Welcome to the Tertiary

A post by Chris RowanA post by Anne JeffersonWelcome to the new home of Highly Allochthonous, and thank you for joining us. We realise this change is rather unexpected; believe us, we share your surprise. But these things do happen in geology: just when the planet seems to have settled down into some sort of equilibrium, a mountain range shoots up, an ocean opens, or a big asteroid streaks in from the outer reaches of the solar system to shake things up a little, and suddenly the world is a very different place. This pattern of events has shaped the construction of the geological timescale, so it seems only appropriate to borrow the name of a geological period for the title of our opening post. As this is the third incarnation of the blog, the Tertiary is the obvious choice; and it’s actually looking for something to do anyway, having been cast out of the official timescale by some overly pedantic geochronologists.

Anyway, we’re keen to get back to our usual blogging schedule, and we’re excited about the new possibilities opened up by the move to our own digs. But first, a couple of housekeeping notes:

  • We are now the proud owners of the domain all-geo.org. We have some ideas for the front page, but for now, as it links though to the blog, you can simply rejoice that you can now get to Highly Allochthonous without having to remember how to spell ‘allochthonous’.
  • It turns out that transferring all of our posts, comments and images over from Moveable Type into WordPress is non-trivial*, and while we’ve done our best to get everything straight, there is likely to be the odd broken link here and there. If you should happen to find one, please let us know.
  • The look and feel of the blog may be subject to slight tweaks as the whim takes us. We didn’t get much time to pick out the curtains, after all.
  • Finally, we would really appreciate it if those of you with blogs and Twitter accounts would help us to spread the word about our new address.

*translating from scientese: really _____ing hard.

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Comments (28)

  1. Anne Jefferson says:

    Huzzah! Just so long as nobody expects us to blog here for the next 63 million years!

  2. Tracey S. says:

    So for you it was more of a Pepsi-quake than a Pepsi-gate? Love the new digs! Glad you found a good place to land!

  3. Julia says:

    Liking the new pad! I’ll update the links and pass on the message.

  4. Brian Switek says:

    I’m glad you two have settled in at your new digs. 🙂 It’s a lovely setup, and I look forward to following all the new HighlyA posts.

  5. Kurt Schwehr says:

    Congrats on the move to a world that you control. Keep up the great posts!

  6. KJHaxton says:

    Lovely! And very shiny! Hope you enjoy blogging on your own domain!

  7. Lab Lemming says:

    Fabulous! Enjoy the new digs.

  8. kevin z says:

    Woot!! The sites looks great on my mobile! Good on you for making your site mobile-legible (unlike that “other” site…).

  9. Chris Rowan says:

    Thanks everyone! And yes, I no longer have to be embarrassed when looking at my blog on the iPhone. One of the many, many advantages of (a) having the keys to the blog and (b) having it powered by WordPress rather than Movable Type.

  10. Brian Romans says:

    ooh, I like the new place … very clean and simple design, easy to read (thank you for not doing white text on black background, that drives me insane) … exciting!

  11. Bob O'H says:

    Oh damn – I had finally learned how to spell allochthonous.

    I like the clean feel to the new site. I bet it’ll be all folded and ruptured in no time, though.

  12. David Dobbs says:

    all geo. can’t beat it. congrats on the move and good luck in this and all.


  13. Dr M says:

    Looking good! It seems the Pepsi-quake has subsided somewhat with SB acknowledging that it was a mistake, but I can see that there are a few more advantages to being on your own domain.

    One thing you might consider regarding design is the use of a good sanserif font instead of the current serif font. I am aware that there is some disagreement as to which is actually best, but I tend to find that serifs generally aren’t very well resolved on many screens and then the advantage that serifs have in print is lost, and the letters may even appear fuzzier because of poorly rendered serifs. I’m sure that whichever type of font you choose, there will be some who would have preferred the other, but at least it is a choice you might want to put some thought into.

  14. Silver Fox says:

    Nice! I’ve been holding my breath and checking the feeds for a few days now. And I like the all-geo.org!

  15. Ed Yong says:

    Congrats folks. Love the new digs and I like that you kept the old banner. It provides a nice sense of continuity.

  16. Jimmy says:

    You’re certainly living up to your blog name… I’m very glad your hiatus was so shortlived and congrats on finding a new home!

    As for your time here, the photons are set loose now. So somewhere, you will be here for 63 million years. You can be proud!

  17. Kea Giles says:

    Good work! Nice URL, too. I will unsubscribe and resubscribe ASAP. P.S.: I agree about finding a san-serif font (I like Calibri).

  18. Garry Hayes says:

    Glad to see you are back up and blogging again. I’ve linked to your new digs.

  19. Miguel Vera says:

    Congrats to both on the moving and the new domain. 🙂

  20. cicely says:

    New address bookmarked.

  21. Erik says:

    Nice new digs … Lots of stuff changing in the geoblogosphere … and likely will keep changing.

  22. Sue Hutton says:

    Good to see that you managed to move so quickly and efficiently. All the best.

  23. Andrew Alden says:

    Excellent! Off to update my links.

  24. DrugMonkey says:

    Serifs? Oh glory, watch out for the font geeks. There *totally* are font geeks.

  25. Kim says:

    I’ve been traveling in the physical world, and missed your move in the virtual world. Nice place, and congratulations on the move!

    (And a nit-pick: blame the stratigraphers for getting rid of the Tertiary. They’re the ones who give names, not numbers, to time.)

  26. I really appreciate what you write about here. We try and check your blog every day so keep up the good work!

  27. Dana Hunter says:

    So glad your blog wasn’t completely subducted! It’s good to have you up and blogging again. Woot!

    I just want to cast my vote for serif fonts, and while we’re at it, I miss the weekly “Stuff I Linked to on Twitter” posts. It made it so easy to find what I’d missed! The little widget’s just not the same…

    Best o’ luck to ye in yer new digs!

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