Blogging Journal

At Last!

I’m not usually into posting links to computer information and such, but this is something I’ve been very eagerly waiting for over the last six months: TypeKey. It’s a free authentication service from Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type, the web-based blogging application. Six Apart just came out with Movable Type 3.0, which is supposed to have a lot of improvements over the last 2.6 version.

TypeKey allows those who sign on the one time free subscription to post comments to all blogs also participating in the service, while protecting the bloggers from comment spam. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who would welcome this service, so I’m posting the information here. Those who use TypePad for their blogs are already automatically signed on, so you may want to look at your profiles and change what needs changing.

The instructions for activating TypeKey have not been posted by Six Apart yet, but I hope they will in a few days. If I do start up TypeKey, it will mean many readers who come to this site will most likely need to sign up, too, so that you can access my comments.

What does everyone think about this? Do you welcome it, or is it a hassle?


It looks like I might very well give up Movable Type. I hadn’t noticed when I wrote my earlier post that the new licensing and pricing are going to make it very hard to justify moving up to MT 3.0. At $70.00 for a basic personal license, with a maximum allowance of 5 authors and 5 blogs, I find the price very steep. I have another blog with TypePad and that service allows far greater leeway with what you choose to create. It’s a shame. I was so looking forward to using Movable Type 3.0, even if it meant paying a little for it. From the incredible backlash at Six Apart, it looks like the people there may have their hands very full as a huge support base may very well shift to other software. What a terrible way to lose your customers.

Blogging Journal

Slow Start

I finally managed to import my entries from Blogger. A lot of what I have written until now is not exactly what I’d like to do do with Laughing Knees, but at least it is a record of the past two months.

It’s mainly nature that I want to focus on here. The place I am in, the wonder of living things, learning about how it all moves and works.

I’m in the midst of learning CSS and will slowly be reworking the site to reflect the design I have in mind.

Blogging Journal

Coming To

After a bit of struggle the MT version of my blog has come to. It is still being developed, and I have a number of things to get down pat before I can really launch the site, but for now, these words.

Blogging Japan: Living Journal

What a Week It’s Been!

What a week it’s been! A week of intense study, a week of learning, a week of frustrations, and a week of conclusions. The biggest news, for me that is, is that yesterday I FINALLY paid off my university student loans!

*small private celebration “(^?^)/” *

I also FINALLY figured out how to reinstall my wife’s Windows setup (could anybody tell me why anyone would subject themselves to such a mad computer system?) and get it onto the home network I have set up here. She’s back online now!

And all throughout this I have been steadily studying HTML, JavaScript, XHTML, CSS, XML, and such so that I can put together my personally-designed new blog through Movable Type. I also received my new 3D CG software Carrara Studio 2, which I am eager to start using, but will wait until my blog is up and my design work for my father’s university homepage is done. For now I am reading the rather hefty manual.

It’s exciting when the brain is active and there are new things to learn and be busy with. This Spring has been more than just a reawakening. There are new shoots sprouting, too, from long dormant seeds.