Over the past 2 weeks, I have been working on a project whereby the site owners wanted to update the look and feel of their site (along with adding a slew of new features in there - I will be posting about it once the site launches). In talking with my coworkers, we (I) essentially decided that instead of updating their current site (which was in Drupal 6), it would now be done in Drupal 7. What we (I) also decided is that instead of running the site through a site upgrade path, we would create a fresh install of Drupal 7 and copy the content from the old site into the new one.
A couple of months ago, I presented at a LA User Group meetup on getting rid of 60 - 70 odd gallery blocks on calarts.edu and getting them all powered by one block. I hadn't had a chance to properly present all the material at that time (and I didn't get a chance to share some/most of the code we'd used to get it all up and running so I've decided to type out the whole history behind how the idea and the implementation that came about.
On February 5th and 6th, the LA Drupal User group held it's first Drupal for Design camp. I had posted on this topic a while ago and now that the event has finally passed, here are my thoughts:
Nearly 2 months ago, my wife and I went on vacation up to Portland, Oregon. We drove to San Francisco, stayed for a night, and then drove up the west coast. It was a fantastic experience (Portland was a wonderful host ^_^ and it was awesome to see so much greenery after such a long time!) and hope to drive up again in the near future.
I'm a little late (18 days according to my vps uptime) on blogging about this. But after nearly 5 years of mulling about on tumblr, blogspot, wordpress, and xanga, I finally decided to pony up for my own vps and build out something I can call 'my own' (yes, I tweet a fair bit, but that's different!). Being that Drupal 7 came out a short time ago and I use Drupal for most of my projects, I decided this is a good time to build a site using it and:
There was an LADrupal meetup last night (details are at http://groups.drupal.org/node/93759). I was given the opportunity to present on our site launch to the various members of the LADrupal community last night in Santa Monica. There was a fairly large audience (I actually talked with folk from UCLA, UC Irvine, and CalTech and there were a few institutions I didn't get a chance to speak with). The presentation seems to have gone really well and the screencast is now up at UCI at