As you probably well know by now, Tumblr rolled out a new dashboard
towards the end of last month. The new design no longer has any standard
HTML forms, instead moving to
Backbone.js, and thus the
method for changing post types outlined in my previous
guide no longer works. I
spent about an hour today poking around to see if I could find an easy
way to update the Backbone.js model and save it to the server, but alas,
least one difficult way to do this, however.
First, open up the post edit page in your favorite web inspector, and
head over to the network traffic pane. Make sure it’s recording requests
and responses. In Chrome, for instance, look for the bright red “record”
circle in the top left corner – if it’s grayed out, click it to start
Now, go back to the edit page itself and click the Save button without
making any changes. Return to the inspector and look for a request made
Open it up and copy the request body, which should be a JSON object.
This is a bit hard to find in Chrome; you’ll need to go to the Headers
tab and click View source next to Request Payload to get what you’re
Head to the console and paste what you’ve just copied. Locate the field
named post[type] and change its value as before. In the figure, I’m
changing the post type from quote to text, and assigning the whole
object to a new variable called alteredJSONData for convenience.
Now we’ll use the page’s jQuery object to make our altered request in
the console, while still maintaining the security headers Tumblr uses:
I saw your post (“Changing the type of an existing Tumblr
post”)—that’s a great tip. Thanks for sharing! Do you know if
something like this might be possible for changing the author of a
post in a group tumblr?
Glad to help!
As far as I’m aware, there’s no way to do this. Allowing author changes
incautiously could cause real problems – a malicious user could make
someone else the author of an unflattering post, or take authorship of a
good one. It’s also possible that Tumblr’s code assumes that the
currently logged-in user is the one posting in enough places to make
implementing author changes a headache. Arguably, if you’re a blog
admin, you should still have the power to change authorship among the
members of that blog, but until Tumblr explicitly announces such a
feature, don’t hold your breath.
It’s obvious that noitaminA has been getting more hit or miss lately –
outside of Silver Spoon’s second season, Ping Pong is probably the
only show that aired in the block’s 2014 schedule that’s really worth a
watch. If you need a forceful case that the glory days aren’t totally
over yet, though, this is it. The most obvious highlight is Masaaki
Yuasa’s stylized visual treatment, which bursts with an unrestrained
energy that The Flowers of
Evil’s quivering linework
only wishes it had. Like the best of sports shows before it, Ping Pong
spends as much time getting us inside the characters’ heads as it does
showing actual play, especially in the case of the show’s dual
protagonists. And its Chinese cast members are actually portrayed by
Chinese voice actors, one of whom is also fluent in Japanese! Seal of
approval right there.
Tonari no Seki-kun
You might think that getting heavy hitters like Kana Hanazawa and Hiro
Shimono to do a seven-minute comedy series whose premise can be summed
up as “high school kid builds crazy things at his desk” is excessive,
especially given that one of them never actually speaks at all. Tonari
no Seki-kun, however, is one of those shows that lives or dies on its
execution, and the investment demonstrably pays off. Maybe it’s because
Hanazawa has been in every show from here to nigh eternity, but her
exaggerated reactions to the title character’s antics make a terrific
stand-in for our own bewildered amusement as the viewers. As for
Shimono, meanwhile, you’d be surprised how expressive a few well-placed
grunts and sighs can be. (He was apparently really pumped up during the
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki
Yes, I’ve saved the best for last. It’s hard to describe what makes a
funny thing funny without destroying the experience altogether, of
course, but if I had to boil down the essence of Nozaki’s success, it
would be its refreshing confidence in its own humor. There are no sly
winks and nods attempting to make up for lackluster jokes, no lazy
archetypal gags, and no phoned-in characterizations. It’s just a show
that clearly enjoys itself, and earnestly wants you to join in on the
fun. The gentle shots at shoujo clichés are icing on the cake.
Ari Ozawa’s performance as our main heroine Chiyo (that’s her in the
orange there) deserves special mention. Ozawa put in a lot of voice
acting legwork to keep the fast-paced bits hanging together, often
moving from starry-eyed fascination to illusion-free sarcasm in the span
of a line or two, and the results speak for themselves. It’s these
unpredictable turns from her and the other cast members that keep the
show so consistently fresh.
Monogatari Series turned in another pair of solid entries last year.
I’ve long given up on being able to judge the franchise on objective
merits alone, but if you’re anything like me, Hanamonogatari and
Tsukimonogatari are still the old friends you’ve come to cherish.
Shirobako and April Is Your Lie, two shows that started in 2014, but
won’t end until this spring, are sitting pretty on my current list for
2015. Watch this space.