In our continuing efforts to bring you the most enjoyable blaming experience possible, the Twisty Web Development Department has implemented a couple of changes to the blog theme and upgraded the WordPress installation. I rely on the Blametariat to complain about these changes in the comments. I will probably regret asking, but please leave feedback, particularly if you are still getting “access denied” messages, but also if the blog is displaying psychotically in your browser.
Somebody asked about the avatars. They came with the new upgrade; I suppose they are essentially harmless. If you don’t have one and are envious of those who do, you can get an account at gravatar.com. What you do is, you upload a picture which attaches itself to the email address you use for commentarianism, so the avatar shows up whenever you comment with that email address on a gravatar-enabled blog. Otherwise, the little picture next to your comment will be a randomly generated cartoon monster.
A not wholly unexpected side effect of the gravatars is the “rating.” Apparently, some bloggetarians find it necessary to use pornographic gravatars, necessitating a rating system. Because I am a pearl-clutching sex-hating humorless prude, I Blame the Patriarchy, for example, only accepts G-rated avatars. The whole concept of “X-rated” depends for its survival on porn/rape culture. Nice, huh?
OK, I admit it. This whole post is an excuse to put up a photo of my current favorite horse Maypearl, a 6-year-old Arabian unicorn archetype (only without the appendage). Maypearl is a nutjob. The other day we were tootling along, la-di-da, when suddenly she jumped over a shadow. The next day she bucked me off. I love her.