So if you're reading this on a computer, not an iThingie or rss-gorge or what have you, you'll notice that the place just got a new look. I'm not sure I'm 100% happy with it, but I like the idea behind it, if you know what I mean. The rendering remains a work in progress.
(One thing it now does -- in one of the silliest wastes of time in the History of Man -- is match the main page of my twitter feed. (Branding!) But the twitter machine lets you have a separate picture for the header; blogger only allows a color. I like the twitter look better. Any advice on how to more closely replicate it here would be accepted gratefully.)
The other change I made was to delete my blogroll. No offense to any of the fine blogs on it. But the damn things was years out of date, with a great many blogs now moved, retired, renamed or dead,* many new blogs unlisted, etc, and I didn't have the time or energy to update it, so amputation seemed the doctor-recommended option. If I get time I'll do a new one... except that the entire things speaks to a particular time, when the World & Blogosphere was Young, that has passed. I liked those halcyon days of yore, and the virtual coffeehouse within them -- they were what made me start blogging -- but liking won't bring them back, and maybe it's no use pretending that they're still around. (cf this) So since I was getting a new look anyway, I decided to do the amputation and the cosmetic surgery at the same time, and save on the anesthesiologist's fee.
Oh, and is there any particular meaning to the whole The Wind in the Willows, and specifically the E. H. Shepard illustrations thereof, theme? Nah. I've used Toad as my twitter & blog icon for a while. It just seemed like some nice images to play with and give a thematically consistent yet visually interesting look. (Again, more successfully here than, er, here.)
* Not a metaphor, sadly. RIP Leila Abu-Saba, Steve Gilliard and Andrew Olmsted. I couldn't bear to delete them from the list, but it's wrong to keep them on too; one more reason for the whole list to just go.