I’m a Copyleft Commie

Curiously, it would seem that I’m a commie. More specifically, It would appear that I’m a “Copyleft Commie”…

Now what is really surprising about it is that I’m one of the least Fascist people I know. I like owning toys, dammit! I’m a geek, I cannot but help liking owning toys.

But then, I suppose the person stating this should know what constitutes communism. After all, it’s the same person who claimed in the same interview that IE is the best browser in the world… I mean, how can one argue with insight like that?

Beware the Commies!

In case you are wondering what in hell I’m all about, this is in reference to Bill Gates’ interview on CNet News.com; as commented on by Dan Gillmor and on Boing Boing

While I’m amused at the gormlessness more than anything else, I also felt like thumbing my nose a bit at Microsoft as well. In honour of this, then, I’ve prepared the little image you see with this entry as wallpaper. It is, of course, in PNG format which means it might look poor on Windows. No, I most certainly don’t care if it does. I wouldn’t be much of a commie if I did, now would I?

MTS

MTS is my “Modular Template System” for WordPress.

In spite of its obnoxiously grandiose name — finding new TLA’s for a project can be a bit of a bitch — I actually had some valid reasons for this little project.

The first of which is that after finally getting my grubby mitts on WordPress 1.3 Alpha I resolved to get to grips with both the normal WordPress Template and with the New Extensions. No better way than to actually go implement it, I thought. Much to the dismay of my fiancée, I’ll add, since it meant she got to see me very little over the weekend — basically only when she managed to lure me out of the study with the smell of food…

What added to my woes were the fact that, since I’m an avowed Unix geek, I would not generate HTML or CSS to any standard but W3C. MS and their estimated bezillian percent shareholding be damned. Fortunately, then, I recalled Dean Edwards’ IE7 script set, an attempt to get Microsoft’s IE to do “the sane thing(tm)”. Well, as much as that would be possible, when all is said… Adding that little Java Script resolved quite a couple of CSS concerns, which let me get the look I desired. And it even mostly works on the Monopoly Browser.

Now I have a template which generates near valid XHTML (the sole current exception being the hack to make the header selectable, something I’ll fix soon) and generates valid CSS. Not too shabby, Nige…

Which brings me to the second reason: I needed a Template and CSS combination devoid of all the political wrangling and badmouthing that seems to have been endemic in the WordPress community.

This is the result. Now for a wee bit of tuning, and it might actually become acceptable… :-)

Paying the Piper

After some time, it seems WordPress and I are slowly coming to a compromise: It will do as it sees fit, and I’ll do my best to hack the living hell out of it to get it to do exactly what I want. So far it is winning. :-/

At least it has been an interesting trip:

  1. I’ve gotten to know PHP a lot better,
  2. I’ve found the Get Custom Field Values plugin for WordPress and am having a great deal of fun with it,
  3. I also, quite by accident as it were, stumbled across Alex Kings’s WP Style Switcher; something you’ll note at the bottom of my Menu section. I had to hack it a bit, though, to get it to not display the colon after the ‘Style’,
  4. I’m re-learning why, exactly, I love CSS so much.
  5. Quicktags and I are becoming very friendly, especially after I hacked the quicktags.js file to allow <br /> tags…

The cost to it all has, of course, been time. It’s not something I complain too much about — I only ever complain about the view when I go through the Karoo, a semi-arid stretch of South Africa inland of the Mountains in Southern Cape, nothing happens in the Karoo — since it has been fairly diverting.

Yeah, I know. Geeks. We find the damndest things diverting… ;-)

All-rightey, then…

I suppose it was bound to happen.

My fiancée has been bitten by the blogging bug and I decided to get her her own domain. Why? Just ’cause I can, I suppose. Besides which, she likes it so there!

Something I’ve always found rather peculiar in me; since I’m a career geek \—| disregarding, for the time being, the time I spent in the South African military \—| I tend to be rather familiar with technology and its trends. Yet when it comes to the softer, more social, aspects of our, with respect to Aldous Huxley, ‘Brave new World’ I seem to be quite adrift.

Now, personally, I place the blame firmly on the shoulders of Fight-‘o-net; erm… I mean, of course, Fido-net. As anyone poking around at that time will be able to recall with varying amounts of fondness, Fido-net was a fairly harsh environment to take one’s first faltering steps in electronic communication in. Think Splash-pool meets Jaws

The long and short of it, though, is that, while I am more than capable of building the Internet QE2, I consider myself quite incapable of even paddling a canoe; my last trip anywhere having been on the Titanic, as it were.

Getting to the point (finally!), after being challenged by my fiancée I’ve decided to \—| stretching the analogy even further \—| get my feet wet again and go swimming in the electronic stream.

Or something. Anyway, since I had already configured her domain and WordPress I decided to give this here blogging stuff a go as well.

So here we have just another self-centered pretender of indifferent skill blathering on… I pity thee, poor reader.