Devo Design14 Dec 2003
If you're observant, you'll have noticed that the design of this site has been simplified (as if it weren't simple before), inspired by recent changes at Scripting News and Scobleizer. I've integrated the Quick Links into the main blog and simplified the permalinks (junking the 'Posted by Blah Blah Blah' bit). The Quick Links now have permalinks of their own and take comments.
What looks simple actually took a bit of effort to pull off, since Movable Type isn't able to easily cusomize layouts based on category. The ~450 Quick Link entries needed to be assigned a category and moved to the main blog, which was easiest to do directly with MySQL. I wanted to not print titles for the Quick Links, which required the Extended Comments plugin from Brad Choate. For the remaining entries, I wanted to put the title within the paragraph tags for the entry body. This required a custom convert line break setting (break lines with br, but don't insert p tags), using the Format Breaks plugin from Brad Choate. Then I wanted to trwiddle the formatting for entries that either begin or end with an image, which required the Regex plugin from (you guessed it) Brad Choate. It would have been a lot easier if he packaged all his plugins together :-).