Up late, working, listening to Bluegrass.
I have been catching up on a great deal of work that had been put on the back burner when my computer went down for the count. A good deal of it has been in the area of web design this week.
I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but when I work I tend to favor Bluegrass.
One of my projects has been to do a complete remodel of all the web site, blog, and forum for Steve Barnes.
When I put his blog together, it was a matter of getting something up so that he could start writing.
And then there is his main website (sigh) it was kludged together from about three separate sites, which was bad enough, but while I was off line he had to get someone to do some updates, and that never seems to work well.
I chose Rhonda Vincent as my inspiration for Steve's site.
Both web design and Bluegrass are at their best when they tell stories, and Rhonda knows how to tell a story.
I have the bones of Steve's new site sorted out and have his material "branded", a whole new look and feel as it were.
I took a lot of the artistic inspiration from Steve's novel "Lion's Blood", which I consider one of his very best works. (yes, that is in fact a plug for the book in case you haven't read it).
The main site won't be up for a bit yet as we are still working on content, but I have the new blog design online and you can check it out here.
Another project was to help my buddy Buddha get a blog up in honor of his birthday.
This entailed both doing up some graphics and code for him and teaching him how to use the blogger interface to add his own content to his blog.
I chose Alison Krauss to do this work by.
Here is a piece that shows some of the roots of Bluegrass, The Chieftains & Alison Krauss performing Molly Ban, an old Irish ballad.
You can (and should) check out Buddha's new blog here. Buddha is on my short list of "people who I want with me when civilization as we know it comes to an end" (something more likely to happen soon as no one seems able or willing to stop Bush) and is one of the more interesting and colorful individuals to hang out at Innovative Martial Arts and Casa Pippin.
For working on my own blog I threw on some Dixie Chicks to work by
Here's one of my faves, The Dixie Chicks performing "Cowboy Take Me Away".
You are already here so you can see the changes I have made to this blog.
This is just by way of a quick update, more later.