For your pleasure and delight, here are 10 different typefaces to choose from.
With a name like 1) Anarchistic, you're unfortunately branded. It was my first choice. But I agree, perhaps it is a little too carefree.
Now, I could release these apps, along with the kernel that'd power them. I'll have to look at them again as they're very old. Over four years, and gathering dust in some obscure part of my hard disk.
Whether it'd be worth it? They're primarily concerned with creating and FTP'ing websites. Sure there's content management in there too.
But a business? I don't know. I'll have to think of a niche, a big niche ;-) Perhaps as a vehicle for off line working for MoveableType? As a method of marrying Joe Sixpack's digital images on local disks with galleries on a server, whacked through Photoshop on the way? Or perhaps there are more business end users, certainly they'd be more prepared to cough up some payment.
I'll await the feedback.
I'm going to use it for illustrations for news items. The macro's fairly simple, I call it with a menu item, which asks me for the parameters.
<%googleImage (search, bigText, blueText)%>
Surgeons, I hear sometime listen to classical music during operations, at least TV would have me believe. While I've been designing the Krishna Manila templates, I've had playing in the background some mantras and prayers.
I wonder if I should listen to cars if I was to do a car website, keyboards and people saying rhubarb rhubarb in open planed offices, when working on the Government Office's intranet, and the sounds of a photographer's studio when... Would that be mood music?
If it would be, I'd much prefer to listen to this happy chappie.
|Krishna Conscious Audio Tracks|
|Hare Krishna kirtan led by Kripamoya das|
|Hare Krishna kirtan led by Indradyumna Swami|
|Mangala Arati Prayers led by Damodar das|
|Deity Greeting Prayers music by George Harrison|
|Guru Puja Prayers led by Damodar das|
|Gaura Arati Prayers led by Ranchor das|
|Parama Karuna sung by Gaurangi dasi|
|If you need the Real Player you can Download it from Real.com|
Hare Krishna devotees are seen chanting, singing and performing music in cities and towns all over the world. As with all other activities, music is considered a sacred offering to God."
Point 2, I like it when people say nice things, as this chap does.
Turns out not everything is fixed. Long story, but I've ended up with fonts and various other elements from months ago.
This is just the first, some more will be coming eventually.
I'm still a bit lost with all the names, and stories but I'm in draw dropping awe at the richness and brilliance of colour. I've only seen these sort of paintings in prints, where they lose their dazzle. On computer screens they really do jump out.
So after asking the question, I was also inspired to take some videos. This country is smaller, a lot smaller that the US. Everything is cuter, cosier, more bunched up. More squashed. The Ironbridge videos of yesterday explain this, better than I can in words.
This beach in St. Ives, Cornwall, is more in scale with the UK. I guess it's less than half a mile wide when the tide's in.
OK, so I've made it easy for me to video blog. One thing I need, OK two more things I need, is some sort of queuing system in Radio, and more upstream bandwidth. I'm 3Mb down on cable but I'm only getting 30Kb/s up which when I'm trying to get up 10 avi files ranging from 17Mb to 1Mb plus their first JPEG image, that's 20 extra threads, on top of my existing 13... 33 threads in Frontier means she runs slowly. But with a nice orderly queue, things will go much nicer.
I'll probably not do so many vids in one go anyway. Still have to figure a way so that search engines don't go mad for my bandwidth.
I'm then presented with a list of shortcuts for the thumbnails, which I add to my post...
Esme and Bradley throwing rocks in the River Severn. But, it gets a little too exciting and she needs to go pee, "I'm desperate!"
Some bad background noise. Maybe I had my finger over the mic... Maybe it's too windy. This place used to be a warehouse. Now, it's the Telford Gorge's museum. One of many in the area.
Pan down the river. And Esme wants to go paddling to get a leaf. Madness, she'd be swept away by the current.
As we walk up a tree lined path along the bank, Esme recounts a story about monsters, finds a leaf, then Bradley finds one too.
Time to go home, says Esme, after I pan from the church at the side of the valley back onto the bridge.
Says a programmer on
Slashdot.org who outsourced his job: "About a year ago I hired a developer in
India to do my job. I pay him $12,000 out of the $67,000 I get.
I wonder if I could find a Frontier programmer? Probably not, but maybe I'd find a trainee. Hmmm. Something I've certainly been thinking about lately as I get more and more busy.
"Instantly get new individuals up to speed, by automatically and securely preserving conversations, decisions and context"
I think Manila is much easier to use that wikis, thus I think a Manila colony would be more powerful that SocialText's collaborative tools. Time to dig into SocialText and see...
It's not often I play with graphic design, but this project has been terrific. The imagery is, literally, glorious. I could go on knocking sketches up for ever. Alas, I have to stop, and await the feedback for the next, final stage, where I produce three, more finished visuals. Then, we'll start chopping them up into completed Manila themes.
There's got to be something I can do about this.
Feckin' google, sharn't be buying any of their cowing stock (I'm the UK so can't anyway). I've clicked through to one of these links, i-group-sex.blogspot.com just to see if there was anything there, if our lazy pal at blogger had deleted such sites PDQ... No! There was porn there, but worse I had an attack of the killer pop ups. Every bloody where! Tits and arses and sucking nobs all over my screen, 50 or 60 clicks later they're gone. So much for google's be no evil policy. Pah!
As I'm in Firefox I thought this wouldn't ever happen to me again. Damn. (I hadn't checked the block pop ups option in this newer version, hope it works.)
I guess this geezer will make a packet from the book he intends to publish out of all the reviews. Good luck to him, a neat idea. I've suggested this I write the reviews for both Radio and Manila.
I've used Radio from the day it came out, OK before that since I was a beta tester. Since I run several manila servers, one for Football fan meat heads who are totally non techie, one for the Government Office for the West Midlands who use it for the intranet for over 500 people. (One of the nice apps I have there is an editable address book—each person owns their page and can edit and upoload images. It can be searched across and surfed across—so you can find out who sits next to who, who's someone's boss, etc.. In any page witin the intranet you can add the shortcut, "Steve Hooker" —link to my page, "Steve Hooker mugshot" —add a picture, "Steve Hooker email" —a link to the spam free email.)
I'm not affiliated to Userland, and I ask what are Radio's limitations, I should be able to write an unbiased report.
So think for a moment, you have Manila, with say a thousand sites, each mainly owned by one person, some owned by a project group, others owning several sites, perhaps managers who project manage several projects.
Think of that project manager, who subscribes to his projects' RSS feeds. As he reads his updates from these projects via his aggregator (in Radio or Manila) he re-posts the most important items to his own blog, with annotations obviously.
His boss, subscribes to the project manager's feed and the rest his project managers' feeds too. The boss, posts worthy items to his blog, some go to private blogs (for grading or personnel departments), some public.
Of course, the boss of bosses has these feeds in his aggregator, and most of the people below him subscribe to one or more of his public feed too.
Naturally, there's not just company feeds in anybody's aggregator. Other blogs, newspapers are there too, so it's a vital information source.
This tree-like structure reflects the hierarchical grade structure. Information flows up and down the tree. Those items that are critical travel further and perhaps break out into their own articles, maybe a short lived disposable blog.
Sure project management tools these days have this sort of function built in. But, that's software for project managers. It's not software for bottle washers and bosses. That's the best thing about blogs—they're fun because they're easy. This is why millions are now blogging. Where as intranets are normally top down information flows, intranets based on blogs are bottom up flows (both ways actually). This is the root problem of knowledge management solved—people actually do it.
Manila and Radio can be connected: I can open up any Manila site with Radio, thus I can edit any page within an outliner on my desktop, adding rules, definitions, and a whole gamut of special instructions for that content. This makes speciality pages on a website easy to make. I use such to create timesheet pages (see thumbnails below).
Using the boilerplate feature these special instructions can be added by non techies who then get on with filling in the blanks.
Using Radio, a folder full of images can be sent to a Manila site simply by pointing a menu at the folder. And it needn't be images, it could be PDFs, Excel documents that make up a databased site. These could even be scheduled.
Radio is a content management designer's dream. A scripting environment on the desk top that can connect to other applications (I'm having great fun with Photoshop at the moment), then publish or FTP 'stuff' to a Manila server or an FTP server. That's putting stuff into a blog; of course, there's the downoload or get from email or the get via XML-RPC connections that I haven't really explored yet. Though I used to email-to-blog from my mobile phone and I webedit to and from other Frontier instalations.
Blogs are quickly transforming the marketing and branding landscape. Consumers are using them as platforms to talk about products and services. Companies are using them as tools to capitalize on employee loyalty and enthusiasm.
It's called hyperaffilation, when a customer or employee thinks very highy of a product or service. It cannot be astroturfed as Warner Brothers Records found out, and most companies would die to be able to get their 'truth' out there from hundreds of sources. Think of that advertising exec's line, "they'll become a customer when they've seen your name seven times in different contexts," or when they've heard it mentioned in glowing terms from a friend.
Some of the "major findings:"
- Blog trends often pre-date or upstage major news stories, suggesting they can serve as powerful "leading indicators" for marketers
- Teens are highly active bloggers, suggesting that blog-publishing platforms are transforming the habits, practices, and expectations of a key audience for marketers.
- Blog content is easily found through search engines, with the potential to reach broad audiences
Have they ever looked at any teenager blog? Maaaaan! It's ALL about boys (or girls). One thing though, they know their readers, like literally!
This is a dead handy map for me. I've been travelling to London (The Smoke) for 20 years, by train, hitch hiking, bus, and car. I've never had a mind's eye map of the tube system. And this is it. Just need to figure out where the M4 is and the Northern Circular and I'msorted for the next trip, next week.
Hosted services probably represent between 70 and 85% of the weblogs published.
Movable Type and Expression Engine are considered the most robust, in terms of features and extensibility, of the stand-alone applications.
As more businesses find valuable uses for weblog technology, there will be increasing demand for professionally-oriented tools, hosted services, and professional support services.
I took Bradley up to the shop to get some pasties, and came back with a boat. I didn't think he'd use it much. He nearly wore it out. We dug streams and ponds in the sand for his boat.
Amanda made Bradley a sand boat, which he took the girls in for a spin, to the shops and to Flambards.
Bradley trying to catch a fish, while everybody else tries to catch a crab. The day before, it was just me and Bradley. We took fishing rods too. Our bait was sand eels, but as we hadn't caught anything, Bradley suggested strawberries. We didn't catch any fish with those either, though we had a few laughs from by standers.
Bradley, Alex, Francis and Amanda. Many crabs were caught this day. Using the fishing nets as landing nets increased the catch by double.
While pulling a Benny Hill 'dirty old man' face, with his stuttering shoeless run to the jumping in place, his walk backwards away from the pool, looking through steamed up goggles, counting the paving slabs, the run and leap...
He's funny anyway. Has natural comic timing, and plays to the crowd. But this was Bradley enjoying himself.
Preparations. There were numerous names for different jumps, which were all the same jumps to us. The funniest was the hands together, above the head praying dive, which was actually another leap.
He even learnt to 'sink' as both Esme and Bradley call holding their breath, and putting their head under the water. Here, he's searching for and picking up a penny. Initially, he couldn't reach with his arm bands on.
Esme learnt to swim 'underwater' from one side of the pool, under the child bar, encouraged by another 'dad.'
We were joined for the final week of our two weeks break by Amanda's two sisters and mother. That is, five more cousins, ranging from 18 months to 11 years.
I don't know what sign. I just asked him, and he doesn't know. Well, what can you expect from a three and ¾ year old?
Them in the tent. We usually awoke fairly early, around 8 or 9am, and the kids slept on a bit longer. Here they lie with Brad's teddy bear, 'Teddy.' And one of Esme's babies, I forget which one, not that I could tell at this resolution, nor right up close. All dolls look the same to me. Much to Esme's annoyance.
They climbed and climbed these rocks infront of the beach, though both Amanda and myself were dead worried.
A pose that makes her look more than her 5 and ¾ years. In front of a drawing in the sand of the sunshine.
We were camped miles from the beach, and often took the park and ride train, which had wonderful views of the coast, between the trees.
Still a bit of a sweat with little spades.
Bradley has is digger, and Esme sits atop her horse. She called it that. Quite nice listening to them both singing songs while they were sitting on it.
We always give Bradley an advantage, as he's younger than Esme by two years, and 40 younger than me (we've all got that competitive spirt after all.) Mostly, it's just a 5 second start in a race, but at gold he takes it too far, putting the golf ball about two inches from the hole.
No good trying, as we do, to explain fairness, 'only a game' type morals; he must win. Rather he must beat Esme!
I didn't know he took such nice pix of horses too.
This is from the harbour, on a wet day, yet still warm. We find a spider crab, which is a huge deal to small kids. Much excitement when we reported back to mummy.
Nice purples and greens.
Maybe I shouldn't mention such things ;-)
Write a blog.
With readers flocking to their Web postings, execs are finding blogs useful for plugging not just their products but their points of view.
"It'll be no more mandatory that they have blogs than that they have a phone and an e-mail account," Jonathan Schwartz, president and chief operating officer of server maker Sun Microsystems says. "If they don't, they're going to look foolish."
I call this providing context. People have little time to spend, attention is limited, if they are to read your posts they must get lots in return—information, and high quality at that, as well as uplifting motivation. The very last thing we want is boring, vapid posts, or posts from yes men, corporate creeps.
When we hyperaffiliate we put our trust in the corporate head. As hyperaffiliates we are partners. We need to hear his vision, his true voice. Nothing else will do.
Listen to blogs.
As another biz blog write up in the Guardian says, if you don't listen, and listen closely to what your customers are saying (sometimes not saying) then you're due to be in real trouble.
Will catch up with the pictures over this next week.