The Temple of Andrex, in my opinion, is long overdue for an update. There are many, many features I want to incorporate in the next version (4.0), codename PBA. I’ve talked a lot about “PoweredByAndrex,” and I’m ready to make the first small step. What’s so different that you have to spend a whole blog post talking about it?, you may ask. Well, a lot of different little things.
With Temple of Andrex PBA, it is going to be as valid as possible, will use a high level of CSS, instead of a few large images for the template, it will be a single image to improve load time, have an RSS feed, and have all content rendered in an iFrame. While this means you can’t browse it in multiple tabs, it does allow me to add another nifty feature. Depending on your tastes, the “skin” that is the main page can be set to any the previous three templates. So you can have ToA Classic, ToA iI, or ToA Clean (what’s being used right now), and all the content will stay the same regardless. This will allow me to tweak the template whenever I want without having to go through the Temple’s monster list of pages. Although, I hope you use the new template since there are some obvious enhancements, including a Twitter-like box showcasing what I’m working on, updated on a (scheduled) biweekly basis, and a chat box. Communication is very important to the PBA framework.
So, why change it? As noted above, the primary reason is quick updates. It is a real pain to update right now, which is why there hasn’t been a real update in quite some time. Another reason is because I wanted to make it Wii and iPhone compatible, with big text and buttons. In fact, I’m hoping to make all standard links in PBA as clickable images. Also, the “Clean” template being used now was not made by me, which goes against some of the founding principles of the Temple. Also, it’s blue and white. Sure, there was white and a little blue in the first design. However, red is the overriding theme, and of course, white text on a black background increases readability. Also, this blog’s theme is blue. I kind of want the Temple and Carol to be like yin and yang. On top of all these new features and improvements, I wanted a chance to test out the PBA framework.
What is the PoweredByAndrex framework? Honestly, at this point it’s a loose set of ideas I have. However, I want to be able to have a consistent user-interface across all the websites I make, which are stacking up. This doesn’t mean they’ll all become generic clones of eachother, just that they’ll have a set of principles applied consistenty.
So far, the principles are:
- Low load times.
- Front page for updates; includes RSS feed.
- Big buttons and large, readable font.
- One or two overriding colors.
- A communications function.
The last point about communications is talking about chat boxes, forums, etc. I don’t know exactly how to approach it yet, but I will be making it a very large part of PBA. In addition, all PBA pages must have that tilde (~) button which links back to the PBA homepage. I don’t know if it will be freewebs.com/poweredbyandrex or hosted at a Temple subdomain, yet.
This brings me to another point: Andrex.info is a masking domain. When you click on archives under it, “archives.htm” doesn’t appear at the end of it in the address bar. This annoys me. See, here, the domain is configured so it will act just the opposite. I’m thinking of ditching Andrex.info (or giving it to the PBA site) because of that, and because “.info” is ugly. I’m hoping sometime in the near future to buy templeofandrex.com. The reason I didn’t do this initially is because I was thinking of dropping “Temple” from the title, or something like that. But as I promised, I’m fully committed to keeping both Carol of the Bells and Temple of Andrex as they are now, separate and distinct, but intertwined. Somebody smack me if I ever try to change their names, too. I’m also thinking of switching from Freewebs (this isn’t a big deal, because if you remember, the Temple was originally on Geocities) in order to get the domain to work, and increase my storage space and file limitations. It’s difficult to get some of my whacky file types to work right with Freewebs. Oh, and Freewebs doesn’t support Opera, so I have to boot into IE or Firefox anytime I want to update (another cause of the draught).
All in all, when the dust settles, thanks to the domain, new host, and PBA framework, the Temple of Andrex will be more solid than ever before.
But enough of the Temple for now, I’m already getting headaches thinking about how I’ll be able to get it to work. The new E3 is over (and has been over), and it got me super psyched for Super Mario Galaxy. You just HAVE to see this game in motion, it’s stunning, gorgeous, unbelievable… It also got me excited for Metroid Prime 3, which IGN calls the best FPS on a console ever. I was disappointed it doesn’t have online, since my first Metroid game was Hunters, but that just brings me to my next point: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is the first DBZ game to be online, and it’s only online on Wii. I am a huge fan of BT2, and the improvements they’ve made (150 playable characters (up 20 from BT2), almost double the stages (30 as opposed to 16 in BT2), got rid of the annoying-ish cursor) makes me ready to buy this game right now. I literally can’t wait.
The Dark Knight, the sequel to my favorite movie ever Batman Begins, is just less than a year away (July 18, 2008). There has been much speculation and rumor on the Superhero Hype message boards, (of which I joined July 17 and have since gotten 101 posts), about which film its teaser will be attatched to. There was rampant speculation since even May that it would air with Harry Potter. This would make sense since Harry Potter was produced by Warner Bros. (also producing TDK), and because HP was going to be huge.
Well, Harry Potter came and went and we didn’t get it. There’s been two separate exclusive reports a while ago that it would be with the Simpsons Movie. On the boards recently though, someone said that because Simpsons is expected to not do great, it’s been instead attached to the Bourne Ultimatum. Now, I’m a huge Bourne fan, so this would be icing on the cake. All people seem to agree Warner Bros. will air the teaser at Comic-Con exactly a week from today, and that it will be online shortly after. Confused yet?
All I know is I’m going to be pointing my Opera browser over to Apple.com/trailers (I dislike Apple, but their trailers page is from heaven, and QuickTime is the most stable ActiveX player I know for that kind of quality) and clicking on “HD – 720p”. I’d go higher (to “1080p”), but I just tried that today and not only was the trailer 30% too big, it was choppy. I’m content with 720p anyways, I mean it’s the fricking Dark Knight teaser trailer in glorious HD.
This is all happening only if I can’t get confirmation to see Bourne, because I’d much much rather see it in a theater with dozens of other people. I can just imagine the kind of cheers in the theater after the Bat logo explodes on screen at the end. So awesome. Dad is very much a Bourne fan so it is a definite possibility. If it’s with the Simpsons, I’ll already be seeing it with Miranda (hopefully). It’s a win-win situation. This is, of course, all if WB actually does have a teaser ready and it’s not all gossip. Eh, I’ll wait as long as it takes man.
As long as it takes.