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  03:55:02 pm, by EdB   , 26 words  
Categories: road trip!

Happy 4th of July!

Hot damn it's almost 7am T-bird time and I'm almost on the road. I don't feel like working towards another record day, but you never know ... ;)

  03:10:57 pm, by EdB   , 415 words  
Categories: blog stuff

i forget what this was gonna be about

I forget but right now I'm thinking about real estate above the post window. When I open a new tab in FF I don't see the post button anymore, so I'm thinking about real estate again. The line that says "New post in blog: EdB" can go at the beginning of the space that says version and server time. In color of course to get a bit of eye-pop on it. Oh wait that means losing the option of switching a post to a different blog after starting it. :(

Laundry is in the dryer. I'm tired from yesterday. Today, except for being tired, could easily beat yesterday's distance and time. Got a lot of 75 zones in front of me now. And very few cities. :)

Oh yeah now I remember! I wasn't supposed to be saying "give me a pony" but that seems to be what I'm doing. Oh well! Inserting a photo as a post is a cool thing, but drop the dot extension from the post name. The only way to click a photo into a post means it gets the div-div-caption treatment. Flowing text around on the right or left should be clickable options. After 0.9.* died I never bothered re-hacking that hack. All I do is type in the class I want, but how is a noob supposed to know they can do that? I'm thinking when you click on the 'img' button you should get a popup that asks how you want to div/class it. Default to div-div-caption, and maybe make the default be settable.

People like photos is the thing. So I'm thinking a lot about posting photos on this road trip. Not exactly the easiest thing in the world ya know? Take picture, email picture to self. Okay cool, but now it's open Thunderbird to get and save the photo to my desktop then open a browser to the Files tab and upload the photo. Now I can make a post out of it immediately, or insert the image in a post. In a perfect world emailing the photo would put it in file manager, and maybe post it as an image right then and there. If not then I should be able to open a browser to the Write screen, open the Files popup, select an image then select how I want the image styled, and be done. And because this is a smarter skin the photo automagically fits the available width in the main column.

Whatever eh?

  02:40:29 pm, by EdB   , 321 words  
Categories: blog stuff

smarter skins and stuff

I was thinking when posting from the phone that it's too bad a skin can't tell the back office what the maximum width of the main body and the sidebar is in pixels so that file manager could be told "post this only shrink it to fit if it's too large". Especially with public skin switching being a thing of the past. That way I could shoot 640 wide and let file manager tweak the width and height parameters for inserting the code down to (for example) 438 wide. When I forced a photo to 480 wide in the evopress skin it's still too big, so 438 is just a guess. When the blogger changes skins it'd mess things up maybe, and a skin that stretches to fit the monitor would have to use available pixels based on 1024 wide, but it would make posting photos so much easier because they would simply fit. In a perfect world the image would be stored in full size and tweaked for the skin. So like photo.jpg becomes itself and photo_skinname.jpg on the server, with a line under the photo allowing the blogger to select the shrunken version.

Back on blogging by email, and thinking about the "post this image as a post" trick, it'd be cool if you could blog by email with a field somewhere that told b2evolution "this is an email for blogging but since it's an image without text go ahead and make a post out of it. Between the two the photos I took along the road and emailed myself as soon as I took them would have been blog posts that properly fit the skin. Aw heck the 'advanced stuff' bit of file manager could use the subject or body of an email as the caption field. Then it's full-on live blogging with pictures and text from a cell phone.

I'm doing laundry right now so there you go.

  07:05:51 am, by EdB   , 219 words  
Categories: road trip!

970 miles in 15.5 hours

:D 970 miles in 15 and a half hours: further faster than the best day on the way out. It's beatable, but one would have to plan and execute flawlessly. Like fill up the night before and get out of where ever you are within an hour of getting up. 2 tops. Then nail it. Oh and don't try it when you've got a lot of slow states in front of you. And a path with a bunch of cities on it, but really once you got locals on the road with you everyone speeds up. Retro-birds on the road: A New York bird - red with a black ragtop up - on Long Island. Driver waved. Sister was sort of amazed at that, but there ain't exactly a lot of retro birds out there. A Pennsylvania bird - grey with a grey hard top, PA plate '66ROUTE' - In New York. Stuck in the traffic jam from hell waiting for all lanes on the George Washington Bridge to open up again. An ?Arkansas? bird in Arkansas. Blue(?) with a white top. We played in traffic for many fast miles. Three other retro T-birds seen by me on this road trip, and I'll bet you none of them can claim 970 miles in 15 and a half hours. Google says 1290 miles left. 2 days. 700 tomorrow should be realistic.


  01:37:48 am, by EdB   , 203 words  
Categories: road trip!

lotsa miles

Pretty much on the 11 hour mark and I've got a bit over 660 miles behind me. 920 in 16 came from an average of 57 per, so right now I'm about 40 miles ahead of that pace. But I'm not moving because I'm waiting for a waffle from Waffle House. Here in ... Tennessee.

This is taking forever. Oh well. At least the speed limit is up to 70mph. Lots of cops in Ohio by the way. Everybody drove the speed limit, and slowed down when they saw a cop in the highway median. Ohio is cool except for that. Tennessee is cool too. Cheap gas, lots of green, and road trips starting from the middle of the country are funner. Gonna have to look around a bit online and see what's up with jobs I can make a lot of money at in this area.

This Waffle House sucks. Slow slow slow slow SLOW! How long can it possibly take to crank out a waffle and hash browns at Waffle House? One would think it'd be like a specialty thing instead of ... whatever it is that takes way too long to make.

Hey I'm leeching a signal from Days Inn! I don't know where they are but --- food!

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