On colors and words and the thoughts behind them

It has come to my attention that the new theme does wretched things to certain PDA browsers, rendering my wisdom difficult to enjoy on the go. Can't have that, obviously. Several possibilities exist for a workaround:

  • Try a different web browser. I have no idea what is available for the PDA market, but it couldn't hurt to look.
  • Use an RSS reader. Now that SigSpace employs full-text RSS feeds, you can get all of the content with none of the formatting. About.com has a survey of some of the PDA options.
  • Try a different theme. I have enabled half a dozen or so themes for the site just for my one PDA-based reader, though of course anyone logged in can change their preferred theme by clicking on My Account and then the Edit tab.

It's not often that I make changes based on the needs of one reader, but it's not often that my readers leave threatening voice mails on my home phone, either.

The second major note is that after pondering and searching and upgrading and pondering some more, I've decided that there really isn't a good solution to my problems of classification. I have several years worth of entries which are inconsistently and arbitrarily labeled, several different terms which are spelled exactly the same but which point to different things (e.g. an 'Afghanistan' for blog entries and an 'Afghanistan' for images), and assorted other confusion.

Contrary to popular opinion and the results of even summary observation of my person, I highly value order and clarity. There being no good solution to the problem, I've picked the least of the worst--I cleared out almost all of the vocabularies for the site and am re-tagging every node--447 minus a few which have been deleted--with terms from a single new integrated vocabulary for everything but stuff like this: meta-articles about the site itself. I kept that vocab, since that sort of thing hasn't really changed much.

I'm working my way back so that the more recent things get tagged first. All of the content is still here--it's just no longer classified. Since I'm easily amused by my own writing, I don't expect this to be overly onerous.

In other news, the laptop's problematic video weirdness has manifested into complete nonfunction. The wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead. I haven't decided what to do about it just yet, but I'm kind of glad now that I didn't get around to activating the Windows 2003 Server install. Wish I could have finished my Jedi Academy game, though--I was almost done. Also wish I had the site backups on another machine.

Sig

Comments

Hooray!

Thanks for the full RSS feeds, it really makes a difference!

Yeah,t hat's the problem

Yeah,t hat's the problem with metatags - any sorting method, really - but metatags in particular.

You want to come up with somethign that anticipates sorting needs in the future. This is in fact a lost cause until such day as functional crystal balls hit the market.

The best Idea I've had so far is a system whereby you can automatically add a new metatag, and are then prompted to reclassify some portion of your existing database as appropriate. Probably best if the tags were hierarchial for that.

sig wrote: In other news,

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In other news, the laptop's problematic video weirdness has manifested into complete nonfunction. The wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead. I haven't decided what to do about it just yet, but I'm kind of glad now that I didn't get around to activating the Windows 2003 Server install. Wish I could have finished my Jedi Academy game, though--I was almost done. Also wish I had the site backups on another machine.

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Crap, are you serious? I'm sorry, I feel like a heel now. I was assuming when I gave it to you you would have more life out of the GPU than that. (course I have already had numerous lectures from my father on the expanded nature of the word 'assume" so you would think that I wouldn't anymore...see, you shouldn't assume...)

No worries

Things like this happen to me often enough that I tend not to get overly attached to any hardware any longer. There's nothing on the drive super critical--it's just kind of amusing that the one time I back up the web site before upgrading is the time that the backup platform dies.

I got a fair bit of use out of it, and it's not a for-sure dead thing yet--I just don't have time or tools to go in depth on it right now. Worst case scenario, I can slap the hard drive in another system and recover the data in question.

Sig