WordPress 2.5, a new theme, and a new computer…

Wordpress 2.5 Write Post screen shot

It’s been a busy week. I’m getting into the spring cleaning mode – it may be directly related to the Canucks’ poor showing last night… or it may be that I’m hedging my bets with the sun gods so we can have a warm summer.

I just upgraded to WordPress 2.5. What a beautiful new interface – so clean! The upgrade process was painless. The same as usual.

I also installed a new theme today (links at the bottom of page), as I was bored of the old Kubrick theme and I thought I’d shake things up. Hopefully I’ll get a few hours soon to customize the blog once again.

This post is being written on my new computer too (I bought the parts at NCIX in Langley). I put it together on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Here are the specs:

  • 2.40GHZ Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
  • 4GB RAM 8GB – Crucial Ballistix
  • GeForce 8800GT XT 512MB
  • 1 x 150GB WD Raptor 10,000 RPM HDD
  • 2 x Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM HDDs
  • 20″ Apple Cinema Display
  • 19″ Sharp LCD UltraSharp 2009W 20” Widescreen LCD
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition

I’m loving the new machine – it’s so fast!

So check out WordPress 2.5 – the new media uploading feature is really slick.

Update: Comments are now closed on this post, as I’ve been receiving the spammiest comments ever on this particular post.

View from the Dentist’s Chair

Wow! We’ve had two days of sunshine – and hasn’t it felt nice.

I had a dentist appointment this morning on the Westside. Most people don’t like going to the dentist, but I really like to visit my dentist’s office. The views from the office are amazing, he’s a great dentist, and the staff always treat me really well. It almost feels like “Cheers” without the beer. I always get a “Jer!” whenever I walk in the door.

View at the Dentist Office

View a LARGE version of this image.

As I mentioned, the view from the chair is really good. I only visit the dentist once every six months, which means I always forget to bring my camera along. Today, with the weather being so good, I remembered.

The photo above is a panorama composed of five photos. I stitched them together using Adobe Photoshop CS3’s -> Photomerge command.

Enjoy the view!

Leaving on a Jet Plane…

Plane taking off from Bellingham Airport

I’m sitting in the Bellingham International Airport in Bellingham, Washington. They’ve got FAST, free wi-fi here! Yay!

I’m on my way to Palm Springs to play some golf with my girlfriend and my folks. I haven’t been down there for about four years, but last time I went we had a blast. Really, what’s better than golfing in the sunshine during the day and doing a bit of gambling in the evenings?

I’m flying on Allegiant Air for an incredibly reasonable price. The only downside was that I had to leave Vancouver at 3:15am this morning. The good news is that there were no other cars at the border, so it took me less than an hour to get from my home in Burnaby to the Bellingham Airport.

The staff here at the airport have been super friendly and helpful. I’m hoping the flight will be just as good – will report on the flight later this week.

I still can’t get over how great it is to have wi-fi in the airport – it makes waiting for your flight a whole lot better.

If you’re interested in golf you might enjoy Guys on Golf.

My First Barcamp (Vancouver)

Barcamp Vancouver 2007 LogoI’m attending Barcamp in Vancouver this weekend. I was one of the lucky 120 who got in before all the spots were filled -last I heard the wait list is 70+ people.

Barcamp Vancouver is happening at Workspace, which I’ve never had the chance to visit before. Since Workspace opened I’ve been meaning to get down there and check it out…but time’s been rather short this year, so Barcamp’s a great excuse to check out Workspace. I’m hoping they’re serving their legendary coffee this weekend.

The last conference I attended was Northern Voice, where I got to meet a bunch of people from the local tech/blog world. Working for myself, I don’t often get the opportunity to mingle with people who do the same kind of work that I do, so weekends like this are always fun. I’m really looking forward to it.

Check out Tell Ten Friends or Megan Cole for more info about Barcamp Vancouver. Kris Krug‘s also hosting another Photowalk on Friday night, which looks like fun.

Firefox URL Shortcut

Using Google Reader this morning, Lifehacker showed me a new shortcut for typing web site addresses into the URL bar.

Have a look at this video to see the different shortcuts available for typing in the website address you’d like to visit.