Site Enhancements

Maybe it’s the summer doldrums that have been keeping me from posting an entry on this blog for the past couple weeks, or maybe it’s the photography gigs I’ve had, or maybe it’s just the lack of anything interesting to write.

One thing is for sure, though — I haven’t been collecting dust. And while the site’s content has been getting stale, some of the innards have been freshened up. I’ve made the search feature more robust, and added a little “advanced search” option on every page. I haven’t the foggiest idea what anyone would want to search for, but the capability is there if anyone wants to use it.

widescreen bonusAlso, I know that when I switched the design of the site to use a fixed-width layout for the main content, some people with really wide, high-resolution monitors were confronted with a lot of wasted space. So, I put together a little “widescreen bonus” section that only appears if your browser window is wide enough to accommodate it. For some reason, I can’t get it to work quite right on the Safari web browser for the Mac (it only appears when you manually resize the window, not immediately when a page loads), but it shows up just fine in IE and Firefox. The bonus column shows links and descriptions of noteworthy articles that I’ve read on the web as well as a “blogroll,” or list of links to other blogs and web sites that I like to visit.

There are some other little tweaks here and there, little usability things not worth mentioning and barely noticeable to anyone not looking for them. But there is one other added feature that I’m particularly fond of, a little Harry Potteresqe magic trick that changes the entire look of the site. A hidden key somewhere on the home page unlocks a whole new look to the site — one that is a little rough around the edges but just fine for the few people that might stumble upon it. And how to get back to the old world charm? Seek the children. Oooh, mysterious!

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