Some people doodle…

I think up silly tag lines for things. Here are a few of my favorite tag lines for Code Gardener:

  • That’s a big ball of mud!
  • Better get your Wellies
  • Have Wellies will travel
  • Get your hands dirty
  • Roll up your sleeves

But, the one I’m currently using is still my favorite: Weed & feed your software.

Nostalgia

While trying to figure out how to SEO this new site, today, I ran across a few pictures from my time at Microsoft. It brought back some fond memories. One thing I've got to say for that company that you don't often hear is that their facilities are amazing - especially the p&p offices and the conference center where these shots were taken.

Business Cards

Code Gardener Business Cards After coming up with the new logo for Code Gardener, I thought it'd be fun to get some business cards made up. So, I downloaded a free trial of Adobe Illustrator (which I now know that I truly need - there goes $600!) and created a card based on the same design. I'm not completely happy with the placement of the text. But, it's a good first draft.

I'm having moo.com print them right now. Click that link and buy something! I'll earn referral points that I can put toward my next order. Go ahead! Give it a try!

New digs…

So, I got tired of fighting WordPress and spending money to host it. I wanted something a bit simpler that would let me focus on writing. So, I’ve moved CodeGardener.com to Posterous, and refreshed the look considerably.

I’m still not done with the redesign. The links in the navigation pane aren’t all working yet. And, I need to work on the other views (search, tags, etc.) But, the general look and feel is pretty much complete.

Overall, the process has been pretty smooth. It was refreshingly simple compared to WordPress. Though, Posterous has a nastly little habit of applying styles to your content without your knowledge. As I discover ones I don’t like (e.g. the large-quote, medium-quote, small-quote nonsense), I’ll stomp on them with some CSS of my own.

Best of all, I’m sending this post via email, which is exactly what I wanted. Hopefully, I won’t have to spend several minutes fixing it once it hits the web.

UPDATE: Raw email didn’t handle paragraphs the way I wanted. Let’s try using Markdown.

UPDATE 2: Markdown works great! Might even want to go back and implement it more broadly throughout the site, since it’s so much easier to read than HTML.