Well, the month of May sure was busy in blog land, wasn’t it?
That has to be the first time I’ve posted almost nothing in a month since the infancy of this site-thing. Just didn’t have much to say in May, I guess. I took my foot off the gas a little musically after finishing the second disc for THE ANGLE OF BEST DISTANCE, and when I’m not doing much in the musical department there usually isn’t much to say here. It’s probably time I remedied that and got some momentum going again.
I had to change the entire design of the blog — not something I was planning on doing again. I was very happy with the theme I’d been using since last summer and was content to keep things looking that way forevermore. A week or so ago I learned WordPress was in the process of adding a function called “infinite scroll” to a number of themes, and the one I was using was one of the early victims. Not many people seem to be a fan of this new feature, but that isn’t stopping WordPress from ramming it down our throats.
Basically, it works like this: when you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, the blog will keep loading more posts infinitely, or until there are no more posts left to load. There’s one problem: if you have as many posts as I do, the loading never ends. I have a fast internet connection, so there’s no freezing up, but not everyone is that lucky.
The real sticking point for me is that there’s a hideous white border at the bottom of the screen displaying the name of the theme in use and a link back to WordPress. It doesn’t matter that it’s small and only takes up the equivalent of two lines of text. I hate it. I think it’s ugly as hell. It obscures anything it happens to be on top of at any given time, distracting me to the point that after a while it’s the place my eyes are always moving toward by instinct. Because there’s no end to the loading of posts, there’s also no way to get to a point where the border isn’t in the way of one thing or another.
Since there’s no way to disable this new feature no one asked for, my choices were either to kill this blog and set up shop at Tumblr or some other such place, or to find a theme that wasn’t an unwilling victim of infinite scroll. I managed to make option #2 work, and the current theme is the best one I could find next to the theme I can no longer use if I don’t want to end up loathing the way my blog looks.
The text is actually larger and easier to read than it was before. So that’s a nice unintentional side-effect of the change in appearance. About the only thing I don’t like is the way the second line of the blog title is difficult to read. There doesn’t seem to be any way to make it stand out more. I’m also not a huge fan of the dates-in-grey-circles thing. I think it looks a little funny. Those are things I can live with, though.
If infinite scrolling is added to this new theme and it becomes something that’s impossible to get away from anywhere on WordPress, I will delete this blog and set up shop somewhere else. I’d prefer not to. I’ve been happy with WordPress as a blogging platform over the past four years and change. The support has always been excellent, with lightning-fast replies to the few messages I’ve had to send when I’ve had technical issues. I’m comfortable here. And I really don’t want to slog through the process of taking the insane amount of content I’ve built up here and transferring it to another place one piece at a time.
I just don’t like people messing with my stuff. Let me have a good old-fashioned blog where people have to click on things to get to different places and their computers won’t explode if they scroll all the way down a given page, and let me be happy with the way it looks. I don’t think that’s asking for the moon.
What else is new? I’m off Facebook again. After my four or five-month hiatus I thought I’d dip my toes back into the water, only to find myself immediately wondering why I bothered going back there. And then it became an easy time-killer all over again, and though I wanted to deactivate my page I couldn’t quite motivate myself to do it. Finally I just said, “Fuck it, this is a complete waste of time,” and pulled the plug.
Maybe this time it’ll be for good. Or maybe I’ll be back in another few months. I’m not sure. I just know Facebook makes it far too easy for people to pretend they’re talking to you when they’re not communicating with you in any real way at all. And that shit pisses me off. I don’t need any more reasons to be pissed off at people. They give me enough of those without Facebook having anything to do with it.
Still haven’t made another video progress report, but I haven’t forgotten about it. I’ll do that pretty soon, I hope. There’s quite a bit to say now, and Elliott’s been cooking up some good rants. When I do get around to making the next progress report, I doubt it’ll be less than half an hour long. Couldn’t have asked for the unexpected increase in storage space to come along at a better time, really.
Decided to get the inserts made up for the first two ANGLE discs before the other two are finished, to make the whole process of putting the album together a little less taxing. This way I won’t have to do it all at once and deal with four times the normal workload. I’ve got all the artwork finalized anyway, so it just makes sense to do it this way. The booklet is really the only thing that needs to wait until the very end, since I won’t know how the lyrics need to be laid out until the final disc is nailed down.
I might look into having the outer shell (the box that will hold the CDs and booklet) made while the album is still in-progress as well. I have a pretty good idea what I want that to look like, and I think I’ve found the place to manufacture it. Should look pretty cool when all is said and done (or played and sung).
I haven’t trimmed my beard in any meaningful way all year. Not sure I’ll make it to 2013 without grabbing the scissors, though. At a certain point it starts to get more scraggly than bushy, and thoughts of trimming the shrubbery start floating around. Then again, if it makes me less attractive to a potential suitor, I’m all for the beard being a scraggly mess.
I think that’s about it off the top of my head. I’ll put more effort into getting back in the groove of posting here roughly once a week (at least), for anyone who still might pop in on occasion. If nothing else, it’ll be a good excuse to talk to myself more. And that’s always a good time, because nothing’s off-limits. I mean, what could you ever say to offend yourself?