Over time I have managed to mess up my configuration of Movable Type, mostly as I tried to recover from the comment spam floods. I’m tired of dealing with errors, and with not being able to turn comments on.
So now I’ve completely reinstalled MT, using version 3.14 (the latest and greatest) at a new address: http://staff.washington.edu/oren/weblog2/
The RSS feed also has this new address: http://staff.washington.edu/oren/weblog2/index.rdf
I exported the database and imported into the new installation, so absolute URLs to previous entries have changed (this must be the result of having deleted some old entries over time).
Comments are enabled, but you’ll have to have a TypeKey identity to leave a comment.
Other changes include moving my list of blogs I read to a different page, which also includes a list of the latest links I’m interested in enough to bookmark in del.icio.us but not to write about. That page uses RSS Digest to generate the html dynamically from the del.icio.us rss feed, and the list of blogs is generated automatically from my subscriptions at Bloglines, which is the web-based aggregator I use to read weblogs. It is extremely cool that there are all of these services out there that can be used in this building-block fashion to cobble sites together – definitely an example of Levi-Strauss’ bricolage:
To elaborate on his definition of mythical thought, Levi-Strauss drew an analogy to “bricolage”: “Mythical thought is therefore a kind of intellectual ‘bricolage'” (p. 17). The French verb, “bricoler,” has no English equivalent, but refers to the kind of activities that are performed by a handy-man. The “bricoleur” performs his tasks with materials and tools that are at hand, from “odds and ends.” He draws from the already existent while the engineer or scientist, according to Levi-Strauss, seeks to exceed the boundaries imposed by society. “The scientist creating events (changing the world) by means of structures and the ‘bricoleur’ creating structures by means of events” .
I realized when I looked at the link to my old home page that I hadn’t changed anything there in years, so I removed the link to my old home page from the weblog, and I’ve made the weblog synonymous with my home page. I guess that means the blog is my online home. Well, duh.