Archive for March, 2010

Learning so far

So far this semester has been much of a refresher for me, a chance to put some of my skills to use.  However after receiving my excellent feedback regarding my xhtml+css pre-assessment, I was shown a couple of ways to do things differently.

I originally learned to build webpages back when tables were all that was available for controlling your layout.  After css came out, I sort of fell out of the loop for a while.  I struggled for some time to get css to behave the way I wanted.  I finally am getting a good handle on how to implement css pretty well.

The feedback from my pre-assess was very helpful, there were a few ‘ugly’ mistakes I had made.  After reviewing the pre-assess I turned around and implemented the suggested alternatives, and of course they worked quite well.  It took a little tweaking of my overall stylesheet to get everything to work out cleanly, but I was able to reproduce the same, if not better, look.  I had used comic sans as a font, because I was struggling to find a font that would duplicate the design appearance.  However, a quick replace with Verdana, leaving it with the font style of italic, produced the results I wanted.

I am really appreciating having involved online instructors.  Taking classes online is always a challenge in it’s own right, it’s great to have good instructor support.

Found this very interesting stuff online, and holy shit!!! I totally want to do something ‘like’ this. Not quite the same myself, but definitely gives me some ideas.

I have been working on and off for about 2 years building our “D&D ROOM” to hold most of our collection and give us a cool place to play. I did 99.9% of the work myself with just a bit of help in the attic from my brother Shawn. All lighting is controlled by the DM via a dimmer/control box mounted under the table. When you walk in the lights automatically come on via a contactor mounted in the closet. There is also hidden strobe and fog machine for effects. I also mounted speakers in the beams and have a sound system in the closet. Here are a few photos…

This is facing West

The Northwest corner(cage and helmet are props from 1st D&D movie)

The windows during daytime

Northeast corner 1(cover art to N5 on wall, folding lantern is from 1st D&D movie)

Northeast corner 2

Main door(handmade skeleton key needed to exit)

Southeast corner(cover art to C3 on wall, keyring hides motion sensing light switch)

Weapons rack(designed/built it myself, most weapons are from 1st D&D movie)

Southwest corner

Portcullis 1

Portcullis 2

Closet 1

Closet 2

Closet 3

Closet 4

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