DMA322: Custom Header Issues

Wanting to get something easy out-of-the-way yesterday I figured I’d take the 10 minutes needed and add the things due this Monday for Crisps class. After adding the links I went to add a custom header as I have done on many other websites including this one.. I remember Crisp said in class that the zenit techs didn’t compile php with jpg or jpeg support, so it was no surprise to me when it failed. Before everyone goes emailing Crisp or tweeting me I figured I should make this handy-dandy work around.
Let’s begin!

Step 1: Find an image you want to use for the custom header. It can be anything (within reason).
Step 2: Open Photoshop, MS Paint or whatever application you have available and resize the image. It should be around 720 pixels wide by 180 pixels in height (720×180). Otherwise your header image will be huge and make your blog look weird and possibly n00bish.
Step 3: This step isn’t required but highly recommended. With Photoshop still open make a smaller version of the header image maybe 200 pixels in width and the corresponding height. Save it with the same name as the image made in Step 2 but add “-thumb” before the file extension. This is so you can see the image on the Header page.
Step 4: Open FileZilla or your preferred FTP application. Log on to the zenit server and go to this path: public_html/wordpress/wp-content/themes/tarski3/headers. Let me break this path down. public_html is where files go that you want visitors to see. wordpress is the directory name I’m assuming you used, it may vary.. wp-content is the WordPress directory where all your content goes. Examples: themes, plugins, uploads, images, videos, etc.. themes is where your themes are located and edited. tarksi3 is the theme we installed in class, again this folder name may vary, mines tarski. headers is the folder where all the header images are stored.
Step 5: Navigate in the left area of FileZilla and locate the image(s) that you resized for your header in Step 2. Drag over or double-click to upload the image(s) to the “headers” folder.
Step 6: Login to your WordPress admin area. An example link is: http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/~dma322_111a19/wordpress/wp-admin .
Step 7: Locate the “Appearance” tab on the left and then click on “Header”. If everything went well you should see your header thumbnail. Or a broken image if you didn’t make the thumbnail.
Step 8: Click on the radio button to the left of the image thumbnail and click “Save Changes”.
Step 9: If you click the link on the top left of your blog it will bring you to the main page where you can see your stylish new custom header image!
Step 10: Pass the link to this post onto others who need help: http://wp.ly/jC.

On a side note, I find it interesting how hardly anybody has posted on their blogs this semester..

PHP Calculator

So I was bored earlier this week and tweeted that I had finished the calculator for dma322. Which is available here: http://wp.ly/im

I was going through some files to try and free up space 20 minutes ago and remembered I had attempted to make my own calculator a couple weeks ago. Opened up the file and made it work! https://joemittler.com/calc.php Give it a try ๐Ÿ˜€

Update on February 12th: On Monday I came up with a fix to mostly everyones problem with using header location in the calculator script. Meta refresh! I actually walked over to Crisp and told him I had a fix that is working for everyone I’ve helped so far. So he let me add it in on his computer. After that he asked what I knew about php and other things that we will be learning in his class. I know them all, and have installed them at one time or another. Showed him my picture site that I haven’t updated in ions. He liked it and the design I used from zenphotos vast selection of themes.. When I say vast I mean few.. I wish they had themes like WordPress does.. But meh. As far as I know I’ll be getting an advanced standing in dma322 and will be the only lab monitor. Not sure if I have to wear that horrendous lab monitor shirt or not. Hoping I don’t have to. Then there’s the question of compensation, not sure what’s happening with that either.. All will be revealed Monday!

Week 9.5 or was it Week 10?

I think everyone would agree that after 11:40am on Monday things got a lot easier. Having finished Zoidberg and adding some simple shading to him with the help of @AMuseMeDesigns and @enochmlchan I was very happy to learn more about photoshop. I’ve taught myself Photoshop over the years; mostly by trial and error. The odd time I’d and still do surf over to Pixel2life or Spoono and see what new tutorials they have. but mostly I just messed around with it. The same goes for computers, html, php, and wordpress.. There is one thing that I never knew though and I was actually happy to learn; that you can make gradient strokes! The Penguin Kombat Artwork for DMA155 has not one but two gradient strokes!

Tuesday was good. Missed most of Fred’s class to work on Slaven’s cube assignment. I’m done, just have to print it off and put it together which will probably take place tomorrow or monday before dma188. Still looking for ads for this coming tuesday, shall be interesting. After dma133 Jessie, Enoch and I went to the Tel Caf which is 10x better than Seneca’s imo. The pizza actually tastes like it should and when you get the stir-fry it doesn’t have pasta noodles. Also pop is 25 cents cheaper! Earlier that week Enoch had started using his twitter account, and followed @andrewTedford, the next day Andrew was following him. I knew that he was following Jessie and some other people and found it odd that he wasn’t following me. Actually it wasn’t odd I was pretty pissed; I followed Andrew on the first or second class we had back in May. So I stopped following him and 30 or so minutes later I followed him again. I hoped Andrew didn’t hate me or something… Of course while this was all going on everyone else was laughing but meh.. As luck would have it Andrew came down to the Tel Caf to get a coffee and a donut from Tim’s. Jessie said hi and he sat down with us. Shot the shit for a bit and talked about movies / tv shows. Then he asked if we would be interested in coming to the Mix & Mingle Chit Chat Party on Thursday. My day was open so I said sure as did the others. The part about twitter etiquette came up and Andrew said that he follows every student that follows him. Enoch burst out laughing, Jessie was laughing as well but not as ecstatically as Enoch. Andrew follows me now, so mission accomplished ๐Ÿ˜‰ And he tweeted about it as well: “man i behind on my follow’s ( ..LOL … @joemittler)”. In dma179 we got to paint with imitation vanilla after watching a crap load of youtube videos while Andrew was out getting the vanilla and small shot like glasses to put some in for everyone. My menu looks pretty good, Have to scan it still. It’s on my to-do list..

Wednesday was really good because I didn’t have to sit in psy204 bored to death, instead I got to work in the lib on the first part of our assignment and chat to people. I only got a couple things done, I finished it all at around 11:50pm last night.. All in all it was good ๐Ÿ™‚ DMA144 was as always the highlight of the day. Adrian pushed back the one minute video due date to the 28th now. Ours has been done for over a month now. Tweaks are ongoing though. Speaking of that if you haven’t seen the trailer for Murder Drive yet, then what the hell are you doing here go.. WATCH IT NOW!

Came to Seneca on Thursday semi-dressed up for the Mix & Mingle Party on Queen Street. For a change I parked at Kipling Station. At first I thought you just got a ticket and paid when leaving. Sadly that wasn’t the case. My Civic is so low I had to get out of it to put in my pre-paid credit card to pay $5.00 for parking, cheaper than I thought it was going to be and I found a great spot.. Waited what seemed like a hot and sticky eternity for Jessie to show up. Since I would have gotten lost on my way to Seneca she offered to meet me @ Kipling. I would have done the usual where I park @ square 1 and grab the go bus to York. But it stops running @ 11pm I think and I doubted I’d make it back in time. Got to Seneca around 12pm ish and grabbed lunch at the Indian place in York Lanes. Finished up Penguin Kombat artwork and all + a lot of procrastination and talking to others who were frantically trying to finish up their movie / game projects. Made our way to the Mix & Mingle, we left a little after 5:35pm and we were a little late. As usual though even being 10 or so minutes late there are always others who are really late.. For the most part I understood what the industry professionals were saying. Me being quiet I asked some questions and answered some too.. One thing I learned is that we’ll be using dreamweaver to learn basic html 4 next semester and that we need a great domain name. I guess JoeMittler.com isn’t good enough ๐Ÿ˜€ I have others thankfully but I’ll pass that bridge when I get to it. Being me I like to get a couple beers down when I get there to help me losen up like Raj from the big bang theory only I don’t have a problem talking to women.. In the end I had four over the four or so hrs I was there. So far I’ve done one thing I’ve never done before which is ride a street car. Next is the hippo bus, saki, and drunk karaoke.. Grabbed an Iced Capp before getting on the Street Car which was sooo good. We almost missed our stop but thankfully Enoch remembered lol. Jessie put her name tag on Enoch and no one told him about it until after we left him on the subway. I tweeted about it too and he’s going to get Jessie back.. lol, I hope he doesn’t do anything to me, my only involvement was snapping some pictures. When I got back to Kipling Station my car was one of only 15 left in the parking lot. Driving home felt a little different, I wasn’t drunk or anything it was just a tad weird. I changed gears like it was nothing and it sounds soo cool ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoy ripping it in 1st getting it to 5500 rpm where it really kicks in and then quickly shift into 2nd almost every time I can make it chirp. I love that so fun hehe…

This coming monday will be interesting as Joe should have our marks for dma101 and dma188. I hope Zoidberg is up to his standards.. We get to start working on our next assignment for Fred’s class too the final one. I hope we do something that doesn’t involve a Penguin, we’ve pretty much used that idea into the ground imo of course.. I’m off now to finish up the removal of a frame on a website for former boss man. It’s a simple task but I’m sure he’s going to have some changes to the pages as he’s closing it down shortly and the labels are being assholes to him too. Pretty sad that all they care about is money and not the focus of the project; helping charitable organizations raise money.