Video: About Lush and Blogging [en]

[fr] Une petite vidéo puisque la TSR m'a posé un lapin (tournage prévu pour cet après-midi, reportage annulé mais on garde le plateau -- détails suivront) qui raconte ma découverte de Lush et ce qui fait que je pense qu'ils devraient se mettre à bloguer.

How do I call this? A Vlog? A podcast? A video podcast? A videocast?

Anyway, here’s a little about me and Lush and what makes me say Lush should get into blogging. Enjoy! Yes, I messed up with the date. We’re the 20th. Shows you what not having any regular schedules anymore did to my internal clock.

*Sorry, DailyMotion is taking a little time to get the video up and running. You can check out a [16Mb MP4 version of the video]( while you wait.*

Dailymotion blogged video
CTTS: Lush, Me, and Blogging
Video sent by Steph

It took me ten minutes to shoot, an hour or so to edit, and many many hours to figure out the right export settings and upload it to DailyMotion. I’m open to criticism (though I don’t like it, of course, I won’t lie) if you think there’s a way I could improve this.

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The hAtomisation of CTTS [en]

[fr] Un pas vers l'implémentation du microformat hAtom sur Climb to the Stars. J'ai commencé à adapter le thème WordPress Sandbox, qui est déjà tout plein de hAtom, pour que le résultat ressemble à ce que vous avez l'habitude de voir ici.

Par la même occasion, j'ai commencé à transformer ma sidebar en widgets -- c'est comme des petits blocs de construction qu'on peut ensuite assembler à sa guise, sans mettre les doigts dans le code.

Well, I’ve made good progress. Starting with the Sandbox theme, I imported and converted most of the CSS from my pink theme into a Sandbox skin. It’s not quite there yet.

I edited the function (provided with the theme) which generates navigation links so that it would show the few links I wanted instead of my huge list of pages. Then, there are a few things which are not in the right order in the Sandbox template for me to make them appear where I want. For example, I had to swap entry-title and entry-date so that the date of the post would float at the top right as it does here. Then, I had to add my own personal stuff: the lang attribute on the hentry div. The “other-excerpt” block, the technorati cosmos link, the tags, the trackback url at the bottom of the post. Phew.

I also installed the widgets plugin and started converting my sidebar to widgets. Great fun! But still not quite there yet either. The first difficulty was understanding that widgets are plugins and need to be activated before they appear in the widgets pool.

If you embark on a similar adventure, get the Exec PHP widget first. You can literally paste your current sidebar into it. You’re allowed nine instances of it, once you find that you can select that number lower down on the widgets page. Drop-down archive widget is nice. Sadly, Show coComments doesn’t seem to like apostrophes as a title, and there’s obviously something else wrong too — it worked briefly for me, but then stopped working. Didn’t manage to figure out why despite over half an hour of troubleshooting. Oh, and while I was at it, I uncovered a small glitch in the coComment Enhancer plugin — if your blog URL and wordpress install URLs are different, you might want to patch up your version (it’s really easy).

Liberté d'écrire [fr]

[en] I've been feeling increasingly less free to write here (that's not new, can't remember when I first said it). Maybe the huge category list is guilty.

Je crois que ça m’est déjà arrivé de dire ça ici, mais j’ai la flemme de rechercher le billet. Je me suis rendue compte (e ou pas de e à rendue? j’oublie toujours) en écrivant des “bêtises” dans mon BleuBlog que je limite mon expression sur CTTS. Trop peur d’écrire des banalités. Pression que je me mets d’être à la hauteur. Je suis en train de devenir une de ces horribles personnes dont je me suis parfois moquée qui “écrivent pour leurs lecteurs” avant tout.

Eh bien mince. Je veux récupérer le droit d’écrire des articles moins longs (car je tartine, n’est-ce pas) et des critiques pas forcément fouillées jusqu’à la dernière virgule.

Je sais, j’ai “tous les droits” ici — ce n’est que de moi-même à moi-même que ça coince un peu.

Je crois que la monstrueuse liste de catégories dans ce blog n’aide pas. Allez savoir pourquoi, mais ça me bloque. Il faut vraiment que je fasse du triage. Mettre à jour Batch Categories par exemple.