WordPress misbehaving

This is a test post since I am having some trouble with WordPress. It’s probably about time I upgraded it, but I don’t like to upgrade software which works. But if it stops working… why would it stop working?

gaming website relaunch

As I mentioned a while back I’ve been working on a rewrite of my gaming website. I decided last weekend that it was now good enough to switch over. So I present the updated Ordo Acerbus As far as I’m concerned the nice feature of my new setup is that I edit pages using ssh […]

yet another website rewrite

Ordo Acerbus was the first web application I wrote when I started learning Rails. It was a home-grown CMS of sorts. I think the version of Rails was 1.1 at the time, and a few things have changed since then. Unfortunately since I didn’t know about future-proofing it then, and Rails has gone through a […]


I added support for Gravatar on comments on this site. Identicons mean that anyone will get some kind of unique image, even if they don’t have a Gravatar set up. There are some Gravatar plugins for WordPress/PHP around, but it is simple enough to construct the URL that I just coded it into my theme […]

Good timing

Sunday morning – bought the extra downpipe bend I needed to set up our rain barrel, then set it up. Sunday afternoon – a couple of storms dropped enough rain to fill the barrel. (Not sure if I’m going to be able to grill today’s dinner though). And for my other Sunday project, I converted […]


Today’s “TripAdvisor Photo of the Day” is on Oxford Street, looking towards Selfridges. I recognised it immediately because it’s just round the corner from where I worked for many years. It made me sad.

testing 123

If this worked I should get blog posts appearing in my Facebook feed. Hello?

housing in the Boston area

My latest ‘project’ is… buying a house. (Sorry, not much geekery involved here.) My wife and I have been looking at houses for a few months, so it’s been interesting to compare the typical features of houses here with those where I grew up. Where I come from, normal houses are invariably built of brick […]

content management

One of my other websites Ordo Acerbus is rather flaky at the moment. It is running on a ‘content management system’ of sorts that I hacked out myself when I was learning Ruby on Rails. As often the case with these things, it was an interesting learning exercise, but now it has been left for […]

blog migration

My previous blog software (Typo) had become pretty much unusable. It seems that this hosting service doesn’t cope with larger Rails apps very well. So I have migrated my blog to use WordPress instead. Fortunately I found some sql scripts to help move over my content (though I had to edit them a little). I […]