Embed.ly and ParrotFish

Thanks to a post by @lewiszhang, I discovered a couple great products from Embed.ly. First off, they have a Chrome plugin that adds in-line previews for links from hundreds of sources in your Twitter stream. Second, they have a WordPress plugin that will change a simple URL in your post body into an embedded preview, as below. Great stuff!

http://twitter.com/#!/lewiszhang/status/14928109774049280

ocell.net Mobile

ocell.net Mobile

Lately I’ve been working on making my websites more accessible for advanced mobile devices. I started with an iPhone theme for my blog, then got my industrial design portfolio mobile. Last weekend I sat down and tried to tie it all together.

Now my main www.ocell.net landing page is very mobile friendly thanks to the iWebKit development package. This links to my design and photography portfolios which are mobile thanks to iShowPro. I used to use iWPhone to format my WordPress blog (what you’re reading now) for the iPhone, but when I realized it wasn’t testing for the Palm Pre and Android browser user agents I went out in search of an alternative. Now I am finally on the WPtouch bandwagon, and I have to say, I’m extremely impressed. In fact, the WPtouch version of this blog has more functionality than the desktop version… something I hope to address in the future.

ocell.net mobile on a Palm Pre

Also, thanks to @vara411 for confirming that the mobile version of www.ocell.net does load properly on a Palm Pre. The phone call link even launches the Pre’s phone app. You have to love when standards are honored across platforms.

Part of my focus on getting the loose ends tied on my mobile interface is because of the 2009 IDSA National Conference in Miami next week. I’m hoping that having a viable mobile site will give people an easy way to see my work and interests from their mobile devices, on location.

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Ocell.Blog v2

Wordpress LogoI bit the bullet and installed WordPress. I have gotten all of my old entries imported (though no promises about images working right now) and have moved it into the space where the Blogger site used to live. Now RSS works! If you are already subscribed you shouldn’t need to change anything, the feed url will stay http://feeds.feedburner.com/ocellblog/

I’m just getting started with WordPress, so things are going to be very ‘out-of-the-box’ while I learn my way around. I hope to have a much more polished site in the near future. If you have any tips/comments about WordPress and this site, please feel free to drop them in the comments box. Thanks!

(My) RSS is Dead

I went on a kick and really wanted to keep this blog updated, but then I realized something. My RSS feed has been broken for almost a year. Personally, if a site doesn’t have an RSS feed, I can’t keep up with it. I can’t help but assume that most others in the demographic for this blog are in the same situation. The knowledge has completely killed my motivation to update.

I think it has something to do with how customized my template is, and the switch Blogger made from its old system to the new system. I have been wanting to play with WordPress for a long time, so this might be the kick that gets me moving in that direction.

Does anyone have any tips for migrating a site from the Blogger system to a self-hosted WordPress installation? Any killer plugins for WordPress that I’ll want to look at? Am I crazy for considering the switch?

Any input is greatly appreciated.

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Changes

I’d really like to redesign my whole web presence. Right now all of my different ventures, the blog, my portfolios, and several other projects, are all completely disjointed. I think that’s just an effect of how I have developed them, independently as my experience and curiosity dictated.

I’m constantly taking mental notes as I browse the web. There are a lot of approaches that work very well, and of course, a ton of approaches that completely fail. I need to spend some time, sit down, and write out what I need. I feel like some sort of content management system will make things easier. I’m not quite sure how you get a design to look seamless across different software packages like WordPress, Gallery, and Joomla, but I’m sure it’s possible.

Anyway, this is more of a rant than anything… a heads up to anyone who may keep an eye on this space. I hope to wrap it all into one coherent online identity. Stay tuned for a lot of development.