Posts Tagged ‘macstansbury’

Still Back, Suckers…


Just ill. As in “sick”. That kind of ill.

I’m illin’ without no penicillin.

Okay, that was terrible. I should just stop and go to sleep again. Maybe take some Tylenol. Or the equivalent generic substitute.

While I’m recovering, here’s a picture of some cute puppies.

puppy pies!

You can just feel the emotional manipulation, can’t you?

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I’m Back, Losers!

economics / education / environment / judiciary / politics / religion / security / technology

Sort of.


For a while.

We’ll see if I like it or not. My life has had some twists and turns lately, and maybe I need a release. Or a drink.

Yeah, probably a drink.

Or 11.

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I ruin worlds (and something about WordPress)


If you can read this, then you have the ability to read. Thank a teacher or something.

And if you can read this and you are using a web browser, then thank the browser–maker people and the folks that make WordPress. Because that’s what you’re looking at. WordPress.

Unless I’ve changed it to something else, and you are reading this in the future. If you are in the future, what’s it like? We got flying cars yet? Seriously, I wants me a flying car, and I wants it right now.

Or…a robot servant. One that won’t backtalk.

Makes me sandwiches.

I want a sandwich.

Anyways, the site now runs on WordPress. Continue the rest of your lives as usual.

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So, that bad idea I was going on about


Just thought I’d let you know, it’s back on like Donkey Kong! Yep, I’m back to going back to going back to the drawing board. Again. This time for reals — I’m being totally cereal, you guys.

Plus, I’ll have a nifty GPL–ed WordPress theme that looks just like this site! So you too can steal my theme and fill it full of crap I’d never use. Like TrackBacks, or lots of ads, or pictures of cats, or…comments.

Point being, soon I’ll be transitioning this site back to WordPress (part 5).

Good times, good times.

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I have forgotten more about quitting blogging than you will ever know


So. August. Hi, new month!

Just thought I’d let you know that I am not quitting (for once).

Continue your month normally.

In other, non–quitting–blogging MacStansbury news, everything on my computer is old. Therefore, I need new computer stuff. Must make a note to myself to remind myself become incredibly wealthy.

Or steal.

One of those two.

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More on that bad idea


Teaser image 2

Things coming along, slowly. Stunningly, no fires.


Nothing’s ready to show off quite yet, but it’s looking like I’ll have something done by the end of the year. I’m just gonna be non–specific about which year.

Past hints: Teaser image

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So, I had this idea about WordPress…


Back in 2006, I had this nifty idea to jettison comments. First of all, they added little to the immediate subject. Also, I didn’t like the compromises I had to choose from with either anonymity or registration. The more popular my site became, the harder it was to police…unless there was nothing to police.

That led to be put together my site sans commentary. It seemed like it made sense at the time, so I went with it. First I was using TextPattern (and I still keep that thing around, somewhere — I love it). But I went with WordPress. And I turned the comment off. Permanently.

I guess my decision was based on a combination of hype and contempt. WordPress was just getting exciting, with the new version 2.0 starting to hit its stride. Messing with templates was just enough to keep me interested, and to make a site that worked just how I wanted. Not having to style comments, or figure out how to con people into registering was refreshing.

It wasn’t long, however, before I started to find the problems with the platform. While the system works well as a one–blog producer, it really isn’t that complete as a full–site solution. Plus, to get it to do anything, you needed a plugin.

While I found ways to work around the limitations, I kept on running into the same problem over and over again: why am I making the server do all that work on a page that almost never changes? That was the whole point of moving to Movable Type — to cut down on server load for a resource–light site.

It’s funny now seeing the other blogs that are buying into my 2006 philosophy. I got over that earlier this year, when I decided to be more of who I really am. That, and to interact with who I know you are (or don’t know, I guess). Now I’m all about the comments and the peoples. And I think I’m ready for my soapbox…

Movable Type soapbox

As a sidenote, this is just me telling anyone that’s gearing up for my comments–less WordPress experience: have you thought of just writing the HTML yourself? I mean, it’d make your server happy, plus you’d learn a new skill!

But for those of you who don’t want to cook it yourself, there’s always Movable Type. It will make the pages work exactly the same while allowing just as many comments. Plus, you can stick it to the man (if you’re really all that against–the–man–y).

As another added benefit, you’ll get the pleasure of answering, “well, have you even tried WordPress?” about 50 times a week. That’s always a reassuring way to let you know that people know what they’re talking about.

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Stars & Stripes FOREVER!

security / technology

Sam the Eagle gives us a reminder of why we have our Constitution: to keep us safe from weirdos. Brings a tear to my eye, it does.

Click through to see Sam the Eagle lead the Muppets in a rousing rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever.

Aside on Vimeo

The idea behind moving to a grid–based, wide–screen format was that I wanted to do two things. First, I wanted to make the site are readable as possible while balancing font sizes and width. Likewise, I wanted to post wide–format images and videos, and display them easily.

What I love about Vimeo is that you get great video quality so you can make the video ginormous without it looking like a free video sharing site. And most of the video producers there use a wide format, so it fits right into my site design. Plus, there is not so much as a hint of “Social Network VLog Interaction Design Yada Yada.”

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Where was I?

politics / religion / technology

Okay, last time I stopped doing this thing, the Republicans were going steadfastly into defeat, nobody was reporting the good news in Iraq, religion was being blamed for everything that’s wrong, and my biggest source of traffic was spammers going through a link on TechCrunch.

Yep, seems like I never left.

Oh…this is probably a big mistake…

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Halo, wurld


While putting this nifty site together, I figured I would need to do two important things:

1. Reconfigure the comments so people could interact with it.

2. Not delete it before anybody saw it.
Well, as far as the first one goes, Mission Accomplished! Now let’s see how long number 2 lasts. But the reason for this post is because of the nifty comment system I put in (and how simple it was to hack together).

Because, you know, comments are my life-blood. Yeah, icky, I know.

First of all, I had to get the threading going. You can see that threading in the comments below. That is part of the power of Movable Type 4.2.something…and all it took was figuring out how to get the thing to nest correctly.
What I was really pleased about MTOS 4.2.something was that you could create something like Brian’s Latest Comments without using a single plugin. To get it to work, all you need to do is replace the Recent Comments Widget code with this:

<mt:If tag="BlogCommentCount">
<div class="widget-recent-comments widget">
<h3 class="widget-header">Recent Comments</h3>
<ul class="recent-comments-list"><mt:Entries recently_commented_on="10" >
<div class="widget-content">

<li><a href="<$mt:EntryPermalink$>"rel="bookmark"><$mt:EntryTitle$></a>
<mt:Comments lastn="7" sort_order="descend">
(<$MTEntryCommentCount singular="1" plural="#" none=""$>):</li>
<small class="recent-comments-list">
<mt:if name="__last__">
<a href="<$mt:CommentLink$>"><$mt:CommentAuthor$></a>
<mt:if tag="MTEntryCommentCount" gt="5">
[<mt:CommentEntry><a href="<$mt:EntryPermalink$>">…</a>]</mt:CommentEntry>
<a href="<$mt:CommentLink$>"><$mt:CommentAuthor$></a>,

I swear I have no intention of ever doing any of that Digg-bait-y kind of how-to posts, but I wanted to show off how easy it was to get this to work with just the built-in Movable Type tags. And the first four comments here are just to show off the way things thread, I am not that desperate for comments.


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