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Lightboxes

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These are "lightboxes". Click them to open, and use arrow key / buttons to page through,  type X or click X to exit.

 2 peppers, smaller than a fingertip

To make a lightbox:

1. On the editor toolbar, click the Insert/Edit Image button. Don't worry about the Latin - it's just a preview of how text flows around your picture.

2. There are several tabs on the dialog that opens. On the first tab, you want to enter: a. The URL of your thumbnail image, and b. alternative text (a caption for your picture). If you do not have a thumbnail image, you can set width or height to 128 here - but it slows down the website. Use thumbnail images - Google Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket - they all provide thumbnails.

3. On the second tab, you enter a. the URL of a bigger image to pop up, and b. select lightbox / lightshow / lightvideo on the "Lightbox" list of choices. A lightbox lets the user page through the images. A lightshow auto-advances to the next picture. Only use lightvideo for small videos. (You still use the Insert/Edit Image button for a video - the image you're inserting is a thumbnail, and the "bigger image" 2nd tab URL is that of the video.)

4. Add blanks (use spacebar) between images for a nice margin. Etc. The spacing and centering in the thumbnails above is just a centered paragraph containing two thumbnails with a blank between them.

Site features

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Alright, I think this site may actually be coming together...

I got the last of the crucial features online yesterday:

  • forums look decent, work decent
  • subscriptions - email notifications when someone replies. Can also get RSS feeds.

(Peat, you probably need to edit your account settings if you want to get email notifications, because apparently you either told it not to, or I hadn't gotten the defaults set when you signed up.)

Other features on my list:

Grow Logs

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Today's fun was trying out the Lightbox2 software, still on my quest to get decent photo growlog handling.

I really like how my newly reformatted peppers growlogs came out. Well, actually, I've only reformatted two so far:

http://www.aerogardenmastery.com/drupal/node/19

http://www.aerogardenmastery.com/drupal/node/20

But that's how I want them to act! Basically.

Fun with reflective blankets

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Other members had mentioned this, but I'd never tried it until today :  using shiny emergency blanket material around the AG to reflect light back onto the plants. I decided to try it, not for the AG's per se, but to try to make the most of my western exposure sliding glass door in my bedroom, to see if my potted pepper might eek out a life indoors.

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