January 1, 2007
Welcome to goer.org 3.0
goer.org: weblog. A website barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first... errr, scratch that, we have the capability to make Evan's first not-completely-hideous website. goer.org will be that website. Better than it was before. Better... stronger... faster.
Yes, after almost five years, I've finally redesigned the ol' blog template. Out with the hideous green of goer.org 2.0, and in with the soothing earth tones of goer.org 3.0! (Hmm, so what was goer.org 1.0, then? You really don't want to know.)
Aside from being vaguely displayable in Netscape Navigator 4, the previous design had very little to recommend it. The new design has several advantages over the old, including:
- It's not hideously green.
- Oh, it's hideously brown, you say? Well, according to Microsoft, brown is the new black. So there.
- As an added bonus, this design is one of the only sites out there where the little orange "feed" icons actually sort of harmonize.
- Atom 1.0 feeds. I was going to hilariously title this post, "Up and Atom!", but then I discovered I was only about the 800th person to come up with that.
- Individual entry archives. The old blog had everything filed away on monthly archives (mimicking the format from back before I had blog software) and presented comments in a separate pop-up window (a hack from back when Phil Ringnalda taunted me into opening up comments, and that turned out the quickest way to enable them.) Now each post has its own page and its own set of permalinkable comments. Technology marches on!
- You can now post comments using a subset of John Gruber's Markdown. That means bulleted lists, blockquotes, preformatted code blocks, and other goodies.
- There is a de.licio.us-powered linkroll.
- The site has migrated to MT 3, which has a wide array of nifty new features to play with.
- Did I mention, not hideously green?
Plus many other minor tweaks. And newly-introduced bugs. For one thing, this template looks a little sketchy in Internet Explorer 6. For one thing, the blockquotes are causing weird formatting glitches. Also, IE 6 does not seem to like
border-style: dotted. But I'm sure this is all fixed in IE 7.
A final note: the banner at the top is a composite of photographs from Flickr. I can't take a picture worth a damn, but fortunately other people can... and not only that, they sometimes release their work under a Creative Commons license. So thank you to the following people for making this redesign possible:
- mharrsch, for the cuneiform image
- rubberpaw, for the torah image
- Muffett, for the illuminated manuscript image
- machaggis for the antique printing press image
- reivax, for the IBM Selectric image
- gesteves, for the Macintosh image
And that's all for now. Technically, this blog only has one post in it, so I'd better start filling it up. Don't want to look like a newb...