“My” new theme!

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Welcome to my blog on a new theme!

I am using a custom child theme of the default Twenty Twelve theme. It features a modified featured image, custom width sizing depending on the size of monitor (it’s also slightly wider on most larger monitors than the original), footer widgets and a generally different style.

My fonts are Zeyada (title), Amaranth (headings) and Lora (body). (Although I still might change it). All fonts are from Google webfonts for now.

This blog is best viewed on a higher resolution monitor (such as 1500px+) with a newer browser. It does work on tablets and phones – more or less. Right now it is currently less… especially on small tablets…I’m still working on that.

It works in all modern browsers (I think?), but I can’t vouch that all functions will work or display correctly on older browsers.

The background is made by me…although I may change it as I’m not entirely happy with it.

For anyone else wanting to undertake this, note that the CSS to this theme is a bit….odd. It makes use of newer techniques and has CSS classes that aren’t as simple as you think.

Tutorials I used

http://zeaks.org/tutorials/twenty-twelve-footer-widgets-tutorial/
http://voodoopress.com/modify-the-width-of-the-new-wordpress-twenty-twelve-theme/
http://voodoopress.com/woking-with-featured-image-in-wordpress/  (and a few other very similar ones on that subject)
http://wordpress.org/support/topic/getting-post-thumbnail-url  (linking featured imaged to itself)
+ probably more! (And lots of trial and error).

I also used several generator and such. (The media query playground is also very useful)

Stole a bit of CSS from the Presswork theme for image hovers.

I do not know PHP so I consulted tutorials for modifications to the PHP files.

Credits:

Designed by Me
Background image by me
Post background: Paper Fibers from Subtle Patterns
Page background: Textured Stripes from Subtle Patterns (modified)

The Featured Images Thing is Driving Me Insane

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So I thought it’ll be a great idea to make use of featured images, you know to showcase more photography and artwork.

I tried following various tutorials on auto-cropping featured images and it still doesn’t work. I tried copy and pasting that portion in my child functions.php and nope. I even broke the site a few times. I tried several methods and couldn’t get it working. Oddly it was working fine at first (i.e. before I made a child theme) but nope, not anymore

I’ve been at this for a while now (okay, just a day) but it’s driving me crazy and I just don’t understand why it won’t work properly! Later I discovered that it sort of works – just with new images and not in the post editor.

With much googling and some logical leaps I did finally figured it out (I was worried there that I’ll never figure it out, but I did). However, since I don’t know PHP…I’m never quite sure what I’m doing although I do have the feeling when something is probably not going to work. When the blog doesn’t load…it means I did it wrong. When the line is in the admin panel…it means I did it wrong. When only the top part of the blog loads….it means I did it wrong. So yeah, that’s how I found out I did the PHP wrong. I still find PHP confusing though. Some parts look really easy (a bit like CSS) while others are just…confusing. I should probably try to learn some PHP.

However, what I should do with single posts as I find full size featured images overwhelming and the smaller ones…well, small and it won’t word-wrap correctly. Oh well. I’ll work on it but I guess it’s okay for now.

The Limitation of Reality

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I have always been somewhat of an imaginative person (although there’s some people that will probably say that I cannot possibly be imaginative but screw them). I’ve always distracted myself with things not from this world. Fiction, daydreams and it all. Many people praise reality and dismiss insanity.  Praise the pragmatists but not the dreamers. Artists are looked down upon, as if one is stupid to choose the arts if one could have chosen the hard sciences, businesses, law or anything else really.

And that is the limitation of reality. I am fascinated by the notions of flight and freedom, of fantasy and fiction.

Perhaps, I am fascinated but things other than reality because I find reality…or at least this reality so limiting.  I am isolated, alienated and have a strong critique over social norms. It’s as if I’m watching the world from afar, watching it as it unfolds but never being a part of it. I puzzle upon people’s priorities, never quite understanding the desire for mates or family, lying to be nice…or worse, fake laughter (especially when it’s so obvious) and assorted social nuances that don’t make sense at all or that I disagree with.

Maybe I’ll never know.

Still, the idea of a different place, a magical place where the world where everything makes sense. Where I can feel some sort of sense of belonging, of connection.

I lack connection. I am alienated to the world, to society.  Some days I think looking out the window, watching as the world goes by from my stance away from it all.  But some days, I wonder what is like to be a “normal” human – to have connection with other people.

But in fiction, I don’t. I was always a dreamer, always staring off into space. Always tired of the limitation of reality.

So I seek freedom in the places I can find them – in my head, in words, in pictures, in motion picture. It’s funny how people can praise fiction but are suspicious of anything other than reality.

Maybe for some people reality is good. People who have lives. But I’m not one of them as I daydream into the open, staring blankly into space.

Maybe all writers are insane.

My Blog has a New Home!

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My blog has a new home! And is back on my domain!

I will be working on customizing the theme and various technical things very soon so right now it may look very…plain. However, the permalinks, posts and pages should work (except for the contact form which I’m working on since that plugin is not working right now…).