During most of my bachelor, I've used paper and pen or pencil to take notes. Halfway my second minor [Okasys], though, I switched to my laptop and LaTeX, which I preferred, because typing is faster than writing and reworking my notes into a halfway decent summary usually proved too time-consuming with hand-written notes. Admittedly, though, although reorganizing my notes became easier with LaTeX, I still didn't really get to the finished summary stage, because I'm still way too obsessive-compulsive about the whole thing, most of the time. Now, since I figured I use my blog for all sorts of notes, I can just as well let WordPress and Google do some of the organizing for me, while taking notes for my present course. I just have to be a bit more careful about copyright issues (but, if the need strikes, I can always set a post to private).
By Rowan Rodrik, 2 years ago, on March 19, 2015, at 14:03 |
By Rowan Rodrik, 2 years ago, on March 16, 2015, at 16:03 |
In July 2013, I noticed that somehow the settings of the wp-page-numbers plugin for this blog had reset, which sucked donkey balls. I had fixed it then, but a while ago, the problem again raised its ugly head, so I had to fix it again. Weird.
By Rowan Rodrik, 3 years ago, on September 06, 2014, at 16:09 |
To my great surprise, thanks to Tobias Sjösten, I found out that commenting was broken on blog.bigsmoke.us. I couldn't pinpoint the exact problem, but it must have been introduced with some WordPress upgrade somewhere along the line. I never noticed it because it did work for logged in users. (If I must really guess, I suspect a silent ReCaptcha version compatibility problem.)
By Rowan Rodrik, 5 years ago, on February 04, 2012, at 13:02 |
They say that blogging is a long way down from essaying. Articles were already better than essays, and books even more so. So they say. A lot is said these days. I say: the more, the merrier. I say: let us say! Let us say whatever we want. And let people read whatever they want, now that they can.
By Rowan Rodrik, 8 years ago, on July 10, 2009, at 11:07 |
I just published the 100th post here on blog.bigsmoke.us. Who would have thought that when I published my first post?
By Rowan Rodrik, 8 years ago, on May 26, 2009, at 11:05 |
I take blogging very literal. For me, the primary use of a weblog is to keep a log of (complicated) thoughts and activities. The reason to keep a log is very self-evident: to be able to find out how and why I came to some solution or how far I was in the problem-solving process. This becomes ever so clear to me when I find myself confronted with finding out something which I'm sure I already did.
By Rowan Rodrik, 8 years ago, on April 15, 2009, at 21:04 |
I like GeSHi (enough even to have written a language file for it). For ages now, I've used a WordPress plugin by Dan Peverill. But for as long as I've been using the plugin, I've been looking to get rid of it.
By Rowan Rodrik, 8 years ago, on April 13, 2009, at 16:04 |
Since version 2.6, WordPress can be installed in its own directory, separate from your customizations and everthing. Needless to say, this makes upgrading a whole lot easier.
By Rowan Rodrik, 8 years ago, on January 30, 2009, at 14:01 |
Cool URLs don't change, but the relevance of my content does (and it's declining). www.bigsmoke.us consists of content that has mostly never been updated. That's why I want to move it over to my blog here.
By Rowan Rodrik, 8 years ago, on January 19, 2009, at 01:01 |