I’d been being stupid–I was trying to manually type in all the old site updates out of my old annathepiper.org MySQL database, the thing I’d set up to really kind of be a blog before I had a blog. But I finally figured out what I’d need to do to just do a data dump out of MySQL and then an import into WordPress. I still then had to go through all the entries and put titles, categories, and tags on them, but that did at least make the whole process go rather faster.
So yeah, all my old updates are now here on the WordPress edition of this site, and you can see the tag cloud down on the sidebar on the left. Lots and lots of tags in particular pertaining to my various roleplay logs from days of yore.
Still to come: I still need to port the rest of the old site pages in, and eventually, I’m going to pull my archive of Two Moons MUSH logs back over into this logs archive as well, just to have them all in the same place. But this’ll do me for today’s round of updates.
It’s been a while since I bothered to update annathepiper.org, my original personal webpage. But as y’all who’ve been following my LJ know, I’ve recently learned how to use WordPress, and so I thought I’d give my original page a general overhaul too.
The vast majority of my active web attention these days has gone to my LJ as well as my new writing site. But for the sake of posterity I’m keeping annathepiper.org up too. It mostly serves as an archive for my history of MUSHing and some of my other favorite fannish things. (If the words “Great Big Sea” come to mind for you when I say that, they would be appropriate.)
I’ll be experimenting with trying to roll the pages from the last version of this site into WordPress, though getting the logs database accessible from here promises to be fun. And by fun I mean, “difficult to code”. But it’ll be an interesting learning experience to see if I can take the PHP I originally wrote to search my logs database and integrate it as some sort of WordPress plugin thingie. (Which I doubt will be interesting to anybody but me, since I figure there are maybe about three people on the planet who may actually still be interested in reading my logs, but hey! Who knows?)
Anyway, if you’re reading this mirrored off my LJ or one of my LJ-clone accounts, feel free to wander by annathepiper.org occasionally. But mind the dust. I’m cleaning up!
OKAY so I know I said I was going to try to get caught up around here, but a few things got in the way big time, folks. First and foremost, the group has had major difficulty with not one, not two, but three of us smacked hard with major medical issues. Cyn has been spending all summer receiving surgery and a lot of other treatment for a brain tumor. Dara has undergone surgery as well and is still recovering from that. And me, I broke my arm and have been recovering from that for the last eight weeks.
That said, this website has not been abandoned even though our group is on hiatus for the time being. Once we are all healthy again we hope to resume playing — and in the meantime, if any of you folks out there are musicians in the Puget Sound area who are looking for a relaxed jamming environment, drop us a line! We need more guitarists!
Lastly, the look has changed around here as part of my overall major overhaul to my site; see my What’s New page there for details. Hope y’all like it.
Some girls, when they get depressed, go and get their hair done. Me, I overhaul my web page. Though this has taken a LOT longer than I intended, courtesy of me breaking my arm in June and having to type one-handed for the past eight weeks, I have finally now finished the latest version of this site.
Big change in the overall look and feel, y’all will notice; going for a minimalist look, and have also been playing with being less heavy on the graphics and trying to do more with color and layout. The look around here will change on a seasonal basis now as well.
Of main interest in terms of the update record is that you can now search for certain types of updates if there is a particular section of my site you like to keep track of: e.g., my writing, my MUSH logs, my jamming group, whatever.
My MUSH logs are now searchable, though they have been set in two separate archives since all of my Two Moons MUSH stuff is in its own direcyory. But I have also tried to better organize the TM stuff.
I have a couple new pages… a little honor page mostly for my parents, but also because I wanted to have a place to have the blurb I had posted for 9/11. And I linked my resume in, and added a page that goes into geek mode about how this version of my site is put together. My journal section is gone; I moved the old entries out of there into backdated entries on my Livejournal, which gets its own link on the menu now.
There are other little things I have done here and there, all mostly in the name of fixing broken stuff and in general making this place cleaner and easier to maintain. I’m probably forgetting something, but this is what I get for having been spending the last eight weeks doing the broken arm thing!
As before I have attempted to test on as many browsers as I have had available to encourage cross-browser compatibility, but if you see something that is broken on a specific browser let me know. For that matter, if you see anything at all that’s broken, let me know. I’ve probably missed several things. :)
Lastly, I will be mirroring a big chunk of this site to my secondary account at drizzle.com, so y’all will be able to visit there for much of my stuff should murkworks.net fall off the face of the planet.
As part and parcel of my overall site update, all of my Two Moons MUSH pages have been reorganized. The layout and styles now match the main site for ease of updating; the logs have been organized into one big logs page (and although you have to use the search page over on my main MUSH logs archive, you can even SEARCH the logs!); the various tribal pages have all been tweaked so that things like membership rosters and characters available for play are pulling out of the same database used by the main TM website, and should therefore be more up to date. All of my personal character pages have been added to the same database along with webpages for several other folks that I have been maintaining — Willowholt and Lostholt former PCs and NPCs — so that I don’t have to maintain that stuff in two separate places. In general, my TM pages should be more cohesive; hope y’all approve.
We didn’t really expect to go on this long of a hiatus, folks — or, rather, I should say that I didn’t expect the updating of this web page to go on such a major hiatus. But although life interfered with the posting of Jam Reports to a rather hefty extent these past couple of months, Three Good Measures has continued to jam. And I’ve finally managed to take enough time to post the first of three Jam Reports on the way: Jam #55.
Y’all will also notice that I’ve given the site a face-lift as well. I was tired of the old look, and wanted something more colorful and a bit smoother looking in appearance. Plus, I’ve done some re-organization of information; all the news updates from 2001 and 2002 are on their own page now, for the curious who’d like to be able to look at older things that have happened to us.
I have also rearranged the Jam Reports. They’re organized by year now, and on individual Jam Report pages you should be able to see links to all the Jam Reports in that year both at the top and the bottom of the page. I’m hoping this will help with navigation in general and make it easier to browse the Jam Reports. I’ve also done some tweaking under the hood; y’all may notice that the URL format for a given Jam Report has changed. For the technically inclined out there, I’ve done some PHP tweaking which will hopefully make it easier and faster for me to get new Jam Reports up.
Anyway, happy new year all. We’re still here and still jamming, and hopefully I’ll be able to update this thing more often!
Okay folks — it’s a whole year (or two, depending on who’s counting) too late to be my New Millennium webpage. But well hey. I got the urge to change things around here again, get rid of a lot of content I won’t be updating anymore, move some stuff up a level in order to make it easier to find, give the place a whole new graphical scheme, and fix a whole bunch of things that were broken.
In honor of all of these changes I have bought myself my very own shiny new domain name, which points to this place now: www.annathepiper.org. My usual address will still get here, of course, but I always rather wanted my own domain name, too. It’s up and running, everybody, so please feel free to use it in your bookmarks. Here’s the nitty gritty on everything I’ve changed around, though:
Almost all of my MUSH character pages have been removed, since I am no longer playing AetherMUSH. Instead, I have set up a directory for old characters in my MUSH section, and have pages summarizing my various alts on various MUSHes there that I’ve played over the years. The exception is old characters from Two Moons MUSH, which are still chronicled in detail in the Two Moons section of the site.
All my old logs are still up and available to be read, though. All logs not from Two Moons live in the MUSH section now, in the old logs section. I will still periodically update this part of my page as time and whim dictate, since I do still have a bunch of unedited logs I haven’t gotten around to posting, but the priority on this has gone down. Old logs pertaining to Two Moons MUSH as well as the set of logs for the only active roleplay I’m doing right now, which is for the Seafarers group of sailors on that game, can be found in the Two Moons section.
My small pages for Great Big Sea and 30 Odd Foot of Grunts have been moved up a level out of the Music section, to make finding them easier.
Speaking of music, I’ve also added a formal top-level link for the section of my site devoted to my jamming group, Three Good Measures.
Y’know those little blurbs on the main index, or up at the top of my sub-pages, that change when you roll your pointer over the menu graphics? Well, those weren’t ever centered right in Netscape, and they weren’t showing up at all on Opera, both of which rather drove me batty. So I did a lot of restructuring of stuff under the hood to eliminate those problems, and I should be looking okay on all three of those browsers now (or at least, up through IE 6, Opera 6, and Netscape 4.79; I haven’t tested against Netscape 6.x, because I haven’t bothered to actually install it on my personal machine. Anybody out there use Netscape 6.x and wanna tell me if I look okay on that browser, drop me a line).
Pretty much all the other top-level pages have been updated in some form or other, links checked for validity and such. And the Sitemap has been duly updated to reflect the overall changed status of the site. If you need to find something, that remains the best place to look.
I’ve tested the updated site on IE 5.5, Netscape 4.79, and Opera 6, at resolutions 1024×768, 800×600, and 640×480. If you’re using a different browser or a different resolution and see anything that looks broken, or, for that matter, if you see anything that looks broken in general, drop me a line and let me know!
And I hope y’all like the redecorating I’ve done around here!
EDITING TO ADD 11/3/2019: Removed the link off of 30 Odd Foot of Grunts in the third bullet point in the list in this post, because that page is no longer active.
Things have been quiet around here lately — but this, folks, has been because I’m in the middle of a major, and I mean MAJOR, overhaul of my webpage. I’ve even gotten myself my very own domain. Watch for annathepiper.org coming soon to this very webspace!