Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Monthly Archives: March 2004


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on-and-off on the Post-Meta feature for WordPress that I mentioned previously. I finally got it to a minimally functional state, and announced it on the WordPress development blog earlier. I’ve been updating the implementation details on the WordPress Wiki. I can’t wait to see what kinds of hacks people come up with for this feature. 💡

Service Pinger Update

I’ve had several users ask if it would be possible to modify my Blog Service Pinger so that you could bookmark your settings. So I did. Once you’ve entered your blog info, selected some services, and submitted your ping, you may now bookmark the resulting URI, for easy-peasy re-pinging in the future. More pinging goodness coming soon…

Weight Goal

I fell a little behind again, losing 0.7 pounds since last Monday.

Happy Vernal Equinox

Balanced Egg Today is the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, when the length of day and night are equal. Common belief is that it’s easier to balance an egg on end on an equinox than at any other time of the year. However, that’s not really true. But, I did it anyhow, just for tradition’s sake. 🙂

Let’s get ready to rumble

Okay, I’ve finally gotten around to working on a new stylesheet. It’s still a work-in-progress, but I’ve at least gotten it to a point that I’m not embarrassed to show it publicly.

Lame St. Pat Theme

Welcome to my lame St. Patrick’s Day theme. I really had intended to make something much nicer, but I’ve just been too busy lately. So you’re stuck with this for now.

Weight Goal

Fell behind my goal again, with only a 0.6 pound loss since last Monday. I was really surprised, because I did a lot of heavy physical work over the weekend. But I guess it couldn’t counter the junk food and meals out at restaurants.

WordPress Updates

I recently worked on fixing up some long-standing bugs in the XML-RPC support in WordPress. Many thanks to Adriaan Tijsseling, author of Ecto for providing me with some key debugging information. Thanks also to Mark Ghosh for letting me remote-control his Mac so that I could try out Ecto for myself while I worked on the code. The bug fixes should hopefully clear up problems that people were having with other blogging clients, as well.

Back to Basics

Over on Simon’s site, I ran across a link to a 2001 article where Joel Spolsky takes us Back to Basics in an essay about how high-level programming languages can lead us down the path to poor performance. Today I want to think about CPUs. A little bit of silicon moving bytes around. Pretend you are a beginning programmer. Tear away all that knowledge you’ve built up about programming, software, management, and get back to … Continue reading