WordPress 2.6.1 upgrade (and Paul McCarthy)

Today spiral::notepad was upgraded to WordPress 2.6.1 (released yesterday). Everything basically looks the same, but now I’m current again with bug fixes, security patches and enhancements. Except I had to disable post revision in Wordpress 2.6 (and disable/delay autosave), because all of that version tracking-related database clutter/bloat drives me crazy. Of course I still haven’t [...]

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WebVisions 2008 in review: Part two

This is a continuation of WebVisions 2008 in review: Part one.
On Thursday and Friday, May 22-23, I attended the WebVisions 2008 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview (or: potentially understandable scrawling connected by lots of ellipses) of all five sessions I attended on Friday, with links. Many [...]

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TV thoughts: Imaginationland, Heroes, Discovery Channel

I have a few quick thoughts to share about television shows.
Last Wednesday’s South Park episode, “Imaginationland,” was one of the best I’ve seen in ages. I loved the parts with M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay, and Mel Gibson. They were perfect. The episode was the beginning of what I’m sure will be an epic [...]

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The death cat and professional sports scandals

I’ve always been interested in the so-called “sixth sense” of animals and humans. I used to read those Globe mini mags (the ones you can pick up while waiting in line at the supermarket) about “uncanny cats” and other similar eerie and paranormal topics. I am curious how animals are able to sense geologic [...]

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Beaver baseball National Champions again (and pepino)

Congratulations to the Oregon State baseball team! The Beavers swept through the College World Series, winning all five of their games.
In the best-of-three finals, they beat the North Carolina Tar Heels for the second straight season.
OK, you know how I love random trivia, so here are some CWS facts:
The Beavers (49-18) trailed for only [...]

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“Your parents will all be called…”

I’ve been quoting or paraphrasing the following goofy sentence for a long time, but I could not remember where I first heard it: “Your parents will all be called and instructed to love you less.” I was sure I didn’t make it up myself, but Google was of no help in finding the [...]

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