Okay, I’ve tweaked the blog template into a semblance of the old color scheme and layout. I’ve made a sort of peace with wordpress’s annoyingly nanny-like html editor. And I think I’m done mucking with the look and feel for the moment.

Let me know if you have any remaining problems with presentation or usability here at Mad Times.

Now I’d like to draw your attention to the unassuming link in the upper left corner of the page that says “book review index“. The page lists every book I’ve read since I started keeping track back in 1992 (835 titles at the time of this posting) sorted by author (431 authors) and includes links to the individual reviews (712 links) or completion notes (another 161) (total of 873 book readings).

Faithful reader Dan requested this feature back in the 1990s. I had big plans to build a database and allow dynamic search result generation and all that kind of good stuff. Obsessed about that for ten years, then spent a few evenings hacking up this completely static implementation that seamlessly accesses all three book review systems I have here on the site. There’s probably a lesson for me to learn here somewhere. I’ll have to think about it for a while and see if I can come up with an unambiguous statement of what that lesson is and then move towards implementing a full system to work around it.