Looking Back: 10 Years of Blogging on WordPress

Sometimes it’s good to look back in time to where we began blogging. I started blogging way back in the early 00’s (that’s 2000, not 1900!), first on Geocities, then I moved over to Blogger, and now I have been on WordPress since 2006!

Here are a few of mine articles from way back then:

Hope that intrigued you. It’s always good for me: I enjoy reminiscing on times before I attained Vertigo back in 2012. I somehow lost both good and bad life-memories because of it. Thinkin’ I should do this more often, for each year online.

[UPDATE] Whilst editing my archives on Sunday afternoon I discovered I have written similar articles over the last 15 months. This one – Ten Years on WordPress – is a little more comprehensive.
Oops. Yet I will let both articles remain independent. At least now I can easily search and find the articles (because I have added more #tags), therefore won’t do it again until my fifteenth and twentieth year of blogging!
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Postscript: The following two photos were photographed on Kangaroo Island back in 2005(ish), shot with a Canon 400D and a stock lens.
The first is from the top of Prospect Hill. It has been closed for the last few years due to weathering of the steps up the dunes.
The second is on the Penneshaw grass just up from the SeaLink jetty.
If you have been to KI, you will know the places.

Vanishing Point

Heli-Landing

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The Sound of Silence

This is the original version of ‘The Sound of Silence‘ from 1964 from the album ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 AM’: Just Simon’s guitar and the vocals.

After ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 AM‘ flopped, they split up.

Without either of their knowledge, both electric guitars and drums were added and this version of The Sound of Silence became very popular, reaching #1 on the charts in America on New Years Day, 1966.

Because of this, Simon and Garfunkel teamed up again and created three more studio albums, one of which one a Grammy award for album of the year and song of the year (Bridge Over Troubled Water).

Information garnered from YouTube comments, relevant links added. Why? Because I love this song, I will be including in my radio-show one Friday soon on 5KIxFM Kangaroo Island Community Radio. Listen out for it.

The Basic Updates to HTML over the last 15 Years

First let me say that I STILL design my sites using CSS elements and HTML tags and attributes to give my websites improved function and form. I won’t deny that sometimes they are not pretty – but I design to suit my needs now, not for anyone else.

Whilst many other designers are now using purchased templates, I enjoy writing the background code. I enjoy that little yippee-moment when the CSS works.

I remember the first time I built a sprite based header navigation in blogger.com way back in 2004! Because blogger enabled users to modify the HTML and CSS, I spent many an evening tinkering, learning, applying, reapplying, until I had a site I liked. It was also at that time that I started creating graphics for sprites.

This morning I wanted to write an explanation of what I have enjoyed over the last 15 years of coding CSS, yet felt I couldn’t easily put it into words. Thankfully I found Casadaro Shearrod’s simplified yet succinct list displaying the basic differences/upgrades of HTML over the last 20 years.

HTML 1 – linked documents
HTML 2 – linked documents with stylized text and tables.
HTML 3 – more of 1 and 2 with some Browser specific features.
HTML 4 – a re-evaluation of 3 to removes some clutter that arrived in 2 and 3.
HTML 5 – pretty much the same as 1 with the ability to specify document structures and multimedia element.

His last line below is the #1  reason I stopped designing for others. 

Knowing HTML5 in practice means we know HTML and CSS. We can do what used to be done with HTML 1,2, and 3, but we can do those things more effectively, with greater efficiency, and on a larger scale. This is what gave birth to the Web application and server side programing and scripting but, that’s a whole different talk.

HTML and CSS are not difficult to learn, but it is time consuming to both unlearn and learn as updates occur. I chose to stop. I achieved what I set out to do, so was able to tick it off my bucket list of achievements, then move onto new ventures.

And that is where I choose to end this article. Does this mean I no longer code? Are you kidding?! Reading some of the URL‘s linked above gets me fired up and interested again … so I am already pondering my website revamp!

Tool Board

Quotes from What are the differences among HTML2.x HTML3.x and HTML4.x?, written 7.Nov.2014 by Casadaro Shearrod.

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25 Years of Musician Photography

Check out my photographs of Australian musicians at the 1992 Adelaide Grand Prix.

These were photographed at my first concert, shooting with my first SLR, in 1992.

I purchased a body (brand forgotten), telephoto lens, and a 40 rolls of 36 film somewhere in Adelaide – I think I had to hock something to pay for it all. Then I shot the lot in one day, despite the costs!

In the late 1990‘s I scanned the negatives and saved to 3.5inch floppy discs.

In the early 2000‘s, I dug up those discs and converted all that I could to CD.

In 2008 I found those CD’s, and in 2010 I found them again in my archives – and put them onto my flickr gallery

Finally, the negatives were found in early 2017 during a shed-cleanup.

Sometime this year I will have them rescanned, manipulated, saved, and archived again…

Jimmy and Johnny Rocking Hard, Adelaide GrandPrix Concert

Between Prayer, Luck & Fate

I don’t mind anymore when people say, after I tell them I have a job interview, “Good Luck, I’ve got my fingers crossed” or “We are praying for your success!”

I don’t take them too literally. Anymore.

Yet part of me wishes luck or prayer could be the deciding factor. 

But when they say “Ah well, maybe next time, try again” or “Maybe it wasn’t meant to be”, I feel like screaming. 

It’s soul destroying enough to lose to an interview that failed its own process  (topic for another conversation) – but their flippant words suggests that somehow luck and predetermination sit side by side. 

Since prayer is the belief that a higher being is controlling the universe, how can any religious person not cringe at themselves when they wish me luck?

Ensure your House Smoke Detectors Meet Current Regulations (AUS)

Power Up! I researched this information after our rental-home smoke-detector beeping beeped at 2.30am yesterday morning. At the time I also asked on Facebook (in a KI Q&A group) what should be done in the short term: All my good friends on Kangaroo Island suggested the 9Volt battery needed replacing. Yes, there is one inside the device.

Here’s where the issue lies:

  1. We believe the noise was the actual smoke detector noise, not the battery-dying noise.
    That was worrying, which is why I went straight to FB to ask in the forums. I imagined someone else might have experienced this and knew exactly what to do. Many great responses were provided, and I learnt a lot. There’s no saying if we were wrong or right in our decision, but I feel we did the right thing.
  2. We only moved into the house 3 weeks ago. Which got me thinking.
    Should it be responsibility of the tenant leaving OR the new tenant to replace the battery? Maybe the previous tenant should be required to indicate on the ‘final paperwork’ when they replaced the smoke-detector battery?

Short Back and Sides Mid afternoon, after all electrical problems in our house were fixed, I found these three websites – and was amazed by the information so much that I felt it prudent that all SA home owners, landlords, and renters should read and know. As I suspected we all have obligations and rights, all of which are designed to save lives:

1. CFS \ Fire Safety \ Smoke Alarms

Home owners are required, by Regulation 76B under the Development Act, 1993, to install battery powered or hard-wired (240 volt mains powered) smoke alarms.

  • Houses built since 1 January 1995 must be equipped with hard-wired smoke alarms.
  • All other houses must be equipped with at least 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms.
    [MY TWO CENTS] If you like to keep the house, or getting the rent on it, put in the hard-wired option! [/END]
  • When a house with 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms is sold the new owner has six months to install alarms which are hard-wired to the 240 volt power supply or powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable batteries.

Heat Generator Penalties apply for non-compliance.

2. Our State Government provide a simplistic website layout for anyone, either on a computer or smartphone, to obtain the regulatory information easily and quickly provide/explain to your landlord to prove your case.

3. The Real Estate Institute of South Australia also provide quick explanations and simple tips and traps to ensure the correct information is available.

Our issue (and a few others) was resolved within 12 hours. I hope your household wiring, smoke detectors, house alarm, and any other electrical items are repaired or replaced in a timely manner to ensure your house/contents/family are not at risk!

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