Posts Categorized: writing + blogs

Testing Dan Wolfgang’s Better File Uploader 2.2 plugin for Movable Type 4

Allison Reading Mom Leaving a Message Dusk at Huntington Beach Al and his big pink ball Julie Wanda and the Lion Egg Bright Colored El Burrito Jr. The New Bookcase

Once again Michele Neylon comes to the rescue by blogging about another feature of Movable Type 4 that I have been too busy to read the posts on Pronet about: Better File Uploader 2.2 for Movable Type 4 by Dan Wolfgang.
Better File Uploader really is better, instead of uploading 1 image at a time, I was able to upload all of these images from the last couple of weeks in one screen. Even better, I was able to set attributes, preview the image, and have the plugin do all the work to make Lightbox work in the same UI screen. Thank you, Dan for saving 15 minutes or more out of my life. You rock.
Using Movable Type 3.x for photo blogs and moblogging was difficult at best. Now with MT4’s kickass atom connection with Nokia’s Lifeblog on my N95 and Dan’s Better File Uploader, Movable Type is once again my friend. Yeah.

Please Excuse the Construction Dust…

I upgraded from Movable Type 3.4 to 4.0 on Saturday night so that I could take advantage of the kickass new moblogging (Lifeblog) functionality and have been having database / CMS meltdowns every since.
Sunday was spent recreating the database from the backup for multiple hours.
Yesterday, I was showing Ruth around SoCal. And hoping all was working.
Today, all the individual entries have disappeared, but the Main Index page is still showing entries. The instructions on how to Upgrade your 3.x templates to 4.0 are not working.
I was hoping to hold off on upgrading to the MT 4 new templating structure to when I had more time and was not on a deadline for client work. Alas and a lack, this is not the case. So, I am about to refresh all the templates just to get a working website and will have to bring back all the CSS and side bar links later in the week.
Please excuse the construction Dust… We will resume our normal visual presentation later…

Ms. Jen & Social Networking

After many years of bulletin boards and mailing list and a few years of organized social networking like Friendster and MySpace, I have come to the conclusion that I hate Friendster & MySpace but I love Flickr.
On the old school boards and lists, there was, by and large, an equality of posters. If you posted and were a part of the conversation, you were rewarded with a community that you may not have in meatspace or tormented by trolls depending on the circumstance. On most of the current popular social networking spaces, like MySpace, it is too closed in concept & action, and too much like a high school meat/meet market.
Flickr is refreshing in comparison. Everyone who participates is a creator, not a lurker, not a troll, but an active participant who adds to the pool of photos. If you wish to make friends, you add folks who you like their photos to your contact list. And then you comment on their photos and they can comment back.
Community develops from Creativity. Lovely.

BlogHer : Words / Phrases of the Weekend

First off the Road Trip with Erika & Lauren to BlogHer 2005 rocked. So did the conference.
Next off, words or phrases from the weekend:
1) Mommy Bloggers : Somewhat maligned in some circles, but in Ms. Jen’s world the Mommy Bloggers were AMAZING! Fun, enthusiastic, intelligent and they all partied like rock stars.
In the 1950s, Madeline L’Engle was a Mommy Writer in a small Connecticut town, she wrote for at least 30 minutes a night after her kids went to bed and was rejected by publishers for years until FS&G showed some love to “The Wrinkle in Time“, and then the book won the Newbury Award in 1963.
Mommy Bloggers – be encouraged, write, love your fellows and your kidlets, continue to write, and you will be a blessing.
2) Technorati 100 : Really, folks, does it matter? There are millions of bloggers and we can’t all be in the top 100. Who cares if they are all men, except Dooce and Xeni of Boing Boing?
As of 7/31/05, my Technorati rank is: 81,765 (29 links from 24 sites)… aka… I suck. Really, who cares? The best part about Technorati is not their Top 100 Bloggers List, but they employ hot men (TC… NK… DP…). ;o)
And last but not least…
3) Tastefully Tye Dyed Polyamorous Elves…. (this phrase is brought to you by a very long drive south down the 5).
Need I say More?
Ok, I will a bit… since Contentious came out as Polyamorous in the Naked Panel, and Dooce came out as Monogamous, I will officially come out right here on this blog as … Celibate-until-the-right-lovely-intelligent-strong-backboned-man-is-located-then-I-will-be-monogamous-with-him… or I-am-a-bore… or I-am-a-liberal-libertarian-who-loves-Jesus… or…
That’s All Folks…
p.s. A big hello to / glad to meet you /chat with you this weekend to: Anina, Jelly, Ginevra, Debi, Jenn, Jenny, Meghan, Matt, Mena, Nichelle, Liza, Whitney, Barb, Niall, Danah, and all the other BlogHer attendees & organizers rock hard!
p.p.s. A certain Mr. George Kelly appears on the BlogHer blog roll, but I did not see him anywhere all weekend. MIA George?
p.p.s.s. A big thank you to the organizers of BlogHer!