A reader asked: "Why are there dates but no years on your site?" Not including the years on our posts is actually a very conscious design decision. Lemme take a few minutes to explain the logic behind my decision, and then share a tip for how you can still see the post's year of publication.
This is Offbeat Empire's archive of Web development posts.
A word of praise for Offbeat Home & Life's witty little sub-in adverts for when I have AdBlock turned on! It was a great reminder to whitelist Offbeat Home & Life, as I like to do for sites like this which I enjoy and wish to continue enjoying. I wouldn't have thought twice about it…
It's been a year since we introduced a new character to Offbeat Bride's header, so it's high time that I introduce you to the newest lady to grace the top of our pages. We call her FIERCE, and you'll be seeing her in rotation of the header of Offbeat Bride starting tomorrow.
Let's pretend the Offbeat Empire was an octopus, with each arm representing one facet of the readership or the posts or the values or the goals.
What would that octopus have in its arms?
The thing about the Empire that you've probably noticed is that we love to talk about, joke about, and post about sexy sex stuff… whether it's featuring a guide to buying bedroom toys, or ogling an Offbeat Bride's amazing rack.
This in mind, it shouldn't be shocking to you that our favorite comments of the week are all about boobs and embarrassing toy stories…
Just a quick heads-up that I'm doing a beta-testing a new related post recommendation tool on all the Empire blogs today. It's another AddThis tool, and I'm just going to see how it feels. I LOVE that readers can get more posts recommended, but it might be too much going on. I'm not really looking for feedback yet (at this point, I'm mostly just watching how it performs, rather than collecting opinions) but did want to let y'all know that it's in beta, and at this point is just a test.
Back in 2011, Google started to take steps to make searches more secure for users logged into Google, for privacy reasons, mostly. This past month, however, that search security was rolled out to all users, whether they were logged in or not. What does this mean? More privacy in your internet searching, but also: The Keyword Apocalypse!
A few curious technically minded folks have wondered what exactly happened during our epic 30 hour downtime. We learned a lot, and have made some changes to help us going forward. Here's the most brief summary I can manage of what was a very long process. TL;DR A bug in the virtualization software caused the…