Very sad to hear the news about the passing of Matt Lightner, the quite brilliant founder of Site5, my favorite hosting company. I joined Site5 when Matt still owned the company and I’ve always been impressed with the service of Site5, from the technical aspects to the customer service. I felt like he built it for me. At only 10 years older than my eldest son, he clearly left the world too soon.
Dominus vobiscom, Matt. Requiescat in pace.
This site features an imaginative and unusual blog design that is lovingly crafted down to the last element. In addition, though, the art and design the author highlights is truly unusual and extraordinary; unusual as in beautiful. So much in the way of art today just seems ugly and anti-human to me. This collection, however, raises my hopes in that regard. It’s well worth keeping an eye on for inspiration from around the world (it has a very international flavor).
H/T: Nancy K.
On xhtmlteacher.org I now have a basic taxonomy with terms set up for my xhtml class material and I’ve added the first pages. I managed to set up a menu and create urls that are very similar to the way things were organized on the hand-coded site; minor victories that have given me confidence. One thing that bothered me was that breadcrumbs didn’t work for the menu that I had created. I didn’t know that Drupal core does not feature breadcrumb support for any menu other than “Navigation”, but I found out when I came across the breadcrumb module.
The module was perfectly easy to install and it works the way it was advertised. In the meantime, I’m back on Drupal IRC (Nick xhtmlteacher if you are looking for me) and I’m back on Drupal.org and Drupal Groups. I’ve had one question that is such a n00b thing that I’m unsure where to post it. I can’t figure out how to get rid of the search box in the left hand column. I have set the search block to be on the right hand side, and it is…but it’s repeated on the left as well, at least when I’m logged in as administrator. Under any other role it doesn’t show at all, regardless of permissions. I’m missing something simple.
Google has just launched an open-source course/learning software solution called Cloudcourse that may rival Moodle. The more I use Moodle, the more I don’t want to use it, so I guess any alternative is welcome, but…
Oh man, at first glance this looks really sweet. I live my life on Google already and the idea of having a tool that fully integrates with Calendar is very appealing. The only problem is that I don’t have a clue how to use Google’s app engine much less Python, so it’s out of reach for me for the time being. I sure would like to try it, though.
Here is the Google blog article on the subject: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/05/cloudcourse-enterprise-application-in.html
Update: It seems that all it really consists of is a calendar/scheduler. While useful, especially if you are already using Google Apps for your enterprise, it’s not anything that you can’t do with Drupal with a little configuration…except the automatic integration with Google Calendar of course. You can try it here.