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Imbolc Update

Posted 2014.02.01 8.52 in Pointless Blather, Spiritual

The past six weeks, from Yule to Imbolc, have been pretty unpleasant here.

We had the ice storm, which led to damage to the house and a week-long power outage. My cats and I had to seek refuge with my sister. The house almost froze over while I was away and all my aquarium pets died.

Since the power was restored, my fridge has died, my furnace has needed work twice, the washer and dryer have needed attention, and the stairs to the cellar collapsed.

All in all, it’s been an unpleasant (and expensive) six weeks. Here’s hoping that things will improve between now and Ostara.

Looking ahead, I’m still working hard to get the update to Wicca Plus finished. It’s about a fortnight behind schedule due to the aforementioned issues, but with luck it should be completed shortly.

Imbolc

Lighter

Posted 2013.07.20 17.23 in Computers/Internet/Technology

I’m trying a lighter look for the site. Lighter, less busy, more simple? Light-and-plain seems to be the style these days. Not sure I like it.

I had my custom  radiogram-based ‘Missives’ theme up since  November 2010, and every now and then and then I’ve thought about replacing it.

Like the last one, this one is also home-brewed. As of this writing it’s also incomplete – no way to link to the static pages yet.

Give it a couple days and see where it goes. I’ll either finish it so it’s got all the bells and whistles it needs, or I’ll drop back to ‘Missive’ again.

In the mean time if anyone really needs to find the pages, either use the search box in the sidebar to find what you’re looking for, or try the Site Map.

Edit: I’ve added the top level page menu. Haven’t decided how to present the secondary and tertiary levels yet.

Cheers.

Theme Thoughts

Posted 2012.12.10 13.46 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Lately I’ve been feeling a little bit bored with the theme of this site.

I mean, I still think some bits are clever. And I like to think it’s easy to read… well not-difficult at least.

But it’s been around a while – a  year? Two? I don’t remember.

It’s all based around radio transmissions (the post format is inspired by formal radio traffic forms) but I haven’t been active in amateur radio for ages — in fact I wasn’t an active ham when I created this theme.

On the other hand, it works and I’m lazy, so odds are it’ll persist a while longer.

Or not. Maybe I’ll play around with it, or bits of it, here and there.

Colour? Or no colour.

I don’t know, as long as it loads fast – that’s the main thing.

I should also do some editing and pruning… I think there’s around 60+ static pages, most of which haven’t been updated in forever, discussing topics I’m no longer involved in.

Oh but if I move them around or purge stuff, that’ll break links and what-not… Maybe I’ll just add a banner warning that I’m no longer actively blah-blahing the blah.

Whatever… my train of thought derailed at the last bend and I’ve forgotten what

Da New Theme

Posted 2010.11.14 9.28 in Computers/Internet/Technology

So I spent most of the day yesterday making a new theme for my site here. I started from scratch, no nabbing someone else’s theme that was ‘close’ and then modding it.

The goal was: Emphasize the ‘transmissions’ aspect, make it feel more like my posts were actual bulletins, radiograms, missives. Bring in an older ‘feel’, sort of retro vintage. I went with mostly monochrome because I like monochrome. There’s splashes of colour here and there of course. And some whimsey, insofar as there are the occasional elements of randomness.

Have I achieved my goal? No. Not yet, at least. The area that’s lacking the most is the header, which is kind of silly since it’s the bit you see first.

Still, I suppose that is the hardest part for me to get ‘perfect’ so I’ve left it till last and then thus-far only made a half-assed effort. It’s functional, but it’s not what I want.

The old theme hasn’t been removed, so I can fall back on that if the new look is overwhelmingly voted as hated-by-all, ugly-as-sin, or crimes-against-my-eyeballs.

In the mean-time, I’ll keep poking at the header till it looks at least halfway decent.

Cheers!

Update: Ok now I’m happy with the header. Sure, the secondary and tertiary dropdown menus aren’t great, but they only appear when you hover. I’m liking the scope and the screen and the buttons.

Best Before Conspiracy

Posted 2010.03.02 9.31 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

When I’m at the grocery store, buying perishable products, I’m always careful to check the expiry dates (aka Best Before dates.) I can’t afford to throw food out so I’m always very careful not to buy short-dated stuff.

Especially milk (aka half-and-half creamer). Gotta have some widener in my coffee, or it’s all hot and black and uncreamy. So when I buy my coffee milk, I am very careful to check the date on the carton. The 10% stuff is usually good for 6 to 8 weeks, and I usually go through it in 10 days, so it’s almost never a problem. Nonetheless, I always check the dates.

(I also have other rules, such as I never take the first one or the last one… the first one is half-exposed to the unrefrigerated air in the grocery store, and the last one is suspect by virtue of hiding at the back, so I always take one from the middle.)

Anyhow, so I recently stumbled onto a new conspiracy with these so-called best before dates. See, I brought home a carton of coffee milk, and put it in my fridge. No big deal. The following morning I took the carton out, and was surprised to find that the best before date said the milk was going to expire in a week. I know it said it was good for a month, when I bought it.

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Can you cut back 90% of anything?

Posted 2009.08.04 10.11 in Pointless Blather, Uncategorized

Sometimes, insomnia works out. Waking up at 5am and being unable to get back to sleep, I found myself watching a televised lecture about climate change, given by Gwynne Dyer. It was a bit frightening, and, dare I say it, a bit dire.

I think at some level, when people hear talks about climate change, they tend to think it is alarmist, that people are making it sound worse than it is. I’m not a scientist, and I don’t know all the facts, but I suspect that by and large those who are trying to raise awareness on the issue are not being alarmist. Rather, the subject, the consequences, are themselves just straightforward alarming. Yet they are also long-term. The damage we’ve done in the past 50 years, the damage we do in the next 20 or 30 years, will likely result in some severe changes and problems for us down the road. But not this afternoon. Not tomorrow. Heck, perhaps not even in the lifetimes of many of those in a position to start doing anything about it right now.

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Q. How many surrealists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Posted 2006.11.28 1.00 in Pointless Blather

A. Two. One to hold the giraffe and the other to fill the bathtub with brightly coloured machine tools.

Found in the sig area of an email by Thomas Stephenson. Thanks Thomas!