Lately I’ve become pretty infatuated with my little Raspberry Pi (ok, I admit it, I have two of them now). Its fun and its helping me learn about things I’ve always wanted to learn more about (such as programming, the command line & electronics). One thing I have been thinking about lately is how to combine my two passions Raspberry Pi & WordPress. I recently read an article how Google has been donating thousands of Raspberry Pi’s to children around the world to help them learn programming which I thought was very cool.
What I thought would be neat is what if the WordPress Foundation bought a bunch of Raspberry Pis and developed a custom Raspbian image that turned each Pi into a plug and play ready WordPress install/learning platform. I envision this being similar to the Google Coder project just a bit more WordPress focused. Maybe we could even get the guys over at Pimoroni to create a custom WordPress branded enclosure. We could then encourage WordCamps to have hands on sessions teaching the mechanics of WordPress and basic server stuff to kids. Better yet at the end of the session we would allow each kid to take the Raspberry Pi home with them to continue learning.
I know you can always set up something like MAMP on your computer or just sign up for a free WordPress.com account but if I was a kid I would be much more motivated to learn if a neat little piece of hardware was involved.
Last night I couldn’t sleep so I watched this movie called Exit Through the Gift Shop, which is suppose to be a documentary about Street Art but is widely believed to be another Banksy hoax.
I enjoyed it either way but all I could think about was if I was a street artist what would my art look like. I don’t really care about politics or have any real agenda so my street art would feature basically the only thing I know anything about, WordPress. So I decided to experiment with a few things.
I have kinda a love/hate relationship with likes. I think they are great in theory (when not being abused by spammers) but it bugs me when I see them on pages. I think there are specific instances where they make sense and places where they don’t.
For example, today I was poking around the WordCamp Central site and I noticed that they have like/sharing buttons on every page. Does there really need to be a like button on the contact page or the about page? I’m just mentioning the WordCamp site as that is the latest site where I saw this sin being committed but I’ve seen it done many places.
What bugs me the most is how messy it looks. You have a nice clean page that is marred by terrible gravatars of spammers, it actually makes me angry. So if you want to put likes on your site (which is totally cool) think about where you put them. As a general rule I don’t see how likes (or share buttons) really make sense at all on pages, keep on them on posts and leave your pages clean.
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I attended WordCamp ABQ this weekend and after each session they handed out little pieces of paper for people to rate the speaker’s performance. I think this a fine thing to do but I couldn’t help thinking that they could have streamlined the process if they had used Polldaddy. In the sessions I was in there were more people without pens then there were without computers.
I would make one form for all speakers and then use filters to generate the individual data. This way you wouldn’t have to manually input data and you could also easily aggregate all the speaker feedback.
I attended Blogher last week and one thing I really like to see at events is the variation in the business cards that people hand out as they reflect the person who made them. At work they provide business cards that while are very well done and look really nice are kinda boring. Now I only hand out 20 business cards a year but I really want to have a design that is unique and a bit different. When I saw the badge design that Dave Whitley did for WordCamp San Francisco I fell in love with the comic styling and thought it would make a nice business card design. What do you think?
I’ve been agonizing over the decision of whether or not to buy out my old computer or to let Automattic recycle it. I don’t need two computers and I really can’t afford to buy it out. I’ve been trying to rationalize it in my head but I really don’t have any use for the old one. The problem is I’ve had alot of good times with my old computer. I started my new job with it, I learned Dvorak on it, I even took and passed my bar exam on it. I spent a ton of time and money on the stickers on it and the thought of sending it in to Apple who will remove all my WordPress stickers and erase any trace of me ever owning it makes me sad. What if it goes to someone who doesn’t believe in open source or doesn’t like WordPress.
I know its just a computer and I shouldn’t feel any attachment to it but I just can’t help it. Luckily the person who deals with this stuff is on vacation so I have a few more days to decide. I know what I should do but its not what I want to do.