Pardon the Fucking Mess

I need a drink

If you’ve visited the site or looked at the RSS feed during the last twenty-four hours there’s a good chance that you saw one of a menagerie of errors. Sorry about that. This post will try to explain what the hell was going on as well as point out some changes to the way the site works.

Tuesday, prompted by a question from Chad Olson I decided to revamp how my “linked list” functioned.

Up until today, my linked list was implemented such that there were no links to my commentary on the linked item. For a while that was not a problem, but as I’ve increased the amount of list items that I’m posting that limitation has posed some problems. Yesterday I decided to correct that.

Bad fucking idea.

The plugin that I chose to implement a more “Daring Fireball-esque” linked list requires manually modifying my WordPress theme. Unfortunately the theme that I use here is vastly more complicated that the default WordPress theme that the plugin’s instructions were based on. Also, my PHP skills are abysmal at best. Several hours — and several hundred PHP errors — later I had managed to hack the theme files to put the linked list shit where I wanted it.

At this point it occurred to me that the mobile version of the site (served up by the WPTouch Pro plugin) uses its own template. So back to BBEdit I went. Fortunately the code for the mobile template is much more straightforward, so that part went quickly.

Once these changes were made I noticed that the linked list items in my RSS feed were corrupt. Whether it is the plugin, my theme or some conflict between the two linked list items were being presented in the RSS feed with extraneous data that caused the XML parsing to fail. Another hour in BBedit and the plugin was hacked to remove the extra crap.

Lastly, when I got into the office today and pulled the site up on my shit-box Windows XP laptop I discovered that, of course, the glyph-based linkage that I had set up failed to render in any browser other than Safari. “Fuck it,” I says, and ten minutes later everything has been made text based. It’s not like everything in the Mac blogosphere has to ape Daring Fireball.

The upshot is, going forward all “linked list” items will have a permalink back to this site at the bottom labeled “DrunkLink.” Huzzah!

now where’s the whiskey?