It’s really kind of hard to believe my last blog post was in June! I guess now that the weather is getting colder I’m finding time for my “indoor” hobbies such as reading and writing.
In the span of an hour I read that a new (major) version of WordPress was available and received a notice form my hosting provider that my contract was up for renewal. This is as good a time as any to update the site and add some more content!
The new WordPress editor is really interesting. It’s based on your contend being a series of blocks. These blocks can be scaled, moved, and colored individually. This gives a tremendous amount of creative freedom to play around with layouts. This is something that was all but impossible just a year ago on this platform (without some heavy CSS editing).
I’m learning the design has a lot to do with your theme. The current theme I’m using for the site is called “Twenty Sixteen” and it’s missing a lot of features that will allow me to take advantage of the new editing functions. So that means it’s time to start looking for a new theme and a new site design!
It feels good be back on the Blog. Time to start researching some options to make the site even better in 2019!
We’re staying in today & watching the snow come down in Central Indiana. I was looking around on Reddit and came across a post with a link to a website where you can make your own Smart Phone wallpaper from a map.
Here are a few I made for the Indianapolis area, and another one for downtown:
You can select any location in the world and adjust the color and size to perfectly fit your particular phone. I’m particularly fond of this one on my iPhone 7 Plus lock screen:
Do you know of other sites that allow you to create these kind of wallpapers? If so please leave a comment below!
I’m a big fan of Netflix especially their in-house original programming like Ozark, Master of None, Narcos, and Chef’s Table. Netflix uses over 3500 categories to organize their videos and they get very detailed. When you browse their website you’re only seeing the main categories. There a LOT more such as:
Until recently little has been known about these sub-categories If you know the category number you can navigate directly to that category and discover all kinds of new things
Using this list, it’s possible to search by very specific categories. All you need to do is take this URL:
Then replace NUMBER with the category number on the right side of the list. Looking for Movies starring Charlie Sheen? Just use category number 2686.
I’m sure the category listing will continue to evolve as new ones get discovered. Right now the only way to search these specific categories is with your PC or Mac. Give it a shot and see if you can find something new to watch tonight!
I decided to activate Google Analytics on the blog and see what kind of data it can collect on the site traffic. When IndyScan.com was a scanner resource page I used to pour over the logs to see where people were visiting from and what they were looking at on the site. It was a tedious task that’s now simplified and automated using 3rd party tools like Google Analytics.
I’m already seeing that the majority of the visitors to IndyScan are using mobile devices, I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise these days but I rarely access the site via my phone. I’m going to spend a little more time making sure the site is as mobile friendly as it can be.
I really want to figure out once and for all why the Marsala Sauce post is so popular! It continues to be the top viewed page week over week. I’ve really appreciated the ease of setup and the way Google Analytics presents the data. This is WAY better than how things worked 15+ years ago.
I’ve added some of the stats for those of you that might be interested.
I saw this on Reddit the other day and all I can say is WOW. It’s pretty amazing how far robotic technology has come and I can only imagine what it’s going to be like in another 10-years. This video reminded me of the “Metalhead” episode of Black Mirror and it’s almost as scary!