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Lost in Japan — New and Improved!

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If you thought I had been updating somewhat seldom recently, you now understand why! I have been fairly busy preparing the new design for this blog; and I must say that I am very satisfied with the end result.

A quick rundown of the changes (in layman’s terms):

  • Two sidebars; the left contains mainly navigational items, the right one contains ads and external links
  • New main header image, this one showing the Golden Pavillion in Kyoto.
  • The Mini Movie Blog is now displayed in the right sidebar – this is a list of the recent movies I’ve seen, together with a short (one sentence) review of it.

If you’re interested in a little bit more technical details, I can tell you that the “Mini Movie Blog” is actually another WordPress blog inserted with a PHP include (Thanks to Blogger for inspiring me to do that) into this blog’s sidebar. Yes, it could be done in an easier way, but this way it’s very flexible since it’s controlled completely outside the scope of the main blog. Oh, and a big thanks to Andy Baio from whom I totally stole the idea of having a side-blog (check out his Waxy Links) and also the basic design of it.

Further, getting that left sidebar in place was tricky in IE – I still have to use a conditional CSS statement for IE to place the sidebar correctly to the left of the main content. If you compare the Firefox rendering with the IE one, you will see a slight difference. If ANYONE has a solution to this, so I can use the same CSS for IE, please let me know!

I updated the permalink structure too…. The previous setup was stupid and ugly, now the actual post-title in included in the URL.

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