New Theme in Place

I spent my time in the library at school using Photoshop and creating those cool custom images for the top posts and getting everything work correctly enough to go live on it for the evening. Evening turned to night, and I believe it is working good enough to leave up while the small improvements trickle in. Here are my favorite features:

  • A customized image on the home page for any post I want to display there.
  • The ability to display the most popular articles with custom graphics to draw the eye to them.
  • The speed of the code is phenomenal. My host has been running slowly and was down for some time on the East coast yesterday¬†(bad GoDaddy!), so I’m looking into “fixing” that.
  • It has the backbone for multiple authors and is a really good framework for a magazine style site that showcases all of the different categories. I’m going to do some category cleanup as a result.
  • The text area is very wide, leaving plenty of room to work with text and images into a great-looking post. This will take a while to clean up articles taylored for a narrow format, but I’m not complaining.

This new theme will take a little time to get used to and some effort to convert some old content, but I really couldn’t be happier. Go check it out for yourself and drop Darren Hoyt a line in the comments if you like it.

Didn’t Make 40 Yet; New Theme

I didn’t get to play last night because of a massive amount of school work. I deferred working on school during our vacation last weekend (hey, you only get a first wedding anniversary once!) and had to play catch-up. The price I had to pay was writing a 2 page analysis on a sucky website in the library two hours before class. That was just Tuesday!

Last night, I still had to read 80 very dense pages of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying to write my weekly 3/4-page critical analysis; for the 6th week without any feedback from the full-doctorate professor. Who knows how I’m doing?! The grades aren’t posted online, she hasn’t given us the papers or the grades, and she was only available to fix her mistake of leaving the papers at home last week during lunch hours Monday and Wednesday. Hello! Some of us have full-time jobs. That’s why we’re taking night classes!

I’m almost done working on a new theme that I found by a terrific web designer. I have every confidence that when it’s completely Gitr-ized, you will love the new feel and tell more of your friends. It is by far the most superior theme I’ve seen available to the public and should really get a foothold on the community. Stay tuned in the next couple of days.

UPDATE: Giving the theme a trial run until I get home from class.  Please leave feedback.

Ding 39; Grinding away kill/drop quests

Paladr hit 39 last night and frantically tried to level out his Blacksmithing to 300 using the simplest and cheapest methods possible, only to fall short of the next recipe level at the trainer. I think Paladr is at 272 and must need 275 to get the next round in Booty Bay.

I started investigating the specializations and decided to go with Armorsmith and was moderately disappointed to learn that I have to hit level 40 for those recipe quests to become available. I have stored up most of the crafted items used to receive those Ornate Mithril Armor pieces, which I am obviously eager to don at level 40 anyway. I have some nice stuff crafted already, but I can’t wait to see what kind of beating Paladr will take with plate armor.