Why is it different this time?

I think it’s important to differentiate between this president and past presidents, at least in my lifetime. And I mean the difference in this case between losing to the other party. I do not consider myself a Democrat or Republican. I consider myself an independent liberal. The “other party” in this case was an unknown group of angry voters that were being ignored by the two parties in our two-party system. We didn’t get the president that about half of the country wanted, we got the president that very few people wanted, but wanted change more than anything else. Even if that meant breaking the system rather than keeping going in our two usual ruts.
I think I know what the Trump supporters wanted. I’m not sure that the America they wanted ever existed. I pretty sure what Trump will give us won’t be what the Trump voters wanted either. But I bet his billionaire friends are happy. It’s not hard to find out.. they are his cabinet members and other government appointees.
Some people in media and politics are saying that people like me should just get over losing and let the president do his job and stop causing problems. I think this president is putting a lot of time and effort in tearing down the infrastructure that’s in place to protect working Americans and keep business from damaging the world around us in the course of doing business. In most cases I think they are shooting themselves in the foot, but it’s hard for some people to be guided by anything but profits.
If we had a normal republican president, I think I wouldn’t be happy, but I also think we would have a mentally stable president that at least cared enough about the appearance of not doing harm to restrain themselves a bit in helping business. I would be able to move on and just work and hope we could vote him out of office in 4 years.
I can’t let it go, not now. He’s doing too much damage to people, individuals. And he doesn’t care. He only seems to care about his people. In this case I think his people are upper-class white Americans. I don’t think he’s worried too much about the families he’s tearing apart.
I think this President will be good for business. Good in a way that hurts everything else. And Americans aren’t everyone to him, just his angry white followers. We have to put forth every effort we can to keep him from breaking everything, from hurting people.

New Theme: Part 5; about face

After many hours getting things set up properly with the Reverie theme, Foundation, Compass and Codekit I realized that Reverie wasn’t going to be a good solution for me. It’s a well built theme, however it would be difficult for me to use it as a framework. It hasn’t been updated in many months and there is not sign of development other than bug-fixes. In order for me to compile Reverie as I would need to as I make changes to the SCSS files I need to make sure I’m using an older version of Foundation that would not match the available Foundation documentation. Updating Reverie to make use of Foundation 4.2.3 defeats the purpose of using a framework, which is a head-start on development.
So now I am back to Underscores and the stand-alone version of foundation with the menu system integration provided by Reverie. I copied over the custom walker functions that apply the classes needed for the Foundation. A good result.
The next thing I decided I needed was a logo. I did spend several hours designing it.. and I tried not to over-think it. I wanted something simple and elegant with some sort of twist. The twist was I was going to animate it. I’m not clear yet on the device level support, but I’m happy to say it works great on my Android OS 2.3 phone. There were javascript solutions, but I chose CSS. I will always look for a css solution before I pick a javascript one.
I’m going to start tweaking the layout and adding in features from Foundation as I find good uses for them. This theme is going to be a playground and showplace for my web design skills so putting in features just for fun is acceptable.

New Theme: Part 4; A change of direction

I dove into the code.. and cringed. One of the next things after getting all the scripts and java-scripts linked up is to start with a working menu. Now I’ve created custom menus before.. and I know how to make some adjustments to a menu structure with wp_nav_menu. But the structure Foundation wants, takes a custom walker and a structure that needs classes at the sub-menu level.   Not fun. So I was going to see if there was a good example of how to handle it in an already existing WordPress theme. I looked up the Reverie Framework before. But I wasn’t happy with how long it’s been since it’s last update. But looking through the code.. I found I *can* update the Foundation to it’s latest version. The developers did a lot of great work merging WordPress theme and Foundation. From their site it appears to be inspired by the code structure of Roots that is based on HTML5 Boilerplate and Twitter Bootstrap.

So.. Re-invent the wheel.. try to merge underscores and Foundation by myself? Hmmm.. well, the point of all of this was to have a lean, responsive website that make use of tools that would give me a head-start to get right to the customization of a WordPress theme and a chance to learn what Foundation can do for me.

So.. I’m going to try Reverie and see what I can do with it. It will also give me a chance to play with Compass.  I’ve used SASS before.. I’m still learning as I go and hadn’t gotten around to Compass yet.

I just updated Reverie to Foundation 4.2.3.  Next I’ll upload and activate it. Then I’ll dig into the code and start customizing. This is my idea of fun. So… sad. 😉

New Theme: Part 3; Building the Framework.

My first step is to remove the style.css content leaving the theme registration.

Theme Name: mrtwebdesign
Theme URI: http://underscores.me/
Author: Matthew Taylor
Author URI: http://mrtwebdesign.com
Description: My own theme.. for me.
Version: 1.0
License: GNU General Public License
License URI: license.txt

This theme, like WordPress, is licensed under the GPL.
Use it to make something cool, have fun, and share what you've learned with others.

 mrtwebdesign is based on Underscores http://underscores.me/, (C) 2012-2013 Automattic, Inc.

Not very exciting. But I’ll be using this file for CSS overrides if needed. I’ll generally just try to customize the Foundation files in place.