Daily Llama 3.0

The all new Daily Llama — it’s more flashy, more semantic, and best of all, more purple!

While I have nothing against my own creation, Modern-Blue just wasn’t my style.  I had been looking into themes that developers could use — so I wouldn’t need to start from scratch — and I settled upon Sandbox.  It has so many CSS classes built in that I hardly had to modify the template at all!  I changed the page.php and single.php templates to link to themselves, footer.php to show the page generation stats (for example, “25 queries in 1.732 seconds”), and the comments.php template to upgrade to threaded comments. Continue reading

School evacuation, Latin jokes, and a blog cleanup

Half the lights flicker and then go out. The little flood lights next to the emergency exit lights flash on and then off. Then they come on again and the fire alarm blares.

This happened today at my school, right after Latin, right before Science. Unfortunately, I was one of the few people who didn’t get a chance to grab a jacket. I stood outside, freezing to death, making jokes about the hallways supposedly being quiet. We saw smoke coming from the windows of the YMCA daycare that’s in the same building as our school. I soon found myself bundled in a yellow plastic blanket with “R”.

An unbelievable amount of time later, a city bus pulled up to the other side of the parking lot. We all trudged through the snow to the bus. Can you imagine over one hundred people on a city bus? It was very noisy.

After a long bus ride with too many people in it and lots of bad singing, we arrived at a skating rink warming house. I made up some latin stories there. Here’s one:

Metellae amicus Caecilii canem laudat. Caecilius est iratus. Caecilius Metellae amicum interfecit. Metella Grumionem pulsat. Grumio circumspectat. Grumio clamat, “que f███?” Clemens est obesus. Cerberus latrat.

That roughly translates to:

Metella’s friend praises Caecilius’s dog. Caecilius is angry. Caecilius kills Metella’s friend. Metella punches Grumio. Grumio looks around. Grumio shouts, “WTF?” Clemens is obese. Cerberus (the dog) barks.

Ok, now that I’m done telling you a story, it’s time to talk about what I did to my blog:

  • I backed up my database
  • I deactivated some plugins that I never use
  • I cleaned up my database, deleting the tables that were no longer in use
  • I deleted the pages that have no purpose
  • I fixed a problem with wordpress.com thinking my blog was still at llamaslayers.freehostia.com

Now for some random facts about this blog:

  • The two days with the most activity on my blog for the last two months both ended in six, January 26th and February 6th.
  • There are a total of 330 posts and pages ever created on this blog.
  • The old backup system has been taken out and a new one has been put in. The new one not only backs up my database every week and emails it to me, but also uses the optimize function every twelve hours.
  • 353 comments have been made on this blog, 102 of which were spam.
  • This blog shares a user database with the forums.
  • There are a total of 30 users registered on this blog.

Summoning and forums

I’ll start with summoning.  Jagex has posted an article about it today, and I am sort of interested.  I don’t know much about it yet, so I can’t make a very long post about it.

Then, there’s something you can help me with!  LlamaSlayers has a forum now, and it’s not hosted on some obscure free forum hosting site.  You can find it at http://llamaslayers.net/daily-llama/forums/.  Please help us to test it and submit new features for consideration.

[tags]Jagex, Ideas, Forums, Blog Updates[/tags]

We’ve moved!

Since this blog is in a new place, the theme that I had does not work here as well as I would like it to. Even though I am using a slightly different theme, I’m not liking this one particularly either. I’ll just need to see what I need to do.

P.S. Does anyone know the php code to make one of these?

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P.P.S. Does anyone actually read this blog?  If you do, make a comment on this post, please.

Some big changes around here.

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First of all, I would like to say that FreeHostia is dumb. But what do you expect from a free web host? If you try out Freewebs, you’ll see that things can be worse.

All webhost stupidity claims aside, I’m going to make as many changes for the better as I can just on this blog.

First of all, I’m going to make the new theme that I was planning on making. Also, I’ll need to see where I can host this blog elsewhere that might be a better host. Okay, I see that I’m drifting back into I-hate-this-webhost land, so I’ll try to pull myself out of it.

The new template will be purple, and it will have rounded corners, but the most important part of it will be that I’m going to publish it under the gpl license. (This means you can tear it apart and I won’t care.)

I know it’s going to be hard to re-program my whole blog, but I’m up for it.

Over and out.

Ok, maybe not an ENTIRE new theme…

So I’m not going to make an entire new theme for my blog… I’ll just make a few tweaks to make the theme I have the best it can be without losing the theme’s feel. One of the first updates I’m doing is banning a certain user agent from my blog because I think they’re trying to DDoS me… I’ve had about 20 404 errors in my 404 log in a row yesterday from the same user agent.

But for now, let’s just hope that I’ve fixed the problem. One of the other things I am going to do to my theme is implement more colors into my comments css.

Old comments looked like this.

The old comments (current comments at the time that I’m writing this) looked like one of the three boxes shown to the right. I’m going to make them so they can be any color of the rainbow, going from pale red to pale orange to pale yellow to pale green to pale blue to pale purple, or if the person who made the comment was a Daily Llama official, it would be a more prominent version of the color. Of course, nobody can use the name of a Daily Llama official unless they are logged in as that user or have access to my database. 😛

If it’s really going well, I’ll even try to make the corners rounded! Do you have any ideas about the theme that I should implement? What css colors should I use for the comment backgrounds?

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Changelog:

  1. Made the gradient on the comment boxes stand out more
  2. Made the new colors
  3. Gave up on rounded corners
  4. Random first color

I think I’m done for now…