Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Monday, December 13



Well, that doesn't look so good.

Update: Okay, better. Ish. Better-ish. Kind of bland, though. Needs salt.

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Saturday, December 11


Irony is Dead, Man!

I just got ten twelve spam comments to a single post. Advertising spam-blocking tools. And four more to another post.

Maybe I should change the name of my blog to "Ambient Idiocy".

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Friday, December 10


Wrong Way, Go Back!

Expression Engine is not the future of It simply isn't designed to handle what we do. It could be done - EE is nothing if not flexible - but it would be terribly awkward.

So tomorrow, I get to convert Ambient Irony to MT3. Yay. It's either that or go back to writing Minx...

Damn. Now I have to scroll sideways again.

Update: Back to MT 2.6 for now. Moof.

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Thursday, December 09


I Do Not Like It, Sam I Am

I don't think I like Expression Engine very much. Not in a boat, and most certainly not with a goat.

It works, it's very flexible, it's amazingly awkward to configure and use, and it's slow as a wet week at delivering pages. If you turn template caching on - which you need to do individually for each template in each blog - it's only as slow as a wet Tuesday, but caching has its own drawbacks. (The cache isn't fully automatic, so when you change certain things you have to manually clear the cache before it shows up.)

And the user inteface screens have that charming designed-for-IE bug where no matter what screen size you have, they are always this much wider than your screen - so you have to scroll sideways to click on the submit button.

To be fair, you don't normally spend that much time fiddling with the configuration of your blog once you have it working. Templates, maybe, but not the low-level fiddly bits. The annoying thing is that EE comes with the low-level fiddly bits set all wrong for what we want to do at MuNu, and you can't just throw a switch to make it right, you have to run around fixing and, um, fiddling.

I'll stick with it for a while and see how it goes. Now I just need to scroll to the right because the Update button has hidden itself again.

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