Saturday, February 26, 2011

javascript and jquery slide shows

I am working on a slideshow for Traditions Home. The prototype can be found on many site, but I am using Stickley's Collector Piece 2011 as an example.

The elements are as follows:

1. The unordered list.

2. The css that styles the list.

3. Three jquery js files that allow for the sliding of the thumbnails and then for the larger images to be revealed when clicking on the thumbnail.

The javascript is from lightbox and the use of this code permits the display of large images.The lightbox website and the download code is available.

4. Two separate folders for images are needed. One for the thumbnails, one for the larger images. The thumbnail images are sized 150 x 175 pixels.The larger images are a big 1000 x 600 pixels.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Deadline Hollywood

Great blogs are always changing things up. Deadline Hollywood is the hottest property in the entertainment industry. This is a result of both its biting commentary and its super charged layout. Let's see if we can uncover a few of the secrets of the layout.


Nothing special here.The margin and padding properties are set to 0. A couple of other housekeeping functions are set. The background color is set to #421010, a dark purple.


Deadline calls the container "core" and sets the width to 1000px. The container is then centered using the standard css - 0 auto, 20px auto. The background color of the core is set to #370b0a, a lighter shade of the body color.


The header contains several key elements. The first is the top menu called the masthead, which is an unordered list. A second element contains the editor's name, Nikki Finke.

I'll be back. Gotta go to work.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Video 2

This is where I am at on video editing and uploading to my site: I get videos from Media Partners in a MOV format.

I am not editing the commercials myself yet.

I can uplaod the MOV video to youtube directly.

Then, I can go to and convert the format to either an MPeg4 or FLV format.The FLV format is preferred because I can then insert this directly into the website using Dreamweavers Insert Media.

Let's test this on Traditions Furniture.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Video upload to Youtube

I have been putting this off for awhile. That is converting wmv files to mpeg-4 and then uploading videos to Youtube. Events keep moving on and now, I find that the wmv videos on my website won't play because of changes in internet securtity, the time to learn has arrived.

This article will seem a little fractured. That's because I don't fully grasp everything yet. But, step one is learning about Windows Media Player. Here is a good tutorial on how to capture and edit video and then post it to Youtube.

In Windows Vista Movie Maker is found in Programs > Windows Movie Maker.

The next step will be actually making a video. This can be done with simple images. Microsoft has a pdf showing how to do this. ...