2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 450 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

WordPress – Accounting Company


I realize that I haven’t posted anything in quite a while. Been mad busy with this WordPress task, and also sorting out stuff for my final exam and “portfolio” hand-in.

Also, I should have written this entry like five days ago, but I’ve been sick, and therefore unable to sit in front of a PC without puking my guts out…

Well anyways. Here’s the learning activity:

“An imaginative accounting company needs a website.
They are looking for something simple, and does not acquire any certain design.
The most important thing the company desires, is that they are able to add news every day, and that they can update text and add photos from time to time – on their own.

The company needs at least four pages.
Contact info, employee info, price-list and general info, and a news page.

When the website is ready, give the user rights to the “client” (this can be a person you know, family, friends etc. The client logs in, and write news.”

I’ve given my partner administrative rights to the website – so he added a news article under the tab ‘Nyheter’.

Here’s where you’ll find the WordPress website: http://marithexnilsen.net/wordpress/

I kept the design simple, like we were told to, and focused on plugins, pages and other tools we can use in WordPress.org.

There are so many themes and plugins and features to chose from, and that’s mainly the reason for this taking me ages to complete.
I couldn’t decide which theme to use, so I changed it around a 1000 times, and then there’s all the plugins, and all the problems of learning how these works and…yeah. It was quite an experience.

I like it though.
I makes webdesign easier, as there’s already a foundation built when you start a WordPress page.
I love the way you can still customize, change code and make the site look exactly as you want.

Although I can’t understand half of it yet, I would say that I prefer this to building a website in html or Dreamweaver.

Add a bit of Flash to your WordPress page, and it will probably make a huge and cool expression.
I also  love the way it’s user friendly for the client. The client doesnæt need to be an experienced “html’er/CSS’er” to contribute to his/her own website.

Well, that’s it for now.


Week 26 – Adding Sound Effect and Creating a Pointer – Learning Activity 8.1 and 8.2


This week, I’m merging my two learning activities into one blog entry.

“8.1: To the previous activity ‘Car:Start/Stop’, please add sound to the Flash film.
Only one sound is mandatory, but you can add several if you feel like it.

8.2: Make a simple graphic in the format of 728 px  x 90 px in Adobe Flash.
Use Action Script 3.0, to make a pointer to your reflective journal.

Add this to your individual web-servers, and present on your reflective journal.”

So, we’re still doing Flash stuff after the summer holidays.
To be honest, it was a bit hard to remember all the stuff we learned pre-holidays, but I’m easing into it.

The learning activities wasn’t too hard, so it was a soft starter.

First task was to add sound to a previous learning activity. It was pretty simple after watching the online lecture.

Second task was to create a graphic box, to put on our website, that would lead the viewer back to my reflective journal.
Pretty simple as well, however, there was coding involved, which is pretty hard to get your head around.
I keep having to go back to certain lectures, and forgetting which is what, and where to put what. Hopefully, my brain will absorb it eventually.

First task has been added here:

http://marithexnilsen.net/flash.html – it’s at the very bottom, and you can hear the sound the minute you click onto the link. I must fix the sound a bit, as it’s longer than the clip itself. It keeps on going.

Second task is on the index site itself:

http://marithexnilsen.net/index.html – click on the purple “banner”, and it will take you to my reflective journal.

The design on my website is something I will work on this fall, as it needs to be tied together a bit more.

Please forgive me, I’m such a rookie at this 😉

I’ll be working on my next mandatory hand-in from here on out, until end of next week.




Major Revelation – And my new website

Hi guys,

Summer holidays are over, so here we go again. My last semester at Noroff and all… I’m not done until March though 🙂

First of all, I’ve gotten a new web-host and a fresh new domain name for my website, which is: www.marithexnilsen.net
I am using one.com, as they seem to be pretty decent.

Also, I was struggling with adding Flash work to my website through Dreamweaver before the summer came.
The SWF files would simply not show on the website when published to server, nor when I wanted to preview in browser through Dreamweaver.

Problem was actually in Dreamweaver itself, it wasn’t my fault!

I noticed a weird thing in my flash code, and it looked like this:

“<param name=”swfversion” value=”″>”

I was wondering if the code referred to the Flash version, and it actually was. Dreamweaver thought that there was a Flash version
I normally get an update whenever there is a new version, and I knew we were right around version 11.

I googled it, and found this very useful thread:


I changed the code to:

<param name=”swfversion” value=”″>

El presto! It works, and I might be able to get a good night sleep again.



Week 25 – Car – Start/Stop Animation – Learning Activity 7.3

“In this learning activity, please create a graphic symbol of a car.
It might be wise to create this as a movie clip symbol, so that you can add extra animation to the symbol itself later on.

In the scene itself, make the car move from A to B.
Use classic tween to create the middle positions.

Also, the car needs to have a soft start and stop. Use the easing concept to achieve this.”

Here’s my animation:


I’ve spent quite a few hours on this. Not because it was hard, but because it was fun playing around with.

I came up with quite a few animations, however, I decided that ‘less is more’.
Hehe – the whole thing got out of hand, and it because ridiculously detailed at some point.

This was actually the last learning activity of this semester, and summer holidays can start!
However, there’s a mandatory hand-in only two weeks after schools starts again, so I suppose some work will have to be done during the summer.

Well then, I have a wedding to plan, a toddler to play with, trips to go on, and hopefully many hours in the sun to be spent for the next two months.

I’m wishing everyone and anyone a nice and warm holiday.
See yous on the other side 🙂



Week 25 – Animation of a Pendulum – Learning Activity 7.2

“Design a clock with a pendulum.
Animate the pendulum, using classic tween.”

Classic Tween is one of the features in Adobe flash, that allows you to execute the middle for a symbol, from one extreme position to another.
Unlike shape tween, the animation does not create different shapes and colors between the positions, but does give you a soft flow between each position.

Here’s my activity, added to DeviantArt:


This is my grandfather clock this is.
Animation, symbol and background, all created in Flash.

I like Flash – like most Adobe programs, it has few limitations if you creatively use it 🙂




Week 25 – Shape Tween Animation – Learning Activity 7.1

“Use shape tween to create an animation in Flash, where geometrical shapes turns into your name.”

Shape Tween is a built-in feature in Adobe Flash, that allows you to execute the middle positions of an animation, from one extreme position to another.

Here’s my animation:


In this activity, I decided to have four extreme positions.
First keyframe – five circles.
Second keyframe – one rectangle
Third keyframe – name in small letters
Fourth keyframe – name in big letters.

I’m still pretty blank on adding these to my webpage. Suppose I’m in summer mode.
Will figure this out though.