Quick Status Update

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

Eviscerati.Org has been a lot more quiet for the last week or two than I'd intended. Short version: a few days before Christmas, my primary work computer, a beast of a laptop that I've used for about four years, died abruptly. Because that is my work computer (work including the things I do on this site, and also the things I do 40 hours a week that allows me to pay my bills) I needed to get a replacement, fast. So this Christmas I found myself with an additional expense--a new desktop computer.

Except that I didn't just go out and buy a desktop computer. I bought a barebones system and extra parts, because it was cheaper. Unfortunately, the last time actually built a desktop computer was six years ago, and a lot has happened in the last six years. So instead of focusing on the enjoyable and creative things in my life, I've been holding together this new computer with duct tape during work hours, then trying to get it to actually work in my off hours.

So basically that combined with holidays means I have no updates for... well... anything. And the Publishing Of Great Things probably won't resume until January 5, because I need another weekend to iron everything out.

(The long version of this story is a lot more amusing and involves a desktop computer power supply actually exploding. But that story is going to have to wait.)

Things Moving Forward, Finally

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So as you may know, based on past posts, last year we moved to Montgomery, Alabama. We have been living with my mother-in-law, a saintly woman who must surely be blessed after putting up with all the things she's had to put up with ever since she put us up. We've been trying (and failing) to find a place to live... and trying and failing, and trying, and failing, and then trying again and almost succeeding (but ultimately failing).

I don't want to jinx anything, but we're signing a lease tomorrow. I know "signing a lease" sounds utterly trivial, but there were hoops involved. HOOPS I TELL YOU.

So tomorrow we move into a place where I will have my own actual bona-fide office, which means that it may actually be easier for me to get things done. Since "getting things done" has been sort of an issue while we've been in exile I'm hoping this will allow me to return to something approaching a "consistent schedule" for all my projects.

Let's find out!

Coming Events: The First Week of 2014

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

The first week of 2014 will be 11 days long, because I'm talking about the first full week, which ends on Saturday, 11 January. That's right, I'm cheating. Happy New Year...

  • 1/1: Update to site template. Should resolve a few of the display issues. None of the big ones, unfortunately.
  • 1/6: The Points Between, Chapter 27. Seriously. No, seriously.
  • 1/6: Help Desk Resumes. With a new storyline, even.
  • 1/8: New Kernel Panic. Surprise!
  • 1/10: Curveball Issue 15. It was almost the last issue of 2013, but it's going to be the first issue of 2014 instead.

Eviscerati.Org, 2014 Edition

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

One of the things I've wanted to do for a veeeeeeeery long time is support mobile devices. I toyed with a solution briefly last year but it wasn't very robust, and I decided I was going to wait until I had time to implement a proper solution.

How to implement a proper solution, you ask? Well, first you start developing using a Drupal template that that was specifically designed to support various media devices "automagically, on-the-fly." To do this I adopted a template from AdaptiveThemes and modified it to get it as close to my old site design as I could possibly manage. A few weeks later (and many sleepless nights later) this is the result.

There are a few quirks in the UI I haven't worked out yet. You may notice that the header is completely screwed when you're browsing with a smartphone or a tablet. I haven't quite figured out how to fix that just yet (if you happen to be a CSS whiz please feel free to open up Firebug, take a gander, and send me some advice!) I expect I'll find other charming issues along the way as well. But I think overall the change will be much more convenient for mobile users, and possibly not horrible for the rest of you as well.

Hey Look It's December

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The mad rush of December is upon us.

Some basic highlights for my month:

  • We're still trying to get a permanent place to live. Long-time readers may recall we've been trying to do this since, oh, June. If our latest attempt to secure long-term lodgings is successful, the matter will be resolved come February.
  • This is still disrupting everything else. There are people who can concentrate just fine without a dedicated concentrating-place. I'm apparently not one of them, at least not any more.
  • There are also other things disrupting everything else. You know, presents and little girls excited about Christmas and all that kind of stuff.
  • Hey look, new site features. To make myself feel better I decided to add two features to the site, features I'd been planning on adding (or in one case re-adding) for a while but didn't get around to it. The first is that those of you who post here now have access to a rich text editor. The second is that the forums are back.

At some point I'll probably post a follow-up that has more navel-gazing.

Quick Status Update

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

Y'all have been extremely patient, and I apologize for the continuing delays.

My current situation is still about as chaotic as it has been since, well, June. It looks like the earliest things will start to settle down will be mid-November -- during NaNoWriMo -- which isn't a very calm month for any number of reasons.

That said, things will pick up before then. As in, "starting next week," including a special surprise for you that will require very little effort on my part to provide. Which is the best kind of special surprise. More on that later.

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