Google Summer Of Code

I’ve been pretty busy today writing up applications and proposals for the Google Summer of Code. I’ve got about four applications down. I’ll write a few more in the coming hours. I have until 5PM tomorrow to complete them. Most of the projects are above my coding expertise. However there are a few research projects that are very interesting.

I’ll be happy if I get selected, but I’m not getting my hopes up. There must be thousands of applicants and only 1500 bursars. I’m just a bit miffed that WordPress hasn’t got that many project ideas. I think that I’ll still propose an idea of mine to WordPress. Most of them involve a lot of coding. I don’t know how I feel about that. Still, I would like to work for WordPress through Google.

It’s really powerful that you can be anywhere in the world and code for the Summer of Code. I find that interesting. I wanted to apply last year, but missed the deadline. At least this time, I’ll have a few proposals submitted. I’ve checked and I haven’t found that many pure math projects either. It’s too bad. There must be a lot of ideas for that. I’ll try to pitch a few, but I think that those kinds of proposals need more time to polish.

I just ran out of time with the looming end of semester.

Speaking of code, I’m starting to really like the WP dashboard. It’s really faster and better than the old one. I’ve already gotten used to it enough to no longer miss the old one. There are tons of little new tweaks that I really like.

Writing these proposals is mentally exhausting.

New WordPress Dashboard

All of the users of were surprised with a new Dashboard today. Just remember to clear the temporary internet files and cookies before starting to use it. It looks fresh and nice. I’ll be trying it out over the weekend to see how much I like it. Needless to say that there are vast improvements.

Why Blog? Book Deals

The NYT reports on two blogs that just got 300K$ book deals.

Stuff White People Like’s Christian Lander Interviewed

The guy behind Stuff White People Like, whose name is Christian Lander, has been interviewed by Heeb. (via phmatt)

Comments On The Memoirs

Sorry for not noticing, but by default there was an option checked in the General Options tab that I didn’t want checked. Users had to be members of the blog to comment. Since I am the only member, that didn’t really work out. I just fixed it and tested it out. People should be able to comment freely again. Sorry about that.

Blog Update

Fixed the comment problem on the old posts and the link problem on the old posts. All comments are enabled and all the links are supposed to be fixed. Let me know if there are any problems. I used Vim to modify the XML file that I exported from my account.

All that’s left is to salvage the rest of the asides. That will be a long process, it has to be done manually and I have to post them one by one. I still have 750 to go.