Whew, time to start writing again!

Just wanted to share with everyone that the new site theme for Retro Otaku is finished and has been uploaded. There are still a few bugs to sort out (particularly with the image galleries), but it’s looking very nice. Please feel free to have a look!

The good news is that I can start getting back into writing, rather than coding/designing πŸ™‚ Though the next two posts will be WordPress related as I’d like to share some fixes/tips I’ve picked up from the new themes I’ve put together, so indulge me a little longer πŸ™‚

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Giving the blog a facelift

I’ve been toying with the idea for a little while now about giving the blog a facelift and incorporate a few new tricks I’ve picked up over the last couple of months toying with a bit of ASP, implementing some jQuery scripts and picking up a few advanced-ish CSS tricks at work…

And yes, I know that WordPress uses PHP as its main scripting language, but some of the principles behind scripting within ASP (though to be honest, I actually cut my teeth on XSLT, and everything’s been a bit easier to understand since then!) can still be applied to PHP – a scripting language is a scripting language, you learn some of the principles and apply it to the situation, and sometimes your code works, sometimes (more often since I’m still learning!) it kinda breaks everything πŸ˜‰ Or is that just me? I guess that’s the problem when you’re a bit of a self-taught backyarder when it comes to coding πŸ™‚

Anywho, I’ll probably start toying with some ideas for design changes and some new functions/features soon-ish. If anyone knows of any really progressive and stylish blogs or blog designs (self-promotion is fine ;)), let me know in the comments. I don’t know when I’ll put time aside to start fleshing out some new ideas and compile some new toys for the blog, but I figured if I actually post about it, it might encourage me to actually do something about it instead of just thinking about it πŸ˜‰ Plus I haven’t built a local testbed since re-installing my O/S a while back, so I’ll have to get off my behind and get onto that too!

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… and we’re back!

Apologies for (a) the downtime last week, and (b) the lack of blogs of late. The former was due to some issues with my hosting provider affecting my site and apparently a number of others on the same server as they migrated to newer hardware – seems to be back up and running now, which is good.

As for the latter, last week was the lead-up to my little brother’s wedding (of which I was the best man), so I was spending my evening working on my speech or trying to be a useful brother to the groom. I’m pleased to say the day/night was awesome and brill, I couldn’t be happier to see my brother and his wife (and my sister-in-law) tie the knot and get hitched πŸ™‚

While I won’t have time to elaborate too much more tonight (dinner isn’t too far away!), I have a couple of topics I’m looking forward to exploring on my blog – my latest leg-mangling incident over the weekend, doing karate/martial arts on one leg and a couple of stupid photos for good measure πŸ™‚ Oh, and the latest round of work to my prosthesis. I also have some catch-up work to do and see what my fellow bloggers have been writing about, too!

Stay tuned!

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IE6 problems now fixed

If you’re still using a rubbish browser like IE6, you’ll be pleased to know that the site now displays correctly on your 9 year old POS browser πŸ™‚ It wasn’t all that complicated, it just involved some hacks to compensate for IE’s out of date box model as far as CSS goes. For nerdy types, Wikipedia has an entry on it here.

For the most part, the site runs fine on IE6 now – the only differences are the lack of alpha-blending on PNGs and the image galleries are all single-column instead of two columns.

If you find any more bugs, let me know. As an alternative, you could always migrate to a standards-compliant brower like Firefox πŸ˜‰

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Oops, its broken in IE6 :P

Just tried out the site in IE6 – its totally borked. Stupid Microsoft and its stupid box model. If you’re viewing this in IE6, erm… use another browser, like Firefox or Google Chrome or something πŸ˜› I’ll try and fix the css soon, but in the meantime, use a browser that’s actually standards compliant πŸ˜› That’s my excuse anyways.

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