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Using WordPress as a CMS

Posted on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 pm

WordPress LogoRecently, I completed a project where I used WordPress as the CMS, and it was a fantastic experience! I learned a tremendous amount about WordPress, its inner workings, and how to hack it to do (almost) anything you want! Those who say WordPress can't be used as a full fledged CMS don't know what they're talking about. Sure, it might not be jam-packed and heavy like Drupal, but it does a heck of a job at controlling content!

Best parts about WordPress:

  • Customizable Category & Post views
  • Custom templates for Pages (completely different layouts for each page)
  • Super intuitive built-in functions.
  • Template "includes" that adhere to the loop, etc.
  • Plugins and community support! (Plugins saved my life)
  • Documentation (second to none, for the MOST part :))

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Posted In: Design & Code

A dream of travels, and weird fantasies

Posted on Saturday, August 7th, 2010 at 2:55 am

So it's 3:40AM right now and I just woke up from a 6+ hour long sleep. I had one of the strangest dreams in a decent while. The dream consisted of traveling with a bunch of my friends, including my girlfriend, getting lost, and fighting our way through illogical and fantastical obstacles.

Mall layouts that made less sense than a mirror house, rooms of pure darkness, gigantic elevator doors, and infinitely looping escalators. The entire dream was a mish-mash of chaos, trying to find a way home, anxiety, excitement, and a whole lot of WTF. I would find myself running through these places aimlessly, even though I knew we had to find a way home. Colors were absolutely amazing. A mix of amazing blues, reds, yellows and greens.

At some point when trying to make it to our airplane, my friend Paul and I ended up in a "soccer field" that was 10x the regular size. Filled with famous soccer players kicking the ball to us, wanting to play, but us failing in shame. What's funny is that as we finally made it across the field (in a rush to get to our plane, still), I ran and jumped over a 7 foot tall thing. Why? I dunno.

Last thing I remember is every single one of us ending up jammed in a twisted and dismantled Mirror House, crushed under snow in the middle of nowhere (probably somewhere in Greenland). Every inch we moved, we morphed into different odd shapes and sizes, while trying to squeeze our way out of this madness. It then turned into a game where the more "witches" we found, the better we scored - but that seemed to lead us nowhere.

And then I woke up.

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Posted In: General Stuff

Removing all 4 wisdom teeth!

Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Yesterday at 11:10AM, I took a seat in the Dentist's chair, prepared to finally have my wisdom teeth removed after months of delays and dreading. I know you're probably wondering why I had all 4 removed... Call me crazy, but there was no way I would've returned for seconds if I removed half now, half later. Lower 2 were impacted, and the top 2 grew in sideways (what luck, eh?).

To my pleasant surprised, the whole process didn't take very long (about 20 minutes). Yes, I was awake throughout whole thing. They didn't wanna sedate me. I felt no pain, except the pinching of the needles at first (for local anesthesia). After that, it was just pressure being applied on 4 sides of my mouth. When I got home shortly after, I had to change the gauze/pads every 30 minutes for around 3 hours until the bleeding stopped.

Once the bleeding stopped, it was time to take the Antibiotics and Painkillers, along with my nail-sized bites of mashed potatoes. I just had to be really careful to not loosen/lose the blood clots when eating. So, a whole 30 hours later, the recovery process is going well. There's swelling where the complex side was, but I'm told if I keep applying ice every other 30 minutes, I should be fine by tomorrow. There's really not much pain, to be honest - it's just uncomfortable knowing what it's like in your mouth.

I have an interview tomorrow, and I hope the swelling goes down by then! If I don't feel well enough to go, they told me I can reschedule for next week. Wish me luck! 🙂

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Posted In: General Stuff