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Good weekend, everybody!

It all started when I went to upgrade my WordPress installation. And then I went to upgrade some plugins. And, next thing you know, I was paddling around in my PHP trying to tidy some loose ends. And before you know it, I had brokened the blog.

Not so’s YOU’d notice, but I messed up some important stuff behind the scenes. I built the blog nine years ago by mashing buttons until it kinda did what I wanted. I had no effing idea what I was doing and, anyway, it was a very long time ago. Trying to fix anything is…well.

It’s stable now, but don’t be surprised if I keep tinkering over the weekend and break it some more.

Have a good’un. Two weeks to Christmas!


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 11, 2015, 11:55 pm

First! 🙂

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 12, 2015, 12:00 am

Now that *that* is out of the way…

Don’t you hate when you install updates and it breaks your system?…I find that happens more and more these days…I don’t automatically install updates on anything anymore.

Comment from uscitizen
Time: December 12, 2015, 12:45 am

Good luck on the recovery efforts.

I wish I could offer technical help, but .php is like voodoo to me.

Comment from Pupster
Time: December 12, 2015, 1:49 am

Sorry you are having trouble but God I Love the Lightning Struck Weasel graphic.

Comment from JC
Time: December 12, 2015, 5:46 am

Might have to rebuild the Turbo Encanabulator.

Comment from mojo
Time: December 12, 2015, 3:18 pm

Did you try jiggling the handle? Turning it off and flinging feces at it?

Comment from Harry
Time: December 12, 2015, 4:28 pm

@JC–No, remember, she built this NINE years ago!! She needs to rebuild the Turbo RETRO-encanabulator!!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 12, 2015, 6:02 pm

I have no idea what those two icons above the comment box are supposed to do, or how they got there.

I fixed something in my PHP that was breaking plugins, so clearly that’s a plugin that was blocked, but I can’t seem to turn it off.

Or it’s something that came with WordPress 4.4.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: December 12, 2015, 7:43 pm

The first icon fires off the spelling and syntax checker, the second one give you a nice big space to type in your pithy thoughts… nice for the elderly and vision-impaired, like meseff’ 🙂

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 12, 2015, 8:06 pm

Will thee checker find this? What about the chequer? Arre thier more arrers?

Riting frum the Untied states of Ameroica.

It’s found several spelling errors, but no “writing errors”.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 12, 2015, 8:11 pm

Yeah, but it didn’t flag errors for me, even when I introduced some. And it doesn’t seem to save anything when you ‘save and return’. Lets see if ‘submit comment’ works.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 12, 2015, 8:11 pm


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 12, 2015, 8:12 pm

I wonder if this is part of WordPress 4.4. They said this release was done particularly with different platforms in mind — phones and tablets, in other words.

I just wish they’d have more sensitivity to those of us with completely monochrome blogs.

It’s not just me, is it?

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 12, 2015, 10:10 pm

Are these 3000 Calais refugees from lord knows where coming to your area? Maybe, you should flee now?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 12, 2015, 10:22 pm

Next county over is getting a load. West Sussex. I don’t know of any plans to rehome them near us, but we still Not Happy.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 12, 2015, 11:33 pm

I was wondering the same thing as Ric Fan … glad you and UB are still living in an un-refugee’d condition. So far I’m safe, here, in Swamp-East Missouri.

I pushed the arrow thingy – hoping that something really interesting would happen. It didn’t. Sigh…..

Comment from mojo
Time: December 12, 2015, 11:50 pm

Snufflepagus omnivore

Hmmm, spellcheck works for me, albeit in the most annoying way possible, multiple dialogs popping up. Yeesh.

But it did cleverly detect that “Poopilator” was spelt incorrectly, and offered multiple options, “edit”, “ignore” “ignore all” – but no suggestion from a dict lookup. Shoddy work, that.

And when I edit and hit ok in the new popup, it saves it to the text widget. Outstanding.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 13, 2015, 1:41 am

Sweas and UB,

Noting that what y’all call a county, we would consider to be a decent sized ranch; Refug-jihadi‘s being the next county over is not encouraging. Options if things get kinetic are fight or flight. Fighting is illegal and defending yourself is considered deeply immoral over there from what I understand. Therefore flight is the remaining option for most. That implies both short and long term destinations, and the logistics for reaching them them and living there. I hope that such arrangements are under consideration or in progress.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 13, 2015, 2:44 am

I had no effing idea what I was doing and, anyway, it was a very long time ago. Trying to fix anything is… well.

Q: “How was God able to create the entire world in only six days?”

A: “No installed base.”

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 13, 2015, 4:00 am

I typed into the new comment thingy and pressed ‘Save and return’…the text disappeared. I think I’ll stick with the old comments thingy.

Comment from mojo
Time: December 13, 2015, 6:50 am

one working, one broke. call it a draw.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 13, 2015, 2:20 pm

Solution to refugee problem:

Get a dozen of these to patrol your property:


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 13, 2015, 2:59 pm

I want one of those micropigs in the worst way.

The attitude to self defense in this part of rural England is a bit more reasonable. The local police are not at all politically correct about Travelers (they’re the ones taht have to deal with them, after all). I suspect it would be similar with refugees. Though there’s a tendency to push them off to London rather than, you know, string them up on the spot.

Comment from mojo
Time: December 13, 2015, 3:35 pm

“A tiny herd of miniature self-sharpening Razorbacks stomping around on their high-heeled trotters…”

Comment from jwpaine
Time: December 13, 2015, 7:59 pm

So… The Brits are being subtly encouraged to “flee” to the US…

Obama, you canny bastard!!!

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