Okay, here’s a summary post to cover a bunch of different crap. Turns out I’m very busy lately, and there have been some changes that will probably impact my normal blog posting routine. I know… you’re heartbroken. Now, I’m fully aware that I have no routine as it is, but I aspire to, and those aspirations are being interrupted somewhat.
So, the first big news is that I am now blogging “professionally” for .eduGuru, which is a web technology development blog sorta thing for higher education. That means things that I used to talk about here will probably get diverted there. Now, generic web stuff I’ll still post here, as well as things like dotCMS guides and my personal stuff will be here, so don’t panic or anything. If anything, it means stuff around here will be less dry, and I’ll get to tickle your funny bone more. And believe it or not, my first post is already up at .eduGuru. I invite you to go read it, of course. Here’s a snippet:
Is Hosted Search Really Ready for Prime Time?
In my years that I’ve now spent in higher education, one universal truth I have found is that nothing quite moves a project along like when someone much more important and much less web savvy than you deems an issue worth addressing. Such was the case only a couple months after I had started at the university, when the Director of Marketing noticed that new information she had put up on the site wasn’t coming up in search results, and the results that were hitting weren’t particularly relevant to the topic in the first place. Thus, a mission was born, to find a way to make our search better, and to do it NOW. That’s the other thing about people higher up than you, when they say jump, generally you jump…
[read the rest of this at .eduGuru]
Naturally, that will probably appeal to all two of you. Something more interesting, however, is that I have a new play idea I am currently researching. It’s the sort of thing that I feel has the potential to be great, too. I just got the memoirs of the chap that’s at the heart of the story that I finally tracked down on interlibrary loan (I only found one copy for sale online, and it was over $200). I have one other book that I need to track down a copy of as well. Hopefully it will be everything I expect. I will give you more information once I have a better idea of if it will pan out the way I hope it will. Research must come first though.
I relaunched Penpedia tonight. I decided Drupal was a little too robust for my needs, and I don’t have time to learn it to a degree to really leverage its power well. I’m like a monkey with a jackhammer when it comes to Drupal. WordPress, on the other hand, I know inside and out, so I switched to that for the new system. I was lazy and did not design the theme, though I plan on doing some work to customize it a little in the near future. So if you’re a fountain pen person, go give the new site a look-see.
Brandon showed me a cool site the other day I’d like to share. It’s an online stock trading game called UpDown.com. Basically, it’s a total nerd type game. Think fantasy football, only with stocks (but I have a fantasy football league going too). You start with a million bucks, and see how well you can play the market. This sounds stupid, only it isn’t. For one, it’s actually kinda cool, because you really are fighting the system, and you have limited time to do it (the stock market isn’t open 24 hours a day after all). Plus, it can help you get an idea of how to play the market, should you want to do it for real later, so it’s great practice, especially for you kiddos out there who actually understand the only way you will survive retirement is to have your own money. So go check it out.