The Divided Brain (I’m Busted!)

My friend, jamming budding, personal Excel oracle, and (former) blogger-extraordinaire, John Walkenbach, sent me this to post on the new blog. It pretty much exposes me as perpetrating a long-held science myth on my science writing and science site. Gee, thanks, pal!

Next, I’ll have to dig out the piece exposing the myth that Machiavelli was Machiavellian.

I’m posting this from my iPhone. Wish me luck.

Left Brain Web Design

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and watching video tutorials lately on WordPress site design.  In part, this crash course is for the legitimate goal of learning how to build my site.  I have to confess, though, it’s also because learning how to do something is a lot less daunting than going out and actually doing it.

Today marked a turning point.  I opened the hood of my WordPress default theme and got some grease and grit under my fingernails.  Yes, I suffered some scrapes and bruises, but it was a pretty thrilling first ride out with my souped up site.  OK, it may still look like a Chevette, not a Corvette, but I’m making progress.  So far, I’ve narrowed the vertical space in the header, moved the title and tag line onto the banner photo and added a drop shadow so that they don’t disappear in the graphics, added many more banner photos (all, my own, by the way), and added a contact form, in addition to a few invisible back-end enhancements.

What I didn’t expect was that web design, which I’d always thought of as a mostly “right-brain” endeavor, would be so “left-brain”—not so unlike the worm genetics experiments I used to do in the lab!  For example, there was this pesky 2-pixel border line persisting above the banner, which I could not get rid of.  I found the CSS rule, modified it, and nothing changed!  After more experimenting, without really knowing much about the structure of the WordPress parent theme my site is based upon, I deduced that the 2-pixel border was under control of a different, and relatively hidden, style sheet from the one controlling the bulk of the site.  Further, I realized that this hidden style sheet always reigned supreme.

Classic epistasis! (for you genetics nerds)

Ultimately, with my new found insight, I was able to obliterate that 2-pixel border by inserting ten additional characters into my style sheet: important!

Ha!  Web design—I can do this!

This thing on?

Just what the world needs, another blogger.  If you have found this first, inconsequential post, maybe you have too much time on your hands.  Anyway, since you’re here, stick around.  Who knows?  Maybe this will turn out to be interesting for both of us.

I’m hoping to use this blog as a digital toy box to store lots of things I’m interested in.  I like left-brain things such as weird, fun, and useful science (mostly biology), science writing, and technology.  Right-brain stuff I’m into includes photography, digital imaging, and music (mostly old-time fiddle and banjo music).

Now I need to go learn how to blog.

Uh oh.  Looks like I first need to help my daughter with her Latin homework.