Category Archives: Blogging

Working From Home

I love this video. The little girl dancing into the room… The baby in the walker… The mom skidding in after them. Absolute gold.


I cannot image why anyone would still follow this blog. It is as crusty and stale as a bag of potato chips left in the trunk of my car for a week. But let’s roll with some updates…

  • My baby girl turned 10 in February. Wow time flies. Seems like only yesterday – or maybe a dozen blog posts ago – that she was a newborn and I was a anxious new dad. Now she is a vibrant girl, full of curiosity about the world and her place in it.
  • My son turned 7 last Sunday. Again tempus fugit. He’s not a little guy anymore, he is a full blown boy, rampaging the neighborhood in full on boy mood (wheelies on his bike, crazy antics on the trampoline, basketball, running around with his friends, climbing trees).
  • My brother passed away right before the new year after a long battle with cancer. Though he was 15 years my senior, he was a great big brother, full of life and laughter. He lived larger than life. It seems like I spent most of the 80’s as his indentured servant, conscripted into labor as he rehabbed one house after another. I miss him terribly.
  • Speaking of home improvement projects, seems like I have been spending every down moment over the past few months working around the house. Started with the exterior painting, then the interior painting. Now it’s the doors and closets that are being replaced, then the exterior doors and then painting the roof with the elastomeric paint to reflect the sunshine. Oh, and put in new refrigerator and a new air conditioner, and enclosed the back laundry.

On The Old Tokaido Road

While not quite the same as getting your kicks on Route 66, my high school comrade David Neale has been attempting to walk the Tokaido, an ancient road from Tokyo to Kyoto in Japan. Check out his travel log here at 2 Guyjin. Chock full of great photos.

Map Rage

I simply cannot believe how difficult this was to accomplish. I am still no entirely convinced this is a stable solution. It seemed like such a simple, common thing; embedding a google map onto a WordPress blog post. Silly me.

This is the result of three hours of work, and I still don’t have it the way I like. It is not formatting to the height or width I want…

[map lat=”13.5439194″ lng=”144.8842965″ height=’400px’ zoom=15]South Pacific Memorial Park, Yigo[/map]

At least the damn map is displaying at last.

Apparently something in this install of WordPress has disabled short codes, iframes and oembed, or has some sort of grievance with Google Maps. I tried over and over to drop a map into this post and nothing worked. I tried two or three methods mentioned in all the tutorials online in vain, then I went through four plugins to no avail, and finally edited in the functions.php file for this install. All for naught. Frustrating.

Finally got a plugin that seems to work at least. But none of the formatting options are working. Shouldn’t be this hard to embed a damn map.

UPDATE — Aha! The parameters need to be passed as numbers not strings. OR NOT. God this so frustrating. Only the zoom level parameter needs to be passed as an integer. Height and width are still not working. Either the parameter name is wrong (which I strongly suspect) or the format is wrong. I dunno and I don’t care anymore.

Final UPDATE — Okay. So the zoom level is set by an integer with no quotes. Latitude and Longitude are strings wrapped in double quotes, and map height is a string set by single quotes. However… The default map height overrides any customizations I make in the embed code. So I had to go edit the default map height parameter in the plugin settings page. Finally got my map at the height and zoom level I wanted. That only took four hours to figure out. Jesus.

Now, if I could just figure out how to enable satellite view instead of road map view…

Audio File Test 2

Here is a sample of WordPress’ new audio player capabilities, which I find quite amazing.

When I think how difficult this was last time I tried something like this. Sheesh. That was back in 2005 or so, and I had to upload the audio file, map it to a flash player that I also had to upload and configure. Now I just drag and drop in WordPress and the file is there, and the audio player is built in – and it works cross platform, including mobile devices with HTML5. Very cool. Thanks MediaElement.js that is really cool.

And here is a link to the mp3 as well.


That’ll do pig. That’ll do.

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