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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 12 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 12 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Regular users will have noticed a number of changes on the site in the last few weeks, as I’ve updated a few things, changed some graphics, and tried to bring the blog kicking-and-screaming into 2007.

Perhaps the most obvious change from the user perspective is the complete redesign of the Work pages, to separate them out more from the blog – in essence, to differentiate more clearly between the things where I know what I’m talking about and the things where I really don’t. It’s also quite important, as I know that several schools and sixth-form colleges link to the pages from their intranets, so it’s probably preferable for them that the work content is separated out more clearly from the blog.

More significant to the site, however, is the introduction of a formal comment policy. I’ve had almost a thousand genuine comments on the site over the last few years, and up to now I’ve been moderating on a pretty ad-hoc basis. But after a couple of complaints from people who’ve been personally insulted in comments, plus the wider debate in the blogging community about comment policies, I decided that I should probably feature one for the benefit of my users. So here it is.

The design of the site in general has changed, with the old side boxes replaced by a proper sidebar, the introduction of ‘notes’ (the smaller posts-between-posts) so that I can say things briefly without having to create a big dramatic headline, and some general tidying – including of the print function, so that you can once again print a clean copy of any page by employing your browser’s normal print function.

So, in summary: A few minor aesthetic changes, but underneath the surface everything is pretty much the same as ever. Remind you of anything?

This 1,064th post was filed under: Site Updates.

Some recently published posts

What I’ve been reading this month / January 2020, 11 minutes long

The Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels: eight years on / January 2020, 8 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / January 2020, 7 minutes long

Faber Stories / December 2019, 4 minutes long

My favourite books of 2016 / December 2019, 26 minutes long

Some random old posts

Kids’ Mental Health Services and the Recession / January 2010, 7 minutes long

Desktop app of the week: Droplr / June 2012, 1 minute long

It seems to be working… / October 2005, 1 minute long

Identity Theft / February 2005, Less than a minute long

Woman Allegedly Gives Crack to Son, 4 / January 2005, Less than a minute long

Preparing for Emergencies / July 2004, 1 minute long

Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 17:12 on 13th February 2007.

Just a note to let you (and the rest of the world) know that I am NOT the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby.

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 20:03 on 14th February 2007.

How about a reader poll?
Who would make the best girl friend between Anna Nicole Smith (if she were alive),Lisa Nowak, the NASA diaper girl, or Karla Homalka, the Canadian woman who recently got out of jail after she and her ex-husband murdered several young women.She is reported to have just had a baby. (Notice there is no long line of men claiming to be the father on this one)
Only reason I ask is it makes me feel even my ex-wives were not all that bad.

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:37 on 14th February 2007.

Thanks for clarifying the position re the paternity of the late Anna Nicole Smith’s baby… As for the reader poll… might well be a good one for Yahoo Answers

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 16:22 on 16th February 2007.

I took your advice and went to Yahoo Answers about the girlfriend question. Got some good answers.
I am going to keep the good wife I have.
Sorry, Lisa and Karla, she had me first.

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 16:30 on 16th February 2007.

On a serious note.
I(and many,many others) joke about the situation, but the poor children who were born of these women as a result of their unwise choices are a concern.
Media write about their mothers and someday the children will be old enough to read the comments.
These children are going to need much in the way of counseling if they are to be able to lead normal lives.
All parents and potential parents should be aware of what their activities will look like to their children 15 or so years after they do them.
We should not reward bad parenting by giving such people riches and good publicity.

Comment from Babs

by Babs

Comment posted at 03:23 on 25th March 2007.

What’s happened to the header? It was cool, now its crap.

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 12:01 on 1st April 2007.

Hear, hear.
Bring back the old head!!

Comment from Andy Wheeler

by Andy Wheeler

Comment posted at 18:59 on 5th April 2007.

agreeed – the books are terrible, the old one was good

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 19:02 on 7th April 2007.

You want it, you’ve got it – the old header is back. But slightly tweaked and improved.

Trackback from elsewhere on the site

Trackback received at 22:06 on 7th April 2007.

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