3 May 2006

Gar! Pirates ahoy!

The trailer for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been leaked.

Avast, mateys.

Posted in OnTheWeb on 3 May 2006 at 10:11 am by Nate
1 May 2006

Transition and change

The Harvard Blogs server has begun its migration to a new blogging system, and so much of the functionality of this blog is limited right now.  I’m inclined to go this on my own, getting server space and setting up a WordPress blog, where I can edit my site’s look much more than the current Harvard setup allows (although that should change in the near future).  I’ll also be able to use my offline editor once again (which broke down with the final shift over the weekend).

In the meantime, you may see this site undergo a radical visual redesign.  Don’t worry.  The content will all still be there.  I think.

Please bear with us as we continue to make Nate Knows Nada an occasionally entertaining, thought-provoking, and casually pleasant place to read.

Posted in OnTheWeb on 1 May 2006 at 9:50 pm by Nate
27 March 2006


And now comments seem to be back.  Strange.

Posted in OnTheWeb on 27 March 2006 at 9:19 pm by Nate

Blog problems

Hmm. Weirdness continues here.

For some reason, I do not have comment links on the blog right now. I haven’t changed any settings on the backend of the blog, but they seem to have disappeared between today and Friday (when i got my last comment). I have e-mail in, but for the time being you’ll have to scroll down to “Recent Discussion” in the sidebar to make a comment.

As for my blog software thoughts, I think that I will see how much it will cost to have my theme replicated in a WordPress theme and then transition over to WordPress, either here at Harvard or on my own space somewhere. But I think Manila’s days in my life are coming to a close.

Posted in OnTheWeb on 27 March 2006 at 5:10 pm by Nate
24 March 2006

Content Management and blogging

So I’ve been thinking of making some changes here of late.

Primarily, the Harvard Blogs server is switching over, on a voluntary basis, from Manila to WordPress. Overall, I think that this is a good move, since the server we all have been using has been slow and problematic.

My hesitancy about making the shift is based upon the look of my site. i happen to really like the way it looks now. Professional, simple, and easy to navigate. At least I think so.

Wordpress, especially in the Multiple User version we’re looking at, is somewhat less customizable, especially in regard to style sheets and such. I’ve done some research already, and making up a site them in WP to replicate the look here now is going to require me to learn a new set of syntax and such to get it going. But it will depend upon someday gaining some sort of shell access to the new server, which isn’t in the works right now.

I’ve thought about getting my own server space somewhere and going to Movable Type, which has a similar style/theme system to Manila. I’ve use it in other places, and I think that it might be easier to get a new site with the same look up and going on MT.

All of this depends upon converting the current site over to some sort of interchange format. That’s the hard part. i think there’s tools out there, but they’re really meant for system operators of some sort. Which I am not.

So–for the next few days, at least–I am sticking with Manila for my primary blog CMS.

Anybody got any thoughts or ideas?

Posted in OnTheWeb on 24 March 2006 at 3:26 pm by Nate
21 March 2006

Junior High and the Presidency

Ah, McSweeney’s.  What would we do without you?

Parallels between my living through two years of middle school and the two terms of the Bush presidency

Posted in OnTheWeb on 21 March 2006 at 3:33 pm by Nate
10 March 2006

Powerpoint be gone!

Or at least a little bit tamed.

I hate Powerpoint. It’s mind-numbing. I generally think that it’s good for showing graphics and technical notes like equations. Other than that, it should just die.

But I then ran across particletree.com’s article on how to make the experience a bit more effective, and I’m only now ready to injure the program.

Posted in OnTheWeb on 10 March 2006 at 5:07 pm by Nate
8 March 2006

Let’s play dress-up!

BF referred me to the site Whispers in the Loggia a little while ago. It’s a kind of gossip column about al things Vatican. It’s like reading Army Archerd crossed with Vatican Radio (or some such thing).

But Rocco refers us to a site where you can dress-up a priest in garbs liturgical.

Here’s the lede:

“A website for children has proved popular in an unexpected quarter. It is designed to allow the user to decide what a priest will wear and seems to have taken off in a big way among Anglo-Catholic priests in the Church of England.”

If you find this surprising, you haven’t been paying attention.

Maybe, though, in the deigning of Providence, it’ll encourage more Anglo-Catholics to swim the Tiber. As if the dressiness isn’t enough incentive, a senior post at ICEL should seal the deal.

One senior high church cleric said that it’s important to remind the “children” (and, ostensibly, high Anglican clerics as well) that “Priesthood is much more than dressing up.”

That is the most heterodox thing I’ve ever heard. What an insult.

Posted in OnTheWeb on 8 March 2006 at 11:56 am by Nate
10 February 2006

Spam of the day/week

I thoroughly enjoyed this:

Subject: Former President Bill Klinton uses Voagra!

Everybody knows the great sexual scandal known as “Klinton-Levinsky”.

After the relations like this Klintons popularity raised a lot!

It is a natural phenomenon, because Bill as a real man in order not to

shame himself when he was with Monica regularly used Voagra.

What happened you see. His political figure became more bright and more attractive.

It is very important for a man to be respected as a man!

This leads me to wonder: Is Clinton misspelled because his name now sets off spam filters?

Posted in OnTheWeb on 10 February 2006 at 11:49 am by Nate
6 February 2006


Brokeback to the Future is making the rounds of the Internet.  Funny, and yet discomfiting….

Posted in OnTheWeb on 6 February 2006 at 11:55 pm by Nate