An Imperfect World

I owe some of you an apology, it seems there have been some repeaters (duplicate postings) here lately, and I apologize for that.  WordPress.com has been presenting me with some problems and I believe I have a handle on it and there should not be any more of these repeaters in the future.

If you would like a more detailed explanation of what has been going on with the WordPress.Com Black Hole, please click on this link.  Again, I am sorry if you linked to this and then later on you found dead space.  Your absolute best bet is to either Bookmark the page or use the RSS Feed, other than those two, it seems all bets are off with this system.  I guess it would be a pretty boring world if everything went the way we wanted it to huh?  But dog-gone it, I would just like to win one every now and then, that would be nice.

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Friday-Friday, Edie who came on earlier in the week with her caustic comments on Sneaking Into America did not furnish a website address or a blog for us to inspect her works, another nasty little Nut-Job Internet troller has been found, stick a pin in the map.  They come onboard, take their little cheap shot, and then move on, most of the time, never to appear again.

What a sad commentary on life huh?

It has been an especially trying week for me and I have had trouble adjusting to everything that has been coming down the pike, but I believe I will make it.  Lost two friends recently, one to natural causes and the other just faded away, that has been on my mind too.  I have to finish this and then go see what in the world is wrong with my music program, it is jamming up and giving me fits.  I seem to be in the Bermuda Triangle of the Electronic World this week for some strange reason.  The stinkin lawnmower took four pulls yesterday and it is still hot outside.

Been one of those weeks, let me tell you.

This morning I discovered I had a Trojan horse on my computer, but the members of the viral killer community assured me it would be easy to remove and it was not a big threat to me or my system.  Eleven pages of printed out instructions later, it was gone.  I had to shut down four times, reboot, run two complete full scans and finally after about ninety minutes or so, I was as my Mom used to say pulling me out of the bathtub …. “Squeaky clean and ready for bed!”

What a pain in the part of you that goes over the fence last that was.

Folks up in Seattle are talking about us, and our recently yet to be named looted basketball team.  Here is a sample of what I found yesterday on some local DJ banter.  “We have a three-way tie for Quote of the Day, first involving former voice of the Sonics and the new voice of Seattle Sounders FC, Kevin Calabro.  Kevin: I’m too old a dog to start over. My family and I have roots here in the area. You know, we’ve been here 21 years and we’ve raised four kids here in the great Northwest. We’ve done a fair amount of moving around, which is not uncommon in this business. And so when you find a home and you find a quality of life like we have here, you don’t take that lightly, and you never take it for granted. No, we’ve always wanted to stay here, no question. Oklahoma City, with all due respect to them and their community, it had absolutely no attraction for us.  Spike: With all due respect, it’s a poo-hole. With all due respect. I love you!”

Now I have lived here all my life, but I honestly have to admit, I have never heard it called a “poo-hole” before.  I had mistakenly assumed they were talking about that hole in the tree where the bear went to get the honey.  What a sheltered life I seem to live.  Does this mean that there is no Giant Pink Bunny in the Universe who laid the egg that later became our planet?

News is now saying that cellphone use could be linked to cancer.  First it is, then it isn’t, I sure wish they would make up their mind.  Reminds me of that thing awhile back.  Coffee is good for you, coffee is bad for you … coffee is ……. Well, you get the picture dont’cha?

So now it has moved over to cellphones.  They are now saying it has something to do with “static electro magnetic waves” or something like that.  I have to be honest about it.  I really don’t notice a difference in reception or brain waves when I am wearing my tin-foil hat, but I do admit that I take it off for incoming calls.

Some gal left me a message this morning that began with “Hi Honey” and it was not my wife, and it never fails to amaze me, “How can someone listen to an outgoing voice mail message from a complete stranger and not know that it is a complete stranger?”

Must be a blonde.

Local Malcontent has set a date for his wedding; it is going down in December.  He is a good guy, I wish them well.  I just finished reading this book on “How To Be The Man of Your House.”  Pretty interesting reading, took some of it task, and decided I would run it by the wife.

I came storming into the kitchen and announced: From now on, you need to know that I am the man of this house and my word is law.  Furthermore, you will prepare for me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I am finished eating my meal, you will serve me a sumptuous dessert.  After dinner, you are going to draw me a warm bath, so that I might relax.  Afterwards you will retire to the bedroom and do with me, what it is that I desire.  Then, you will massage my feet and hands, then tomorrow, guess who is going to dress me and comb my hair?” There was a short pause and then she responded …. “The Freakin’ Funeral Home Director?”

Marriage is often like that … give and take.  Here is another view of marriage for you.

Girl across the street is having a garage sale, man I hate garage sales!  They are a lot of work, no profit, and people just irritate the fizz out of you.  “Will you take a dime for this?” and you reply, “Lady, that is a Microwave Oven for cryin’ out loud!”

No sir, don’t want any garage sales.

Email has certainly heated up this week, it appears that the Email-Contact link is very popular for some reason.  Here is the absolute best email of the week:  “Texas Bar Sues Church.” In a small Texas town (Mt. Vernon), Drummond’s Bar began construction on a new building to increase their business.  A local Baptist church started a campaign with petitions & prayers to block the bar from opening.  Work progressed right up until the week before opening when lightning struck the bar, and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means.  The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building’s demise in its reply to the court.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork.  At the Hearing he commented, “I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not.”

Because of the apparent unreliability of this system (WordPress) I would RSS or Bookmark this site if you want to insure you receive it.  They are evidently posting or not posting where-ever they want to or do not want to … And I cannot guarantee it will be here as it supposed to be, nor will it be where it is tagged.

Which I believe is all that I think I understand about what it is that I think I know about it, generally speaking.

Have a Great Weekend.

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Wordplay

Pope Benedict XVI has attacked popular culture and consumerism in a formal address to tens of thousands of young Roman Catholics. The pontiff also warned that natural resources were being squandered, in a speech in Sydney, Australia.

Which I guess is a lot better than talking about pedophiles in the pulpit. Back in the USA Jesse Jackson responded with “No Comment, damn sure, No comment.”

Astronomers analyzing the first images captured by the new Hubble Space Kaleidoscope, which went online Tuesday, announced that they’ve acquired the first concrete evidence that the universe is in a constant state of total weirdness.

The economic news yesterday was bad, bad, and more bad, and it is the lead story of all the newspapers. “A sense of economic gloom gripped Washington on Tuesday,” the New York Times writes. The Washington Post goes with a near-banner headline, “An Economy Thrown Into Turmoil.” USA Today’s front page also features several big arrows; the ones for good things are going down and those for bad things are going up. “So this is what a day of reckoning feels like. … If it wasn’t clear before Tuesday, it is now: This is no ordinary economic crisis, and it won’t be over anytime soon,” the paper writes.

And they wonder why the American consumer confidence is down?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified in front of Congress that economic growth was “on a sluggish pace,” and that on top of that, inflation was a risk.  The Commerce Department reported that wholesale prices were up 1.8 percent, and retail sales rose just 0.1 percent in June over the previous month and were down 0.5 percent when gas-station sales were excluded. The stock market was down 93 points, and stocks in London, Paris, and Tokyo suffered as well.

The dollar fell to a new low against the Euro. Police in California had to be summoned to restore order at a run on a bank, where customers waited in line to withdraw their money. “It was a day of ugliness,” said one analyst quoted in the L.A. Times … “What else can you say?”

Exxon raised the price of a gallon of gas four cents, because they heard that Bob wasn’t coming in on Friday to the refinery in Stickitinyourrear Parrish Louisana.  The lone (sort of) optimistic voice of the day belonged to President Bush, who held a snap press conference at which, in the words of the New York Times “he felt compelled to remind Americans that their deposits were insured up to $100,000.

Thatta boy Dubya, what a guy!  Off The Radar Again …. Houston we still have a problem.

If you act like a dick in Florida, you will be asked to pay for it.  A 19-year-old man must make an apology to the city of Saratoga Springs for dressing as an inflatable 6-foot penis and then parading across SPAC’s stage at the high school’s graduation last month.  While as an added touch, spraying the folks in the audience with silly string.

Who says you cannot get a quality education in this country anymore?

Calvin Morett of 337 Pyramid Pine Estates must also pay to have the open-apology letter published in the Saratogian newspaper as part of a City Court sentence that calls for him to pay $95 in court fees. He was also ordered to perform 24 hours of community service. Morett had previously pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a violation. Morett graduated from Saratoga Springs High School last year.

And they sent me to Mr. Moody’s office for less than this, a whole lot less.

Well, that are about it for another one boys & girls, time to get back to work on my upcoming novel for the fall debut on the Oprah Book Club.

Still struggling for that catchy book cover that draws people in.  And I have not come up with a bold title for it, but the basic storyline is as follows:  “Aliens come to earth in a miniature spaceship, who are far more advanced than earthlings.  Apparently they are a important mission, they are in search of carbon based forms of fuel (of which earthlings are one) and they are undergoing a life or death undertaking for their society and/or planet.  Something like our National Elections.”

Earth has something that they need, so they send a representative in the form of these little men (I have not decided on a color as of yet, just know it will not be green) to negotiate a better deal with the inhabitants, kind of like a Connie-do-Leesa type negotiator on a mission for more oil or whatever natural resource you happen to have.

It is kind of a “fish out of water” kind of read, some people are going to hate it and others are going to lap it up. Have not located a publisher at this time.  I am hoping for a let’s all rip this page out, pin it on the wall, and stick in nails, needles, and staples, read it every day kind of thing. Perhaps Oprah will help me to find it a home and make it a must read, this could very well be the new work environment manifest for America.

Realistically speaking, it will probably end up pinned to a refrigerator somewhere with a magnet in the shape of a small piece of fruit, and that is the best I can hope for in the end.  (Hey?  It got my total word count up for the day, works for me)

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WordPress.Com Black Hole

Lately I have noticed a lot of my posts either disappearing or just flat out not making the trip (going unpublished) so I started paying more attention to it, documenting as I went along, and I have discovered some interesting things about WordPress.Com … It is a Mickey Mouse System and they don’t seem to care one way or the other.

Part of the problem is the scheduling of posts, I write a great deal, and I was assuming incorrectly that I could write it, then store it here, and schedule it for posting later.  I mean “they have the feature here, they say you can do it.” … so I just figured it was possible.

Silly me.

Scheduling posts does not work, they have been having problems with it dating all the way back to 2006 and of course, they just refer any and all replies to “FAQ”.  Which is the short route to “support/comment oblivion” and you will never come out it alive or in good working order.  The tag surfer was problematic also, but if you switch the browser to FireFox it goes away, certainly nothing that WordPress had to do with.  I was over two months figuring that one out before I spotted an online tip about it.

For the most part, the scheduling posts problem seems to have been here for a little over two years.  The problem is unresolved, sloppy service and/or NO service would be unacceptable just about anywhere else.  Apparently here, it is no big deal.  Here it seems to be the status quo.  Maybe in 2012?

If you try and schedule any of your posts for publishing in the near future, you are for the most part “tilting at windmills.”  You also run the risk of exposing any and all future material at the same time, by trying to compose them here and store them online, which isn’t advised (see link below).  This is why some of you are seeing repeat articles here this week, which will stop.  Now that I am on top of the problem, I can work around this.

Having learned this information “the hard way” I have reverted to writing, composing and storing in a safe environment, my hard drive, and I will bring it over to this miserable excuse for a communication medium when I need to.

This will alleviate my problem, and fix yours, it should be okay.

If you want the nuts and bolts of it all, click on the link.  Here you will find documented one week of WordPress.com and their sorry record.  You make the call, it is pitiful at best. In my opinion it is a small wonder anyone ever gets to read anything you write, about half of the time it isn’t posted and when it is, it is in the wrong place.

Check it out  THE MICKEY MOUSE WORDPRESS.COM COMMUNITY or you can return to the base article.

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THE MICKEY MOUSE WORDPRESS.COM COMMUNITY

Day #1 WEDNESDAY 7-16-08  WORDPRESS MUMBO JUMBO Posted at 4:00 AM.  Categories were recent, Oklahoma, random, life, blogging.  9;30 AM and the post disappears from the life category completely, in recent it is buried some 13 down on the page.

It remains in all the other categories.  Another typical half-assed day on WordPress,com.

Day #2 THURSDAY 7-17-08  SET THIS CIRCUS DOWN.  5:00 PM post.  In all categories, Recent it is posted under “3 weeks ago” which is wrong, but at least it is there.  It can be found in the “Life” category, but it is out of place.

THURSDAY 7-17-08  GETTIN’ AWAY. (checking to see if the post is still online, which it is)

5:00 PM post.  12 hrs later and it is where it is supposed to be except for “LIFE” it has completely disappeared from this category altogether and cannot be found.

THURSDAY 7-17 ASK A KID III Posted in recent, life, Oklahoma, bloggin and random – ok.

THURSDAY 7-17      WORDPLAY (5PM Posted out of order)  Scheduled to post at 5PM but is posted in Oklahoma and Recent at “9:00 AM” at the wrong time.  It posts in Okla, recent, bloggin, random and it disappears out of life category completely. 

In 12 hrs it would have been 646 deep in this category which is way too popular and no one or hardly anyone would have read the piece to begin with.  No one is going to sit down and read 24 pages of this, no matter how good it appears to be.

Day #3 Friday Morn  7-18-08  Going With The Flow is posted 4 AM. It goes to all categories assigned to it.  Then later on it is “buried again” in recent category.  Thank You WordPress.com.

Drafted a piece, Botnet Bandits, it was “supposed to be published on 7-23-08” but instead I find it in Recent/Oklahoma some five days early. So the scheduling feature leaves a lot to be desired, doesn’t it?

What a crock.  Will have to start storing them as “unpublished I guess.”  So, I decide, what the ______ ?  I will just go ahead and publish it now, and I check, it is NOT showing up anywhere that I have it tagged.  I hate this.

Day #4 Saturday 07-19-08  Two posts this day, “Notable Whatever and Lil Brother” BOTH of them posted in the WRONG PLACE in the recent categories.

Good Job WordPress.com take two attaboys outta petty cash for another lousy job.

Day #5 Monday 7-21-08  Barackafied … I am amazed, completely beside myself, this mornings post goes to exactly where it was tagged to go.  Unbelievable.

Yesterday I fought this ##@#%**!! For an hour and one-half trying to post a picture, and then someone FINALLY posted a message that some server was down and they were having problems.  They couldn’t post the message some hour and one-half before?

Day #6 7-22-08 Three posts today, this is #1.  Much like the window washer that fell off the building, on the way down, he would say, so far so good, so far so good. STILL CHOPPIN …. Posted in all tags & categories. WILL IT EVER END Posted okay in all categories and Tags

DAY #7 — 7-23-08  CONVICT LAKE … DID NOT POST ANYWHERE, NO CATAGORIES, NO TAGS, NOTHING NOT A @@#@#%$**!! POST ANYWHERE AFTER NINE HOURS.  TOTAL LOSS ON THIS ONE.

Went back in there and “pushed the time on the publish” and it is now posted everywhere it was supposed to be published, some nine hours earlier.  I guess I am going to have to physically check each and every one of these posts to make sure that they post.  What a crock of, well you spread it on your flowers, and it makes them grow better!

How I ever developed any kind of readership is now beyond me completely, this sucker is really doing a sorry job.

BLOWIN IN THE WIND posts where it is supposed to be in all categories and tags. Recent Category buries CONVICT LAKE 13 deep on the page.

COME FLY WITH ME … 5:00PM post does NOT post anywhere, it had 3 categories and 3 tags, and it is NOT to be found anywhere.  This is a total of 6, so much for the under 12 rule.  Another futile attempt to post something and WordPress.com’s sorry ass cannot get it done.

Two successful days out of seven …  Why bother?

If the above performance isn’t Mickey Mouse, I don’t know what is.

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