Housekeeping

A few things:

Firstly, I have updated my comment policy, asking all of you who include links in your comments to please use HTML code to do so. It has recently come to my attention that when viewing my blog from Internet Explorer (I use FireFox), a link that is longer than the comment box will throw my entire right column down to the bottom of the page. It doesn’t look very nice.

I in no way want to discourage leaving links in comments — I think that they’re useful, and they even give me an idea for a blog post, on occasion. Just please, use the code! I have provided it for you in the Comment Policy for anyone who doesn’t know it. If you don’t use it, please just know that I will probably edit the comment and change to URL to linked text for you.

Also on the topic of using Internet Explorer, yesterday I viewed my blog from work and saw that my entire blog — sidebars, posts, everything — was centered. When I figured out what the problem was, I realized that it had to have been that way for around a week. Not good! Please, considerate readers, I implore you — if you use a browser different from Firefox and these things happen, tell me. It’s not at all rude, in fact it’s very helpful. Even if you do use FireFox and have problems, it’s fine to tell me in case I don’t already know. You can just leave a comment, or email me if you want to get fancy. Just say something!

On a completely unrelated note, there is an article in an online gaming magazine that is kind of entirely about my Guitar Hero post. It’s particularly strange since I only found out by reading Racialicious. I mean, it’s cool — great, in fact.  Just mildly disorienting.

One last thing — I apologize for the fact that posts are not as frequent as usual. I was the organizer of a Planned Parenthood event this week, which took some time. I’m also finishing up an article (one that I might actually get paid for), the deadline for which is Friday and is leaving me scrambling. So I’m a little short on time. But after that, things should return to normal. Well, mostly. But what’s going on next week is a whole different (and exciting) set of news that you’ll just have to stay tuned for!

0 thoughts on “Housekeeping

  1. Ran

    Relatedly, your blog’s Atom feed is broken (due to the apostrophes in the names of the “women’s health” and “bad ass women’s activist of the week” categories that some entries belong to — in theory you can fix this by changing the feed to put double-quotes around these instead of single-quotes, but I don’t know how you do that in WordPress), so the LiveJournal mirror now uses the RSS feed, which works fine.

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  2. Ran

    Another approach would be to rename the categories to use “smart” apostrophes — the high-9 curly ones, I mean — instead of normal-ASCII straight apostrophes. (I don’t know if there’d be any down-sides to such a change, but it’s probably worth trying.)

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  3. Cara Post author

    Well I did that much — I imagine that I would also have to do the same in new post titles, too, right? Assuming that this is even a fix.

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  4. Ran

    That did fix your current Atom feed (as you can see by clicking the orange symbol at the right end of your address bar in Firefox; previously it wouldn’t pull up all that information). I don’t think post titles should be an issue, as they’re in CDATA blocks, not in attribute values. (I don’t know what would happen if you included ]]> in a title, but I’m guessing you’d never have reason to.)

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  5. brandann

    how is your article going? i threw mine across the room in a fit of hatred…then we made up…sort of…

    but it is still fun and i am excited nonetheless…

    best of luck to you!

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