Archive for the ‘Meta’ Category

This weblog has moved to

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

I got tired of baking my own bread, or better, perhaps, emptying my own garbage, so I’ve moved my Will.Whim to Please update your links, RSS feeds, etc. The new address is: The RSS feed is: I do not expect to update this weblog any further.


Monday, December 1st, 2008

Some of proclaimed the "end of blogging," and it's certainly the case that I haven't written as much for this weblog recently. I do a lot of the teaching at our church, and more recently have been trying to write out my teaching notes and to send them to people ...

Status report

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

I updated Wordpress, my blogging software, today. Let me know if there is any problem.

Yet another Wordpress theme

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Your blog might be in trouble if you update your blog theme more often than the content.

Yet another theme tryout

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

I have no time to create my own, but I hope this is easier to read than the last. Three columns are a bit much, though. And for some reason I wasn't getting updates about comments, but I seem to be doing so now. Let me know what you think (esp ...

Changing my theme

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Accidentally nuked my WordPress theme; here's a new one.

Unicode fixed (I think)

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

When I brought my weblog data over, I neglected to ensure that the underlying encoding was correct. I think I've fixed this. I should now be able to write Arabic (يونِكود) and Persian (یونی‌کُد) and Hangul (유니코드) and Cyrillic (Юникод) and Cree (ᏳᏂᎪᏛ) and Middle English (ye bisshop baythes hȳ ȝet ...

New host

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I've moved my website to a new hosting server (Slicehost), and I'm happy so far. Now I can recommence blogging...

Comments turned off for a while

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Getting spam-blasted, so comments are turned off for a while.


Friday, March 10th, 2006

I upgraded the Wordpress weblog software to the latest version. So, if you saw anything strange during that time, that was the reason. If you continue to see oddities, please contact me.

Spammers attack

Friday, December 9th, 2005

I'm getting a lot of comment spam, so I've trying out Spam Karma, which was very easy to install. If you're reading this, please leave a (non-spam!) comment; if you have any problems, please email me at will dot fitzgerald c/o gmail dot com.

Excellent idea

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

From Jorn at Robot Wisdom auxiliary: Napster for URLs, or p2p Could bloggers declare, say, the 13th of each month to be "I'm-an-idiot day"and try to post that day about some topic that they secretly feel everyone understands better than they do?

Bloggers Need Not Apply

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Bloggers Need Not Apply from the Chronicle for Higher Ed. A cautionary tale for academics and other job hunters.For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (via Natalia).

The Art of the Fast Take

Friday, July 1st, 2005

The Art of the Fast Take: good stuff by my cousin-in-law Tim Oren on learning (about) a new field in a hurry. (Although the last recommendation -- hire someone to learn it for you -- might be a bit too specific to VCs).

MIT Weblog Survey

Friday, July 1st, 2005

I just like the sticker, I guess.

Syndication links

Monday, April 11th, 2005

If you're using a syndication service, the following links will provide an RSS 2 feed, an Atom feed, a Bloglines subscription page.

Plagiarism detector

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

I learned about today via rebecca's pocket. Copyscape allows you to tell whether you've been plagiarized elsewhere on the web. I checked a number of pages, and found that I was feeling a bit sad that nothing I'd written had been worth plagiarizing ... until finally I found that ...

left-right blogosphere

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

I haven't read the study, but I like the pretty picture. (via 3 Quarks).

Some publications

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Gee, I just discovered that two short technical reports I wrote at the Canadian National Research Council are available on their document site: Models for Cross-Cultural Communications for Cross-Cultural Website Design and Integrating Internationalized Websites with Databases and Email Systems: Working with Multilingual Texts.

Is this thing on?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

OK, I lost the computer that I usually kept my weblog postings on, so maybe it makes sense to return to one of the free weblogging services. So, here I am back at Blogger. Yes, it is boring to read about changing weblogging servers, but it's difficult to write ...