If you're reading this in a feed reader—which I hope you are—you won't be aware that the template for this theme has been completely changed. Every year, as regularly as clockwork, just before spring, I seem to get inspired to rewrite the code for my theme from scratch. The last time this happened was last year, when I switched to a resolutely minimalist style and a theme that I had entirely written from scratch.
Over the past year, I've been looking quite attentively at new trends in blogging and thinking about what it might be interesting to implement in my website. The trend towards minimalism has continued unabated among the more interesting class of designers; but jQuery and html5 were the two new technologies that I was most interesting in getting to know better, so I've decided to implement them on this site, in this new, #444-centric theme, effective today.
The other two changes of significance I've I've added are a Custom Google Search engine and switching comments—which I find a pain to maintain—to Disqus: the latter is an experimentation I reserve the right to reverse, as it actually induces a not insignificant drain on the resources that I've so painstakingly saved up. Still, by reducing the number of objects served from eleven to just four, I've still cut the overall loading time of the site to just 1.5 seconds, which is still quite reasonable.
I've kept my popular links page and, in another innovation which shows imitation is the best form of flattery, I'm planning to integrate the occasional really interesting link into the actual blog, Daring Fireball/Shaun Blanc style.
Last but not least, I've decided to officially switch the status of the blog articles (but not the theme code) to a Creative Commons license, which merely reflects the reality of how information is exchanged today: I'd have done it earlier if I had been more attentive to the legal niceties.
I'll be writing about all these subjects in greater detail in the next few days in a series of separate articles.