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I'm not dead!

Yeah, I survived junior year, and now that it's summer, I'm back!

As you've probably noticed, a lot has changed around here. First on the list, freenom / dot.tk stole michaelxing.tk from me (they rebranded it as a "premium domain name" and then sold it to some scammers), so I'm stuck with the .ml extension now. Oh well. Second, and more importantly, I went back and redesigned the entire site! From scratch (kind of)!

So as you may or may not remember, I designed this page the summer before freshman year. That was 3 years ago, right after I finished Duke TIP. I was pretty impressed with myself at the time but now, looking back, the site is crap. Compared to the stuff I've been up to more recently, it's obvious that my design language has grown and evolved, and it was time my personal website reflected that.
The home page of my old site

The new design I have is cleaner and more professional, yet also cooler, in my opinion, with subtle animations and stark contrasts. Most of the color scheme is taken straight from Google's Material Design, and the animations are all self created. To complement the flat design, I also flattened out the Xing logo at the top. I tried to create it with just the font itself, but text stroke support is limited to webkit at the moment and the shadow workaround just isn't pretty.
The home page of my old site

The redesign isn't finished yet, of course. There's no mobile version yet, and it also scales to small widths horribly. The blog pages are missing month filters that the old versions had - those are coming. Besides, there's also a huge list of small things that I'll probably be tweaking from time to time over the coming weeks.

In other news, I programmed Connect 4 on a plane to Sacramento because I got bored. It's a very simple game, but I was bored, so why not.

That's about it for now. I've been working a lot on the AK TSA website and I'm participating in Governor's School, so my page has kind of been neglected. However, now that I survived junior year and it's summer, a lot more should get done.

It's good to be back.

- Ouch

So sometime today or yesterday, 000WebHost decided to delete all my websites without warning. Ouch.

Luckily, I had a backup of most of the things. The pages themselves were completely safe, as Aptana automatically saves them to a local directory before uploading. Unfortunately, we lost a few things.

Most notably, we lost a blog post titled something along the lines of "A Post of Ones". My backup of the MySQL database maintaining this blog stopped at the post before that one. Google's cached copy of my site contained the two newest entries (on the home page). That unlucky one in the middle got lost. Very unfortunately. I might get around to rewriting it someday, but basically, it was the announcement of the Dots and Boxes game I made during finals back in January.

You might have also noticed that all the tags are gone from these blog posts. That's not so much something I lost as it is I just decided they were unnecessary and annoying to maintain so I got rid of the code that handled that. They're still there, commented out, so if I ever decide we need them back, I can reinstate them. I just don't plan on it, though, as they're kind of pointless.

Finally, my original website, All My Crap (the one I made in 4th grade) also got deleted. I don't know if I have a backup and, honestly, with school starting literally tomorrow (goodbye, summer), I'm not going to bother to check right now. Maybe one day.

On a unrelated note, at NCSSM's Summer Ventures summer camp this year, I wrote a research paper. It's about Calculus and I took pride in making it as boring as possible. If you're interested for some reason, it's here.

That's about it. Nothing really new is happening with the site right now and, honestly, with 6 APs and NCSSM Online for me to tackle Junior year, I don't see much progress getting made.

Signing off for who knows how long. Bye.

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