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Nov 04 2008 | no comments | By

Hansen’s is now closed for the season. We will reopen next summer.

Reduced Fall hours

Sep 24 2008 | no comments | By

After taking a little time off due to Hurricane Gustav, Hansen’s has reopened with reduced hours for the Fall.

The current hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 1pm-7pm.

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Online Exhibit Receiving Attention

Aug 11 2008 | 4 comments | By

Since the launch of the Online Exhibit last week, snobliz.com has been noticed by local news sources.

Today an article came out in the Times-Picayune called Hansen’s Sno-Blog.

Last week, the Blog of New Orleans (part of the Gambit) made a post about the website and online exhibit.

Poster session

Aug 08 2008 | no comments | By

Yesterday was the Capstone Poster session for the iSchool. We each had 90 seconds to present our project and had to make a poster to go with it. I think that the session went very well. I was really happy with how my poster turned out. After watching a few people play with the website, I have a couple of minor changes to make this weekend, which I hope will help with usability.

Sno-Bliz Capstone poster

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Online Exhibit Live

Aug 05 2008 | no comments | By

Mary and Ernest HansenWe are very excited to announce that the Sno-Bliz Online Exhibit is now live. The Online Exhibit is a a collection of Hansen’s Sno-Bliz memorabilia, including photographs, signs, articles, and video.

You can also check out and comment on some of our photographs on our Flickr account and our videos on YouTube.

 

So Close

Jul 30 2008 | no comments | By

I am so close to launching the Online Exhibit I can almost taste it. As of right now, all of the pages on the site look and behave the way I want them to. I just have a few technical details to work out and some text to polish.

Uploading items to the exhibit is going well. I’m figuring out some pretty cool tricks that I can do with OpenCollection.

I’ve also run ABBY Fine Reader 8 (an OCR program) on many of the articles and other documents and created PDFs (with mostly clean OCR) for many of them which I’m including in the Exhibit.

If all goes well, I plan to launch the Online Exhibit on Tuesday.

I also decided to simplify my cataloging. I realized that it did not make sense to separate letters from paper documents, so I folded them into the paper documents category. I’ve updated my Naming Schema to reflect this.

Hansen’s Tee-Shirts

Jul 29 2008 | no comments | By

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz Tee-Shirts are back. Printed by local tee-shirt company Dirty Cost, they feature the Hansen’s logo (now with triple fleurs-des-lis flag) on a yellow background.

Can’t make it to Hansen’s this summer? You can buy the tee-shirts online through Dirty Coast’s Online Store.

Online Exhibit Preparation Update

Jul 24 2008 | no comments | By

I have now gotten both OpenCollection and OpenCollectionAccess (a nice front end for OpenCollection) working on the site. I figured out how to add metadata elements, including Dublin Core. I also figured out lots of other things about how to organize stuff in OpenCollection, which I hope will add ease of browse and functionality to the Online Exhibit.

I also started working on changing the look of OpenCollectionAccess to what I want the Online Exhibit to look like, with some help from my friend Jesse. My friend Maggie pointed out that I need to make sure that the Online Exhibit is obviously a different place than the main site. I think that one of the ways to do this (other than my plan for a top nav and a different break in space for the nav) is to make the roll-over color for images different. The idea is that the color will be the roll over color for “Online Exhibit” on the main site and the “Main Site” link on the Online Exhibit will be blue. I’m thinking about going with a green, since so much of OCA already uses a green color and green is a good sno-ball color. So, the final product will probably look something like this (but I think the green will be darker):
design version 6a

I’ve uploaded and catalogued about 20 images so far. I even re-purposed one of the OC fields to link to a Flickr image of the object, and only show up on display if I’ve uploaded the image to Flickr. And I figured out how to make Flickr link back to the Online Exhibit. I’m really excited about this as I hope people will use either Flickr or email to let us know more about the pictures that we know almost nothing about.

As of right now, everything is locked up because I don’t want people seeing an unfinished product. I hope to be able to launch everything in a week to a week and a half.

Main site live

Jul 15 2008 | 1 comment | By

We are happy to announce that the entirety of the main Hansen’s Sno-Bliz website has gone live. On it you can now find hours, directions, a list of flavors, and a brief history of the snoball stand.

The Online Exhibit is not live yet, but will be coming in the next few weeks.

OpenCollection

Jul 14 2008 | no comments | By

After almost a week of trying to figure out everything that needed to be done to start running OpenCollection on SnoBliz.com, it is finally working. Now I can get to the fun part – uploading and cataloging everything that I digitized last month and setting up the Online Exhibit to look just how I want it to. I’m really excited about this. I currently have the directory hidden, but as soon as I get it where I want it, I’ll make it public.

A huge thanks to Jen and Thomas at drak.net, Seth at OpenCollection.org, and my really good friend Jesse Martinez. I couldn’t have done this with out all of y’all.

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