Bubbly Theme

Image Overhaul

The big slideshow used priorWhen I set this site up, I decided to collapse all images used into a slideshow. Each post has a couple relevant images attached, which show up in a teaser slideshow on the mainpage and as a large image within the article. 

But the slideshow had two problems. First, when writing a step-by-step piece (like this), images couldn't be placed in a relevant section of the text. For a while, I resorted to referring to images by number, but I wanted pictures next to the relevant text. 

Superfish Theming

.sf-menu li:hover > ul,
.sf-menu li.sfHover > ul {
  left: 0;
  top: 1.77em;
That little snippet of code's been giving me grief for a month. Well, this one, really:
/*Adjust top to line up submenu with shorter main menu*/
.sf-menu li:hover ul,
.sf-menu li.sfHover ul {
  top: 2em;
When I set this site up, I wanted dropdowns. Y'know, menus that expand when you hover them. They were initially provided by Nice Menus. For some reason, some time later (and no, I don't know why), Nice Menus stopped being nice. The dropdown's wouldn't drop. 

Theming and Other Things

First, an introduction: I'm Evan Nitkin, colloquially referred to as "Ben's brother."  My favorite animal is the leatherback turtle and my favorite food is the orange. I enjoy semicolons; they're one of the easiest-to-use (and most underutilized) punctuation marks. 

One of my favorite hobbies is over-committing: a sampling of my extra-curriculars over the last year include having been the LigerBots's CFO, captain of an MIT Blue Lobster Bowl team and an MIT Trivia team, in addition to ad manager on the Newtonite (the school's student published newspaper).  I participated in the Massacusetts State Science Olympiad, the Massachusetts Regional Science Bowl, and the local West Suburban Science League competitions.  I tried to be more active with the environmental club and Greengineers, but - alas - there are only 24 hours in a day.  Doing things is fun.

Naturally, if a website called nitkin.net were to come into existence, I'd have to have my share.  So I guess that's what I'm doing here.  Expect posts about cool things I do.

One of my great pleasures in life is visual design.  I like photoshopping stuff into pictures, photoshopping stuff out of pictures, and generally leaving things prettier than I found them.

Searching for a Theme

I have nothing against the default Drupal theme, but it's the definition of generic. It's like using Helvitica (an intentionally generic font) to brand your business. With that in mind, I set out to find a more interesting theme for this site.

My brother and I browsed through the Drupal theme repository, but didn't find much we liked. Alpine, the best theme we saw, had a promising layout, but carried an outdoors motif. We tried to refit the images, but the theme wasn't designed to be modified. A surprising number of the themes are starter kits, and those that aren't tended to be clean and businesslike.

Perhaps it's fitting that we didn't find any perfect themes online.