Mouse-Mouse and WordPress Oddity

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery | Posted on 14-03-2008

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I will not pro­vide a pho­to, but I fig­ure this point­ing device would be all-too pop­u­lar with any felines or canines in your house­hold. I would­n’t ever imag­ined such a thing if the Instructa­bles peo­ple had­n’t sent out an email plea to who­ev­er abduct­ed Mouse-Mouse from their table at SXSW to please return him.

As slick as Word­Press is, would­n’t it make sense for it to fig­ure out some­thing like day­light sav­ing time? I mean, if you could just click some­thing, the way you do in Win­dows, to say, “Yes, I’m in an area that observes DST” it would be much, much eas­i­er than going through every bloody WP instal­la­tion for which you’re respon­si­ble and man­u­al­ly chang­ing the time, which is what I just real­ized that I need to do. I’m sure I would have noticed if there’s a plu­g­in to pro­vide that func­tion­al­i­ty in the Plu­g­in Repos­i­to­ry, and I don’t think there is one.

I tried Time Zone Cal­cu­la­tor, but it just seems to fig­ure var­i­ous time zones and will dis­play them in a wid­get or wher­ev­er you want to call it via php. That does­n’t help me. Auto­mat­ic DST change func­tion­al­i­ty seems a no-brain­er to me, so why isn’t it built in, and since it isn’t, why isn’t there a plug-in?

Have I men­tioned late­ly how incred­i­bly stu­pid I find DST? I’m total­ly unsur­prised to learn that it does­n’t save a bit of ener­gy, any­way.

Adult: FMS from What?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery, Humor, News, Sex | Posted on 05-02-2008

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I have a Google Alerts search going for “fibromyal­gia,” because if there’s some­thing out there that will make this crap bet­ter, I want to know it yes­ter­day. The alert brings in all sorts of non­sense from quack reme­dies to naysay­ers, in addi­tion to the actu­al con­tent.

Today’s alert takes the cake, though. Some­body wrote to Dan Sav­age’s Sav­age Love col­umn ask­ing, “Can I Sue Some­body for Fist­ing-Induced Fibromyal­gia?“1

Sav­age’s med­ical expert is out of touch regard­ing the lat­est FMS research, but I have to agree with his reply to the let­ter-writer.

Sam and I tried to game a lit­tle tonight, but he was sleepy and I’m fad­ing, too. I did some writ­ing today, and more web­i­fy­ing, and worked on a cou­ple of school assign­ments. Then I got all-too-obsessed with try­ing to fig­ure out how to make the out­put of a cou­ple of Word­Press plu­g­ins work nice­ly with my tem­plate.

I hope y’all had a love­ly week­end!


1 http://www.villagevoice.com/people/0806,savage,79044,24.html

Thing-a-Day 2

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Critters, Fun, Geekery, Reading, RPGs, Writing | Posted on 02-02-2008

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My cre­ative time today was spent web­mistress­ing. I tweaked some Word­Press tem­plates to work bet­ter, and moved more stuff over from my old site for­mat to Word­Press. It may not seem like much, but I always rewrite and update as I do that, so I fig­ure it counts.

Sam and I had lots of fun in our game tonight. It’s a lit­tle weird to real­ize that some­one is an avatar of a deity and that not only does he not know it, he’s nowhere near ready to real­ize it. Then there’s the whole issue of not let­ting that lit­tle fact slip at all, because an entire race of peo­ple is wait­ing for his return (and they real­ly, real­ly need him now, of course).

I real­ly should go to the library tomor­row, but I don’t know if Sam will have time to dri­ve me there. I have books to return and books on hold to pick up. I’d best go to bed now, to improve my chances of wak­ing ear­ly enough to ask him.

I need to give Kioshi some extra scritchies, though, and I’m think­ing about Jen and her fam­i­ly, who had to let go of their newest feline fam­i­ly mem­ber today—he had feline leukemia. I always think of our Andre and Tom-Tom when­ev­er feleuk comes up. I’m glad Kioshi did­n’t catch it from his par­ents, as our babies and theirs prob­a­bly did. Please, vac­ci­nate all of your pets! Even if you don’t ever plan for them to go out­side!

Calling a WordPress Guru

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery | Posted on 29-11-2007

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I’m still hav­ing trou­ble with the MySQL data­base for this blog. It’s set up just like every oth­er site we have, but I keep hav­ing odd time­outs and MySQL errors with this instal­la­tion. I was­n’t even able to add books to Now Read­ing for most of the day!

I read about some­one else who seemed to be hav­ing a sim­i­lar prob­lem, and tried his fix—a cus­tom copy of wp-db.php. That did­n’t help, so I revert­ed to the stan­dard file.

Right now, I’ve got almost every plug-in and wid­get dis­abled, and the posts I wrote on Tues­day and Wednes­day are final­ly vis­i­ble. I guess I’ll have to go through the plug-ins, enabling them one by one again, to see if one of them is the prob­lem. (I haven’t had any error mes­sages indi­cat­ing a plug-in prob­lem, but…)

Lazy Day & Posting Articles

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Family, Geekery, Holidays, Home, Organization, Writing | Posted on 24-11-2007

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It has been such a lazy day. All our body clocks are com­plete­ly con­fused. It’s going to be so hard on Sam to get up Mon­day morn­ing!

These days have been sweet and uncom­pli­cat­ed. I just had a delight­ful can­dlelit bath, with my sto­ry­teller stay­ing with me the whole time. I am very, very sleepy now.

I’ve put this off for a time out of sheer lazi­ness, I sup­pose, but it’s past time to move the rest of the arti­cles on this site into Word­Press. I don’t know how long it’ll take me to work through them, but I’ll try to space them out a bit so as not to flood the feed. I’ll try to remem­ber to use the “more” tag, too.

I can’t just dump the HTML into posts or pages, because there’s always some­thing that’s out­dat­ed, or that I would put dif­fer­ent­ly now. And, of course, I’m try­ing to do this migra­tion with­out leav­ing a bunch of bro­ken links, which means set­ting up redi­rects as I go.

Yes, I know that I have obses­sive-com­pul­sive dis­or­der. It’s offi­cious­ly diag­nosed and every­thing. No, there’s noth­ing you can do or say that will relieve me of feel­ing that I had to go through every sin­gle arti­cle.

Oh. To be more accu­rate than above, I’ve put this off due to sheer per­fec­tion­ism, which is high­ly sus­cep­ti­ble to pro­cras­ti­na­tion for exact­ly these kinds of rea­sons.

Posts Finally Working!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery | Posted on 13-11-2007

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Last night I real­ized that some­thing was Wrong with this blog. Sev­er­al days of posts had­n’t, and I could­n’t even leave a com­ment on an old post. The error mes­sage I was get­ting (data­base access denied) made no sense.

The MySQL infor­ma­tion had­n’t changed. I tried chang­ing the data­base pass­word and updat­ing the settings—nope, no good. I could view the db in php­myad­min, and it was just fine. I could back up the data­base there, and change things, and I was using the same login infor­ma­tion. So why could­n’t Word­Press do any­thing?

We’ve been using 1&1 for at least a year or so now, I think, and haven’t had any real com­plaints. I hate call­ing any­body’s tech sup­port, but they’re usu­al­ly bet­ter than most, as they haven’t out­sourced that to India. Reluc­tant­ly, I final­ly called.

If you ever call 1&1 and “Grace” answers, just hang up and try again. Bet­ter yet, keep her tied up on the phone and try from anoth­er line, just to be sure you’ll get some­one else. She sim­ply can’t under­stand Eng­lish well enough to func­tion in any job that requires tele­phone inter­ac­tion, and her tech­ni­cal skills seem to be abysmal (it was hard to tell, con­sid­er­ing the lan­guage issue). I was on the phone for more than 90 min­utes, and could­n’t get any­where. I kept ask­ing to speak to her super­vi­sor, and she kept being obstruc­tion­ist.

She asked me to spell the name of the affect­ed domain (technomom.com) over and over and over again. I did so, very slow­ly and clear­ly, at least five times. What did she do? Inform me that gbncom.com was work­ing just fine, and ask me what error mes­sage I was get­ting!

Oth­er than the fact that the end in .com, do you find any sim­i­lar­i­ty in those names?

I final­ly got her to this site, where the errors were clear­ly vis­i­ble to every vis­i­tor. Then, final­ly, she start­ed talk­ing about esca­lat­ing the prob­lem to some­one else. She was­n’t sure who, though, and claimed that nobody there can make out­bound calls, so she could­n’t have that per­son (or her super­vi­sor) call me back. More hold­ing. Thanks God­dess for unlim­it­ed cell min­utes! I real­ly, real­ly need to get a head­set, though, as I was in more and more pain from sim­ply hold­ing the tele­phone.

At near­ly 5, “Glen” final­ly got on the phone. He said he has no input regard­ing the hir­ing of “advi­sors” like “Grace.” If the sup­posed super­vi­sor does­n’t, who does? In any case, he final­ly pin­point­ed the prob­lem: the data­base was full. To be accu­rate, it was more than full, 47mb over the size lim­it!

Hon­est­ly, I had­n’t checked that. But how could that hap­pen? And would­n’t I get some kind of notice or warn­ing? Well, no, they don’t have any­thing in place to warn users when data­bas­es are get­ting too big. That seems like a ridicu­lous­ly easy thing to put in place, but appar­ent­ly it isn’t impor­tant to them.

I was aware of the 100mb lim­it 1&1 places on MySQL data­bas­es on our plan, but every time I’d looked at the usage, every data­base had 97mb free, or more! Blogs are most­ly text! The images I do post aren’t even stored in MySQL!

After get­ting off the phone, I looked at the size of all each table. The cul­prit was the cache for the Joe Tan/Silas Part­ners Flickr pho­to album plu­g­in. I did­n’t notice, when I installed an upgrade to the plu­g­in, that it defaults to show­ing all of the Flickr groups you’re in. There’s no way that I can see to dis­able caching, either, and it seems that some­body browsed a lot of group pho­tos at some point over the week­end. Clear­ing that cache took me back to being way, way below the data­base size lim­it. If you use that plu­g­in (which is great, BTW), check the set­tings!

So that’s why you’re see­ing my blog posts appear late. It’s bet­ter than “the dog ate my blog posts,” at least. Isn’t it?

Livejournal Crossposter and LJ as an aggregator

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery | Posted on 25-08-2006

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Live+Press works, but it gives me lots of messy error mes­sages. I don’t like error mes­sages, even if the post does even­tu­al­ly go where it’s sup­posed to go. Odd­ly, it works just fine on Katie’s site. We’re using the same ver­sion of Word­Press on the same serv­er. Very strange.

So now I’m test­ing Live­Jour­nal Cross­poster. We’ll see how this one works. It’s sim­pler, with far few­er options. I can’t cus­tomize the LJ post in any way (user pic­ture, mood, etc.) but most of those options weren’t real­ly work­ing in Live+Press any­way.

I’ve got­ten the idea that some of you just won’t com­ment if you can’t do it on LJ, so I’ll just go back to hav­ing com­ments in both places. At least I’ll get noti­fi­ca­tions (or should).

That’s a real prob­lem I have with using LJ as an aggre­ga­tor: there’s no way to get LJ to dis­able com­ments on the syn­di­cat­ed feed account, and the blog author nev­er know the com­ments are there. Few peo­ple actu­al­ly go back to the blog to respond, and blog­gers (on LJ or else­where) want com­ments. They are the ego-cook­ies that make us hap­py. You would­n’t want to miss your com­ments, would you?

Testing Live+Press

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery | Posted on 19-08-2006

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Lots of warn­ings, but I want to see if it’ll do *any­thing*

Edit: Well, it did post to my blog, but absolute­ly noth­ing showed up in my LJ. I don’t sup­pose any of you dear peo­ple have ever made this thing work on your own blogs, have you?

While we’re at it, does Flickr­Spin­nr work, or is it just teas­ing me?

Learning curve

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery, Homeschooling, Relationships | Posted on 08-05-2006

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Did HTML ever seem this intim­i­dat­ing?

The array of themes avail­able for Word­Press is absolute­ly over­whelm­ing, but I am a stub­born cuss. I want MY OWN theme. Of course, cre­at­ing one is not triv­ial, because I haven’t actu­al­ly learned CSS or XHTML yet. I’ve done just fine with my rusty HTML skills, since I haven’t been able to work out­side the home or done any heavy web work in years.

Oh well — I have a rea­son to learn now!

Please be patient 🙂

Well, here we are

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery | Posted on 08-05-2006

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The dawn­ing of a new age!

Okay, just the begin­ning of a seri­ous redesign. Yes, TechnoMom.com has final­ly joined the blog brigade. I was chang­ing hosts and decid­ed to make big­ger changes at the same time. Most of the old con­tent will be back before long, but right now you’ll find things a bit sparse.

If you’re new ’round here, wel­come. It’s a very infor­mal place. Check out my pro­file. I’ll be post­ing about all man­ner of things, and will enjoy hear­ing from you.

Namaste,

Cyn