A New Library of Articles

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For some time I have been thinking about collecting all of the magazine articles which I have written and making them available here on Madang – Ples Bilong Mi. Today, I got myself in gear to start the process. The work is slightly complicated and time consuming. First I have to scan the magazine pages into a compact PDF file. Then I have to get the first spread into an image file. Then I have to go through a process in WordPress that is ridiculously complicated. I want both the link and the thumbnail image to point to the same PDF file on my server in the USA. You would think that WordPress would make this easy. Maybe I took too many Stupid Pills last night when I started working on it.

The first article that I tried was Heart of the Hunter. from Niugini Blue magazine. You should be able to click on the link or the thumbnail image below to get a new window or tab. It may take a while for it to load, but if you have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can then read the article. The file is about a megabyte, so be patient.

Since that one seemed to work after two hours of fiddling, I decided to add a couple of more while I was on a roll.

This is about diving at Planet Rock. a location about which you have seen many posts if you are a regular reader.

Though it is one of our favourite locations, it is a little farther out and if the sea is rough it can be an unpleasant experience.

The last one for today is The Green Dragon. This is the B-25 Mitchell bomber near Wongat Island.
I hope to find a neater way of doing this. I plan to have a section in the sidebar for Articles, but I haven’t figured out how to get the PDF files over there. It should be child’s play.

Unfortunately, I’m no longer a child.

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6 Responses to “A New Library of Articles”

  1. pvaldes Says:

    > I hope to find a neater way of doing this. I plan to have a section in the sidebar for Articles, but I haven’t figured out how to get the PDF files over there

    Probably you can use a html tag “

    like this
    descriptive message like link to my article here

    All you should need is to upload the pdf article to a directory of your web exactly like you upload a photo and them grab the path, as long the reader have a decent browser it will open the software to read the pdf or if not, will save it to its computer

  2. pvaldes Says:

    Perfect, a little more entropy in the universe …

    Probably is more clear here. The structure have three parts, we open the “a” tag and state the path to the pdf file, say a title for the link and close the tag. Something like this

    open a href=”/files/www.messersmith.name/my_article.pdf” rel=”nofollow”

    a few explanatory words

    open /a close

    change the words “open” by “”

    in href part only if “my/path” don’t seem to go, try the opposite “my\path” several operative systems have different ways to name the directories

  3. pvaldes Says:

    ok…. , maybe this time

    (Less-than sign here) a href=”/files/www.messersmith.name/my_article.pdf” rel=”nofollow” (Greater-than sign here) a title (Less-than sign here)/a(Greater-than sign here)

  4. MadDog Says:

    Thanks for that pvaldes. Possibly you could give me a little more compete description of the tag leading to a PDF file and an example that works. Then I can try it. I’m not sure what you mean about using an HTML tag.

  5. MadDog Says:

    Okay, pvaldes, I’m getting the picture.

  6. MadDog Says:

    I’ll try that one, pvaldes.