I’m renaming the ‘Old Game Tuesday’ feature ‘Vintage Gaming’, so I don’t feel so bad about missing it/being late with it. Also, when I DO write them up, I love it so much I want to post it right away. So, now I will. Also, if you have something you’d like to contribute or cross-promote that’s related, send me an email at mightytick at Google’s mail service. :D
Ever so quietly, a link to the forum section of the site has returned. Why? Well, mostly because I wanted to play around a bit. It’s been upgraded to the latest version of SMF for the forum software, and has a dice roller to make forum games much easier. If anyone wants to join – or reactivate a long dormant account – have at it. What can you do there? Chat about stuff long form, of course, but I have the itch to game again. If anyone wants to start up a play by post game of Dungeons and Dragons or something similar, let me know and I’ll dedicate a forum to it. Might very well start up another newbie game myself. Anyway, you have the link, check it out.
Oh, if you need an account, either comment here, email me at mighty tick at google’s mail service, or send up a signal flare. Keeping it closed so I don’t have to deal with spam.
Hey, guys. I have decided to put a little separation between my Sabres/NHL bloggin’ and tweetin’, and everything else. So now, if you want to read about my thoughts on the Buffalo Sabres, go to Shutdown Pair. This site is still where you want to go for everything else, including my movie reviews, gadget talk, computer geekery, enormously cute kids, and so on. Along with this, there is another twitter account just for Sabres stuff: @TheTickSP. I’m sure my Facebook friends will be happy about that one. ;) So, join me at the new place, follow that twitter account, and feel free to unfollow @HIYLJ if you don’t want to hear about my thoughts on the summer blockbusters, new Android phones, or Diablo III.
As a slightly popular blogger, I get a good amount of spam comments, though most is caught by the filters. The rest vary from ugly linkfests to sneaky-sly advertising. Here’s a recent favorite (note, may be some swearing):
name: step ladders
Hello, Mr. Ladders! The lowercase name is edgy. And ‘step’, your parents were unique. I like it.
I wanted to post this warning: The country is being flooded with cheap imported scaffolding, ladders, and step ladders made in China from poor quality materials that are not up to the job,
Oh SHIT, stop the presses! I am appalled that any product manufactured in that country would be poorly constructed. Please, tell me more. I beg you.
they even carry fake Quality and Safety Standards marks.
My love of this fine government requires me to be angry about this.
DO NOT BUY cheap equipment like this, it is dangerous and could collapse without warning.
Collapsing with a warning is A-OK. The CPSC requirement is to put a bell on each end of the scaffolding, so you know if it’s falling.
Spammers are always so polite.
Just a heads up: If you normally browse HIYLJ from a handheld device (and I am impressed at how many of you do), you should now get a much more small-screen friendly display thanks to the WPTouch plugin. If you’ve seen the Willful Caboose via a mobile browser, you’ve got the right idea.
As you can tell by now, I’ve switched over to a new theme. It’s more compliant with the newer version of WordPress, as well as very flexible and customizable. I’m probably not done tweaking/messing around, so if there are suggestions or concerns, let me know (either in the comments here or via the contact form at the top) and I’ll do my best to rectify them. Or at least make some concerned sounding noises.
Just an FYI guys, the bloggy portion of things was upgraded to WordPress 2.6. I like some of the new features, like post edit tracking, a Press This! bookmarklet to let you easily blog about whatever you are viewing, theme previews (nice since I change themes a LOT), image captions, word count…you can see the others here. SWEET. I just want to add another line or two of text in order to test post versioning and the wrap.
Wordle is a site that’s making the blog-rounds. The site has a Java applet where you can put in a bunch of text (or your del.icio.us tags) and makes tag clouds out of them, with multiple font/color options. I made on of the headers on my site with it, and there are some really interesting ones on their site (you can save them to a gallery there). Here’s Barack Obama’s ‘Race Speech’ as interpreted by Wordle, for instance. Saw it at Lifehacker but it’s all over the place.
Inspired by Kevin’s blogroll editing, I’ve taken a look at my blogroll and tweaked it. For me, since there were so few links, it really involves adding and not subtracting. Any of the sites I have gone back to after the first visit are in. If it’s something I’ve linked to, it’s pretty much in (unless I forgot it). Most places I’ve seen inbound links from are in. If anyone else wants in, drop me a comment here and I’ll take a look. If you’ve linked me and I haven’t noticed, let me know as I’m more than happy to return the favor.
I went ahead and installed WordPress 2.5, let me know if there are any issues that crop up. Looks like most of my plugins work, with the notable exception of WP-United. So, no forum/WP integration, but that really just affects me. Anyway, enjoy!
Drew McLellan has posted a very good run down of how to improve blog (and general website) performance. It covers caching, outsourcing of feeds, and using something like Amazon’s S3 to host large files, just as an example.
Heck, there are (amazingly enough) 24 different articles on the 24ways site that deal with all sorts of web design quirks. Very good stuff there, check it out.