Twitter Note to New Followers

Thanks! I’m currently able to access Twitter indirectly & can’t follow back new followers, which I will do when I return to the US in December.

Like a Comet at Aphelion

. . . of just past & swinging back through the eclipse of its orbit toward the sun. Or is that simply too metaphysical a metaphor for taking up writing again in this online space? I have been feeling the tug of gravity for a while.


Still Testing Vietnamese Character Encoding

As noted in the previous post, I’m trying to figure out how to include tiếng Việt quốc ngữ characters in my blog posts. Because a Vietnamese name or term, say, for a particular kind of food, is either meaningless of means something else when stripped of its diacritical marks, I have been reluctant to write much that required such names or terms. It looks now as if I am part-way to a solution. Stay tuned.

Hmm . . . the words I was having trouble with in the previous post were t?i c? — let’s see what happens here. Still no good. Characters with two diacritical marks seem to display just fine — those with a single mark do not display correctly.

Just changed the wp-config.php file. Let’s see if I can now write ti c viết Tiếng Việt. Đng rồi! Fixed.

T?i c? Viết Tiếng Việt ỏ Blog

I had been planning to post a lot more about Vietnam over the last couple of weeks but have been pulling my hair out trying to get WordPress to properly display Vietnamese characters written in the romanized script, quốc ngữ. Now, after going round & round with my hosting company & looking online to see how other people have solved the problem, I think I have it figured out. At first I was feeling pretty frustrated with Bluehost, but once I got to “level III” tech support, they kept working with me until between us we got the problem solved. I think. Later, I’ll post a complete rundown of the problem & its solution, but for now I want to get back to writing about Vietnam, which is very hard to do if you cannot use properly displayed Vietnamese text.

Update: Almost fixed, apparently. When I write T?i c? . . . (I can . . .) in the blog entry title, it mangles it, but then gets the res of the sentence right.

Heading Out of Town — More Blogging?

Leaving for Vietnam Monday morning & hoping travel will kickstart my blogging. Blogging always seems like such a good idea, but somehow I have seldom gotten around to posting lately. Presumably, I’ll have some reactions to my travels & will post some pictures. Maybe I’ll even get serious & try to say something about the work I’m doing in Vietnam. Oh, yeah–new theme here. Never really got use to the last one. The latest version of WordPress is pretty amazing, so I have got no excuse whatsoever not to blog my ass off.