I spent a couple of hours yesterday puzzling over a WordPress mystery: how exactly a static page could, without being told to do so, display a series of posts. I found several ways to make it happen with custom templates, custom functions, and custom fields – but of course, none of these were what was happening on my site. I was told to “perturb the environment” in an attempt to break the behavior, but with no luck.
That is, until this morning, when the combination of a quick email and a file changed to “THE BLOG 2: Electric Boogaloo” caused me to notice a feature whose existence I had been searching for all afternoon:
Can I tell you how dumb I felt? Pretty dumb. But also pretty smart! as I’d figured out and tested several other ways, one of which being the way we’re going to actually implement this feature.
So, in case you’re interested, this is how you make a static page display posts:
- First, create the page you wish to have display your post content.
- From the WordPress admin screen, select Pages then Add New. Create and publish your page.
- From the WordPress admin screen, click on Settings then Reading.
- By default, the Your latest posts will be selected. This will result in your posts being displayed on your homepage, which is standard blog behavior.
- If you would, instead, like your posts to be displayed on a particular page on your site – replacing the content of that page, select A static page, then select the page you’d like to use from the drop-down menu.
- Specify the number of posts you would like your page to display, then scroll to the bottom and Save Changes.
- Et voila, a page of posts!
I started my new job on Monday, and so far I feel really good about things! I already have responsibilities, meetings on the calendar, projects to work on – such a change from my last job, where I spent a year feeling totally stagnant. For maybe the first time since leaving Illinois, I feel like I really want to be here, and that’s a really good thing.
As a result, yesterday’s Free Will Astrology really rang true:
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In his parody music video, “Sickest Buddhist,” comedian Arj Barker invokes a hip hop sensibility as he brags about his spiritual prowess. Noting how skilled he is when it comes to mastering his teacher’s instructions, he says, “The instructor just told us to do a 45-minute meditation / but I nailed it in 10.” I expect you will have a similar facility in the coming week, Capricorn: Tasks that might be challenging for others may seem like child’s play to you. I bet you’ll be able to sort quickly through complications that might normally take days to untangle.
Things I’m into right now:
1. Essential Mixes have been carrying me through long workdays of literature reviews and conference prep.
2. THREE DAYS left at my current job! I start here on 28 February.
3. I’m in desperate need of a pedicure. I might treat myself after tomorrow’s seven mile run. (OMG, running seven miles)
Things I do not like:
1. The weird faces in reddit rage comics.
2. Brak, at least in his appearances on Space Ghost thus far.
Things that do not exist as far as I know, but really should:
1. A website that shows you all of your available transit options between two locations, including schedules and pricing. One-click booking would be ideal. Use case: I want to travel from DC to NYC. My options include several bus lines, flights from three nearby airports, the Acela, car rental, etc.
2. A website that lets you input your price range, then shows you your flight (or, ideally, all transit) options. Example: I want to spend up to $300 on airfare for my upcoming vacation. Where can I go if I book my tickets today?
3. A coffeeshop along the lines of Aroma, Kopi, or Paradiso. Adequate coffee, free wireless, and affordable lunch options. As far as I’m concerned, these things are essential to grad school success, and are woefully absent in A2.
4. Even better, I would like the above in my neighborhood. Or any kind of cafe within a few blocks of my house.
GOOD THING I USE KEYNOTE!
everytime you make a powerpoint
edward tufte kills a kitten
(dataviz via heeeraldo)
The freelancer at work today made an icon that looks impressively like that bathroom guy pointing at a screen.
What’s going on with the guy in the chair in the upper right hand corner? Also, poor kittens.
When I got my job at Cooley, I said that I thought it would be neat to be on the ground floor of a new library – something that just doesn’t happen all that often these days. I didn’t realize that meant that I would be literally putting the books on the shelves. The books arrived on Tuesday, and I spent 14 hours between Thursday and Friday shelving. My hands are formed in leetle claws the shape of the ALR, though I’m sure my pain is nothing compared to my coworkers who were there all week.
On the bright side, I haven’t felt bad about not exercising because omg it hurts to move. On the not-so-bright side, that means I’ve been too sore to run during the rare November weekend in the 60s. Maybe today – if the Decennial Digests don’t beat me down.
(5:26:21 PM) firstname.lastname@example.org/Home: what is your topic?
(5:26:35 PM) Patron: cow sharing in Maryland
(5:32:29 PM) email@example.com/Home: is there a synonym for ‘sharing’ that is used in the farm business?
(5:33:21 PM) Patron: i am not certain
(5:33:25 PM) Patron: its like buying cow stocks
(5:33:35 PM) Patron: not a stock but buying like the “shares” to a cow
(5:33:45 PM) firstname.lastname@example.org/Home: right. I know they do that in PA with horses
(5:33:56 PM) Patron: really??
(5:34:01 PM) Patron: whats the purpose of that?
(5:34:21 PM) Patron: like the purpose of using cow shares is to get around the law that sales of raw milk are illegal.
(5:34:55 PM) email@example.com/Home: oh, my dentist just likes to ride a horse but can’t afford to own one alone… different!
The worst part of tonight: the patron who tried to bully me into making a webpage for him for $300. Now, it’s not that I don’t want your $300, dude. It’s that you’re trying to pressure me into doing something that I have no intention of doing just because I’m nice and it’s my job to help people. I attempted to make it clear that while I would help him find information about web hosting and site design, I would absolutely not make the website for him. This went on for about five minutes, until I finally said “Look, I’m not going to make your website” and convinced him to make flyers to hang up so that he could hire cheap (aka student) labor. Just because you’re from Africa and are computer illiterate (both things he told me) doesn’t mean I’m going to be a sucker.
The best part of tonight: a patron IM’d looking for data on social networking site usage amongst Gen Y/millennials. Not only was I able to immediately help him – I knew which Pew report would provide the exact information he needed. It also gave me a really good excuse to publish the still incomplete LibGuide I created. I’m usually able to help patrons to some extent, but it’s really rare that I get a question that I can totally nail while at the same time having the patron be excited about the information I found for them. Yay!
…is in San Francisco, attending Project Bamboo Workshop 2, and also in Monterey, where I’ll be speaking at Internet Librarian in just under 90 minutes. More when I catch my breath!
I thought I was going to get out the door on time, but was waylaid by prepping the marinade for dinner that took omg longer than I expected. Thank goodness for SB giving me a ride, and I guess at least we’ll have dinner almost ready when we get home.
We changed our IM staffing model this morning, and the person who was supposed to relieve me at 1pm wasn’t seen or heard from until after 2. The person who attempted to relieve me at 1:30 didn’t have the correct software installation set up. Therefore, I was chained to my desk from 11-2, roughly, except for the times when I was running around trying to figure out other people’s technology problems and/or helping out at the desk. This all takes the place of my plans to go to the gym at 1.
I decided to give the coffee man another try. My coffee tastes burnt.
I still haven’t gotten my reimbursement check from my trip to Denver almost TWO MONTHS ago.
I am a grump. Grump grump grump.