Simplification

October 22nd, 2003  |  Published in Uncategorized

Sort of in line with that entry about finding a mail host is a wave of simplification I think I’m about to inflict on Puddingtime! itself. Here are some things on the chopping block:

  • Pudding Flavors: It’s a nifty idea, but it’s a pain to maintain. I’ve modularized a ton of the design, but at the end of the day they necessitate extra work to keep in sync with the basic design. I think the tradeoff will be abandoning my love of oblique headlines. I suspect I’ll be killing the “no blog” flavor outright and leaving the “no Mac” flavor in place purely as an RSS feed as a favor to one friend in particular.
  • Outside headlines: No reflection on b!X or the Communique at all, but it adds another layer of busy-ness to the page. The stuff from Stork is getting rolled in here.
  • Zeitgeist: My god in heaven. If you’ve read about my problems with how badly Google can be flummoxed by blogs, you’ll understand my shock, dismay and irritation when I went out looking for some info a few days ago and the “I’m Feeling Lucky” search landed me on my own useless zeitgeist page. Fine-tuning to keep the spiders away isn’t worth the time. Gone. I’m not even linking to the thing. It just isn’t going to be there anymore… soon. Related links: 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Netflix queue. Another issue of maintenance/complexity.

This race for simplicity is driven by a few things, but impending paternity is the big one. Too many loose ends make keeping up a pain, and keep me from writing, which is what matters most. The rest is overblown vanity plate stuff that’s sort of nifty to do but ultimately distracting from the whole point (about which more later today, since I’ve got to get this week’s Unix roundup in the can before heading out to class).

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