Blogroll: Rad Geek People's Daily

Just added Rad Geek People’s Daily to the blogroll, and I highly recommend y’all check it out. It’s so nice to see a genuinely leftist blog.

I particular liked his critique of Christina Hoff Sommers (and of Salon’s weird dedication to anti-feminism), not because it’s better than his other material, but because it dovetailed with my interests really well. I’m definitely gonna spend some time reading through the archives there.

Oh, and if anyone can tell me the MT code for that cool thing Rad Geek does at the bottom of his blog – where there’s a list of recent posts that aren’t quite recent enough to be on the front page – I’d be grateful.

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7 Responses to Blogroll: Rad Geek People's Daily

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    Rad Geek says:

    Hey Ampersand,

    Thanks for the kind words and for the blogrolling! Given how much I enjoy and admire what you do here at Alas, I’m more than a little flattered.

    There’s no great trick to the “Older Posts” section. (I stole the idea from Mark Pilgrim; he actually just has one full post visible at any given time and the rest in abbreviated form. This makes more sense if, like Mark, you usually write a mid-length entry once every three or four days.)

    It may be bad manners to show your templates in public, but here I go anyway. The MovableType template code I use is this:

    <MTEntries lastn=”10″>
    [… full entry template …]

    <h2>Older Posts</h2>
    <MTEntries offset=”10″ lastn=”10″>
    <p id=”n<$MTEntryID page=”1″$>”><strong><a href=”<$MTEntryPermalink$>”><$MTEntryDate format=”GT %m/%d/%Y”$> :: <$MTEntryTitle$></a></strong> &raquo; <$MTEntryExcerpt$>
    <MTEntryIfAllowComments><em>(<$MTSimpleCommentCount$> comments)</em></MTEntryIfAllowComments></p>

    (The MTSimpleCommentCount tag is from an unrelated plugin that I use; the rest is standard MovableType template tags.)

    The lastn=”N” flag makes MTEntries loop through the last N entries (inventively enough); the offset=”M” flag makes it start M entries from the most recent (note that the most recent post is offset 0, not offset 1. That’s why offset=”10″ starts my “Older Posts” section off at the 11th most recent post.

    The one downside is that the trick won’t work cleanly if you want the number posts that are shown in full to be determined by a date range (past 14 days or whatever) rather than by a fixed number of posts. There is probably some kind of MT-voodoo that will do this, but I don’t know it off the top of my head. (Maybe it will be fixed MovableType 3.0–and, who knows, maybe MovableType 3.0 will even be released within our lifetimes…)

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