Speaking and Writing (and Millie Bobby Brown and 1 Alcibiades)

Perhaps it is naïve to categorize all acts of writing as essentially instances of the same kind of activity, and all acts of speaking as instances of the same human power. Continue reading

Gutenberg is Garbage

Delays.

I absolutely hate the new WordPress Gutenberg editor.

It is not intuitive. Unlike video games or any other medium that teaches you as you go, and ports a set of skills and conventions from one platform to another (it would be exhausting to teach a totally new set of conventions to each new player for each new game), the new Gutenberg hides tools and options that are customarily grouped together into a host of different places. Some of them have disappeared altogether. I can no longer sort out how to indent a block of text, for instance.

Options that were once possible with simple icons, such as the “read more” tag, have now disappeared.

Options that were simply one tab away —as though accessing a separate spreadsheet on XL or Google Sheets— have now disappeared into a sub-sub menu, and it is not at all intuitive as to why things have been grouped this way. HTML editing, for instance.

The new block editor will sometimes seem to be highlighting text (or, rather, it gives a visual indication that, in every other typing program means that text has been selected) when, in fact, the Gutenberg editor is simply trying to isolate blocks of text for one to manipulate as a group. See for yourself:

If that looks, to you, as though text is highlighted, you’d be mistaken. It is visually very confusing.

This is hardly an exhaustive list of my complaints.

You have not seen new posts here. Some of that is because of my job, which takes up 12+ hours a day. Some of that is because I am living apart from my wife and my daughter, and am trying to make that separation work. A great deal of that besides, however, is because it is no longer intuitive or easy to make posts in the new Gutenberg editor. I reached out to WordPress, and they basically told me to go fuck myself, that what they’d done was great.

Cults are loved by people in them. I don’t have much interest in joining any of them if they aren’t doing anything for me, though.

Updates on The Theodoret Posts

I have updated several of the seven recent posts on Theodoret, some quite extensively. I shall probably continue to edit them as I do more reading, and as I have conversations both with readers and with several scholars.

Martin Hägglund, This Life

Martin Hägglund is a professor of comparative literature and humanities at Yale. He has written a very interesting book titled This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom (buy from that link, and I get #commissions!). This Life caught my attention a while back, but I was not able to get to it because of numerous obligations. I have serious disagreements with the book, but found it helpful in a number of regards. There is a good review of This Life by Nathan Brown here, and another by Samuel Moyn here. I’ve just found another review/exchange, as I post this here, between Hägglund and Robert Pippin — so far (I’ve only dipped into it), it’s great. There are other reviews out there, and some are bad; the ones I linked to above, as I recall, are the better ones that I found.

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Harold Bloom Discovers That What Writers Work Hardest On Isn’t What Readers Remember Most

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