Saturday, January 14, 2006

Saturday morning blog housekeeping

We're nearly two weeks into the new year, and things are settling down to normal. Those who remember what I said a month ago on my first blogiversary about my plans for the second year may have recognized that those plans have gotten a bit sidetracked. (For one thing, my posting activity this week has been more frequent and manic than it usually is. I don't really know why. It just was.)

Next week, it's time to start implementing what I had planned. Over the weekend, I'll scour my archives for the first of a series of scientific papers to discuss. Also, I'll try to settle on a bogus treatment of the week to take a critical look at. And, of course, I'll continue to fine-tune the new template. Yes, new template has been up a few days now, and I think it's probably what I'll stick with for a while. There will, of course continue to be tweaks that will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but nothing like what's been happening over the last couple of weeks.

Finally, I have to note the launch a couple of days ago of ScienceBlogs. A couple of heavy hitters in the science blogging world, such as Deltoid, Pharyngula, and The Intersection have moved over there (note the new URLs), along with some of my usual daily or weekly reads, such as Living the Scientific Live, Evolgen, and Dispatches from the Culture Wars, among several others. More will likely join soon. I'll be updating the science links in the right sidebar as I learn of the changes.

Speaking of major change, I think I'll take this opportunity to mention that there is a fairly strong possibility that big changes in terms of hosting and my blogging platform could be on the way in the near future if I can work some things out that have been making me hesitate to make the move over the last couple of months.

Or there may not. There are a couple of things that might keep these changes from happening, which is why I'm being intentionally vague right now. Even so, I wanted to mention it, so that if it happens it doesn't come as a surprise.

We'll see how things go.

But, whatever happens, I'll keep you informed. Whatever I end up doing, I don't just want to rest on my laurels (minor as they are) but to keep finding new and innovative ways to present the best insolence on the planet to you...

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At 1/14/2006 10:43 AM, Anonymous TheProbe said...

the one problem I am having with the new format is that the articles are appearing BELOW the end of the VERY loooooooong sidebar in IE.

 

At 1/14/2006 11:56 AM, Blogger Orac said...

That's the first time I've ever heard of that problem. The template looks fine in Firefox, Opera, Netscape, Safari, and Camino. It even looks fine on IE 5.2 for the Mac. The complaint I've heard is that the right sidebar gets pushed to the bottom. I've never heard of the center panel doing that. I have no idea how to fix the problem, other than going back to a generic template.

 

At 1/14/2006 12:05 PM, Blogger Orac said...

It looks OK on IE for Windows using Virtual PC right now, except that for some reason it seems to randomly insert another background layer above the header, pushing all the content down. I'll have to figure out the problem...

 

At 1/15/2006 3:03 AM, Blogger Ali said...

Ooh, I like the scienceblogs thing, thanks for the tip. I noticed it's hosted by the seed network (Seed magazine), which is very clever on their part (great way to increase subscription). It's a very cool magazine - I recommend picking it up and looking at it next time you're at the newsstand. They take an interesting and attractive approach to disseminating (pun intended) science news.

 

At 1/16/2006 8:43 AM, Blogger OORANOS said...

Have a good time

 

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