I am excited to be exhibiting my photos for the first time during this year’s Somerville Open Studios, the city-wide open studios event in which I last participated back in 2010 (though with a completely different body of work). As part of the build-up to SOS weekend, I volunteered last month to deliver a talk to the local artist community on easy ways to set up your own artist website. The presentation was a success, and I had the opportunity to deliver an expanded, WordPress-focused version of the material a week later at our monthly BostonWP meetup. The video is below; enjoy, and let me know what you think!
I’ve been experimenting with using WordPress as a private repository for longer-form content I wish to be able to archive, search and reference. The first time I attempted to transfer an academic paper into WordPress, I ran into the question of footnotes. There are a lot of plugins out there to add footnote capabilities to your site, but the one I’ve come to like the most is Civil Footnotes. The syntax is simple: just
((enclose your footnote contents in double-parentheses)), and they’ll render as a footnote at the bottom of the document.1 No need to manually keep track of reference numbers, and content is stored inline with the relevant text (in case the plugin is disabled or you move your content to a new site). Civil Footnotes is a highly recommended plugin, all around.
The latest version of WordPress was just released, v3.8 “Parker” (named after Charlie Parker). I just pulled the latest code through SVN, and was pleased to see that after the community effort last month WordPress Core passes JSHint with flying colors! Many thanks to the efforts of Aaron Jorbin, Tom McFarlin, Doug Wollison, Zach Tollman, Adam Silverstein, OriginalEXE, Sean Hayes, Konstantin Kovshenin, Matthew Denton and everybody else who tackled JS files during this cycle. It was a lot of fun, and we’ve set ourselves up for good things to come.
There’s never enough hours in the day, but I’m glad (and privileged) to spend some of mine working with the WordPress core community—they are a rare and amazing bunch. Congratulations & thanks to everybody who put their time and effort into making 3.8 happen!
I am honored to be a part of this month’s excellent lineup, and I hope you will join me, Alison Barret and John Bloch online this coming Saturday!
Click on the banner above to sign up—tickets are just $25. (As with WordCamps, the recorded talks will be released for free a few months after the event.)
With a passing JSHint run we’ll be one step closer to having the front-end tooling infrastructure we deserve. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the project, and I’m grateful to Andrew Nacin, Tom McFarlin and everyone else who’s been supporting and encouraging our efforts.