The actual blogging bits of stuff


Sometime in the next week this incarnation of Hoyden About Town will see its 10,000th comment since moving here from blogspot in September 2006. (Those interested can see the number of a comment by hovering their mouse over the datestamp – the permalink URL will show in the bottom-left bar of your browser window). Related […]

Your guess is as good as mine

Hoyden was down for a few hours yesterday, and because we’re cheapskates we chose a webhost without 24/7 tech support, so we couldn’t contact them on our public holiday. Normally the webhost lets us know if they’ve scheduled server outages on public holidays etc, but not a peep from them this time, so I dunno. […]

Silencing with “attack”, the misuses of logic, and reclaiming emotion

I’ve been contemplating the buzzword “attack”. While it is worth keeping a lid on egregious, unwarranted, off-topic ad hominem remarks, “personal attack” seems to verge on being a means to shut down dissent in some online discussions. It can function a little like “politically correct” – a taboo word to put the brakes on disagreement. […]

Banner menu button changes

The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed some slight changes to the links in the banner/header of the blog. This is mostly just reorganisation of existing material, but I’d hate any of you to miss out on the recently added “About Lauredhel: a FAQ” subpage linked to from the “About the Hoydens” page. Related posts: […]

Introducing Lauredhel

I’ve decided to add a co-blogger to the roster. We’ve been meeting up at various junctions in the intertubes for about ten years now, and she’s one of my favourite invisible friends. She’s had her own livejournal for ages, and I’ve linked to her pieces there occasionally, and she’ll be crossposting various pieces as and […]

From the mailbag: WordPress plug-ins

This post has been edited to improve clarity A sly lurker sent me an email yesterday asking about various customisations installed on this blog, especially one that sie hadn’t seen elsewhere. I have installed several plug-ins added to the basic WordPress files, as well as tweaking the K2 theme template that I use (a template […]


I’ve added a couple of new functions for comments. 1. HTML quicktags – for easy text-formatting and link insertion. Highlight the text you want formatted/linked and click on the appropriate tag-button. 2. Email subscription to comments – you can subscribe with or without commenting, and unsubscribe when you get bored. Enjoy. PS. I also got […]