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Dance with the Blog You Came in With

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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A horrible thought just struck me. Maybe there is no point in trying to modernize this lovely blog. Maybe it should never move beyond its Abu Gharib-era beginnings.

I have found two new homes for this thing. The first was at pt.nbnm.net, the next was at presenttension.net. Both were using advanced, space-age, jet-pack, hexochlorophene-fueled late-model WordPress frameworks.

But now I wonder: isn’t the primitiveness of early blogware itself a thingie to be preserved? Why not trash the whole NASA confabulation at presenttension.net, and move the low-tech beauty of this baby over there?

I’ll wait a few days to decide.

Anchors Aweigh!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Most of the fun stuff has been hidden away or moved to Present Tension’s new location. As there are few WordPress 1.2.2 blogs still standing, we will keep a token sampling of this award-winning journal available for your delight. At least for another few months.

How Many Chillun You Got?

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

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That’s the important thing. That’s what all primitive people really want to know about you.

They get to the point where they’ve figured out that you’re either male or female (even though they they can’t see either a penis gourd or pendulous dugs), and they know your approximate age (somewhere between adolescence and total decrepitude). Now they’re happily puffing away on your Philip Morris Commanders (king-size, unfiltered, good for jungle bugs) and they’re ready to move into the small-talk stage of your acquaintanceship.

And here it is. “Hey you! You got chillun? How many chillun?”

Go ahead and tell them. Anything you like. One kid, six kids, sixteen kids. It’s not like the little savages are going to write down …

Postwar Propaganda

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

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Monday night I was flying to JFK from Heathrow and exhausted my reading material before we passed Newfoundland. I found Caddyshack listed on the in-flight movie menu, but everytime I looked for it on the assigned channel I got a mid-80s Molly Ringwald turkey instead. And I’d already seen the Narnia movie and the documentary about the German submarine. So I idly scrolled through the channels and came to rest at I Love Lucy.
It was an old episode. No, I mean really old, one of the early ones from the first (1951-52) season…Lucy and Ricky (and Fred and Ethel) as the broadest of broad comic characters, before they got backstory and nuance and visited Hollywood and Europe.
In fact, it was …

The George W. Bush You Never Knew

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

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Today the Associated Press posted this photograph, without explanatory comment, on its website. If it truly is a photo of President Bush as he looked (say) thirty years ago, then his years of drink and drugs took much more of a toll than anyone has hitherto suspected.

The City That Couldn’t Sleep

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

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Last Labor Day weekend I was up at five in the morning and noticed that some oddballs—advertising boffins, I supposed—were blocking off the street outside and setting up a series of double beds in the middle of Sixth Avenue and photographing them from a high rolling platform. Just now I follow a link to The Daily Telegraph’s site and find an animated GIF ad for British Airways that shows the image I’ve long been awaiting. I notice they’ve taken their six or so beds and Photoshopped them into a longer parade.

(Correction, please. It was not merely Photoshop. They painstakingly moved all six of the beds down the avenue and reshot them in position. Why the hell would you …

George Kennan Dead. A Grand Guy.

Friday, March 18th, 2005

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So farewell then, George Kennan. Seems to me I’ve been hearing your obituary in my dreams for about ten days. How delightful to read in the Times that you were a gloomy, complicated and morose person, who despaired of conveying fine nuance in a world of political hackery. Whenever I thought of a foreign-service career for myself, you were always there in my mind as one of the Big Names. Somebody who’d hung around for decades—from the first delegation to the Soviet Hell in the early thirties, to an active career as an elder sage that ended only with his death at 101. I suppose now I shall have to think seriously about that graduate education in global whatsit and …

Gimme a Nail

Sunday, March 13th, 2005

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Can I switch from being a pack-a-week smoker to being a (temporary) nonsmoker? This would be just to help my wind a little over the next few weeks. Devil’s Advocate arguments arise: I didn’t smoke at all 15 years ago–well, hardly ever–and I didn’t run any better. In fact I ran rather worse, consistently. And there is no conclusive proof of long-term damage from light cigarette smoking.

Furthermore there is the moral argument. By keeping my Smoker’s Union Card active, I am helping to fight the good fight against the neo-Stalinist gang who endeavor to persuade us that pedophilia, miscegenation, and frottage parties on the town green are all perfectly fine; but people who enjoy traditional and moderate pleasures must …

Slowing Down

Sunday, March 13th, 2005

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Yesterday I decided to run a leisurely 8-mile fartlek, mostly around the reservoir. This did not come off as planned. The reservoir track was soggy with slush and mud. So I took a series of alternate routes, on the paved road and horse trails, pausing after ninety minutes to pick up my number from NYRRC on 89th Street. Then back to the park and another leisurely two miles, then back home. Felt great. I calculated I’d run somewhere between 12 and 13 miles in the course of two hours. But alas! It was too wearing on me, and when I ran the Pfizer 4-mile race today I clocked a shabby 8:05 pace. Which I would have thought quite wonderful a …

Another Codeineified Headache

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

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Three vodka gimlets last night with Woodley, Helfenstein, and Michael Mitchell at Ivy’s. I am paying for it today.

We were having a postmortem about the massive bloodletting at work yesterday. Several of my favorites got the axe, and they are better off as a result. At least they should be. Kurt and I packed up Mr. Quyyum’s belongings in four large file boxes and a couple of smaller ones.

At Ivy’s I told Michael the tale of my criminal summons and upcoming arraignment, while Helfenstein baited me with carping comments. He’s heard the story before and treats it as a load of baloney.

Why are Bobo and I at loggerheads so often? Woodley has begun to notice this. …

Yes, I see the problem

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

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I reinstalled it using a prefix pt_ to the db table. It installed perfectly, but with none of my old posts (though it did have the Nixon graphic from my Kubrick tweak).

Since this destroyed my original site, I have delete the experimental one and reuploaded the original one, which does not have the pt_ prefix. I’ll just leave this in its present folder, and create a new subdirectory when I install a new wordpress blog.

Right now this one is in gallerynews/americanbystander. The next one, WordPress 1.5, may be in breederbullies/po or wherever.

1.5 beta experiments

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

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Feb 15th and the famous 1.5 beta is officially released (as opposed to being available from nightlies, je suppose). I experiment, trying to create new db/site. Error message: are you sure … exists?

Several possibilities…
For multiple blogs you need to prefix the db table name. I commented in my prefix but did not actually add it. So blog one works but I can’t add others?
Or maybe that’s not the problem. Maybe it’s the db name?
Or a beta bug.
Or what I need to do is a complete upgrade of old version to new 1.5. Then just follow instructions for making multiple sites.

I’ll do it just till I need glasses.

WordPress

Friday, February 11th, 2005

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The previous post, about the beer and wine, was the test entry for WordPress, which I have now been playing with for an hour. It is now my favorite blogtool, by far. What was I doing with that clumsidunkins Movable Type, I ask you? My title bar is a little off…it needs to be dark over the Nixon image…I was flying blind, didn’t know what anything would look like…but overall I am immensely pleased. Michael Heilemann’s ‘Kubrick’ css layout far surpasses anything I stumbled across for MT.

Headaches

Friday, February 11th, 2005

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Morning of February 11th, I awake listening to the BBC and NPR (simultaneously—a neat trick I learned in grad school) and a St. Pauli Girl (Dark) headache throbbing in the right temple