One good thing about working at Google has been that I’ve finally learnt Python. Properly. Which means I can whip up, in just a couple of minutes, a tested & documented script to, say, replace ~2,500 HTML files with redirects. So now anyone using an old link to any HTML page under will get… Read more

WordPress doesn’t get time zones

WordPress apparently has no understanding of time zones, at least in the sense that makes sense – it displays all times in the local time of the viewer (at least, I hope it does… the alternative is that it displays all times as PST, which would be highly suspect). So all my old, imported posts,… Read more

Converting my old journal

It appears there’s simply no way to directly convert from iBlog to WordPress.  Awkward.  iBlog ostensibly has some ability to export the blog, but the relevant menu items are permanently greyed out.  Likewise WordPress ostensibly has many plugins for performing HTML import, but they really suck (and also just ignore categories, tags and other metadata,… Read more

Urgh, WordPress theming

Thus far this [long] weekend I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time just trying to make this look good.  Installing WordPress itself is trivial, but then finding a half-decent theme, and then getting that theme to look exactly the way you want, is immensely time consuming and frustrating. For example, I want icons for each… Read more

The Return of the Whim

I’ve decided to finally get my website in order.  Partly because of MobileMe’s impending closure, but also because I’ve wanted to resume blogging for a long time now, and especially so most recently because of my renewed interest in coding for pleasure. I’ll be moving the old site and most of its content over here… Read more