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7 Years







7 years


Seems it’s been 7 years since I started this blog.

Blog Tidyup continues

Readers may have noticed the blog was locked for a while tonight. This seems to be the best way to update old posts with proper tags without spaming the RSS feed with old material.

It was interesting to read many of my old posts. I seem(ed) to have a habit of not really explaining my thoughts fully. There was also a problem early on with where posts would get cut off randomly, but I think that mostly it was me not fully expressing my thoughts, and assuming that future readers would know the full context of my (now cryptic) comments.

Speaking of the tidy-up, few days ago I discovered that has a nice tool to convert tags and categories. This has enabled me to move a number of topics to tags where they properly should always have been. The result has been that my tag cloud at the bottom of the screen is a lot more balanced. I should probably try to get rid of the smallest categories – there’s rather a lot of ’em.

While doing this work, I’ve been listening the the videos on this post about fracking. Very interesting stuff.

Update: Heh, blue headers. Nice.

Sorry about the RSS Feed

Those who follow this blog via RSS will have noticed that I’ve republished a number of my oldest posts.

This is an unintended consequence of a little project I’ve had in mind for some time, and have put off until now of going through all my posts and properly tagging them. Currently, the tags only show what I’ve tagged, as opposed to what I’ve written. So Sarah Palin is quite big because I made a tag for her as soon as she came along. But any number of things that I have written extensively on over the years don’t show up because I never tagged them – in most cases because there didn’t seem much point taking the latest 3 posts and leaving the previous 300 out.

Tidy up in progress

Well, as readers may have noticed, things have been quiet around here for a while.

As part of that, I seem to have neglected to keep my widgets up-to-date and this has given some visitors the impression that this blog is obsessed with certain things which it really isn’t.

It also seems that by keeping quiet for so long, I’ve become something of a “mystery” blog and forgotten by a few customers.

So I’ve gone through the sidebar and tidied it up a bit, and may to a bit of tweaking over the next few days.

For now, I present this video.

On Twitter

Like Patterico said last year, I finally “get” twitter. See here.

As I noted previously “ScrubOne” is taken, so as per my YouTube account, I am “@ScrubOneHD“.

Hmph. I already have one (spam) follower. That’s just wrong.

A Blogger, a Blog

I need a corporal. You’re it, until you’re dead or I find someone better.

Jean Rasczak, Starship Troopers

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It’s over, for now.

Well, I’ve decided to shut up shop – for a while anyway.

I need to focus on other things, and to do that I need to stop spending so much time here.

Thanks for reading.

Blog Icon

Well, I’ve finally got the blog icon working – in a good browser it should be showing right beside the url.

Here’s the larger version

It references the “under construction” signs that you used to see on every website in the mid to late 90’s, but forms the letter “H”, for Halfdone.

It’s always the last, stupid thing you try!

Gr. Youtube has been doing funnies on my computer over the last couple of days.

Any page on their site was showing as text only, with an image showing instead of the video. In blogs, there’d be thing big blank where the video should be.

I tried everything. Flushing cache, reinstalling flash (multiple times), different brower (still broken in IE). After hours of searching, I finally tried rebooting the router.

And now it works. Yay.

Always the last thing you can think of…

Now I can again watch funny and/or thought provoking videos posted by random people I’ve never met.

Theme Changed

Saw there was a new theme on, so I thought I’d try it.

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