The end of a very busy week is finally here. I have returned to jobs I cannot stand, suffered some loss and learned something. Some things, actually. Grab a cuppa, pull up a rocker, and I shall stoke the fire.
I recall saying a few times already… I despise encoding. I hate, loathe, abhor code. However, I would love for this place to be found again. In a disturbing chain of events, the WordPress engine which services off-site blogs neglects to mention the majority of its features are not onboard when you install it.
In fact, only the shell is attached to the WP name. Only the blogging frame. No stats. No customization. No polls. No ratings. No networking capabilities. Yes, it is a go cart.
Everything it does on WordPress.com is only workable if you can find the right plug in to power it… from the more than 1,000,000 codex files on WordPress.org. Yippee.
So far, we are no longer in the go cart. We got off of the lawn mower. No more Cooper. Volkswagen off the yard. We still are not back in my truck, however. Still a way to go before we get there.
Caught in the Switches
Who got lost was…
- 184 email subcribers
- 119 WordPress followers
- 216 RSS feed followers
- 1 aunt
I think I should open a cemetery. What else got lost?
- 1,124 pingbacks
- 2,081 comments
- 361 posts
- 316 photographs (and still counting)
- 1 faith
Perhaps, I should open a cyber space dust vacuum emporium.
Rub Some Dirt On It
I have. The ball is crossing the plate… finally. Every once in a while, I pitch one into the stands, but, for the most part, everything is as close to the glove as I can get it. Only time will tell how many things are truly still out of place.
There is an advantage to having just the few of you here tonight. You are far less likely to stop coming altogether when something you are looking for is missing and far more likely to tell me it is missing, so I can hunt for it.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would need to beta test M3. Apparently, I am going to have to go page-by-page through the posts to find the broken pieces before anyone else can discover the slivers of glass under the sofas and chairs. I would hate for anyone to cut a foot. Well, I can think of a few I would not mind seeing bloodied.
What I Learned
1. Not everyone sucks.
Coming from me, this is a profound statement. I lost faith in humanity in the early eighties.
2. No good deed goes unpunished.
This was truly not a revelation, but more an affirmation. In the end, it is a positive. Some of those who cannot find their way back here were saboteurs and trolls.
3. Mantra is a maniac.
Because my time has been precious this week, doing things I abhor, Mantra has supplied most of the posts this week. Thank you for putting up with her impish self and her complete disregard for cohesion, consistency, SEO value and policy.
4. Mindless work leads to inspiration.
When your mind is completely disengaged to do rote work, it has plenty time to wander away and get engaged in all manner of other interesting things. Stay tuned. A series has been born. Hopefully, it will be cutting teeth by Tuesday.
5. Research is only fun if you like the subject.
No, that is not a complaint… exactly. Instead, it is a fuel source and a large contribution to the vast encyclopedia of excruciating minutia. Soon, there will be much studying of things far more intellectually stimulating than “<content=”crap”>”.
6. Social media is the bane of modern society.
In its brainless apps and mindless gaming (of which I have partaken far too much in past years), it has sucked the intellectual life force out of the majority of its users. The Earth’s predominant mammalian species is now the “click monkey”. Anyone can reshare, very few can read.
Right Turn, Clyde.
A discussion this afternoon on one of said social media brain melters, a friend asked me if I thought the world would be a better place if women held all of the uppermost positions in corporations, government and institutions. While there was no immediate man-bashing, the women jumped up to say, “Absolutely!” Ironically, no one answered in the complete negative.
As is my way, my answer was more cryptic.
I think portions of it would be better. Other parts would suck tremendously.”
Frankly, it is the way I think about anything which is completely segregated. I tire of hearing how much better one ________ does than another. Fill in the blank with any identifier you can imagine. I have long held the belief, as a race, we are vermin on this planet.
So, what is your answer to my friend’s question? If women were in all of the positions of authority, would the world be a better place? Better still, why is it your answer.
I hope you have had a pleasant week and have your enjoyable weekend well underway. Thank you for your faithful visits. I truly appreciate them.
See you in the comments,
PS Do not be surprised if M3 goes dark soon.
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