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A public service announcement

Oh-kay. I think I got all the suggested blogroll adjustments.

If you’re wondering why I make such a frakking big deal out of it, see…WordPress has this automatic blogroll dingus that I can access from the control panel, but it does moron things like files blogs that begin with “The” under “T” — which just crawls all over my OCD. So I had the bright idea that I’d put the left and right sidebar blogrolls into separate .php files, which is just so thrillingly tidy.

Except WP puts themes inside a folder inside a folder inside a folder inside a www area, all of which I have to access through BlueHost’s control panel, which is slow as shit and I can only get at it from home. Look it involves clicking the mouse button several times, okay?

So I added in the add-ees, moved the move-ees. I deleted links to anything that hadn’t been updated in more than a couple of months — no offense. I really do try do read all this stuff and I am just too stupid to remember who doesn’t update very often. If you get active again, say the word and you get back on. Also I added a couple of people, like JuliaM and Jill, who didn’t ask for it but made the mistake of commenting on my blog with a URL. Dumb move, ladies. You want moving, removing or adding, speak now while I still have those stupid pages open.

Oh, and new rule: weasel-themed blogs — or just plain blogs with ‘weasel’ in the title — get automatic linkage. Because weasels stick together.

If we were cleaner animals, that probably wouldn’t happen so much.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 23, 2008, 6:21 pm

Ah Stoatie, ye ain’t so bad – as long as the scent glands are snipped…… 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 23, 2008, 6:24 pm

what the fuck is this shit? by dr seuss

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 23, 2008, 6:28 pm

Oh wow, I just tried hitting the site from my VPN and websense blocked you as a “social networking” site.

You are achieving FACEBOOK status, weas!

Comment from jwpaine
Time: October 23, 2008, 6:32 pm

“social networking”

Isn’t that an old codeword for black?

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 23, 2008, 6:48 pm

Only in Kansas City.

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 23, 2008, 6:49 pm

“social networking”

Isn’t that an old codeword for black?

Worse. I think it’s an old Klan euphemism for miscegenation.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: October 23, 2008, 7:47 pm

Oooo, good one, apo.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 23, 2008, 7:57 pm

Oh, goddamn it. Am I having another websense problem? I just straightened that out a couple of months ago. And I think they called it “social networking” then, too.

I’ll know in the morning. My employer uses websense, too.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 23, 2008, 8:01 pm

By the way, that Dr Seuss parody is not mine. I found it doing a Google images search for “Cliff’s Notes”. I wanted to show Uncle B what Cliff’s Notes look like, because they came up in conversation. And I’m such an artard, my first thought is, “and this is what they look like!”

The Seuss thing TOTALLY cracks me up, though. When I were a tiny slip o’ weasel, I had a subscription to the “I Can Read It All By Myself” Club, where these books came from. And I shall NEVER forget the excitement…nay, the shivering passion…of finding that cardboard mailer in the mail box with my name on it.

Forty something years later, and I’ve never entirely gotten over my adoration of mail.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: October 23, 2008, 8:18 pm

Man, I loved me sum Dr. Seuss. Never owned the books, but we visited families that did, and I’d spend the entire visit reading them instead of playing with the other snot-nosed kids.

Comment from Allen
Time: October 23, 2008, 8:48 pm

Oooo, mail, the old kind with the blue/red border or foreign stamps that just screamed: “I’m from far away, open me!”

Comment from Jill
Time: October 23, 2008, 8:51 pm

The other day the DSB gets into my car, sniffs the air, and says, ‘it smells like ferrets in here’. I said ‘that’s my new car air freshener’. He said, ‘your new air freshener is ferret scented’?


Comment from nicole
Time: October 23, 2008, 9:15 pm

I bought all the Seuss books I could find several years back. I joined a kids book club expressly for that purpose. 😛

I loved them when I was young and wanted to make sure I had them on hand for any future critters. I have a bookcase full of children’s books… one of my many weaknesses.

I’m sure y’all have seen this, but just in case…


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 23, 2008, 9:33 pm

Oh, but you simply cannot know the shock and awe in the sett when a very young badger (aged about 8) received a letter all the way from America! after he had written to the Superman comic.

Swear to god, that was the moment they realised the eldest Wasn’t Quite Like Them…

(America was a very, very long way away in those days.)

The smart move was that the Superman comic people wrote back, thus helping forge a love and respect for the USA that grows with every passing year.

Ain’t capitalism grand?

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 23, 2008, 10:44 pm

OK, so if I use Firefox, the weasel atop the page runses. Which is the proper natural order of things, if one is a mustelid being chased by a disembodied arrow.

But clicking it doesn’t go back to the main page. Even tho the little cursor acts like it’s a linky.

Comment from XBradTC
Time: October 23, 2008, 10:56 pm

Many thanks for throwin’ me onto the blogroll. As an Army guy, I guess I’m obligated to tell you the Army in WWII had a tracked vehicle called a Weasel.Heh.

Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: October 23, 2008, 11:04 pm

Yeah apo, I have the same issue. Use the back button a lot.

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: October 23, 2008, 11:09 pm

When I was a wee young robot, our mailman decided to get rid of his stamp collection. I invite you to reflect and savor the concept. Mailman. Stamp collection. He sold all of the really valuable ones, of course, but those tend to be deadly dull like the Queen Victoria black 1p where her nose has a slight smudge kind of deal. Some of the REALLY interesting ones, with no monetary value to speak of, he left for ME. In our mail! ooooooo, seeing that little glassine envelope in the pile! It could be anything! Triangular stamps from Borneo! “Help me stamp out smuggling” pleaded Marcos from the Phillipines! (He wore interesting shirts back then and was thinner). You can read about the horrific wartime inflation in WWII Germany, but what really brings it home is seeing a stamp with Der Fuerher in his moustached glory–with a hand-stamped value change of 10,000 DeutscheMark. Original value was 20 pfennnig, or something like that.

And to conclude, it was cool.

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 23, 2008, 11:20 pm

I GIS’ed for “army weasel” and got this from BlackFive:


Comment from Old Grouch
Time: October 23, 2008, 11:25 pm

Scroll down->”carry me back to ol’ virginny”->click

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 23, 2008, 11:32 pm

I mean sure, I guess, if you want to be all sensible about it.

But I’ve got a style guide right here, and it says quite clearly that the masthead is supposed to be a functional link back to the homepage, right under subsection three para two verses one through six.

Of course this is the KJV, YMMV.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: October 24, 2008, 12:03 am

wow, I never noticed that “carry me back” link before! And I am CSI-like in my m4d ski1z in observation. CSI-like, I tell you!

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 24, 2008, 12:04 am

I think I noticed it once, I was just reluctant to explore any link that close to the words “ass porn.”

Comment from jwpaine
Time: October 24, 2008, 12:08 am

uh-huh. Pull the other one.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 24, 2008, 12:33 am

Uncle B, my friend loves trains. Sets up several sets around the tree at Christmas. When Thomas the Tank Engine came on public television here when our sons were small, and they started selling them in stores, she bought two sets of every piece. Then she wrote to Thomas’ creator. I was quite shocked because she was never one to do anything of the sort and she is a friggin grown up for gosh sakes.
Lo and behold, the guy wrote back with the postmark from the Isle of Sodor. Tickled her beyond silly it did. She corresponded with him a couple of more times before he passed on.

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 24, 2008, 12:36 am

uh-huh. Pull the other one.

Seriously, I fear the butt.

Look what that obsession did to continental Europe. The declining birthrates are bad news, but they’re just incidental…masculinity has wasted away to the point where they think David Hasselhoff is a pretty neat idea.

I mean really, only someone who thinks slugs are actually food could accept that as a copulatory practice.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: October 24, 2008, 3:04 am

“Also I added a couple of people, like JuliaM…You want moving, removing or adding, speak now while I still have those stupid pages open.”

Not at all! I’d consider it an honour 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 24, 2008, 5:40 am

Yeah, I tried to make the header so you could click it even with the Flash dingus, but it wouldn’t cooperate.

Bitterly disappointed in that, I am. The plan was to animate every damn thing in my sidebar, so that it did something goofy when you moused over it. It would have been a madhouse. A MADHOUSE, I TELL YOU!

But then it turns out you have to click before the animation happens in Opera (my preferred browser) and the freaking thing doesn’t show up At All in IE. It has something to do with WordPress and the way pages are assembled using bits of code, I feel sure: it doesn’t work that way when you have a web page made entirely of Flash, does it? NO.


Comment from Jill
Time: October 24, 2008, 10:35 am

Removal? Hell’s fire no…I sent emails to friends and enemies alike that I was linked by YINZ.


Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 24, 2008, 10:39 am

I should probably start a blog instead of slumming around everyone else’s. Or better yet, fix my damn forum and get it back online.

For the former, I just don’t have anything interesting to say. For the latter, most of my users were little college O!Douches, even though they were generally benign and amusing ones. So either way…can’t be arsed.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 24, 2008, 10:42 am

Don’t do that, apotheosis. Everybody’s flogging a blog, but pure commenters are golden.

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: October 24, 2008, 11:17 am

I concur with Her Ladyship.

Comment from surly ermine
Time: October 27, 2008, 9:12 am

Yeah, I got all misty eyed seeing that cover of “What the Fuck is this Shit.” Ahhhhh, memories…. Now I read it to my kids, nothing like hearing a two year old drop the f-bomb. I wish I was jokin’ on that one.

Weasels Unite! Hmmm, we need an emblem or logo er sumfin.

Comment from blake
Time: October 29, 2008, 4:43 am

I have a total pet peeve about the “THE” thing, too.

My cable box does that.

But then, I also get pissed at the incorrect alphabetization they do for numbers and compound words–sometimes even CASING. It takes a little more effort than just ASCII sorting but, hey, we’re worth it. (No one else believes that apparently.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2008, 6:58 am

Yeah. In my company, it was the typesetters who were the keepers of anal-retentive capitalization and spelling (I wasn’t a typesetter, I was a publication designer — the natural enemy of the typesetter).

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