May 31, 2004

Another Day, Another Challenge

I'm diddling about with Chez Cheese, and it occurs to me I'd like to have categories. Now, I've consulted the MT users manual and looked about at other blogs and mucked about with my template... all to no avail.
So can someone tell me what code to insert, where to insert it, and how to make a linkable list on my sidebar pointing to categories? Also, can I go back into my previous entries and assign them to a category as well?
Or should I just give up and go back to boobie pics what I know?
Thanks in advance.

Posted by LeeAnn at 09:19 PM | Comments (11)

Mozilla Madness - Radius Corners

I noticed over at Rob's new Xset design that he had really neat rounded corners for all his boxes. I thought that was a neat effect to soften the hard edges of most common designs.

I've been poking around the last week or so trying to look at different methods for making these rounded corners. I discovered several different methods, but none that are really fast and easy. All methods involved images and adding 1 or more div classes to your CSS and Main Index Template. All but one method were static width solutions that would not resize with a liquid width column.

Until I ran across this gem while I was looking at some WordPress templates.

-moz-border-radius: 10px;
This code, inserted after the other border declarations in that div will result in a bordered box with rounded or radiused corners. This will only display in Mozilla browsers. I guess you could say it is a bonus for using a standards compliant browser.

If you want to selectively insert radiused corners, you would use the following code to achieve a radius on each corner of the box.

-moz-border-radius-topleft: 10px;
-moz-border-radius-topright: 10px;
-moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 10px;
-moz-border-radius-bottomright: 10px;
It appears to me (on my monitor anyway) that the bottom radii render a a bit more jagged than the top radii for some reason. Maybe it's my video driver or just something on my end.

Below is a thumbnailed screen shot from Madfish Willie's Cyber Saloon. I went kind of crazy and radiied everything with a corner. All the radii are 10px, the comments are 9px, and the comment numbers are 8px top and 9px bottom.

Next lesson:
Making a little icon thingy that displays in the adddress bar and/or the Mozilla tabs beside your blog name!

Posted by Madfish Willie at 05:07 AM | Comments (6)

May 30, 2004

Of interest to some?

Blog Software Breakdown

Posted by Tiger at 03:34 AM | Comments (2)

I coulda, woulda done ---

Hey, see all those nasty beastiality links in the comments? If I had of had access to the comments in my MT console, they would be gone.

By the way, if you have noticed a lack of updating to the Beyond the Black Hole blog, it seems that we noticed a lack of interest in what we had to say. Bill Bulldog, Bird Brain and myself have been discussing what to do with the space. Miss Kitty, as usual, is just being catty.

Posted by Mr Mouse at 02:49 AM | Comments (4)

May 29, 2004

Thingys & Doodads - Ecosystem Rank

Tired of being an Insignificant Microbe or Flappy Bird or Marauding Marsupial in the TTBL Ecosystem?

Want to show those Large Mammals and Mortal Humans a thing or two?

Well, now you can be a Giant Man-Eating Alligator or Tyrannosaurus Rex or even a Drunken Idiot if you choose to be.

All you have to do is modify EZ Bear's Ecosystem script. I got this from our very own Toasted Marshmellow, Emma at Miss Apropos.

Here's how to do it:

I am a
<br />
<a href="" target="_blank">
Giant Man-Eating Alligator
<br />
in the
<br />
<a href="" target="_blank"> TTLB Ecosystem
This will give you a four line listing. Just copy & paste into your template replacing your current ecosystem javascript code. Be sure to replace "madfishwillies" with your blog address... or you will be pointed to my statistics page.

Thank you, Ms Emma, for your generosity in sharing this fun code with us!

Posted by Madfish Willie at 04:46 AM | Comments (6)

New Tear

Anyone know what a new tear attack is? My firewall seems to intercept them all the time.

UPDATE: Hey ya'll, I just put up my new title graphic. Anyone want to go have a look and tell me what ya think? Yeah, just as I figured, all of ya'll are too busy. Oh well! ;)

Posted by notGeorge at 12:16 AM | Comments (8)

Carnival of the Vanities

I don't know how many of ya'll are aware that I am gonna be hostin' next week's Carnival of Vanities, and the followin' week, Pixy Misa is the host. It is time for all Munuvians to shine, so send me your submissions. roguegenius[at]hotmail[dot]com COTV in the subject, give me the URL and title to the post you are submittin'. I'll do the rest.

Posted by Tiger at 12:03 AM | Comments (3)

May 28, 2004

Help a Munuvian Out?

Not me; Ace of Spades. He could use some design assistance, as his archives are not currently accessible the way things are set up.

I recommended Rob at XSet to him just off the top of my head, but I think there are more than a few Munuvians out there who have the requisite mad skillz with respect to MT design, no?

Anyone feeling charitable? Go lend the guy a hand.

Posted by Ilyka at 09:21 PM | Comments (9)

the look

Have you ever seriously courted a woman who made you feel as shy as a teenager at a high school dance because you felt a special attraction to her? Have you taken your time during that courtship, being careful not to rush the relationship, because you didn't want to fuck things up?

Did you bide your time, handle everything like a total gentleman and then finally see THE LOOK? I have, three times in my life.

THE LOOK is something that you can't plan and you can't schedule. It happens when the time is right and you'll know it when you see it. It's all in the eyes, which suddenly seem to sparkle like the stars in a clear, midnight sky. If you look closely, you'll see a strange combination of surrender, challenge and fear in those eyes, and if you look too deeply, you'll feel as if you're one step away from plunging off a cliff into deep, mysterious waters.

You feel surrender, challenge and fear, too.

When you see THE LOOK, you know that the woman wants you as much as you want her. She wants you THIS NIGHT and she's ready to give herself entirely to you. The touch of her hand suddenly feels different. She walks more closely with you. A kiss on the sidewalk turns into an embrace and you want to burn with a blue flame from sheer passion. You want to meld with that woman's soul.

You don't have sex after you've seen THE LOOK. You make love, and it feels wonderful. After that first night, you'll never see the same look again, but you'll always remember it. And it will send tingles down your spine.

I haven't seen THE LOOK in a long, long time, and I miss it.

Posted by Key at 08:23 PM | Comments (7)

Is it me or Susie?

A few days ago I cloicked ontp Practical Penumbra and got a post from February 20th titled, I think, "Sheesh! Learn to spell!". I refreshed and I got the current page.
But, for three days in a row now, all I can get -- refreshments included -- is that dang Feb 20th post.

Is anyone else having this problem? Every other blog loads fine. I'm in Mozilla 1.6, but I get the same result in IE.

Can everybody else read Susie? I need my Susie fix!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tuning Spork at 02:16 AM | Comments (10)

More Tech Questions

I have a bouquet of them this time; let me know if any of you have the answers:

1) Do I need to figure out a way to place my SiteMeter icon on pages other than my main page? Another blogger told me I need to do that--but since it's on my sidebar, shouldn't it know whenever someone visits my site? I tried to figure out how to get the icon to display when someone follows a permalink back, but I had a hard time with that. But I do know that I'm still getting more "page views" per week than I am "unique visits." So it must be counting pages other than the main page. Right?

2) Does anyone know the html for an em-dash? I have a "cheat sheet," but it doesn't work. Unless I'm not supposed to be placing the given code in < >'s. Please advise.

3) How do I create an RSS feed for my site? People are asking, and I'm lost at sea on that.

Thanks so much for all your help--past, present, and future. You are the bestest friends a bloggirl could have.

Posted by Attila at 01:24 AM | Comments (10)

May 27, 2004

Thingys & Doodads - Site Stats

I ran across some code over at the MT Support Forum the other day. I think you may like it. It's just a few lines to count the total number of blogs entries, total number of comments, and a comment/entry ratio. I modified it for my site and put it with my other site statistics like the sitemeter and ecosystem scripts.

Here is the code:

Total Entries: <MTBlogEntryCount><br />
Total Comments: <MTBlogCommentCount><br />
echo number_format(<MTBlogCommentCount>/<MTBlogEntryCount>,2);
<hr />

Here is the ouptput:


Posted by Madfish Willie at 11:53 PM | Comments (6)

Thingys & Doodads - Best of Me

Let's say you want to display a list of links to some of your best posts... the stuff you are really proud of (my list would be empty, but that's another story)... how would you do that?

I was doing a blog tweak for Linda at Auteriffic, and she asked me if I could do something with a select category for her poetry to display in the sidebar. I don't think this is what she was looking for, but it exactly what you need to display a "best of me" series of posts in your sidebar.

Enable your category archives.
Create a Best of Me category.
Assign that category to the posts you want to display.
Cut & Paste the following code into your sidebar where you want your list to appear.

<div class="sidetitle">
Best of Me
<div class="side">
<MTEntries category="Best of Me" sort_by="title" sort_order="ascend">
<a href="<$MTEntryPermalink$>">
<br />

I have the code sample up over at the MadLab, at the bottom of the sidebar, if you want to see what the output is. I used an existing category for testing. There are only four posts in that category, but you'll get the idea.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 07:23 PM | Comments (10)

Comments go ker-splish

Hello Munuviana! I got an email this a.m. from my blog-bud, Loren. He wrote:

Linda, we have a problem with the site. I was posting replies to comments -- this is how I'm going to handle comments from now on (and I will post a notice to that effect) -- and got bounced off at about 11:25. Couldn't get back on again until almost 1 a.m., and this is the fourth of fifth time this has happened.

Not sure that this was anything but an ISP hiccup, but has anyone else had probs posting comments late at night in the N. Hemisphere (like maybe during a backup, or something)?

Just wondering's, all.


Posted by Linda at 03:57 PM | Comments (3)

My comment info went poof.

I have honked up my blog. Not bad mind you but honked it just the same.

Could I get somebody to look at my individual archive page/style sheet to see why the boxes and labels associated with them don't show up on IE but look GREAT on mozilla.

I am a world class moron who doesn't make backups before I change stuff.

Help a moron get a clue. Have pity.

Update:the boxes are 'there' you can click them, mru's show up, but highlighting won't select them. help.

Update: Feh, got rid of the html style crap that came as default and now it works swimmingly. Thanks for all the help everyone!

Posted by spacemonkey at 02:42 AM | Comments (6)

May 26, 2004

CheeseMistress Down!!

LeeAnn is ill. Her husband posted to let us know, but no details. Hopefully it's just inconvenient, and not serious.

We should all drop by and wish MuNu's Court Jester a speedy recovery, and offer all the support we can.

Posted by PaulT at 06:54 AM | Comments (1)

May 25, 2004


FYF has a problem in its template... several. And for the life of my I can't find them or how to fix them. So if anyone would like to try and fix it, Id be much obliged.

Just leave a comment or something so I can give you access to the templates. And if your worried about screwing them up, don't because I'm saving them.

T'anks (in advanced)

UPDATE Thanks Madfish, but while I solved a few problems I'm noticing more... And those are leaving me even more clueless...

Posted by Mookie at 09:37 PM | Comments (4)

Minx Update?

This post on Michele's site, ASV, reminded me of blogging platforms. I'm curious to know if the issues she addresses there, are addressed in Minx.

I'm just being a curious George this morning.

Posted by Auterrific at 01:59 PM | Comments (5)


I got tired of looking at this same old basic white MT template... have been for some time... so I thought I'd do something about it...

I got my buddy Pam to do a neat banner image for us using the gold color that was already in the banner text. Then I ran that color through the disgronifier to get some different shades. Then I did a new stylesheet - a really subdued, yet classy looking design. Then I added some thingys and doodads. Then I put it up over at the MadLab.

Go look at it and see if it would be OK to use over here. I've got another gig I've got to work on starting Thursday, so it will be taken down Thursday am Texas time. If mostly everyone likes it and Pixy says OK, I'll drag it over here and put it up for the group.

If not, no big thang... I'll use it somewhere else. As a matter of fact, it looks really tough with a solid black background... maybe I'll use it as a skin or something...

Anyway, go check it out while it's still up.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 06:13 AM | Comments (15)

I.P.Banning Question

By all indications, I have garnered my first troll. A complete asshat leaving the vilest crap in my comments. I banned the specific IP address a few of of them but that leaves a lot of other possibilities for the SOB to get in.

How do I block a whole range of numbers at once?

Here are a couple of addresses it has used

Thank you for your support.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 12:26 AM | Comments (2)

May 24, 2004

So who understands this?

Lloyd Hannesson has a solution for caching your blogrols (if you are using It's a little tricky and requires a PHP extension (Cache Lite) be installed on your server. If you can arrange that then you should be in business. ---Kevin Aylward
Posted by notGeorge at 07:08 PM | Comments (6)

Halp needed!

Okay, y'all. Time to bust out with those mad code skillz. I'm looking for a small submission form for Memeblog to make it quick and easy for people to submit their stuff. It would sit in the sidebar and the results would be emailed to a preconfigured address. The form would have four parts:

Field 1, text fill-in: Memename
Field 2, text fill-in: URL
Field 3, text fill-in: email
Field 4, drop down box: Type (Options would be Submission Reminder, Posted, Introduction, etc)

Fields 1 & 4 would be mandatory. Either 2 or 3 would be mandatory (both would okay but we need at least one of them for sure).

Can anybody help with this?

Posted by Jim at 07:01 PM | Comments (1)

too much time already

I've spent way too much time looking for directions on how to make my blog a 3-column. I'd be happy to send anyone my stylesheet if you can quickly help me out. I would like my main content to be no more narrow than it already is, and I believe that should allow for having another column to the right at 200px.

Also, apparently my header is not visible on Mozilla. If you can tell me why, by looking at my stylesheet, I'd appreciate that as well.


Posted by Auterrific at 01:44 PM | Comments (5)

About Me Page

I am using an old "About me" page from Blogger, and I want to update with a new one. Any ideas on how to create a new page that I can have a link to on my main index page?


Posted by Everydaystranger at 01:36 AM | Comments (3)

MT Blacklist info?

Hey, I got a strange e-mail that said I had a comment on one of my posts. When I opened the e-mail, it was an obvious spam. I tried to MT Blacklist it an dit took me to a list of over 200 spam comments. I was unsure and overwhelmed so closed the window. WhenI returned to the e-mail and again attempted to MT Blacklist, I was told that I could not "despam" the comment.


P.S. The comment never posted to my site, I checked. It only came to my e-mail.

Posted by Rae at 01:05 AM | Comments (2)

May 23, 2004

little help?

hey y'all. or Yay! y'all as the case may be.

I'm having a problem & I have no idea what caused it. When I click a permalink or a link to open the extended entry to a specific post on my site (Publicola) I get directed to a page that seems to be listing every post with the most recent one first. I tried accessing individual entries through the archive page & keep getting the same thing. Anyone have any idea on what causes this & how to fix it?


Posted by Publicola at 07:31 AM | Comments (6)

MuNu Blogrolls - PHP Includes

Ace requested a cut and paste text listing for the blogrolls. I'm sure that the ecosystem counts the results from the javascript code, but just in case I took the scripts that Pixy did, modified them for a php include, and uploaded them to the MuNu site.

To get a MuNu blogroll in chronological order use this code:

<div class="sidetitle">
<div class="side">
<?php include(''); ?>

To get a MuNu blogroll in alphabetical order, use this code:

<div class="sidetitle">
<div class="side">
<?php include(''); ?>

You must have php extensions on your files for this to work. For the MuNubys, I think that your sites are set up as php. The older blogs would have to complete the conversion process.

Question for Pixy/Rob/???: How do you get the apostrophe to display in the blog names?

General FYI:

Php is server side scripting. The script processing takes place at the server your site is hosted on, then sent to the requesting client.

Javascript is client side scripting. The information is sent to the requesting client. The script processing then takes place on the client side by the browser. For this to take place, the client computer has to have javascripting enabled in the browser via their internet settings.

[You Jr Brain Scientists out there correct me if I'm wrong on the above simple explainations. Thanks.]

Posted by Madfish Willie at 05:04 AM | Comments (8)

Hope there is a lot of feedback

Kevin Aylward is askin' for the good and bad before makin' a decision. We might all want to keep an eye on the comments on "Wizbang: WordPress vs. Expression Engine."

Posted by Mr Mouse at 12:48 AM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2004

MuNuby Help - Colors II

I ran across a neat color thingy yesterday over at OfficeSlayer... that guy writes some pretty cool thingys.

This one is called Color Pallete

It will create 10 shades of the base color, located top-left, at varying degrees of opacity. The top row emulates opacity over a white background, the bottom over black. The opacity values are 100% opaque, 75%, 50%, 25% and 10% on the top row. The bottom row begins at 85% rather than 100% and continues on as the first.

Type a valid six character hexidecimal value in the text box above and hit the "ok" button. The "tool tips" for each swatch display the color's RGB components.

If you are trying to get a selection of the same base color, this is the tool to use.

While you are over there, check out some of his other stuff in the sidebar. I think it would be interesting even to the technologically challenged amoung us.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 01:32 PM | Comments (1)

May 21, 2004


Is there a REALLY reliable and true statistics engine for number of visitors? Sitemeter, she be wrong.

And while I am at it, the links on TTLB and Technorati? They be wrong, too. There are a number of sites that have links to the pages I have checked that DON'T show up on TTLB or Technorati.

Why is that?

Still trying to make sure I always beat Jim of SBD.

Which, according to Sitemeter, I am currently not doing...


Posted by Everydaystranger at 01:37 PM | Comments (14)

I am gettin' too much traffic

Just received in my email.

From :
Sent : Thursday, May 20, 2004 6:46 PM
To :
Subject : The domain (tiger) is about to exceed bandwidth limit

The domain (tiger) has reached 80% of its bandwidth limit.
Please contact the system admin as soon as possible.

Pixy, what do I do? I keep gettin' swamped with people lookin' for that Nick Berg video.

[UPDATE: I was so hopin' this story was slowin' down, but I got more visitors today than any of the other days. The only good thing about the whole scenario is that the number of return visitors is climbin'. 169 today, which is phenomenal.]

Posted by notGeorge at 04:41 AM | Comments (3)

May 20, 2004

Comments Won't Remember Commenters' Personal Info?

Does anyone else have this problem? How do I correct it?

I know that a computer has to accept cookies; mine does, and my commentors tell me theirs do too.

Thanks. I'm sorry to just keep posting "how do I fix this" posts here.

Posted by Ace at 03:43 PM | Comments (21)

New Look

OK my Chickens.

I need some help.

I want to change my banner, since it's been a while and the girl is getting on my nerves. Are there any sites that that for me?


Posted by Everydaystranger at 10:26 AM | Comments (5)

May 19, 2004


Ladies and Gentlemen

I am very happy to announce the latest Munuvian kid on the blog block:


What is it? The idea is to have a central blog where all the various memes and carnivals floating around the Blogosphere can be collated and posted in one handy place. No more ferretting for the lastest Carnival. No more wondering where the Cheddar X went. There's a
sample entry to give you an idea.

Now it's your turn to help. This begging pleading grovelling request is two-fold:

1. Please post about this at your own site. With the mutlitude of blogs here and huge readerships this will guarantee the exposure needed to help make this work.
2. Please have a look at Memeblog and start sending in submissions.

If you have any comments, suggestions, ideas or you're keen to join in please let us (Jim or myself) know.

Posted by Simon at 07:49 AM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2004

Survivor Update

Munuviana's native gameblog has a new look. That's right - the Survivor site got a new facelift. Hell, it got whole-body cosmetic surgery including liposuction and all the botox that would fit.

The prize list is growing. Currently the winner will receive:

  1. ($250) Hosting and design package from Amscray Hosting

  2. ($70) Site design/redesign from

  3. ($15) Gift certificate to Amazon from Wetwired

  4. ($15) One month Blogads advertisement at

$350 in prizes, and counting. If you want to be a player you need to email with a subject line of "Count me in". The only qualification is that you have an existing weblog.

Hey, that means every Munuvian is qualified!

Posted by Jim at 06:26 PM | Comments (6)

Play Around

Just to open it up to everyone, I set up a wordpress blog on my site at If you want to play around with a php-based blog to learn some of the basics for it (in prep if we do actually switch), just click on the "register" button on the sidebar and register. It may take some time, but I will then get around to bumping everyone's access up to the max allowed.

Jen says "It's like blog-city" but I think that it may have some significant differences (though I wouldn't really know, having never used blog-city).

Posted by Daniel at 03:50 PM | Comments (0)

Odd things sometimes happen

This is not the very first time this has occurred, but it has been a while since my last memory, but every once in awhile, all the Internet Explorer windows just close down all by themselves. It just occurred. I was readin' a blog and viola, that window, as well as the 20-odd other windows I had open just spontaneously closed. I have never seen them close that fast if I attempt to get them all to close by usin' the close group command. Any one of ya'll experienced geeks got an answer to this dilemma for a geek/0™ like me?

Posted by notGeorge at 05:17 AM | Comments (3)

Llamabutchers need help!

Howdy! I'm not a complete idiot---I know quite a bit about HTML and have been using it for six years now, but for some odd reason I'm having a bear of a time getting the formatting straight for the new site. Specifically, I tried inputting one of the standard MT template formats, but it came out looking all bolluxed. I would appreciate any insight from someone as I'd like to get the new place up and looking somewhat presentable (We can't spend another day on %$^&*#(!! Blogger without going nuts!)

Thanks in advance,

Steve the Llamabutcher

Posted by Steve at 04:26 AM | Comments (8)

Trickle Trackbacks?

I don't know if this a site problem, a group blog problem, or a trickle problem...

It seems that if I do some linking in a post set for deferred posting via Trickle, it doesn't send out pings to the posts I linked in my post. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Or am I just crazy????

Thanks for any light anyone can shed on this subject.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 12:58 AM | Comments (2)

May 17, 2004

Any knowledge yet

of the decision to charge for MT 3.0 and how it affects the motherland and her citizen bloggers?

Posted by Rae at 04:54 PM | Comments (2)


Can I make a suggestion/request/plea?

Since so many people are joining the fabulous ranks of Munuviana, can we ask that each new person introduce themselves and what their blog is sort of about on this page? I mean, I was without internet connection for nearly 2 months, and I think our ranks have doubled in the meantime. So if a new person joined, we could get to learn a bit about them and know if that's the type of blog we like or not (since all of us are so very different.)

You know-the new person could say: "Hi, I'm Uncle Bob. My blog is a rant against naugahyde and I like to spend my time abusing sales people and doing target practice with my air rifle on street signs" then we wold know about the strange and screwed-up Uncle Bob, and know if we wanted to visit their site or not.

Just an idea.


Posted by Everydaystranger at 11:51 AM | Comments (9)

May 15, 2004


pMachine, the people behind pMachine and Expression Engine, are now offering free copies of Expression Engine to the first 1000 people who contact them!

You don't need to inundate them, as I've already applied, but the more technical Munuvians might be interested in snagging their own free copy to play with.

If we do end up going to Expression Engine, I'll be buying a full license, but since my 30-day trial timed out, this is a great chance to play with EE some more. :)

Update: Got it! I'll install it somewhere where people can play with it.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 09:37 AM | Comments (15)

Purple Paint Splatter

I been tweaking around with some designs... here's the latest design from the files of MadLab. This one is a lot more subdued than my regular, shall we say bold use of colors and textures. It still has some nice colors and an interesting background image. You be the judge!

It's not in my skin rotation yet, as there is a column sizing boggle going from one skin to the next that I haven't been able to conquer... yet!! Check out the Pretty Blue Flowers skin to see what I'm talking about. The left column will be full width the first time, then when you switch out and switch back, the left margin is correct at 200px but the right margin is way whoppy-jawed. I guess I need a better style-switcher that flushes the CSS cache so they don't inherit properties from one skin to the next.

Anyway... there is a big thumbnail in the extended entry that clicks out to a 1280x1024 full image.

If anyone wants to use this CSS, let me know and I'll make sure it is 100% tweaked and ready to go.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 08:38 AM | Comments (1)

May 14, 2004

Be kind to the animals

I don't know if this is like whinging or something, but we, speaking on behalf of myself, Miss Kitty, Bill Bulldog and Bird Brain (although I am mad at him for not telling me what all that stuff means at the bottom of this post), have been wondering if any of you people are reading our blog. Beyond the Black Hole.

Posted by Mr Mouse at 08:28 PM | Comments (5)

Survivor is dead! Long live Survivor!

Like the Phoenix from the ashes Survivor Blogosphere Edition is reborn!

I would have won last time but LeeAnn cheated!

And unlike the Phoenix, Survivor II will be even better than the original. This time there will be prizes (real ones, too - not just the delusional ones we had last time) and 34% more trash talking! The new game will begin on June 1. See the Survivor site for particulars.

Contestants are still needed so spread the word!

Outwit ... Outpost ... Outlast

Posted by Jim at 05:57 PM | Comments (4)

Llamas On Board

Hi, Everybody! (Chorus: Hi, Dr. Nick!)

Just wanted to poke my nose in and say that we Llama Butchers are very excited to be joining the world of the Munuvians! It's probably going to take us a little time to figure out all the whistles and bells, and in the meantime we'll still be hammering away over at Blogger, but thank you very much in advance for allowing us to add a little meaty, woolly, snippy Llama-love to your group.

Yip! Yip! Yip!

Posted by Robert at 03:45 PM | Comments (4)

Am I Missing It?

How can I see, and possibly edit, all of my comments, instead of just the 5 previous on the main edit page?


Posted by Auterrific at 02:55 PM | Comments (4)

When will Minx be ready?

Has anyone else seen this? It seems MT is gonna start playin' hardball with their stuff. Is it yet time for Munu to pull out of this game? What says Pixy Misa?

Posted by Mr Mouse at 04:18 AM | Comments (11)

Killing nocturnal birds

Are whirporwhills an endangered species?

After being awakend by one outside my window at 2:30 AM, I've been contemplating either a shotgun or a Louisville Slugger...

Posted by mhking at 02:19 AM | Comments (5)

May 13, 2004

MuNuby Help - Pullquotes

From Susie, from SilverBlue, from KiwiFruit, from Mandarin Design



I set mine up in my stylesheet. See the extended entry for the code I used. I have included the code for a left float pullquote and a right float pullquote.

To Susie, With Love

Here is my CSS for the pullquotes plus the colored and formatted text.

.pullquoteRt {
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, Georgia;
font-size: 26px;
text-align: right;

.pullquoteLt {
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, Georgia;
font-size: 26px;
text-align: left;

.dark {
color: #285577;
font-weight: bolder;
.med {
color: #0066B2;
font-weight: bold;
.reg {
color: #6CAAD9;
font-weight: normal;
.light {
color: #B1D3EC;
font-weight: lighter;

Here is the text in my post edit box:

<span class="dark"><i>What is Lorem Ipsum?</i></span>

<span class="pullquoteRt">Neque porro
<span class="reg">quisquam est </span>
<span class="med">qui dolorem </span>
<span class="dark">ipsum quia </span>
<span class="med">dolor sit, </span>
<span class="reg">consectetur, </span>
<span class="light">adipisci velit...</span></span>

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Cras tincidunt diam ac diam. Cras tristique, augue vitae dictum tristique, turpis elit mollis nunc, nec venenatis turpis risus ac mi. Ut eget ipsum. Nunc a diam. Nunc ut ante eget eros blandit convallis. Proin vitae pede. Nam semper gravida arcu. Vivamus porta sollicitudin neque. Nam luctus. Mauris tempor dolor vel libero. Nullam arcu turpis, pulvinar eu, luctus in, rutrum sed, lectus. Pellentesque arcu lectus, congue id, rutrum eu, fringilla id, elit. Vivamus nibh sapien, eleifend eget, mattis non, placerat vel, magna. Pellentesque hendrerit ullamcorper felis. Aliquam feugiat, quam nec commodo pulvinar, est lacus faucibus nunc, scelerisque ultricies tortor libero sed tortor. Suspendisse nec mauris eu nisl sodales ultrices. Fusce quam metus, placerat sed, imperdiet elementum, luctus nec, augue.

Let me know if you have any questions or need any help.

Here is a preview of the post:

You won't see any colored text, at least in Mozilla, and it won't "look" like it will display in the browser.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 06:14 PM | Comments (16)

Chiming In

Hi. My name is Harvey. I run Bad Example. Susie of Practical Penumbra told me that it's traditional for new MuNuvians to make a post here.

First, I just want to thank Pixy for having me, and I really enjoy having a spiffy new blog with working features and short load times.

Second, I have a confession to make... I hate blogging

I never really wanted to a blogger in the first place...

I wanted to be...


(piano vamp)

Leaping from tree to tree! As they float down the mighty rivers of
British Columbia! With my best girl by my side!
The Larch!
The Pine!
The Giant Redwood tree!
The Sequoia!
The Little Whopping Rule Tree!
We'd sing! Sing! Sing!

Oh, I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

CHORUS: He's a lumberjack, and he's okay,
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I eat my lunch,
I go to the lava-try.
On Wednesdays I go shoppin'
And have buttered scones for tea.

Mounties: He cuts down trees, he eats his lunch,
He goes to the lava-try.
On Wednesdays 'e goes shoppin'
And has buttered scones for tea.


I cut down trees, I skip and jump,
I like to press wild flowers.
I put on women's clothing,
And hang around in bars.

Mounties: He cuts down trees, he skips and jumps,
He likes to press wild flowers.
He puts on women's clothing
And hangs around.... In bars???????


I chop down trees, I wear high heels,
Suspendies and a bra.
I wish I'd been a girlie
Just like my dear papa.

Mounties: He cuts down trees, he wears high heels
Suspendies?? and a .... a Bra????
(spoken, raggedly) What's this? Wants to be a *girlie*? Oh, My!
And I thought you were so rugged! Poofter!


All: He's a lumberjack, and he's okaaaaaaayyy..... (BONG)

Sound Cue: The Liberty Bell March, by John Phillip Sousa.

Dear Sir,
I wish to complain on the strongest possible terms about the previous
entry in this file about the lumberjack who wears womens' clothes. Some of
my best friends are lumberjacks, and only a FEW of them are transvestites.

Yours faithfully,
Brigadier Sir Charles Arthur Strong, Mrs.

P.S. I have never kissed the editor of the Radio Times.

Posted by Harvey at 12:08 PM | Comments (14)

MadLab Purple

If anyone would really like a purple color scheme for their blog, I have a couple of samples over the the MadLab. Use the styleswitcher at the top of the right sidebar to view the purple skins.

Purple A is just the default CSS with a purple color scheme instead of blue.
Purple B is a solid purple background with very defined post and date divisions.
Purple C is very similar to Purple B with different borders for post entries and sidetitles.

These aren't very subtle designs... but anyone is more than welcome to use them. Actually, a nice subtle background image from Absolute Background Texture Archives would really tone it down. They have sections for a range of different colors. They also have a section for designing your own banner with different text effects.

Just grab the CSS link off the source code, paste it into your address bar, press go, and the the CSS will display in your browser window. Or feel free to grab the CSS and change the color scheme up.

Please don't grab the default template - someone already has spoken for it.

UPDATE: I put some backgrounds in the templates to tone them down. I think you'll like them more now. If you grab one of these templates, don;t gorget to grab the background image to. Then, upload the image, change the filepointers (2) in the CSS, save and rebuild.

UPUPDATE: Actually all the purple templates have been reworked and look much better now. And only the front pages are coded. The backpages still have the formatting from the main template... just soi you know.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 06:01 AM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2004

Partner needed

OK, I an looking for someone with a good techical background and a need for content. If you qualify and are interested in hearing my idea, contact me. LEAVE A COMMENT TO THIS POST. This is a time intensive effort.

I am juggling way too many irons ---


Posted by Mr Mouse at 02:36 AM | Comments (5)

May 11, 2004

Mail/Image Hosting

Do we each have a mail address?

If so, how would we access that address?

I remember when I first came here I was able to call up some big menu with all these different functions (none of which I comprehended), and now I can't find that again.

Is there a place we can upload images so that I'm not always leeching bandwidth off other blogs for my cowbell gifs?

Posted by Ace at 03:33 AM | Comments (5)

MuNuby Help - Blank Blog?

You've been really busy at work and your kids are sick and your dog needs to go to the vet and you just don;t have any time to post this week. All of a sudden, your blog is blank. The only thing on it is your banner and your links.

"Madfish," you ask, "how to prevent a blank blog?"

Good question. First you go over and read the instructions over at the MT Users Manual.

Then, you scratch your head and wonder what you just read. To make it easier for you to understand, here is some code.

<MTEntries lastn="20">
This code will display the last 20 posts you've made, regardless of the date of the post. You modify the existing code in the body section of your Main Index Template.

I also use this portion of code in my Recent Entries to display the titles of the 10 most recent posts that have just scrolled off the front page.

<<div class="sidetitle" align="center">
Just Off The Page
<div class="side">
<MTEntries lastn="20" offset="10"> [display post titles 21 - 30]
<a href="<$MTEntryPermalink$>"> [link to post]
<$MTEntryTitle trim_to="35"$> [trim post title to 35 characters so it won't line wrap]
</a> [close link tag]
<br /> [insert a line break after each post title]
</MTEntries> [close MT tag]
</div> [close side div]

Things to keep in mind as you set your number of posts:

  • How many posts do you average per day?

  • How many days do you want to display?

  • What type of content do you post... a lot of images... long extended posts?

  • The more posts you keep on your front page, and the post content and length will determine hoe long it will take to load the page

Posted by Madfish Willie at 02:29 AM | Comments (7)

May 10, 2004

More Entries On a Page

This is probably very basic but how do I enable my blog to show more entries on the first page? It's only showing a couple of days worth of entries now.


Posted by De at 10:55 PM | Comments (5)

MuNuby Help - Learning MT

A useful site for Learning Movable Type.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 08:58 PM | Comments (0)

MuNuby Help - CSS Previews

Wouldn't it be cool if there was a thingy or doodad that we could use to preview our site tweaks before implementing them? Right now we make a little change, save the file, rebuild the index, view the page... and over... and over... and over...

Well, wish no more! I've found a couple of neat little utilities that will let you preview your changes in real time without making permnent changes in your stylesheet.

Both of these utilities are from slayeroffice.

This first one is called CSS Preview. A text area and a div - enter your CSS, hit the preview button and see what it will look like.

The second one is called Style Sheet Tweak Favelet. It will let you take the current page, select a div from a drop-down menu, make a change, and preview the page in your browser. It only changes the display, not the actual stylesheet, so you would have to copy / paste your values into your stylesheet for the effects to be permanent.

I haven't tried them out yet, but they look interesting.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 08:20 PM | Comments (4)

The Snooze is open. REAL open.

I'm in class today and tomorrow. I'll be wandering by the computer through the day but definitely won't have time to work up any decent posts. Instead of having a Crappy Post Day two weeks in a row I figured I'd ape some of the more successful bloggers and have an open microphone day.

There are only a couple of rules that you need to follow:

  1. Make sure to use a title on the post and put your name in parenthesis at the end. Example: What I learned in class today (Jim Peacock)

  2. Use the "SnoozeBob" category. That's going to be the general category for guest posters. Nothing like simple and easy to understand category titles to help folks navigate the site, eh?

  3. Don't do anything that will get your ass permanently banned. There are no hard and fast rules for this because a goodly portion of my readership are clever and evil and if I made up rules or guidelines they would take a savage delight in finding loopholes through them. Just don't do anything remarkably and intentionally stupid or malicious and you'll be just fine.

Here's the particulars:
Login URL
Account: SnoozeBob
Password: password

All y'all that already have accounts that can post here, feel free to use them or post using the SnoozeBob account. It's all good.


PS - In case you've forgotten what he looks like, here's Snoozebob!

PSS - Munuvians will need to log out as themselves in order to login as SnoozeBob. It's that "logout" button at the top of the MT interface.

Posted by Jim at 11:24 AM | Comments (2)


Where is it?! I thought the Munu server might be down so I came here and here it is. I clicked to a few other blogs on the blogroll and they work fine. But where is Blather Review?! Gone?! N-n-n-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE: Well, this is int'resting. When I accessed with IE it came up right away. But whenever I try to get to it in Mozilla I get the message:
The file / cannot be found. Please check the location and try again.

And this is not only from my browser's dropdown quicky-clicky thingy, but from all permalinks on other blogs!
Anyone out there with Mozilla? Click on the Blather Review link in the sidebar (3rd or 4th from the top) ------->
Can you get there from here? This is weird....

UPDATE II: Hmmm. I can't get in with, but I can with! wtf...?

Posted by Tuning Spork at 12:20 AM | Comments (10)

May 07, 2004

I've Seen Other Blogs Do This

How do you put a post at the top of your blog, despite having other entries throughout the day or week? (i.e. how do you bump a post) Do you change the date? Enquiring minds want to know. :)

Posted by Auterrific at 02:55 PM | Comments (5)

May 06, 2004

Break out the champagne!

Whoooo Hoo!!!! Somebody needs to give Tuning Spork a medal, and make up an honorable mention for Stephen and the Emperor because, thanks to their efforts

Rachel Lucas is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Susie at 10:26 PM | Comments (5)

It's a party and you're invited!

It's open mic night at Michele's place. Go visit and leave your mark for posterity.

Posted by Jim at 01:10 AM | Comments (1)

May 05, 2004

Need Help With Commenting & Archiving & Search

Three questions, if anyone can help:

My comments work, but the presentation is pretty lame. How do I change the style of presentation?

I'm not sure if my archives really work. When I go to my archives, I get a Parent Directory listing of my posts, but not even by title, just by a number (followed by .php). Is this normal?

When I click on actual archived posts, the presentation is all screwey. I'd like the archived post-displays to look just like my site. Do I just cut and paste my Main Index template into my Main Archive template? Or what? I have no idea.

Finally, I'm not sure if my search function works. Does search scan the entire site for hits? If so, then I guess my search actually is working just fine.

If anyone can help (Madfish Willie...! I'm looking right at you), thanks!

Posted by Ace at 07:16 AM | Comments (9)


This might shock some of you, but I did something stupid. A while back I deleted the search function from my template in a fit of spring cleaning gone mad. Now I'd like it back. Any ideas on how to do that, oh wonderous people who know these things? Best would be a cut and paste code to drop in the template - you know, keeping it simple (and real).

Your most obedient klutz.


UPDATE: while you're at it, how do you put one of those boxes that says "click here to have links open in new window"??? Like Allah has.

Posted by Simon at 06:15 AM | Comments (8)

Three new entries have been added to the pulldown menu

Breakfast With Tiffani
Bad Example
Ramblings' Journal

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 03:40 AM | Comments (5)

May 04, 2004

Programming Question

Okay all you brilliant Munuvian coders - I have one for you. For a different page for use in my group website, I'd like to have an HTML page that will list (and make available for download) all of the files in a particular public HTML file. It doesn't have to look all fancy - just like this - and I don't have access to any MySQL tables or changing options on the web server because GaTech won't give me access or anything like that. It'd be nice if it was just a nice quick javascript or php or something like that, but I have a sinking feeling that it isn't.

Posted by Daniel at 09:26 PM | Comments (5)

another geek/0 question

What exactly is this supposed to be telling me?:

McAfee Firewall blocked an attempt to attack your machine using a "SYN Port Scan" attack. The remote address associated with the traffic was (port 56331). The local port on your PC was 61719.

Posted by Mr Mouse at 05:06 AM | Comments (3)

Bad Example (the blogger formerly known as Bad Money)

UPDATE: I've changed the right sidebar to a solid color background and added a 2px blue border the the body on the right side. Do we like the right sidebar better or the left sidebar better?

Also... why does overflow: hidden; add space to the padding of the element it is placed in? See the right padding of the left sidebar?


Well, it looks like Harvey is about ready to make his move over to our humble abode.

I've got a design for him up at the MadLab. Could I get the MuNuvians to go over and look at it in the different browsers and resolutions and let me know where the bugs are before I move the templates?

I'll need what browser and resolution you are using so I know what to tweak [Mozilla 1.6 / 1280x1024] was the design specs. Leave your comments on the top post.

If you hit the [F5] or refresh button, you can see all eight banners that Pam did for us. Let me know which one you like best.

I have a bug in IE 6.0 with text sizes that I cannot manipulate for some reason... the same on my site... I've tried every method %, px, pt, +2, normal but still can't get them to size. One of you Jr Rocket Surgeons can help me out???

Thanks for helping us out.

UPDATE: Check out the trackbacks on April 12!

Posted by Madfish Willie at 04:33 AM | Comments (20)

May 03, 2004

Ok what I want to know is

When do we get so big we start to...'Vote people off the island'?

Just kidding...



Stop looking at me like that.

pixy, put down the torch.

{runs for life}

Posted by spacemonkey at 08:47 PM | Comments (4)

Thanks for the invite and the welcome, everyone! I'm still putting things together and moving furniture around, but I wanted to stop by and say hello and thanks!

Posted by mhking at 06:32 PM | Comments (5)

May 02, 2004

Riddle me this . . .

or what I know about software development would fit between these brackets [ ].

OK, just asking here, but what is pyblosxom? I figured some of you might have some handle if this is something new or what? I found it by tracking a Google search that hit my site that was done on the words "just had" to this site after reading the following excerpt on Google:

blog :: tech :: pyblosxom_upgrade.txt Sun, 04 Apr 2004 15:19 Just had fun Just
had fun with a rather obstreperous upgrade from PyBlosxom 0.8 to 0.9.

Posted by notGeorge at 01:33 AM | Comments (2)

May 01, 2004

I Don't Know if I'm Allowed to/Supposed to Ask Questions Here...

...but it looks like that's what people are doing.

The web-design for my current page is GunSmoke by Maystar designs. She has a Moveable Type version, but when I cut and paste it into my CSS Stylesheet box, it just doesn't work at all. There's no sidebar, the whole screen is used for the content-area, and the huge banner-title font is used instead as the title for individual postings.

My question is sort of vague, because I don't know enough to sharpen it. I'm not asking anyone to look at this code and check for errors (it's possible the thing is just badly written), but is there something simple and basic I'm missing? Am I wrong for assuming I can just cut and paste the template into my Stylesheet box?

Posted by Ace at 07:48 AM | Comments (10)