Jan Baby (the wife), Roxanne (the girlfriend) and I started our Fourth of July festivities on a scenic, flat and fast course in Fort Collin’s City Park. All ages and abilities were there and we took up our place at the very end of the start line; not the best way to start our July 4th celebration as we had to weave our way through half of the 1400 other contestants! I kept wondering how much extra mileage I was adding – how long would that curvy string I was running for a route straighten out to?! I think we would have been better off starting near the front and going out fast until some room opened up, then slow down to your sixties age group abilities. I was thinking about this as we first surveyed the start but the row of eight strollers put me off. I imagined they would fan out across the road, shoulder to shoulder and create the great wall of childhood. That scenario came into being at the back of the pack, so ARGH!
Fooling around the past couple days I came up with a fun CSS3 graphic. The first incarnation was a simple html page, but after some thought I decided to integrate it into a WordPress theme as a shortcode by adding to the existing themes functions.php file. This worked great and further motivated me to create a plugin as well.
Cover Swing CSS Fun
Usage: Use shortcode
Where cover = complete file path to your cover image, link = url to more info website/page/post, title = Brief title.
Now in three exciting flavors!
- Shortcode by adding to any WordPress theme.
- Copy code in functions.php to your themes functions.php file
- Copy css from cover-swing-style.css to your theme’s style.css file.
- Copy images to your themes images folder. If one does not exist, simply copy the entire images folder to your theme folder.
- HTML – Requires no explanation.
- Plugin – Upload the plugin to your WordPress plugins folder and activate.
You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
-C S Lewis More
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Another year has slipped by and and so here is another Christmas card. I’m including a link to a zip package containing my Photoshop file (CS6) and assorted assets created/used for this graphic.
May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note
and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.
Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Flash, Jan, Zac, Max & Molly the dog.Download Zip Package
Before & After
…what happens when I get bored…
In my spare time I like to edit images of people, ostensibly to improve upon the original. I’ll let you be the judge as to whether or not there are improvements in the gallery below.
One of my favorites weekend morning activities is fooling around in Photoshop. From time to time I find myself lured by one or more interesting effects. This time it was grungy, well worn (thought not worn out) hang tags. It actually started when I stumbled across a Photoshop tutorial on how to create a well worn ace of spades playing card. This tutorial is a popular and one can view results of the tutorials students in various locations on the web:View Tutorial View Kevin Chu’s Result View Lara’s Result View My Result
Where would the fun be if I didn’t provide my .psd. One never knows when something other than “SALE” might come in handy.Download PSD
Who doesn’t need spare change from time to time. Starting right now you can mine your own coin with my Photoshop Bitcoin file. There are two designs to choose from, or edit my file and create your own coin design.