Life, The Universe, and blogging.


I like maintaining this website. I really do. It’s taught me alot about php, html, creative writing, and it provides me a space to practice web design. But with the new house and being much busier at work, I just don’t have the time for projects. Any projects, so this blog has taken a back seat. I’ll try to find a way to keep updating it with news on my projects.

Just don’t hold your breath.

Blog Post about Blog Posts

Life, Randomness

I know I haven’t been updating this blog very much. I think it’s a combination of having too many projects and other things that I should be doing going on at once to actually have the time to put my thoughts into  a coherent article.  I have been working on a series of posts about the honeymoon in Peru (which was amazing) and I have some thoughts about things that have been going on in my life.   Also I’ve been working to finish a few projects that got put on the back burner because of all the wedding stuff.  So when I get my head straight and actually make a plan to finish some projects maybe I’ll get to post them on here.

In the mean time take a couple minutes and watch this video featuring the Georgia Aquarium. I’ve been there, it’s fantastic.

the world’s largest aquarium // ATL.GA from stillmotion on Vimeo.

Society for the Standardization of Blog Navigation Links

Projects, websites

Society for the Standardization of Blog Navigation Links

Mission Statement:

Previous and Next are confusing when reading a blog. Does that link mean back to the “previous” page I was on or to the “posts that are previous to these”.  It’s the same as using “Right” and “Left” on a ship, it can have multiple meanings. We are presenting the new “Starboard” and “Port” of the Internet. Older for older posts. Newer for newer posts. Simple.

Everybody wants stickers! Right!? Had a little free time and I whipped up this sticker design for my new fake movement. After the break there’s another design, plus smaller versions for blog sidebars.  I might fine tune the design a little, but these seem to get the point across.

Navigation Design Changes

Projects, websites

One of my little daily annoyances in reading blogs is that there is no standard way to navigate through the archives of posts. I think we’ve all agreed that there needs to be some kind of links at the bottom of the front page that lead to more posts. But what word to use in that link is where the confusion comes in. Some blogs use the word “Next” to denote that you are moving to the next page in the blog, as if you are digging down into the list of posts. Which is technically correct, but the fact that the posts were published previous to the ones on the first page confuses me some of the time.Because they use previous to get you back towards the front page.

It took me a while but I’ve really come to admire Engadget’s new layout. I think it’s very forward thinking and cleanly designed. So I’m using a version of their OLDER AND NEWER links for my blog design.

I’m starting the Society for the Standardization of Blog Navigation Links.

our mission:

  • use Previous to refer to the older posts.
  • or the simpler OLDER POSTS/ NEWER POSTS
  • that’s it.



Turns out that I might be on the short side of the argument with this one. Right now Cinematical uses the opposite PREV and NEXT technique and so does the entire GAWKER network… and the rest of Engadget’s sister sites also… But sometimes a small band of rebels can conquer and entire empire.

New blog post header design

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This blog redesign is still a work in progress, my strategy has been to get something out there that is functional and then add onto it piece by piece until it’s perfect. I’d always noticed that the posts themselves were a little plain, but I just couldn’t find something that fit the style. I thought it would be cool to have a sort of Apple-ish calendar poking out of the top of every blog post…. so that’s what I made. Doing these little things is a good way to keep my design skills fresh in between actual paying design jobs. Which are few and far between.

On the code side it’s not that much of a change, just added a fee floated divs here and there and a couple lines to the CSS file. I’ve pushed this template so far that I’m begining to think I should make an actual theme out of it and submit it to WordPress.

Maybe I’ll get there eventually, but it’s not perfect yet.