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Alex Year Five

Alex Year Five

January 27th, 2010  · stk

A slide show of Alex's 2009. Over 100 photos presented in an "ArtiZine" format (unique design and layout, driven by the article content). Not your normal blog post. Come check out the design and Alex's year.

Slide Show: 100+ Pics of "the Oop!"

Christ­mas came upon us very fast this year. Be­cause both sets of Alex's grand­par­ents own a di­git­al photo frame, we gave them each a 2GB SD card, con­tain­ing over 300 fam­ily pho­tos (mostly of their grand­daugh­ter). One month later, I've up­loaded some of the best shots to Rand­sco, to share with every­one else!

Alex is a very out­go­ing and en­ga­ging girl of six, though in most of these pho­tos, she's five. Al­ex­an­dra is her full name, but we just call her "Alex" or "the Oop" (a nick­name that she's had for a while and one that stuck). She had a very busy year at kinder­garten, vis­it­ing grand­par­ents, ex­plor­ing, mak­ing friends and just be­ing a kid. We in­vite you to share her year in pic­tures.

We hope you en­joy the show, which is presen­ted in an Ar­tiZ­ine What the Heck is an Ar­tiZ­ine? An ar­tiz­ine is a blog art­icle that has a com­pletely unique design & page lay­out, driv­en by the con­tents of the art­icle. It is re­min­is­cent of print magazine art­icles, where each art­icle has a some­what dif­fer­ent design, ty­po­graphy and/or art­work. In fact, the word "artizine" is a com­bin­a­tion of the word "article" and "magazine". An ar­tiz­ine is dif­fer­ent from a blogazine. In a blogazine, every art­icle con­tains magazine-like styl­ing. Be­cause such styl­ing takes work, blogazines are in­fre­quently up­dated and re­quire the blog au­thor(s) to main­tain a sep­ar­ate site for their "nor­mal" mus­ings. In con­trast, an ar­tiz­ine is simply a spe­cial, magazine-like art­icle, con­tained with­in a reg­u­lar blog. format and it's the second such art­icle we've pub­lished. As such, it may be a bit dis­or­i­ent­ing to some folks. Just wait for the page to load and then hover over the mov­ing theater screen stat­ic. Click to start the slide show. Then click the thumb­nail im­ages to move for­ward, or back­ward, through the slide show! (Simple really)

Now, let's get on to Alex's spe­cially de­signed slide show!



This is the 2nd ArtiZine we've published. The design is radically simple. The entire article is an image of a screening room. Behind the screen static is a link for a 100-picture slide show. (Clicking thumbnails advances the show; clicking the background closes it).

Still accessible is a menu, exit button, about & comment sections, all enhanced with JavaScript. The design degrades into a normal Randsco article, when JavaScript is disabled. The slide show jQuery code, by ¥åßßå, also degrades nicely.

What better way to showcase Alex's zest for life, than with a specially designed slide show? The pics are from 2009, when Alex (aka "the Oop") went from 5 to 6 years old & from kindergarten into first grade.

Cabin Oop

Alex standing on one of the walkways at the floating cabin, with the cabin & shed in the background

Alex 2009

Click a thumb to see the bigger picture

  • Fat Man's Helper
  • Rabbit Eggs
  • Hiking
  • Joan Point Park
  • Stumped
  • Sandstone Concretions
  • Cracking Up
  • Merry Go Round
  • Bubble Girl
  • Magnet Painting
  • Bubble Girl Take II
  • Cousin Toby
  • One Hundred
  • Swimmer Chick
  • The Fish
  • Goggle Girl
  • A Clay'lien
  • Lunch'lien
  • North Cedar Fire Department
  • Fireman Dad
  • Thank You Drawing
  • The Princess Ball
  • Palindrome Dad
  • Father's Day Card
  • Girl Guide Cookies
  • Brushing Teeth
  • Missy
  • The Cowgirl
  • Princess Monopoly
  • Princesses Playing
  • Croquet
  • Easter Eggs
  • The Pastel Perfectionist
  • Goopy Bag
  • Happy Girl
  • Easter Haul
  • Hold the Phone
  • Spring Flowers
  • NCFD Fishing Derby
  • Breakfast
  • Tia
  • Raymond
  • Batter'up
  • Three Generations
  • Portrait
  • NCFD Open House
  • Packed Up
  • Bird House Project
  • Cleaning the Bird House
  • Sanding the Bird House
  • Timid Painter
  • Class Photo
  • Float Plane
  • Cabin Oop
  • Domino Girl
  • Island Picnic
  • Oop Meister
  • Dustin
  • Slurp'n Spaghetti
  • Wearing Food
  • Noodles
  • All Wet
  • Paddle Lessons
  • Flying Oop
  • PB&J
  • Splish Splash
  • Goodbye Oop!
  • Park View
  • Close Up
  • Flying
  • Exploring
  • Water Park
  • Water Park II
  • Show & Tell
  • Cake
  • Hardware Oop
  • Soccer Camp
  • Soccer Camp
  • Nearly Eaten Oop
  • Sliding Oop
  • New Chickens
  • Best Friends Forever
  • Maia
  • Princess Monopoly Again
  • Dr. Oop'gers
  • Oop Art
  • Spud Gun
  • Treasure Hunting
  • Dynamic Duo
  • Mother & Daughter
  • See Saw
  • Unaccompanied Minor
  • Off and Running
  • Howdy Pardner
  • Sporting Boots
  • Riding High
  • Hay Up There!
  • AutoX Demonstration
  • Birthday Oop
  • 6-Years-Old
  • Presents
  • McNabbs
  • Mine!
  • Family Portait
  • Breaking the Piggy Bank
  • Ladysmith Light Up Parade
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