February 10th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

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Some more new features for Ooga-Mooga!

Mugs for Sale or Trade by User
You can now see the mugs that just one Ooga-Mooga-er has for sale or for trade. The Mugs for Sale & for Trade links on the sidebar and at the top of the All Collections page still show mugs being offered by everybody — but now there are shiny new links at the top of a user’s Collection page (only if they’re a Trader, of course), showing the number of mugs they’re currently offering, and the links take you straight to ‘em.

For example, here’s a link that takes you straight to the mugs that I Dream of Tiki is offering for Sale:

Mugs for Sale by I Dream of Tiki

Also — the Mugs for Sale page loads much, much faster now, even when you’re looking at everybody’s mugs for sale.

Improved All Collections Page
The list of collections was getting awfully gangly, so I now have it split into pages. The snazzy new Mugs for Sale or Trade by User links have been added as new columns in the list of all collections. Another new column is a count of (and link to) the mugs that user has in his/her wishlist (per a request from ookoo lady). And the comments count now links directly to that user’s comments page, too.

All Collections

Enjoy!

February 7th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

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A couple more new features:

Success Stories — has Ooga-Mooga been a help to you? I’d love to hear about it. There’s a new section called Success Stories, where you can share your tale. MauiTiki has already shared one — a touching tale of love with a Mainlander Tiki Mug.

Ooga-Mooga Shop — I’ve created a shop with some Ooga-Mooga swag — t-shirts & the like. Get your “I Brake for Tiki-Kate’s House” bumper sticker today!

February 7th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

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I’ve created a shop for Ooga-Mooga, selling some Ooga-Mooga swag!


Men’s & Women’s Ooga-Mooga Shirt


Women’s Form-Fitting Shirt & Tank Top


Totally Lame Mug – One side says “This mug is way lamer than my other mugs.” and the other says “This would taste better in a tiki mug.”

And! Two special items, to commemorate that fateful day when Tiki-Kate’s mug collection got smashed in a freak incident involving a stolen car:


I Brake for Tiki-Kate’s House Bumper Sticker & License Plate Frame

As a thank you to Tiki-Kate for all that she’s done for Ooga-Mooga (she’s been a huge help in creating new mug templates), all proceeds from the sale of the “I Brake for Tiki-Kate’s House” items go to her.

Check it out! Ooga-Mooga Shop

It’s all CafePress stuff, so if you have ideas for other items you’d like to see, I’m all ears.

February 5th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

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No new hard drive yet, so Ooga-Mooga 2.0 is still waiting in the wings. But progress waits for no one, and so I’ve got a few swell new features in Ooga-Mooga. Call it Ooga-Mooga 1.5!

Salt & Pepper Shakers, and Serveware
Ooga-Mooga now holds salt & pepper shakers, and serveware (stuff like plates, creamers, compotes)! There’s a new Basic Template for Salt & Pepper shakers, and one for Serveware, and I’ve also created a bunch of templates for shakers, mostly vintage ones.

Trader Accounts — Favorite Tag
Trader Accounts are able to assign tags to their mugs, to help categorize and group their mugs. Now, something special happens with any mugs you tag “Favorite” — those favorite mugs will be the ones selected for your My Favorite Mug image (as seen in Fun Stuff). Now, with a Trader Account, your favorite mug can really be your favorite mug!

Statistics Page Now Painless
I tried loading the Statistics page the other day, and boy was it sloooooooow. There’s so much information in Ooga-Mooga now that it took a good minute to load. I restructured it, so now the Statistics are run once a day, instead of each time that page loads, and now it’s super-zippy. Click with no fear! They’re kinda fun, too: there are more than 10,000 mugs in Ooga-Mooga, in more than 250 collections!

Behind the Scenes – Backlog Cleared
I had a backlog of more than 8,000 images to be reviewed — whoa nelly! I review images to tag the ones that are representative (front views) vs. the non-representative ones (backs, sides, bottoms, group shots). I created a better way of reviewing images, and I was able to clear out my backlog. Whew! It’s much, much easier to review images now, so there shouldn’t be another backlog.

Hope these new features add to your Ooga-Mooga enjoyment.

Another neat milestone to note: we’re now up to over 2,000 templates in Ooga-Mooga! Many of these were added by Tiki-Kate — thanks again, Tiki-Kate!

December 31st, 2005 - By Humuhumu

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For new subscribers, subscriptions now work slightly differently — during the introductory period, while I was getting Ooga-Mooga off the ground, the first six months on a subscription were paid up front. Now that the site is up & running so well, you can go month-to-month — that means that you can get started with a Trader account for only $5.95! If you’d rather go year-to-year, that’s available too.

I also recently created the ability to purchase Gift Subscriptions!

As always, feel free to email me with any questions.

November 12th, 2005 - By Humuhumu

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Another Ooga-Mooga improvement for Trader accounts — now it’s even easier to sell your mugs! Mugs for Sale isn’t just for your eBay auctions — now you can also put a “Price for Sale” on any of your mugs, and they’ll appear in Mugs for Sale. Your mug will be listed with the price you want for it, along with instructions to send you a Personal Message to make arrangements to purchase it.

This is available to all Trader accounts, at no extra charge. The discount on new Trader accounts (first six months at the price of a Standard account) will be ending in the next few weeks — so if you’ve been thinking about signing up, now’s a great time!

November 6th, 2005 - By Humuhumu

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Another new feature for Ooga-Mooga — now collections can be grouped by using tags! This feature is available for Trader accounts only, so if you’ve been on the fence about getting a subscription (or upgrading your subscription), this is one more way that Trader accounts rock.

To group your mugs, simply go into the “Edit” page for each mug, and type your tags, separated by commas. There is no set list of tags — the beauty of this is that you can group your mugs the way you want to. You might want to have a group for all of your skull mugs, or for your mugs from a favorite location, or for the mugs you’ve got in storage. Anything goes.

As an example, you can take a look at my collection:

Humuhumu’s collection on Ooga-Mooga

So far, I’ve got a few groups — vintage mugs, mugs that I received as gifts, mugs that are souvenirs from places I’ve visited, my favorite mugs, and mugs I’ve actually imbibed from myself.

Have fun with it!

November 1st, 2005 - By Humuhumu

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Ooga-Mooga’s latest new feature: Drink Matcher!

Ooga-Mooga’s always been able to tell you the right size drink for a mug, but now you can tell Ooga-Mooga the size of the drink you want to make, and it will look through your collection to tell you which of your mugs will fit best. Look for Drink Matcher under My Collection on the right sidebar.

September 29th, 2005 - By Humuhumu

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I’ve added a new feature to Ooga-Mooga: a Tiki Quest cross-reference!

If the mug you’re looking at is in the book Tiki Quest, Ooga-Mooga will list the page you can find it on in the “Other Resources” section (found under the photo on the left side). The index is still being fleshed out, but it’s well underway and much is represented — I wanted to at least get what I have so far rolled out.

A huge, huge thank you to Duke and Amy Carter, who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Ooga-Mooga. The Tiki Quest book is a gorgeous tribute to tiki, and a must-have even if you don’t consider yourself a mug collector.

Click here to learn more about Tiki Quest, including how to purchase it.

September 4th, 2005 - By Humuhumu

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Being able to see which mugs a person has selected for their collection, and even how they’ve chosen to photograph them, gives it so much life. Each mug in that collection has a new layer to their story because they’re owned by that person. Now the About This Collection adds a little bit more personality.

If you have a Standard or Trader account, you can tell people visiting your collection page about your collection, in a paragraph of text that appears right above it. Go to Account Settings and fill out “About This Collection” to see how it works.