The notepadThis blog'ish page contains fresh information on all the small stuff going on at Lake of Flowers Productions. You wouldn't call it a blog — let's call it a notepad.
December 3, 2006• Problem with comments was fixed. A database connection wasn't established after the recent server move with some login details wrong, they are straight now.
November 29, 2006• Problem with file downloads with some browsers has been fixed. Some users had reported an issue where the browser prompted for saving the file as index.php due to the dynamic URL used for redirecting the user to the actual file.
May 19, 2006• Thursday's audio release is regrettably late due to technical difficulties, the entry from Kartta Krishna Das Baba's festival is waiting in some sort of limbo-state, waiting for someone to go and kick the server. Hopefully everything will resolve in the course of the day.
May 6, 2006• The newsletter system called for some maintenance. With the mailing list growing, it no longer is resource-friendly to send everything at once, I had to code in a batch-feature to send e-mail in increments. (Tip of the day: Use an e-mail address beginning with "A" to get yours first. )
April 24, 2006• A new kind of banner is now available at the affiliate section. This dynamically generated item displays the latest featured items from our site in a neat 160x300 px box and is automatically updated. The total size is around 13 KB (6 KB background + 2 x 3 KB thumbnails + 1 KB text).
Simple is beautiful, we concluded.
The case labels are still a work in progress.
April 23, 2006• The thumbnails are offline temporarily, as we revise the system. I have generated stills of the videos at 10-second intervals, and Vishwajeet has volunteered to shift through them, picking out the best for the galleries. Below, a preview of the thumbnail gallery viewer, and also a glimpse of Gaura Purnima celebrations from 2005, our next week's release.
April 21, 2006• The color-allergic among our audience can now find solace in a black-and-white version of the site, you can switch the view from the dropdown menu at the top right of the view. The preference is remembered across visits, if you have cookies enabled in your browser. (I find the red a bit intense myself, as I have to stare at it for substantial periods of time when doing my development work.)
April 19, 2006• Older entries are currently being re-processed. We are adding title pages and correcting levels and lighting where called for. They'll start appearing one per week, we are updating the files. Updates will be listed on the Releases page, in our RSS newsfeeds and in the weekly newsletter, but won't generally be displayed as featured items on the front page.
April 17, 2006• Added a view, "Tracks for the album", to the Audio main page. The tracks were listed before, but it was a mess. Enhanced lists are now visible on both the series page as well as the details page.
April 16, 2006• Media RSS feeds for audio and video are now complete. These two XML-files contain all available information on the entire Lake of Flowers Productions archive and can be downloaded below:
April 15, 2006• Revised the links-section to include graphics of the sites linked to, should make it a bit more interesting.
April 14, 2006• The front-page statistics now include the quantity of downloads, too. And some interesting statistics they are. The estimates preceding the launch of the new system suggest a total of 1800 GB of material distributed in the 6580 downloads we registered.
April 13, 2006• The RSS-feed is now in place. It was there yesterday, already, but didn't end up being written here until now. I need to add in the XSL stylesheet to make the file look sensible for those who aren't familiar with RSS-feeds.
April 12, 2006• The commenting feature is now in place. You can now tell everyone how much you love all those audio and video clips. Please do! You can also post both public comments and private comments for staff only, and track comments to entries you've commented on.
April 11, 2006• Doing slight content restructuring, including the addition of sub-menus to a number of pages for ease of navigation. Some sections of the site have been extended.
April 10, 2006• Brought the upcoming section for DVDs a good step forward, employing segments of code from an e-commerce application I've been working on. Looking into the details of production and mailing with Tarun Govinda.
April 9, 2006Observing Ekadashi. Videos compressing and uploading on the background. If I start doing more today, somebody come and whack me over the head with something!
April 8, 2006I (Madhava) started the Lake of Flowers Notepad to help people have an idea of what's going on here. Added in events from the beginning of April, since my return to Finland. Here we go.
April 8, 2006Added a small contact form to the front page column with hopes of creating contacts more easily. This box now also appears on the error page, hopefully minimizing the amout of visitors who can't find what they were looking for. Additionally, the form there includes a hidden field that logs the url referring to the missing page to help us get stuff fixed.
April 7, 2006We now have an informative error page in place. The system tracks both actual missing pages and files as well as typos in dynamic URLs. http://www.lakeofflowers.com/IcantType.html
April 7, 2006New promo materials are out and available for our affiliates. The curious kid features on the upcoming Gaura Purnima video.
April 6, 2006Entries are now sorted by date published DESC by default. Some titles have been revised. Search engine sitemaps have been changed to reflect the revisions.
April 5, 2006Coded a series of tools to aid in the maintenance of the file archives after the site engine had been made database-rooted. (1) A tool for creating and editing entries, (2) A tool for parsing Archive.Org file indexes and inserting file data into our database, (3) A tool for editing file entries, and (4) A tool for synchronizing running times in multi-file entries.
April 4, 2006The first batch of revisions is out and announced in the news: (1) Direct links to files available, (2) Entries can be sorted, (3) Search has been added, (4) Links to individual entries are available, (5) Dropdown menus have been inserted to make navigation easier. To-do: Comments add-on, RSS feeds. For reference, the old version of the site is available at http://www.lakeofflowers.com/old/.
April 3, 2006The Daily Show aired a snipped of Holi footage from our productions in their religion segment. We loved the treatment the clip was given!
April 2, 2006Began authoring the Lake of Flowers DVD series. Footage will be recompressed from the originals with 2-pass and slightly higher bitrates. Motion menus and the rest are being created, let's have it fancy. As for extras – let's see what I come up with.
March 31, 2006The style of the intro clip for the videos has been slightly revised. DVD quality - 28 MB (1 min sample.) Title sheets should also be appended to all old entries. I am uncertain, however, when time might permit that. Let's priorize on the new material for now.
March 28, 2006Alas, our visit to India got stretched by four months. No objections! We're looking forward to returning by mid-September, in time before Kartika. In the meantime, let's take advantage of solid electricity and internet and get things done!