I changed the design of the blog
as you see.
Y'know how sometimes you go out and buy a new car because you are just in love with the idea of having a shiny new car with really sleek lines and good gas mileage and, like, tailfins?
This is not what I'm doing here.
Or sometimes you buy a new car because your neighbors keep walking by and saying, "When are you going to get rid of that scrap heap?"
at considerable effort and inconvenience and not a little personal expense.
But that is not why I changed the blog.
Sometimes you get rid of your car because vandals have come by and set it on fire and painted obscene mottoes all over the carcass and let the air out of your tires.
That's why I changed the look of the blog.
For reasons which will remain forever unclear, but are probably related to something abstruse and technical Google did with how it uploads stuff to Blogger,
lots of Blogger folks suddenly started getting black spaces and white triangles and exclamation points all over their blogs.
Doubtless dead-black-and-exclamation-marks have a design purpose.
Not for my blog
I put up with a long black column slashing down the left side of the blog for a couple days. I joined discussions and listened to the usual fixes that everybody promised would work, that did not work for me. I played with the code of the blog, which is always dire and trying and in this case also did not work.
I became distressed.
So I changed templates.
This is something I've been avoiding for years,
because something usually goes wrong when you mess with stuff.
That is why I have a new design.