this is going to be a thing…

I’m pretty excited right now, because I’m not that far away from the launch of a project that I’ve been working on almost nonstop for the past several weeks. It’s involved the writing of several thousand lines of code, more than a few sleepless nights (thank you, coffee), and flurries of emails and text messages. …

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WordPress—Taking Your First Steps

WordPress is one of the most versatile CMS’s out there. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of people start out with it in complete and utter frustration, often because they don’t understand what WordPress is actually for, or how WordPress actually works.

This list is meant to help you ease into WordPress. It’s based on over …

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Science vs. Pseudoscience

Science thrives on errors, cutting them away one by one. False conclusions are drawn all the time, but they are drawn tentatively. Hypotheses are framed so they are capable of being disproved. A succession of alternative hypotheses is confronted by experiment and observation. Science gropes and staggers toward improved understanding. Proprietary feelings are of course …

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WordPress Child Themes: The Whys and Hows

Child themes seem perplexing to a lot of people. I recently answered a question on the WordPress support forums (which you can read here) in which I summarized a lot of what I have been explaining to people about child themes over the last few years. (At this point, all the websites I design using …

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The Forest of Spam, Part 2

Sometimes the comment spam I get is oddly poetic. Here’s one I recently got on one of my other blogs:

“As a transcribe gentleman’s gentleman I liked to predisposition in living soul , carry from it what you can and actively liquidate gain of every moment. Pooped elucidate days in the backyard with his friends …

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Tough Geek Love

Earlier today, someone on a help forum said that I had shown them tough love. I don’t deny it. After all, they were trying to do something very simple in a very complicated way.

To make matters worse, they described themselves as a “newbie” even though they’ve been on this forum for over a year. …

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Status update

Thanks to Martin Rice for the recent donation. It is much appreciated.

Status update

A much belated thanks to Robert Batson for his donation in April of this year. Sorry it took so long for me to post this. It is greatly appreciated.

Troubleshoot your WordPress Blog

Quite often, I see messages on a message board that something has “suddenly” happened with the poster’s WordPress blog. Their level of concern ranges anywhere from mildly amused to (usually) panicked. In reality, nothing ever happens “all of a sudden”. When pushed or prodded, it usually turns out that the poster had installed a new …

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The worst sin…

The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.

—Aldous Huxley

Spammers Suck! and so do you…

Amazing that an anti-spam plugin author would spam in the #WordPress forums. #irony "If you do it, it's spam; if I do it, it's promotion."

— Professor O (@iswpw) May 27, 2013

You can read about it in the WordPress forum here.

Kind of ironic that someone who is promoting an anti-spam plugin would …

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Let’s set the record straight…

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I’m a Red Shirt!

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So I took the Which Star Trek Character Are You? quiz that Jeff Baker offers on his web site.

Guess what? I’m a red shirt! And proud of it! (I think.) Your results: You are An Expendable Character (Redshirt)

An Expendable Character (Redshirt) 90% Spock 84% Geordi LaForge 75% Jean-Luc Picard 65% Data 64% James …

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