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December 29, 2004

The Power of Three

Three-sixty. M3. Three liter exotic beater.

Let's start this site off on the right foot with some great automotive photography. I wish I could take credit for them but they were taken by Anthony aka AMMO on Supraforums.

You can view the entire thread with full-size images here if you have a SF login. Some reduced size versions area also available here.


On a sad note, Jerry Orbach, probably best-known for his role on Law & Order, died today of prostate cancer. Take it easy Lenny.

December 29, 2004 10:48 PM | Comments (0)

December 28, 2004

It's been a long time . . .

It's been a long time I shouldn't have left you
Without a strong page to surf to
Think of how many weak sites you clicked through
Time's up I'm sorry I kept you"


I don't know why I always fiddle around with the site during the winter. It must be the cold weather keeping me inside, the cabin fever-related boredom, or the delay of GT4. Irregardless of the reason, it's been way too long since I've made any updates so I hunkered down a few weeks ago to git'r done. As you can see, the site has undergone some changes. Most notably is the transition to Moveable Type, a web publishing tool. I will go into specifics about the changes to the site below . . .

General:
I tried to avoid using tables altogether, but I simply could not get the banner to look the way I wanted. Trust me, I tried -for days. I could not get the CSS/html to result in a tight layout. There would be errant pixels here or there. Frustration level: orange. Tables may be old school, but they simply work across all browsers.

Loading times should be fairly quick, save the Audioscrobbler sidebar lag, helped in part by decreasing reliance on static images. I have a feeling that this design will be in constant flux because there are so many variables to play with. So don't be suprised if something changes. I may make a note of it, I may not.

Moveable Type:
Moveable Type allows me to update much much quicker and hopefully reduce the update interval from two years to a value significantly less. The Links and About pages have been updated the old-fashioned way.

You can still visit my old site here.

Comments:
I really don't expect anyone to visit this site, but if you happen to stumble upon something of interest, take a couple seconds and make a comment.

Gallery:
While I enjoyed my previous gallery design aesthetically, it was not that functional. Like the rest of the 2003 design, said gallery simply did not lend itself to quick and easy updating. Imagestation and Photobucket are decent, but the former is beginning to charge to host my 1+ GB collection and the free version of the latter is somewhat limited. Gallery allows me to host my images on my site. Perfect.

Flexible widths:
Click on the tachometer icons (modeled after the TRD 10K RPM tach) at the upper-right of the page to toggle between fixed and liquid layouts. Off/idle is fixed-width and redline is fluid. Behold: the power of cheese, er, CSS. Next time you visit, your preference will be the default setting.

Audioscrobbler:
Audioscrobbler is a Winamp/iTunes plugin that logs and builds a profile of the music that you play. I've fed the "Recent Tracks" information the plugin creates into my sidebar and the last ten tracks that I've listened to are displayed there. It slows sidebar loading a touch but sure beats updating my IM profile.

Browser Compatability:
Most of the people viewing this site are probably using IE, but just to be kind, I made hungwin.com as Firefox-compatible as possible. It was tough getting everything to display properly in both browsers. Once I got it looking the way I wanted in IE, it would be all out of whack in FF. Typical.

Favicon:
Favicons help individualize a site and are shown on the left portion of the address bar and oddly enough, in your Favorites/Bookmarks. I liked the little tach icons so much that I decided to make a favicon version of one for the site.


Enough of my rambling. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, feel free to email me.

December 28, 2004 08:08 AM | Comments (0)