Not that most visitors will notice, but I’ve closed comments on all posts more than a few weeks old. I figure, the fewer potential targets for spam comments, the better. That is, in theory. I’m not sure it’ll make any difference, but I’m hoping it will.
Well, earlier this month I noticed that my last WordPress update finally killed the functionality of the plugin I’d been using to arrange posts in series, and I resolved to find something else. I finally have, but it took me a good chunk of time getting the posts into the series (which means it’s pretty late at night, since we accompanied our friend Nick to a few places today as part of his birthday celebrations, most notably a visit up to the bar in the Bitexaco tower, which is this gigantic building a few blocks from our home with a helipad and observation deck and so on).
Anyway, the layout and appearance are a bit rough for now — I’ll wade into fixing the custom CSS and so on soon, but for tonight, I think I’m done with boring blog maintenance work.
Oh, and a bonus factor: this should speed up site performance. The dead plugin was somehow not only failing to display the links for any post over the 12th in a given series, but it was also creating about half the load for any given pageview for a visitor to my site. Things should be much quicker and more streamlined now. We’ll see, of course…
There’s a pretty respectable lineup and series of topics planned:
- The Beginning – Gregory Frost
- Plot Tricks from the Dark Side – James Patrick Kelly
- How To Fix Your Story After It’s Written and You Discover That It Doesn’t Work – Michael Swanwick
- Why Writing Groups – Mercurio D. Rivera
- What An Editor Wants – Sheila Williams
- Question And Answers – All
It’s £30.00 if you register early, or £35.00 if you sign up after February 27th. You can see more information here.
Which is not to say exam period is over. I mean, I’m overloaded, so… I’ve done up a series of posts starting today, about the issue of using essays in Korean content courses. That’s going to be what my blog displays on autopilot this week, one post a day, as I work my way through the pile of written work needing to be graded. I’ll try get to comments as soon as I can — there’s been a flurry of them, all worthy of responses — but it may take some time.
Also, I can’t find a decent embeddable version of the original, but here’s a pretty good remix. School Food Punishment and Towa Teei are getting me through this week of trying to block out noisy cafe-goers… because I find I am both more benevolent and (somewhat) more merciful when I grade essays in a coffeeshop: