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August 18, 2006

Congratulations C.J. and Kristy

   Congratulations to C.J. and Kristy.  They wed today and celebrated at Chucky Cheeze's.  This also means Kristy is leaving us to move to Kentucky with her husband.  Congrads Kristy, and we'll miss you!
Mother Noose
www.MotherNoose.com

   The band Mother Noose comes to DrQue.net.  An other WordPress based site for the band to unleash their music onto the world.  I believe this is the 4th or 5th incarnation of this website.

August 16, 2006

Dencker's website gets a face-lift


   After years of sitting dormant Dencker.DrQue.net gets a face-lift.  I had played with WordPress a little and decided it was nice getting people their own website.  I started by customizing a theme for the site, then moved all the content from the old site.  The picture gallery was something I would have to make a custom function for.  WordPress has several image gallery plug-ins, none of which I liked.  Since I have my own gallery script, I decided to learn how to integrate it into WordPress.  Turned out not to be all the difficult at all.  I had to create a page template, which called the gallery functions.  Then I made a new page that used that template.  That was it.  Yeah for stuff that works :)
   This is a picture I took with Tazz's 70-200mm 2.8L lens.  The zoom is at 148mm and the aperture at 2.8, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/13 at ISO 400.  I really like the intense background blur from the low aperture as it accentuates the subject very well.
   I don't like stupid search engines that send all day on my site without figuring out the file they are requesting is always the same, but has different GET parameters because they don't respect sessions.  A search engine called "FAST", a so called "Enterprise Search" requested over and over again "EditProfile.php".  This link isn't even visible unless you are logged in (hidden DIV tag) and doesn't do anything unless you are.  Without having cookies, each time the index page of DrQue.net is requested, a different session ID is generated.  EditProfile.php is linked with the session ID as a parameter.  So there are hundreds of links to this page.  And this search engine is one of those "marketing research" sites, which are worthless to most people anyway.
   Visited Tazz to see his new 70-200mm F/2.8L IS lens.  This is his second L-series lens, and one that makes me extremely envious.
It is pictured here along with his 5D camera.  Pictured is over $4,600 of camera equipment.
   This marks the 115th  day of continuous run-time on the Indigo Dragon.  My previous record was 190 days of non-stop run-time on the White Dragon back in April of 2004.  However, the rising temperatures caused the system to lock up.  The Indigo Dragon had RAM problems back in November of 2005 which caused it to lock up, but after being replaced, has had a clean bill of health since.

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Format of desired result
   When translating the King's Quest site to XTML, I added style sheets.  One CSS fetcher I like is the "followed-by" method for classes.  I had an area of the site that needed to have picture floating to the right or left, of some text.  The text usually was just a few lines.  After the picture and text block, there was an other picture and text block.   Since the text went with the picture, it was important the text appear next to the picture. 

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Undesired compounding without line feeds or div blocks

   Without the line-feeds, the block would wrap around on itself. Using line-feeds is a poor solution, since any new text will change how many line-feeds are needed. The solution is putting text in <div> tags using the style property "clear: both". This segregates each <div>. After each <div>

tag needs to be a gap, so the next block is spaced away some from the previous block. However, we don't want a gap before the first block, or after the last block. We could make two CSS classes, one for the first block and one for the remaining blocks, but there is a better solution.
img.ImageLeft
{

  float: left;
  margin-right: 6px;
}

img.ImageRight
{

  float: right;
  margin-left: 6px;
}

div.InfoBlock
{

  clear: both;
}

div.InfoBlock + div.InfoBlock
{

  clear: both;
  padding-top: 0.25em;
}
   Enter the "follow-by" class. This CSS class will leave the first <div> tag alone, but add a padding to the top for each <div> thereafter.  The last two CSS classes displayed on the left show the followed-by class.  "InfoBlock" is the name of a class specifically for <div> tags.  The last class states that any div.InfoBlock followed by an other div.InfoBlock also gets the additional rule of padding along the top.
   To the left are the CSS classes to obtain these results. Images can be placed to the left or right. Note that there is padding added on the text side of the image. This keeps the text from being placed right next to the image.

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From Ericasaurus Rex

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January 22, 2008 at 6:21 PM

I like King's Quest games so much!
   Finished a fairly involved update to the King's Quest site.  Converted most everything to XHTML translational compliance.  I wasn't able to get the frame pages into compliance, despite all my attempts.  Unfortunately, I had designed the site with frames and there really isn't an easy way to remove them.  I'm stuck using "unofficial" tag attributes.  I also didn't go through and verify every page, so I'm sure there are a couple that don't meet compliance—the problem with designing web sites with Webweaver software.
   Pictured is Lisa, looking toward Lake Michigan.