In Wired Opinion, Alice Marwick explores the roles the Men's Rights Activism movement and the meritocracy myth played in last-week's Donglegate snit-fit. The article is called Why the Tech Community Hates Feminists, and you should read it. It really helps to explain why the incident was so explosive. But briefly: if you threaten cherished ideals around itchy-trigger-finger activists, you're going to have a bad time. They may have it coming, but you're still going to have a bad time.
Anvilania is a static site; now, too, is Thudfactor. This is likely to be my preferred strategy for awhile, at least for sites I maintain alone. So why move away from Wordpress, the “largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world”? I had three things I wanted to accomplish. I wanted a more reliable archive, I wanted a more secure server setup, and I wanted speedier response times. Going static gave me all three.
As much as things have changed since the days of “optimized for Netscape,” images have stayed pretty much the same. A lot of us are using PNGs instead of GIFs now, and we have access to 8-bit alpha transparency, but those are details. Minor refinements. Responsive design and high-definition displays make the bitmapped image a real pain in the ass, though, and it's a situation that's likely to get a lot worse before it gets better.
Oh. Well, this is awkward. I never know what to say in these things. I mean, the first post. Blogging is usually no trouble. I've been doing that for years. But I don't have nearly as much practice writing the first posts for blogs. But you have to start somewhere, and here is where I am starting.