Tumblr decided that my blog’s custom theme was “suspicious”, and stripped it. It’s hard to know what encouraged that decision, and what parser process behind the scenes allows “suspicious” themes.

It seems detached from the Heartbleed fracas, but who knows what’s going on. Tumblr is notoriously tight-lipped about the status of its platform. Once again I find myself questioning my continued use of Tumblr to host my blog.

Here’s a link my blog’s now-revoked custom theme: https://gist.github.com/mwunsch/c9325aaa9ea1f841e7e3

Not sure what’s out of the ordinary there, but feel free to use it as you see fit.

It’s time for a change, and that change will either be migrating away from Tumblr or just building out a new theme…

…or something larger in scope. Like revisiting Thimble

Update: Tumblr has a Last Account Activity area in your account settings and yeah, it looks like someone managed to get in:

I'm not in the Ukraine

My guess is that Heartbleed leaked my session cookie and someone modified my theme with bad mojo.

I’ve created a new toy1 inspired by an idea by Rusty Foster that creates a spinning newspaper from arbitrary text.

If you type in a query, you’ll see that headline front and center spinning towards you as befits its importance. Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The page makes heavy use of newer advanced features of CSS including (the magnificent) Flexbox, animations, transforms, filters, and columns. As such, it only really works as intended in Chrome.

As a bonus, there’s a small feature that allows you to turn any tweet into a headline with a URL:



  1. See previous toys: AvatarPro.biz and Collegiate Bowl