New lick of paint

20 November 2006

You might notice a new design and layout for this site flickering on and off for the next few days. I’m just bringing some final tweaks to bear, you see, and ironing out some wretched IE bugs. It’s all part of a way to encourage me to write a bit more. Again.

So for now, please bear with me. The links are now on the righthand side; if you’re really, really interested in them, it’s probably easiest to be subscribed to my feed, where you’ll get everything.

Impending upgrade

10 November 2006

The comment-spam on this site is really getting out of control; it’s never seeing the world outside, but I’ve got about 700 comments in moderation to deal with. Looks like it’s time to upgrade to WordPress 2.0.5 (from 1.5.2).

Of course, that requires fixing plugins that are crucial to this site but no longer in development. And it requires altering the theme. And writing scary scripts to migrate my post_meta table. Which have all now been done.

And, hey, when you’re having to do that much messing around in PHP, you may as well redesign, right?

Upshot of this is: I’m going to upgrade this site at the weekend, so a few things might end up changing a little, and if you notice said changes, you should shout. The old design will probably stick around for a bit, whilst I polish the new (very simple) one off. And then I’ll ram that live too.

At some point after that, my post about “wrestling with wordpress”, written when I started looking into this process a few months back, will see the light of day. I really don’t want to have to mess with it again. It’s very unpleasant…


10 November 2005

Right now, my mouth stinks, my throat hurts, my nose runs, my eye itches, and my head swells. I want a head transplant. Now.

Brain slowly changing gear

08 November 2005

A short while later, and I’m slowly shifting up, back out of holiday mode. The 280-odd new posts in NetNewsWire are all out of the way. Some interesting stuff – in particular, MacDara’s new look, which is interesting and a little niggling, as it’s a fair bit of the way toward where infovore should be shortly going (though mine will be slightly less chaotically ‘tumbly’) – and also Matt’s recent work for the BBC, which he mentioned at the last Rails/Django meetup. It’s a shame that the London Web Frameworks Day is full – it wasn’t open for registration prior to the holiday, and I’m a bit peeved it’s full. Ah well, there’s still the usual meetup.

My brain’s also beginning to buzz a little, following a whole lot of exciting ideas I had on holiday. Now I’m back, I’ve got the tools to realise them, and also a few more things on the backburner, and it’s all a little bewildering. I’m sure a night’s sleep and a day at work will bring clarity – and a short sharp dose of reality.


06 November 2005

So far:

  • Heating on
  • Email sorted
  • Spam deleted
  • Dinner eaten
  • News watched

Now to: unpack, put some washing on, get 140-odd photos into iPhoto, write something more meaningful about France.

In short, though: fun.

Unexpected hiatus

01 October 2005

Whoops. Unexpected hiatus in posting, there; first the long posts slipped, then the link-posts, and by the time I wasn’t even posting stuff into delicious it was getting desperate. I forgot how busy September gets. Far too many people I know are born in said month, and coupled with new terms (school, university, parliamentary) and a return to longer issues, everything ground to a halt round here. IKB – the temporary theme, an attempt at something more generic – has also kind-of ground to a halt. But it’s been a fertile testing ground and something approaching a “proper design” should return soon to these pages. I’ve also been more development work, in both PHP and Rails. The latter’s still proving enjoyable; I’m hitting the tricky problems now, which is good, because I used to be getting stuck on the basic problems.

Keep your eyes peeled; there’s bound to be good stuff coming soon.