More admin stuff

How sick of these posts are you?

  • The Disqus thing is DEAD. The more I read the more I realized it was a mistake. Yes, I have to build out some of the features, but ultimately it’s better to keep it all in house and not make it so hard to comment. Sorry. I just removed all the other part of this post that originally talked about it. Dead.
  • The random quotes could use some filling out, so if you have good, short, pithy stuff you’d like to see in the rotation, comment away. You know what we’re after. Geekery, stuff about freedom, etc.
  • Next major thing is the Best of Lee idea. More on that when I figure out a few things
  • I’m pretty sure there’s something else I was supposed to be doing or building or fixing. But I’m past remembering. If you have suggestions or ideas, lay ‘em on me. Or if you can read my memories, do that.
  • BIG thanks to Kimpost for the clean render of the Cali/Sickle logo. If you’re not seeing it, clear your cache. It’s sweet.

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  1. Anonymous

    Honestly I kinda hate the Disqus comments. I don’t think they look as good as the other ones, the extra signin is annoying, yadda yadda. But they’re deal-with-able, so if it’s that much easier, then no big. I will adapt.

    Hm. Since being fictional doesn’t stop you from being in the quotefile, since I recall Yoda being in there:

    Freedom is the right of all sentient beings. – Optimus Prime

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  2. JimK

    Do we all hate Disqus? I mean, if we really hate it, I can shitcan it. I’m sure I was like, one or two experiments away from getting a workable system in place anyway…

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  3. section8pt2

    Damn, there’s a lot of gadgets on here. It’s like my cellphone, I like all the extras, just don’t know how to use a damn one of them. Pretty cool though. I’ll just limit myself to my standard inane posts.

    … such as this one.

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  4. Richtaylor365

    Aside from those little buttons I mentioned in the other post (bold, underline, italicize, hyperlink, etc) that I would like added, the other thing I noticed is that it takes a long time for the added comments to surface in the “Recent Comments” section on the right. I did a couple of experiments today, each time I added a comment, I would check the “Recent Comments” section and each time the new comments did not surface for at least 10 minutes, sometimes longer. I can see where this will be a problem. Some of the best shoot outs we’ve had here have been rapid fire, staccato comments back and forth in real time, the only way that can happen is if the new comment is shown in the “Recent Comments” section in a timely manner. Something else to consider.

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  5. Richtaylor365

    The added comment shows up right away in the post section, but not in the “Recent Comment” section, I’ll refresh every minute to see how long it takes.

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  6. JimK *

    I now have two decent “recent comment” widgets. One excerpts a teeny bit of the comment, the other is prettier. Looking for one that combines the two and updates real-time and then we’ll be set

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  7. richtaylor365

    Everything looks good, nice fix. Regarding more rotating random quotes, there is some usable stuff here:

    Some keepers:

    “My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.”
    Penn Jillette

    “Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.”
    William Feather

    “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
    Henry David Thoreau

    “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
    George Burns

    “If you believe everything you read, better not read.”
    Japanese Proverb

    “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”
    Charles Wadsworth

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  8. West Virginia Rebel

    I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
    H. L. Mencken

    Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser.
    Donald Trump

    Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
    Mark Twain

    My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
    Steven Wright

    Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.
    Groucho Marx

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  9. Screamin

    My personal favorite collection of pithy quotes come from H.L. Mencken:

    There are a few choice ones in there…my personal faves:

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”

    It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”

    And one for Lee:

    “Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”

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  10. Rann

    Hm. Is there a way to set it to show the thread the replies are to? The showing a bit of the comment is nice, but it’d be good to know what subject they’re replying to. Like, if I see:

    “richtaylor365 said Muirgeo, unwittingly of course, has provided us wi…”

    I don’t know what Muirgeo’s been stupid about lately!

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  11. hist_ed

    Post titles would be nice. Also a longer list of recent comments. The old site had 30. I generally check in once a day, so when the arguements having been flying fast there can be a lot of history to wade through.

    Also Jim, its good to see you posting more.

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  12. HARLEY

    “The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.”
    — Larry Niven (Ringworld)

    “Mother Nature doesn’t care if you’re having fun. ”
    — Larry Niven

    “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don’t have a space program, it’ll serve us right!”
    — Larry Niven

    “That’s the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.”

    “1a) Never throw shit at an armed man.
    1b) Never stand next to someone who is throwing shit at an armed man.”
    — Larry Niven (N-Space)

    “Ethics change with technology.”
    — Larry Niven (N-Space)

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  13. thelastdakrat

    I’ve finally registered and gotten a gravatar.

    While you’re still playing with everything Jim, is there a way you could have it so that the content under read more displays without taking you to a new page?

    I also don’t seem to be able to get a blank line between paragraphs. At least not in preview.

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  14. JimK *

    New live preview. Almost killed me but I got it installed.

    And it shows line breaks. :)

    As for the read more…because of the jscript/jQuery and AJAX-y nature of WordPress, if you hard-code the necessary javascript it can interact badly with other things. The pages load fully in the background and then certain scripts act on objects in the page. The live “read more” expand/contract thing breaks a LOT of stuff, and it’s entirely unpredictable what it might break in the future even if I could get it working now.

    Just in case someone is about to suggest full articles on the main page…I genuinely hate how that ends up looking. It’s just a wall of text. Yes, I want function and things to flow smoothly, but part of me is still a designer and dammit, excerpts are PRETTIER! :)

    Now excuse me while I stomp my feet and shake my head like a four year old girl. :)

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  15. thelastdakrat

    It’s damn good to be here. I never really left. I read every day. Just don’t have much time to participate. Glad to see more participation now with the new site.

    I was about to complain about not having a preview button, until I finally figured out what JimK meant by live preview.

    Pretty awesome.

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