Friday, October 07, 2016

And the rebuilding fun goes on. And on. And on.

Still trying to get all the links back in.  If Blogger would cooperate, they would have been finished by now, but the last two attempts have resulted in all the work done being, wait for it...


Yep.  I'm even using Google's freaking browser, Chrome, and their blogging software keeps crapping the bed and losing my work.  This evening's was particularly frustrating.  I've had to revert to some seriously old-fashioned ways of doing things, such as saving my work every 10 minutes.  Three times in a row, after 10-12 link entries, I hit "Save" and am rewarded with the "Saving..." balloon...and there we sit, waiting and waiting, until I simply give up and cancel, work lost.

This is something I do for fun and relaxation, and it's rapidly ceasing to be either.  I'm going to clear the decks, so to speak and give this another try tonight.  One more malfunction and it can sit here until I decide that I have nothing better to do, like root canals or colonosocopys, before I try it again.

Edit, later in the evening:  On a happier note, I've managed to get the Blogroll in along with part of the Guns links.  I've also disabled the CAPTCHAs and changed the font size for posts etc. from 12 to 16 pt and made it bold.  Improvement or not?  My main concern is making the page so big that people wind up having to scroll horizontally.  For me, that is something that will have me clicking the back button in a heartbeat, so I don't want that happening.  I run a high-def monitor, so I have to rely on others to tell me if I "get out of line".

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

We are experiencing technical difficulties

It seems Blogger has managed to lose the Blogroll and every other link on the left side.  Please stand by.

Update One:  It seems that Google doesn't believe in backups, at least for free services.  I should have backed the damn thing up myself.  At least the Wayback Machine has a fairly recent snapshot, so I can rebuild the missing content.  The question is, do I want to?  I have considered closing up shop.  I've also considered moving to another platform.  With the recent reduction in income, it would have to be free.  Time for the One Minute Analyst to have a go at this.

Update Two:  Having some play with WordPress.  It has some interesting features, but lacks some things I like in Blogger.  I would have to move the blog over and would still have to recreate the blogroll, etc.  Available templates are much more pleasing to the eye.  Not too sure I like the compromise, though.

Update Three:  Killed the WordPress site.  Couldn't make it work for me except in IE.  Not happening on my computer, thanks all the same.

Update Four:  After some experimentation (I hope not too many people saw some of that, it was...weird) I have a template I like better than the old one.  I have the width set to 1500 pixels, which may be rather wide for some people.  I'm going to start repopulating the various link sections a bit at a time as I feel like typing like a data entry clerk.

Feedback is welcome.  Really.  I need feedback on color choices and page/element widths especially.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Way to go, people!

(Via the Drudge Report)

According to the Washington Examiner, "A total of 1,992,219 background checks were processed through the bureau's National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the month of September, higher than the 1,795,102 conducted in September 2015."

Outstanding work.  Simply outstanding.  That's how to keep your fellow Americans in the firearms industry productive!

Well this would never work

You know, I would consider supporting a "Draft John Mauldin For President" campaign, but the man is obviously too intelligent to get tangled up in such things.  His latest effort, "Start Moving Some Dirt", is a supporting document.

Face it, how often has a candidate for President told you not only what Big Thing he wants to do, but provided you with the funding model (including the math) and laid out his case for how it will benefit all sides without regard to their politics?

But as I said, he's far too intelligent to get drafted for anything as idiotic as running for President of the United States.  More's the pity, because we could use around a thousand equally intelligent men and women in Washington, DC in positions of power about now.