The theme was in bad need of updating anyway, and we’ve just changed servers at autistics.org (and various complications of that, rather than my mucking with themes, is what took my blog down the other day) which seemed as good a time to update as any. And I’m stuck inside for the most part until the pollen count goes down, and have little else to do. So I updated it.
The picture at the top is the view from my old apartment window in California. It’s a view I’m quite familiar with because my old apartment was inaccessible to me in many ways (not just wheelchair — it was also too hot and the flooring patterns made me get stuck more easily) and I didn’t get the chance to move around a lot the way I do now. Plus my neuropathic pain condition wasn’t treated for part of that time (the last few months before I got it treated I spent so long in one spot that I had to recondition myself to sit up afterwards), and I hadn’t got a wheelchair yet at all for part of that time (which drastically reduced my activity level as well). So I spent a lot of time looking out that window, and am very familiar with that view.
It actually fits with the theme of this blog in many ways, because I remember getting an email from someone who couldn’t imagine being stuck in one place for as long as I sometimes have without wanting to die or something, and I remember thinking that there’s actually stuff you miss by not being stuck in one place for that long, just as there’s stuff you miss when you are. I know every detail of that tree, of the lives of the birds in the birdcage across the courtyard, of the various plants, and so forth, to a level that most people who just walked by or glanced out the window sometimes would not. There’s a whole lot of life to be experienced whether you’re stuck in one place or moving around all over. That’s part of the basis for my post Life’s Infinite Richness.
I’m still working out some of the annoying formatting problems of the new theme, but everything should be back to normal relatively soon. For instance, the stylesheet was inexplicably making all images left-oriented and inline regardless of where I tried to put them, and I fixed that, but there’s still a few more minor irritating bits to work out. (Such as link categories, which have stopped holding any meaning even before I changed themes.)
Can any Firefox users tell me whether the comment fields are now autofilling to something other than the name you usually use? Mine are inexplicably filling in with Ettina’s name, my email address, and Ettina’s Blogger profile. But they’re only doing it in Firefox, not Konqueror.