Monthly Archives: September 2009

FND Launched!

Yay! We went live with Fresh New Day this morning – not exactly countless hours, but uncounted hours of concentrated effort to get what is perhaps our most ambitious project off the ground. It doesn’t look like there’s much going on – a photo, a few words – but it really has been like the legendary duck – serene on the surface all the while paddling like crazy things below the surface. Nevertheless, a positive action that has already served to inspire and move others – I really want to say ‘our job is done’, but there’s plenty more effort to be put in yet. Check it out.

scary alien errors

WordPress errors – scary aliens though they may be, are sometimes easily solved. Working on the Fresh New Day site (see tab above), I suddenly got the following error message snotted across the home page:

WordPress database error: [Table ‘freshnew_wrdp1.wp_post2cat’ doesn’t exist] SELECT p2c.category_id AS cat_id, COUNT(p2c.rel_id) AS numposts, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(max(posts.post_date_gmt)) + ’12’ AS last_post_date, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(max(posts.post_date_gmt)) AS last_post_date_gmt FROM wp_post2cat p2c INNER JOIN wp_posts posts ON WHERE 1 = 1 AND posts.post_type = ‘post’ AND posts.post_status = ‘publish’ AND posts.post_date_gmt <= '2009-09-12 22:21:41' GROUP BY p2c.category_id ORDER BY numposts DESC

ARGH! If you get this error message, people I feel your pain. I freaked out, repaired databases, and went into that gritted teeth panic mode best reserved for fighting aliens. What it turned out to be was instead of installing Amaury Balmer’s rather excellent Simple Tags plugin, in my hurry and scurry, I’d accidentally installed the Simple Tagging plugin. Oh, duh, that would be the plugin for WP 2.3 – not really designed to work with WP 2.8.4. So, a quick uninstall and calmness returns to my world. The aliens are happy, I am happy.

fresh new day

There’s been a flurry of working going on over at our new initiative, Fresh New Day. Marica and I have begun creating a document of our everyday world – using photography and writing to learn more, notice more, to explore the local and immediate in greater depth.

I’m very interested in the cosmic in the commonplace. I’m looking forward to making numerous photographs through the year, hopefully elevating the familiar with insight and inspiration. I can’t wait.

So far it’s been fun (and funny) as Marica and I are generally not discussing the images and the words before we publish them, and so reading and viewing each other’s day brings surprise and laughter as we see what’s caught our eye. It’s been interesting to see colour and design commonalities as well – but from very, very different perspectives.

You can get an update on our photos by clicking on the ‘fresh new day’ tab (above), or get the hot off the press images and writing at Fresh New Day HQ.