Archive for category Whimsy

What Manny Harrison Has

In February of 2014 I opined that the word to characterize what he evinces in his persona is Whacktitude.

WordPress Gets More Astonishing the More One Uses It

The Blaagh is back, after another nearly two-year hiatus, and upgraded to WordPress 4.1.1.  Now I’m self-hosted (so page load times will likely be slow until I upgrade) and somewhat more WP-savvy, having a number of commercial clients whose websites I maintain and repair.

The upgrade to 4.1.1 happened without me even trying.  I was experimenting with ftp credentials to confirm it wouldn’t bomb out on permissions or something when I merely navigated to the upgrade page on the 3.0.1 Dashboard.  It never arrived at the page – it just upgraded effortlessly, seemingly without even requiring credentials (which is not necessarily a good thing.)

Anyway, the job is done.  Amazing.  This is a really strong platform.

I Can’t Imagine This Isn’t Unique

Here’s one for you to rebut. I logged on to last.fm just to prove, well, nothing, and selected my favorite artists. Here’s the list, in no particular order:

Jim Cole (wasn’t in their database)
All Time Low
The Brecker Brothers
Franke and the Knockouts (wasn’t in their database)
The Undisputed Truth
Dixie Dregs

I challenge anyone to name another person on this planet who includes these same six among their favorites. If there is one, I’d like to meet them.

To get an idea how weird this is, try these.

Dregs:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rkNYcmxKNA

Cole:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh_NwTtCxLc

ATL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFB8sibwRL4&ob=av2n

BBs:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIGsSLCoIhM

Truth:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOYVpfCnt3I

FatK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYTfkr2N_4Q

And throw these guys in, just for fun.

Another (failed) attempt at humor

       My other current schtick line is that I am the “Geek Emeritus.”  I’m older than everybody I work with by at least a generation.  Sometimes more.  When people ask what certifications I’ve got, I reply that my certification is having written my first program on a TeleTypewriter and storing it on punched paper tape.  That was 1969.

This is an attempt at humor

       My current schtick line is that I’m “culturally oblivious.”  This means I’ve only seen four movies in my life, and mastered only one video game.  Actually I had to hack the video game.  Oh, and I hacked that other one, too, with the spispopd thing.

       I warned you it was an attempt.  Geeks are notoriously unfunny.

        But the video game I hacked is slightly noteworthy.  It’s called “Ladder,” and was bundled with the Kaypro 10 I bought in 1984.  For $2,950, and that was on sale for $1,000 off to make it competitive with the IBM PC-XT.  (At that time, you could still opt for the $400 operating system upgrade for the XT and get genuine Digital Research DOS instead of that Gates-thingy PC-DOS.)

       Anyway, the Ladder executable was compiled to Z80 assembler, and somewhere I obtained a convenient hex editor for CPM, so I found the place in the code where the “you die now” subroutine was and patched the executable by putting in a jump instruction to the exit, bypassing the death code.  So I’d die hitting one of the whatevers, and instantly come back to life in the same place.  Voila!  I win.