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Weblog of Dion Kesling. Designer in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Dion's Weblog 3.0

Getting Joey the cat better 9Feb11

Last week I had a serious case of the flu and was out for about a week. At the same time one of our cats, Joey, our male 10 year old British shorthair cat began to behave differently. We noticed he wasn’t his usual self and we could tell something was wrong.

Yvonne took him to the vet for a checkup. Turned out he had 40°C / 104°F fever so the vet gave him some antibiotics and a painkiller and told us to come back 3 days later, to take some X-rays, if his condition didn’t get better.

update …

I will write more later ... too tired now.

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Prelude to EECI 2010 EU 28Sep10

It’s been over a year since I last visited Leiden for the first ever ExpressionEngine conference and I am very much looking forward to attending again. Seeing al the familiar faces and friends again is having an invigorating effect on me. Of course attending a well organized conference coordinated by the gracious and friendly team of Whoooz! helps too!

Leslie Camacho and Leevi Graham

Hopefully we will have the same experience last year. Reminiscing about last year’s conference I remember the ‘Scheltema complex’ venue being a very intimate and cosy place to accommodate us Designers, Coders and Geeks!

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I really HAVE an iPad 6Apr10

Have not touched, seen or experienced one but I really want an iPad.

It is amazing to have an iPad. Especially for the kids.

This is how I see digital magazines / media will look like on the iPad in the near future (they already do apparently).

Spyker Formula 1 Magazine 2007

This is all flash but ‘imagine’ this being triggered on the iPad with your finger. There’re supposed to be video in there too but they don’t seem to be enabled due to the magazine being offline.

ExpressionEngine 2.0 control panel theme 28Oct09

Inspired by recent exciting developments regarding the new version of ExpressionEngine, or in short EE 2.0, I decided to make the wait a little less tedious. I made an ExpressionEngine control panel theme which resembles the new look of the EE 2.0 control panel for, as I would like to call it, classic ExpressionEngine.

ExpressionEngine 2.0 control panel theme

The development of EE 2.0 has been going on for over a year and people are very anxious to start using the new version. I am one of those people, and had an idea: Maybe it would be good to get people familiar with the new look, colors and design of the new control panel so the transition would go easy and quick. So I decided to help out the EE community in a way I know how, using css and images to make a control panel theme (I am not a plugin developer, just a front-end designer). Another reason to publish this theme is not all people will or can switch to the new version of ExpressionEngine right away. Simulating the classic ExpressionEngine control panel can give people at least some sense of an EE 2.0 feel until they are able to transition to the real thing.

How did you go about and recreate the new EE 2.0 feel if there isn’t even a public beta available?

Although members of the developer preview program were given access to a working version of EE named Kaylee, there have indeed not been any public releases other then developer screenshots or video’s of the control panel. Looking at what is available I started to dissect every pixel I could find of EE 2.0.

There were 3 places I used to render all the information from I needed in order to make a realistic theme. First there was the SXSW 2008 EE 2.0 sneak preview video by Derek Jones. This gives the most realistic view of what the backend is going to look like visually. The colors in this video are a bit over saturated due to video compression but at least I could tell where everything would be placed.

Second there was a nice blog post by Derek Allard presenting ExpressionEngine 2.0 “official” screenshots. Because the screenshots were made on a mac, these screenshots would provide me with precisely the colors I needed for most design elements.

Third, Leslie introduced us to Kaylee through a blog post on the EE official blog. This blog mostly was about SXSW 2009 but right down at the end was a little screenshot of the EE 2.0 CP in a totally different color scheme.

ExpressionEngine 2.0 control panel theme

Using xScope, Photoshop, and Coda I started to work on stylesheet files and background images needed to simulate the 2.0 look. Requirements I set for myself were; the theme should come as close as possible to the real EE 2.0 CP theme, providing it can be used in the following browsers: Firefox 2 and 3 for mac and pc, Safari 3 and 4 for mac and pc, Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, Chrome and Opera. Unfortunately there is no way to exactly copy the whole EE 2.0 CP look and feel for classic EE and be compatible in most browsers. For instance the nice round corners in green you see in this screenshot can be done in Firefox, but Safari and Internet Explorer cannot handle such a look the way classic EE is setup. Rounded corners (like in EE2) are now available for browsers supporting CSS3, which does not include Internet Explorer unfortunately. I found it quite challenging at times to manipulate the tables, table backgrounds and tr or td backgrounds used in EE 1.6.7.

Despite the fact that EE is fully customizable at the backend through switching styles in the control panel, there are still a lot of inline styles and generic elements present in today’s EE install which prevent a total make-over. Other problems were selected control tabs (no round corners possible) and general placement of elements (tabs align left in EE 2.0). Working around the limitations and issues I think I simulated the look and feel of the new ExpressionEngine control panel nicely, I hope you agree.


Control Panel theme: FRUIT (green, orange)
Version: 1.1
Compatibility: ExpressionEngine 1.6.7+
License: FREE - (donation possible)

Download Control Panel theme: FRUIT

Control Panel theme: KAYLEE (grey, red)
Version: 1.1
Compatibility: ExpressionEngine 1.6.7+
License: FREE - (donation possible)

Download Control Panel theme: KAYLEE

Should you experience any trouble, anomalies or irregularities using the themes please don’t hesitate to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) so I can improve the themes, thanks.


Riding the Monkierail 26Mar09

We rode the Monkierail in RavotAapia at Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen.

This is what the fans think 16Jan09


Decorate your house with christmas lights 22Dec08


Tree dweller 22Dec08

Every year we have a tree dweller in our house. From the moment we set up the tree until the day we shelf it back up the attic, Phoebe will occupy it, climb in it and sleep beneath it…

Phoebe, our tree dweller

Sinterklaas buffet 4Dec08

It took me a couple of hours to make the food for our Sinterklaas party and it turned out pretty good smile. After the kids got all the presents I finished the dishes I prepared earlier and served them on our table.

Sinterklaas buffet

What you see above is chicken soup with extra curry chicken, a honey-mustard meat loaf, potato-orange-olive salad, tomato tuna tapas on sesame bread and several slices of white and brown Zuurdesem brood. It was all quite tasty and I think everyone liked the dishes.

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Vacation weekend at Plopsaland 10Aug08

Now that Livia is old enough (barely) to understand where we take her while on vacation, we decided to spent a long weekend at Plopsaland de Panne in Belgium.

Along with Grandma and Grandpa we drove to the coastal town of de Panne in southern Belgium. There you can take the tram (4 stops or so) to the park while staying at a nice hotel right along the beach in de Panne. The hotel we stayed at was Hotel Ambassador, it is close to the beach (2 minute walk) and the tram-stop is just a 3 minute walk. Kids love the tram, so did Berit and Livia.

The Plopsaland theme is of course well known to children in the Netherlands due to the many characters appearing on tv and in theaters and Berit and Livia are no exception. Favorites are Kabouter Plop, Piet Piraat, K3 and Mega Mindy.

The park is especially suitable for children between 2 and 6 as almost all of the rides are accessible for kids in that age group. Added bonus while visiting the park are the many appearances of the ‘real’ characters you see on tv etc. You can see 2 of them in a video I took of Berit and Livia, plus 5 others from our park visit.