For those who haven’t noticed, I’ve changed the layout of Entropy. Again. I’m pretty sure this means I’ve spent more time on developing the site than actually publishing through it.
Those that know WordPress would probably instantly recognise the theme on Entropy as a tweaked version of the new default “Twenty Ten” theme. The simple reason for switching to it is that there are a bunch of new features in WordPress 3 that were only available in the default theme initially.
I also discovered child themes, which allows me to build on the Twenty Ten theme while retaining the benefits of any updates the theme might receive.
Entropy has always been more of a blogging experiment than an actual blog, though. Which brings me to my latest experiment and call for feedback.
This is the second time I’ve attempted to relaunch Entropy.
The first attempt was stillborn. I chose a theme that simply required too much work to be simply functional. This time, along with an upgrade from 2.7.1 to 2.8 I’ve selected dfBlog as my base theme. It’s proven versatile, easy to modify when its versatility isn’t enough, and compatible with browsers as ancient as Internet Explorer 6.
Since the relaunch, WordPress 2.8.1 has been released, so I’ll need to update the Entropy WordPress installation soon as well.
I also butchered the accordion category list component from the very nice theme, Sliding Doors (by Wayne Connor at Mac-Host). I’d love to widgetise it one day but I’m skeptical of my own ability to make time to do so.
For those of you that followed W.A.M., fear not for it has been assimilated into Entropy. As the juicy news that pique public interest in South Africa breaks I’ll be sure to pass running commentary on it. I’m also working on getting a WordPress RSS plugin to work that will imp0rt RSS feeds as blog posts for The Extremist. He writes over at Hellforge now (as well, hopefully) in a column/blog he calls Extreme Opinion. Check him out there in the meantime. Hopefully his articles (with appropriate links back to the source) will be live soon.
Anyway, welcome to Entropy 1.0. Where the site’s not in beta but the writing probably is.
This is a poll with a difference. There will be two related questions. I will provide options. You may ignore my options entirely and comment with your own opinion
You may have noticed that my last post deviates from the spirit of the title “W.A.M.” As such, I would like your feedback on this proposed new content as well as a possible name-change.
A. Should W.A.M. contain my thoughts on computer games and technology?
- W.A.M. is about socio-political commentary and should be kept as pure and controversial as possible. Keep your technobabble to yourself.
- I’d love to read more on W.A.M. than your white-guilt-driven blatherings. It broadens my horizons and whatnot.
B. Should W.A.M.’s name be changed?
- To accomodate the new content, most assuredly. A name like “The blog of everything” will suffice.
The glory of maintaining ones own blog is that if no comments are received on this, I get to delete it and act as if the poll never happened… Muha! Muhahaha!
Blood Diamond (the film) inspired me to do this. My next post will be about the movie. Here’s hoping I can keep this up after that.
I subscribe to the translate.org.za newsletter and one of the things Dwyane Baley suggested that one does to show you care about your language is to blog in your home language. I’ve decided that I’ll be posting this blog in Afrikaans and English. I haven’t quite figured out the details but I do know that while I love my language, almost no-one else on the planet (statistically) will be able to understand me if I only write Afrikaans.