Well, that was a msitake

by Yule Heibel on February 23, 2005

There’s a serious bug in this blogging software. As I’ve complained in the past, I can’t use simple html in the posting window, unless I use Internet Explorer. If I try to blog something using any other browser, all my little ‘s are turned into &’s and ;’s, and hyperlinks lie dead on the ground. I am not doing anything wrong — the fault is in the software. Another example: I’d like to post a Flickr badge in the sidebar, but that’s not possible either, because my blog turns Flickr’s code to gibberish. And incidentally, the Flickr code is good — there are no mistakes in it. I checked (“view page”) on blogs where it’s successfully displayed, and it’s exactly the same as what I’m trying to paste into my sidebar.

This afternoon, somewhat bereft of sleep, I foolishly thought I’d quickly update one little link on that useless “blogroll” page I have (which is actually a “story,” according to this blog software’s categorisation; i.e., it’s not a “post” — here called “news” — it’s a separate page that I can’t create using MarsEdit, the nifty mediating software which has been saving my sanity for the last few weeks …and oops, my free trial is probably about to expire, so I guess I better pay them), I say foolishly because instead of firing up the old IE, I opened the page using Firefox, added Chris Locke’s Chief Blogging Officer, hit the little update button and promptly fried the entire page. Sigh. Hence I spent the past hour in IE, recoding all the links, and now I really hate blogrolls.


Tom Shugart February 24, 2005 at 3:01 am

Hi Yule:
Sorry to hear about your blogrolling problems. A blogroll is such an integral part of the blogging process. I hope you don’t mind my using your comments function as an email. I wanted to send you an email but was unable. I changed ISP’s and no longer have your address. I note that you have it protected (a lot of people seem to be doing it these days). If you’re willing, I’d much appreciate recovering the address. I’m at tshugart@gmail.com
Thanks, Tom

Yule Heibel February 24, 2005 at 4:04 pm

Hi Tom, no problem! You can send messages to me if you click on my name at the bottom of each post (takes you to profile, or something, with a little envelope icon, etc.). But this works, too. I’ll email you back…

Ah blogrolls. It occured to me that I could ditch the sidebar template’s restriction by just adding the links at the very end… Might try that, one day when I have nothing else to do (ha!).

Kate S. February 24, 2005 at 4:39 pm

I’m sorry you are having such a time of it. I wish I could help but I can’t even do my own. Somebody else had to do mine. It seems everyone is having much trouble these days with everything internet. I miss snail mail…

Say, I was wondering if you had seen this yet?
Canada Ops Out Of U.S. Missile Shield

Bravo to your government for not falling for the old bait and switch. The only way I’d go for this scheme is if Bush himself was strapped to one of the missiles being launched.

(Did I say that outloud?)

Yule Heibel February 24, 2005 at 9:22 pm

Hey, Kate, thanks. It’s partly my fault for not taking it to the Thursday Evening group that meets in real space at Berkman. It’s on my to-do list, but you know how things get… Crazy.

Yes, I did hear about Paul Martin opting — or should we say, “waffling” — out of BMDS (or whatever the acronymn du jour of the latest folly is). He sorta hedged his bets, though. Canadian companies can still get involved, and Canada remains a part of NORAD, etc. etc. But I am so glad it’s official, or as a CBC commentator put, artistically ambiguously gotten out of (or something like that). And Paul Celucci can go stuff it. I didn’t like him when we lived in Massachusetts (he was guv’nor or some such for a brief moment) and I don’t like him now, when he’s the US Ambassador to Canada and I’m in BC.

This whole BMDS thing is so nuts. Talk about a race to the bottom…. (Except for the defense contractors, I guess.)

RageBoy February 28, 2005 at 6:42 am

Dear Mrs. Peel,

I found a picture of you that I’ve been meaning to post for well over a year now. Talk about reconstructing the subject. I see you now have a tiny picture on Technorotty. But you look all different in that one.

Sorry to hear you had so much misery on my account. But thanks for adding CBO, or at least trying to. Much appreciated.


Yule Heibel February 28, 2005 at 12:14 pm

I don’t believe you, Herr Raser — there are no pictures of me on the internet, except for what I put on Technorati and Flickr. I used to have a picture on the sidebar, but took it off when my hair got too long (the picture showed me with cropped hair). The reason I look all different on the Tecnorati picture is because of lens distortion, which I much prefer to the au naturel look.

Wonderful, how I made this response all about me-me-me, isn’t it?

Well, ok, so here’s a little bit about you (or rather Highbeam) — I missed that window of opportunity to sign up for the “Highbeam free trial without handing over credit card info” you did alert us all to on CBO. Do let us know if that’s going to be offered again, there’s a good chap.

And you’re so right, Marianne Williamson is not the Queen of France, c’est moi.

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