I have a new photo blog!
I’ve always been a proponent of owning my own data, yet until now my photos have been scattered all over the web since I make use of and enjoy social networks such as Facebook and Instagram. However, these services hold the photos that I upload to them. While I might have the originals somewhere on my devices, it’s nice to have a permanent web home for my photos.
From now on new photos I take with Instagram, as well as my Nikon DSLR camera will be uploaded to the new photo blog. I’ll still share the photos via the usual avenues, so if you already follow me there, you don’t necessarily need to follow the blog too. I know several folks who don’t like or use Facebook or Instagram and I feel like my photos should have their own home, so here it is. As a bonus, I get to play around with all of the new WordPress.com gallery options and the new media manager.
I’ve imported all my Instagram photos and a few of my more recent albums/galleries on the new blog. In the next few days/weeks I’ll be back-filling more of my photos and of course adding new pictures as I take them.
If you’re interested, follow photos.jkudish.com.
Went to the Jitterbug bakery today, which my coworker Jane runs and to which I contributed to during its Kickstarter campaign. Such a lovely cafe with delicious pastries and amazing drinks. If you’re ever in the Tybee Island/Savannah, GA area, I highly recommend it!
Just a little over 2 weeks ago, I got the new 13in Retina MacBook Pro, which is a great machine. I brought it home, moved over the files from my previous Air, and then proceeded to work as usual, etc… However, every few hours, seemingly at random, the computer would freeze and just stop working. Seemed a bit unusual for a brand new computer. I figured it might be a software issue with one of the programs I use and/or an issue with the migration from my old computer, so I just ignored it at first. It became more and more frequent after a few days, so I looked into it some more. The internet (aka the Apple support forums) recommended I do a SMC reset and a PRAM reset. Did both, and am happy to report that it’s been almost a week and no more crashing and freezing.
Goes to show that despite their reputation, Apple computers aren’t without problems. Also a good reminder, that Google is always there when you experience an issue, and is often a good first sanity-check/self-troubleshooting method before visiting the genius bar or other tech support
I am proposing a talk for WordCamp Victoria which is coming up in January 2013. The session I’d like to do is a bit more beginner than I’ve done in the past; but should fit in well with the WordPress community in Victoria. Below is my proposed session.
Plugin development 101. I’ll show beginning developers and power users how easy it is to get started with WordPress plugin development. Many WordPress tutorials out there talk about copy this or that to your functions.php file in your theme. However, it’s just as easy to create your own functionality plugin; which makes for easier to maintain code in the future that isn’t theme dependant. I’ll begin with the basics of what a plugin is and how it’s structured. I’ll explain the hooks (actions and filters API) and talk about some of the most commonly used WordPress APIs in plugins. Finally, I’ll share some resources for developers and users to further learn from. A very basic understanding of what PHP is and how it works is recommended for attendees of this session.
Let me know if you have any further ideas on what I could talk about in Victoria, or if you have any questions, using the comments below. I’m looking forward to the event!