by my digital bootstraps

Back in this blog post, I complained that WordPress wouldn't allow me to use PHP code in my posts. My friend stormville helpfully pointed out that this was a ridiculous thing to hope for (a bit like trying to pull myself up by my own bootstraps). Which I pretty much knew, but it's always good to be sure.

But now it seems that Drupal actually makes this possible. It has a module which will execute PHP code in your blog posts. Somehow.


Anyway, I was already planning to create a new web page for my writing about Inherent Vice. Now I'm going to use Drupal for that project, rather than WordPress, so I can test this PHP thing at the same time.

The reason for the new blog is so I can have all of my comments about the novel in one place – cleaned up and without other materials (like comments on my own writing) – so I can list it in the Links section of the Inherent Vice wiki.

It will take a bit of time to set up, especially since Drupal is very different from WordPress. (It's also much more powerful than WP – I think the New York Times site runs on Drupal.) But it will be fun.

Yes, in my brain this translates into "fun."

Oh, and I'm re-reading Vineland, about a third of the way into it so far, and all the things I didn't like about it are still there, but I'm re-discovering the things I did like about it.

More later, but I will say that some male authors (most, I suspect) should not attempt to write female characters from the inside. From the outside, fine, but not from inside their heads. And this applies especially when the female character is a poorly constructed as Frenesi Gates.

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