WordPress 2.0 Beta

Everyone in the WP realm is talking about it, and soon the buzz around the net will too, Matt and co. quietly released WordPress 2.0 Beta 1 this afternoon. Some have wondered the jump from 1.6 alpha to 2.0 beta, but to me, it seems a logical marketing choice. The buzz among the net the second half of this year has been web 2.0. Why not cash in on the hype? I mean, apps like WordPress helped fuel that buzz, that web application movement, why should they not get in on the action? Web apps like Flock, technorati, delicious, all rely on more tech savvy users, most who now have a blog somewhere. Heck, Flock tied itself into WordPress.com by working out invites to wp.com for those signing up for the developer’s release. So I say to Matt, and those who made the decision, smart move, and may the 2.0 wave continue to further the popularity and development of WordPress. And thanks for sharing.

Bad Behavior 2 Roadmap

With all the buzz around the net discussing Akismet, which, to me, is just another hype for wordpress.com, I came across IOerror’s discussion of his roadmap for Bad Behaivor 2. Again, people are praising Akismet as the second coming of Christ, and if that is the case, then the combination of Spam Karma and Bad Behavior is the first coming. Along with the roadmap, IOError discusses the reality of what it will take for him to be able to knock out the new version, CA$H. Quite understandable, hell, this blogger had to go back to his prior profession for the exact same reason. But the case of Bad Behavior is simple, if 100 bloggers such as this one has already done and donated a mere $10, we would in essence be hiring a full time spam fighter. So let this be a challenge to other bloggers, jump on the bandwagon and use Kismet, or support the developer who set the standard in the first place. I’m from the school of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, so therefore I’m not disabling my two working anti-spam plugins to try the flavor of the week, I’d rather see the BB2 come down the pipe a month or so from now. It’s up to you now.

Well, It’s a Start

I’ve managed to go through my first 140 or so posts and add tags via the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin, so the concept of “categories” is now all but moot here at Mindless Ramblings. Hence the tag “cloud” in the middle. I’ve recently purchased a new camera phone with the hopes of moblogging some, but the flickr gallery plugin I’m trying to use is beta, maybe more like alpha, but hopefully I’ll get it to work, until then, don’t click the gallery link. I did do a little modification to the squible default style.css, but aside from a different image on the lead post and some colors changes, it’s straight out of the box. It’s such a different theme, that until I work through it more, it’s kinda hard to start changing things. Again, stay out of the gallery please, it’s not quite ready, but I may need it live to help trouble shoot the install.

Pardon the dust

In an attempt to get back to blogging, and fishing, and just about anything else healthy I can do to avoid hanging out late at night drinking Jagermeister and sitting in a smoky room, I’m going to change themes, and try to focus on the laptop and online more. So if things go wacky or seem odd, just contact me with a heads up. Oh, and if you see anything new you like, you can always comment on that also.

Odd Referral

I rarely check my stats packages anymore like awstats and the like, I simply use the stat page I created on this site with a plugin or two. A recent referral was a google search, “how to steal WordPress theme”. Why would someone want to “steal” a theme? Obviously they got to my site due to my blank WordPress theme, but there are hundreds of themes out there, and dozens of sites with info on how to customize them. So why “steal”. Its not like you can’t copy and paste anyone’s CSS and use it on your own, the only issues are with custom php codes on the templates. Sad really.

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Tampa Blogging

I was checking my recent referers, and saw that I had several referals from Seminole Heights Blog, and the discussion of the bay area being “blog capital of Florida”. I rarely discuss Tampa issues, and funny enough, I just came across an article at tbo.com discussing Tampa officials wanting to ease laws regarding gifts of tickets. When I read the article, I almost wrote about it then. But after reading the discussion, I feel I must touch on it.
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Tampa Blogging

I was checking my recent referers, and saw that I had several referals from Seminole Heights Blog, and the discussion of the bay area being “blog capital of Florida”. I rarely discuss Tampa issues, and funny enough, I just came across an article at tbo.com discussing Tampa officials wanting to ease laws regarding gifts of tickets. When I read the article, I almost wrote about it then. But after reading the discussion, I feel I must touch on it.
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Just a test, move along…

So I can post with this contraption, but I don’t see all the options. I see a thing for categories, but I can’t see how to add them. This wouldn’t be very handy if I’m stuck with the generic default category. I do like the idea however, of having a single interface that I post from. So my WP Station blog, cookingwith, etc. all come from here.

EDIT OK, so I quit, and reloaded MarsEdit, and was able to “refresh” my site, and categories loaded. Good. I’ll add my cooking site later, to see how that handles a multitude of categories. I’m also curious about tags, but that’s for another post. I’m starting to like this “blogging client” situation.

Blogging with MarsEdit

So I’ve been looking at some Mac OS X apps, for various tasks. I’ve started using RSS more and more, and I’m not too keen on the Sage extension for FireFox. Mainly because of screen real estate on the ol’ ibook. NetNewsWire seems to be the choice, and through that, I’m playing with Mars Edit, a blogging app. So this is my fist attempt at blogging outside the web interface. If it works out, it may be an easier way to post, if nothing more than the built in spell check. We’ll see about the other features. Downside is it’s not a free app, so it better well prove to invaluable, or when its trial runs out, to the curb with it.

Shameless Plug #1001

So I started the WordPress “fan” site recently, WordPress Station, and recently got it its own domain. And while surfing around, I found an open source design that was a hack of Apple’s brushed metal design. There was a brushed metal theme for WP when I first started using it, but it’s disappeared. Not sure why, but I figured there might be a few who’d want to give it a run. Therefore, I’m in the process of porting it to WP, and have it in “beta” over at WPstation. Plus, I’ve been busy working with an upstart hosting company, and will begin offering a great deal on a basic hosting package VERY soon.
Now if I could only motivate myself to post over at cookingwith more…

Jacob Appelbaum’s weblog

Jacob Appelbaum?s weblog
Jacob’s blogging from Houston, where he and some other SF Bay area volunteers are trying to team up with volunteers from Austin and surrounding areas to set up a Low Powered FM radio. They have a license from the FCC, all the equipment, including a standing offer of 10,000 radios for the residents…the purpose, to easily disseminate information to the 10,000+ displaced New Orleans residents, now living in the Astrodome. Seems perhaps someone doesn’t want some “free speech” to trickle down to those that need it.
And I haven’t heard one cable network touch on this, though it seems the LA Times have half the story. Stay tuned.

"Blank" WordPress Theme

I’m offering up an updated, beta version here.

So, as I’ve begun designing WordPress themes, I found the tutorial over at Urban Giraffe invaluable. They walk you through the dissection of the default Kubrick theme, how to strip it down to bare bones, and start with a blank style sheet. Now that I’ve done that a couple of times, I decided it would be nice to have all the work done, and be able to have all the template files cleaned, as well as a style sheet with all the divs and classes there, simply without the style.
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“Blank” WordPress Theme

I’m offering up an updated, beta version here.

So, as I’ve begun designing WordPress themes, I found the tutorial over at Urban Giraffe invaluable. They walk you through the dissection of the default Kubrick theme, how to strip it down to bare bones, and start with a blank style sheet. Now that I’ve done that a couple of times, I decided it would be nice to have all the work done, and be able to have all the template files cleaned, as well as a style sheet with all the divs and classes there, simply without the style.
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A New Goal?

So CNN has this feature in their afternoon politics show, where these two chicks are surfin’ the web for blogs and what’s being discussed about the current events. So I realize all they are really doing is searching Technorati for keywords. And though I know Technorati pulls categories as tags, a politics rant may not show up in a search about Tom DeLay. Thus, I installed a tag generator for the site (via a WordPress plugin, Jerome’s keywords) so that I can start adding tags to my posts, and possibly get some hotty on CNN to read my post on air. Is that not the most geeky thing to strive for?