A Trespass of Swine

the Porkopolis blog

Considerations of humanity and hogritude, because an insufficiency of pigs is one of the great faults of all that the gods have made manifest to man.

Theme is new & improved

“When ye proffer the pigge open the poke.”

The Commonplace Book of Richard Hill (1530).
Balliol College, University of Oxford, MS 354.

Today a new and totally redesigned site theme debuts here. I created this new theme specifically to give a clean new look to the Porkopolis rooting yard.

new & improved

Porkopolis continues to be powered by WordPress, and the underlying code for this new theme is built using Justin Tadlock’s ingenious ThemeHybrid.

Now with reduced fat

For this new theme I also carried out a major upgrade to the Porkopolis database.

The database upgrade was necessary in order to get this sow’s snout out of the mud and correct many coding inefficiencies as well as some naive mistakes introduced by me and carried over from earlier versions of the site.

Happily, I was able to keep all the site’s content, features and sections that visitors have been returning here to enjoyed since Porkopolis first opened in 1995.

A pig of that color

This new theme, and the re-worked database, will give Porkopolis a higher level of functionality and efficiency, and will continue the pigmentum built over the past 16 years.

My plan is for this site to continue to be a pig of that color, and the color being a pigment of my own imagination…

100% Pure Pork (mostly)

While any fool can buy a pig in a poke, if you explore a bit here you may find a silk purse wherein the web continues to be more of a “City of Pigs” than a Paris.

As I have said Manifesto, I hope everyone finds something interesting here and that some segment leads to somewhere down the pig paths of the world where you find it is meaningful to be.

Daniel E. Schultz,
   Editor and Swineherd


Just a few updates… Thanks a couple of to diligent visitors and my testing, I have tweaked some bugs and corrected:

  1. as of 11:45 AM today
    • RSS feeds now handled by FeedBurner as they should be
    • “Most Rooted Pages & Posts” are now showing up at the page bottom
    • a raft of small CSS adjustments have been made
  2. as of 10:35 AM on Tuesday, the 20th
    • many more CSS tweaks
    • Contact Form tested, tweaked and working
    • Side note: wish I had better access to an IE9 browser to test my CSS 3 enhancements… need to sell a few pigs buy a new box!
  3. as of 11:20PM on Friday, the 23rd
    • still more CSS tweaks, seems never-ending
    • reduced avg. page load time by 20% by compressing all 4 CSS files and then combining all into one file
    • testing new random image rotation methods
    • the cajiggering and rejiggering will continue, but today’s is the last of these updates

5 Comments


  1. Gorgeous and very functional….all the better for a swinish frolic.

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    1. Thanks for the early compliment, Donald. You’re also enabling me to test the new nesting system for comments and replies. Let’s see if it works…

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        1. Thanks, Donald. That is a fine pig-enhanced map. And as to Missouri being the Puke State, thankfully it has nothing to do with pigs.

          George Shankle, suggested the source of that nickname for Missouri originated from a large gathering of Missourians in 1827 at the Galena Lead Mines. Shankle said, “…so many Missourians had assembled, that those already there declared the State of Missouri had taken a ‘puke.'”

          [Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols. New York: H.W. Wilson (1938).]

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