Riding Out The Opposition…

For me, the big event of the day was an exact astrological opposition between Uranus and Saturn. So I’ve avoided getting involved in any celestial pile-ups by spending my time at the pooter, struggling to get to grips with Joomla. My long-awaited Building Websites With Joomla 1.5 arrived last week, but I was too busy before to make a start on it.
It’s translated from the German, not altogether perfectly. So there are some awkwardnesses and strange phraseology – “barrier freedom” in particular puzzled me, until I worked out that it was what the Germans call Web Accessibility. But overall, it looks like a very good buy, and I’m now busy getting the Oakleaf Circle website converted to Joomla.

Oh, yes, and there’s some sort of election going on, I think…

Think I’ll have a listen to some Einstuerzende Neubauten – gloomy Germanic post-industrial rock seems to fit my mood a lot lately (I blame Saturn).

Bored…..

I’ve not been posting for a while – my knee ligament has decided once again that it doesn’t want to play any more. Additionally, the car has been off the road for the last week, being prepared for MOTting and taxing. So I’ve been pretty much housebound all this time – I can just about limp around the block to see the neighbours – and dealing with the nagging low-level pain (which is easing considerably now, thank the Whatever). And getting very bored – even sitting at the comp is getting boring.
However, I am still trying out various CMSs and having some success with a couple of them. CMS Made Simple is a winner as afar as I’m concerned. It’s small and lightweight; there’s a range of modules for common stuff like galleries, calenders and forums; a good range of skins is available and if you don’t like any of them, you can simply take your own HTML template and drop in tags for the various elements – ‘head’, ‘content’, ‘menu’, etc. For a designer, that last one is a real plus; I’ve struggled for hours with the complexities of customising Joomla and Drupal and have so far got pretty much nowhere.
OK, CMSMS probably isn’t so suitable for big community sites, so I’ll still have to carry on struggling with Joomla. But it will certainly do for the small personal sites that I would like to concentrate on.

Anyway, I’ll try to come up with something more interesting to write about soon.