Of late it seems as if there has been a mass exodus of Blogger users to pastures new. The proprietor of plasticbag.org is but one of many to jump ship.
It must be said that Blogger is – without argument – the most popular personal web content management utility available, and must be credited for the popularisation of the weblog phenomenon. Without Blogger, blogging would be nowhere near what it is today. Without Blogger, I probably would never have started my weblog.
So it is with a slight tinge of sadness that I announce that last night, after much consideration, I downloaded Movable Type.
Blogger has been great to me. It’s helped me to improve my writing, exercise my research skills, interact with communities and people I would never have otherwise encountered. But I have come to a point where I want more. It may just be a hobby but I am serious about my weblog, and my website as a whole. As a result I want, I need more control over how my information is stored, processed and presented, even if only for my own education; I need more than Blogger can give me.
There’s also the fact that due to its immense popularity, Blogger feels like it’s turning into the Geocities of weblog publishing. Not that I’ve never hosted a site on Geocities before (in fact, this weblog began on Geocities), but I have an admittedly selfish need to move up in the world, and beyond such humble beginnings.
I’m preparing to install Movable Type on my server over the weekend. As I write this, I’ve been spending most of my time knee-deep code, editing the MT templates to fit the current uniform. Things might seem a little weird around here for a short while, but trust me; when it’s up and running, you’ll appreciate it.
The effect is similar to those ‘Magic Eye’ things that were really popular a few years ago; one is supposed to cross their eyes and they’ll focus automatically on the intended object.
However – with the exception of the sample image with the blog post itself – when I tried, I hurt my eyes from the strain, and I couldn’t get any effect at all until I shrunk down Jason’s images to about half the size.
1. What is one thing you don’t like about your body?
Its size; I’m working on it.
2. What are two things you love about your body?
Well I can’t say I love anything about it, but I guess my ears are okay, I’ve never had a complex about them. And maybe my nose. It’s got a normal shape, whatever normal is.
3. What are three things you want to change about your home room?
I need to throw out all the junk that I’ve collected over the years, the stuff that I kept thinking I’ll need it but that I’m never going to use. I must find a method of organising all the books I have, as I would much rather they weren’t in stacks on the floor as they are now. The place also needs a general tidy-up; I don’t think the carpet has seen the vacuum cleaner for a while.
4. What are four books you want to read this year?
Right now I’m unemployed, having quit my job at the end of last month. But I am using the time I have now to write and read a lot.
2. How many other jobs have you had and where?
I’ve only had two proper jobs. The first was at a nearby multiscreen cinema, the summer The Phantom Menace came out. I liked it there at first, until I realised how crap it actually was. (Except the ice cream stand; I think I was the only member of staff who enjoyed being rostered there – I liked being on my own.) I left after six months because the hours, even though part-time, were really affecting my college work. The following summer, however, I was kinda despearate for money, and they took me back on. I stayed for a month, that month was even worse than even the previous six months altogether; there were only 20 of us on staff, so on average we all worked a 40+ hour week, mostly late shifts. It was fucking shite. I left when a large music store offered me a job.
Compared to the cinema, the large music store was a cake walk. The work was easy, the money wasn’t bad and the people were cool enough. And the perks too: many free gig tickets, and sweet, sweet discounts. It was great, really. It only started sucking for me a few months ago, during my third tour of duty, with all the crap that I’m not going to bore you with. When I started wishing I was going home for the day before I even got there, I knew it was time to leave.
3. What do you like best about your job?
What I like best about my current situation is doing what I want, when I want, not having an asshole boss on my back, and more importantly not having asshole customers in my face.
4. What do you like least about your job?
What I like least right now is my lack of discipline. I keep sleeping late every morning, and I really don’t want to. I need to make a schedule for myself.
5. What is your dream job?
Every time I think about what my dream job would be, my concept of it changes. Whatever it is, it will involve information, lots of reading and research, and writing. And hopefully getting lots of free CDs and stuff.
Today I read 130+ pages of Stupid White Men’, finishing the book. I also perused the first two issues of Careless Talk Costs Lives which arrived in the post this afternoon, and started writing a review of Star Trek: Nemesis that’s almost finished. All of this accomplished since noon, when I finally forced myself to wake up.
See? I may be lazy, but I’m not completely lazy. I think I owe myself some downtime this evening.
A couple of days ago I rediscovered two records that I completely forgot I owned, namely OXXXES by OXES (who else?) and Rye Coalition’s On Top. I don’t think I gave them a fair chance before, but I’m more than glad to have them now. It’s a shame I didn’t realise before I made my list.
Being a dog lover, reading this story made me sick to my stomach. It wasn’t just the murder (and yes, in my book it was murder) that made me feel so nauseated, but also the fact that a family’s world – anyone’s world – can be turned completely upside down at the behest of some power-tripper’s unchecked, subjective abuse of position. Tom Tomorrow puts it much better.
What with all the ruckus surrounding this new Safari thingamajig (which I can’t even run on my machine, running as I am the pre-Jaguar incarnation of OS X), here’s some news about a 16 year old from Mullingar who’s been working on his own super-fast browser. I haven’t seen it in action myself, but it was good enough to get him the Esat BT Young Scientist of the Year award, so it can’t be that bad.
I saw Donnie Darko for the third time yesterday. This time however it was on the big screen, at the IFC with Eoin and Joana.
Having made many mental notes for the duration of the film, I actually think I understand it now. I’ll have to watch my tape again and write proper notes to tie it all together, but I do think I have it sussed.
Then again, this could just be exactly where they want me.