You may say absolutely anything you like, except that you don’t like it. Well, you may say it, but I have my palms over my eyeballs so I won’t see what you say. Nyah, nyah, Capital-N-la-di-yah.
I’m not going back to the old theme. It was a pain to maintain and to tweak. It had its notables, but it bordered on cheesy and amateurish. I never loved the way the old posts looked. Whether it was the contrast or the font itself, it was too hard to read. And this is a site which is almost all words.
I’m particularly interested in hearing which device you used while reading. I checked the design on several different browsers, but I don’t have a “smart” phone, so I don’t how it looks there—though through resizing, I think it will do well. Love the automatic menus! I can change the typography, of course, and probably will here and there.
Most new themes are magazine style or image-centric and assume the blog will be mostly pictures. They require readers to do too much work, such as “Click here to read more”, just to fit in more pictures. This Hemingway theme keeps the words to the fore. The less work you require of readers, the better.
Through clicking the wrong thing, I lost my donate button. Don’t panic! I’ll have this back up later, just in case you want, as you should want, to give, give, give.
The necessary but distracting navigational material, except for Search and Links, have been pushed to the bottom. Regular readers don’t need this material anyway, and it removes clutter. I took out the infinite scroll, which was cutesy, but it discouraged reading and blocked the bottom from showing.
Only five posts show at a time, which is enough. More people ought to make use of Classic Posts to see the best material.
Oh, yeah. At the top-top, that’s real-life bruiser Tom Neal and femme fatale Ann Savage from Detour (watch on YouTube). At the just-plain top, that’s real-life fighter Robert E. Beamon Jr. and homme fatale Yours M. Truly in USAF. This image will be familiar to regular readers, but it was appropriate for today.
Note to kiddies: that’s a real cigarette and real gun. Which is scarier?
Important The Scientific Ethicist needs a few more pleas and conundrums in order to put out his next column, which I’m hoping we can make a bi-weekly, or at least monthly, feature. Email your friends about this.
Update The database problem has been PARTIALLY fixed by a helpful Yahoo technician. I stupidly did not delete a plugin which was associated with the old theme. This accounted for the connection intermittency. That plugin was another reason I had to switch themes: the old one was a clunky mess. There are still some connection problems that are screwy though.
I was not going for anything modern or new looking. Heaven forfend! Indeed it took me days to find a theme that had up-to-date technical features but which was a throwback in looks. Just try finding themes that display ALL of a posts—and don’t require further clicking—like you see here. Too, there is a blizzard of colors and video and gee-whiz everywhere else. I wanted something like a simple newspaper.
True, the picture above is big, but so are newspaper banners. Plus, you can quickly scroll past the banner. And then nothing else distracts your eye. Like it should be.
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