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Month: August 2007

Composite of my pictures of the complete lunar eclipse on August 28, 2007

Composite of my pictures of the complete lunar eclipse on August 28, 2007

Composite of my pictures of the complete lunar eclipse on August 28, 2007

Took some pictures of the total lunar eclipse last night. I kind of wish I had a telescope when I was taking these pics. The first couple of shots where it’s all black were just hand-held (1/8 of a second, image-stabilized by the Canon) and the brighter ones were taken on a tripod.

New Kitchen Countertop

New Kitchen Countertop

Kristin and Kuma posed for this lengthy timed exposure to capture the blue glowing light from the countertop. Illumination was provided by the dining room light (the overhead kitchen lights were off). This lets the river show up properly.

See all the kitchen pictures here: http://flickr.com/photos/gserafini/sets/72157594153594016/ (they start at the beginning).

Vote for my buttons if you like them (TODAY!) :)

Vote for my buttons if you like them (TODAY!) :)

Voting is now enabled on the Miro one-click subscribe button design contest. Voting is by leaving comments. Please leave a comment and vote for my buttons if you like them. 🙂

Click here to go view the entries and vote: Design Contest: Judgement Day(s)

Thanks!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who voted for my submissions to the contest. I won first place. What did I win? Four t-shirts! Yay! Now who’s an “award winning” designer now? hah! 🙂 Thanks again.

My submissions to the Miro one-click subscribe button contest

My submissions to the Miro one-click subscribe button contest

Miro (the open source video player formerly known as Democracy) is running a contest right now to design a revised one-click subscribe button.

A Fun Little Design Contest
Design up to three buttons and submit them as links in the comments. On August 20th, we’ll create a blog post with all of the submissions.
There aren’t a lot of constraints on what you can submit. Our goal is to have a selection of buttons that would look nice on a blog sidebar or myspace page. We hope to see a variety of sizes and colors.

Here are my three submissions, shown on different backgrounds. My goal for this is to create simple, clean, and usable buttons.

#FFFFFF #666666 #000000
Option #1 Subscribe in Miro Subscribe in Miro Subscribe in Miro
Option #2 Add Channel to Miro Add Channel to Miro Add Channel to Miro
Option #3 Watch now in Miro Watch now in Miro Watch now in Miro

I’ll update this post once voting is started so you can vote for my submissions if you like them 🙂

Update: Thanks to everyone who voted for my submissions. (I won the grand prize. 🙂 )

And now for Bruce’s list of ugly cars

And now for Bruce’s list of ugly cars

Bruce wrote another article over on FastWallpapers.com about his love of beautiful cars. This time, however, it is a top list of the ugliest cars he could find. Not surprisingly, the Pontiac Aztec leads the list. Poor Aztec, at the top of everyone’s ugly list.

Too Ugly To Live: Should these 6 Cars be Banned from the Road?

P.S. If you like Bruce’s list, vote it up on Reddit here: http://reddit.com/info/2fy8f/comments. I don’t think it’s been submitted to Digg (yet). His last article did pretty well over there.

WP-Cache 2.0 – useful for surviving the digg/reddit effect for your WordPress blog

WP-Cache 2.0 – useful for surviving the digg/reddit effect for your WordPress blog

Found this useful plugin from this site while working on a site that was in the middle of getting dugg/reddited:

WP-Cache is an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive. It works by caching Worpress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and then building the page from the database. WP-Cache allows to serve hundred of times more pages per second, and to reduce the response time from several tenths of seconds to less than a millisecond.

Get the plugin here: Ricardo Galli, de software libre – WP-Cache 2.0

Good article over on Bruce’s FastWallpapers.com site – 6 Sexy Sports Cars Big Oil Doesn’t Want You to Buy

Good article over on Bruce’s FastWallpapers.com site – 6 Sexy Sports Cars Big Oil Doesn’t Want You to Buy

Tesla front

Bruce spent a good amount of time researching the 6 best “green” sports cars. Some awesome pics there, including the Tesla Roadster.

These are our favorite “green” sports cars. Some get awesome gas mileage while smoking the competition, and others use advanced bio-fuels to eek out ever higher performance over their gas-guzzling brethren. Big Oil doesn’t like any of them, because they all mean one thing: if you buy them, Big Oil makes less money.

Read the article and check out the desktops: Fast Wallpapers Blog – Blog Archive – 6 Sexy Sports Cars Big Oil Doesn’t Want You to Buy

Some excellent WordPress plugins I found recently – Breadcrumbs and better Links page management

Some excellent WordPress plugins I found recently – Breadcrumbs and better Links page management

I’m working on a new site relating to Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act compliance (it will replace the useless site that is currently up at grammleachblileyact.com) and was looking for breadcrumb functionality and a better way to manage outputting links from the Blogroll on the links.php page.

I had searched for a good WordPress breadcrumbs plugin a while ago, and the ones I found didn’t really impress me. I’m really happy with the one I ended up finding this time. It’s called Breadcrumb Navigation XT and it does exactly what I was looking for. I’ll be using this probably for any future needs when it comes to breadcrumbs and WordPress.

The second plugin that I found was related to fixing how WordPress currently outputs links using the default get_links_list() function used in most links.php template pages right now. I had used on the XyzAnt.com links page another WordPress function (wp_list_bookmarks()) that only works for WordPress 2.1 and higher, and is still undergoing active development / documentation. That function, however, only allows you to output the description, and doesn’t appear to include the functionality to show notes. Since there is a larger amount of allowable text for the notes field, and that is what I needed, I still needed to find (or write) a solution to outputting all links, ordered by category, displaying the notes field as well as link title, url, image, etc. This is the plugin that I found that does just this (found it after writing about 80% of the same functionality myself). It does just what I was looking for, shows all the categories that contain links and the links within each category.

Plugin author’s latest post about WordPress 2.1 support: Link Library now supports WordPress 2.1