It's done, it runs, it breaths, and it uses almost no space. This is not typical for a revamp from us - usually we tend to favour the gargantuan, overcoded style - value for money, bleeding eyes type of thing, but for some reason the end product was nothing like the initial idea.
Using code and technique from the wonderful Dana who is responsible for POTD/04
and many other things about the place, also responsible for providing me with some much needed help when things didn't perform as expected.
All based on a tiny footprint with a XML driven menu the thing loads quicker than anything I have ever managed - a change I have to admit.
Will it last, will it survive the test of time and my inability to leave things alone?
I think it's a possibility - we have other things to do for a time, and should it all fall to pieces I can revive the original if needed - although it was well past it's use by date.
We will take comments on it - hopefully many will be negative - something that will convince me it's the right design. That technique has always worked before, soon as they seem to like the thing you just KNOW you're running a bummer.
Celebrated getting the thing into working order with a trip to the park and a lap or two in the buggy - made the wrong choice of kite, but persisted, laying in the sun between gusts, too lazy to get out the beloved Ngen, unwind the lines, pack the Buster up, something I would do 10 times a day normally, but there ya go.
Sunburn and sore legs from steering indicate a reasonable day anyway.
The great buggy trip is coming up - I intend to load up, including the phone, toss out the kite and see how far I can go in one direction before the tide comes in and swamps me.
The theory is that I will identify the location, then ring Yvonne, who will be lurking somewhere, and she will come and recover me and buggy.
Similar to the days when I had called a way off spot while skydiving - something that will give you a several kilometer walk home, carrying rig, lines, sweating....
The theory is sound, but I suspect Yvonne of being so agreeable only so that she can get the pleasure of leaving me - at the high tide mark, overnight or perhaps for several days.
To circumvent this, or at least try and minimize it, I have been so good as to suggest there may be a dinner and overnight in a shockingly expensive motel should she manage to get it right.
There is still the risk that she would trade a good night for a few days without me - it's something you start to look for after a while - I can tell.
This wonderful adventure will take place at a future date, a date when for once I manage to get the tides right, having turned up at several places just on high tide.
Of ships and shoes and Flash and things:
In the meantime we have other things to pursue, my beloved Flash has come to the fore again while doing that site - it always seems to happen, any time I get involved with Flash my brain suddenly fills up with new and exciting possibilities.
The possibilities with Flash now are indeed limitless - with the Comm Server attached even more than limitless, if there is such a thing.
Realtime video, streaming applications, sound, interaction, anything, it's all now available (well, has been for some time but I have been hiding)with the MX series, even more so with the 2004 Pro series.
It's time, citizens, to give some serious thought to how serious you want your web presence to be. Whereas before it was a shitload of buggering about with odd formats, conversion, compressions etc, it is now as simple as throwing the components on a page, hooking in to a server and you're live.
Sites have sprung up devoted to the subject, go here
to see what I mean.
Still have no idea? I'm not surprised. Go here
and see if you can get a grip. Does it make you moist? Are you experiencing an increased heart rate? You're obviously in the wrong place.
, and maybe, if you have a brain you'll see what's happening.
Flash Video - you are live, you are visual, you are audio - see the possibilities?
No? You need to be somewhere other than here. Go here
, see if you can get a grip, be a concerned citizen.
Yes? Chances are if you've been hanging of a live sex chat/show you've been watching something of ours. Not that you are going to be able to acknowledge that fact, and I'm buggered if I know how you manage to hide you credit card bill from your lady, but if you have done all that ok, you have probably seen the technology in action, live, wet, pink and with sound.
You want to be live - you want a big bandwidth server
, you want good cameras, you want to spend money.
What do you get in return? It's dependent on what you wanted. You get what you wanted - it's an odd thing that.
Macromedia got it right - Hillman Curtis
says so, and believe me, if he says so - it is so.
Then again - you are rather a banal lot at times, as I said, get back to us with money - big money big impact, small money small impact - what a simple equation that was then.