“Jalapeno Hands — A Cautionary Culinary Tale”

Thanks to an unexpected mention on linkfilter, I’ve been getting a lot of traffic to my buddy CD’s hilarious story about an emergency room trip due to a run-in with a bunch of jalpeno peppers. If you missed the tale when I first related it, be sure to give it a read.

jalapenos, cooking, linkfilter

Occam’s Razor, Browsers, and

Occam’s Razor is a theory that states that the simplest explanation is always best. And so it was with a little bug that I finally got around to fixing just now.

Those of you reading this page on Internet Exploder Explorer will note that is finally rendering correctly. Before, the sidebar on the left was often pushed down below the main column.

I’d assumed the problem, which had been nagging at me since I redesigned the site, was due to CSS or some other WordPress-related issue. I’ve spent a lot of time tweaking the coding for the site to no avail. But, alas, I remedied it by simply adjusting the photos I post here so that they fit in the main column.

Internet Explorer doesn’t resize such images; the vastly superior Firefox (or, as Mike F. reommends, Camino), does that automatically.

So the lesson: use Firefox. (It’s becoming more and more popular, but IE is still controls close to 90% of the browser market .) And always focus on the simplest fixes first.

(P.S. loads correctly on IE version 6, but leave a comment below if it doesn’t look right in an older version of IE — or any other browser you’re using.)

So Long, Generalist

I’ve removed the term “generalist” from the title of I’m no longer “Newley Purnell, Generalist.” Now I’m just right back at where it all began: “Newley Purnell.”*

The “generalist” moniker…well, it just felt kind of lame. All this time. I’ll admit it. I mean, yeah, I am a generalist. I like a lot of different stuff. I’m fairly knowledgeable across various disciplines. But I don’t know. It just felt weird. I never got used to referring to myself publicly as a generalist. So there you go. Done and done.

*I spent a lot of time last weekend with many readers. And one of them, the esteemed and always-opinionated Mike W., had this comment on the issue: “I liked ‘Newley Purnell: An American Living and Teaching English in…’ much better. ‘Newley Purnell, Generalist’ takes himself way too seriously.”

The New

Welcome to the all-new I hope you like what you see. I’ve implemented a new design. The layout’s still simple. No fancy stuff.

(I’m still working out some of the kinks, so if anything looks weird, please let me know. I know that some visitors who’re using Internet Explorer are having trouble seeing the links along the left side of the page—they sometimes get pushed to the bottom. If you do use Internet Exploder Explorer, do yourself a favor and download Firefox!)

Anyway, while the site’s design is different, the biggest changes are under the hood, so to speak. Instead of Blogger, which I used to manage my Weblog before, I’ve switched to WordPress. I like it a lot. It’s a lot more powerful—I can use it to administer my entire site, as opposed to just the Weblog page. I’ve also switched to a new Web host. I signed up with DreamHost. They’re great.

Here’s a quick rundown of new features:

—comments for all the posts. I’m thrilled about that—now you can all respond directly to my inane musings and call me out on them;

—a search feature, which works well;

—categories for all of the posts;

—an RSS feed (though I’m still trying to get it to work);

Let me know what you think! I am here to serve you, after all, dear readers.