Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New blog entry privacy feature

I've implemented a new feature that will let you guys not only decide whether to post a blog entry to the home page or not, but decide from 4 distinct levels of privacy for them. While coding the feature, I was thinking that it would be cool if everybody could exercise their own editorial control a little more when they're deciding what should and shouldn't go on the front page.

If you're writing something genuinely interesting, then by all means, put it on the front page. If you're simply blogging about what you did that day or musing about the stock price of porkbellies, then perhaps the front page isn't the right place for that entry.

Click inside to read about how to use the new options.

So, instead of the checkbox to put the post on the front page or not, there are now 4 options to choose from:
1. Show on the home page and in my personal blog. This is the same as if you had checked the checkbox that was there before. Selecting this option will display the blog posting on the front page (spine.cx) as well as your personal blog (<you>.blogs.spine.cx). The entry will show up in RSS feeds for both the home page and your personal blog.

2. Show in my pesonal blog only. Just like it sounds, the blog entry will not show up on the home page, but will appear in your personal blog. This option is the same as leaving the old checkbox unchecked. The post will appear in your personal blog's RSS feed only.

3. Require a direct link to this entry. This option removes the post from all lists of post. It won't appear on the front page or your personal blog page, but will be reachable via a direct link to the article, e.g., http://spine.cx/article.php?sid=1120

4. Allow only me to see this entry. The only person who can see the blog post is the author, while logged in. It is not otherwise accessible in any way.

Hopefully that gives you guys some more options to use spine.cx.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Vin Art Wines offers free Absinthe tasting

For those of you who have always wanted to try real absinthe, but haven't wanted to import it from France, now's your chance. Vin Art Wines will be offering tastes of the green fairy this Saturday from 1 to 5 pm.

Not only can you pick up a bottle of this stuff for yourself, but it's on sale, and they're going to throw in the spoon for free.

Click inside to read the full text of their invitation.

La Fée Parisian Absinthe is made in Paris based on a 19th century recipe containing Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and other aromatic herbs. It's the only absinthe endorsed by Marie-Claude Delahaye, founder & curator of the Absinthe Museum in France, making it the most authentic in the world.

Like true French absinthe it has a dark green colour, rich bouquet of aniseed flavour and louches (turns cloudy with the addition of water) beautifully. And the La Fée Absinthe Spoon allows it to be served correctly -- it's truly the only connoisseur's choice.

Absinthe...the Green Fairy...La Fee Verte....no other drink has the same romantic history - the French Impressionists....Toulouse Lautrec, Degas, Manet, Van Gogh....Paris in the Belle Epoque....the cafes of Montmartre....the muse of writers from Verlaine and Rimbaud to Joyce and Hemingway. Of course, there's a darker side to absinthe as well - no other drink has ever roused the same degree of passionate condemnation, and no other drink has ever been banned outright in the way absinthe was in the years leading up to 1915.

Banned for almost a century until its recent revival, absinthe is something of a “living fossil”, a coelecanth amongst drinks, able to magically transport us back to the glittering world of Paris and the Belle Epoque, a world of bohemian musicians and writers, of the Moulin Rouge and the cafes of Montmartre, a world of starving struggling artists and glittering courtesans.

Come join Sommelier Derek McKinnon, the man responsible for this lovely beverage here in Nova Scotia, as he shows off cocktails, and the proper serving method of the "Green Fairy". The proper serving spoon will be provided with all purchases on this day only. ($49.95 and well worth it!)