Part two of my Japanese diary and this early-morning I’m staying awake for the race having changed my plans yesterday following an extended nap which lasted for a few hours longer than it should have done. But that is what Formula One fans do when there are flyaway races; we mess up our routines just to catch the action live. I’m looking forward to the race later but I’m completely uninspired by the Fuji circuit, especially in comparison to Suzuka. But despite this, points will be won and lost today, and that needs reporting on BlogF1.
Sunday, 12th October, 2008 – 09:39
I am absolutely shattered. But I’m also angry once again. The stewards have changed a race result after a race, which always riles me, and they’ve achieved this by giving Bourdais a penalty. For what? For driving the only line available to him as he exited the pitlane? Give me a break.
The race report is up but I’m far from happy with it. Unfortunately, it got to a point where my head wasn’t working properly, so I just hit ‘Publish’. I was considering taking a nap before putting the post up, but decided Bourdais-Penalty post will probably attract more attention anyway, and the longer I leave it the more I’m likely to forget.
Sunday, 12th October, 2008 – 04:21
Right, I’m done with code for now. Time to put the bialetti on the hob and make some coffee. Of interest this morning: How the Ecclestone Affair Unfolded – an article on Ecclestone, tobacco advertising bans and Blair’s Labour government.
Sunday, 12th October, 2008 – 00:02
So apparently I’m staying awake for the race after all. I normally do this, but as I’m getting on a bit I took an extended nap yesterday. I must say though, right now I feel really good and energetic. But as there is little news floating around at the moment I’ve diverted my energy to design. The Pink For October look to BlogF1 finally garnered a couple of compliments after I jigged it a little (read: a lot) and now I’m aware that the regular look will need some fiddling as well. So to keep me occupied this morning I’ve been playing with the site on devBF1 – a separate area of BlogF1 where I play with the design away from prying eyes.
Four areas really bug me about the site as it stands:
– Green colour of links and hovers
– Not being able to cycle through posts on the homepage (‘Previous’ and ‘Next’)
Now I like green, it works with the colour scheme and is reflected in the header image. It’s certainly better than the orange I had last year, although a strong orange would work quite well now I come to think of it. But, the green is too soft and the difference between
a:hoveris too subtle.
ais the code used for a link. It needs to be different from the text (usually defined as
p) so people know there’s a link on the page.
a:hoveris obviously the change in colour (or whatever) when the cursor hovers over the text.
Me from Sidepodcast said on Identi.ca yesterday that he liked the links in the comments, and from that I presume the young chap means they stand out better and are more contrasting.
So I’m playing with colours this morning and at about 2am I intend to start analysing the database and queries to it. This may help with the speed issue if I can identify anything that I can fix. Of note though, the frontpage is actually smaller in size than 80% of the ten or so F1 sites I checked earlier. So that leads me to believe the speed issue is database related, and that is why I’m gonna be knee deep in stuff I don’t fully understand. Yet. Because the great thing about BlogF1 isn’t necessarily just that I learn about Formula One. I get to learn all kinds of other crap as well.
To see what this post is all about, I recommend reading the first one – it contains the whys and whereabouts of this diary. Also, this post will be updated, but the RSS feed to BlogF1 won’t. I will however, Dent each time I update, so my Identi.ca profile and feed address are listed below. Subscribe away…
- The Secret Diary Of A Formula One Blogger: Part I
- Ollie White’s Identi.ca Profile (for updates)
- Ollie White’s Identi.ca RSS Feed (for subscribing to updates)
- BlogF1’s Dodgy Guide to RSS Feeds
And that really is me in the Fisichella cap pulling a Hamilton pose – don’t ask, long story…