Post from Pan

Testing WordPress for iPhone app. I can post to multiple blogs either on or offline with my iTouch (Pan). There doesn’t appear to be a way to include hyperlinked text, so I’ll write out the HTML here. Ah, the app saw that I was inputting a link and gave me a helper. It appears that it supports some HTML.

I’m trying this out with a saved photo. There doesn’t appear to be a way to format the photo or add a caption or alt tag. I’ve left the default ‘resize’ photo option on, to see what that does.

A lot of the bells and whistles that make WordPress really fun to use are missing but, for quick on-the-go blogging, this seems like a very capable tool.

She Makes with Lots of Shiny

You may have read somewhere (on Twitteror maybe I blogged about it?) that Howl, my beloved iPod, died. Tim lent me his for the time being and, knowing my birthday was coming up, suggested that I opt for a Nano or an iPod Touch. I was taken with the Touch: wifi web browsability, mail and calendar syncing? Win.

Tim picks it up and taunts me with this fact via SMS. I call my parents to see if they’d be willing to chip in for my birthday. During the course of this, Dad suggests a hard reset to restore Howl, something I should have guessed existed. A button press combo later and Howl is resurrected. Oh dear.

So now I have a 30 gig iPod that is a bit poky but working (for the moment) and a shiny new 16 gig iPod Touch named Pantalaimon (in keeping with the ‘name Apple devices after book characters’ trend). I haven’t uploaded any music or videos but I did grab some handy apps (Tweetie, Bylines, Pandora and Wikipanion, Bookmarks Delicioussafari (Free)). I’m curious to see how much wifi is available around town. In the meantime, the plan is: if I’m just going out walking and just want some tunes, I take Howl. If I’m going to be in the vicinity of wifi and feel compelled to be chained to the interwebs, I take Pan.

In other news, Tim and I will be taking walk 2009.004 at Bloomington Rail Trail (map). Later, we will be getting our Irish on for movie night with two loosely Irish films: Boondock Saints and Intermission. Irish-related flicks shall be accompanied by Shamrock Shakes (made with Creme De Menthe and Peppermint Schnapps).

Sláinte!

More RSS

An addendum to my previous post on RSS… I just saw this post “Google Reader for Beginners.” These folks posted a few videos on YouTube to get your Reader started quickly.

I recently started sharing items that I found interesting. I can make a note on a piece of news and those who’ve been granted access can see these items with my comments (if they are also using GoogleReader). Commenting on and sharing news items is much faster than blogging or even Tweeting…

RSS: a PSA

Do yo- [coughhack]

[musters announcer voice]

Do you spend hoards of time trolling from website to website to find new content?

Friend, it is time to make the interweb your bitch.

Learn about RSS readers here.

This 4 minute video explains why RSS feeds will save you time and how to set up a feed reader quickly and easily.

Just about every site worth visiting is using RSS these days. WhiteHouse.gov: yep. Cake Wrecks: uh huh. Garfield Minus Garfield: you betcha.

Deciding which feed reader to use? Try Bloglines or Google Reader. Google Reader is highly recommended.

What are you still doing here? Go learn how the cool kids experience the web.

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Who’s Driving this Thing?!

Depending upon a.) when you may have stopped by today and b.) if you stopped by at all (RSS subscribers wouldn’t actually see my site), you may have noticed some weird things going on with Puddles. I’m sprucing for the new year. My current theme (Typebased from WooThemes) is rather spartan but I’m not sure I’ll even be sticking with it. I may show off a few other options that are… very NOT spartan. They’re pretty on first glance but can be a bit busy when you’re actually trying to find some information- hence why I haven’t implemented them thus far.

Some new WordPress plugins that I’m playing with:

  • Snazzy Archives by Vladimir Prelovac gives you a graphical way of representing your archives. Click on the Archives page at the top my page to see this in action. I’ve only seen this in Firefox 3.0.5 and, although not perfect, this isn’t the only way to access my archives. WordPress has a quite a bit of redundancy.
  • WP Super Edit enhances and allows for customization of the WYSIWYG editor. I haven’t even really begun to play with this but I will, comrades.
  • cforms II allows for the creation and maintenance of multiple contact forms throughout your site using AJAX. It has lots of options, which I haven’t even begun to explore. I’m considering this plugin for the Starrynight Productions blog because our contact page is so pitiful.
  • Blog Icons adds a  favicon as well as an iPhone/iPod Touch icon and feed image to your blog.  I found out how to do this by manually editing my last theme but of course I can’t just stick with one theme! This plugin will solve the issue no matter how many times I get bored with my theme.
  • Robots Meta is a customizable robot meta tag handler. Also a plugin I thought I already installed. Weird.