Fill in the Amazon "Line" for Media Things sideblog.

Posted at 12:35 PM Notebook, Too Done List

Simply providing the author/artist and album/book title in the keyword search isn't doing it -- I keep getting books instead of DVDs and audio CDs.

Fortunately, that's just rewriting a Macro or two (er, four).

Add Quick Reply phpBB hack to MT.

Posted at 02:28 AM Gems, Notebook, Too Done List

I've already got this simple but elegant hack working in phpBB. Now it's just a matter of porting it to my MT installation.


Done! Want to know how to do it yourself? Read on! (Note: This MT add-on assumes you've already installed the fluffyblog Using phpBB as your MovableType comment engine in 23847392 easy steps tutorial to your MovableType installation.

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Wolfe Camera dropped from linkshare merchant list

Posted at 06:37 AM Notebook, Too Done List

So I'll have to update the Fujifilm affiliate links in my bicycle touring packing list outfitting the multimedia traveller and to some new merchant.


Actually, wasn't linked to Wolfe Camera anyway, but this got me motivated to clean up some of the other stuff.

Side blogs

Posted at 08:53 AM Notebook, Too Done List

Here's something to research...

Side Blogs


Presently listening to:
A Place for my Head - Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory (03:04)

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Fix 100% width banner table

Posted at 06:40 PM Notebook, Too Done List

With the current CSS banner class, a 100% width table forces the banner to be GT the window width. In Netscape, this doesn't cause any problems...but in IE -- lookout!

Have to rethink the banner formatting.

[EDIT] OK, that's done. Much better...

Also changed the templates for NoMad MaN to match My Messy Workbench.

AHA! Add forum notification!

Posted at 11:30 AM Notebook, Too Done List

Look for Davil's MOD.

Provides the user with the ability to subscribe to a whole forum!

This will also provide a "backdoor" method for allowing blog visitors to receive notificaiton of all new updates.


That was just too complicated -- mod never seemed to get out of Beta, too many posts with suggested changes...

I'm about to try this one instead:

Or at least I was until the site went down, just now!

It's back. We're on.

[EDIT jan 18, 04]

Completed. Want to know how? See New Topic Notification.

Presently listening to:
I Against I feat. Massive Atta - Mos Def - blade 2 (05:43)


Complete integrating changes for phpBB comment engine

Posted at 03:49 PM Notebook, Too Done List

Still working on step Get the correct comment counts.


Comment counts installed.

Now working on comment display, which is not working at the moment. fetch_all is not getting the list of posts, for some reason.


got that going (Missing CRLF at the end of a comment in the code, caused a crucial line to get deleted.

Next item up on this list is to integrate fluffy's display code, which includes login/logout links. Very nice.


OK, done with that. Next up: recent discussions list, which should be easy enough...


Actually, that took some debugging. Fluffy's php was hard-coded for FluffyBlog, so I abstracted the hard-coded stuff to allow a bit more flexibility for use in both my blogs.

It's operating in MyMessyWorkbench, just have to port it over to NoMad MaN -- but it's time to head out to my cousins' for xmas dinner...



Presently listening to:
Peter Gabriel & Massive Attack - Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel - (05:17)

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Changed comment engine from MT default to phpBB bulletin board.

Posted at 05:10 PM Notebook, Too Done List

Just completed phase I of implementing phpBB as the new comment engine for this blog.

If you like the way the commenting facility is implemented on this site, kudos should be forwarded to fluffy, who wrote the tutorial describing how to do it (and added a bit of code to integrate MT and the phpBB forums which do it.)

The tutorial is big and takes numerous steps, but if you follow the instructions explicitly, it'll get you where you're going. I'd misread a step and fluffy was prompt and quite helpful in resolving the issue.

Presently listening to:
Damaged Goods - Gang of Four - Entertainment! (03:21)


Need more glue

Posted at 04:39 PM Notebook, Too Done List

Install this plugin to provide "glue" functionality for MTCategoryList and other listing tags (Only MTEntryEntryCategories is empowered by MT to glue entries together.)

Use it to glue the category menu appearing at the top of the Category Index.

[EDIT completed JAN 06 03]

Also made some minor formatting revisions to the category archive.


Presently listening to:
Warm Ways - Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (03:55)


Created a Category Archive Index

Posted at 08:37 PM Gems, Notebook, Too Done List

I created a Category Archive Index template in the Index Templates section. It creates the file, listing all categories, with their descriptions, and the entries in them. It also uses <a name="..."> to create links to anchors within the document, which I use to build a menu bar at the top of the document.

To do this yourself, create a new index template called CategoryIndex.

Copy the default MasterArchive index template to your new CategoryIndex template.

Insert the code below into CategoryIndex, replacing the <MTArchive> container.

<div align="center">
<MTCategories glue=" | ">
    <a href="#<$MTCategoryLabel$>"><$MTCategoryLabel$></a>
<div> </div>
    <dt><a name="<$MTCategoryLabel$>"></a><a
     (<$MTCategoryCount$>)</strong></h3></a> </dt>
        <a href="<$MTEntryLink$>"><strong><$MTEntryTitle$></strong></a> :: 
        <MTEntryCategories glue=" | ">
        <a href="<$MTCategoryArchiveLink$>"><em><$MTCategoryLabel$>
        </em></a> </MTEntryCategories><br />
      <br /><br />

When you rebuild, there'll be a new CategoryIndex in your blog root directory. Just add links in your other templates and you're ready to go.

Presently listening to:
September Fifteenth - Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (07:45)


Got some category stuff up.

Posted at 01:31 AM Reviews, Too Done List

Obviously way too tired to be doing this. Slooooow. Bleh.

Anyway, finally got some category stuff displaying. Added some links to the header but also made it so the categories an entry is in will display to the right of the entry. Even wrote up a little tutorial for it, uhhh, yah here.

I'll knock off after propagating that code throughout the templates. That oughtta take, oh, another 5 hours!

Presently listening to:
Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Pink Floyd - Animals (11:28)


Q: How can I get the category(ies) to display with my entry?

Posted at 07:52 PM Gems, Notebook, Too Done List

How'd I get the "Notebook" category link to display on the same line as the entry title?

This one's really easy. First, take a look @ The MT Wiki MTCategory page. You'll get the basics there. And while you're there, bookmark the MT Wiki site -- very useful.

Armed with that little tidbit of knowledge, all I did was find MTEntryTitle tag in my index templates. They looked like

            <h3 class="title"><$MTEntryTitle$></h3>
I wrapped them in two-cell tables, like this.
<table width="100% border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<tr valign=top><td>
    <h3 class="title"><$MTEntryTitle$></h3>
</td><td align=right>
    <MTEntryCategories glue=", ">
        <a href="<$MTCategoryArchiveLink$>"><$MTCategoryLabel$></a>

The title is in the left hand cell and the piece of code from MT Wiki is in the right-hand cell. I set that cell to right justify.

No sweat!


Presently listening to:
Letter to Hiro - The Vapours - New Clear Days - (06:23)