Feed Your Home Page

With the help of Magpie, feed2js, and jQuery I added feeds of my blogs to my home page at ignotus.com. I wanted a solution that would let me tailor HTML markup and CSS styles to my liking. I discovered quite a few services that will aggregate feeds for you and then let you install a widget within a page, some of them apparently quite useful–as this post at Wild Apricot Blog explains. However, I really didn’t want to depend on another site and I initially only needed to post my own, local blog feeds to my home page. Drupal can handle feeds, of course, but I wasn’t enthusiastic about swapping Drupal in for my home page. Powerful though Drupal is, it is far from transparent, especially if you want to port a pre-existing design of your own into Drupal. WordPress blogs that I had already started provided more tools for customization and page creation than Drupal blogging offers. No jQuery widget that I looked at quite fit the bill either. I settled on feed2js because I could completely tailor the processing of a feed and its HTML output with some PHP and jQuery coding to get it massaged into shape. The fact that it was written by someone I knew and whose code I trusted was a clincher.
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Curl before feeding

Rather not hear the sound of paper popping and crumpling as it jams a printer? Curling the corners of cut sheet paper back makes them less likely to get mangled in the paper slot or worse yet in the platen gap or the printhead.

Cut sheet paper often seems to curl up at the corners on the print side. This may be a result of its treatment with image enhancers and paper brighteners that make it respond to humidity differently from the back side. In any case, the remedy is as simple as curling the corners back just enough to keep them from sticking up and getting caught in your printer. Setting the platen gap to accommodate heavy or light weight paper is also important, but won’t prevent jams caused by curled up corners. Thanks to Larry Danque for this tip.

IgnoFactory Arrives

IgnoFactory, a blog at paulhertz.net, covers technical topics in digital art, including printing and image processing techniques, code, design, etc. It includes pages on Ignotus Editions, a fine art printing service, and on the artists of the ignoStudio.

For the curious, there are other blogs at ignotus.com. Mnemonic Spumoni deals with the lives, times, memories, work and opinions of the four artists represented at paulhertz.net (Paul Hertz, J.T. Pescador, Alma de la Serra and Darrell Luce). It\’s our social blog. Intermedia Patterns is a scholarly research project Paul Hertz and Jack Ox have been working on, pooling their ideas about intermedia art. There a various projects linked to our home page, too.