Getting fancy around here

Just finished a major upgrade of the WordPress system that this blog runs on; sorry for the disarray for the last few hours. I have also installed a bunch of new plug-ins in response to reader requests:

  • You can now e-mail posts to friends, as well as tag them yourself for Digg, Delicious, Facebook, MySpace, etc. Just look for the little green "ShareThis" icon. If you don't see your preferred social networking site, leave a comment and I'll add it.
  • For those of you who insist on killing trees, we have added a Print command, which should better format posts for printing (update: was working, now isn't; will fix in the morning)
  • The comment box finally has a Rich Text Editor so you can easily drop in links

More to come in the next few days.

6 Responsesto “Getting fancy around here”

  1. Nice job.

    I did the upgrade too, but on my private blog, and as a result I cannot upload pictures. so I'm holding off doing the agricultural biodiversity blog until things settle down a bit.

  2. "for those of you who insist on killing trees"
     
    *grin* I have to be somewhat amused when I hear that sort of statement. We log, sustainable logging to be more precise. However, we don't kill trees for paper. It is the thinnings that go to paper.
     
    We manage the forest with the goal of producing the highest grade lumber for veneer, cabinetry and construction. Along the way the trees need to get thinned, just like thinning a row of carrots or any other crop. You see, trees are a very long term harvest, 30 to 70 years. We harvest a little bit of our forest each year to maintain a long term harvest.
     
    In the beginning we might have ten thousand trees per acre but in the end there will only be 50 to 100 mature trees per acre. To get there requires competition that encourages the trees to grow tall and straight. Later they must be thinned to have more crown area, more root area. This happens naturally in nature as well - the successful healthy trees grow faster and crowd out the smaller trees, supressing their growth.
     
    What we do is remove the less good trees so that the better trees are encouraged and have room to grow. These might be damaged trees - lightning does strike and often twice. Insects, weather, snow, ice and other forces also damage trees. We could just cut those thinned trees and drop them on the forest floor. You wouldn't like how that would look in the forest though - hurricanes and ice storms like the one in 1998 do that time to time and it is a mess. That type of thinning would also greatly increase the cost of the finished quality wood.
     
    Instead we pull out the thinned trees and sell them as pulp wood. This helps to pay for the costs of managing the rest of the woods during that long term while the trees grow big enough to harvest for high quality lumber. Making paper helps pay for sustainable forestry.
     
    If we eliminated the pulp market for wood it would not help the forests and it would hurt a lot of sustainable, local jobs in rural areas. To pay to get the best lumber out of the woods in a sustainable long term thinking manner means also dealing with the lesser quality wood over the years, the trees that got damaged by insects, disease, weather or vandals such that they aren't good enough to make fine furniture. 
     
    It may take four truck loads of pulp wood over several decades to produce one truck load of high grade logs. The best wood goes to veneer. After that comes fine furniture, then lumber for building homes and chicken coops, pallet logs for making shipping pallets, fire wood logs for heating homes and finally pulp wood that is used for garden chips and yes, for making paper too. Like eating the pig end-to-end, all trees from the forest can be appreciated and used - even those who go to paper.
     
    All that said, I'm strongly for recycling electrons rather than printing on paper.
     
    Congratulations on your transition over to the new version of WordPress. I'm still holding off waiting for version 2.5.1. :)
     
    Cheers!
     
    -Walter
    Sugar Mountain Farm
    in the mountains of Vermont
    http://SugarMtnFarm.com/blog/
    http://HollyGraphicArt.com/
    http://NoNAIS.org

  3. Bonnie, The rich text editor is coming out too wide for the center column. The edit field box where one types is wider than the column allows so as I type it scrolls back and forth. I just copied my text to BBEdit and wrote there to solve the problem but thought you would want to know. Not sure if that is a function of your template or the new WordPress or perhaps my web browser. I'm using Safari 3.1 under MacOSX 10.4.11.

  4. Ali B. says:

    Walter's right. I keep forgetting to mention it. I can no longer see my words right here. "Here" was completely hidden. Picked it up on the second line at "was." Firefox, MacOSX something.

  5. Bonnie P. says:

    Thanks Walter and Ali — I think I have fixed it! Defaults were too wide on the new Rich Text comment editor plug-in.

  6. Works for me now!
    Cheers,
    -Walter