aMMusing 3.0!

Most of you probably thought that I fell off the face of the Earth — or at least the Web — with that last post from September 16 remaining there as my last musing. Now that you’re back (and I’m back), you can see that the look of aMMusing has changed.

Which Came First? The Chicken or the Egg?
No, don’t bother answering that existential question. I’m throwing it there simply because it somehow encapsulates the reason for my disappearance. After September 16, I did get quite busy — too busy to blog much. But about 10 days later, when I decided I needed to post something new, I couldn’t get to the sign-in page of my installation of WordPress. In the end, a whole federal election has gone by and I haven’t offered my usual commentary on those vile Conservatives!

I looked around the Web to figure out how I could fix it, but quickly I had to come to the conclusion that it was hopeless because I was using version 1.5 of WP, which is up to 2.6 today. Indeed, it was back in March 2005 that I moved from Moveable Type and adopted a whole new look for aMMusing, and frankly (and typical for me), I haven’t changed much “under the hood” since then.

So, I had no choice. I had to upgrade. But the backend of WP changed considerably in three-and-a-half years. I certainly didn’t want to lose my postings since December 2002, so I studied the code carefully to figure out how each posts gets stored in the MySQL database and developed a PHP script to facilitate the transfer. (By the way, I *HATE* how each tiny edit adds the whole post over in the database. That just needlessly increases the size of the database.) As you can imagine, with about 1,170 entries over the years, the transfer process was slow and tedious and required that I fix all the internal links among posts, although I stopped short of getting rid of likerot to outbound articles.

This exercise made me think about how I should take advantage of the switch to do another retrospective as in April 2005. But, with work and Spanish classes as only a few of my on-going commitments, time is at a premium. Still, I think a retrospective of the last three-and-a-half years would be fun.

Now, though, I have to run to attend Thanksgiving dinner at Cleopatrick‘s parents up in Lanaudière. But welcome to aMMusing 3.0!