Picasa ‘n’ Ninjas

I downloaded that Picasa thing by Google today. My heart stuck in my throat for a moment before I realized it’s just a glorified picture viewer. But nevertheless it’s pretty slick. One of the slickest interfaces I’ve seen in a while.

Oh, I heard about this Ninja site at work this week. It’s kind of funny, as long as you don’t try to use your brain in any way. I kept imagining a 20-something network engineer writing all that stuff in his spare time, which is sort of funny in itself. He probably even wrote all the hate mail to himself too.

Real Ultimate Power – The OFFICIAL Ninja Homepage

The Continuing Saga…

I believe I’ve solved all of the current slideshow problems. The newest updates are in the “Ashland Parade,” “Lakeside Flowers,” and “Chincoteague” picture galleries.

At this point, I have no clue what they will look like in any browser but Internet Explorer 6. I’ll have to check them out in that “other” browser pretty soon I guess.

Buttons Ahoy

Okay, I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so tonight I made a bunch of buttons to replace the text links in my gallery pages. It was a surprisingly tedious task to do the highlighting when you roll the mouse over the buttons. And I won’t even go into how frustrating it was to get the play/pause button graphics to work right. Anyway, I’ve only got the new graphics on the Ashland Parade gallery so far because I’m too tired to stay up any later doing the rest of them.

Hrm, it would appear that I need to do a bit more work on this slideshow thing as it appears to preload every image before it starts to run, which is somewhat of a Bad Thing.

Then again, maybe not. I think my web server is just running slow as crap right now. Or maybe it’s my network. Who knows? The possibilities are endless!

Ashland Parade with Buttons!

Slideshows Ahoy

If you are the kind of person who obsessively clicks links you’ve already seen many times before, you may have already noticed that there is a new feature now available in the pictures, thanks to a helpful suggestion from Cynthia. If you are the type of person who is not willing to look for things on your own, I’ll just tell you that there is now a slideshow link on all my picture galleries. It requires a Javascript-enabled browser, of course, but if you don’t have one of those then you are disasterously behind on the technology curve and probably can’t even read this, since you would still be speaking Latin and probably be wearing a toga.

Amazingly enough, the slideshow thing was my first real experience with Javascript. That may sound surprising, given what I’ve previously written about my staggering wealth of computer programming knowledge, but it is nevertheless true. I judge Javascript to be mildly interesting, but not particularly worth expending too many of my precious brain cells on. Besides the unspeakable lack of semi-colon enforcement, the built-in objects suffer from a wealth of naming inconsistencies.

Okay, my work here is done.

Change Log

I just created a “change log” for all the tasks I’ve accomplished since the first release of Defector. It almost looks like I’ve done something productive! I have some hope of making this a regularly updated item on the site.

Tom’s Change Log

Account Settings Implemented

I finally added the ability to modify user account settings. There are really only 3 things to modify at this point; password, email address, and notification preference. But that’s 3 more things than there were before!

Deadwood Gone

I finally got around to cleaning out the deadwood from my site. I stripped everything out of the old Nova Design pages. Now if people should stumble upon them in a search engine they’ll get links to the real Nova Design and links to here. I also cleaned everything off of the Lefty’s Cousin Records page, which incidentally came up as the #1 choice if you typed it into the Yahoo search engine.

Pictures Updated

I’ve updated all the picture galleries on the left using the newest version of my Galleria program. I added some comments to some of the pictures and descriptions of each picture set, but the pictures themselves are mostly the same. (There are some new ones in the Moving Day and New House galleries, though.)