CNU XII City Guide online

I finally got around to posting the Chicago City Guide that our committee wrote for CNU XII last year. It’s an entertaining, quick overview of the city and its neighborhoods, even without the great photography and maps that we originally had. (I need to find where those files went; when I do, I’ll add them to the guide.)

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Explorago scavenger hunt photos

Devin posted photos from our Team Biking Vikings adventure at Saturday’s Explorago sustainable scavenger hunt, presented by the Foresight Design Institute. Still no word on whether we won, but I’ll certainly never forget getting towed in a wheelchair, at top speed, down the middle of Lake Street, in a thunderstorm.

Changes behind the scenes

Minor but important changes here: the blogroll is back, although lacking in some refinements and still missing many of the old internal links. In time…

The archive now looks more extensive because it is now officially complete: almost four years of blogging! After two hours of wrenching with code, I managed to import almost 200 blog entries from the dim mists of antiquity, pre-MT (i.e., 2001-2003). Didn’t have categories or titles back then, so most of them (except ones I’ve revisited) lack both — but they’re now searchable, in the calendar archive, and filed under the category “musty stacks.” Due to odd line break behavior, I’ve noticed a few broken links; if you see one, leave a comment and I’ll fix it.

Ironing

Sorry for the downtime (really, only about an hour or two) over the past day. I’ve been ironing out the kinks, and re-imported from Movable Type thrice in order to fix some links and some funky text formatting behavior. (I knew that my penchant for em dashes would get to me one day, but “Textile”:http://www.textism.com/tools/textile/index.html sees double dashes without spaces as strikethrough.)

The entire move has been planned for a while, but mostly has to do with dropping Apple’s $100/year .Mac service, which I had been using for web storage and the email account. However, three primary email boxes and two web hosts became too much to juggle, so now I’m down to two boxes and one host.

Bonus feature: comments are back! Plus a new, temporary look while I rebuild the templates.

Photoblog

This is not really turning into a cameraphone photoblog, but Flickr’s upload-by-email makes it ridiculously easy to send posts from, oh, a street corner or a nightclub or anywhere. I’m pondering switching to WordPress later this summer, which supports blog-by-email.

Busy summertime

I’m presenting “Driving for Dollars” (downloads will be reposted in July) twice this week:
1. Greening the Heartland–Palmer House, Wednesday, 9am
2. Transport Chicago–IIT HUB, Friday, 11am

Next week, I’m off to Pasadena for CNU XIII, then taking some time after that off. So, I’ll be posting sporadically at best through, oh, maybe mid-June (before going on vacation again in July).