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August
23
2008

The band is back together! (ARCHIVE POST)

For the first time in over three months, all four members of thinksobrain will be in the same place at the same time.  Some of us haven’t even seen each other over the course of that time period, and I’m really looking forward to it.  Plus, I finally get to use my new amp.  I’m bringing my camera, so I’ll be able to take some pictures for the “gear” section, and maybe even - *gasp* - finish it!  It’s the only section on the site that’s nowhere near finished, so that’ll be cool.  Maybe even get some new pics for thinksobrain.com while I’m at it.  I’m thinking of uploading a gallery of pictures from the early days, back when it was myself, Lucifer, Rob, and Dan - who apparently is still pissed off at me, but come on, he kept blowing off band practice and we had two huge shows coming up.  What the fuck was I supposed to do?

I don’t know, in retrospect, maybe I should’ve put friendship before the band.  On the other hand, I’m in a band that has serious potential, and having a guy who was playing with us for nearly a year who wasn’t showing any improvement was holding us back.  I maintain that telling him he was out of thinksobrain was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.  I went up to him one day a month or so later and I apologized to him for the way everything happened.  He didn’t want to accept my apology, and that’s fine with me - I was man enough to try to patch shit up, and if he wants to hold a grudge, which I’ve heard he still does to this day, then that’s fine.

Anyways, I always say that I’m never satisfied, and here’s some concept art proving it:

(art missing)

I’m not sure if/when/how I’ll be utilizing that.  I read a great tutorial the other day on PSDfan.com about designing grungy website layouts.  I didn’t really get too far into it because I ended up obsessing over how to get the sketch of myself to look pretty good.  Anyways, we’ll see what happens.  I’m actually pretty happy with the current look, but I think I might do something nifty like over on metallica.com where you can switch the page theme.  As always, time will tell.

One more thing before I go, I just saw the Niagara Falls, NY based band klear the other night.  They reunited with their original singer, Fred Shafer, and they sounded great.  I’ll recommend it once more - if you don’t have their albums, find them and pick them up!

Thanks for reading my rant, guys.  Time to go get ready for the reunion!

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 4:39 am
in the category Music |

August
16
2008

It's starting... (ARCHIVE POST)

I said yesterday that I was considering developing a PHP based Content Management System.  Well, I’ve got a codename for the project and a screenshot of the (currently working!) login screen.  I’m still looking for any coders who want to get in on this project.  It’s going to be volunteer work - this is an open-source project.  Here’s the first screenshot of this project, codenamed “FropacCMS.”

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 4:37 am
in the category Web Design |

August
16
2008

So... I have an idea (ARCHIVE POST)

I’m considering developing a PHP Content Management System.  I’ve developed my own before for personal use, though none of my current sites run them - in fact, all of my current sites run WordPress.  If anybody wants to volunteer to help out, leave a comment and we’ll talk.

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 4:35 am
in the category Web Design |

August
13
2008

I am so smart. S-M-R-T (ARCHIVE POST)

So, in my last article, I proclaimed that I had finished the Fropac Entertainment site.  Well, I got a brilliant idea that would’ve fixed the last remaining problem with the layout, and when I went to fix it, wouldn’t you know I applied it to an older version of the stylesheet and then overwrote the latest version with it?  Obviously that caused a lot of problems, because I fixed a lot of the problems with the site directly through the WordPress dashboard.  Well, I managed to go back in, and luckily it was only about a 5 minute fix.  I fixed the problems and now I think it’s 100% done.  Of course, you guys know - I’m never satisfied, so that will change again.  Hell, this site’s been pretty much done for a week or so, and I’ve still got it listed as version 0.5!

Anyways, my favorite band in the whole entire world will be 5 hours away just four days before my birthday.  You know what that means - METALLICA ROAD TRIP!  WOO-HOO!

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 4:34 am
in the category Web Design |

August
13
2008

Fropac.com a (re)work in progress. (ARCHIVE POST)

I started re-creating fropac.com last night, for the sheer fact that I didn’t do the original design.  I never realised how difficult a 3-column layout with columns of equal height could be to produce.  I hacked my way around it, and it looks pretty good.  I’ve got a couple more things to add in to it and then we’re good.

Though it’s not 100% complete yet, but the new wordpress version is live at fropac.com!

UPDATE: and now it’s done!

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 4:33 am
in the category Web Design |

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