The online playground of Andrea Schwandt-Arbogast:web design, university web development, animals, books, and other slices of life.

Welcome to Version 2.0

Grab a cup and have a drink— this is version 2.0.

If things look wacky, try clicking reload.

If they still look wacky and you’re using Firefox, you may have to choose View > Page style > Okapi. I’m not sure why this stylesheet isn’t loading by default for me in Firefox— I’m trying to figure that out. Update: this is fixed.

If they still look wacky and you’re using Internet Explorer, sorry about that. That is tomorrow’s project. I will fix things for you, I promise.

This version is all about information architecture—hopefully we’ll all be able to find what we’re looking for now. It’s also all about drinking, and how different beverages play a role in my life.

Professional posts will be under “Coffee at my desk”— serious, no-nonsense stuff that you may need caffeine to get through. “Cocoa on the Couch” is all the personal stuff—sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, and it’s good to have a fire going and a cat purring in your lap when you read these. Then there’s my favorite, “Margarita on the Rocks”. This section contains all the rants, most of the profanity, and most of the fun stuff. It’s the kind of stuff we would talk about if we went out to the bar for a drink. I may be full of crap when I post things here, so take it with a grain of salt (get it?).

Why is this particular post under Cocoa? Because the cat is purring in my lap right now and I’m still in my pajamas. I will be transitioning to the margaritas soon. Hope you enjoy the new place.

Update: Forgot— you may need to update your feeds— new feeds explained here.

Update 2: Things should be usable in IE PC now. I am having major PNG issues, however, so there’s a lot more grey than there should be.



Elaine writes

Aug 24 at 04:11 AM #

Beautiful! And, yay, bigger fonts. :)


Andrea writes

Aug 24 at 04:11 AM #

Elaine: Thanks! I must admit that I like the bigger fonts too. The liquid design allowed me to expand, and it feels like a big relief to me to not have everything crammed into such a small space.


goodwitch writes

Aug 24 at 04:13 AM #

Mmmm…this design is positively delicious! I love the color scheme for the Okapi. But when do we get more animals? Did the poor little frog not make the cut this time?


Ann writes

Aug 24 at 04:14 AM #

SUPER re-design!  Love the animals, as always.


Derek Featherstone writes

Aug 24 at 04:15 AM #

Love it, Andrea. Didn’t realize you are a fellow biologist turned web type!! I wondered when I saw the /Gingko biloba/ in the header…


Andrea writes

Aug 24 at 04:22 AM #

Thanks folks!

Derek:  Yep, I am a recovering biologist, as I like to put it.  I did my Master’s on blue-footed boobies.


If any of you just laughed at my use of the word boobies (Steve!), you owe me a beer. ;)


BTW, I screwed up these comment and re-created them, so the dates and times are off.


Lea writes

Aug 26 at 10:29 PM #

Wow, this is great. I really like how you did this comment textbox here. Go Andrea!

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