What’s the Hold Up, Bub?

Officially, this site still isn’t ‘live’, but I still feel compelled to write something every now and again. I have nothing to say really, I just have a need to let the world know I’m still alive and no amount of pepper spray will keep me away. Well, since you’re here reading this, I guess I might as well update you on the progress I’m making on this site.

Uh, how does very little sound?

It’s not that I haven’t been trying desperately to get this site ready for it’s official launch, which was the end of June but hey, it’s the thought that counts. It’s just that I seem to be thwarted at almost every turn by my archenemy, Laziness. To be fair, my doing actual work on this site is pretty far-fetched since I am an Olympic Level Lazy-Assed Bastard and have won numerous awards both nationally and internationally for my Herculean abilities in the area of Human Laziness.

Remote control wrestling? Gold medal.

Sleep Marathon? Two gold, one silver and a host of bronze.

Looking busy while having nothing to do? World Champion.

Faced with this level of anti-athletic ability, it’s a wonder that I’ve gotten this far at all.

Working For A Living

Excerpt from a (slightly embellished) telephone conversation;

Client :: “Hi Geek, it’s Client. How are you?”

Geek :: “Hi Client! I’m fine how’ve you been?”

Client :: “Good, good. Sorry I haven’t called in a while but now that I have I was wondering what your schedule looked like.”

Geek :: “My schedule? For when?”

Client :: “How about this afternoon? I need someone to do some graphic work. It’s easy stuff and it should only be for a couple of hours.”

Little Voice in Geek’s Head :: “Run! Run far, run fast, but RUN!

Geek :: “I think I can make it this afternoon. How does 2pm sound?”

Client :: “Great! Bring a computer with you.”

Little Voice :: “Here it comes.”

Geek :: “You need my computer? Uh, how big is this job?”

Client :: “Well, actually we’re creating a pitch for the business of (really big company). They’re looking for a new PR firm and we made the second cut. We need an entire multimedia presentation by 8:00 tomorrow morning. Be here by noon. Bye!”

Little Voice :: “You poor, stupid fool.”

Geek :: “Someone kill me.”

Although no one did manage to kill me, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

A GreyMatter Problem

Well, isn’t this a kick in the head? GreyMatter doesn’t let me use the PRE or CODE tags in my posts because GreyMatter parses every bit of HTML that passes through its system. In plain english, I can’t post code fragments through GreyMatter. It’s not the worst thing in the world but it does hamper my ability to use GM as a quick note taking alternitive to a full page dissertation on any coding I might do. In this particular case, it means that you will have to wait a couple of days until I create a new page on this site for my GreyMatter and SSI How-To tutorial.

I know you’re all going to lose a lot of sleep over this.

GreyMatter and SSI

With the help of two very nice people I finally have this log working properly. The archives and “perma-links” now work, as do the comments, which is where you can leave your witty remarks about my idiotic ramblings. Tomorrow I’m going to give a quick rundown of how I managed to get GreyMatter to work using SSI includes. Don’t worry, it’s really for me so that I’ll never forget how to do this again so you don’t even have to read it if you don’t want.

I won’t be offended, really. I mean, I might break down like a little girly-child and cry but hey, that’s not your problem, right?

Back From the Dead

Well, I’m finally done with my “real world” work and am finally able to get back to work on this site. It’s been a few months since I’ve been able to work on this site and unfortunately, I’ve forgotten almost everything I did and am just now going back and looking over my code. Let my misfortune be a lesson for all of you hopeful Geeks out there. When writing code, use lots and lots of comments to explain things to anyone that might come along and look at it later. Going over code (even code you wrote your own damn self) even a couple of months later can be confusing as hell if you don’t have a ‘roadmap’ to follow.

Right now I’m working on stuff that no one but me will ever notice. Things like; integrating GreyMatter properly, resizing the layout to work better independently of your browser or screen resolution, the Daily Geek Archives and a few other things. I know none of this is exciting or interesting to those tiny few who are coming here looking for content, but sooner or later I’ll be satisfied enough with the back end of this site to finally start putting up the content.

Other than that, nothing much to say just yet. I want to get this site up and running before I start with my usual rants, raves and long-winded stories of mundane mediocrity blown up into historically inaccurate delusions of grandeur.

The True Beginning

Here is another quick test of my unbelievably sub-par hacking skillz. I’m currently trying to see if there will appear, as if by magic, a cute little seperator graphic in between my posts. Currently, I’m not sure if the seperator is configured to show up in between each post or only between each days posts. I’m really not sure so I’m going to make two quick posts and then come back and check up on my newborn site. Toodles!

The First of Many

I really hope that this works the way I want it to work. Right now I’m a little baffled by all the choices I have at my disposal. Wow. Can I just say ‘wow’ a few more times?

Wow, wow, wowowow.

So many choices and me with no real programming skilz to help me sort through them. I’m like a big kid in a candy buffett. GreyMatter is really cool.

Let’s test BOLD TEXT now.

How about some ITALIC TEXT for the Italiacs out there.

So, that’s about it. Nothing to say until I actually SEE this. Hope it works. Pray for me.