Theme update

There is yet another theme update to be done.  Since I completed the child theme that is supposed to over ride with at least some of my corrections I’m going to go ahead and do the update now and finish any corrections after work…..yes I’m feeling overly brave this morning…..


Edit: and it looks like it worked.  Sweet.  I’ll finish the odds and ends that I couldn’t figure out how to do automatically later.

Google Blogger

Ok, first off I’m not throwing stones at anyone, after all I’m the one who, after exactly one year of blogging and less than 5000 hits picked up and moved to a paid service rather than deal, so please don’t take this as a hit at anyone who’s still on Blogger, or who’s moving off Blogger, or quitting blogging because of Blogger….

I really do understand WHY Google made changes, afterall technology keeps changing, and its certainly not the first time significant change has been required to keep up.  I also understand that trying to keep around the old interface permanently for those of us who don’t like change would be cost prohibitive.  I get that I really do.  What I don’t understand is what Google DID.

The changes they made are extremely frustrating for people used to the old format, they didn’t just put a new wrapper on things, they re-arranged and changed the heck out of it.  Options aren’t anywhere close to where they were, and some options have disappeared entirely.  And then there’s the compatibility issues…..every time I turn around the media is talking about how more and more people are using portable technology to browse the internet.  Ipads and other tablets, tiny laptops like the Eee Pc, mobile phones, and although I never tried the new interface from my smart phone, I used it quite a few times from my Ipad.  It sucks.  Some things outright don’t work, other things only sorta work, and to top it off, Blogger isn’t even friendly towards using Ipads to COMMENT on other peoples’ Blogger blogs.  And yes, I submitted feedback reports on it several times (once the feedback button worked anyway, it didn’t even work for a while).   Tam has griped several times about how it doesn’t work with her Eee pc.   I’d be interested to hear how the Kindle Fire’s browser handles it, not to mention some of the other more portable browsing options.

I don’t get it Google.  I know you said a while back you were going to tighten the compatibility requirements so that folks on old browsers were going to have to upgrade to get things to work.  I even understand why, but to neglect to ensure compatibility on some of the most popular portable browsing setups??  Are you TRYING to drive away customers??

Canine Body Building

CNN Video

There are actually a variety of organizations that have canine weight pulling contests, though this is the first I’ve heard of a multi-event contest like this.  That 1000lb figure isn’t theoretical either.  Apollo was training for IWPA pulling, and managed 600lbs at the age of 9months and doing so like it was nothing, I was ready to pull the plug cause I was worried it was to much weight on his growing frame, but he didn’t even flinch.  And he wasn’t even GOOD at it.  Dogs who’d been training for a while were pulling 1000lbs plus in competitions in almost all of the weight groups.  Sound insane?  Go here and look at the contest results.  Dogs weighing as little as 30lbs pulled over 1000lbs.

I’m not sure if it’ll replace dog fighting in the culture, but I like the concept.  More power too them.



TOR ditches DRM

I know, I’m a bit late to the game.  I saw the news at the same time everyone else did, said “cool” and went back to what I was doing…..anyway, I just ran across this article explaining why doing so is so good for business, and it turns out its not JUST because customers get frustrated by DRM.  Its actually good business!

Now I’d assumed that all DRMing was done by the publisher, and maybe technically it IS applied by the publisher.  But the actual DRM is done by the owner of the reading format.  For example: the Kindle’s DRM isn’t the same as the Nook’s DRM, which I suppose shouldn’t have been such a surprise, but I didn’t realize how little control the publisher has over all of it.  Publishers are basically handing complete control of the ebook to the controller of the DRM, WHICH ISN’T THEM.  Now its not as bad as it could be, since most major publishers are putting it into as many (DRMed) formats as possible, but its still a massive loss of control.

And that just makes no sense.  At all.

And when you add in how much it can piss off your customers….well, then it REALLY makes no sense.


Oh, and btw, Facebook, you suck.   I saw this link on Facebook, linked to by someone else, and when I went to go read it, well, since the news source has its own Facebook app you can’t just click on the article link and read.   Nope, instead you have to approve the news source’s app (with god knows only how many other security holes and issues) before you can read an article of theirs that was linked to on Facebook.  No way no how am I approving ANOTHER app, thats going to track what I read and when and how often, and all that stuff.  If the fricking thing wasn”t so damned usefull for keeping track of people I never see otherwise I’d ditch it.

The strangest yeast bread recipe I have ever seen

It really is too.  It calls for vinegar to simulate the taste of slow rise bread, and then forces the rise by putting the dough in the MICROWAVE.


Anyway after reading that I had to try it.  And I have to say it turned out pretty decent.  Its by no means the BEST bread I’ve ever made, but its definitely better than the cheap store bought stuff.  And the best part is that it only takes just over an hour from start to finish.

I found it here.

Note: it calls for a dutch oven to do the baking in, if you don’t have one however pretty much any lidded pot that’ll go in the oven and that is big enough will do, and in a pinch you can fake the lid with tin foil.


4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two packets)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups water
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer put the yeast, sugar, and water and let it sit.

Heat the oven to 450°F. Put a Dutch oven in to warm as the oven heats. Get out your flour, salt, vinegar, spray oil, and anything else you need.

Now that the yeast has had a few minutes to bubble up, add 3 cups of the flour as well as the salt and vinegar and beat for several minutes with the paddle. Add the last 1/2 cup of flour and switch to the dough hook and beat for seven minutes. Alternately, knead vigorously for five minutes, or until the dough becomes extremely elastic. This will still be a wet dough, but not goopy. The dough will clear the sides of the bowl but still stick to the bottom.

Lightly grease a microwave-safe bowl with vegetable oil and transfer the bread dough to it, rolling it in the oil. Cover the bowl with a very wet towel. Cover the whole thing with a dry towel and put in the microwave. Microwave on HIGH for 25 seconds.

Let rest in the microwave for about five minutes.

Microwave on HIGH for another 25 seconds, then remove.

Let rest and rise for another 15 minutes.

Shape into a ball and plop into the preheated pan. Quickly slash the top with a knife. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes, then remove the cover and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the internal temperature hits 210.