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Tweet tweet

As you might have noticed there’s a new item on the sidebar off to the right – that’s right, I have a Twitter account.

I used to be (and still am) pretty disdainful of Twitter as a whole – I remember thinking ‘wtf?’ when Ashton Kutcher suggested that the guys who wrote Twitter would be remembered in the same vein as Alexander Graham Bell. It’s very hard to find anything of substance on there – it’s hard to be profound in 140 characters, unless you truly have a way with words. That is not something I can say about the majority of Twitter’s denizens, most of whom seem content to dial a number provided to them by some teen idol on reflex.

That said, I’ve come to a compromise of sorts, since I have occasionally found that my immediate reaction to something can sometimes be fairly snarky, which is an attribute I value very highly. So I did end up getting an account to preserve quick thoughts like that, thoughts around which I might eventually craft a more coherent opinion.

So, long story short, if you’re wondering what I’m up to in the lengthy interval between my blog updates, the sidebar I just added should tide you over until I find something new to write about.

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Fiddling with the source code

Blog might look weird for a bit. :P

EDIT: I’ve migrated the comments system over to the new WordPress 2.7+ threaded system…you can now associate your replies with other replies, and if you have a Gravatar it should show up too.

Next task – get the AJAX stuff working.

EDIT#2: Well now that’s working too… it needs some styling, but that can wait a bit.

EDIT#3: Went ahead and fixed my CSS anyway, lol. At least the comments page looks sort of presentable now.

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Stretching is good

As you’ve probably noticed by now I’ve made the layout a bit wider, mainly so that the comment threads don’t get squashed smaller and smaller as more people reply. They still get compressed, but now it’s not nearly as much of a problem.

I’ve also added a new banner, which if anything emphasises my lack of creativity in coming up with something that actually matches my blog’s colour scheme.

And er, that’s all I have to say, so in the meantime have my favourite ending theme from the ARIA series.

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More WordPress tweaks

I installed a couple of new plugins over the last couple of days:

  • WP-Cache – this caches all the HTML generated by the PHP in WordPress, so that it doesn’t have to generate it every time someone visits the page. It’s a great way to improve your page latency, so I highly recommend it.
  • WordPress Thread Comment – this basically allows for comment threading, so that I (or anyone else for that matter) can reply to comments as opposed to having to leave comments under other people’s comments. If you leave your email address in the comment you’ll be notified if someone replies to it. There’s a limit to how deep threads can go, though, and the default settings for messages will probably need some, uh, cleaning up. Other than that it seems to work pretty nicely.

And now to go and re-post all my other replies as threads.

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Just about done, I think.

I took one of the existing themes and reworked it to suit my needs. I think it turned out alright. :)

In case you’re curious, the banner picture is from a photograph I took when it snowed here last December – my first real experience with snow in quite some time.

I’m not sure I want to migrate 5 years worth of posts given how tedious it is, but I’ll need to keep my Livejournal account for other things, so it shouldn’t be a problem. For now I’ve just imported all my recent blog posts up until the start of 2008.

So…welcome, everyone! Stay a while and listen. :)

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Importing old posts…

…from LiveJournal. I didn’t even know WordPress had a feature like that…

There are some caveats, though…embedded items don’t show up (those are stored on LJ servers for some reason), and LJ cuts aren’t translated properly. In addition, all the LJ user tags which I used to link to other people’s blogs are missing. And on top of that, the comments and tags don’t carry over either.

Looks like I’ll have a lot of cleaning up to do.

Another peeve – LiveJournal only lets you export your posts one month at a time. Seeing how my LJ post history goes all the way back to 2004, this may be more of a pain than it’s worth.

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