Hi Derek, Thanks for sharing your theme, It's great, love it. I have a few questions about the theme How can I add a favicon to the theme ? Is there an option to add a search bar ? Is there an option to use fonts from type kit if yes, what is the code and where exactly should I embed it ? Thanks in advance for your answer, I very much appreciate it. Nadav
Thank you, Nadav, I’m glad you love BS. These are good questions. I hope my answers are helpful. Please let me know if they are not. Failure is always the best way to learn.
The favicon is a scaled version of your Portrait Photo. I figured I’d update mine because you reminded me. I should have done this a long time ago.
An option to add a search bar will be included in the next BS update. But “searching” seems to only pick up tags, not the content of posts, which is why I’ve neglected it. I think it is a broken implementation on Tumblr’s behalf. Anyway, you’ll see.
I’ve never used Typekit. I just tried to try it out, but I’m at work right now and the site breaks down on my phone. It is easy to add @font-face things to your CSS though.
One of the most magical things about the Internet is that it’s a whimsical rabbit hole of discovery – we start somewhere familiar and click our way to a wonderland of curiosity and fascination we never knew existed. What makes this contagion of semi-serendipity possible is an intricate ecosystem of “link love” – a via-chain of attribution that allows us to discover new sources through those we already know and trust.
You’re welcome. And it is surprising how many themes omit basic variables.
Again, you can add anything that you would reference in the HTML <head> such as external stylesheets. Now add crazy stuff to your blog.
I have been fascinated by the recent This American Life episode. Daisey has exposed racism deep inside the gullibility of American culture, where the Chinese are savages hell-bent on production. Apparently he wants to somehow engage people in confronting the intrinsically destructive material realities of capitalism by empathizing with a gigantic corporation that is being victimized by the lies he tells about their demanding manufacturing practices, and then he lies about doing it. I don’t understand! One of his non-apology apologies:
To radio listeners: I apologized in this week’s episode to anyone who felt betrayed. I stand by that apology. But understand that if you felt something that connected you with where your devices come from—that is not a lie. That is art.
Designer! for iOS, currently free, is an “easy, intuitive, innovative, and totally unique Vector Graphic tool.” I haven’t used any other vector drawing apps on my phone (or little computer that has an app named Phone on it) yet, so I am amazed. Designer! is indeed totally unique. Its failures are impressive.
Drawing shapes works well. You can change the color of shapes and delete them. That’s pretty much it. You can’t edit paths or Bézier curves. You can translate (move) shapes but you can’t rotate them. Drawings are randomly cropped when exported, and exporting the vector file is a broken feature. Drawings just disappear when you try to save them.
Clearly, Caps Off has placed Designer! on the back burner to focus on Pimp Tycoon. Still, I like it because it’s a challenge to use.
Hi! I have howblank installed, but for some reason the "about me" text used to be in the sidebar and stayed there for months after I installed the theme, but now it has moved to the bottom of the page for no apparent reason. How do I change this? Thank you!
There is an option to put the Description back in the header, or sidebar.
Coelurosaurian dinosaurs are thought to be the closest relatives of birds, in fact, birds are considered to be coelurosaurs. This is based on Gauthier’s and others’ cladistic analyses of the skeletal morphology of these animals.
How to use a Tumblr blog as a throwaway email address
Emails sent to a special address Tumblr provides will be posted to your blog. This is a very easy way to set up a throwaway email address. It may be useful, for example, if you are signing up for some random service and don’t want to get spammed incessantly.
Create a new blog. I do not recommend using your main blog for obvious reasons. In the Settings area there is a “Post by Email” section with a special Tumblr email address. Emails sent to that address will be posted to the blog, which you can password protect.
The downside, of course, is that you cannot send emails from this address. It is a one-way junk street. Clearly, it will not work for many services that require you to confirm use of the email address.
How fast things seem to change, or How Blank Theme is BS
There are many plain, boring themes. Fat ones, skinny ones, ones with type so small you can’t even read your blog’s Description. I tried using some of them. And I told myself, “This is not my beautiful blog!” And I told myself, “This is not my beautiful theme!”
I just didn’t care about any of them. So, naturally, I created my own Tumblr theme. It was perfect. I named her How Blank Theme because she was the theme for How Blank. There were no options in the beginning. She was naive. Her header was above the content, always in the clouds.
How Blank Theme grew and grew. She is more confident now and has many options. She has a beard now and armpit hair.
How Blank Theme is still a simple theme, plain and boring on the outside, with a heart of gold. She started going by BS, but she is still the best minimalist Tumblr theme.
Here is another example. There are endless. You know, “If it bleeds, it leads.” This is certainly not a new journalistic concept. Again, it is all about the pageviews. We all have bills to pay. It’s just more openly artificial with this kind of stuff.
In some respects, Apple has become a victim of its own success. Over the past few years, the world has become accustomed to Apple offering up a near constant parade of innovative products, blowout earnings results and record sales figures.
3.1 million pixels is not enough, apparently. I have never seen anyone using a tablet computer other than an iPad. Perhaps San Antonio is not one of those hotbeds of spendthrift tablet enthusiasts, but I have seen plenty of iPads here.
I am not interested in writing about Apple per se, but I am interested in technology and new media. I often demonstrate how I use such tools here. That is what is missing from these articles.
How are other tablets being used in significant ways that rival the iPad’s ways of doing things? It is not about the hardware. It is all about the pageviews.
This tripe is journalism at the cutting edge of Internet marketing strategies. Clearly, it works. We are all quite used to it. I am even helping them get a visitor or two because the immiseration thesis is a bitch.
Anyway, the weak, rather childish “disappointments” surely get attention. That is the point. It is easy to criticize the largest, most bloodthirsty beast of a corporation, which is why the new iPad sucks. Here is MG Siegler:
These days, it seems it’s the time to pre-reflect on what Apple “will” announce. The shark has been jumped. The snake eats its own tail.
He mentions shark jumping.
Some people probably have posts prepped and ready to go right now pointing out what a “disappointment” tomorrow’s announcement will be. The contrarians. It’s no secret that on days with huge news that everyone is writing about, this is the easiest way to drum up more pageviews.
I use synthetic braided rope for various craft projects and bind it using a BIC lighter, lightly melting the ends a bit and rolling the rope between my licked fingers. After burning myself many times with scorching, molten rope, I am pretty good at “balling” the ends. That’s what I call it.
Paracord is different. It melts faster and looks ugly when sealed this way. Who cares? If you are making crafts, you care. I figured out how to bind the ends of paracord neatly, sealing them cleanly. This may be a common technique. I have no idea. I just started using paracord.
The first piece of paracord above is a raw end, cut with scissors.
Pull the sheath back a bit to expose the white core yarns.
Cut them and then push the sheath back like the third piece. The white core yarns should now be just inside the sheath.
Seal the end by lightly melting the sheath and pinching it.
Compare and contrast the results with how I used to do it. I think this looks much better. It is more difficult if the ends are cut close, but it can still be done. Do something impressive.
hello derek, i'm from brazil and my english is very poor... i used your tumblr's theme and i have questions. i created a page with a link "/tagged/2" and when i click on the page the results don't work... it's appears 'reblog' why? and another question... how can i remove the 'date' of the posts? thanks and sorry about my english ):
Your English is great. Thanks for using the theme. I’ll try to keep this simple.
I think that the way your Pages are set up is causing the problem. For a Redirect page, the Page URL cannot be “tagged/2” because that is where you want it to go. This creates an infinite loop where you are being redirected to the redirection page. I’m not sure why the page itself doesn’t error though. Anyway, try “tggd_2” or something for the Page URL. The Reblog links should then be below their posts like normal.