May 8th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

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A couple of small tweaks to Ooga-Mooga I want to let you know about:

Faster Search
Actually, Search works pretty much exactly the same as it did before… but now, the default is to search only in the name and a.k.a.s of the mug templates, rather than the entire description. That makes the search much, much, much faster. If you want to do a more thorough search, you still can — just select “Name, AKAs and full description” when you do your search. Selecting specific things to narrow down your search can speed it up even more — for instance, if you know that the mug you’re looking for is green, select “Green” in the list of colors, or if you know it’s a Tiki Farm mug, select “Tiki Farm” in the list of Manufacturers.

Tips for Photographing Your Collection
I’ve created a page with tips & instructions for getting great pictures of your collection! You can see it here.

And now some thank yous…

Thank you to everyone who filled out the user survey! It was an amazing help — I got so much really useful feedback from it, and it’s really repositioned my ideas about what people want to see on Ooga-Mooga, which is awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You’ll see some great changes on Ooga-Mooga as a direct result of your surveys.

And I must once again thank Tiki-Kate for her help in creating mug templates — Ooga-Mooga now has templates for nearly 2,500 mugs!

February 12th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

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Ask And Ye Shall Receive! (when I can swing it, that is)

Here’s my take on the Mugs Wanted shirt — I hope you like it! TeaKey, it comes in 3X Large.


Men’s & Women’s Mugs Wanted T-Shirts

Here’s a close-up of the graphic:

I also created some Team Bob and Team No Bob (with a shattered Tiki Bob mug) t-shirts — I know a lot of folks feel strongly on the Bob issue. Personally, I must admit, I’m pretty staunchly Pro-Bob. But the dissenting Anti-Bob forces have a right to their opinion. (No actual Tiki Bobs were harmed in the making of this shirt.)


Men’s Team Bob & Team No Bob T-Shirts


Women’s Team Bob & Team No Bob T-Shirts

Get ‘em at the Ooga-Mooga Shop!

February 11th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

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Another new feature for Ooga-Mooga, and this one’s a biggie…

Wishlist Alerts!

If a mug comes up for sale or trade on Ooga-Mooga that is also on your own personal public Wish List or private Favorites List, Ooga-Mooga now will give you a heads-up! When a match happens, a wee blinking tiki mug will appear on the starboard side (that’s the right side, fer you landlubbers), telling you there’s a new mug you’ll probably want to check out. It looks like this:

To go with this is a new page: Wishlist Matches. It’s also on the starboard side, the link is just below “Favorites”. Here, you can see details and pictures for all the mugs currently being offered for sale or trade in Ooga-Mooga that are also on your own public Wish List or private Favorites List.

If you want to only be alerted about mugs on your public Wish List (and not your private Favorites List), you can set that in your Account Settings. Your private Favorites list stays private either way, though — only you can see your Wishlist Matches.

I’ve already created alerts for all the mugs that are currently being offered — a whole mess of you have got Wishlist Matches waiting for you.

I also have the ability to send you an alert via email (with the option to turn emailed alerts off, of course) — if that’s something you want, let me know. If I see lots of interest, I’ll roll that out.

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 11th, 2006 - By Humuhumu

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The darling miss Tiki Kate is very deserving of all our thanks with Ooga-Mooga — she’s been a lifesaver, with her template-creating prowess.

The new revisions for Ooga-Mooga are on hold for a short bit for two reasons: 1) with the new changes, I anticipate a spike in usage, which means a spike in hard disk space usage. Now that Tiki Central is hosting images, there isn’t room on the server for Ooga-Mooga to have that kind of growth, so we need to upgrade the hard disk. Not a huge deal, but it does push it back a bit; and 2) my work load is (happily!) quite heavy these days. I’m still working on Ooga-Mooga improvements, but it’s happening in little bits & shreds here and there.

Ooga-Mooga 2.0 will allow folks to add their own templates, for mugs and for things beyond mugs, including postcards, menus, salt & pepper shakers & other serveware, matchbooks, swizzles, LPs, what have you. It will also include notifications when a mug on your wish list comes up for sale via Ooga-Mooga, and some general usability improvements that will be more subtle, but snazzy nonetheless. I’m not going to give a target date for when the rollout will be, because that’ll just make folks antsy. I can hardly wait for it myself, though!

October 23rd, 2006 - By Humuhumu

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For the past few weeks, the wonderful and generous Tiki Kate has been entering templates into Ooga-Mooga, for the good of her ever-tiki-mug-lovin’ brethren (and sistren?). Tiki Kate offered to lend a hand with Ooga-Mooga while I work behind the scenes to get Ooga-Mooga 2.0 finished. She has simply been a massive help, and I cannot thank her enough.

January 27th, 2006 - By Humuhumu

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Ooga-Mooga has reached a cool milestone — there are now over 1,000 mug templates in Ooga-Mooga. Some other fun numbers — there are 129 collections in Ooga-Mooga, with just shy of 3,000 mugs! All those mugs would hold 147.6 gallons of tastiness if they were all used at once.

Ooga-Mooga has grown a huge amount in the short six months it has been in existence. I’m incredibly pleased with how it’s caught on, and with the stories I’ve heard from folks who have loved using it, with all the neat things I’ve learned about mugs, and with how many gorgeous collections I’ve gotten to see. I wish now to make it accessible to even more people, and so I’ve instituted a dramatic price reduction — a Standard account is now just $1/month (or $12/year), and a full-access Trader account is only $1.50/month (or $18/year)!

It means so much to me that there have been so many people who have believed in Ooga-Mooga right from the get-go, and to thank those who signed up for Ooga-Mooga at the old prices, I have given them a Free Lifetime Membership. If you’re one of those folks, you should have a PM from me with details.

Mahalo to all the Ooga-Mooga members!