Keeping It Simple

Posted on February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve been working on a site for a friend but ran into some trouble with the image slider.  So I searched for an answer via Google.  And searched.  And clicked.  And searched.  And read.  And read.

And ran into dead end after dead end.

Eventually I noticed there was a recurring comment regarding problems with the Photoria theme’s slider, perhaps the timthumb.php file is bad. 1  So I searched again for a solution to this more specific problem.  On Google.  And searched.  And clicked.  And, well you get the drift.

I finally stopped and thought for just a second about the problem I was trying to solve: the slider in a WordPress site wasn’t working, and it might have something to do with timthumb.php.  Hey, I thought, maybe there’s a WordPress-specific answer in their forums?  What a great idea; I’ll look there.

Viola: Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner

It’s a beautiful little plugin – if it finds a vulnerability2, it offers to automatically upgrade the code.  Piece of cake.  30 minutes later.

  1. I mean, of course! []
  2. Which, in this case, it did. []
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This does not compute

Posted on February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have nothing against either of these acts1, but really?

  1. In fact, I am a HUGE Van Halen fan []
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Sometimes You Just Don’t Know…

Posted on January 31, 2012 in asides

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug 

And sometimes, there’s just no telling.

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File Under: I like This Kind of Email

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Insanity Day One – The Fit Test

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

This shit is bananas, yo!” And it really is.   I did the Insanity fit test today, which is only about 30 minutes worth of work, but it hurt. And I am tired. And a bit dizzy. This too shall pass.

I take the test again in two weeks to measure (hopefully) my improvement.

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Being a Christian is supposed to be a simple matter

Posted on January 19, 2012 in asides, Uncategorized

So, too, is being an American. At least at the heart of it. Mark Kelly delivers a simple, elegant, and forceful statement about what it means to be a Christian and an American.  Also featuring Stephen Colbert, so that’s all good.

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And So, We Start Over Again

Posted on December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

I took time out to write to my old friend
I walked across that burning bridge
Mailed my letter off to Dallas, but
Her reply came from Anchorage, Alaska

And she said: Hey [John], it’s about time you wrote…


It has been years.  Years.  Much has changed, even more has not.  But I think it’s time for an overhaul.  A reboot.


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Posted on April 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

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I think it’s every human’s job to inspire others, to feed one another’s senses. Inspiration begets inspiration times infinity. Imagine if the person that was inspired to create the phonograph didn’t share it with the world.

Jay-Z.  (via)

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more on the WordPress Blackberry app

Posted on August 12, 2009 in asides

Still playing around with the WordPress Blackberry app… Its a very slimmed-down UI, which makes complete sense, I just wish linking was easier. When I tried to insert a link in the previous post, I meed with it a bit and then gave up. Today, I tried old-school mark-up (!) and thank God the app recognized what I wanted before I slaughtered the HTML.

So, this is a link. Precious, I know.

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Posted on August 8, 2009 in asides

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Sweet – How to take apart your Blackberry Curve.  The boys cracked the faceplate on Mary Reed’s almost a year ago, and since then I had one go bad on me at work, so have some spare parts available.  Now all I need is a t6.

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