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  • Rich 2:13 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    I’m sitting at work listening to Molly Hatchet… 

    I’m sitting at work listening to Molly Hatchet -One last ride- and when the girls walk past they give me strange looks. -I hope it’s the music.

    Did you know that the Jetpack visual editor automatically take the first line from your post and makes it your post title?  -Neither did I until I started typing this.

    I paused to think about this post and this god forsaken editor put it’s own title back up. –Fuck it. I’ll keep the bloody thing.

    I got caught up on the changes the boss wanted. Now I’m typing this just to clear my head.

    I have glasses designed for use with computers, but after spending five hours without having the good sense to take a break is taking it’s toll.

    My brain feels like it might explode, my eyes hurt and it’s my own damn fault. I have eye drops and Excedrin and I can take a break anytime I want to. But I got lazy and didn’t do all the things I needed to do over the last three days, so now I’m pushing myself to finish everything I promised I’d finish by today.

    A while back ee hired an “expert” to build a new website. He was recommended by a friend and claimed to have done a bunch of other sites, but never said which ones.

    He got us for $3k each to do three sites, then $700 a month to promote them. Needless to say it was pure bullshit.

    After 6 months he could never prove we got a single link from anywhere except those free link lists that his people posted to. Beyond that we never got any hits on the sites.

    He hired a low bid Indian firm that was a production line operation that didn’t give a shit if the sites worked or not, just as long as they looked pretty. Because that’s what the average customer looks for in their first company website.

    As a result I still have to edit some graphics and rebuild one website from scratch, but I can do that late tonight.

    I can’t even blame the bosses because I believed my friend and went along with it.

    I figured, if nothing else, we’d get some professional graphics out of it. I was wrong on that count too. I wanted to believe them, because I’m good at making Google notice us, but I’m not very good at graphics, or original designs.

    Oh well. We blew our web development budget and got nothing to show for it. That’s life.

    Now I have to get back to work on the changes the boss just texted me.

    At least it’s cold and wet outside so I won’t mind staying in and working.

    • Rich 10:28 am on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

      Trying WordPress Jetpack Editor 

      The last time I used Jetpack I managed to screw up several sites I administer. It was all my fault, even if I’m not totally sure what I did.

      Fortunately I had backups of the important sites, but I wasn’t running backups on any of my sites. –Sure glad I never claimed to be smart.

      Right now I’m trying their editor. All I need now is to figure out how to post images.


      This is my burglar alarm. –Springfield Armory XD45

      It looks like the only way to add images is to use their visual editor. –You click on the circled plus sign in the left corner to insert content–

      In the left column when you expand “more options,” underneath the slug, excerpt, and allow comments, all the way at the bottom is the “copy post” option.

      I’m not sure what I’d use it for, but it looks like a great way to recycle those posts you wrote way back when.

      So far so good. I’ve typed two posts on two sites and haven’t screwed up yet.

      • Rich 10:18 am on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

        Voiceover Help 

        I loaned my Zoom H5 recorder to a dude that is doing some in-house voiceover work building demos for his sales staff.

        It went fine until he found out the having other people in the house created a shit load of background noise.

        He moved into a spare bathroom and the echo made him even crazier.

        Now he uses this little Sony pocket recorder to take notes and then writes them on a piece of paper with a pencil.

        Then he comes to my house and uses this setup to record into a computer were he can filter out most of the noise.

        He’s even paying me to help with the editing, so it’s all good.

        • Rich 1:53 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

          Bufo Alvarius 

          Bufo Alvarius, aka the Colorado River Toad, is native to the Sonoran Desert.

          What makes this critter unique is that it produces a psychoactive toxin.

          What makes it even more interesting is that in the state of Nevada it’s legal to own one but it’s illegal to lick one.

          Yup, you read that right. You can own one as long as you don’t lick it.

          Which, of course, begs the question: Who the fuck would want to lick a toad?

          I was told, by someone who wasn’t there, that the psychoactive effect was discovered by hungry desert dwelling indians. –So why do I have the image of someone running around licking critters at random stuck in my head?

          I figure it’s kind of like the person who figured out that artichokes were edible. I mean, what kind of person would look at a thistle fruit covered with sharp pointy things and think to themselves, “I bet that would be good dipped in butter.” -Of course whoever it was was undoubtedly a Frenchman and they’re a little weird about food. –Especially if they can give it a fancy name and sell it for an outrageous price to some unsuspecting tourist.

          • Rich 12:30 pm on January 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

            Espresso by Nespresso 

            This is my Nespresso machine.
            Nespresso machine

            I don’t know how we got onto the subject of coffee, but a guy I run into once in a while in the Audacity Forums insists that this is not an espresso machine.

            Because, according to him, a shot of espresso is exactly 25ml, made with 7gr (or was that 7.5 gr?) of coffee and the boiler must keep the “properly filtered” water at exactly 200° F. Then you must serve it at exactly 165°, or some such. –I don’t remember for sure, I was busy getting a double shot to help me stay awake.

            I really don’t know much about him, but I’d bet he’s a “coffee expert” that posts to one of those “my machine is better than your machine” forums.
            And the second thing I’d bet on is, to him, making the coffee is more important than drinking the coffee. –He’s not exactly the first coffee snob I’ve ever met.

            All I know for sure is that first thing in the morning, I need my freakin’ coffee, and as far as I’m concerned, it may not be perfect, but the espresso that comes out of my machine is pretty damn good.

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