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· Beauty Notes: Our own video!
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· Tech: New post preview feature
· Some notes on the origin of this site.
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Tech: Improved post thumbnail capture
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, March 17, 2008 8:29 PM (Eastern)
It looks as if our friends at artViper have improved their screenshot script. In exchange for a modicum of branding, they now capture screenshots of posts with videos in them.
At least I hope that's what's going on. I manually recaptured the thumbnails that would recapture, and queued the rest, so it's going to be a while (likely a few days) before I'll be able to see if the new script works consistently, but it looks promising.
Tech: We now have a label cloud!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, March 10, 2008 8:42 PM (Eastern)
It's on the front page: The Lipstick Page Forums
Culture Notes: Election 2008
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, March 05, 2008 4:30 PM (Eastern)
rotfl! You've got to love New York.
I signed us up for a RedLasso account. It isn't the veritable Youtube I thought it would be, but it's not bad. You get feeds from some of the bigger news stations, plus Comedy Central and, of all things, E!. You may then make your own clips.
Just Notes: This that and the other
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 11, 2008 9:09 PM (Eastern)
Wearing this necklace:
Though I photographed it with the earrings, no way would I wear them together. One of my (infinite) future projects is to design a pair of 14KT gold earrings, without paying 14KT gold prices. Thinking of covering goldfilled wire hoops with karat gold beads, which are relatively inexpensive. For the hoops pictured, I now use a double loop design at the top (keeps the little end from popping out, without massive hammering).
Listening to this:
So far so good. It's time-consuming of course, since the only real way to test it out is to listen to it from a certain point forward (some of the songs "stick" too much for my taste). And you're limited to the songs you can find. Early U2, for example, is in short supply. I had to laugh when I heard the Peaches collaboration version of "Kiss Kiss Kiss"--it was so tame compared to the original. Yet spare and catchy, and ultimately likable.
Tech: Label reorganization
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:36 PM (Eastern)
We are currently reorganizing, and streamlining, our blogger labels. It'll probably take a few days to come up with the final version.
Tech: New post preview feature part 3
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, January 21, 2008 7:31 PM (Eastern)
Tech: New post preview feature
Tech: New post preview feature part 2
I've added a new feature to the blogger labels list. From now on, all labels with 10 or more posts will automatically generate a post-preview page. Plus these labels are now colored blue.
Beauty Notes: Our own video!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 08, 2008 3:51 PM (Eastern)
Home hair color stuff
I had to figure out a way of converting analog tape (VHS and mini DV) to digital. I got the device (it's monumentally simple, all you need is either the red, yellow and white cable connection, or S-video) and tried it out on a mini DV camcorder.
The capture is straightforward, but the editing software (Pinnacle) requires more memory than I have on this computer. Not to worry...it has a patch (which you must download, since it doesn't work if you don't)...less memory makes the program slightly slower when you're running it, but as you can see, it does work.
This is what I switched to when L'Oreal discontinued the only light beige shade of the Feria color liquids. It's supposed to lift four levels, not the customary two or three, and these people aren't kidding. The color looks dark when it's still in your hair, but my hair came out lighter than I was planning on. Oh well, live and learn.
I haven't bought color kits in years; not only are the components much cheaper, you can easily mix the exact amount you need.
Tech: New post preview feature part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, December 31, 2007 5:51 PM (Eastern)
(see Tech: New post preview feature)
Okee dokee, looks like our screenshot thumbnail feature has begun to kick in. Above is a screenshot of the screenshots, which will in turn become a screenshot for the tech label, if all goes well. :)
Ideally, we would like to host the script for this ourselves, as well as the screenshot images, but using a remote service for this is currently the fastest way to implement this feature.
Tech: New post preview feature
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, December 28, 2007 6:06 PM (Eastern)
This blog has been around since April 2005, with us steadfastly throwing posts into it; even without going back and labeling all of the older posts (since we predate Blogger's label feature), you're still talking about what is becoming a massive number of posts.
Today I added a post-preview feature on the label-indexing pages (for example, beauty notes). It's still in the rough stages; as it stands, the feature has been implemented for all of the labels that use indexing to begin with.
Some notes on the origin of this site.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, November 10, 2007 5:36 PM (Eastern)
This is a quote from the first website I ever did, in 1998, when I was taking a Perl class. I put up the original site on the old host of thebroadroom.net; now I can't find it (it was small, a few HTML pages and a script). Okay I could find it, were I willing to dig out the Win95 machine. The jokes page survived, albeit without its smiley-face background (I really can't find that).
I've often thought of that snippet o' wisdom, over the past nine years. If I give it any serious thought, it perfectly sums my interest in the Web to begin with. Perhaps I've always seen it as an escape from mediocrity, much as I saw programming as a similar escape. The day the Internet becomes just another channel for hot air, is the day I lose my interest in it.
It's odd but it's only now I consciously realize what attracted me to The Lipstick Page ("Josephine" is me in the above screenshot; I invented a screen name based on my Java professor's name). At the time, there was Beauty Buzz, and it seemed to me there were other beauty messageboards about, such as iCompact (which I stupidly thought was part of ivillage). Later on, there were Makeupalley and Faceonline.
Why the Lipstick Page then? Part of it was the script. Besides LP, only Makeupalley hosted their own script. Everyone else used remotely-hosted scripts. (iCompact hosts their own, and possibly always did; again I was too dumb to investigate them back then.) Makeupalley surpassed LP in developing an image library and a product reviews script; hence, when thebroadroom took over LP in early 2004, those were the first two features I added.
I suppose my point is that it's easy to look at the surface of something, and less easy to comprehend the engineering behind it. The earlier Internet was dominated by technical people, for obvious reasons. The "new" Net is equally as dominated, but far less obviously so.
Ever wonder where this came from?
A labels list is not a standard feature of ftp blogger.com accounts. It comes with paid blogging, or Blogspot blogs, but the former involves file size limits and expenses, while the latter means your content is owned by Blogger, and whatever extra features you might want are going to cost you.
It's a useful feature; I made it.
Of course if you're going to make it, you should make it better, so I added the feature of indexing some of the label pages. Rather than having to load the label page and then go through it, the user can peruse a list of links:
In the first example, we present a nice listing of all the Beauty Notebooks. In the second, you're talking about a ginormous label page that would be time-consuming to load and sift through; moreover, the label pages are limited as to how many posts are printed on them, where the script-based listing has no limit.
These are some small examples of the technology, and the ideology, behind the site.
We've pimped our MySpace profile.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, November 04, 2007 7:16 PM (Eastern)
The Lipstick Page Forums on MySpace
Once in a while you've got to pimp your profile. Now we have a handy slide show highlighting features of the site:
New feature on our front page
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, November 02, 2007 6:58 PM (Eastern)
If you haven't been entering the site through our front page, I highly recommend it. Not only do you get all of the site features syndicated at a glance, you may now also search all of the features at once using our new Google Custom Search engine.
I put up the overlay one, which doesn't seem particularly amenable to configuration (it's a new feature), but you do get a cool overlay for the initial search results.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 04, 2007 2:42 AM (Eastern)
From The Lipstick Page Forums MySpace.
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The Lipstick Page Forums on MySpace!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, September 20, 2007 7:07 PM (Eastern)
We have a MySpace! (Also permanently linked to from the left-hand side menu.)
Save The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog posts to del.icio.us!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, September 13, 2007 2:38 PM (Eastern)
Now you can save your favorite LPF blog posts to del.icio.us! They don't actually have this feature in Blogger.com (at least not for the FTP accounts, not sure about BlogSpot), so I had to slap together a few variables, but it seems to work. :)