R&D continues

Research and development on the home page continues. The categorical updates seemed a little wrong since there are a couple of categories I don’t post in very often. Now I am posting excerpts from the last five posts on the home page in what I hope is a more attractive format.

As an aside, I will post my web design notes in Site News more often. However, I still have to find the best way to include raw PHP code into the post without WordPress rendering it into HTML.

New home page

The blog page is now separate from the home page, something I’ve been meaning to try for a while. It helps when I generate lists of pages. A selection of recent posts are excerpted on the home page. It took a fair amount of research and trial and error on my part to make these changes but it looks like nothing, right?

I’ve also been messing around with sidebar widgets, a WordPress automation feature for the menu. Everything I have over there now is customized. The widgets are not so easily customizable, so I’m not quite ready for them, but they’ll come in handy later.

Brainstorming for titles

I’m trying to come up with a better name for the Virtual Adam category of this blog. The name made a little more sense in the pre-blogging days of Adam’s artificial habitat, but now isn’t everything here virtual Adam?

I’m toying around with variations of my new favorite vocabulary word “quotidian” (it means “everyday” or “ordinary”). I like this derivation: Quotidiana. It is already in use as a title by a couple of websites, though. I also stumbled upon the term glossa ordinaria, which refers to a medieval commentary on academic lectures. I like the way it sounds but in literal terms wouldn’t that be more appropriate for the Adam Says category (another one I’d like to re-name)?

I thought the titles for the sections of my original site were pretty clever, like Right Brain and Virtual Adam, but they don’t fit the blog format. For that matter, bloggers are favoring the more informal tags, which function more like keywords, over formal blog categories. I’ve already converted my subcategories to tags, and kept only the broadest categories.

Using Latin feels a little pretentious, especially since I don’t speak it. I could play off my glaciological domain name and name the categories things like esker, drumlin, and roche moutonnรฉe, but that’s getting way too esoteric.

Smilies

I’m working on some custom “smilies” for this blog:

smile :)
biggrin ๐Ÿ˜€
sad :(
surprised ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
confused ๐Ÿ˜•
eek ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
cool 8)
mad ๐Ÿ˜ก
razz ๐Ÿ˜›
neutral ๐Ÿ˜
wink ๐Ÿ˜‰
lol ๐Ÿ˜†
redface ๐Ÿ˜ณ
cry ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
evil ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
twisted ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
rolleyes :roll:
exclaim โ—
question โ“
idea ๐Ÿ’ก
arrow โžก
mrgreen :mrgreen:

Download Aah Smilies if you want to use them.

Right brain

I’ve moved my poems, short stories, and other creative works to the Right brain category. I want this site’s content to be driven by the blog posts (the blog functions as a database) rather than static pages. If you are looking for something, use the search function in the sidebar menu.

Artwork and some other things are still at the old site. I’m still trying to find ways to migrate content from there to here. It’s a process.

A code of conduct for the Web?

I heard a story on NPR about call for a “Code of Conduct” for the World Wide Web. The idea has been floated and debated by some influential tech bloggers. Proponents claim it would restore civility, accountability, and the confidence of bloggers who get heaped with offensive and threatening messages. Critics call it censorship.

I rarely get legitimate comments (those that aren’t spam) on this blog, but last month someone submitted a comment that I interpreted as a veiled threat. I wasn’t sure if I should post it or not. It’s never been my intention to censor people who want to post here, but that intention failed an early test. I’ve written my share of vitriol aimed at public officials, celebrities, the Boston Red Sox, and other scoundrels. But I decided not to post that comment or any future comments that I consider abusive to me or (the few) others who use this blog. Here’s why: I maintain this site for fun and at my own expense. When it stops being fun, I will stop posting. For now, that will stand as my code of conduct for Adam’s artificial habitat.

My first threat

My blog is in general a quiet one, read frequently by my friends and relatives who use it to keep in touch. But today I received a comment here from someone actually threatening to tell my coworkers why I called in sick this week. I posted why–or at least the part I cared to share with the World Wide Web–on Tuesday, March 20, 2007.

So if you are not here to share in the fun, please don’t bother commenting.

New home for my blog

Well it took me half a day yesterday to get this set up here. LiveJournal doesn’t let you export the whole blog at once; you have to do it month by month. My short term goal here is to have the journal ready for when I move to Iowa; I should be able to update regularly once I get there in a couple of weeks. My long term goal is to revamp my personal website, Adam’s artificial habitat, and integrate with the blog so it’s all seamless.

Yeah, Adam, good luck with that.