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We’ve done a bit of Spring cleaning

It’s daylight outside at the moment, which hasn’t been the case for pretty much any of the past few months up here in the North-East of England. That means Spring is on its way, so my cleaning and tidying instinct has activated.

poppy on a chair

When I can’t think of anything else to put here, I’ll use a picture of Poppy, the Aperiodical Dog.

We’ve had the same layout here since 2013, I think, so it was high time it was freshened up. I’ve made a bright new header image, and I’ve banished the sidebar to the bottom of the page so there’s nothing to interrupt your reading of our very interesting articles.

Additionally, we’re always finding that we want to add extra bits of information or quips, with nowhere sensible to put them. Parenthetical statements ruin the flow of reading if they’re too long, and footnotes don’t really work on the web. You’ll have noticed there’s quite a bit of space on the right (unless you’re reading this on your phone) – that’s set aside so we can put whatever little notes, links, or images we think would be worthwhile, without getting in the way of the main text.

So, I hope you like it, and please let us know if anything’s broken in the comments.

The Aperiodical is half!

Exactly six months ago, we launched The Aperiodical. Since then, we’ve published 523 posts to 115,000 visitors; been slashdotted, Hacker Newsed, and reddited; mentioned on Radio 4; got to the bottom of a mystery; been inordinately proud of a new set of fonts; published pieces by 11 guest authors; and laughed all the way to the bank. Except the last one.

We thought we’d take this opportunity to gather together some of the best bits of the first six months of this venture, and reflect on what’s gone wrong and what’s gone right.