SNIPPETS (8-16-14)—Dear WordPress….



Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts


Dear WordPress:

The new editor really [censored], and I say that in all sincerity. The old editor took all of one second to load. Now, depending on the length of the post being edited, the new editor can take as long as 47 seconds to load. Possibly longer, but I only had patience (and 37 minutes!) to test it out on one short post (took 13 seconds to load) and nine longer posts.

So, yes, I was missing the old editor and switched to classic editor. The problem, though, is that one cannot get to the classic editor without first waiting for Beep Beep Boop to load. By that time, one has lost precious seconds and minutes of life that will never be regained………..

Surely y’all can do better.


I’m a pretty easygoing guy, born and raised in the South of South Texas. Lived in that culture for 38 years excepting for 4 years in an even more conservative religious cult(ure) in northern Utah.

LiberalI have lived in San Diego for 21½ years, and while San Diego is a rather conservative area of California, it’s probably twice as liberal as Austin, Texas, the most liberal city in Texas.

So as an adult with logic, reasoning, and thinking skills fully developed, I’ve seen both sides of the conservative/liberal coin. I prefer the liberal side because liberals tend to be more progressive, and my wise old grandmother taught me to care for everyone, something that conservatives don’t like to do.

Thus I wear my liberal/progressive badge with pride.


When I came home from my first day of high school and told my wise old grandmother that I was joining the debate team, she said, “Just remember that when people start calling you names, you’ve won the debate.”

She was right.

Recently on Facebook I got into a discussion about the worst president in the history of the United States. In my mind right now, and I’m willing to bet that history will bear me out, President George W. Bush ranks as the worst. I think President Bush and Vice-President Cheney are war criminals. They invaded two foreign countries with no cause or a false cause; spent $4 trillion on that war, of which Cheney’s companies benefitted to the tune of more than $39 billion in profits; a war which caused thousands of deaths, both American and others, and affected the lives of hundreds of thousands or more in the families of those loved ones who were killed or injured.

Two debating opponents thought Obama was the worst ever. However, they couldn’t come up with any facts to support them. All they could do is say things like, “Obama’s an idiot, just like you.” Or “Obama’s the worst President and you’re the worst home inspector.” And similar things.

Now remember from SNIPPET #2 that I’m a pretty easygoing fellow. Thus, I give people and companies three strikes before calling them, OUT! These two guys got three strikes in three minutes, so I unfriended them and blocked them from posting on my Timeline.

Debate’s okay. Name-calling and bullying is not, and some adults can be every bit as bad as children. I can only imagine what their children are like………..


Now back to something more positive since my wise old grandmother taught me to be positive, to surround myself with positive people, and to get rid of negative thoughts and negative people.

My wise old grandmother also taught me to add laughter to each and every day, and for 49 years I’ve tried to do that. Here’s some laughter for today, at the expense of our little furry feline friends who just want to help.


Julian made Photographic Art—and a stamp!—based on a picture of a capybara:


I really like what he created. A capybara, for those who don’t know, is the world’s largest rodent.

Rodent, for those who don’t know, also includes cute little creatures like rats and mice.

So I know you’re thinking to yourself, “That looks kind of big. Just how large is the world’s largest rodent?”

And I’m just the one to answer your question!

A capybara can grow to—are you ready for this?—4.4 feet long, 2 feet tall, and a record 201 pounds. Hmmm. 201 pounds. It can weigh more than me!


Guess what the following is?

Wall of books

If you guessed, “Some sort of path,” well, I’m going to give that to you. Congratulations!

More interestingly, though, it’s a path in the new auditorium of the new San Diego Central Library, and the left side is a wall of books. Looks like this in close-up:

Wall of books

Every time I go there I look at several books to see if I recognize any of the titles or authors. So far, no luck. I’m thinking these probably are not the classics….


Another Photographic Art creation by Julian:

Giraffe Photographic Art

He has a good eye for picking out good pictures to use to create Photographic Art, a good eye for actually creating Photographic Art, and a superb memory. I only have to tell or show him something once and he’s all over it. Wish I had a memory like that. My memory comprises a few billion Excel spreadsheets, Google, and Wikipedia….


How to tell the world that you’re a patriot:



Speaking of boats, my wise old grandmother taught me to try to repurpose something instead of throwing it away. As she might have said 50 years ago: “Don’t throw anything away! There is no away!” This is my repurpose picture from recently:

Full boat


Lastly, we’ll stick with a water/boat theme.

Sometimes the dog house is okay.

If I had a dog house like this:

The Dog House

….I might voluntarily banish myself there for weeks at a time….

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35 thoughts on “SNIPPETS (8-16-14)—Dear WordPress….

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Name calling is the sign of a weak mind with no logical argument available.
    Always good to be who you are – labels come with expectations – and mostly those never feel/fit well.
    Grannies are right…why don’t we recognize it sooner…
    WP? I avoid the blue slow beep beep boop as it annoys me …using the bar on the left until it gets “improved” too….still the updating always meant quirks and workarounds and oddities at times…when there little time, to have to struggle and guess is frustrating.
    Snippets are great. Enjoy remainder of weekend!


  2. Pit

    Hi Russel,
    I wholeheartedly agree with you on the new vs. the old editor. Unfortunately, once in a while someone at WordPress believes he has THE idea of how to “improve” the system and … well, we’re stuck with it some disimprovement. And I believe we’re really stuck with it as the WordPress people don’t believe in listening to their customers. I’m afraid that after a while even the switch to the odl editor will be emliminated and we’ll HAVE TO use the new one.
    Have a great weekend,


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I have been at WordPress since January 2012, and just as soon as I really become an expert at something, they change it. There is a reason why my other blogs are self-hosted WordPress blogs so that I don’t have to put up with all of these improvements all of the time…………


  3. babso2you

    I love the snippets! OK…so here we go…because I have comments on a lot of them!

    Snippet #3 – I am in total agreement with you regarding the worst President in our history. I hear the same answers that you got. And, this was Daddy Bush’s agenda that he did not get to finish because he was not re-elected! Same old cronies that were in his Dad’s cabinet were in his…Isn’t that odd?

    Snippet #4: Someone told me years ago that cats are actually aliens. And, that when they sit on something and their tails go up, or not, they are transmitting to info to the mother ship.

    Snippet #5: Good going Julian! Have you thought about moving to the Sierra Foothills just east of Sacramento and one hour west of a gorgeous lake, called Lake Tahoe? Sorry, Russel! Have to ask! He is really good!

    Snippet #9: Did you see the toilet I re-purposed?

    Hugs and love to all there! B


  4. MyDailyMinefield

    Re: Snippet #3 – I would also like to nominate Donald Rumsfeld as being a fellow war criminal and all around jack hole, along with George Dub-ya “Mission Accomplished” Bush and Dick “Quit calling me Lucifer” Cheney.


  5. unexpectedincommonhours

    Haha! I love this post! Of course I agree with you about President Bush, and I, too, have unfriended or blocked people on Facebook because of similar comments. And I’m trying to type this with both my laptop and my cat in my lap, and the cat keeps reaching up and smacking me in the face because I’m not petting him. LOL 🙂


  6. Deborah

    Regarding the new editor, it does make you wonder what they’re thinking. THAT’S supposed to be easier to use! Seriously? In the few hours that we didn’t have the option to go to the classic one, I thought I would lose my mind. Luckily, that issue has been resolved. (no comment needed) haha

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          1. Deborah

            I attribute my blog to getting me through the last three weeks. I totally understand. There are times when I think that I should be using my blogging time for the things I’m behind on, but I think that’s a mistake. I think blogging might now be my lifeline.

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  7. paulaacton

    I have started to go into dashboard then posts and the new post from the drop down menu and at the minute I seem to be accessing the old editor, it does annoy me that you can no longer copy and paste embedding details straight from youtube and have to go in via add media…


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I have not tried embedding with the new editor because I’m so addicted to the classic editor. So after waiting for a minute for Beep Beep Boop to quit booping around, I’ll click on the link to the classic editor and keep on keeping on as I have always done.



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