Mobile Whatever

A couple of people today have asked me whether they missed the announcement that I had installed a new version of Whatever to be read on mobile devices. The answer is no, you haven’t, because I wasn’t aware that there was a new mobile version of Whatever. But there is, apparently, thanks to the folks at WordPress.com, who blog about adding the mobile themes here. So if you’re looking at the site via your iPhone or BlackBerry or whatever mobile thingie you use, it’ll be stripped down and somewhat easier to navigate through. There’s also an option to look at the full site, however, if you liked it the way it was.

So, apologies for the surprise, but, well. It was a surprise to me, too. That said, I found it the Whatever easier to read on my phone earlier today, so I’ll be keeping that turned on for now. Naturally, those of you accessing the site on your standard computers or via RSS will not care about any of this. Until you visit the site on your mobile. And then you will be delighted.

17 Comments on “Mobile Whatever”

  1. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, who should be writing

    yub yub! doan putcha iphone inna tub!

  2. I’ve never had a lot of trouble accessing the site from my mobile. Every now and then if you had posted a video or one of those audio clips my device would squawk at me, but nothing major. I’ll have to check it out, see what the differences are.

  3. Sweet! Thanks. This is my second time here, pleasantly surprised by the new mobile theme. Feels like you rolled out the red carpet.

  4. Upon reading this—via RSS—I immediately pulled out my iPhone to check out the site. Love it! So simple to use and it puts the content first, exactly the way any design should.

    That Mullenweg is an okay guy.

  5. I never would have thought people would prefer the mobile version, esp. on an iPhone. On my cheap webphone (an Instinct), mobile versions of pages, including WordPress’s one, seem more like vandalism.

  6. Use no/low VOC paint. No fumes because no volatile organic compounds. Never paint your house with smelly paint again. Really. The fumes (volatile organic compounds) get sucked into the carpet and upholstery in your house and take years to get out. Not healthy.

  7. I’ve accessed wordpress sites via the Lynx browser which strips the site down the essentials as well. WordPress sites are on of the few I’ve found that default into a really nice ADA friendly format. Kudos to WordPress.

  8. I usually read Whatever on my phone using a Google reader app, but I went over to have a look.

    I wasn’t that delighted, to be honest. I don’t like the fact that the mobile version only gives you the headings of the posts and you have to click through to find out what they’re about (I don’t religiously read all the comment threads. Bite me). I don’t know about iphones, but in my android phone the main reading column of the full version is sized just right to scroll down and read the text without being bothered by the sidebar columns, so it’s easy to read anyway.

    So I have to say I’ve turned off the mobile version. Sorry.

  9. Been crazy busy but meant to say thanks. I see you went with the WP Touch plug-in. Now our blogs have something in common ;-)

  10. What is the rumor about the new Star Trek TV show coming out? My brother has been talking about it all day, can’t be true, right?
    Megan Mills

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