Improving, I hope

The blog template is now too wide because I made it that way. I have a wide screen and don’t have to look at it on a normal monitor. Also, and actually primarily, because I seem to insist on posting pictures that are 600 pixels across. If I wasn’t so greedy and went down to 500 pixels then the right hand side wouldn’t fall off the edge of a normal screen.

The new banner is taken from a photograph looking up at the Tate Modern at all the people inside looking out and down. Caged by culture? Audience or exhibit? or, as the original picture had it, “The World as a Stage”. These ambiguities and reflexivities appeal.

The tweaks, and sorting out the colours, have taken all day. Whilst up to my elbows in php (no, I have no idea what that even stands for) I did discover an RSS feed for all comments which is something I find very useful on other people’s blogs. So I’ve implemented it here. Down the bottom on the right of the sidebar under “Meta”.

Secondspawn is still at home feeling seedy and looks set to be off school again tomorrow. Nothing too serious though. There is an outbreak of measles at his school due, I presume, to parents believing all the utterly ridiculous, unfounded and highly irresponsible scare stories about the MMR vaccine in the media. Luckily bothspawn were promptly injected at all appropriate moments so secondspawn merely has a cold rather than a life-threatening disease which, if it didn’t kill him, could leave him deaf, blind or brain-damaged. Ooh, was that a little rant that slipped out there? I do apologise.

Cat is eating like a horse. No knitting has been accomplished.


I hate this. Not sure how long it will last. Anyway, signed up for google ads the other week. Forgot about it. Then finally got a mail saying my account had been set up. Then the next day a nagging mail saying the all-powerful google had noticed I hadn’t actually got any ads up yet.


So here they are. Complete with an ad-ready template. Which I’m too tired to continue fiddling with tonight. I’ve already messed it up more than enough.

I’m not allowed, in the terms of the agreement thingy, to have an advert telling people to click on the advertising links. So I won’t. I’m not allowed to click on them myself because every click on an ad link generates some indeterminate (tiny) amount of revenue. So clicking on them myself would be like having a licence to print money. Which I don’t.

I suppose I shall have to stop having full posts in rss feeds in order to try to encourage the handful of people who read this blog to come to the site and exercise their mouse button finger.

Does this mean I shall have to start trying to write posts which are actually interesting? and contain huge numbers of carefully chosen phrases designed for maximum ad placement and click-through?

So far I appear to be championing the purchase of “Cat Vomiting” for those thinking of buying such a thing. The amusement provided by such suggestions will, I am sure, pall extremely quickly.