Dr. Phil & Recent Comments

There’s a big shepherd that lives a couple of blocks from us who, I swear to god, looks just like Dr. Phil. I think he has a perfectly fine dog name–Jag or Jack or Jet–but I don’t know for sure since the people in our neighborhood are terrible about remembering dogs’ names. Mrs. Wigglebottom is regularly Sophie or Sally to them, so I can’t be assured that they actually know Dr. Phil’s name, either.

So, I just call him Dr. Phil.

Which is not a problem usually because he’s a dog. He doesn’t really know what the fuck I’m saying. But on Saturday, when he was out walking around the neighborhood with his owner and I drove by, windows down in an effort to get my hair to dry, I shouted out “Hey, Dr. Phil.”

And I couldn’t decide which part was weirder. That I was shouting hello to a dog or that I was then knowingly calling that dog by the wrong name.

Anyway, I added a “Recent Comments” section over there on the right. I’m not in love with how it’s set up, because it gives you the comments in the order of the posts–so, say, if Exador and the Church Secretary were to continue to fight on the post about Bush’s law-breaking ways, they’d never be at the top of the comment list, even if those were the most recent comments. That’s kind of annoying, but I think if I can figure out how to get it to say which posts those comments are on, at least that will be clear.

I’ll work on it.

In the meantime, let me know what you think.

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7 thoughts on “Dr. Phil & Recent Comments

  1. I guess I don’t see the utility of the “recent comments” thing — other than to point out to people how little life they actually have when their talkative ways are empirically tabulated for all to see. The volume of comments (inexplicably, for you are the best) is not so huge that I need threading to follow the conversations. But maybe you’re planning for growth. If so, displaying comments in threads (like Twisty’s recent update) would make this sidebar thing more useful (to me).

  2. “But on Saturday, when he was out walking around the neighborhood with his owner and I drove by, windows down in an effort to get my hair to dry”

    You are living in a whole other world, weatherwise.

    Maybe Dr. Phil could come over and tell Mrs. Wigglebottom to get real when she won’t let you on the couch.

  3. Bridgett, I think by now we both know that I plan for nothing. So, no, not planning for growth.

    The more I live with it, the more I don’t exactly like it. I want something like what they have over at Pandagon, where you can see what threads have the most recent activity.

    But, since it’s just me doing the coding, we’re going to have to suffer through a few iterations before I hit on something I really like.

    Supergenius, not only is Mrs. Wigglebottom a couch hog, but she totally hogs the warm spot in the bed as well. Heaven forbid you get up to go to the bathroom, because you’re losing your spot. And, if you have company, she’s polite enough when you’re awake and active, but there’s no such thing as long, leasurely cuddling, because that woman will wiggle her way in between you like some kind of opposite-day escape artist.

  4. Sounds like someone needs a time out, or a long walk home in the cold.

    The new version looks better.

  5. Oh that’s right. I keep forgetting how many of my readers are reading via cell phone instead of just buying a computer like a civilized person.

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