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- "Man of Steel" soars updated
It’s been a little while since we rolled out the newest incarnation of The Rapidian, but we are still working on things behind the scenes. Here is a brief overview of a few of the new features our wonderful Drupal developer, Ron Woldyk, has quietly rolled out over the past couple of weeks.
Photo of the Day gets its own archive gallery
Can you believe that one of our biggest daily features never had its own archive? Well, believe it. It’s true. Every day we feature an awesome new photo of the day from the collection submitted to The Rapidian’s Flickr group. Historically, at the end of the day, these beautiful selections would just disappear - blown away like so many Buddhist sand mandalas. But it was not an intentional ritual destruction, we just didn’t have any place for these images to go once their day in the sun had completed.
So, what’s next for the Photo of the Day? Well, first off, we would like to expand the archive to include the complete 2+ year history of the project. This is something that will take some time, but we are committed to making it happen (If you are looking for a low-pressure way of getting involved with The Rapidian, we would certainly welcome any volunteers in this endeavour). We would also like to build a better bridge between The Rapidian and Flickr, particularly for importing tags and mapping information.
Speaking of mapping - another feature that has been developed more fully since our launch is the media map on the front page. Click anywhere on the little map at the bottom of the middle column and you will get a popup that looks like this:
I am the New Media Planner at the Grand Rapids Community Media Center (GRCMC) and at The Rapidian. I spend my free time working on various community / cultural projects like The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) and G-RAD.org. I am a television and internet enthusiast.
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