Tagged: k2

Still around

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.

The need for change

I have a very short attention span, I get bored quickly. When I find my self in a completely static, unchanging environment, I get restless. However, I tend to avoid changing but //dangerous or risky// environments.

Take this blog for example (or more generally, my website — which this blog hopes to subsume Very Soon (TM).). There’s nothing particular wrong with the current theme. Or the theme before that, or the one before that. And yet, for the past 2 days I’ve had this incredible desire to try something new. Change things around a bit.

Those helpless souls (I’d be flatterred if there are any) who have nothing better to do than keep refreshing my blog on their browsers might have noticed some funny things happening last evening. I was playing around with the [[http://getk2.com|latest version]] of the now legendary [[http://binarybonsai.com/k2|K2]] theme.

I must say it was very pretty. And I had all but switched to it but for one big problem: it doesn’t play well with my [[http://floatingsun.net/blog/code/wp-dokuwiki|WP-Dokuwiki plugin]] :-( . In any case, I’m now actively tracking that theme. Since this current theme is already a heavily modified version of [[http://squible.com|Squible]], I’ve decided to make a few more changes to incorporate some of the good stuff from K2.

One of the attractions of moving over to K2 was that since its now in SVN, it would have been very easy to merge new changes from upstream. This is currently a nightmare with Squible — when the last update came out, it took me a good few hours of hacking to set things back to normal.

Sometimes this urge for change becomes annoying. But most of the times its fun and I enjoy it.