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I'm sure that not everybody is interested in how a site is constructed, especially with simple blog-in-the-can software that's out there. However, I like to know the ins-and-outs of everything I'm working on, so I've managed to build this entire site from scratch.

As my goals for the site change, I tweak the code. Sometimes it's to add functionality, and sometimes it's to remove redundancy. But it's always to make things a little better.

CATEGORIES OVERHAUL

2008-11-11 12:43:57
by: jovial_cynic
I've recently performed an overhaul on the categories page of this site, which is what brings up all the posts of a particular topic. Right now, the content is broken down into the following sections:

CRITICISM
PROJECTS
MISC


Under each heading is a list of sub-headings, which previously linked to an archived list of posts from that sub-heading. In the past, that archive was just a list of links and dates. Now, clicking on one of those sub-headings provides the reader with a brief description of the sub-heading, full-text of the five most recent posts, and the rest of the posts archived as links.

This should make the site a little more pleasant to navigate. It also gives me the flexibility to change the focus of the category on the fly. This is much better than a column of links.

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SHIFTING RELIGION

2008-05-23 07:59:12
by: jovial_cynic
I've got two religion sections on my site - one is titled religion is under the "criticism" category of my site, and is a list of criticisms of mainstream western Christianity, and the other is titled theology and it sits under my "projects" heading. The theology section is a study of the Christian text, and is meant to open up a dialogue about how the text can be understood.

I have to shuffle some of the articles around, because once upon a time, I just threw every post that had anything to do into the religion category -- that was before the theology post existed. Eventually, I plan to fully enable some tagging onto my posts, so the categories will be less limiting.


Also, sorry for the lack of posts recently. My new job has kept me pretty busy lately, and since I write most of my blog posts while at work (shame on me, I know, I know), the blog has taken a hit.

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SLOW WEEK

2008-04-17 07:07:06
by: jovial_cynic
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've been down with pneumonia, and I'm still not at 100% yet.

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SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING

2008-02-25 13:42:05
by: jovial_cynic

edited with a.viary

A while back, I wrote a blog post or a comment about grassroots movements, and how real change in the social world doesn't happen at the top, but rather it happens at the bottom, and that in order to make something happen, the people in the weeds either drive the action, or they passively permit things to happen to them. In the case of the corporate world, the consumers (unwittingly) are the ones empowering businesses for good or for ill; successful businesses simply feed off of the crowds. And from that notion came some ideas about how real leadership in politics was as much about influencing and changing people as it was being able to feel a pulse on the people and accurately representing them.

I went hunting for that post, because I thought it would be clever to complain that "xyz candidate plagiarized my words!" (both Obama and Clinton have mentioned the power of grassroots movements). I used that search function I built for my site, but I couldn't find it in any of my posts, so I modified the search function to also search through comments... but I can't seem to find it in there either.

Weird. It's possible that I wrote it on another blog instead of my own, and I'll never be able to track it down. Blast.


In any event, I've upgraded my search function to allow users to search either through the posts or through the comments. It doesn't yet allow you to search through both at the same time, but I'll see about making that change.

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SET UPGRADE

2007-12-27 10:56:21
by: jovial_cynic


About this time last year, I cobbled together some javascript and recreated the game of SET so I could play it online whenever I wanted to.

At the time, I just used the characters X, @, and S to represent the three shapes in the game. It worked, but I recently decided to use actual shapes instead of the characters. I figured that the circle, triangle, and the square would work well. The pictures above shows the images I'm currently using. In the future, I may spend some time upgrading the images even more.

You can play SET by clicking here.

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