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I just relocated my travel journal from Blogger/Blogspot/Google to another WordPress folder on my server.  The Blogger account was the first on-line posting I did way back in the ancient days of the Internet, and I was happy with Blogger.  Even as WordPress vastly eclipsed Blogger with features, there’s a role for simpler tools and it did enough that I did not feel very compelled to move.

The driver for the move was really more about Google Maps than Blogger.   Google changed their Maps product substantially a little while ago, and I’m in the camp that liked the old version much better.  The new version seems like they shoehorned the tablet/touch interface into the browser and I find it more clumsy to use.  More specifically, they removed the simple feature where you could easily create HTML code to embed a small map in another piece of content – Email, blog post, etc.  I’m sure its still possible, there are certainly still Google Maps embedded in other content.  But, it is no longer a simple cut & paste into a limited content tool like Blogger.

To help insulate me from the changes, I set up a new WordPress folder, and started copying content from Blogger to the new location.  I also found a plugin for WordPress (MapPress) which insulates me from the Google Maps API and whatever changes they make down the road.

A lot of old content isn’t moved over yet, but all the new content is now here.  You can also see the RSS feed on the navigation section on the left.

Side Issue: an example of how intolerable Google Maps has become.  Embedding maps is supposedly still available as long as you aren’t in “lite mode”.  The instructions on lite mode are here, but notice the instructions tell you that the control is on the lower-right and down further lower-left.  When I run it, the control is in neither.

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These are, of course, automated posts from millions of machines across the globe searching for ways to exploit comment mechanisms.  They seek to create many links back to sites they are promoting; selling things or trying to pump up Google rankings or something. When you think of all the years of technology, hard work to deploy networking systems between homes and cities, and the monstrous amounts of electricity it takes to keep all these computers running its kind of depressing to think that half of the world’s computer resources are for the purposes of spamming.

How Tetris Helped Game Boy Take Over the World.

How cool is it that Woz posted a comment on this article!

Spam A Lot

Author: Lyle

Doing a little house cleaning here; the comment spam filter filled up to more than 700 entries (not sure the last time I checked).  I usually just roll through and delete them all, but then I saw one real comment and realized I should step through them.  Akismet does an awesome job catching junk, but they collect until you permanently delete them.  It would be nice to have an option or another plug-in that would delete out comments in foreign languages or non-American character sets.  I can’t read them, and they are a large percentage of the junk that gets submitted.

Replaced A Link

Author: Lyle

With a heavy heart I removed the Homestar Runner link on the left (, if you’re looking for it and too lazy to Google). I’ve given up hope that the Brothers Chaps will post any more content for Strong Bad, and perhaps the joke has run its course. I will, of course, always consider myself a member of the Homestarmy if you’d like to reminisce in the style of old Monty Python gags.wpid-PastedGraphic2-2012-12-2-22-481.tiff

And out with the old, in with the new. The Jazz Guitar Forum was added. An active, very positive collection of people discussing all things jazz guitar. A home for the true jazz guitar nerds of all levels.

Can it be done? This is just a test.


We’ll see if it works.

Changed Travel Log URL

Author: Lyle

While its been there for a long time, I needed to change the URL for the Travel Log.  The underscore in the URL ( was wrecking the ability of Urbanspoon to spider through the site and make cross-links.  Upon reflection, an underscore in a URL seems like a dumb idea.  I’m surprised Blogger allowed it in the first place.  So, if I wrecked any links, sorry (but I can’t imagine anyone cross-linking into the site).  Please make a note, the travel log is:

The links on the left have been fixed and work fine.  If you linked to me from an outside place, sorry for the change.  Remove the underscore and the link will be repaired.

Partly Tag Cloudy

Author: Lyle
Tag Cloud, March 2, 2010

Tag Cloud, March 2, 2010

On the border of this page is a “tag cloud” (assuming you are not reading this so far in the future I’ve abandoned maintaining it).  As I post articles, I “tag” them with words and phrases that help index them.

The concept is to only show the most frequently used tags, and to use a larger font based on frequency so that tags that are used the most are more prominently displayed.  It is a data visualization tool that allows you to quickly comprehend the topics most common on the site.

For a while, the cloud was kind of humorous as there wasn’t enough data to have any accurate conclusions drawn.  It’s starting to be a little more accurate about the topics that inspire me to write something in a public space with my name on it.

I captured the current state because I’m curious to compare it at some time in the future.

On the Go

Author: Lyle

Wow, been a while since I posted anything.  Holidays, work, travel, news, snow, and other distractions of life.

I’ll be catching up, and I have posted some things on the travel journal.

Upgraded to 2.8.6

Author: Lyle

WordPress keeps getting slicker with upgrading in place.  Download, unpack, file changes, database updates, all scripted and clean and takes place in seconds.  Very impressive.