It’s probably not too early to start talking about running mates, but it sure feels like it.
Nice to see a member of the RIAA hoist on their own petard.
An interesting point: “‘The statistics show that there’s no effect on piracy.’… then [DRM] is merely a nuisance for the user.” Or a lock-in tool for Apple?
The new Apple Store looks, from the street at night, like a parking garage.
Anthropological explanation of Twitter; or, putting a human face on the “network effect.”
Yes, another WordPress theme. Might do the trick.
I actually like the blank 3 column theme here. But does it support WP 2.5 and widgets?
Another free theme–this one built on a solid type grid.
Examples of drop caps on various sites.
3 column, rotating images, nice typography
Apologies for any disorientation that results. 🙂
Fortunately, it appears to be a pretty simple process, with only one complicated bit, the first one:
- Find the place. That is, the place that the article is about. Google Maps is of course your friend here. Once you’ve found the location, double-click to center it in your browser.
- Get the coordinates. This actually isn’t as hard as you might think, thanks (again) to Google Maps. The article Obtaining geographic coordinates provides some helpful suggestions, with a special section on Google Maps. I particularly like the bookmarklet provided, because it makes the workflow so simple–find the place as above, then use the bookmarklet to get the coordinates already in a template. Whatever your method, you’ll want to use the appropriate precision.
- Add the appropriate template to the article. There are a few different templates that add geographic coordinates to an article, and some Infobox templates (including Template: Infobox University) include a coordinate parameter. But if you use the bookmarklet I mentioned above, you get the coordinates handed to you in a coord template, which is the one you want to use for compatibility with Google. The only change I’d make is to add the display=title parameter, which floats the coordinates up to the top of the page.
- Set the template options. The two I recommend are display=title and type= the appropriate value; for a building, use landmark. This is important because it sets the zoom to the appropriate value.
- Preview, making sure to click through and check the map link, then publish.
As an example, I added coordinates to the article about the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Now the next question will be: how long does it take those coordinates to percolate over to Google Maps? I suppose we’ll find out.
I also removed the del.icio.us widget from my sidebar, because (drumroll) I was able to get their autoposting service to work. So that post with all the links? That’s my bookmarks from yesterday. Right now it’s set to fire daily between 6 and 7 pm, so you’re pretty much guaranteed that you’ll get a daily update from me, though it may not be my wittiest, wisest prose.
One downer: There doesn’t seem to be a way to format the posts. So you’re stuck with my unfiltered output and an ugly format. Maybe once I finish rebuilding the site theme the autoposts will start to look better.