thinktank makeover, jazzsequence network

verily it was decided that it was time for a makeover of the thinktank site.  this came down from on high because we went to some other web designers’ sites and realized most, if not all, our contemporaries tended to be a lot more conservative in their presentation on their own website.  now, this seems counter-intuitive to me — i mean, it’s your site — you should show off how insanely badass you are.  but no, most of them are fairly boring, professional-looking sites.

well we didn’t want to do that.  but we did want to make it a bit more like what other people were doing.

so i had a brilliant idea to try to find a script or something that would allow for a dropdown menu that would choose the theme for the thinktank site.  so you could pick which one you were looking at.  not only would it be cool just for the cool gadget factor, but it would showcase our skillz and make us look more badass and give a lot of variety to the site.  it would (in theory) be as good a representation of what we can and do…do…as the portfolio itself!

BEHOLD!  thinktank-studio.com and the glorious dropdown of awesomeness!

(as a sidenote, we’ve been watching way too much how i met your mother recently…..)

i’ve got a couple more themes for the thinktank site in the works and erin’s gonna make some so it should be pretty sweet.

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in other news, it’s not quite done yet, but i’ve created a kickapps community for jazzsequence.  you might remember me talking about kickapps a couple weeks ago in this post.  mostly this was an experiment to set it up, get it working, and know what it’s about so i can start building it for other people.  but it’s also cool in its own right and i think could take the place of the now-dead forums and such if, you know, i still *have* a community….if you have a login on the jazzsequence.com blog, you should already be able to log into the members area with the same info.  if not, make one, and be awesome.  there’s blogs and message boards and stuff (at least when i set it all up).  you can see what i’m talking about at members.jazzsequence.com.

site update

it’s been a long time coming, i finally updated the blog design. i’ve done a couple custom wordpress themes for thinktank clients now, and it was about time i did one for myself. it’s not really anything new, although the banner is totally new. but the css was recoded by hand. the overall design is keeping in line with the thinktank site — i really like that look.

so, if you haven’t heard, firefox 3 is coming soon. the mozilla organization is trying to set a guiness world record for most downloads in a 24 hour period. so head on over to Spread Firefox headquarters and pledge to download on Download Day (date to be announced).

personally i like the idea of a wordwide “download day” — but i think it shouldn’t necessarily be focussed on one software. so my pledge and what i propose to you — all 5 of you, dear, dear readers — is to download AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE on whatever day mozilla decides to be “download day.” let’s put so much pressure on the servers that we clog the internets tubes, knock down a couple servers, piss off the riaa, whatever. let’s celebrate download day with some good old fashioned destruction.

oh, and if you were curious, trent reznor compiled a mix that features the artists he’s touring with this summer. you can download it for free — it’s got full art and stuff. pretty neat.

and in completely other news that’s pretty much interesting only to me — i noticed from my google analytics report that i got some bumps in hits and search referrals when i talked about gaeta and bsg. and it made me think, huh, so if i actually talk about stuff that people like — they’ll go to the site? weird. so i think i’m going to start dropping BATTLESTAR names to STAR TREK get some extra FREE PORN hits ENLARGE YOUR MEMBER. we’ll see how it VIAGRA goes.

jazzsequence subdomains and revised error pages

so i configured some (more) virtual hosts in apache and redid my custom error pages.  the error pages got reset after apache got updated recently, so i had to redo them.  you can see a 403 forbidden error here and a 404 not found error here.

and i also set up the following subdomains:

music.jazzsequence.com
kids.jazzsequence.com
recipes.jazzsequence.com
forums.jazzsequence.com
uploads.jazzsequence.com
webftp.jazzsequence.com

all of the old links will still work (at least for a while), but the old music page (/ampache site) will no longer receive updates as all the updates will be done on the music.jazzsequence.com.

saul williams / post-vasectomy / possible future blogproject

i blogged yesterday about saul williams’ new album, but as trent says on nin.com, unlike radiohead, his is not a household name (yet).  saul williams is an amazing black performance poet.  he’s possibly best known for his anti-bush rant, “not in my name” or, alternately, he was in the independent film slam (or so wikipedia tells me).  he’s really f’ing amazing and already crosses genres, so this collaboration with trent should be interesting.  you can find out more about saul williams on wikipedia.

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Now playing: Benoît Pioulard – Coup de Foudre
via FoxyTunes

okay, so it’s the day after my vasectomy.  the doctor says the one thing he hears patients say most after it’s done is “oh, that wasn’t so bad.”  and it wasn’t.  no worse than getting some of my piercings, just in a really uncomfortable location — but the only thing that really hurt was the initial poke to inject the local anesthetic.  that and him squeezing things in ways that were not pleasant, but it really went downhill after the needle in terms of pain.

and the recovery hasn’t been so bad. a couple hours after the operation, when the drugs started to wear off, i felt like i’d been kicked in the groin — a feeling that’s more or less still there, just not as intense — that that was manageable, too, with some heavy duty painkillers he prescribed.  i thought maybe we could go to red butte garden after dark last night because i was feeling cooped up and antsy, but after walking around the house for a while, decided that might not be the best idea.  but we’re probably gonna try for it tonight.

so if anyone was wondering, concerned, or whatever, i’m doing ok, and feeling pretty surprisingly well considering someone inserted a knife into my scrotum, cut my tubes, burned the ends, and then stitched me up.  oh, the stitches suck.

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Now playing: Glissandro 70 – Bolan Muppets
via FoxyTunes

so i was thinking last night about doing a new quasi-project thing.  i was thinking about disabled salmon, and his vlog, and various photo projects. i admit that i did consider doing a vlog since i’ve got the sweet video cam now, but i’ve decided against it.  mostly just because editing the video into something remotely watchable seems like it would be more trouble than it’s worth.  not that it would be hard, it’s just that, i dunno, who wants to see some random dope on camera talking about boring crap that no one cares about (which is often what i do, i know).

so, no, you’re not likely to see a vlog from me.  however, sort of in that spirit, and in the spirit of a project he mentioned on his vlog in which he’s taking a photo of himself every day for a year, i thought about posting a pic of me every day, or at least, every day i sit down to write a post.  i’m not sure what kind of value this would add to the blog (probably none), but it might be interesting/entertaining.  plus, it would provide a visual aid which is always good.  now this would sort of require that i be at home, or at least by my camera when i’m blogging, which i’m not always, so probably it will need to wait until Operation GTF Out of ABS is complete.