Feb 022010

Well, I see that WordPress has beat me to the customary “Hello World”…

…so I’ll just have to post something else instead.

Blog Blog Blog.  Sounds like the Swedish Chef on the Muppet Show.

My great grand-father dug out the Panama Canal.

My grandfather directed shipping for NYC ports in WW2.

My father helped land a man on the moon.

I blog.

6 Responses to “Tom’s first test blog”

  1. Tom says:

    Visual Issues that leap out at me:
    - it isn’t Feb 2nd! I need to adjust the date.
    - I need to put in a way to navigate back to the rest of my website. (I put in the navbar graphic, but I need to be able to add the linkmap to it that’s on all other pages.)
    – the font is way to white, and too big, and sans-serif. Not easy on the eyes at all, and conflicts with the gold of the navbar.
    -the orange on black is pretty bad. That has to change.

  2. Tom says:

    One of the issues with trying to get this blog working in the context of the larger website is that apparently the wordpress theme designers seem to think that the wordpress blog is your ENTIRE website!

    In other words, they’ll control carefully the look and behavior and data storage of EVERYTHING.

    This, to me, is the tail wagging the dog.

  3. Tom says:

    OK, I got the header up for real. (Well, I still need to correct the linkmap, but that’s true of everywhere on the site as of this writing.)

    How did I do it? I took the image out of the blog header, and instead took the html code in my other pages, wrapped it in javascript document.write commands, and inserted it into the “custom javascript” section of the Suffusion Theme option settings.

  4. Tom says:

    Now the color looks better, too. That was simple, just a switch in the Suffusion theme settings to get away from orange. Same thing with the font. It’s getting there!

  5. Tom says:

    The date setting was fixed via the overall wordpress blog settings. For CA, I had to set it to GMT -8 hours. I suppose it doesn’t automatically track Daylight Savings time, does it? (Yet another clock to change twice a year….)

  6. Tom says:

    And finally, by editing the css code (via the wordpress web-based text editor), I was able to take out visual strain items: the borders around all page element containers, and setting the text background from pure hard white to a less stressful shade of almost-white.

    I’m hoping by doing this (and the corresponding shifts in fonts & backgrounds from pure black to almost black) that the users eyes can look at the blog longer, and the dynamic range in my photographs will really stand out. Time will tell….

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