Today I learned something, well to be truthful I already knew it existed; I just never tired using it. I am talking about the use template option for WordPress pages and posts. The method allows for my Archives page to now work, which is a combination of handwritten code along with some code from K2 and of course using the Extended Live Archives plug-in for WordPress. Anyways, the Archives page now works and fully replaces the old side bar archives menu that took up a fair amount of space.
Today I just added support on my blog for gravatars, so if you have a Gravatar account your gravatar should show up to the left of your name on comments made in this blog. I am planning further updates, but they may not make their way onto the blog for some time. I am also working on coding some practice AJAX stuff for other projects.
I woke up to about a foot of snow on top of ice covered roads, so spring break received a one day extension. We lost power momentarily, but my el-cheapo Tripp-Lite 250VA UPS kept mtekktux humming, a very good thing.
Ok after looking over my CSS I discovered one descrepency which made the single post pages look odd. Then I figured out the positioning problem with the top curved thingy was caused because IE doesn’t support [element] > [sub element] (element direcly under the parent element) coding but does support [element] [sub element] (element somewhere under the parent element). I had to assign the image a class so that I could gain the desired effect. Now only the PNG bug remains, which I cannot fix so IE users get a real browser.
I installed WordPress 2.0 today, after deleting some important files and having to figure out my database information I finally got it running. I had a temporary ‘Under Construction’ banner up, which is a preview of the skin that I’m working on today. Plan on there being outages later today and possible broken template layout/pages.
I also have this nice little Weblogs.us logo that I made that I’ll share
So this is it, 100% transparent PNG in all of it’s glory. Feel free to use this on your weblogs.us hosted WordPress blog. Leave a comment with your blog URL if you decide to use it, and if you wish to critique it just comment on it as well. Just right click and select ‘Save Image As’. Then select the destination on your computer to save it.
I love the backend improvements of WordPress 2.0. The blogging pane is much better. A lot of AJAX went into it and a really cool thing is that one is able to dynamically resize the size of the blog pane. Plus, the need to preview has been reduced since images and formatting can be automatically be displayed.
Well I was wondering when I’d receive information from the UMN TC. I found a postcard that they sent me a few weeks ago, went online, and checked on my application status. To my surprise (well I knew I’d get accepted, it was just a matter of time), I was greeted with this message:
Congratulations! You have been admitted to the Institute of Technology. A letter was mailed on November 23, 2005 with additional information and your next steps.
So it looks like I’ll be attending the UMN TC next fall. I haven’t received that letter yet though.