Welcome to Club Troppo!

Well, here you are at the capacious new premises of Club Troppo (formerly Troppo Armadillo).

Just about all the grunt, grind and skill involved in creating this shiny revamped WordPress blog has been contributed by the amazing (and amazingly patient) Stephen Bounds. We are deeply grateful.

Stephen has imported all the old Troppo Armadillo posts, and fixed most of the glitches that occurred during that process. If you notice any really irritating problems, please feel free to draw them to our attention in the comment box to this post. I can’t guarantee that I’ll fix them instantaneously, because I’m still learning the ropes of the WordPress interface and functionality. But I’m hoping all the bugs will be ironed out by New Year.

We are yet to enable the authoring access of any Troppo Armadillo contributors besides Nicholas and myself. I intend working through that process later today and will notify you by email about your access details. Please contact me if you haven’t heard by the end of today (Wednesday).

Finally, aspiring commenters should note that one of the anti-spam features we have installed here at Club Troppo is a gizmo whereby your initial comment will be placed on moderation i.e. it won’t actually appear on the blog until either Nicholas or I have approved it. However, the approval process is “once-only” and all subsequent comments should appear instantaneously. As with Armadillo, comments are welcome. We look forward to continuing robust but civil debate. Welcome to ze Club!

PS Many thanks also to the great Scott Wickstein (a true pioneer and mentor of the Australian blogosphere if ever there was one) for creating the old Troppo Armadillo site and hosting it gratis for the last two years.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Philip Gomes
16 years ago

Niiiiccceeee and shiny, love it.

Bryan
Bryan
16 years ago

Looks good!

Do you have an RSS feed I can plug into my blog?

bryan
16 years ago

DOH! Found it.

Ian
Ian
16 years ago

Woooow; soon a new year and already a new house – big things in the Parishsphere this year. Congratulations and happy holidays :-))

Guy
Guy
16 years ago

Very nice and clean. Methinks a good spit and polish was overdue – well done!

Link
16 years ago

Very flash – yet clean and minimal, I like the white background contrasted with pale blue and that other colour, a shade of cack, I guess. Thanks for the changing quotes some of which which I will no doubt lift from time to time for my own poiposes.

whyisitso
whyisitso
16 years ago

It does look nice. Kind of summery.

Vee
Vee
16 years ago

Maybe its cos I don’t use background pics and 99% of the time have images off but I don’t like the white background.

Other than that the site is just dandy.

Vee
Vee
16 years ago

Whilst I think of it under options/permalinks in the admin panel of wordpress u can put the date and topic in the post rather than just a generic number. Personally I think that makes it more user-friendly.

Bring Back EP at LP
Bring Back EP at LP
16 years ago

you new site knows no bounds!

I am gruen with envy parish the thought.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
16 years ago

It’s uncanny, but for mine, “Club Troppo” reflexively references that terrifying contribution to the western music canon, ‘Club Tropicana” (drinks are free), by the irritatingly unforgettable, Wham!

“Let me take you to the place
Where membership’s a smiling face,
Brush shoulders with the stars.
Where strangers take you by the hand,
And welcome you to wonderland –
From beneath their panamas…

Chorus:
Club Tropicana, drinks are free,
Fun and sunshine – there’s enough for everyone.
All that’s missing is the sea,
But don’t worry, you can suntan!

Castaways and Lovers meet,
Then kiss in Tropicana’s heat,
Watch the waves break on the bay.
Soft white sands, a blue lagoon,
Cocktail time, a summer’s tune,
A whole night’s holiday!

Chorus 2x:
Club Tropicana, drinks are free,
Fun and sunshine – there’s enough for everyone.
All that’s missing is the sea,
But don’t worry, you can suntan!

x2
Pack your bags,
And leave tonight.
Don’t take your time,
Gotta move your feet, don’t you miss the flight!
Cool, cool, cool, cool

Chorus:
Club Tropicana, drinks are free,
Fun and sunshine – there’s enough for everyone.
All that’s missing is the sea,
But don’t worry, you can suntan!

2x
Cool, cool, cool, cool”

Anyway, I like the crisp, stark layout, albeit I’m a bit dubious about the Laura Ashley powder blue, Fijian resortwear backdrop. Particularly where -I guess, inevitably – it quarrels with the cerebral wheat-toned sidebar.

It works.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
16 years ago

Btw, a quote from Thomas Sowell on the header is potentially controversial for a MOR blog :)

Mark Bahnisch
16 years ago

Looks fab! Bookmarks will be duly updated.

Are html tags allowed in comments now? If you instal Akismet, you should get almost no spam. It’s a WP plugin which has killed 2760 spam comments at LP since we installed it. The nice thing is that it’s capable of learning, and returns very few false positives, though it has taken it a while to understand that Homer and Jack Strocchi’s comments are not spam :)

Tony.T
16 years ago

While you’re renovating, Ken, you might like to update my URL:

http://aftergrogblog.blogs.com/agb/

Or you might not.

Rob
Rob
16 years ago

Looks very good, Ken. Excellent makeover (and I mean that in the nicest way).

Rob
Rob
16 years ago

The changeable quotes on the banner page are a lovely touch.

David Tiley
16 years ago

And the armadillo nose still whiffles! I yam a happy man.

The date on the left is clever. Personally I prefer a fixed width column for the blogtext, but that’s because I have a wide screen.

Good luck with this new avatar.

Le Driver
16 years ago

Very classy. You guys sooo owe this Stephen Bounds fellow a beer :).

Evil Pundit
16 years ago

If it handles HTML it will be well worth commenting on.

Evil Pundit
16 years ago

Congratulations are due. At long last HTML works in comments.

Howebver, links in comments aren’t marked — perhaps some minor tweaking could be in order,

Ron
Ron
16 years ago

Now, after all that fine work (and the site does look good), WordPress 2.0 has just been released.

All the best for the New Year!

Ron
Ron
16 years ago

One thing I just noticed from my post above is that links via tags as in ‘WordPress 2.0’ appear the same colour as the rest of the comment text (well, at least on my monitor) and will be easily missed.

John Quiggin
John Quiggin
16 years ago

Congratulations! Looks great!

week by week
16 years ago

congratulations, well done

Cristy
16 years ago

Looks great!

Stephen Bounds
16 years ago

Thanks for the positive feedback on the look of the new site.

Two suggestions were too good to pass up — you’ll notice that comment links should now be underlined and have a slightly more obvious shading.

I’ve also updated the permalinks to use the more user-friendly URL scheme suggested by Vee (and fixed the link to After Grog Blog).

C.L.
16 years ago

Is there some pointed reason why I’m the only blogger de-linked at the new site? Pray tell.

Gary
16 years ago

If your updating links Ken.

Steve Edwards new home is
http://www.libertarian.org.au/

Todd McKenzie and Murph
http://www.gravett.org/sauce/

Norman Hanscombe
Is still kicking and will be back soon hopefully.

Alan Anderson and James Morrow
http://www.investigatemagazine.com/

Bizarre Science
No longer online.

Bring Back EP at LP
Bring Back EP at LP
16 years ago

CL that is because you are part of the last rites not new right movement!

Has anyone seen HOMER PAXTON?

I only just noticed the pink crab and seashell motif. Very pleasant and cooling too – a bit girlie perhaps, but that’s nice too. Please dont’ change it because I said it was girlie. Please don’t attack me because i said so – I’m not up to it at the moment. I should just shut up and go for a swim.

Jozef Imrich
16 years ago

Without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk the greater the faith.

AlanDownunder
AlanDownunder
16 years ago

Is it my RSS plug-in feed detector or is there no RSS feed yet for your home page? I suppose Steve’s getting around to it.

It doesn’t really bother me that your armadillo is now not only exotic but amphibious.

David Tiley
16 years ago

It’s Xmas and I’m allowed to be a pedant at this time of the year. Who is URI?

Darlene
16 years ago

Looks nice and is a pretty colour for the gals. Someone pointed that out, but I say that in a good way.

David, do you mean URL, which, I think, is the address of a website?

Ron
Ron
16 years ago

URI stands for Uniform Resource Identifiers. The WordPress people seem to prefer it to URL.

Here is the Wikipedia entry on it.

C.L.
16 years ago

Administrator: what was the reason for my link being removed? Don’t care, just interested;)

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
16 years ago

CL

I haven’t the foggiest idea how or why your blog managed to get deleted from the blogroll. I’m assume it was just an inadvertent casualty of Stephen’s re-organising the blogroll categories and order. I’ll restore it just as soon as I work out how. I’ve been completely off the air for the last week with a broken PC. If Stephen or Nicholas sees this before I manage to work out how to update the blogroll (or even access it), maybe one of them will do it.

Anyway, I’m back on the air now, at least until tomorrow night when we fly to Sydney for 9 days. Internet access will probably again be dodgy for that period, but with any sort of luck Nicholas will keep things on an even keel.

A peaceful and prosperous (if belated) New Year to all Troppo readers!

jeff guy
jeff guy
16 years ago

Have you seen the SMH article today about Young Labor’s (NSW) policy to reintroduce conscription/national service. Being a 50 something & one who marched & otherwise struggled to overturn 24 years of coalition rule & rid this country of such fascist policies I find it hard to fashion words that would adequately capture the rage I feel.

Mark Bahnisch
16 years ago

Happy new year, Ken!

Jeff – lots of discussion of the Young Labor nasho stuff at various blogs.

wen
wen
15 years ago

Hi Ken,

Love the new seaside digs!

Can you email me when you get the chance?