So after all that angsting, things finally reached a head at work last week. (I say “finally”; it’s sometimes hard to remember that I only started a couple of months ago. It has certainly felt like a long time.) Anyway, the ensuing meetings and negotiations and weeping and rending of garments, over the course of several days, can be loosely summed up as:

M: The models are horrible and I can’t take it anymore!

PI: So make something better. It’s your research.

M: But I don’t know if I can!

PI: Pfft. Nobody does. Don’t be such a wuss.

I paraphrase, obviously. Everything was couched in politeness and hedged around with ifs and buts. But the upshot is I got called chicken, and, like Marty McFly, just couldn’t walk away.

This doesn’t seem to me like a conversation one can have more than once, so I guess I’m in it for the long term after all. And since I’ve effectively been authorised to do whatever is necessary to get things on a sounder footing, I now have no choice but to put my metaphorical money where my proverbial mouth is and sort it the fuck out.

In a future post, I may try to explain what that entails. In the meantime: Eek!


Well stone me, here we go again.

Things are going to be in flux around here for awhile. I finally had enough of the unmitigated uselessness of my previous web hosts (CWI hosting — I mention them in the spirit of naming and shaming, please avoid them like the fucking plague) and decided it was time to up sticks. New hosts seem well-regarded — time will tell, but so far, so good.

And since it is wearisome indeed to set up and run one’s own installation of long-outdated and generally frowned-upon blogging software, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and move to an officially-sanctioned version of WordPress. Yeah, finally falling into line with the rest of the internet.

All previous WT incarnations will be kept online, at least when I get around to putting them up in a vaguely useable form — it’s broken links a-go-go at the moment. They’ll be read only, of course, but it’s not as if anyone was actually commenting anymore anyway.

Whether this move will be accompanied by a meaningful increase in posting remains to be seen — I wouldn’t bet on it — but at least it’s a change of scenery…