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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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

SnowflakeNow we’re officially in December, I’ve added the usual Christmassy touches around the place. It’s snowflakes galore for the next month and a bit!

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been some more permanent changes I’ve neglected to tell you about, too.

Firstly, there’s a new ‘Share This’ function. Clicking the Share This link will make a whole raft of options appear, which will allow you to share a particular post via Email or using a Social Web like Digg. You can find the link below each post, which brings me to the next change…

The post footer has been tidied up. On pages with several posts, it’s just been made a bit clearer and neater. On the individual post pages, it’s been reinstated, with an ‘Interact with this post’ section appearing below the post. The ‘More about this post’ section in the sidebar now provides ‘Quicklinks’ to commenting facilities.

Which brings me neatly to the third change. Comments are now closed for all posts, once they reach one year of age. This helps to curb spam, and also to keep discussions to the most recent posts on each topic. To this end, a notice will appear by the ‘Leave a comment’ form pointing out the fact if a post is a little on the old side, but not yet a year old, and hence still open for comments.

And finally, you’ll notice that on multiple post pages, the post titles are now clickable. It’s a small change, but stops having to faff around finding the ‘Permalink’ link.

I hope these changes meet with your approval. Thank you, as ever, for your support for the site. November was the best month ever in terms of hits on the site, with well over double the traffic for the same period last year. So thank you!

This 1,007th post was filed under: Site Updates.

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Some random old posts

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Kennedy assassinated / January 2006, 3 minutes long

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