Friday, August 11, 2017

I built a website for Luke from Happy Talk Band

Continuing a theme of somewhat work-related blog posts, I designed and built a website for Luke Allen from Happy Talk Band.

image by David Rhoden

I was merely pleased with the site until I came up with thing that generates a random-colored “rock poster” for the upcoming shows (see bottom right, home page). Then I was tickled with it. I laughed out loud at my own joke. (The typeface on those is called Grotesque Rough, by the way. Don’t use it. I use it for everything.) Probably the most fun part of making this site, in terms of chuckles per math mistake, was adding a small, random rotation to the “staples” holding the faux flyers to the web page.

One thing I’d like to mention is I’ve been catching up on the Happy Talk back catalog while coding this site. You should too. The new record is the best one (“Please Be Good” and “Grackle” belong on the radio. I have a grudge against grackles though). But I was also psyched about some of the stuff I missed when I was living in New York. The recording on Starve A Fever is surprisingly massive and orchestral but it sounds great, and it’s really good for the songs. Another thing I don’t hear said enough is just how funny a lot of these mournful songs are. You get lines like “I took a journey on an Army surplus gurney, my attorney has declined to take my calls”, which I wish I had written and I bet Bob Dylan does too. There are also funny stories like “Mercury Lexapro” and the infuriating “Muggers’ Waltz”; there are a lotta laffs in this catalog.

The point of the site of course is for y’all to buy the records, or, I guess I hafta say, CDs. They’re good, y’all. You have a genius in your midst; don’t procrastinate.

If you like this site and you or a loved one needs a website, holler at me. I need a side hustle.

Posted by David Rhoden on 08/11 at 10:15 AM

Thursday, August 10, 2017

a new website for Mike Edison

It’s been a while since I’ve had a work-related thing worth noting, but I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve rebuilt and redesigned http://mikeedison.com, the website of the author of You Are A Complete Disappointment and about a million other books, songs, articles, and wrestling plots.

image by David Rhoden

For those who want to know, I replaced a Wordpress install that never made anybody truly, truly happy with a CraftCMS content management system. I can’t say enough good stuff about Craft CMS. It’s new for now but it’s going to be the dominant CMS soon. It’s just way better for developers, especially CSS devs who are tired of “adapting” Wordpress (adapting = digging around in mounds of nested code and hoping for the best).

It’s just a huge improvement on the Wordpress site (which I also built). You could print out all the CSS on about two pieces of paper. Best of all, there’s nothing there that I didn’t put there. That’s right, there are no bollixed-up “responsive” “themes” in Craft CMS like you have in Wordpress. It’s a really welcome change: nothing to remove before you can get started. It’s as responsive as you want to make it, and there’s no mystery code. (Check the sitte on a mobile device, by the way. It works really well. And the telephone stylesheet is just 106 lines long.)   

If you or your business or your friends are interested in a website, get in touch.

Posted by David Rhoden on 08/10 at 12:13 PM

Monday, August 7, 2017

how I spent the August 5 flood

I woke up from a nap becaue my neighbor had come in the front door (open as usual I guess) to tell me to move my truck. I had laid down thinking we were having a nice summer downpour. Now the water was way up the wheels. I tossed my neighbor the keys (he moves everybody’s vehicles when it floods) and went looking for Sallly. She usually hides under the house when it rains hard. My fear was she would keep going to higher ground under the house and find herself trapped.

I waved a flashlight around and I saw her run. (Note: get good flashlights. Spend a little money. If you’re gonna buy trashlights from Walmart, buy ten of them.) I thought it was her anyway. I wasn’t sure. I would up crawling in the rubble under the house, looking for her and worrying. Eventually the water got too high for me to keep doing this, so after being wet for a few hours I went to worry inside and think about what I would do if she were dead. Or even afraid. I can’t stand to think about it. I tried to work on some Javascript; that didn’t work out. So I just worried until about 11:30 p.m. when I heard “Wow! Wow!” from the open back door, and there she was, pretty wet and big eyed, but looking more hungry than anything. I tried to towel some of the lake-smelling gasoline water off of her but she just wanted to eat treats and gnaw between her toes. She hopped onto the corner of the bed at midnight, all dry, and went to sleep.

Posted by David Rhoden on 08/07 at 09:22 AM

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sublime Text jslint users: how do I turn this feature off?

When I save a Javascript file in Sublime Text, I get these graphic indicators showing where the warnings are, and I hate it! (See picture below.)
image by David Rhoden

How do I get rid of these? I swear I used to just get a red or yellow dot in the gutter, that was really a nice indication of where to look. This is not.

Posted by David Rhoden on 08/03 at 06:12 PM

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dreamhost: anybody ever use it?

I’m stuck using Dreamhost, it’s a client’s account, and I’m wondering if anybody who reads this has ever used it? It seems OK on the surface, but I can’t get it to run my Craft CMS site I built for the client. It’s telling me over and over that I don’t have the proper credentials. I’ve set up four different MySQL users and tried all their different passwords to connect the site to the database but I always get an error. At the same time, I can connect using Sequel Pro and make edits to the database, so I know it’s not something as simple as I typed the password wrong.

I think maybe it as to do with the origin or the request, like maybe I need to open some domains in the control panel to allow connections from websites, but Dreamhost isn’t clear about it a tall, and their Help Desk just told me if I could connect with Sequel Pro then everything was good. But it’s not. It’s not good, Dreamhost.

Again, any Dreamhost users who might be able to clue me in?

Posted by David Rhoden on 08/02 at 09:56 AM
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