I was just about to write on a few things I’m reading – Michel Serres, Black Metal Theory mostly – and suddenly felt an urge to clean up, merge, rename, delete some of the 1300 tags on supernaut, when I noticed something dead weird: some of the tags were simultaneously categories. Much messing around and the inability to edit or change taxonomies caused me to have a look at the database, where I found, horribly, they indeed existed as both. I guess this is either a hangover from the Movable Type port some years ago, or a plugin that didn’t do its job properly around the same time. So I manually deleting 50 or so of these and their relationships. And then did some more merging and renaming. And now I must eat.
Last night I noticed the dilapidated state of my sidebar links. “Who uses them anyway?”, I thought, before answering myself with, “Me!”
In order of finding new blogs, the first and most common is from someone I already read who mentions another writer who may take my attention long enough to click through to their site. Getting from there to the ‘New Additions” folder in my RSS Reader (now using the quite beautiful yet assuredly beta Reeder), is a rarity, and from there to my sidebar is … well there’s scant connection really, it’s a rare thing when I go through all the links and add/subtract, and even then, with 300 or so in my news feed, my sidebar is only a few I like a lot.
So I added and subtracted. As usual, some blogs I loved very much have withered and passed the deadline of no longer updated (around 3 months before promotion to my ‘Dinasaurs’ folder), others have moved. Many new ones have arrived.
Excitement! I’ll not list all the new ones here, but there are a few, notably in ‘Art and Theatre Blogs’, as well as in ‘Asia and Central Asia Blogs’ and in the sciences categories. As for the ones that vanished …
I removed two sections. One for design as this stuff has moved mostly to my other blog (thingswithbits.info) and I don’t really get so enthusiastic about design as I do about, say, Central Asia or Kepler objects. The other to go, which is little more difficult to explain is the category for Trans* Queer Feminism stuff.
Without going into too much detail, there are still blogs I read in this field, but I find what turns up on these blogs is either irrelevant to me (e.g. cat blogging), the quality of writing does not have a level of rigorousness I find in other blogs I admire, or too often they are simply too American-centric. I’m also not so interested in spending a day in the echo-chamber finding the rare blog I would read.
So, for those who suffer distress when I blog infrequently, the sidebar should now assist you in feeling as I do most mornings: inspired by brilliant and passionate writers.
Finally I have added some new categories that have been eating at me like some rapacious tropical parasite. It a tussle between accuracy of categories, and keeping the category list short enough to be useful, and balancing all that with having keywords that don’t slop over into the categories and also give a somewhat useful reflection of what I write. (Sometime I’ll get around to putting all my works under one choreography category).
Americas is for all things across the two continents. For ages in a embarrassing fit of pre-Boston Tea Party old world colonialism, I’ve been dumping everything for this hemisphere into the Europe category. Ja, laziness and so on…
History is for duh! old stuff (mostly Leibniz I imagine) that I seem to write about more and more. I’ll get round to going through old posts and updating the categories when I get some time.
Reviews is for … I don’t think of myself in any way as a reviewer, I just like writing about stuff I see, performance, film, art, bands, books, somehow everything here is a review. Anyway, the more, er, formal stuff, where I think, “ach!, better hold my tongue on this, and be polite … don’t. insult. the. natives.”, that’s a review.
I’ve been scratching around this evening making some new categories for here. The original and still intended idea is to have a single category for all my choreography/performances/dance stuff in which each work is a separate subcategory, but today I am too stupid to work out how to do that in Movable Type. duh!
The thought came to me when I was looking at my website with all the dance stuff, francesdath.info, which is hideously out of date, that most of what I do is here, but there is not an easy way to see it all without some fairly arcane search requests. The easiest thing is to give everything a category.
So, in some kind of order from most recent, being my sojourn to Adelaide, back to my trip to Guangzhou early last year are the new categories:
crush in Adelaide with Gala again and several other cool people co-choreographing with Amanda Phillips. I didn’t blog much on this but it deserves its own category.
temperance, the film I made with Gala Moody, Bonnie Paskas and filmmaker Paul Williams at the old Temperance Hall in Napier St, South Melbourne. Two late night weeks of Leibniz, Monads and dance-dance-dancing, that will be getting more attention soon.
12.min.max. at Tanzhaus Wasserwerk, that was actually the first development of hell, but I really thought it needed its own special place up the back of the bus, if not for the very fond memories I think I have of late nights in the Dachstock.
It belatedly occurred to me that knowing what other projects have made it to the elevated status of their own category might be, like, a good thing, so:
hell from the start of the year with the absolutely best group of dancers and friends I’ve ever made stuff with. All the usual Baudrillard, death metal, and Cantonese Opera porn.