Web 2.0 MacGyver

Image via Wikipedia TV shows like MacGyver and Junk Yard Wars, as well as real world survival and minimalist training [even camping] tell us that it’s cool to take bits of whatever is lying around, and jury-rig it into something useful, and potentially vital to our survival.  Today as I was thinking about the plethora of hacks we need to do something…

WordPress Upgrade: I could cry

[This whole post is written tounge-in-cheek.  Please don’t flame/bash/perl or python the author.] I just did an upgrade from WordPress 2.7 to 2.7.1, and it was completely done in under 5 seconds. Didn’t need to connect to SSH, didn’t need to connect to FTP. I click two buttons and my blog was running the latest and greatest WordPress. Why are they allowed…

Reviving CivicSpace Theme: Making a useful Drupal theme for grassroots communities

Back in the day, the CivicSpace theme was designed by Chris Messina (factoryjoe on twitter, amazingly tallented guy) for CivicSpace.  The theme was designed to make it incredibly easy for grass roots organizations and campaigns to develop a site that had the style and features they would need for their campaign or community to suceed. Unfortunately, the theme has gone down-hill with…