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2018.1.24

I’ve decided to try enabling comments on this blog; historically I’ve found that spam is such a pain to manage that comments just aren’t worth it. But I’m willing to try again and see if the value gained from comments exceeds the cost in managing spammers.

Theme Update/Simplified

So, ever since I did my last theme refresh here at Quirks in Tech I’ve actually been disappointed. I mean, the last refresh was better than what it replaced but still had a litany of issues around responsive formatting, header issues, and a lot of ugly cruft that I had to do (the theme that served as its base was…problematic).

The single most infuriating aspect of the previous theme, however, was its inability to properly format quotations. It made me angry each time I saw one at the site (as opposed to on the Tumblr dashboard).

A few days ago I massively revamped how the site looks. There are a few little niggles here and there that i need to tease out (and wow, is Tumblr ever weird to work in as someone more accustomed to dealing with WordPress) but on the whole stuff’s sorted out. It’s much, much more visually minimalistic while simultaneously being functional. And because it’s nice to look at, I’m here a lot more!

Housekeeping Note

This website began as a space to do ‘little blogging’, giving me some leeway to think and write about issues without breaking up the tenor or character of the more lengthy analyses of contemporary privacy, security, and technology issues that I undertake at Technology, Thoughts, and Trinkets. Since I began writing at Quirks and Tech, a little over a year ago, I’ve posted 600 items. In effect, what began as a distraction space has become a little more serious and, as a result, a visual update has been in order.

I purchased a domain for the site several months back when I decided that I liked writing here. Today, I’m happy to unveil the new theme for the site.[1] It emphasizes readability and a general lack of visual clutter. The fonts are far easier to parse than those associated with the previous theme that I was using, and the shading of various areas is subtle enough distinguish between different blocks of content without becoming overbearing.

As part of the update I’ve formalized links to my other presences online, and begun thinking about systemic ‘top categories’ to help people wade through the morass of posts that I’ve generated. I’m going to continue making some minor tweaks over the next while, but the general structure and aethetic are going to remain for some time going forward.


  1. I’ve modified the Tewday theme in the course of these updates. I cannot express how disappointed I was with much of the theme upon delivery: sloppy CSS coding was pervasive, and many styling elements (like lists! like blockquotes) weren’t done properly. I’ll be reviewing the theme – and how to fix parts of it – at a later date.  ↩