It's funny really, one of my main reasons for switching to a Rails-based blogging platform way back when was to become more familiar with web technologies. As it turned out I never really did much of that, but since switching back to Wordpress I've been tinkering away madly, and astute observers may have noticed the results on this site.
For now let me just point out a seemingly small change to the site. The dates of the posts and comments are now displayed in a more human-friendly manner such as "3 days ago" or "20 minutes later". This was a feature of Typo that I liked enough to port to my Mephisto theme, and which (I thought) would be fairly simple to get into Wordpress.
It wasn't. Read on for the war story.[Read more →]
In the world of the manufactured consumer item, there has long been a tradition of techniques which convey an impression of underlying quality to the prospective purchaser. For example, it is never going to hurt sales if you display the words "Made in Germany" prominently on your item's packaging. And I've heard that disproportionate engineering resources are typically expended on a car's doors, in order to get just the right "clunk" to impress potential customers on the showroom floor.[Read more →]