Category Archives: Blogging
The last time I made any significant change to the design of this blog was when I moved it from being a guest on editthispage.com to my own domain. That was in 2005, and at the time, I had to ensure that the blog would be readable by my Mom on her 800x600 screen. So I took a then-new WordPress theme and adapted it to my needs by putting it onto a piece of wood and banging a few nails through it.
My original design constraints became irrelevant more than five years ago, but every time I thought about changing the appearance of the blog, I thought about the mass of CSS and PHP I’d have to deal with and put the project aside for another day. Or year.
This week, though, I started assisting the Webmaster of the Los Gatos Silver Tongued Cats Toastmasters club in moving our site from FreeToastHost to WordPress (a project not yet complete), and he showed me how easy it was to make changes using modern themes and their associated widgets. So I spent this afternoon updating this blog to use the Weaver theme; the hardest part was figuring out how to get my Google AdSense to display where I wanted it (under the title) at the full width of the page (the answer: put the AdSense code in as a snippet instead of using the header widget).
I’m not sure that I’m finished with the redesign, but it certainly seems more modern (and less tiring to read on a widescreen display). Comments are welcome, of course.
- Way back in November, Ed Costello weighed in on my Ubuntu problems (fortunately, that machine's no longer an issue for me).
- Mike Lipsie commented about לקונדל and its underlying conjugation.
- November 30th's posting on Free Rice brought out comments from Sacha Chua and Barbara Finkelstein, and I've responded in the comments to that post.
- In mid-December, David Preston taunted me because he got his XO long before I did. But now I've got mine, so I don't care.
- Henry Bankhead at the Los Gatos Library explained how to get to their catalog via Worldcat.
- Turbo Todd Watson recommended I read the book version of Charlie Wilson's War (which I'm in the process of doing -- and I agree, it's even wilder than the movie!).
- Marshall Goldsmith noticed my comments on his book.
- Cathleen Rittereiser offered me help in Getting Nothing Done. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to go back to Getting Things Done until vacation rolls around again, though.
- My posts  and  on Twitter brought out comments from Connie Reece, Ed Costello, Sacha Chua, and Len Edgerly.
- I was not alone in being underwhelmed by Gentlemen of the Road - Downstreamer agreed.
- Richard Schwartz is trying to incite me to play a game.
- And finally, Xavier Verges and Ed Costello wish they had their XOs now thatI got mine.
NewsGator Daily: “This morning we announced the release of NewsGator Mobile for iPhone, a free newsreader that takes advantage of the unique design and user interface of Apple’s wildly popular new device. The free service, which works with iPhones and other mobile devices is accessible at http://m.newsgator.com.” [via Brent]So naturally, I had to try it. I like it...a lot! It won't replace reading blogs on a real computer (especially those only available inside the firewall), but it's sure convenient and makes it easy to zip through an accumulation of items in a few spare minutes. Very cool indeed!