December 11, 2007

Things That Suck: “rich text” editors in HTML textareas

Filed under: annoyances, whatever, Wordpress — Brian @ 8:45 pm

WordPress has added a “rich text editor” for posts. It’s so rich that it quietly removes linebreaks from posts, without asking. So, every time you go back to fix a typo, you have to reinsert all of your linebreaks, or your post ends up as one big paragraph. It does this even if you use the “code” version, where you’re supposed to be able to type stuff without it getting all smarty-pants on you. Like it was before. I try not to be a snob, but if I can’t have my paragraph breaks where I want them, I will not stay here long. Please fix this, WordPress people!Please?  (I didn’t do that on purpose. The post above was three paragraphs when I wrote it. This is very annoying. I wonder if this will be its own paragraph or not, now. It is in the “rich text” editor.)

Wow. This is awful. 

Never Eat Shredded Wheat – a public service announcement.

Filed under: whatever — Brian @ 8:41 pm

Recent search leading here (and only one of several on the same topic): “HOW TO KNOW THE DIRECTION LIKE EAST,WES”. Wes doesn’t live here, but I’ll help you out with my favorite mnemonic:

Never Eat Shredded Wheat.

Start with North (you’ll just have to remember that “north” is “up” – I can’t do it all for you) and go clockwise. North, East, South, West. Magic.

You may prefer “Never Eat Soggy Wheaties,” if you have a thing for shredded wheat. Though, I suspect that if you’re the kind of person who has a thing for shredded wheat, you may not be the kind who needs this advice.
Call me presumptuous.

Also – Google informs me that the Maryland public schools use the “soggy wheaties” version in the third week of September for third graders.

In a nod to the potential benefits of shredded wheat, they use “We Eat Shredded Wheat” the week before to remember that Earth rotates West to East. I won’t point out that using a word that starts with a ‘W’ both before and after the ‘E’ may not be the best of all choices, here.

August 28, 2007

Read speed

Filed under: whatever — Brian @ 8:15 pm

I finished Harry Potter 7 in four or five days after I got it, and I’ve been working on The Hobbit ever since. Harry is nearly 800 pages. The Hobbit is only 272 and I have 100 pages left. And this is not the first time I’ve read it.

I’m going to sit and read.

If there are too many irons in the fire, do any of them get hot enough?

August 10, 2007


Filed under: whatever — Brian @ 9:02 pm

Just sayin’

July 16, 2007

Mess with the bull, get the horns

Filed under: pointlessness, whatever — Brian @ 6:56 pm

A new crop of humans learns the lesson.

Have you seen the pictures? The one I’m thinking of is the bloodless one currently the most popular on Yahoo News photos – sent more than twice as many times as number two, which is a cute baby panther.

There’s nobody here I can talk about it with, so I’m telling you guys … man! What timing on that photo! Don’t you want to know what happened in the next half-second? How did he get down?

I certainly hope he turns out OK. According to the AP, his name is Christopher Neff, age 24, from Norway. Or Michael Lenahan, 23, from Philadelphia. They’re both going in my prayers tonight.

It’s easy to sit here and shake my head and question the intelligence of these guys, and wonder if they don’t get what they deserve. But these guys don’t really deserve that. Sure, it’s stupid to run in the street with wild animals. But most adults men I know only grew a brain after they or someone close to them had their own brush with mortality. Usually from something intentionally stupid. (Self included.)

Isn’t that why there’s an extra four or five boys born for every hundred girls? Because some of us kill ourselves off, going out of our way to do something stupid, while we’re young?

I’m glad his condition sounds improved. I hope he’s able to run again soon. And I hope he won’t do it with the bulls next time.

June 28, 2007

iPhone Videoconferencing

Filed under: Apple/Mac, drawing, pointlessness, whatever — Brian @ 7:24 pm

Wouldn’t this be cool?
I mean, in a wierd sort of way…


…inspired by…

June 13, 2007

Bumper Stickers Are the Answer

Filed under: humor, pointlessness, whatever — Brian @ 7:01 pm

I love bumper stickers. I don’t have any myself, but I love to read the ones on other peoples’ cars and try to figure out what they’re really saying.

Quite a few of them are opposed to something, but don’t offer an alternative, which kind of limits their utility. I know – they’re bumper stickers, not essays – but still. It occurs to me to run around with a pad of post-it notes and leave followup questions on the driver’s window. Sometime, I’ll start doing that.

Here’s one I’ve seen a few times around here: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

I don’t know what that means. Women in general rarely make history. Same with men. That’s the whole point – something that “makes history” is by definition rare. So, what do “well behaved women” have to do with anything? It seems to want to imply that poorly-behaved women frequently make history. And so, if you’re a woman who wants to make history, be sure to behave poorly.

Hmm. Now that I write it out, I see the wisdom. Change “make history” out for “make headlines” and it’s unquestionably true. Check the “popular stories” on any time for the photographic evidence.

Another one – you’ve seen it – seems to imply an unanswerable question. “War is not the answer.” That’s just teasing. Don’t just say what the answer isn’t. Tell us what it is!

I found out today on a bumper sticker. In white letters on a green background, it said, “Trees are the answer.”

So, there you go. War is not the answer. Trees are the answer.

Next up: what was the question?

April 15, 2007

Quiz: Where are we eating?

Filed under: whatever — Brian @ 7:28 pm

I’ll take a general category.

For bonus points, *what* are we eating?


Answer below: (more…)

January 28, 2007

Snap Previews Disabled

Filed under: tech, whatever — Brian @ 9:38 pm

You may have noticed little popup-ish preview windows on the links here recently.

It wasn’t me.

The kind folks at (and I mean that sincerely) enabled these things on their own. I wasn’t sure if I liked ’em or not at first, but now I’m sure. And I found where to disable them for my blog.

Turns out you can disable ’em for yourself entirely, if you’re not opposed to a cookie (and really, who doesn’t like cookies?)

(via Daring Fireball)

January 16, 2007

Best Search Terms of the Day

Filed under: whatever — Brian @ 10:04 pm

“why dogs dig eat clay or dirt”

I wonder that myself.

“how to make moles go away”

Yep. I wonder about that one, too. A buried can of latex paint seems to be the most effective so far. Though, I still hold out hope for the Juicy Fruit.

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