December 31, 2005

Style Skinner!

Kyer asked about setting up a stylesheet switcher, so here it is below the fold...

I don't remember from where the code was gleaned so I don't know whom to credit... Rob did some adjustments to make it work better, a hearty thank-you to him... one caveat - it only works right for 9 or less stylesheets.


Next, insert this line into your Main Idex template in the Head section. This names the javascript file that will control the stylesheet selections and passes information to the cookie script.

<script type="text/javascript" src="/styles/switcher.js">

Next, insert this line under the previous line in the Head section. This will set a cookie with a one year expiration on your reader's computer.

<script type="text/javascript">
function chooseStyle (newstyle)
var expdate = new Date();
expdate.setTime(expdate.getTime() + (1000*3600*24*365));
document.cookie = 'style=' + newstyle + '; expires=' + expdate.toGMTString() + '; path=/';
self.location = self.location;

Next, is the switcher.js file to upload the the /styles folder (that you'll need to create) on your site. This is the javascript file that will control the stylesheet selections and passes information to the cookie script.

/* ==JavaScript File== */
/*alert (document.cookie.indexOf('sitestyle='));*/

document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/styles-site.css">\n');
else if (document.cookie.indexOf('style=2')>=0)
document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/Stylesheet2.css">\n');
else if (document.cookie.indexOf('style=3')>=0)
document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/Stylesheet3.css">\n');
else if (document.cookie.indexOf('style=4')>=0)
document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/Stylesheet4.css">\n');
else if (document.cookie.indexOf('style=5')>=0)
document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/Stylesheet5.css">\n');
else if (document.cookie.indexOf('style=6')>=0)
document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/Stylesheet6.css">\n');
else if (document.cookie.indexOf('style=7')>=0)
document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/Stylesheet7.css">\n');
else if (document.cookie.indexOf('style=8')>=0)
document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/Stylesheet8.css">\n');
else if (document.cookie.indexOf('style=9')>=0)
document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles/Stylesheet9.css">\n');

else document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/styles-site.css">\n');

Next, is the code to insert into your sidebar - this will display a drop down box so your reader can select his favorite stylesheet.

<div class="sidetitle">
Skin the Site
<div class="side">
<select name="set" onchange="chooseStyle(this.value)" id="switcher">
<option>Choose a Style</option>
<option value="1">Default Stylesheet</option>
<option value="2">Stylesheet2 Name</option>
<option value="3">Stylesheet3 Name</option>
<option value="4">Stylesheet4 Name</option>
<option value="5">Stylesheet5 Name</option>
<option value="6">Stylesheet6 Name</option>
<option value="7">Stylesheet7 Name</option>
<option value="8">Stylesheet8 Name</option>
<option value="9">Stylesheet9 Name</option>

Next, upload all Stylesheet#.css files to the /styles folder.

[SAVE] & [REBUILD] indexes only.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 05:18 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack


Umm, Pixy? Are you mad at me?


I've checked a handful of other MuNu sites. I'm the only one. :-(

Posted by Jennifer at 01:14 AM | Comments (12) | TrackBack

December 30, 2005

Skinnable sites?

How does one go about making their site "skinnable"? I've seen it done with background colors and banners and such... I *think* I just might make a version where the background is white, text is black etc. and the other skin is just the inverse.

anybody have any links or primers?

Posted by Kyer at 04:32 AM | Comments (7) | TrackBack

December 29, 2005

My cookie recipe

Here is my recipe for perfect chocolate chip cookies. Follow it exactly, and no substitutions.

2 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks salted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (pure, not imitation)
2 large eggs
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine softened butter, vanilla sugar, and eggs until nice and creamy. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips.

use a table spoon and place on baking sheet, bake in 375 oven for 11 minutes or until slightly brown on top.

Posted by Tom Jefferson at 08:12 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 28, 2005

Technical question about MT

Hi Everybody! I love MuNuviana. And, I love Movable Type -- so much better than Blahger.

But I have a bit of a technical problem: trackbacks don't seem to be working on my blog. I've tried pinging it using Haloscan and from XRLQ's which runs on Word Press (where I'm guestsblogging this week -- ahem).

What's the deal with the trackbacks? Maybe I've messed up the code, or maybe I have to turn them on in the MT Config someplace. Does anyone have any ideas?

Posted by Cardinal Martini at 10:23 PM | Comments (7) | TrackBack

December 27, 2005

The Post Christmas Pod Cast

The newest podcast is available. A little longer than the others it weighs in at 4.4MB. If I start becoming long winded I promise to explore ways to make the files smaller.

Exploring the Inner Grinch

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 06:52 PM | Comments (0)

December 25, 2005

Merpy Christkwanzaahanaramadamas!

Seasons Greetings from YellowDog!


Happy Holidays from PipEye!


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December 23, 2005

Request for pLog Blogs

Could the blogroll gurus add my pLog blog to the MuNu blogrolls... whenever you do the next updates... pretty please? I know it's not much of a blog - kind of stupid actually - but it would help to be the #1 Google Search...

Popsicle Stick Jokes

Thank you in advance...

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December 22, 2005

Outrage Found

Sorry - This post was intended for Hold the Mayo. So I moved it there.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 09:46 PM | Comments (2)

Performancing for Firefox

Performancing for Firefox is here!
Of course you're probably wondering just what is Performancing for Firefox.

Well the good folks over at have written a blog editor for Firefox. So if you're using Firefox Version 1.5 or better, instead of writing your posts in Wordpress, Movable Type or Blogger you can use the Performacing Editor.

What makes this even better is you can setup your blog and post directly from the editor, like I did with this post. So you don't even have to log in to write or publish posts ever again.

To setup Performancing so it will automatically list your blogs you will need to walk through the following steps after you have installed the Plugin from the link above.

1) Press F8 key to open the Performancing editor.
2) Click the About Button.
3) Click the Launch Wizard Button.
4) Select your Blogging Platform from the list.
5) Change the Server API Folder to: - If you're running Movable Type 2.64 - If you're running Movable Type 3.15 - If you're running Wordpress (just be sure to replace the yourblog with your address).

6) Enter Your Username and Password.
7) Verify that the proper blogs have been pulled up and hit next!

From there you'll just select the blog you want to post too.

If you aren't running any other plugins / extensions for Firefox, I whole heartedly recommend you run Performancing for Firefox.

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December 20, 2005

The New Podcast

A new Podcast is up at Hold the Mayo.

Who's Spying On Us?

On an unrelated side note, I think fluffy is still eating my comment and track-back emails. Is this happening to anyone else or is it just me?

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 04:20 AM | Comments (0)

December 19, 2005

Our New E-Digs

Come one, come all: We, the crack young staff of "The Hatemonger's Quarterly," have finally moved to our new e-digs at MuNu ( We cordially invite you to peruse n' enjoy, though not necessarily in that order.

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December 16, 2005

Thank you!!

Thank yo so much, SO MUCH for all the help! I'm getting the hang of it, and quickly too. So, here's to good friends, tonight is kinda special!

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December 15, 2005

"Grandpa stole bets"


So there's this rather (uncool) cat who keeps commenting every so often on my blog (and I've seen him on Vinnie's and a few others as well) called "grandpa stole bets" where he just pastes this long rambling incoherent comment and somehow ties Homer Simpson, Che Guevara and Jews into it all...

I've blocked the IP for this comment several times now, but it keeps happening.

He/she/it always uses the same email address though: ""

I'm not too swift with these anti-spam toys you darn kids are using these days, any i-clue what i can do?

Posted by Kyer at 11:55 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack


Hello out there! I'm new to the MuNu Universe, and a bit overwhelmed! There's a lot more to this than over at Blogger. Anyone I could pay to make the change for me???

Posted by Groovyvic at 03:12 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Upfucked side bar

Well, my side bar seems to be upfucked. Half the text is being cut off by posts. I had this problem once before, butb I don't remember what the solution wwas. Anyone got any ideas????

Thanks a heap!

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December 14, 2005

Blog goes Portal

Help! Click here:

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December 12, 2005


Getting a funky error message trying to comment.

I originally pasted it here, but it went way off the page.

Just a heads up, Pixy.

Posted by Vinnie at 05:40 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

December 10, 2005

Another Hold the Mayo Podcast

I had fun with the first one so I did a second.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 04:00 AM | Comments (0)

December 09, 2005

Need Audio Geek Advice

I'm checking out digital audio players as a gift for my brother (maybe I'll steal it from him if I like it enough) - he has to ride the bus because he keeps wrecking all his cars and my trucks.

I'm wondering what any of you would recommend. I have tons o music on my laptop in various formats, so I need something with some capacity, playing different formats, preferrably with rechargable battery thingy.

Thanks in advance for any advice you might have!

I was looking at one of these

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A Moving Story

I'm moving house tomorrow, so I'll have limited net access for the next couple of weeks. (As in, only one of my three broadband connections at home will be working.)

I should be able to redirect the backups to the office, as we have a new high-capacity link there.

I'll be checking in regularly and receiving my email, but it may take a little longer than usual to respond. Particularly since I expect to be dead immediately after the move.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 12:09 PM | Comments (7) | TrackBack

December 08, 2005

The 2005 Weblog Awards (continued...)

Quite a few of our fellow MuNuvians are in the running for Weblog Awards and could use a vote or two or three.

Best Group Blog
The Cotillion

Best Comic Blog
Hate Mongers Quarterly (Making the move shortly)

Best Conservative Blog
The Jawa Report
Ace Of Spades HQ

Best Culture Blog
The Llama Butchers

Best Parenting Blog
One Happy Dog Speaks

Best Canadian Blog, eh
Angry in the Great White North

Best Asian Blog
Simon World

Best of the Top 251 - 500 Blogs
Confederate Yankee
Ex-Donkey Blog
Straight White Guy

Best of the Top 501 - 1000 Blogs
Vince Aut Morire

Best of the Top 1001 - 1750 Blogs
Portia Rediscovered

Best of the Top 1751 - 2500 Blogs
Seven Inches of Sense

Best of the Top 3501 - 5000 Blogs
Trying to Grok

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December 07, 2005

Show/Hide Thingy

Did you ever wonder how to make a Show/Hide thingy? Press "Show" below to see one answer.


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Other Munuvian Finalists

The Jawa Report - Best Conservative Blog

Vince Aut Morire - Ecosystem 501-1000

Go MuNu!!!

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December 06, 2005


I am getting hammered by comment spam.

Pixy, is there a way to shut off comments on old posts in a batch?

If not, I'll just keep Blacklisting every day. That's easier than shutting off comments in 400+ posts on an individual basis.

And to think I thought that importing my old TypePad posts was important!


Posted by Vinnie at 06:17 AM | Comments (14) | TrackBack

The 2005 Weblog Awards

Fellow MuNuvians,

First, I have to ask forgiveness for not having found more time to work on learning Movable Type and setting up my new MuNu blog here. As excited as I was over the whole thing, and after the enthusiastic welcome you gave me, I've been woefully slow to get started. Fear not, though, for my enthusiasm hath waned not—I've just been VERY busy (as if we all haven't been, though).

But I also wanted to post a brief "bleg" concerning this year's Weblog Awards. Forward Biased was fortunate enough to be a finalist in an obscure little Ecosystem-based category, the Best of the Top 1751 - 2500 Blogs, and to the extent that you guys can find a few minutes to do so, I'd sure appreciate a few votes now and then! You can vote once every 24 hours in each category, so vote early and often, as they say!

I also noticed that trying to grok is a finalist in the Best of the Top 3501 - 5000 Blogs category. I wish her, and any other Munuvians who made the finalist cut, the best of luck.

In fact, if you guys would please post any other Munuvian finalists, we could all cast some better-informed votes.

Thanks so much, folks!

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December 05, 2005

Looking for a Few Good Nerds

For the last few years I have been working on a new architecture for the Internet, which you can read about here:


How can we deliver applications as services, over the Internet, and get PC-like functionality, where each user can mix-and-match applications as if they are on a PC?

(Note: The question does not refer to pure user-interface issues that are addressed by AJAX!)


Domicel is a virtual personal Internet domain. It gives the end user the look-and-feel of working on a PC – without the PC! Applications are provided as on-line services, in an object-oriented paradigm. The aggregate of a user's objects (think: icons) from all applications, hosted  anywhere in the world, is their Domicel – there is no one place in which a Domicel's objects reside, no bottlenecks, and no central point of failure.

Or, to put it another way, it does for applications what the World Wide Web does for documents. 

It's still very primitive - I think of it as being the Internet version of the Altair, "the spark that led to the personal computer revolution". At this point, I would like to get a few good nerds interested. If I can get it going, I think it will be very big.

You can see the current state of the art here. Notice the links in the upper right-hand corner.

PS: Pixy, I would like to start a "Domicel Q & A" blog. Can I do it on

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Attack On The Blacklist?

I've been getting hit with a bunch of comment spam the last couple of days. Some of them even got their notification past the hotmail junk filter. Oddly, the hrefs in them in them had no URLs. Untill just now. It's clearly from the same source (itsok wouldn't be there otherwise). Scarily, the URLS were for Techweb, Wired, and Bloglines. Careless deleting would blog worthy sites. I don't know if they were there to shield Allafrikuh (mispelt to disarm) or to do damage, but some discression must be exercised.

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December 04, 2005

I Noticed I Got Some Comments

I found some comments on my site - some of them were spam which sucks - some of them were real. They all came in yesterday but I didn't receive email notification. The option for notification is checked in the preferences. I don't get so many comments that I can stand to miss any.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 12:51 PM | Comments (4)

Podcasting is fun

I have posted the first Hold The Mayo Podcast. Stop buy and check it out. Be sure leave any constructive or destructive feedback!

Posted by Stephen Macklin at 01:26 AM | Comments (0)

December 03, 2005

Stupid Trackback Spam

So, for the last day, or so, I've been getting hit with an occassional (I'm sure the system is stopping much more) trackback spam that has emply links in it, like so:

<a href="">
Naturally, this makes it harder to block them by blacklisting their URL. And they are, also naturally, using multiple IP addresses. I've been reluctant to add a blank href to the blacklist, not sure what it might break.

Any ideas?

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Geekoid Question

I have a Palm Tungston E2, and I am wondering if there is any software that will run on a Palm and allow me to write a post on the Palm, and then upload it to my blog when I sync with my laptop?


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Looking For An Update!

Hello all,

Awhile back there was talk of moving to LifeType. I was wondering what the status is now, and if we are going to have a mass exodus coming up soon...

If this is common knowledge my apologies, I've been absorbed in homework!

Posted by Nick Queen at 05:59 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Mailman Issues

How come, in my mailman list, since we moved to our MuNu home, there are a couple of issues?

  1. List archives are no longer generated. Is this because the location does not have the correct permissions?
  2. I get moderator messages, but when I log in and go to the moderator section of Mailman admin, I see no actual issues to moderate.
Other than that, I love our new MuNu home!

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December 01, 2005

A little more to the left....

ok, so ever since I switched my blog to its lovely Christmas-y wintery theme, all of the posts are way over to the right (right of the banner graphic) when viewed in IE.

Any suggestions, I mean other than telling people to use Firefox?

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