Just upgraded my website portfolio …

… so all sites are now running on WordPress 2.5, which looks pretty sexy in the back-end, if you’ll excuse the turn of phrase. Everything seems to have upgraded without a hitch, too, which is a first.

In other news, my upper right arm is in excruciating muscular pain. People are suggesting that

  1. it’s computer related, and
  2. I should go and see a doctor about it sooner rather than later.

Knowing that they’re right on both counts is not making it any more appealing a prospect.

In which someone else throws my OMGbleakdarkfuture trigger

I am, by nature, a cynical man. A pessimist, even – especially when it comes to matters environmental. Some might even say overly negative. I’ve certainly shown evidence of depressive traits.

But even I feel like Happy Bozo The Happy Petrochemicals Clown by comparison to Peter Watts:

“There was never a time when things could be turned around with such petty gestures. You want to effect real change? You’ve got to address the root of the problem: human psychology. We evolved in the moment, we evolved to recognize imminent and proximate threats: pestilence, predators, an alpha male coming at us with murder in his eyes. The site of a rotting corpse or a deformed child makes us squirm; the toothy smile of a great white freezes our blood. But we never evolved to internalize graphs and columns of statistics. They may be real; they just don’t feel that way.”

That’s the most cheery paragraph. And just to preempt any possible confusion, I’m linking to that post because I think he’s utterly right.

Not so much a spring cleaning …

… as a much-needed complete redecoration. If you care to click through from the RSS feed, you’ll see I’ve been prettifying VCTB.

The more sharp-eyed (and web savvy) among you will doubtless note the similarities between this new look and the recent new Futurismic theme; I must confess, I took it as a starting point and rehashed it to suit.

It’s taken me around five hours of trial and error, but has taught me a great deal in the process. I’m quite pleased with the results, too – though I wouldn’t say this is the final version quite yet, there’s still some tweaking to be done. I am, however, pretty damn chuffed with the header and menu, if I do say so myself. That took about three of the hours.

Your feedback on matters of aesthetics and usability would be greatly appreciated!

I’ve been blowing the cobwebs out of the blogroll, too – if I’ve removed your site by accident, or if the link for you is wrong, or if you can think of a site that should really be there for the sake of my credibility, please speak up.