Technical Details and Design Credits

Although the design of this website, like all my websites, is fairly minimal and intentionally simple in appearance, the amount of work that went in to creating it–by both me and others–was neither small nor easy. While I put in a fair amount of time tweaking things to get them how I wanted them, I built on a lot of existing work, and as such, I am thankful to those people whose hard work made things easier for me. I am obligated to give credit where credit is due, and for those who are interested in how things work, here are some credits and technical details.

The engine under emulsion’s hood is WordPress, a free, open-source PHP blog hosting software. I am running version 2.1. I have found it to be a powerful and flexible tool and much appreciation is given to the developers for it. I especially appreciate the unbelievably handy theme-editing interface, which saved me innumerable hours of FTP upload and download time as I massaged my design.

The photos shown on emulsion are organized by Gallery2, a free, open-source PHP photo gallery software, which has greatly simplified the matter of hosting, sizing, posting and filing digital photos. It is integrated into WordPress with the assistance of the very cool WPG2 plugin. Thanks to the developers involved with the creation of these two tools.

The look and feel of emulsion is based on the WordPress theme “Foliage Mod” by Derek Punsalan. I have heavily edited it to my needs, but the basic infrastructure of it is his, and although I had a different purpose in mind, I could not have built it from the ground up without his code to work from. Frankly, his original design was better looking than mine is now, and so I am very grateful he offered his code up for guys like me to destroy for our own purposes.

e·mul·sion

(ĭ-mŭl'shən)

n.
  1. A suspension of small globules of one liquid in a second liquid with which the first will not mix: an emulsion of oil in vinegar.
  2. A photosensitive coating, usually of silver halide grains in a thin gelatin layer, on photographic film, paper, or glass.
[New Latin ēmulsiō, ēmulsiōn-, from Latin ēmulsus, past participle of ēmulgēre, to milk out : ē-, ex-, ex- + mulgēre, to milk; see melg- in Indo-European roots.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition