Thinking Out Loud

October 13, 2012

Weekend Link List

What you’re looking at is the actual default font size for this blog’s text.

I chose “Silver is the New Grey” as the theme for this blog because of the wide column but noticed immediately that the font size was too small for some readers. So… for the past 4 1/2 years, I’ve been taking 10-15 seconds before posting to manually insert the HTML tag <big> in front of each paragraph. It has given this blog it’s distinctive look and style.

However, a problem has arisen this week, and the HTML tag for enlarging the typeface won’t ‘stick.’  I’ve investigated some different themes, but because the entire history here is encoded for larger type, the end results end up looking HUGE.  Since this blog has operated for nearly five years on a capital outlay of $0.00, I’m reluctant to get a custom theme, but I am also reluctant to walk away from all the existing content.  So suggestions are welcomed.

  • On Sunday, Cross Point Church (Pete Wilson) hosted Bob Goff, the author of Love Does.  For the few minutes I watched it was absolutely amazing; a killer sermon. Here’s a link for it [wrong message is currently playing], and also a ten minute Q&A that was filmed for the Cross Point internet campus.  [Cross Point has a history of ‘losing’ sermon videos when they have guest speakers; they lost the Jon Acuff week entirely. So if they get it working we’ll add the link.]
  • No blogger — not one — does a consistent job of narration like author Karen Spears Zacharias, as seen in this story.
  • Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk proposes some rather interesting parallels between worship and sex.
  • More than one in twenty atheists and agnostics pray every day
  • In a world of online addiction where sexual ethics have been shattered, some resources to help face the problem.
  • An outraged pastor suggests that sending out or posting your ultrasound pictures is completely inappropriate.
  • The Very Worst Missionary is now back in the U.S. operating as The Very Worst Pastor’s Wife. (Catch her  as a guest today on Drew Marshall — see link under radio at right.)
  • Here’s another short film from Moving Works a Film-making ministry: Father of the Fatherless.
  • Well, here’s hoping you can read this in one font size or another…


  1. I use Wu Wei, which is free, but perhaps not as wide as you require. Bold life also looks like a possibility.

    Comment by suesconsideredtrifles — October 13, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    • Thanks

      I did a test activation on those and it was disastrous with the size of the blogroll; plus both of them prioritized the “pages” which on this blog are a bit of an afterthought.

      I might look at what Typepad has to offer. I hate to leave WordPress.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 13, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  2. We would hate for you to leave WordPress.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — October 13, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    • I’ve been reading — much of it over my head — some of the commentary on what’s going on. The culprit seems to be the inauguration of HTML-5 which, among other things, isn’t big on ‘text decoration’ the way we’ve been doing it. That includes underlining, colors, bold face, font size, etc. A number of the commands are changing, though there is talk of the changes being ‘backwards compatible,’ which should mean that existing content would not be affected; but that implies that browsers would continue to read the old commands, which doesn’t make a lot of sense.

      But then other things indicate that they — whoever ‘they’ is — want to move away from HTML completely and use more CSS coding. Years ago, I successfully wrote some CSS code, and got to see this blog as it would look if the theme color were a bright red instead of the grey, but then found out you have to pay money for CSS changes.

      I still think bloggers should have the freedom to emphasize whatever they want to. If a particular blog post is just generic-looking text, nobody will read it.

      Someday, this theme is no longer going to be supported and I’ll be forced to change. At that point the pages and the blogroll will probably become history because the new themes are too cool for what we do here.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 14, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  3. Please don’t leave wordpress!

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — October 14, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    • PS I know almost nothing about computers, but one thing I know is that Ctrl + up or down mouse scroll makes the print larger or smaller. If anyone finds the font too small, they can use this to read it.

      Comment by meetingintheclouds — October 14, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    • See comment to Clark above. I know what you’re saying though, everybody else leaves other platforms to come to WordPress, you don’t usually see people leaving once they’re here. And the spam filtering is awesome; though I’ve taken to reading some of them for laughs which can be rather time consuming!

      In hindsight, instead of bumping up the text size every day for nearly five years, I should have changed themes long ago; but I happen to like this one and there’s nothing else with a wide margin.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 14, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

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