I was shocked to see how infrequently I’ve blogged since the [[http://floatingsun.net/blog/archives/|beginning of 2007]]. Maybe its good in a way — I had enough things to keep me busy in my real life that I didn’t have too much time for my online self. The past few weeks I was swamped with some paper deadlines. Now that those are done, I’m trying to catch up with the rest of my life, and eventually got around to poking with my blog again. A lot of other things have happened in the meantime and I’ll try to gradually cover them in subsequent posts.
Meanwhile, I have started hacking together my own theme on top of [[http://getk2.com|K2]]. Right now I’m maintaining it has a set of [[http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/wiki/|Mercurial]] [[http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/wiki/index.cgi/MqExtension|mq]] patches on top of the SVN-trunk of K2. So far its working out alright, we’ll see how it goes moving forward. The only major changes I’ve made so far are the new [[http://floatingsun.net/blog|Home]] page and some typographical tweaks. The Home page has two columns, and they support [[http://widgets.wordpress.com|widgets]] and K2 modules — so you can pretty much put arbitrary content in the columns. I also whipped up my own text widget, which would apply the content filters to the text — the default text widget outputs raw text, which I didn’t like. I want to be able to use my [[http://floatingsun.net/blog/code/wp-dokuwiki/|WP-Dokuwiki]] plugin wherever possible.
I’m still trying to figure out fonts and color schemes. I’m so bad at color schemes, really! I’m really digging Adobe’s new online tool though — [[http://kuler.adobe.com|Kuler]]. I’ll also beg/borrow/steal the features I like from some of the other really neat WordPress themes out there, like [[http://cutline.tubetorial.com|Cutline]], [[http://squible.com|Squible]], [[http://deanjrobinson.com|Redoable]] etc.
Finally, I know that I’m probably spending too much time unnecessarily on the look and feel of the blog. I’m not really a designer, so this is my attempt to fool myself into believing that I can atleast try. But I will start focusing on content very soon now.