Slacking

Indeed, that’s what I’ve been doing with this blog lately. I suppose I’m still in the #postaweek2011 game if you include Tumblr posts like the the sexy sax man one. But otherwise, yeah…

But it’s not because I’ve been sitting at the computer playing video games or anything.  Doing support for Event Espresso takes up a regular block of time that I would — if otherwise unoccupied by client work — likely be using to post stuff here in my procrastination from other projects I should be doing.  I’ve started a netlabel and have been working with Geoff from The Raygun Girls and Dan from Synaptic Disturbance on producing Synaptic Disturbance’s RPM2011 album.  I’m also working on a new theme for Museum Themes that I’m planning on debuting on the Plague Music site when it’s done.  I just finished a major project that included a custom post type plugin with custom taxonomies to support product information sheets like this one.  And I’m working on another new project for a ministry in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo where — if you look them up on Wikipedia — you can find images of child soldiers.  On top of all that, I’ll be heading out later this week to California to go to my grandfather’s funeral, who passed last Friday evening.

I also got an email yesterday about a $65k-100k/year permanent position as a systems analyst / web developer position that would essentially mean giving up all of the above and making more cash doing it.  Oh, and due to a chicken pox outbreak, all unvaccinated kids aren’t allowed back to school for 21 days (which, as of yesterday, they revised to April 8) which applies to our son (we’re getting him vacc’d today, and will hopefully have him going back tomorrow or Thursday).

All this adds up to things being very busy around here and I haven’t had time to post.  Oh, I should probably also mention that my wife has decided to start writing a novel.  Which means that I want to start writing a novel.  So there’s that, too.  Right.  So, I’m not asking for a pity party or condolences about my grandpa or anything like that.  I had this idea for a post about how we’ve gone from a digital culture with almost an infinite number of providers for various products and services to a digital culture with a few key players (in the wake of the Zune being pulled from the market and various internet startups being swallowed up and integrated into behemoths like Google), but you can understand I haven’t had the freaking time! And at the end of the day, who the hell wants to write about crap like that after, you know, doing work all day?  I also had a post planned for a blog that shall not be named about getting a vasectomy — and how it’s not a scary thing that guys (like me) should run away from, screaming — but, again, time (and inspiration) == nil.

So give me a freaking break, will ya?

What’s coming from Museum Themes

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone reading this blog for a successful first week.  We’ll be posting more promo codes on Twitter and Facebook, and we can’t wait to see our affiliate badges start popping up around the ‘Net.  Keep an eye out in those places and maybe bookmark #MuseumThemes to keep up-to-date on new happenings and see what people are saying.

Yesterday, I decided on a direction for this blog.  In addition to normal periodic news updates and the Museum Theme-specific support we provide in the Support Forums, we’ll be posting tips and hacks for customizing your WordPress theme.  These tips will be more general, not limited to support questions or our own Museum Themes.  The first post I’m planning, for example, will be on how to create a YouTube shortcode for WordPress to easily embed YouTube videos into your posts without the need for a plugin or jockeying with code.  In the future we may cover topics like adding custom header functionality (a new feature to WordPress 3.0 and used in the new TwentyTen default theme) and using an RSS aggregator like FeedWordPress or WP-o-Matic to aggregate content from other sites (Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress.com blogs, anywhere with an RSS feed, really).  In the past, when I’ve had something like that to write about, I’ve posted it to Arcane Palette (like our post on adding social bookmarking links to your posts or tweaking the search box to have a little “search this site” or other message inside the box that disappears when you click) or to my personal blog (like my original post on WordPress shortcodes and my piece about changing the default WordPress logo in the dashboard).  From now on, if it’s WordPress, it will go here.  We’ll still post on more general topics on Arcane Palette (like the recent post on using embedded web fonts with @font-face) in addition to our regular barrage of freebies and posts about art, and I’ll always post whatever is on my mind on jazzsequence.  Just, you know, not WordPress.

So that’s what’s on the horizon.  Check back here tomorrow for how to create a WordPress shortcode for YouTube embeds.