WP Bloat is a small, snarky – but earnest – look at the current state of WordPress theme marketplaces. While there are many amazing theme marketplaces that focus on responsible theme development, there are countless that do not. I won’t go into much of a rant here, as there’s more info on the site (wpbloat.com), as well as links to articles written by folks far more eloquent than I.
If you’ve ever spent days properly re-building a crappy theme that a client bought, simply so you could properly use core WordPress features with it, or had to scan every shortcode and write a plugin to grandfather the shortcodes into a new theme, this is for you.
This is mostly a morale builder; it doesn't really do anything but point people to some handy resources that they could just as easily find with a search engine. But hey, being on clean-up crew for crappy themes has taken a good percentage of my life away, time I could spend learning, coding, being with family, and so on, so why the hell not.
[button link=”http://wpbloat.com”]Check out WPBloat.com[/button]
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I'm using vanilla CSS for this project. While it's fun to go old-school and absolute position divs all night as I did for this particular project, I realize it's inefficient. If you have a similar project, consider using SCSS or LESS.
Have you ever wanted to dynamically generate a lame marketing website on every page load? Now you can! Maximize those vortals and get ready to synergize backward overflow, because this tiny site has lots of uh..great features. On every page load, it will generate:
A new company name
A new product name
A new slogan
Four new prestigious awards
Random year the company was founded (but no earlier than 1901, the year The Googles founded the Internet )
A new set of company services
Uses no images
Varied arrays, to maximize your ROI
[button link=”http://rami.nu/marketing-website-generator/”]Demo[/button] or [button link=”https://github.com/ramiabraham/marketing-website-generator”]Download/Fork[/button]
Postcard Popcorn is a small side project that just launched. It’s a curated collection of old postcards spanning the past 100 years or so. The collection was purchased from an antiques dealer at the super neat Avenue Antiques store, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
There’s a total of 2,618 postcards in the collection. About half of them are blanks that were never written on or sent. I’ve only got 20 or so in there as of this post, but will be working on it in December to get everything in there.
Each featured postcard contains a transcription of the message, and Editor’s notes.
I spent most of this Thanksgiving break on creating the responsive grid-based website, and a bit of OAuth twitter goodness for twitter comments.
I went with a responsive layout because – let’s be real – it’s the lazy version of dedicated device solutions. Did all the major viewports, but come on. Like they said at the Smashing Mag conference:
Denver International Airport or: The Sunday Conjecture is a project involving a wide variety of musicians, and includes ongoing sound design and music improvisation, textural experimentation, and various composition works. It is a separate entity from my solo work.
My first idea for Bmore Fiber was to write a long-winded article on why Baltimore is such a perfect fit for Google’s gigabit fiber-optic ISP project. But as the days progressed, I was delighted to see that countless, much more qualified Baltimore citizens were getting involved and making their voices heard, including Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Governor Martin O’Malley.
So instead, here’s a giant 4,200 x 2,700 pixel image showin’ some love for the whole thing.
BALTIMORE EATS FIBER FOR BREAKFAST.
You can download the original size (4200 x 2700) here.