With all the work I have been putting into hand crafting PDF downloads for exhibit printouts, the solid white dividers I was using in my binders were starting to look a little plain. I found these Avery Print-On Dividers that work with both laser and inkjet printers and decided to give them a try. I used the template that Avery provides and the results were amazing!Continue reading →
When I first started designing the Harvey Mercheum website, I wanted the exhibit pages to be as distraction-free as possible, which lead me to remove the sidebars. I also wanted the pages to be printable. Even without sidebars, I was not happy with the output from the Internet browser File->Print, so I investigated options. I found the WP-Print plugin and have been using it since the website launched in 2014. The output originally looked like this:Continue reading →
Well, it is official, Google has deleted the Harvey Mercheum Google+ page. Thank you to everyone who supported it over the years.
Today is the historic five year anniversary of the Harvey Mercheum! 19 new exhibits were posted during the fifth year of operation, narrowly missing tying for least exhibits posted. While it would be easy to be upset with this number, I am actually quite pleased, because eight of the nineteen were guest exhibits! Thank you everyone who contributed this past year.Continue reading →
A recent interview got me thinking about the content of the Harvey Mercheum website, and about how I could add more value for you, my readers. While I consider the exhibit pages, with their photographs and tables of interpretive information, to be the content of this website, I realized that I considered my analysis of the JA-RU rack toy collection to be the most truly original piece of work I have done to date. I have now reformatted the blog post onto the new Harvey Mercheum letterhead and created a white paper in Portable Document Format (PDF) that you can download, print and read.Continue reading →
Continuing preparations for Google+ shutting down on April 2, I have removed Google+ from the choices given in the “Please share this post:” section at the top of each Mercheum Blog post. I have also removed the Google+ badge and link to my personal profile from the “About Jonathan Sternfeld” section below each blog post. While I was working on my profile, I also made some changes to it to make it more compact so that users on mobile devices will have less scrolling on blog posts.
I mentioned recently that changes are coming to the Harvey Mercheum. One of them happened a little sooner than I expected. If you have not heard, Google is shutting down Google+ on April 2. I noticed today that the Google+ script to display the badge had stopped working, so I removed it from the “Follow the Mercheum” section of the sidebar. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. More changes to come!
As usual, my timing is terrible. It was just back in September that I created a Public Status Page using Pingdom, and now I have had to take it down. As of February 6th, Pingdom discontinued all free services, including the ability to serve that page. The link has been removed from the footer, apologies for any inconvenience this causes.
UPDATE: The WordPress 5.1 update fixed this problem for me, I now see my content in a “Classic Block”.
I mentioned recently how I was having problems with the new WordPress editor, Gutenberg. Gutenberg is based around “blocks”, and, in theory, existing content was supposed to be converted to a “Classic Editor” block and be backward compatible. As a computer programmer by trade, I suspected that this would not be the case, and I was correct. After the update, all my posts and pages gave errors:Continue reading →