With the new “Widgets” that has been an addition to WordPress, I’ve been having fun searching for different widgets that I’d like to add to the site. So far I’ve added just a couple, one that is linked into Performancing Metrics which is kind of a stats type of thing for blogs, and the other widge is one called Now Reading, which lets me show what books/manga I’ve read, am currently reading or are about to read. Pretty nifty so far. There are quite a few interesting widgets out there that I could add, though the one I’m looking for to be turned into a widget is something like a “Now Playing” widget that links to my winamp player. There are a lot of plugins for that but most plugins need to be re-inserted into the theme template should you change your theme, whereas if you use a widgetised version, its automatically inserted into a widget-compatible theme! I’ll keep searching for one anyway… Update: Just signed up to Last.fm and have added a “Scrobbles” widget which shows the last 5 songs I’ve listened to on my Winamp player! 🙂
Yesterday I received the last of the cds I had ordered from overseas. I’ve been ordering a lot in the past few months and unfortunately I’ve put myself into some debt with other things, so there has not been any further orders made and this was the last one to be received. Tohoshinki, also known as TVXQ and DongBangShinKi, are a korean boy band created by the production giant over there – SM Town. This is their latest release and unfortunately I wasn’t really all that impressed by it. I guess I was hoping for something similar to their release of “Rising Sun”, with a more edgier beat to it than most of their other releases, but because they are a manufactured band, then it was going to be pretty obvious that this was not going to be another edgy tune. Instead we’re given yet another boppy-poppy-happy-go-lucky type tune that sounds like it was aimed at kindy kids. The thing is that this group has potential to move into a higher bracket with their dance moves and great harmonies, yet, they don’t really seem to have any control over what they can do. I’m kind of hoping that they will be given an opportunity down the track, say when the reach their mid-twenties (which isn’t far away for some band members) that they can move away from SM-Town and create their own style and look. But only time will tell. This particular CD that I received also contained a DVD which had the PV (promotional video) clip as well as a ‘behind-the-scenes’ clip. While the latter clip showed them messing around and enjoying themselves, the actual PV they seemed rather lacklustre and not terribly enthusiastic. It might have just been the way they did the cilp, but to me they just didn’t seem all that interested in doing the video. If you’re a big fan, then by all means go ahead and get this CD, otherwise it might be best to wait for them to release another ‘Rising Sun’ type of song (which I’m hoping they will do again one day).
So I got rid of WordPress, downloaded Drupal, then discovered all the fiddling around with tables and SQL and stuff and ended up re-installing WordPress again lol. Hopefully there won’t be the 10 e-mails a day asking me to moderate the comments on my blog – of which all were spambots. Supposedly this new version should be a bit better but we’ll see. Anyhoo, I’m finding my way around all this again and looknig at various plugin crap that I can add to WordPress. Funnily enough, while I was looking around for another blog software package I ended up creating a journal in LiveJournal. Its got one post and that’s probably the only post it’ll ever have lol. I may keep it or I could delete the account, I haven’t made up my mind yet, but I took the freebie version which is pretty limited in what it can do and so it looks pretty crappy. No I’m not putting a link up to it, its not worth it. I’ve read recently how some people have been fired by their employers because they discuss work on their blogs. Kind of weird really, but I guess that stops me from carrying on about my workplace! (Everyone goes “Woohoo!”) Not that its exciting enough to talk about anyway, I mean it is in government… what’s exciting about that?