How to highlight current location in WordPress main navigation bar

In the css, if you add the following code:

/* Change the background color below to control how the navigation/menu section you're in changes color. */

the background will change colors. :-D


That hack only works if you’re in the TOP LEVEL menu pages. As soon as you go one level deep, it quits working. Argh.

RIP Richard “Richie” Gallelli

Yesterday, I was at work for only half an hour when I received a text from a very dear friend of mine. Her brother had been killed at work. He was twenty-two and working at the Minot Air Force base near Bismarck, North Dakota. I hopped up from my chair and paced out into the hall looking for someone to comfort me and not let me be alone for a few minutes. There was none. I went back to my computer then I started sobbing. As soon as I could breathe, I went and told my boss that I had to leave. I had to run away.

Shortly, afterwards I was lying sideways across my boyfriend’s lap as I cried, my tears dropping off my nose and soaking into the couch pillows. The rest of my day was spent crying, sleeping, or barely going through the motions of life.

I did not personally know Richie Gallelli. His family moved away in June 2000 but I’ve been in contact with his elder sister, my friend, since they left. So my knowledge of Richie is peripheral, this younger brother moving around in the background of my friend’s stories. He’s someone I don’t know, but I have felt the tender love and affection his sister has when she spoke of him over the years.

I cannot imagine the pain of losing your sibling, someone who is often the only person who knows and shares the exact same background as yourself. Siblings are often the closest companion that we neglect to speak of in our dedications and our thanks. Yet, a sibling’s influence on our lives cannot be overestimated since they are also share our genetic code and have seen you in your best and worst moments. They have blackmail on you that could end your political career if you ever wanted to have one. They are also the person you fell asleep against in the backseat of the car.

I do not know him. But I have felt his importance and the after shocks of his departure echoing and ringing in my ears. He was just a kid at twenty-two. I feel helpless in not knowing how to share my grief with his sister in a way that lets her know I empathize and care, but without adding extra pain to her heart.

At the end of the day yesterday, I realized that my most fervent hope above all else is that Richie never saw it coming and he never felt any pain. We can slowly heal our own hearts with time, love and support. But we can never turn back time and spare our loved one’s the pain they may have suffered. I hope Richie went ignorant of his impending death and that he rests easy now.

What an e-reader should be

A great article by R. David Lankes discussing what e-readers should be like.

As for myself, I’ve never had the opportunity to personally handle one—and time is too short right now to do much free grazing reading as I try to force nonfiction works into my grad school life—but I think they’re a fascinating concept. Actually, before I bought my netbook, I was evaluating the idea of purchasing an e-reader instead. However, what I wanted out of an e-reader fell short of my needs, so I went with the netbook instead. I’m glad I did. So here is my list of what I would want out of an e-reader:

1) Color screen.
2) Connect to the internet by wireless technology.
3) Play music gently in the background while I read.
4) Let’s me take notes and have a way of sharing them.
5) The absolutely free choice of deciding how to put books, no matter their format, on my device without being hampered or fear of them being remotely deleted.
6) A comfortable design that frees my wrist up so I don’t get cramps from holding the screen.
7) Amazing battery life that recharges quickly.
8) The ability to send emails and instant message with others (just because I’m reading doesn’t mean it has to be a solitary activity).
9) Completely scratch resistant
10) Maybe the page navigation would be on the backside so I can run my finger up and down the page without having to use my other hand.
11) Expandable memory storage through a micro SD card.

What are your list of must-haves before you would buy an e-reader?

Progress on the LIS website

I added some new things to the website:

1) added the slideshow gallery that you wanted (there are some options you can play with to make it switch slower, etc. I don’t think we can get text directly onto the image unless we write it in Photoshop)
2) functional navigational breadcrumbs
3) found a widget that will create the subpage menus automatically so there is no coding involved for anyone
4) have the page you’re on change colors in the sidebar subpage menu on the right (but it also changes the color of the child too which I haven’t figured out yet how to stop it from inheriting that particular property)
5) working with some online help to get the 2 x 2 “featured” section working
6) added social bookmarking tools
7) changed the colors of the site though it still needs some work on a better design. I’m more worried about getting it automated and functional at this point.
8) added the LISSA and Blog links on the navigation bar
9) removed “Organization” from “People & Organizations” off the menu

I would have had much more done, but as you can imagine, nearly every one of the above features can with its own problem that had to be ironed out before I could go on.

Problem or questionable areas:

1) There is a –> tag showing up in Firefox which removes my footer bar. It ONLY shows up in Firefox from what I’ve found and I’ve been unable to find and eliminate it.
2) Should the social bookmarking tools be bigger?
3) Since the Headline gallery and the Featured section have pictures, should I keep the sidebar photo gallery?

How to remove unwanted Custom Field in WordPress

Warning: Back up your database and your entire WordPress website before proceeding. I am no way to be held accountable for you breaking your website.

This is the trick I used with my 1and1 hosted WordPress hosted website. I found this method mentioned with no detail after spending forty minutes looking for a way to delete a misspelled Custom Field.

  1. Go to your database’s phpmyadmin.
  2. In the left column look for “wp_postmeta”
  3. Click on Browse at the top of the page.
  4. Find the Sort by key: drop-down menu and choose “option_name (ascending)” or “option_name (descending)”
  5. Under the “option_name” column, look for the name of the Custom Field that you want want to delete.
  6. Click the red X in that row to delete the Custom Field. Repeat for each instance of that particular Custom Field you wish to get rid of.
  7. In WordPress, open up a new post and scroll down to Custom Fields. Look in the drop down menu to make sure that Custom Field is now gone.