I’ve got an idea for a “Themes Plugin” for Manila. It would be a simple interface that would allow you to choose from a collection of pre-made style-sheets, templates, news-day templates, navigator appearance settings, etc. Once you’ve got your site looking the way you want, there would ba a way to give your theme a name, and save it. There could also be a preference for enabling an XML-RPC interface which would allow you to share your themes with other Manila webmasters who have the plugin. We already have content syndication. Something like this would allow syndication of design.
Month: <span>March 2000</span>
Ramping up: I just finished setting up my first isp.root site on my own server using isp.root. It’s running now at isp.braincase.net. No gaurentee how long it will be up, but feel free to check it out if you want. If you’re familiar with EditThisPage, you won’t be too surprised. The biggest problem I had was getting my DNS server working properly, though it turned out it was mostly about my client machine cache-ing DNS responses.
Spread the Love: Now that I’m here in the Valley with all these maybe-a-million-dollar carrots around, I still find myself looking towards projects and people that create in myself the desire to slove problems for their own sake, and for the sake of being able to hold up a solution and proudly say, “Check out this cool thing we made!” It’s important for me to do the work, but it’s also important to get the recognition from my peers, my friends, and my family.
I’m begining a new set of stuff over here. The goal is to have a centralized location for me to collect work I’m doing with and for Manila, as opposed to the more general babblings I’ve been doing here on the Brainpan. I’ll be pointing from there to Manila websites (possibly on EditThisPage.com) for specific features, applications, or plugins, but manila.jspace.org will be the centralized resource.
I just placed an order with PeaPod tonight. They’re supposed to deliver groceries Monday morning. I made a comparable shopping list on WebVan, and the prices were simialr. The major differences were in selection and minimum order for free delivery. WebVan wanted a $50 minimum for free delivery, and PeaPod wanted a $75 minimum, but I thought PeaPod’s selection was better (though not in the the wine category), at least in the scope of the things I was ordering. My order was $84 or $85 depending on the service, which is not different enough to differentiate. Also, PeaPod seemed to have a more flexible delivery schedule available, though WebVan did have slots open for Sunday (next day) delivery, whereas PeaPod did not.
My friend Oliver came over tonight. He’s a musician who’s looking for ways to market himself on the Internet. We had a couple of beers and talked about some interesting ideas about art, music and the Web. Here’s a picture:
What would it be like if there were a website that specialized in funding artists? What would it be like if the funders were regular people, web browsing folk, who had a vested interest in the artist’s success? (I’d give $10.00 to a new artist I believe in, wouldnot you?) What would it be like if individual artists could do an “IPO” (or something similar), like any other startup, without the hassle of dealing with record companies, or galleries, etc.? Interesting…