Curveball Issue 24 Pushed Back to June

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

... well obviously it has, because it's June. Still, a brief explanation is in order.

Issue 24 is a double-sized issue (about 16,000 words instead of the standard 8-10K) so there's more to write. On top of that, I've been putting longer hours in at work because we're testing a new release, so I have less actual time to write. This has made my hope of getting the issue out on time a bit unrealistic.

I hope that it will be out this week. I am positive it will be out this month.

Sorry for the delay. Thanks for your patience. Assuming you are, in fact, patient, and not simply apathetic. :-D

If you're wondering where all the updates are...

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

... well, I can't say as I blame you. Unfortunately for everyone including myself, I've been sucked into creating Emergency Security Documentation for my day job, and anyone who has ever done Security Documentation will tell you that it is an event horizon of stress and despair. It's eating up pretty much all of my time and everything else has been pushed to the side.

This is one of the disadvantages of having a job that pays the bills and all that. Anyway, I hope to update soonish.

Things Moving Forward, Finally

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

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

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

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.

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