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Jan. 17th, 2014

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So there's this meme thing going around, where you reply to someone's post saying CHEESE and they pick five of your icons and you write about them. I did it cos nick_101 did it. If you want to do it, CHEESE me.

Or ZUCCHINI. Because we're 12. Or plantgirl is, anyway.



This icon was given to me by pagurus back when he was known as killifish, when I first started shearing lifestyle sheep. I think it counts as one of the first sheep gifts - those didn't start to happen until I moved to a place where sheep were uncommon and my liking for and knowledge of them became unusual. It's from a cartoon, can't remember what that's called. I've always wanted it on a t-shirt.


This was taken at a dance party in Auckland called Bliss. A bunch of us flew up for it. Dr Wheel couldn't make it, so we took a cardboard cutout of his head on a stick and got lots of photos of him having a great time. The chill zone was underwater themed and I found this cute little cardboard seahorse that looked like it wanted a kiss.


Taken at the same party, one of my first ventures into costuming. This dress/gloves/ears set was made of fluoro pink tiger striped fun fur. I still have it, but don't wear it very often these days. It may or may not make an appearance at Kiwiburn, depending on mood.


Platto! Another sheep gift, this time from Dr Wheel. They are supposed to be cushions, but that face is too cute to sit on. The misspelled/mispronounced philosophers thing is a bit of a theme, which started with a pink snake given to me by the YoT, which needed a name. So happened that I'd just found out that Descartes was pronounced Day-carts rather than Des-car-tees as I had originally thought. So my snake ended up being called Des-car-tees. Hence, Platto. Also, Aristotal and So-craytes (my computers), Fuckolt (blue spotted leopard thing), Aristophaynes (sheep) and Weisshaupt (my Kindle). Yes, Weisshaupt being the outlier for those following along at home. He was actually the founder of the Illuminati, not a philosopher. And the Illuminati was founded on my birthday. Fun facts!


Me playing dressups, yet again. This is my Grey Warden outfit from Dragon Age 2, the most recent costume (apart from those still in progress and those that won't be posted till they've debuted). I've come a fair way from fun fur minidresses, eh? This one got me noticed by the Dragon Age PR people, and catapulted me into the cosplay community online. I like that people recognise the work that went into it, and wish I had more opportunities to wear it.


Given that my latest costumes (which you will see after Kiwiburn) are very eye-catching, I think it's finally time I created a website for them. I've been wondering what to do with tatjna.com, and this seems like a pretty worthy theme. I've quite a collection of costumes I've made now, so it'd be nice to showcase them somewhere.

What I'm looking to do is make a site that has a gallery, a blog, and a few static pages. Nothing fancy. I would like to be able to build and maintain it myself, because I fucking hate being reliant on other people for support of my projects. So, simple to use for someone who's computer and internet savvy and reasonably smart but not a programmer is kind of what I'm after.

Any recommendations? I've heard both good and bad things about Wordpress.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 16th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
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And apparently that account is still tied to an email address that gets forwarded to me.

NFI which comic it was.

-Greg
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From:tatjna
Date:January 16th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Well gosh. Hi. ;-)
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From:crsg
Date:January 16th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Wordpress is fine for me so far, and I only started using it last year. I also have zero programming skillz, so it can't be too difficult.
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From:happyinmotion
Date:January 16th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
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WordPress scores highly on the "just works without lots of fucking about" criteria.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:January 22nd, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
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It doesn't exactly replicate LJ, but that's less a failure and more a sign that the internet has long-since moved on to newer models.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:January 22nd, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
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(I've done a shit-load with Wordpress and it's very much the best publishing platform available)
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From:richdrich
Date:January 16th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
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The only thing about Wordpress (& Drupal, etc) is that they are huge haxxor targets and if you maintain it yourself, you will need to spend your life installing security fixes.

Using a hosting site that maintains the package for you (so you just update content and styling) mitigates this. (As does disabling all forms of user input, but you may not want to restrict yourself like that).

Personally, I have only done Drupal, but I've seen nice things done in Wordpress and apparently it's not difficult.
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From:fbhjr
Date:January 16th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm allergic to milk and therefore cheese, and don't like zucchini.
But, I'd be happy to play this game...
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From:tatjna
Date:January 16th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Who could resist that face?


Bet there's a backstory.


Umm...


Why this coat of arms?


Explain your exotic food to me!
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From:pombagira
Date:January 20th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
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the second one up looks like a rampant phoenix, which i have to say is better than a rampant boar.. *coughs*
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From:siobhan63
Date:January 17th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
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I've always used WordPress for my blogs (current one here), which I maintain myself. I've not had any issues with hackers and I don't spend my life fiddling with security fixes. There are tonnes and tonnes of responsive themes available now (meaning they scale to work equally well on 24" monitors and smartphones), and many of them are really designed for visual blogs - meaning blogs that will feature loads of pics. So yeah, I would highly recommend WordPress.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:January 17th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
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Squarespace works well.
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From:meathiel
Date:January 17th, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
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I really love the sheep icon ... first one ... though the second one is cute as well! :D
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From:fuvenusrs
Date:January 18th, 2014 06:07 am (UTC)
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Steak! It doesn't make me lactard out.

Also, Wordpress is easy and doesn't make me swear a lot when doing the updates and things. I haven't worked with Drupal yet though, so I can't give an honest opinion. I think the fact that small companies are using it as their website-of-choice says a lot though.
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:January 22nd, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I have a blogspot website somewhere... but so far I've mostly put my costumes up on deviantart as their permanent reference site (as you already do), with outpostings on costume forums, flickr, LJ, tumblr, facebook, photobucket, etc, etc.
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