Well now, I haven’t done one of these for quite awhile. In fact I had to go back through the archives just to find out what the last edition number was so I didn’t duplicate post titles and all that. So, in direct violation of my own long winded tradition of blabbering on aimlessly and without further ado, I present the 8th edition of the JT Evening News, written whenever I damn well feel like it (and bound to be terribly boring).
As all of my loyal readers may notice (all 5 of them), the theme’s gone default. And in this case, this particular default theme is “Twenty Eleven” in the new WordPress tradition of coming out with a new default theme every year…except this year…at least not yet anyway.
The reason for this is that my old reliable theme, Weaver II, suddenly became somewhat unreliable in that it appeared to stop talking to the built-in WordPress post editor (TinyMCE). You see, if these two start ignoring each other then the editor refuses to follow the theme’s post layout within the editor itself (font, font size, etc) which means formatting a post with images, asides and all that wonderful stuff comes out looking all wrong on the site itself once the post is published. Can’t have that you know. I chalk it up to the old “one-too-many-updates” syndrome that can make any type of long-installed software go all pear shaped.
When I get time I’ll paw through through the database, remove all things related to the theme and try again. Until then you’ll all have to put up with the default look of things. Besides, it’s the content that counts, right? Probably should write more of it then.
Why I’m Not Running WordPress 3.4 Yet
Okay, so does the above title of this section make any sense? No, not really since WordPress 3.4 hasn’t been released yet. But anyone that knows me at all knows that I’ll run just about any type of pre-release software on anything over the latest stable version (yes, I’m that crazy) including WordPress–but not this time. Maybe I’m getting old(er) and less inclined to trust my site to beta quality software. Perhaps I have a bad feeling about this particular release although I haven’t seen anything to justify this. Either way, this old blog of mine is just that–old, and has been through a myriad of changes, reboots, reloads, recoveries, patches and overhauls plus plenty of mistakes on my part as I was learning the ropes. And after all that there’s one thing that stands out:
It’s still here! (although I’m not entirely confident in the soundness of it’s structure)
So I believe I’ll go “stable” from now on. I’m getting to the point in life where I’ve forgotten most of the “tips and tricks” I’ve ever learned or come up with so I figure it’s time to play it safe so to speak. At least with this old blog of mine. I have my Linux distros to screw up so that will keep my inner geek happy enough.
Saying Goodbye to a Fellow Blogger
My good friend, Elaine, of Elaine’s Place called it quits a short time ago. Closed up her 6 year old DYI WordPress blog and went fishing. Okay, maybe not fishing but being both mother and grandmother and retired RN (although she looks more like a retired fashion model that forgot to age) I’m sure that spending time with her husband and extended family plays a prominent part in the decision. I can’t blame her at all for chosing her family over blogging that’s for sure and she’s hardly the first blogger to call it quits by far. Still, I will miss her posts, most of which were medical in nature during the later years. I’ll also miss her “Help! Something is broke!” emails as well. We certainly fixed a lot of interesting WordPress type problems along the way.
Stay happy, Elaine.
(I’m actually responsible (to blame?) for getting her into WordPress in the first place, you know. Not sure she’s forgiven me for that yet. Elaine, are you listening?)
Okay, that’s it I guess. At least I can’t think of anything else that might be the least bit interesting. Also, the ear infection I’ve been dealing with the past couple of weeks absolutely refuses to go away despite an entire regime of industrial strength antibiotics. And right now it feels like someone has stuck a knife into the backside of my jaw and is currently twisting it about.
So I’m off to find my cordless drill. I think drilling a hole in the right side of my head to relieve the pressure would be just the thing.