I just updated the theme that provides the framework of this blog to the latest version. (Thesis, version 1.5. It’s a premium theme, but it rocks.)
A lot of the changes are “under the hood”, but I was able to make the primary content column a smidge wider. This provides a couple of advantages: 1) I’ll be able to add wider charts, tables and pictures; and 2) I was able to bump the font size up a tad to compensate for my aging eyes”¦
You’ll see the RSS subscribe, subscribe by email, Twitter, and Flickr icons there. Clicking them does what you’d expect.
If you don’t know what these things are, stay tuned as I’m working on a page explaining them (and will be adding more as time permits). Update: more icons added, and a brief description page is at What’s This?
And of course, if you’re reading this in a feed reader, you won’t see any of these nifty changes”¦
Also way up at the top of the blog you’ll notice a place to join the blog through Google Friend Connect. This has been in place for awhile now buried in the sidebar (and still is, I just added the thing across the top as well).
What does this do? Not a whole lot yet. But given Google’s plan’s to take over the planet, I’m sure they’ve got ideas in store. Right now it’s another networky thing and a place where you can keep track of different sites, leave comments, “friend” people, the usual social media stuff.
Another feature added is the ability to have “threaded” comments. All that means is you can reply directly to an existing comment. Often on posts that generate a lot of comment activity, it’s tough at times to keep track of the conversations. Now if you want to reply to a specific comment, just click “reply” under that comment and your comment will be posted immediately below what you’re replying to, instead of way down at the bottom of the entire comment list.
It’ll look like so:
Comment replies can be nested 5 deep. Any more than that just seems silly to me. (But I can change it if I need to). Personally, I’ve never been a real big fan of threaded comments, but can see the need at times so it’s there if someone wants to use it. It’s one of those things that sort of has to grow on you.
That’s about it for the changes. For now.
As always, if you see something goofy or broken, let me know please!