A quick glance at the sidebar will show you that, like my friend Stephen Curry over at Reciprocal Space, I have had a go at importing the not-all-that-extensive Not Ranting… archive from the blog’s previous home.
Unfortunately, the import functionality is a bit limited – or else the Textile mark-up/ formatting that Nature Network used to use – and don’t even mention MT4 – is not well understood by WP, at least when saved in a text based format. Probably one of those “But he said…” “No, but HE said” kind of things.
I did try out a couple of online Textile-to-HTML converters, but they balked at anything where the tags were embedded, so did not make things very much better.
The upshot is that the posts with a lot of formatting and links in them all look pretty comprehensively borked, to the point of near unreadability.
Now, Stephen Curry perceptibly likened this moving blog to moving house. You get the boxes packed, and then shifted, but then restoring order afterwards takes some considerable time.
In my own case, the last time I moved house was about ten years ago.
Just last month, when I was having the windows in the house replaced and hence shifting boxes, I noticed that a few of the ones I was shifting were the same ones from ten years ago, as yet un-unpacked.
Which does not bode altogether well for the restoring of the blog archives…
However, rest assured that I WILL work my way through the archive here and try and make it readable. I will be starting with the recent stuff and working my way backwards. I will do the posts first, and then the comments threads later.
In the meantime, you can still find older posts “unscrambled” over at the blog’s old home on Nature Network.