Category: Internet

The steady decline continues

It may look like I have abandoned this website and that would only be mostly correct. In fact, I’ve only abandoned it in all practical terms but not in theoretical terms. I still think about it now and then. On days like today. I wonder, should I wipe it out and start fresh? Should I continue with it as is? Will I continue to let the vines take over and see what nature does with it? OK, that only works with old buildings but you get the idea.

I predicted the end of Blogging being pretty fucking nigh many years ago and my usage reflected that prediction. It was not self-fulfilling really. The whole community that I corresponded with fell apart as well and the links that I used to visit daily started turning into SEO search sites and dead air. Sure, there are still millions of people out there who probably still blog but the hey day came and went years ago. Now everyone wants bite sized chunks of Twitter and the social news of Reddit. There’s this thing out there called Tumblr that seems to be pretty popular but I haven’t checked it out yet.

So, what better time to write a new post? Who cares if no one reads it. I’m long past checking multiple times a day to see if my unique visitors has gone up at all. I’m not even sure I remember how to check the stats. I do think that if I were going to come back to do some writing it should be a fresh start. But I don’t want to lose the years and years of writing I put on here. I wonder if there’s a way to tell WordPress to archive everything I have so far so it is still searchable but not display anything old by default?

Life List

I’ve decided to participate in my first Topical Tuesday and the topic for the day is Life List.  As stated on that page: “This weeks challenge is to write a Life List of ten things you would like to do before you die. Only ten mind – make them count.“  That’s a tall order.  Ten things I want to do before I die?  I want to do everything before I die.  If you do them after you die then who would know?

Well, here’s my attempt.  This is going to take some brain strain.

  1. Visit Europe.  Anywhere in Europe is fine although I’m particularly interested in England, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Czech Republic, Austria and Turkey.
  2. Get a six figure income.  Bonus points if it starts with a number higher than one.
  3. Live long enough to see my baby girl grow up to be a happy and successful woman and hopefully watch some grandbabies grow up.
  4. Make a positive and profound impact on the lives of other people.  My dream job is to be a philanthropist.
  5. Go on a road trip from one coast of the United States to the opposite coast.
  6. Retire early enough that I might get to enjoy some time off before I die.  By the time I’m 65, the retirement age will probably be 130.
  7. Have something published and sold – even if it’s not successful.  A novel, comic or screenplay I suppose.
  8. Become passably fluent in a second language.
  9. Ride at least five of the  fastest roller-coasters in the world.  Preferably in at least two different countries.
  10. Own and operate a bar & grill or a pub of my own design.

Wow.  That was a lot harder than I thought it would be with narrowing it down to only ten entries.  So many things come to mind but with only ten spots its hard to pick the things that would actually mean something to me in a way that was more than just saying, “OK that’s done” and then checking it off a list and never thinking about it again.

Hello obscurity

It seems that this poor site has been neglected one too many times over the years.  I have officially fallen into the dark realms of obscurity on the internet.  My stats seem unrecoverable.  No one wants to advertise here even for free.  It’s a sad place to be.  But I’ve been mucking up the place since November of 2000 (wow, almost nine years?) so I don’t believe I’ll be giving this place up just yet.

Today is September 1st and I’m doing fairly well at updating again.  I just need to get into that groove again that seems to rise and fall like a perfect wave.  Once I can get that going I’ll start on other projects again.

Your wake up call

Maybe you’ve seen this and maybe you haven’t.  I saw it posted on Facebook but the number of people who have watched it on YouTube is really low.

You need to watch this.  If you use your phone in your car or if you have children or other loved ones who use their phones while driving, you need to see this.  This is specifically about people texting but the same goes for anyone not paying attention.

This is a very graphic and realistic dramatization.  Those of you who don’t like the sight of blood may not make it through the whole thing.  It’s very well done.  I watched this at work right before I left and almost started crying when they showed the passengers of the second car.

Maybe its because I now have a baby of my own but that was horrible and will haunt me for a while.  I’ve never texted or written an e-mail while driving but I guarantee that I never will either.  Sure this seems like common sense but this video just drives it home.

You won’t like it but you need to watch it.

If for some reason the YouTube link above doesn’t work, here’s another link.

WordPress Themes

I hate this theme.  Mostly.  There are a few things about it I like but overall, meh.  But what can I do?  I hate the default themes as well.  Well how about the WordPress Themes Directory that you can click on from inside the WordPress console?  It has 954 themes as of this writing.  That should help right?  Uh… no.  Have you looked at that page?  They have taken usability to a whole new low.

954 themes and no easy way to get to them.  Unless you want one of the ten featured themes on the page or want to hunt through the miscellaneous popular themes on the side, there is no way to find the others.  OH SURE, there’s that big search bar at the top but um… what exactly am I searching for?  Here’s a hint: try typing “A theme I would like” into that search field and see what it comes back with.  Is that a silly example? Yes it is, but what should I search for?  I’m sure there are keywords or tags or something but maybe it could give me some hints.

I like WordPress.  I really do.  It’s a thousand times better than the cybrblog system I cobbled together many years ago on this same domain.  I really like how they keep expanding the features too.  But one complaint I have about the standard installation is those default themes.  WordPress has offered those same two Default and Classic themes forever.  Fine.  But could they at least update them to work with the new versions of WordPress and the new features?  No, the built-in themes don’t have to have the best features and prettiest presentations but couldn’t they at the very least show off what WordPress can do natively?

For example, a few revisions ago WordPress added in-line or nested comments.  Great!  However presenting those in that fashion is controlled by the theme you are using.  I still haven’t seen a theme that integrates that feature although to be honest I haven’t tried many themes.  Because they are unreasonably difficult to browse.  Oh wait, there’s no browse feature on the WordPress Themes Directory either!  Not much of a directory if you can’t browse it.  Seriously though, the default theme should accomodate every new feature built in to WordPress.  Throw us a bone here.

WordPress Themes