About

Hey! You’ve found my blog!

I live in Seattle with a cat, 2.5 bicycles, and a shadowy, mysterious man-partner.

My very first memory as a human being is of a field of violets, which my mother and I were picking for syrup. I have what you might call a strong gathering instinct, which I’ve been acting on with various degrees of success and seriousness throughout my life. But I primarily think of foraging as a hobby, not a lifestyle or a philosophical commitment, and most of what I’ve been writing lately is aimed at fellow hobbyists.

I’ve had this blog for more than a decade so there’s a lot of different stuff in the archives. I’m a geoscience Ph.D. dropout and used to be a semiserious amateur science blogger; many of the science posts were first published at ScienceBlogs. Now I have a pleasant, unrelated day job which is more difficult to make interesting to outsiders.

Opinions expressed on this blog are not those of anyone but the post author. They may not even be those of the author – I’ve changed my mind about lots of things since I was 20.

Maria
(the blogger formerly pseudonymed, although perhaps not widely known, as Yami McMoots)

The Blog

Green Gabbro is powered by WordPress, with the following plugins:

Plugin Version Author Description
Akismet 2.5.9 Automattic Filters out comment spam.
Bad Behavior 2.2.15 Michael Hampton Most effective spam blocker I’ve ever used.
Category/Archive Indexing 1.0 Alex Pomeranz Allows user to make category and archive pages show a listing of the posts rather than the actual posts.
Democracy 2.0.1 Andrew Sutherland This poll plugin is easy to use, install, and manage. It uses AJAX to load data, making it quick and fun to use. Add {democracy:*id*} to your posts to include polls in your posts, where *id* corresponds to the ID of your poll.
FD Word Statistics 1.3 John Watson Computes Gunning-Fog, Flesch, and Flesch-Kincaid readability indexes about posts as they are edited for the purpose of improving their readability.
Get Custom Field Values 3.3.2 Scott Reilly Use widgets, shortcodes, and/or template tags to easily retrieve and display custom field values for posts or pages.
Google Analyticator 6.4.7.1 Video User Manuals Pty Ltd Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics – without cluttering the stats with logged-in site admins.
Google XML Sitemaps 3.4 Arne Brachhold This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
IImage Gallery 1.9 Martin Chlupáč Simple but powerful plugin for creating image galleries.
Jetpack by WordPress.com 2.7.2 Automattic Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
Pinterest RSS Widget 2.2.4 bkmacdaddy designs Display up to 25 of your latest Pinterest Pins in your sidebar. You are welcome to express your gratitude for this plugin by donating via PayPal
Recently Spammed 1.0 Yami McMoots Retrieves a list of the most recently spammed entries.
Search Excerpt 1.1 $Revision$ Scott Yang Returns more relevant post snippets in search results.
Search Meter 2.9.1 Bennett McElwee Keeps track of what your visitors are searching for. After you have activated this plugin, you can check the Search Meter section in the Dashboard to see what your visitors are searching for on your blog.
Smarter Archives 3.0 Robin Adrianse Easy, simple, and intuitive way to access archives via months, broken down by year.
Tag Managing Thing 1.0.2 Christine From The Internet A thing for managing your tags. Things like renaming and deletions.
Tag Suggest Thing 1 Christine From The Internet Tag Suggestions for Wordpress using
Viper’s Plugins Used 1.12 Viper007Bond Displays this table.
Weighted Words 1.2 Yami McMoots Generates the “favorite words” list on the archive index.
WordPress Database Backup 2.2.4 Austin Matzko On-demand backup of my WordPress database.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin 4.1.1 Adknowledge Adds related posts to your site and in RSS feeds, based on a powerful, customizable algorithm. Enabling YARPP Pro gives you access to even more powerful features. Find out more.
flickrRSS 5.2 Dave Kellam Pulls up my latest flickr photo for the front page.
is_googler 1.0 Yami McMoots Provides a conditional tag to determine if someone was referred from a search engine.