Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup, #FollowFriday, Thesis, and Star Trek

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, #FollowFriday recommendations, round one with the Thesis theme, a thumbs up to Star Trek, and previews for next week’s posts on kikolani.com.

The Resources Mashup


Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week.

Tech
Bullet How to hide your email from harvesting programs
Bullet Why are text messages 160 characters?

Blogging and Design
Bullet 24 stunning contact form designs
Bullet Blog optimization series – social media optimization
Bullet 110+ WordPress video tutorials
Bullet Building backlinks with responsible comments
Bullet 6 tips on how to promote your website
Bullet 17 useful WordPress plugins
Bullet The logo design process

Personal Growth & Development
Bullet Believe in yourself
Bullet Are you the average of the 5 people you spend time with?
Bullet Does love change your perspective?
Bullet 50 ways to make yourself happy
Bullet Reaching the next level
Bullet From outer to inner space
Bullet Favorite free online personality type tests
Bullet 20 websites that can change your life
Bullet Are your beliefs assets or liabilities?

Happy Mother’s Day


I’d like to wish my wonderful mom, and all great mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. Take a moment to enjoy this story about a mother’s love by nutuba.

#FollowFriday on Twitter


Here are this week’s #followfriday recommendations…

@nutuba of A Day in the Life

@SandraFoyt of On Living By Learning

@JoeTech of Joe Tech

@Websitewriters of High Revenue

One more shout to last week’s recommendations: @makakman, @GeorgeHCox, @PMolinero, @wdfavour, @TweetInsider, @billinman, @BloggingNewz, and @EWanderlust.

If you’d like to share this post and some FollowFriday love, just send the following Tweet: RT @kikolani Fetching Friday Resources Mashup, #FollowFriday, Round One with Thesis, Star Trek, and more > http://bit.ly/PBHJz

Related News – Round 1 with Thesis


The Thesis Theme from Chris Pearson and DIYthemesSo I finally decided to give the Thesis theme a shot, after seeing it on Blogussion, Cute Overload, Fuzzy Yellow Balls, and other well designed, customized Thesis blogs.

First off, I have to say that anyone embarking onto a new WordPress theme should get the Theme Test Drive plug-in. Basically, it allows you to activate your new theme for yourself only. Visitors will still get your current working theme while you get all of the options and preview ability of the theme on which you are trying out.

I guess that so far, my biggest issue with Thesis is it doesn’t let me into the individual template code. Everything is done through the options panels and hooks, which, for me, is going to be like learning a whole new programming language. Supposedly it’s easier, but I have always found it simple to hack the PHP, HTML, and CSS of a theme.

So now, armed with Thesis design tips and Thesis Hooks for Dummies, I am going to make a go of fixing up this site with that theme. Please feel free to share your Thesis customizing experience, along with more sites that help with the hooks. Update: As you may have noticed, I finally overcame my issues and am now successfully running the Thesis theme. :)

Preview for the week of 11 May 2009


This week kicked off the first post of some of the more scenic honeymoon photos with the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, CA. Next week will be pictures from around California Adventure in Disneyland.

Bookmarklets are one of the most useful tools while surfing the internet, whether you are using them to promote your articles or to save your favorites. next week, I will share the bookmarklets I can’t live without. Also, I’ll be welcoming my first guest post from Frank at TechJaws on a new micro blogging site for web professionals!

Star Trek Gets a Thumbs Up


Last night, I got the pleasure of seeing Star Trek in IMAX. This movie was awesome – best thing I have seen so far this year. So far, I have only seen two bad reviews about it, one by a guy who hadn’t seen the movie or any Star Trek television series, and the other was by an obvious JJ Abrams hater. So ignore the critics and go see it for yourself. Longtime trekkies, trekkers, and action film fans should love it. Just be sure to get in line early if you don’t want to fight for a seat. It’s that good. Really. And if you have an iPhone, try out some of these neat Star Trek apps.



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Comments

  1. says

    Why do I love Fridays?

    Mashup, Resources oh my! But along with all the great stuff that Kristi finds, she also provides some great link love. I truly browse through many of the articles featured on this special weekly blog.

    It’s Friday for sure, so who needs a watch when you have Fetching Friday!

    Frank Js last blog post..The Green NAS

  2. says

    Some really great stuff this week! Good luck with Thesis! I’ve been thinking about using it, but have to admit the whole Hooks thing is a bit daunting for me — I only recently got comfortable with PHP/CSS/HTML!

    Peak Personal Finances last blog post..Best Mortgage Rates

  3. says

    I must figure out a way to get back in your good graces LOL :)
    just messing around. HEY I hope YOU and everyone has an awesome weekend.
    Themes are like bad relationships they work but you can’t figure out why your still in it.
    I know you’ve done alot of work on this one. Since changing themes comment luv won’t work :( feed is dead and then some.
    I been having theme problems and ERROR 500 problems etc but who cares
    it’s Friday :)
    Great work thanks

  4. says

    Great list and good luck with the Thesis customization.

    I do not have Thesis yet, but was interested in your comment about not being able to edit the individual template php. Can you not just access the php files ‘offline’ and edit in a text editor and then upload to your site?

    Brians last blog post..Condado Culinary Festival 2009

  5. says

    I’ve been looking for a new wordpress theme and am considering paying for a premium theme. Don’t know if I would like control of hacking the code taken away from me though. Mmm, something to think about.

    jens last blog post..Procrastination

  6. says

    Star Trek hasn’t made it to our neck of the woods yet but I can’t wait to see it. I’m not a Trekky nut but I am a fan and I used to watch them all as a kid.

    Can’t help you with Thesis. I think you know how I feel about that one. I’ve still got unanswered posts on their forum, but I have received help from other bloggers via some comments I have left here and there.

    Nope, I way too old and busy to be bothered with Hooks. I much prefer the theme I am using that does all that via the control panel.

    Sires last blog post..A Twitter Service You’d Be Crazy To Miss Out On

  7. says

    Hey Kristi! Thanks for your link back again! It’s interesting to see that you have taken the leap to try a different theme/layout. I have been working on my layout too and just made several changes to my previous one to improve user-friendliness. To be honest, I actually miss the vibrancy of your previous layout, especially since Kikolani covers art and photography. is about being artful and beautiful too! Will the current look for Kikolani be the final look or are you tweaking it as you move along?

    Celes | EmbraceLiving.Nets last blog post..New and Improved Layout!

  8. says

    That was a new trailer for me, and it raised the hair on my arms watching it. Great find!

    About the theme, not sure I like the change yet. Love the background, but I already loved the other template and wasn’t ready to see it go. So perhaps I’m a little biased that way.

    Maybe some time to get used to the new theme will do it. But, I really did like the other theme.

    Waynes last blog post..Some Thoughts on Comment Moderation Etiquette

  9. iliayako says

    Love this theme. You need to find a cool logo – try creating something yourself. Perhaps a collage of your interests – real or abstract. Live long and prosper.

  10. says

    Hi Kristi, I always enjoy reading your Fetching Friday. You mention about using a plug-in to test your new theme remotely at your server. Customizing theme remotely is time consuming (slow connection) & risky. I prefer to do it locally in my computer (setup a local host) & then FTP to the server later. I am using xampp & wordpress in my computer, everything work perfectly.

    Try to download http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html, follow the instruction at http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/xampp/ to setup xampp & wordpress in your computer.

  11. says

    I, personally, can not wait to see this new Star Trek movie. I probably won’t see it on an IMAX screen, because none of its footage was shot in the IMAX format, but regardless, this movie looks like it is a fresh perspective on the ol’ crew. With that being said, it would be nice if one of these future Star Trek movies takes a departure fully from the past crews that we’ve come to know. Maybe have a small tie in of some manner, like Kirk’s son is a commander of a star ship and start a new series or progress from there. This was one of the reasons why I was a fan (in the later years) of Star Trek Voyager, because it was a completely different crew (didn’t get much into Deep Space Nine). In any event, between this movie, Wolverine (saw it last week and it was fantastic), upcoming Transformers 2, GI Joe and a few others, this is shaping up to be a great summer for movies, yet again!

    ciphuns last blog post..Good times

  12. says

    @Salwa: You’re welcome!

    @Frank: Thanks for the awesome commentary. :)

    @Marko: Thanks for the helpful article on it. I’m just getting started.

    @Dragos: Thanks for the link! I think it definitely led to my brain finally “waking up” to the way the functions and hooks worked.

    @Jonathan: So far, it’s pretty good. Some quirky things, but I’m sure I’ll figure them out eventually.

    @Peak Personal Finance: I finally figured out the hooks. I’m going to do a post on the resources I used, and am always willing to share the special coding as well.

    @John: I had to disable and re-enable some of my plugins. I also noticed a few with this theme, I had to go in and add the code manually to get them to work. CommentLuv support should be able to help. I hope you have a great weekend too!

    @KushMoney: You’re welcome.

    @Peter: Yes, I had a few people telling me my last one had gotten too cluttered. Thanks for the support!

    @Brian: They actually do not provide the same types of templates as other themes. They don’t have individual php files for the single post, tag results, etc. They do have a main index template php, but in the code it says specifically to not edit it, but rather to place customizations in the custom functions php. I think it is because when they do upgrades, they upgrade all of the main template files. So if you have your custom code in just the custom-functions.php, you do not have to worry about it being wiped out during an upgrade of the other files.

    @Jen: Check out my latest post about getting started with Thesis. Even though the hacking of the individual templates is gone, there are lots of ways to mess around in the code, once you figure out the hooks and functions. And there is convenience in having all of your custom code in one spot.

    @Sire: I think it will be impressive, for all of the people who watched the original series, to see everything come to life with modern technology and CGI. The action scenes are fantastic!

    @Greenhouse: Glad you like it. I think of it as a wrap up of the great things I find during the week.

    @Celes: It’s definitely still in the tweaking process. There are a few things I still haven’t figured out, but I needed the cleaner look more than anything. :)

    @Wayne: I really liked the other theme too, but it had its downsides. I could never get it just right, and it always drove me bananas. I had a lot of issues with simple things, like making sure the post headers were the same size and style throughout the different pages (archives, single post, etc.). Plus strange things would happen, like using the compact style of the Digg button at the top would make the Digg buttons everywhere else the same size. Plus, I couldn’t put the header blocks in the header file, so if I wanted to make one change to it, I had to do it in all of the templates.

    Basically, I am trying to spend less time fixing my theme, and more time writing, which hopefully this theme will let me do. I hope it does grow on you. :)

    @iliayako: I’m in the process of finding a logo designer. Being artistic on paper is one thing, but graphic design is a whole other beast. :)

    @Philip: I’m not sure how it does it, but it doesn’t seem slower than updating a theme that is live. I’ll definitely give your method a shot though.

    @Ciphun: There was a new Transformers trailer before the Star Trek movie which was quite exciting. I enjoyed getting to see actors I’ve seen in lots of other quirky films play out these iconic characters, and do a damn good job at it. The action scenes are awesome too. I’m sure you’ll love it, even on a regular sized screen. :)

  13. says

    Thank you for the link love!!

    Your site is certainly looking great! I have to confess that when I first installed Thesis, I felt lost. The concept of hooks baffled me. It took me a while to figure things out. I will need to continue to learn how to tweak my site. I am not sure if I have quite covered everything.

    The Theme Test Drive plug-in sounds like a great one to have. I wish I knew that it existed. It would have saved me a couple of nightmares!

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