Feb 22 2010

Spinster aunt makes plea, cooks squash, gnashes teeth

Spaghetti squash alla rootlesscosmo

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who sent in screen shots. They have all been most helpful, and you screen-shooters are A-Number 1 Blamers 4ever! You can stop sending them now. Thanks again.

Rootlesscosmo recently posted a recipe for butternut squash with a sweet’n’sour raisin-y, pine nutty wine/balsamic reduction (here), and I was all hot to make it, but dang! The squash in my crisper turned out to be a spaghetti instead of a butternut. Still, I soldiered on, and it was darn scrumptious. Not least because spaghetti squash is the most hilarious of all the edible squashes. As you know, hilarity is a dish best served with sweet & sour sauce.

Note: not wishing to imperil certain delicate balances in my stomach lining, I increased the wine in rootlesscosmo’s recipe, and decreased the vinegar, by half.

But this isn’t strictly a what-I-had-for-dinner post. As you may know, it’s Blog Software Upgrade Week here at I Blame the Patriarchy, and as usual, I’m in way over my head. Harken unto my desperate cry: take pity on me, O thou blamers who know how to do shit, and email me screen shots of 1) a post headline, and 2) a comments page in 1) Firefox 2) Safari 3) boutique browser of your choice. My eternagratitude will be yours.

Also, if you know from CSS, or whatever it is, how the hell to do I get the nested comments to indent more, or have boxes around them, or be numbered, or something?

I would ask my real-life friends to help me, but none of them reads the blog. I’m too much of a downer, apparently.

Speaking of real life and downers, one of my aged relatives just called to complain to me about this situation, displayed on the front page of this morning’s Dallas Morning News: Wrongfully convicted rapist gets exonerated after a 12-year hitch, and the Great State of Texas reimburses him $600,000. But along comes the IRS with jaws that bite and claws that catch, claiming non-rapist owes a third of the dough to the federal government.

Along with a sympathetic pang for the dude unjustly accused of rape, my relative harbors an abiding antipathy toward the IRS.

“Bastards!” says the aged relative, getting pretty fired up.

“Now see here,” I say, “you’d better give me the keys to the Cessna.”

No doubt the IRS are bastards, but one can’t help but note that there is no commensurate front-page public outpouring of outrage on behalf of the rape victims whose rapists are never convicted at all. Nobody’s payin’ them 50 grand a year for pain and suffering. No newspapers are running front-page articles spotlighting the government’s failure to render justice on their behalf. And for sure no relatives are callin’ me up to complain that the rape conviction rate in the UK is only 6%.

Wrongful conviction for rape strikes quite the chord of intense indignation. So melodious is this chord to the ears of patriarchy enthusiasts that there still rages, in 2010, a huge debate over whether a rape victim may be held responsible for her own rape.



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  1. Pinko Punko

    I think I can figure out the indent, and maybe boxes. I will let you know.

  2. Pinko Punko

    I can hear the rumbling under the hood!!!!

  3. yttik

    I am on an antique computer running an ancient version of firefox and everything looks good to me.

    Spagetti squash is wonderful. If you’re really lazy, you can cut it in half, put olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese on it, and throw it in the microwave.

  4. middle-aged-woman

    some firefox and google chrome pix on their way…

  5. panoptical

    Sent Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, all on Mac OS 10.5.

  6. Jill

    Thanks yall. You have been instrumental in the preservation of Spinster HQ.

  7. Jill

    Bring it! I’m begging you!

  8. Absotively

    Here’s some very basic boxes-around-comments CSS:

    ul#commentlist li {
    border: 1px solid #999999;

    ul#commentlist li li {
    margin: 1em 1em 1em 0;

  9. Pinko Punko

    What is the plug in you use for the threaded comments? I have a tiny clue what might govern the threaded replies

  10. Jill

    It’s not a plugin per se. I just checked a box in the WordPress > Settings > Discussion menu that says “enable nested comments 5 levels deep.”

    Actually, that box has been checked for years, but it’s only with this new installation of WordPress and the K2 theme upgrade that it’s started nesting.

  11. Summerspeaker

    The picture of your squash dish makes my mouth water.

    That despair-including survey makes me think of Voltairine de Cleyre, an anarchist intellectual active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Are you familiar with her? She’s come up in my research recently. I think she deserves recognition as feminist heroine. Way back in 1890 she battled the patriarchy and godbagism, exposing and condemning spousal rape, compulsory pregnancy, and misogyny from supposed comrades in the radical scene. Though composed well over a hundred years ago, that lecture still seems revolutionary today.

  12. Pinko Punko

    OK, that means I can look at the code on my installio.

    Not that it will be helpful. Looks like in the code the term “depth” is the level of nesting, and nested comments are specified under the term .children, so I would look for some modifier of .children that specifies the indent. I think though that the indent might be set in some relation to how many levels of nesting, so if you want 5 levels I think you have to settle for the slimmest of indents. I think it looks decent as it is, and for nested they look pretty clean.

    I love how the “Cancel Blame” button is there, but what about enabling some spy machinery so the comment box can look into the soul of the commenter and the button can be conditional. Like if some cobag wants to blart all over the blog it says “File Spam.”

    I hope this is not mansplaining, although you would have appreciated this- at 3B we noted a special kind of mansplaining, Mandosplaining.

  13. speedbudget

    hahaha to think that the money that guy who has probably ocularly raped hundreds of women in his life was for “pain and suffering.” They give you that money to make up for the fact that you couldn’t work at your normal job for all those years. It’s wages, bro. Taxes on wages. Duh.

    Do you think if you were any other color but white and/or marginally employed you would have gotten that $600,000? Or even FEMALE and wrongfully imprisoned? I laugh.

    Must be nice to be overly privileged.

  14. speedbudget

    Also, I am now strangely desiring a squash dinner.

  15. Jill

    Mandosplaining! Priceless!

    As for the nesting: for some reason, all of a sudden, the comment authors’ names started showing up in a larger heading, making the discernment of levels/indents easier. I don’t know why the comment authors’ names shrunk in the first place, or why they went back to being big, but I’ll take it. I think I’ll try the border suggestions, though, and see if enlosing comments in boxes make it better or worse. In the end I’ll probably abandon the whole project, of course. I’d hate to confuse thebewilderness too much.

  16. Comrade PhysioProf

    Jill, please, for the love of fucking god, do away with the threading! IT SUCKS!

  17. Jill

    Be quiet, squeaky wheel. I’m not done playing with it yet.

  18. Jill

    I spend all day slaving over a hot CSS manual, swanking the joint up with stylish Helveticality and finally figuring out how to get rid of those stupid giant quotation marks that always showed up with the blockquotes, and how to make quoted text a different size and color, and all kinds of other important stuff, and all you do is complain? As Nero Wolfe used to say, pfui!

  19. Comrade PhysioProf

    Whipped cream on shit!

  20. Pinko Punko

    In general I don’t like nesting, but it works here for the following reasons I would suggest (and this is a nice implementation). Many blamers do not necessarily wade into the muckety muck of the internets all that much, but I note that a lot of people here can be really supportive of some of the stuff they read in comments, and being able to append a “hell yeah!” directly onto a nice turn of phrase, I think a bunch of people will like. On monster threads where the discussion can be many-headed, nesting makes things more difficult because you gotta read the entire thing again to see if someone popped out some serious blame in a wormhole up above.

    Also, discerning blamers prefer cool whip, other PP below. Or perhaps the icy sky death known as snow, which now graces the featureless countryside. Snow, I say!

  21. Comrade PhysioProf

    Whose fucking side are you on!?

  22. Hedgepig

    I agree with PP. The other one. Except for the bit about preferring cool whip.

  23. Jill

    I don’t see why the Show Latest Comments feature doesn’t take care of this missing-the-latest-comments thing. I mean, the latest comments are right there in the sidebar.

  24. Pinko Punko

    Imagine a thread of funky bratwurst proportions- the latest comments sidebar indicator could be yards of scrolling away from the freshest blamer emanation/hate-filled invective/aesthetically unfortunate mispunctuations.

  25. Frumious B.

    I would ask my real-life friends to help me, but none of them reads the blog. I’m too much of a downer, apparently.

    Huh. So I’m not the only one with this problem.

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