Strollin’ and Shootin’ Sidney Saturday

Joined a local photography meetup group for a stroll around Sidney’s waterfront on Saturday April 19, 2014. Overcast and cool. The rain held off until we were done.

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Bill Gates

WordPress Glossary

The WPBeginner site has unveiled a new resource for WordPressers: a glossary. WordPress resources are abundant online, but there has not been a canonical glossary on the subject – the Codex is good for what it does, but it is not a glossary. WPBeginner have taken the initiative to create a centralized listing of WordPress-related terms, along with their definitions, and link to related content as appropriate (good SEO win for WPBeginners as well). It’s a good start, but there’s much more that can be added; the people behind the site are open to suggestions! They are also interested in volunteers to help with managing the glossary.

Read the announcement post.

WordPress through the ages

A look back at the evolution of the WordPress interface, both in default themes and the administrative interface. I started with WordPress in the 1.2 days, and remember how much more basic it was then!

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

Joseph Goebbels

2013 Holiday Season Advents

It’s that time again…time for holiday season advent calendars! (more…)

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Migrated to SiteGround

I’ve recently bitten the bullet and migrated my sites off my longtime basic shared hosting onto something more optimized for WordPress. The destination: SiteGround. (more…)

WordPress 3.7 Function Reference – QueryPosts

The Codex is the master reference, but reading through it can be a little dry. QueryPosts nicely gathers together functions added in WordPress 3.7 and presents them in an easily readable format.

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Curated WordPress News on ManageWP.org

As a university student, part-time freelancer, and occasional blogger who also has other hobbies, keeping up with news and content about any one topic – WordPress included – can be a daunting prospect. In a lot of cases – again, WordPress included – news aggregators can gather and list items of note. For a busy person, this can simplify finding new content.

In the case of WordPress, there are a number of hubs on the web that produce and/or centralize news and other content. Some of these go back quite some time, while others are relatively recent. Over time, some sites have come and gone, or just become less active, or essentially started over.

Some current well-known sites in this vein are Post Status, WordPress Tavern, A Better Planet, and Torque. I follow these, and more, and they do well at listing content of note. What they don’t do is indicate the noteworthiness of freshly listed content, as seen by the community. This is a visible aspect of sites such as Reddit and Hacker News, with commenting and voting on content.

Until now, there has been something of a void in WordPress content aggregation with community voting on the noteworthiness of said content. ManageWP have stepped into that void with their new site, ManageWP.org. (more…)

Good Content Is Too Valuable To Die

Agreed. It shouldn’t be necessary to remove content unless it is problematic, outdated, or just unneeded. .NET Magazine moved some of its online content to Creative Bloq, but left out much of the existing content. I know I’ve bookmarked a number of articles from the former’s website, so will have to look for those and update them if possible. Fortunately I’ve for some time used Evernote to clip and archive useful web content for later reference, just in case. This may well not be the case for the larger web however, though the Web Archive may be of some help.