complete 80 hours of volunteer work. I've gotten started on this but I'm getting a bit concerned about having enough time to complete it. Not to mention that I haven't even been final approved yet!
All in all, August is going to be pretty nuts for me. I'm suspecting that they're going to have to approve me pretty soon or bump back my start date but I don't want to count on that until it's a definite.
# Posted 11:59 AM (0) comments
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