Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
Turns out the last item on my Redesign To-Do List – “Shoehorn old text into new template” – was the hardest. I still have bits to add to the Film and Television sections, but they’re bits I don’t care an awful lot about, so it’s debatable that I should waste your time with them.
Checklist for the new design:
I think that’s most of it. The last one means that your comments appear on the front page, letting you graffiti and deface this site as you please. The main purpose of this drawn-out conversion to WordPress was to enable comments, so please scrawl on everything, especially the ‘Best X’ type pages. You don’t need to log in, all fields are optional and comments are unmoderated so they’ll appear right away.
If I could also direct your attention to the rewritten Games section, the three new Philosophy sections, and the new Comics and Blogs links. The free MP3s linked in the top right there will get updated (in fact, they already have been before this went up, so I’ll switch the old ones in after a while). Brace yourself for the odd broken link there, because I’m pointing you to other people who’ve uploaded them, and they may get scared. To my knowledge they’re legally free tracks, but you never know.
I discovered there’s been a new trailer for the Firefly film, Serenity, since the one I saw. Head over to Television for a link. I could paste it here, of course, but I’m trying to get rid of you.
Apologies to anyone who disliked the crazy-long nature of the old design – I honestly thought WordPress would automatically curtail the main page and archive old posts, but it doesn’t seem to. I’ll work out how to do it manually before it gets too long.
Lastly, the reason all the posts here are about specific things is just that I’ve been posting and reposting the content for the media sections – normally it’ll be mostly more traditional blog-style posts here.
David: To be honest, it's fairly brilliant. I love it. Nice work.
Graham: I've been looking at the site for the last hour or so, and at first it was great. Half-Life 2 under "Best Games", Futurama, Firefly, West Wing and Lost under "Best TV", Adaptation and Grosse Pointe Blank under "Best Films", Penny Arcade under "Best Comics", Belle And Sebastian under "Best Music", The Go! Team, Ben Folds and Ben Folds Five way down there amongst the lists of Music.
But doesn't there come a point where there are just too many similarties of taste? I feel like I need to go like different things, just so I'm not irrelevant.
Tom Francis: No! We are members of a cult, you and I. Unfortunately being anti-social is one of the many things most of us have in common, so we generally don't know each other yet. However, hi. You should be thinking things like "Wow, I'm bound to like LA Confidential and Scary Go Round," and maybe trying them out. Perhaps re-watch Memento and refer to the graph. Actually the music section is the only one that's purely that, and I don't like it as it is. I'm planning on passing judgement on some new albums, and they'll ensure that section actually has some words in it. The rest, I guess you're supposed to get something out of it if you agree with the text, but I don't know what.
Graham Smith: Really I'm just thinking "Man, I should watch some Futurama."
Also, "Why don't line breaks work in the comments? Do I need to use HTML?
Graham Smith: No."
Tom Francis: I can't let WordPress format the comments because it puts a linebreak between the author and the post, ruining the IRC feel, but html tags ought to be allowed now.
Defragged: "I honestly thought WordPress would automatically curtail the main page and archive old posts, but it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem to. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll work out how to do it manually before it gets too long."
I believe there's an option on the /wp-admin/options-reading.php page that let's you do that. "Show at most X posts" (on the main page). The rest get shoehorned into the archivey bit. Although this requires that you've stuffed an archivey bit placeholder into the template somewhere.
Really nice design though.
Tom Francis: Excellent, cheers. I was going to have a half-hearted go at working it out myself, then post a link on the WordPress 'show off your blog' forum and see if anyone spontaneously explained how to do it. I shot myself in the foot by designing a template from scratch, which means it only includes features I understand - not many.