Pandora and the turkeyIf I’ve already posted this, forgive me.  In addition to writing for the benefit of others, my blog is also my learning journey’s scrapbook and sometimes my memory is scrappy… Thanksgiving time is fast approaching and I’ve decided to add a few decorations to Plot 13 (one of my SL plots). Kitsch is the order of the day when it comes to Thanksgiving, so an animated GIF of a turkey waving tickled my sense of humour enough for me to want to share it in my virtual space. I’ve uploaded animated textures to SL before, but forgot the process. So I backtracked and now I’m going to record this for posterity: 1) Go to Peregrine Salon – and upload your animated GIF.  Set the framerate to 1 second (play with this). 2) Download the resultant TARGA texture and copy the code 3) Upload the TARGA texture 4) Create your object in SL 5) Create a New Script and delete the default script, replace with pasted script 6) Apply TARGA texture DONE! There is a plug-in for GIMP that can break out frames from an animated GIF – but I haven’t played with it yet and it doesn’t provide the script for the SL texture as does the other online tool. If you click on the image — you’ll open up a SLURL (Second Life URL) that, when you’ve got SL open, will take you to my upstairs Learning Loft with freebies and tips for noobies.  If you walk down the stairs, you’ll be able to see the turkey in all his glory.
31. July 2008 · Comments Off on Those pesky links! · Categories: My personal learning journey, Script
A quick, handy how-to for Windows users. Ever have someone send you a link via email and you copy and paste it into a browser and then can’t figure out how to download the thing? Notepad to the rescue – (da-dada-daaaah)!
  • Open notepad
  • Create html linked text – <a href=”linkurl”>download this</a>
  • Save the text doc as a .html doc (select all files in the drop down, add the file extension manually).
  • Open the html doc – it will open in your default browser
  • Right click on the linked words (download this in this example) and save
This handy tip courtesy of my brilliant husband.  Yay!
22. June 2007 · Comments Off on Why tables for layout is stupid · Categories: Script
Wow – I’ve been finding a lot of good stuff in the past few days! While trying to track down some objective information on why not to use tables for some clients of mine who are loathe to let go of them — I found this little gem of a web site that explains tables and then CSS so very, very well. Gotta love that title too…
I’ve been experimenting with WordPress for use on other types of blogs besides my professional one, and ran into an interesting phenomenom involving Flickr feeds and IE 7. When trying to display the vertical Flickr badge on my WordPress site via a posting, it looked fine in FireFox.  When viewed in IE, it displayed teeny-tiny little images.  Apparently, the Flickr CSS is not enough information for IE 7 – so when it doesn’t get table width information and image size is set to “medium” – it defaults to the tiny size for a missing image. Once I went into the code and added a table width of 100% to both the outer and inner tables, it worked just fine — although I did have to delete the extra angle brackets that the WordPress editor seems to want to add in. However, the RSS feed for that posting doesn’t show up the feed being displayed.  In both the iGoogle feed agregator and the Google feed reader, just the introductory text I created in WordPress and the link to Flickr that shows up at the bottom of the image feed appears.  In IE7’s built-in feed aggregator, the introductory text shows up followed by all the code from the Flickr badge. Guess the moral of the story is you can’t output an RSS feed of an RSS feed. As a sidebar to all this – I have to say that I’m finding IE7 a major pain (just as I find the new Windows media player clunky and really hate the built-in CD/DVD burner in XP).  By trying to streamline the view, Microsoft has made it really difficult to navigate. With the RSS feed aggregator, I can add feeds — but finding out how to display them in that side panel is aggravating.  I love FireFox but know that a vast majority are still hooked into Microsoft so I run both products. Gotta say, despite the fact I’ve been resisting joining the long queue of MS bashers, I am falling for FireFox and am shocked at how Microsoft is losing its edge.  Hmmm, dare I try Open Office?
26. April 2007 · Comments Off on Make social bookmarking easy for your visitors · Categories: Script
I found a great little script you can see in action at the bottom of my page templates that makes it easy for visitors to add a blog post to their favourite social bookmarking site. I found it at GrayWolf’s SEO Blog -  and it did the job with minimal massaging. I did notice that in Dreamweaver MX 2004 that Dreamweaver kept re-writing the quote marks that make the code work — so when you are adding your image paths and deleting sites, it’s best to do it in notepad or the newer version of Dreamweaver. You do need to add it to the foot template – it does no good adding it to a post in the editing window as the text editor swaps quote marks around and the script can’t pass through the page URL to the bookmarking site.