What I’m listening to

I’ve been playing around with WordPress today, customizing the Ocadia theme I use a bit (mostly just small tweaks). The big change is I added a plugin to show the music I’m listening to.

My first attempt was to use my last.fm account to generate charts. Unfortunately after a lot of searching I couldn’t find a theme that I both liked and also would fit in my sidebar. The only one I was happy with didn’t use transparency, so it looked stupid on Ocadia’s sidebar background.

I then settled on using the WP iTunes plugin along with iTunesBlogger. WP-iTunes actually does a bit more than I wanted, so I hacked it up a bit to take out the Amazon features (which didn’t work too well with my diverse music library anyways) and changed the presentation routine.

It’s surprisingly easy to hack on WordPress. I’ve only done a little bit of PHP programming before but it’s like a cross between C and Perl, so it’s pretty easy to make it up as I go along.

What I’m having problems with now is the CSS features on how the song information is displayed. I know so little about CSS now that I was only able to make a fairly crudely formatted list. I kinda know what I want it to look like, I just don’t know enough CSS to do it.

I also need to look into adding a spell-check plugin.

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