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Care Less or More?

Ack! People, people – it’s “I _couldn’t_ care less,” not “I _could_ care less.” The former states that there is no more care to be given, that you really don’t care at all and that you can’t possible care any less than you do because you are already completely devoid of care. The latter says that there _is_ still some care there, that it _is_ possible to care less than you currently do by saying that you _could_ care less. See the difference?

Yeah, yeah, losing battle, yada yada. I’ll shut up now.

Aside from That

What was “posed”:http://open-dialogue.com/blog/?p=514 as merely a curiosity question and an aside ((Since I’ve switched to a widget-compatible theme, I’ve started using a new plugin for my asides so that I can continue displaying them in my sidebar. For some reason, though, my asides no longer show up in my RSS feed, so if you read my site from the feed, you won’t see any of my asides until I can figure out how to get them to show up in the feed again. Feel free to offer any solutions or suggestions, if you have any.)) has become a rather more interesting discussion than I expected it to be – an exploration of the fact that Jesus was probably not actually crucified on a Friday but more likely on Wednesday and buried later that same evening so that he could be buried for a full three days, according to both prophecy and His own words. Feel free to check out the discussion and add your own thoughts and knowledge to the topic.


If my previous “aside”:http://open-dialogue.com/blog/?p=247#respond had you a bit confused, I was celebrating my success at _finally_ being able to get a new hack to work. I’ve often had cause to write a quick one-liner, but I hated wasted all that space because once I published it, the metadata takes up more space than does the actual content itself. I hated the way it looked, but I also hated not being able to spiff up my briefer thoughts. So, I found “Matt’s Asides”:http://photomatt.net/2004/05/19/asides/, but I couldn’t get it work. Matt hacked “The Loop”:http://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop to have it check a specific category and then format it differently when it displayed. This allowed users to take up less space with very short posts while still allowing readers to submit their comments on the content.

The problem was that The Loop in my template’s index was structured differently, rendering Matt’s hacks ineffective when I tried to implement them. In point of fact, trying to put them into my code took my site offline due to syntax errors. Several hours of searching the Web for upgraded hacks yielded nothing helpful, so I resigned myself to not being able to use the hack after all.

The solution came in looking for a reasonable substitute. I’d settled on using a linklog to accomplish a similar function, and in the process I found a plugin called “wp-recent-links”:http://rebelpixel.com/projects/wp-recent-links/. Part of the install process for this plugin involved replacing your templates index with the copy provided in the .zip file. In looking at the code, I realized that The Loop syntax looked very similar to the one that Matt “cited”:http://wiki.wordpress.org/PhotoMatt/index.php in his write-up. So, I tried substituting again Matt’s hack code into The Loop syntax for my new “index”:http://www.open-dialogue.com/blog/files/index.phps file, which actually worked this time. So, I then used a “little snippet of code”:http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/asides/ ((bottom of the page)) from another source to format the bullet of the aside and hacked my stylesheet to gives my asides a little bit of extra flare.

Since different template authors structure their index files differently, the only problem I had to overcome was finding an index file that was close enough to the original such that it would allow Matt’s Asides hack to actually work. A learning experience, to be sure.

I realize that this has probably bored most of you to tears, and for that I apologize. But in the event that someone else would like to implement this hack and run into similar problems, I share my experience in hopes of reducing the number of headaches that someone else might face. Feel free to “contact”:http://open-dialogue.com/blog/?page_id=220 me if you have any problems or questions.