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Hilary’s Weekly Roundup for September 15, 2017

This is basically a roundup of the most interesting things that have crossed my desk this week. I’m trying to keep it short but sometimes there’s more than other times.

1.) What I’ve been up to:

#nofilterneeded #sundayvibes

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2.) Important social media & web things:

3.) I’ve been reading / listening to:

 

 

4.) Creative inspiration:

It’s a sort of process thing.

5.) Favorite recent purchase / new tools:

A good chiropractor when you need one. Seriously.

Or if you’re simply tight, a good foam roller like this OPTP one (I own this in blie because they didn’t have the green) http://amzn.to/2wy5tSY:

An Ice pack link this one that’s made of clay (which is the exact brand I’ve been using) http://amzn.to/2xHT0RI :

The last one is actually a hot or cold pack but because I don’t own a microwave, a hot water bottle like this one is faster and better http://amzn.to/2wltrp8:

I really want a medical grade silicone hot water bottle but I think maybe there are issues with making them leak-proof with body weight applied to them. I have found a few drinking water bottles made of silicone but I suspect they would leak if used them like a hot pack.

Hilary’s Weekly Roundup for September 8, 2017

This is basically a roundup of the most interesting things that have crossed my desk this week. I’m trying to keep it short but sometimes there’s more than other times.

1.) What I’ve been up to:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYbqZFLFs1A/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BYjv9D2l9wx/

 

 

 

2.) Important social media & web things:

3.) Things I’ve been reading / listening to:

 

4.) Creative inspiration:

Mailchimp’s enewsletter’s use of animated gifs to grab your attention. Both videos converted to gifs and also animated graphics like lines.
http://mailchi.mp/mailchimp/how-biorepublic-samples-product-to-grow-its-business?e=705433812e

5.) Favorite recent purchase / new tools:

I’m going to play a little catchup on several video resources I want to share and it ties into the creative inspiration above:

  • Apple “Clips” for quick editing video on you iphone: https://www.apple.com/clips/ I use a LOT of other tools for editing video as well but this is the newest one I like.
  • “Loom” browser extension for doing screencasts (AKA video of your computer screen) WITH optional video of you. Great for tutorials or explaining something: https://www.useloom.com/?ref=3805 (referral link … just because) I tend to download the videos and upload to youtube. My tried and true tool for screencasts is Quicktime (since sometimes companies go out of business.)
  • For converting video to animated gif (good for email newsletters and a few other things):

Hilary’s Weekly Roundup for September 1, 2017

Clearly I haven’t picked a name for these posts yet.

This is basically a roundup of the most interesting things that have crossed my desk. This is NOT everything I’ve read or consumed, just what had the most impact.

1.) What I’ve been up to:

 

 

2.) Important social media & web things:

3.) Things I’ve been reading / listening to:

 

4.) Creative inspiration:

If only you saw my moodboard for Fascination Design’s rebranding right now…

5.) Favorite recent purchase / new tools:

I’m a bit of a weather geek. Mostly because of Kentucky’s crazy weather and the fact that I like to go swim outside as much as possible during the summer. Storm chasing is also slightly appealing though I think I’m a target for lightning (there’s a long explanation to this that does involve being in the car when it was hit a few years ago.)

Windy, Windyty: I’ve seen other wind maps but not any quite as detailed as this: https://www.windy.com/ iOS app version  • Android app version


This is the wind map that I bookmarked in 2014 and what I’ve been using until this week: http://hint.fm/wind/ And another that came up this week:  https://earth.nullschool.net/

My other favorite weather apps. Each one does something a little different. My radar has the best radar. Dark Sky is the best iphone widget. WU Storm & Weather Underground I use now and again especially since I like to look at more than one radar sometimes.

MyRadar NOAA Weather Radar, Forecasts & Storms

Dark Sky Weather

 

 

 

And you can also find average weather for your location on any given day if you are trying to plan an outdoor event: https://weatherspark.com/y/15790/Average-Weather-in-Lexington-Fayette-Kentucky-United-States-Year-Round

WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg editor – first impression

WordPress 5.0 is getting a new WYSIWYG editor. And it’s VERY different from what you are used to…
DEMO as a plugin (recommended not to do it on a live site): https://wordpress.org/plugins/gutenberg/

I’m going to be the person who likes the new editor in WordPress when they take it live in WP 5.0. Right now it’s available to demo but it’s a bit buggy and the reviews are people hate it and say it’s a UX fail.

 
I don’t think it’s a UX fail – it just takes a bit of tinkering to learn something new.
I AM worried about client choosing really REALLY bad color combos for their text and I want a way to lock that down but I do think with some tutorials this will actually be easier for clients to use.
 
It wouldn’t save my post on the site I installed it on but based on what I’m reading it might be an “issue not specific to Gutenberg, it’s global to any WP REST API usage, I don’t know if your webserver is Nginx”…
 

So next I’ll be trying it on a base install to see if it was a plugin conflict or something server based. Actually it says to not use it on a live site yet but I’ve got a site that’s a play site that I use for this type of thing (I want to see where things break on a real server with real plugins and real content.)

It’s not ready for prime time because of some things it still breaks (settings overlapping for example) but I look forward to using it once it’s ready.


Edit:

Save Draft & Publish work on a site without a lot of plugins.
Found a few more issues:
  • Editable permalink is something that seems to be on the list of things they are aware of.
  • It seems that Gutenberg won’t update once the post is saved. Going to test that now. Or there’s a problem with taking it to a private post and back to public. Need to search a bit more on Git because I’m not seeing this one.
  • Versioning… where is that going to live? I like having the ability to roll back posts to a previous version in case someone really mucks something upand I’m not seeing that in the current version of Gutenberg.