Leapfroglog slightly screwed

Due to a screwed up Word­Press upgrade from 2.1 to 2.1.1 this blog is now slight­ly borked. Most notably, the cus­tom theme I so painstak­ing­ly cre­at­ed is lost, as well as all the images in the posts that were not includ­ed via Flickr. I’ll see if I can res­cue some stuff from old back­ups. Until then, you’ll have to do with the default theme (most of you won’t notice con­sid­er­ing that you’re read­ing the blog in your feed read­er anyway).

That’ll teach me to do an upgrade while ill… 

Update: I’ve man­aged to restore most of what I lost dur­ing the upgrade. If you come across any­thing fun­ny, please let me know. Reg­u­lar blog­ging will con­tin­ue from this point on.

Leapfroglog now with MonsterID

MonsterID for Kars Alfrink

Just a quick note to let my read­ers know the com­ments are now adorned with cute lit­tle Mon­sterIDs. I used this cool plug-in to gen­er­ate unique mon­ster pic­tures based on the email address a com­menter leaves behind. Curi­ous what yours looks like? Leave a com­ment and see. The image shown here is my mon­ster (based on kars at leapfrog dot nl).

I used to have gra­vatars, but they did­n’t work as well because hard­ly any com­menters actu­al­ly have a gra­vatar reg­is­tered. These Mon­sterIDs do the hard work for the user. I like hav­ing images in the com­ments to be able to quick­ly see who com­ment­ed and which com­ments are from the same user. It also helps tell apart peo­ple that leave behind the same name.

And, of course, these mon­sters look great!

I’ve been blog tagged

First of all: hap­py new year to those I haven’t yet met in per­son! I’ll kick off the year with a post (thanks Peter). Nev­er one to pass up a meme1, I’ll tell you five things you might not know about me (this could get embarrassing).

  1. I enjoy play­ing role­play­ing games (the old school pen & paper vari­ety) and have been doing it on and off since puber­ty. Like many I start­ed out with D&D, CoC and Vam­pire. The past few year’s I’ve been play­ing a lot of indie RPGs. Play­ing these games (and some SNES clas­sics) might have got­ten me inter­est­ed in inter­ac­tion and game design… The best indie game I’ve played so far? Dogs in the Vine­yard.
  2. In my grad­u­a­tion year at the Utrecht School of Arts I spent three months doing research, writ­ing a the­sis and teach­ing at a media lab in Cos­ta Rica. Not only did that fire my appetite for trav­el­ling to trop­i­cal locales, but it also made me deter­mined to start work­ing in the inter­net indus­try. One of the research pro­to­types I came up with was a Flickr-like pro­to­type. I might throw that back up on-line some­time this year.
  3. I like to cook (although my old-style elec­tri­cal stove is giv­ing me headaches, got­ta get that kitchen refit­ted). My favourite foods are Ital­ian (my par­en­t’s fault), Japan­ese (got start­ed on that because of the mar­tial art I prac­tice) and Indone­sian (although my girl­friend is best at cook­ing that).
  4. I’m a hor­ror afi­ciona­do, watch­ing scary hor­ror films is a guilty plea­sure of mine. The best hor­ror flick I saw last year? That must have been The Descent.
  5. Recent­ly I’ve start­ed hav­ing an inter­est in wine, this must be the def­i­nite turn­ing point for me becom­ing a snob. I have yet to devel­op any real taste and have a hard time describ­ing what my mouth tells me (does that sound obscene?) I do seem to pre­fer heavy Ital­ian wines (such as Nero d’Avola). Matt Skin­ner has been a good help.

Now to tag five oth­ers… I guess I’ll both­er Edgar, Tom, Iskan­der, Alper and Almar with this sil­ly meme. Sor­ry guys!

1 Even though it’s been rag­ing since Jan­u­ary last year and reached two peaks: first around July and sec­ond in Decem­ber (thanks Tech­no­rati)!

Welcome to the new site!

Well, the move is com­plete. I’ve moved my blog over to my own domain. It was lying around doing noth­ing, so I may as well put it to use.

This blog uses Word­Press 2 as it’s CMS. It was a breeze to import all the Blog­ger posts. Nice one, WP team!

I’ve for­ward­ed all the RSS feeds to Feed­burn­er, so if you’ve sub­scribed to that feed (which means you’re read­ing this), you won’t have to change anything.


  • Cre­ate a new theme (now run­ning the pret­ty “Almost Spring” by Bec­ca)
  • Pull in my Flickr photo’s
  • Pull in my del.icio.us links (done!)
  • Cre­ate an about page
  • Cre­ate an archive page
  • Fig­ure out the IA for this site — to tag or not to tag?
  • Cat­e­go­rize or tag all my old posts (not look­ing for­ward to that)


This week­end I had some time to fid­dle around with my home­page at www.leapfrog.nl. I decid­ed to cre­ate a dash­board-like page that shows my lat­est con­tri­bu­tions to sev­er­al sites. I’m no pro­gram­mer, so RSS Digest was a great help in glue­ing every­thing togeth­er. Thanks to the con­tin­ue­ing open­ing up of the web’s con­tent through RSS, now I have one place to show what I’ve been up to recent­ly. Joy!

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