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SNIPPETS (4-1-15)

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

An open letter to WordPress.

Dear WordPress:

Your new editor is really bad. Very bad. It is as slow as molasses. In fact, sometimes it’s so slow that I have to check my calendar to make sure it’s 2015 and not 1985. There are times when I’m typing something from a book only to look up at the screen and find that it is several sentences behind me. I haven’t been able to type faster than a computer since, well, 1985. The longer my post gets, the slower the editor gets. Is this your attempt to force us to keep our posts short so we don’t use too much of your server space?

And what just happened is really irritating. I’m at the bottom of the editing screen and what I’m typing here is not visible. It’s below the screen. There is always one line at the bottom of the screen that is not visible until one goes to the next line. What’s with that?

The new stats page is even worse than bad. First, it doesn’t give me cumulative totals for views and comments, making me add them up manually. That’s not a huge problem because I simply put past yearly totals in my Excel spreadsheet and then just update 2015. The real problem here, though, is that when I do that, the cumulative totals using the new stats page numbers don’t match the cumulative total shown in the old stats page. Both are substantially lower. Obviously I want the correct total, but how do I know which total is the correct one?

Next: I don’t get a complete list of tags and categories. The list of tags only goes through C, and the list of categories only goes through H.

Lastly, it doesn’t matter where I try to “add media,” 90% of the time it automatically gets inserted at the top of the editing screen, which means I have to cut and paste it where I want it. The editor should add media wherever my cursor is in the document….

Come on, WordPress. You can do better than this….

SNIPPET #2

Here a baby, there a baby, everywhere a baby at the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park. Here is the week-old hippopotamus with his mommy, the first time I have ever seen mommy out of the pool and on land.

Momma and baby hippopotamus

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SNIPPET #3

Zoey the Cool Cat thinks I have been neglecting her here in my blog. So following are three gratuitous pictures of the little princess taken last month. She’s obviously very much abused….

Zoey the Cool Cat

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat has this interesting obsession about where she lays herself down. When she finds a spot that is acceptable, she continues to use that spot for about five days. Then she’ll find a new spot. She has about twenty acceptable spots after 7½ years living here, and she simply rotates between them. Right now her spot is my desk chair. Doesn’t matter where she is, if I get up, she’s in the chair within a minute.

Zoey the Cool Cat

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SNIPPET #4

Speaking of Zoey the Cool Cat, one of my greatest problems in life is saying “Thank you” and “You’re welcome.” I guess it’s because I have always though that if you say them too much, they lose their meaning. In fact, I used to have a friend who said “Thank you” after almost every sentence I spoke. It really did get irritating, and when I left Texas, I didn’t bring his friendship with me. I have made no effort to reconnect with him on Facebook either.

One of my recent posts got a lot of “thank you” comments. I felt kind of silly responding to each comment with a simple “You’re welcome.” I asked Zoey the Cool Cat what to do and she had this brilliant idea of becoming my official “Thank you” and “You’re welcome” spokescat. Here’s an example:

You're welcome

Whenever a comment needs a simple “Thank you” or “You’re welcome,” look for Zoey the Cool Cat to make an appearance.

SNIPPET #5

Previously whenever I did a SNIPPETS post, I would have ten SNIPPETS. For today, I’m going to end at five. This editor is just too slow. My last sentence in SNIPPET 4 took over a minute for the editor to type. I can’t do this.

If WordPress can’t correct these problems soon, I’ll be looking for another blogging platform….

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How sweet it is!

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I can’t tell y’all (that’s Texan for “you all” or “you”) how good it is to be able to go blog camping again.

Three months without a campout was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long!

The extreme speed of Internet Explorer 11, coupled with my reading speed (courtesy of Evelyn Woods back in 1973) and Dragon Naturally Speaking means that I might soon be back visiting 120 blogs each day and leaving LIKEs and comments all over the place.

Goodbye 2014 first quarter, hello 2014 second quarter!

Pelargonium (geranium) from my back yard garden yesterday:

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ATSF 3751 at Los Angeles at National Train Day in May 2012

WordPress and Adobe could drive me to drinking…. :(

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Photographic ArtI try to take at least two photographs each day and create Photographic Art images from them. Yesterday, due to WordPress and Adobe snafus which took up over eight hours, and for which none of the snafus have been resolved yet, I only got Photographic Art images from one file. However, it’s a photograph that I’ve been wanting to work on for 1½ years now. Here’s the photograph:

ATSF 3751 at Los Angeles at National Train Day in May 2012

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That’s the historic ATSF 3751 steam locomotive at Union Station in Los Angeles for National Train Day in May 2012. It’s the best picture I got because so many people were always gathered around it. It doesn’t help that in order to get the locomotive, the passenger car is in the picture at the left.

I knew that eventually my Photoshop skills would be such that I could remove the passenger car and the people. Yesterday, I succeeded, but I actually used a combination of that photograph and my second-best photograph of ATSF 3751:

ATSF 3751 at Los Angeles at National Train Day in May 2012

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When I finished my Photoshop work, I had this:

ATSF 3751 at Los Angeles at National Train Day in May 2012

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Then I went to town creating Photographic Art from my final Photoshop image. I actually created 19 Photographic Art images, and while I haven’t decided on my favorite—favorites go into my Photographic Art Catalog—this is in the running:

ATSF 3751 at Los Angeles at National Train Day in May 2012

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Chargers, WordPress update, and Zoey the Cool Cat

I livew in my own little world

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For the last five years, the San Diego Chargers, purportedly a professional football team in the National Football League, have played way below their abilities. When heavily favored, they have proceeded to lose quite handily. For the last five weeks, they have been heavily favored…. to lose! Each time, they have won. They are on a five-game winning streak, which includes a road win over Cincinnati in the playoffs. That has gotten the area into Chargers mode, reflected most recently in the new San Diego Central Library. During the daytime, it has looked like this:

New San Diego Central Library on March 23, 2013

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For the past few nights, in preparation for the Chargers taking on the mighty Denver Broncos in Denver today, the library at night has been dressed out in rotating Chargers blue & gold colors:

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Update on my open letter to WordPress: Things are still messed up, and WordPress has not responded to me, either on my blog or in their Forums. LIKE buttons still don’t show up on blogs that have a URL ending in wordpress.com, but I am able to comment on them as long as I click directly on the words “Enter your comment here…” Previously I could click anywhere in the comment box, which was really convenient. Now, not so much convenience.

My stats page still doesn’t show up, and the little gold star at the upper right that notifies us of new comments and LIKEs only shows up if I load my blog, and then reload it!

I shall continue to camp out in blogs but it won’t look like I’m camping since I can’t leave a slew of LIKEs everywhere.

Lastly, I’m heading out into the boondocks today, deep down into the boondocks. I’m leaving Jim and Zoey the Cool Cat at home alone, all by themselves, no one to listen to (they say that I like to hear myself talk). If I get lost and don’t make it home, I want the last thing you see to be Zoey the Cool Cat. So here she is, from the comforts of her newest home:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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She doesn’t look at all interested in the Chargers playoff game today, and she doesn’t even seem to know that I’m going to the boondocks. Ha! She will later on when she wants to play red ring fetch and eat, and realizes that I’m nowhere to be found. She’ll have to rely on Jim, which might not be a good thing to do when it comes to playing red ring…. or even eating, for that matter!

I always like it when I go away for more than a couple of hours because when I come home, Zoey the Cool Cat is a real love bug. She knows who’s Chief of Staff, attending to her every whim……………….. and she misses him when he’s gone!

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