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Redesign

Posted in Blog, News with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by blakejohnson

Well, as you’ve noticed, the site’s been redesigned. Again. Somehow I just can’t stick to the “little tweaks are better than full redesigns” practice when it comes to my own websites. Maybe I just like the building process too much. Anyway… there’s plenty to do now, lots of cool new or different additions, and some stuff on the way.
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Blog Design Update

Posted in Blog, Coding, Design, Development, News, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by blakejohnson

Well, as you no doubt noticed by now, the blog has been redesigned. Again. Well…sort of. There were a bunch of things that were bugging me about the other design: it was getting too small for the kinds of content I was posting (images and videos didn’t fit that well in the roughly 375 pixel wide content area); it was really dark, really contrasty; the image was bulky and took up a lot of space; the sidebar didn’t exist anywhere but the main page (which is weird in itself, but I just messed up the original coding and couldn’t figure it out so I gave up and made it my design’s ‘style’ at the time, heh, yea I know, cheap, but what’re you gonna do); lots of little design things, plus a bunch of stuff about the way I’d coded it to begin with was weird.

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Welcome to my new Heima

Posted in Blog, Music, News, Video, Web, YouTube with tags , , , , on April 13, 2009 by blakejohnson

Welcome to the new blog! (‘Heima’ is a reference to Heima the documentary). It’s about time I started posting again. Well, nothing better to start if off than something celebratory…

Hoppipolla music video by Sigur Ros

Brand New Site Open!

Posted in Blog, News, Web, Work with tags , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by blakejohnson

Well everyone, I finally did it.  I finally built my own website from scratch to do what I wanted it to do from the get-go.  So yes, many pats on the back are expected.

Also, if you’ve been subscribed for a while, I’m going to need you to cancel that subscription and go subscribe to the new blog over here, since the web addresses are different, and I won’t be posting to this blog anymore.  Thanks a lot for your past interest in my ramblings, and I hope you keep up your subscription with the new site, and enjoy the redesign.  See you there!

I’m All Over This!!

Posted in Art, Blog, Books, Life, Music, News, Web, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2008 by blakejohnson

This is just a brief announcement about me, the blog and my writing that I’ve begun recently.  First things first…

1. The blog underwent a few large changes in the last two days.  I changed the theme yesterday and posted.  Then I posted today again, and while rewriting the About page became so dissatisfied with the layout I had at the time, I changed it again within a matter of seconds after the About page was completed.  That being said…

2. The About page is brand new and updated with all kinds of new little goodies of information and links, so go check that out!

3. I’ve become much more active on DeviantArt recently, my profile page being here, mainly with the posting of my short story series, trying to get a bit of attention for it, and talking to a friend I didn’t really know back home before I moved out here (funny how that works, isn’t it?)  So go check that out too, you’re interested.  I’ve also added a bunch of things to my wishlist there as well as my favorites list.

4. Speaking of website I’ve become more active on… I discovered a number of books I would love to read someday… so I listed them not only as Wanted ads on Facebook but on my Goodreads account in my to-read shelf.  Go ahead and check out my profile there as well.  I’ve also begun posting my short story series on there as well, to reach more of an audience and it has a nice format for organizing work as well, so I liked that about it.

5. Lastly, (in case you hadn’t noticed), I also updated this blog about 4-5 times in the last week, which is a big change from normal, as I’m sure you know if you’re a regular reader here at all.  It’s not very regular most of the time.  Well, there’s no big ambitious announcement to try to change that, I’m just pointing out that I posted a bunch recently… so when school starts for me next week and there are no posts for a long time, you’ll know why, and you’ll be nicely tided over until I get back (hint).  Enjoy!

6. I’ve also been working slowly at building up a wishlist on Amazon, so you can check that out too if you’re interested and would like to maybe get me something for my Birthday in August or Christmas… or even for no occasion at all!  (Note: there are 3 different wishlists for me, a “Big” one, a “Movies” one and a “Books” one.  All three are fair game.)  Another good gift-finding location would be my Goodreads profile in the “to-read” section, if they’re not already on the Amazon wishlist.  Hah, and here I am going on and on as if you cared about where to buy me presents from…

Thanks for reading, checking in, and I hope things are going well in your neck of the woods.  Oh, last note, I’ve also become more active on iLike… but I’m tired of copying and pasting links for the moment, so go check that new About page you were going to check out anyway, right?  Yea… it’s on there, just read through and you’ll find it ;).  Enjoy the changes and additions.

I'm All Over This!!

Posted in Art, Blog, Books, Life, Music, News, Web, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2008 by blakejohnson

This is just a brief announcement about me, the blog and my writing that I’ve begun recently.  First things first…

1. The blog underwent a few large changes in the last two days.  I changed the theme yesterday and posted.  Then I posted today again, and while rewriting the About page became so dissatisfied with the layout I had at the time, I changed it again within a matter of seconds after the About page was completed.  That being said…

2. The About page is brand new and updated with all kinds of new little goodies of information and links, so go check that out!

3. I’ve become much more active on DeviantArt recently, my profile page being here, mainly with the posting of my short story series, trying to get a bit of attention for it, and talking to a friend I didn’t really know back home before I moved out here (funny how that works, isn’t it?)  So go check that out too, you’re interested.  I’ve also added a bunch of things to my wishlist there as well as my favorites list.

4. Speaking of website I’ve become more active on… I discovered a number of books I would love to read someday… so I listed them not only as Wanted ads on Facebook but on my Goodreads account in my to-read shelf.  Go ahead and check out my profile there as well.  I’ve also begun posting my short story series on there as well, to reach more of an audience and it has a nice format for organizing work as well, so I liked that about it.

5. Lastly, (in case you hadn’t noticed), I also updated this blog about 4-5 times in the last week, which is a big change from normal, as I’m sure you know if you’re a regular reader here at all.  It’s not very regular most of the time.  Well, there’s no big ambitious announcement to try to change that, I’m just pointing out that I posted a bunch recently… so when school starts for me next week and there are no posts for a long time, you’ll know why, and you’ll be nicely tided over until I get back (hint).  Enjoy!

6. I’ve also been working slowly at building up a wishlist on Amazon, so you can check that out too if you’re interested and would like to maybe get me something for my Birthday in August or Christmas… or even for no occasion at all!  (Note: there are 3 different wishlists for me, a “Big” one, a “Movies” one and a “Books” one.  All three are fair game.)  Another good gift-finding location would be my Goodreads profile in the “to-read” section, if they’re not already on the Amazon wishlist.  Hah, and here I am going on and on as if you cared about where to buy me presents from…

Thanks for reading, checking in, and I hope things are going well in your neck of the woods.  Oh, last note, I’ve also become more active on iLike… but I’m tired of copying and pasting links for the moment, so go check that new About page you were going to check out anyway, right?  Yea… it’s on there, just read through and you’ll find it ;).  Enjoy the changes and additions.

Friend & Freeware

Posted in Blog, Friends, Me Online, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2007 by blakejohnson

I wanted to take this opportunity to announce two things (really three).

First, I’ve added another friend’s blog to the Blogroll section on the right-hand menu, so check that out when you get a chance.  He was a friend of mine when I lived in Colombia.  Not too close, but we knew each other, and we had the same group of friends.  It’s cool to keep up with old friends like that.  Check his site out by the link to the right, or here.

Second, I found an incredible listing of freeware/open source/GPL-licensed software today form one single site.  It’s amazing.  I’m not even going to go into details, but they’ve got everything, and it kept me busy going through only half of the page for about 4 whole hours.  Yea.  It’s that kind of incredible.  Here’s the link, check it out if you’re interested… and I bet you are ;).

Thirdly, I’ve updated the AV blog twice today, which is a big change from my typical habits with that blog, since I don’t usually update that one all that much, unfortunately.  The first update actually includes the site I mention above, but the second update is about the final film shoot for my short film The Waiting Room.  I’m super excited to get that finally done, and tomorrow (err…today) I’m going to edit the last bits of footage together and try to get a rough cut online for some friend’s critique, and look into music for it.  I’ll keep updating on that as it progresses.

I’m really liking the fairly reliable updating of this blog recently, especially those posts accompanied by Flickr uploads.  I love the layout and usability of Flickr and the nice-looking calendar and image pages are great ways to share my photos with people through this blog.  It’s a fun thing to do at night when I have time during commercial breaks from Man vs. Wild or some such nonsense thing.  Heh.  Thanks for reading, enjoy the links.  It’s bed time now for me ;).