Some might not have noticed the sudden change in this blog’s appearance last night, but it happened while I was posting that WordPress launched a new version of this theme called “The Journalist.” I was really disappointed by the new, unprofessional, clunky design, and that I suddenly had a theme I did not choose. Along with others, I got a small storm of protest going (see here, and here), and today, after some tinkering, WordPress re-released the previous version of this theme, the one I wanted to begin with. They were wrong to impose the change without notification and consultation, but at least they paid attention. In the meantime, I noticed a gaggle of groupies who post “awesome!” and “cool!” and “wow this is great!” about any template…and they do not use the template themselves. I suppose that sucking up to authority is the new cool. Big Brother will love these people — you can cut their chocolate rations and they will spontaneously mobilize for an ecstatic outpouring of support for the increased chocolate rations.