Here’s features I would like for my blog:
- A way for commenters to be emailed future comments on a thread. Volokh Conspiracy has that.
- A way to make sure that a particular post is “sticky” and stays as the first or the second or the n’th post appearing. VC has something like that too.
- A way for any post that I update to move from whatever date location it is in to the top of the list, with a note as to its original and new date.
I’ve set up a new weblog for Indiana University people who have useful things to say about computers, gadgets, and suchlike. I imagine much of it will be about STATA, Latex, and new gadgets my colleagues and I have bought. I’ll put my future technology posts there instead of here, probably, or maybe I’ll cross-post. It’s at:
I wonder, by the way, if we will get spammed. You need a signon and password to make a blog post there, but I’ve posted both of those things at the top of the blog, so no registration is needed. Can a robot figure that out?
An idea. Any time I use the search engine to find an old weblog post, I should repost that entry. Looking it up is a sign that it is worth remembering, and perhaps worth improving.
Spam Blogging Shutdown. For some reason Google’s Blogger marked me as a possible “spam blogger” and shut me down for a day or two till I verified that I was a human. I’ve noticed I’m not getting spam now that I’ve shifted to Blogger, though I think that’s because the spambots have not noticed me yet.
It’s freeware for noncommercial use. The instructions are not very clear, but I got it to work without too much trouble. Here are my instructions:
1. Download the zip file.
2. Unzip it.
3. Upload the "highfile" directory to the top directory of your weblog. In my case, with Blogger, this is the same directory where I have blogger.html and index.html, and it is not the root directory for my server.
4. Save one version of your graphic file with full quality (say, 1012kb) and another with lower quality but faster to load for the thumbnail which shows up first (say, 24kb).
5. Don’t put the entire code into your weblog entry. Blogger objects to having things like html, head, body, there. Instead, put in something like my example: http://rasmusen.org/t/images-2007/highfile.example.txt. What it looks like as a blog entry is here.
6. Or, change your Blogger template, which as the css style file as part of its file, by inserting http://rasmusen.org/t/images-2007/highfile.example3.txt in the style section of it. Then you can leave the style parts out of each blog entry, just using a blog entry like http://rasmusen.org/t/images-2007/highfile.example2.txt.
I’ve also done this for WordPress. There, the css file in step 6 is inserted in the Style Sheet. The highfile directory in step 3 is loaded up to some wordpress directory. I put up duplicates to make sure, to the top directory and to the wp-content one where the index.htm file is.
I changed the code slightly. I deleted the height parameter, because if you have both a height and a width parameter the image is fit into that thumbnail space and distorted. Some people might want that, though.