Category Archives: meta


I am grappling with what to do with this blog. Because this domain is sort of the home of my academic life, which is bound up with games, so it makes sense for that stuff to stay together. But then there’s the personal stuff and the ranting and flowcharts about shoes and kittens – which may not be seen in such a positive light if people just want to follow my academic life.

I have just read back over the last eight years or so of my life, hiding the occasional post that was too over-shary (note: this was a fairly cursory process; the story about how I broke a rib is still here, as are the negotiations about our cats’ toilet habits.). I’m still confused about what to do.


Posted by on February 6, 2016 in meta, Uncategorized


Increasing blog followers by 4454% overnight!

If you are an obsessive follower of statistics you might notice that you could join the four hundred and ninety people who hang on every word I write on this blog.

That’s right. I have four hundred and ninety subscribers. WordPress proudly tells all my readers that they can “Join 490 other followers” in subscribing to my every update.

Only thing is … it’s a cheat.

A week ago I had 11 subscribers (all of whom I love very dearly indeed, not least because they give me validation). So where did the jump come from?

Wellll, this new template has a Publicise option which auto-posts to Twitter when a new post goes live. Which is a feature that I love dearly – especially when I remember to edit what it’s going to say.

But the BEST PART of doing that is that it turns out that since I turned that on, WordPress now automatically counts EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY TWITTER FOLLOWERS as a subscriber to my blog. So instead of 11 readers (which is not a very big number even though as mentioned I love you all dearly) I have a veritable horde of readers. Nearly three and a half gross of you.

I wonder what would happen if I connected it to Facebook as well.


Posted by on April 21, 2012 in meta


Summary – recent posts

I have not forgotten my beloved friends, and have been writing many postsf for you, my darlings, while off-line. I have now uploaded a bunch of them. Maybe I should have put them on timed release or something. To help the reader, here is the order of writing (all links open in new windows):

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Posted by on January 20, 2009 in family, grand plans, meta


Weird and varied

Every so often, as I wander around the Internet,

I find a blog post that links to or discusses something quite unexpected. Sometimes confronting, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes highlighting the differences between me and the writer. And I do a double-take and  think, “Wow – that’s strange!” – and think about it for as long as it needs, and then move on.

And then I think, well, I write about naming birth control.

And I hope I sometimes get to make you do double-takes too, Dear Reader.

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Posted by on May 24, 2008 in meta


Not a penny more, not a penny less.

I guess the key to making Twitter fun is to have exactly the right number of people that you follow – not so many that you can’t follow them, and not so few that it’s not worth checking in every couple of hours.

My list seems to be a fairly good mix of US and European/UK folk at the moment (OK, I think no Europeans, all UK) so there are fairly regular updates – it might help if I added an Aussie or two 🙂

Using it seems to have reduced the amount of general to-do-list blogging that I do, which is probably not really a bad thing. That’s mostly procrastination, anyway.

For example, I could blog about the weird work I am doing at the moment. Instead of, you know, doing it.

I think I’d better not, though – it’s taking a lot longer than expected.


Posted by on April 29, 2008 in meta, work


Going to bed early

Fraser will recognise this conversation:

xkcd cartoon


Posted by on February 25, 2008 in meta, sleep



Fraser just pointed out that it was impossible to comment here without a wordpress login.

I have fixed that.

Love, Me. xxx


Posted by on February 8, 2008 in meta



So is this one of those things I am going to regret signing up for?


Posted by on June 20, 2007 in meta


What is this blog doing here?

This is a placeholder. I am considering consolidating my other blogs to here.

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Posted by on August 6, 2006 in meta