Creating people's geographies
Friends, you may have noticed the frequency of posts is now every few days (rather than a few per day!) and this will likely continue to be so for the next few months due to work and other commitments. After comically declaring in the past that I’d have to go into blog hibernation only to come back to continue posting, I think this is a nice compromise.
I’ve added a languages feature on the left-hand sidebar — while it is only an auto-translator with all the limitations that implies, I hope it may come in handy for speakers of other languages. A dear friend and work colleague tested it out with me today in Russian and Spanish. The syntax worked fine in Russian, and he was reading and translating it back to me perfectly to my pleasant surprise. The Spanish auto-translation seemed fine inasmuch as my friend could read through it, though the translation for the word ‘Qu’ran’ was memorably mixed up as I think I misplaced the apostrophe– it had interpreted it as Qu’ran — translating the ‘ran’ as a separate word. Let me know what y’all think if you speak a language other than English.
Another new feature is my continued experiment with featured article links. I have tried a Press Picks page in the past, but it was rather high maintenance—the social bookmarking sites like Delicious, Newsvine, Reddit et. al. do the same thing and also have feeds. Since the Delicious feed seems to work best with WordPress, I’ve chosen it to stream my selected article links on the right-hand sidebar, under the heading PG Picks. It is regularly added to and updated regardless of blog posts, so do feel free to check out whatever catches your eye.
In addition to this, I’ve added some selected RSS site feeds (eg Electronic Intifada) which features links to that particular site’s most recent articles, also on the right-hand sidebar.
I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone who has written to me with article finds and helpful suggestions. I really have been warmed by the correspondence and by the solidarity, generosity of spirit and excellent feedback and the wonderful friends around the globe I have been fortunate to meet. Thank you, and here’s to more (just less frequent posts!) ;)