The most important weapons of al-Qaeda and the rest of the Islamist terror network are the suicide bomber and the suicide thinker. The suicide bomber is typically a Muslim fanatic whose mission it is to spread terror; the suicide thinker is typically a Western academic or journalist or politician whose mission it is to destroy… Continue reading Suicidalism
Month: September 2005
Help with WordPress
This is a request for help from my readers. I’m trying to find out how to hack WP so that it will never insert <br> tags in my entries. I want it to ignore hard newlines, treating them as soft.
Site theme no longer completely sucks
OK, the site theme no longer completely sucks. I’m using Jim Vanderveen’s modified version of Steam, with my own custom header and the CSS brutally simplified to get rid of margins and excess whitespace. I’m extremely relieved to have got rid of the default “Kubrick” WP theme. Fixed-width, heavy whitespace, gratuitous images — what were… Continue reading Site theme no longer completely sucks
WordPress theme designers annoy the crap out of me
Having discovered that my WordPress 1.5 upgrade broke the CSS and customized template I had designed for WordPress 1.2, I’ve been shopping for a new theme at the WRC Theme Viewer site. I’m looking for something clean and simple that I can customize to my taste. Having browsed through over a hundred and fifty themes,… Continue reading WordPress theme designers annoy the crap out of me
Upgrade in progress
My WordPress instance was just upgraded from 1.2 to 1.5. The visual presentation may have a glitch or two until I edit the template. UPDATE: Aaargh. It looks like the special magic in the templates has been changed enough that I will have to rebuild my look and feel from scratch. This may take a… Continue reading Upgrade in progress
Eric writes about the shoes
Aa a finger exercise in writing, I decided to submit a piece to Manolo’s Essay Contest. The constraints — low word count, a subject that really doesn’t interest me much — appealed to me. I figured if I could produce something interesting under those circumstances, it would be an accomplishment. Here it is. You be… Continue reading Eric writes about the shoes
Microsoft’s Worst Nightmare?
A commenter writes, in reference to my letter to the Microsoft recruiter, BTW, I think abrogating to yourself the status of MS’s worst nightmare might be seen as presumptious, considering that FLOSS depends on a big community, and a lot of what FLOSS is about precedes your 97 work, but far be it from me… Continue reading Microsoft’s Worst Nightmare?
Microsoft tries to recruit me
The following is, verbatim, a letter I received a few minutes ago from a Microsoft recruiter.
A minor SF writer of radical Marxist political convictions recently uttered a rather incoherent rant in which, among other things, she accused me of “simple-minded right-wing” views. I’m not going to name her because I don’t dislike the woman enough to want to add to her troubles. But I’ve heard this song before from other… Continue reading Impotent radicals
The first good thing to come of Hurricane Katrina
Oh, my stars and garters. A pro-firearms story in the New York Times? Yes, children, it has actually happened: Police and Owners Begin to Challenge Looters (link via InstaPundit). Property owners with guns maintaining civil order in their neighborhood are cited approvingly. There’s even a picture of a handsome armed couple “on the lookout for… Continue reading The first good thing to come of Hurricane Katrina