Silence is killing me

Either it is a very quite Sunday, or using Akregator is so much more effecient. I can’t figure which one of these two, or if it is a combination… But I have nothing to read. All my almost three hundred feeds are read and have no new items. Even items marked for later reading are read. Silence. Is. Killing. Me. I am not used to this sort of thing. I am hitting Ctrl-L (fetch all feeds) as fast as I can. This’ll get me banned soon.

Fast! Please! Let me know of any good feeds to read! Call 911. Or 199. Or whatever the number is.

All is fixed. Finally.

It’s been more than a month since my upgrade to WordPress 2.0.2. The upgrade went just fine, but it broke one important piece of functionality. I used to have a few pages that used PHP Exec plugin (things like the Archives and Blogroll).

Unfortunately, PHP Exec plugin does not work in the newer WordPress. A few alternative solutions are available, but I was waiting for this one to get fixed, as I didn’t want to change anything myself.

I got tired of waiting and fixed everything today myself. I used a somewhat hacky workaround. One of the useful features of WordPress is that it allows templates for pages. It is possible to have one page look and feel very different from another page. So, I simply created page templates for all my stuff that used PHP Exec, and copied things over.

All is finally back. My apologies for the long delay.

Flickr badge

Those of you who missed random images from my photo albums since I moved away from Gallery2, here you go – now there is a Flickr badge at the top of the frontpage of this blog.

Currently, it shows five random pictures from my Flickr account. All thumbnails are squared (I specifically chose it to be that way), so you might be missing part of the picture. If you wish to see the full version of the image, then click on the thumbnail and you will be redirected to the appropriate Flickr page. While at Flickr, you can also leave a comment for the picture, see it in different resolution, browse similar pictures (by tag), or see the relevant photo album (“set” in Flickr terms).

If you want to have a Flickr badge for your site, this page will get you started. You can have it in Flash or HTML, vertical, horizontal, or totally in your style, with 1, 3, 5, and 10 images from all your images, tagged by a certain tag, from a specific set, or from other people or groups altogether. It is very easy to setup and you can make it look exactly the way you want it.

Let me know if you like it or not, or if you’d better have it somehow or somewhere else.

Blogging baby

If you are a parent, planning to become one, have one, or … just interested in all the child-parent business, I have an interesting blog for you – Blogging Baby.

This is one of the best blogs out there. It’s very balanced (posts by mothers and fathers), frequently updated (several authors, several posts a day), interesting, informative, kind, and all that.

Recently, a Flickr pool has been created for sharing pictures of the Blogging Baby audience. There’s a constant best picture contest. Some pictures are even featured on the blog’s main page.

I wish there were more communities like this.

Why do they even ask?

I’ve got an email the other day from some PR guy, who was asking if I’d be interesting in getting press releases from his company. They are a technical company and he realized that I often have technology related posts on this blog.

I didn’t reply immediately. I needed some time to think it over. I’m surely not going to post any press releases on this blog. But I’ve been getting similar offers quite often recently. So I was considering the possibility of starting a new blog with all those press releases, and hopefully making some money out of it.

Before I made any decisions and before I replied to him, he started sending me the press releases all by himself. I got two for starters. A couple of hours later he sent me another one. And then another two.

Why did he even bothered to ask?

Needless to say, he has been added to my SPAM filter. Along with a few other people who behave in the same way. No coverage for you guys. Not even black PR. I am not mentioning your names, your companies, and I am not linking to your sites. You are gone.

Kouris lake

Road to the lake

Today Olga, Maxim and I together with Vladimir and his mother went for some food in Phini tavern. On our way up we had to make a few stops, because Maxim was getting bored and tired of the road. One of the stops was on Kouris lake.

Kouris is one of the most pictureous places that I’ve been at in Cyprus. It’s doesn’t look very pictures or anything. It’s just that most of the pictures that I shoot over there come out to be quite interesting.

And, of course, there is the church attraction. There is a Saint Nicholas church on the bank of the lake. It’s a small one, and not too fancy. And it wasn’t even worth a mention until two years ago.

Two years ago there were plenty of rains and the level of water in the lake raised considerably. The chuch was flooded. Literary. It was completely under water. Only the cross at the top was visible.

Needless to say that the chuch was destroyed. It wasn’t disassembled though. And not it still stays there as a ghost reminder. A smaller one has been built nearyby, at a higher ground. Like a memorial.

I am not religious at all. And I don’t have any feelings for the Church and its buildings. But the one at Kouris always makes me sad. It just looks so dramatic…

Other pictures of the lake, even without the church, come out just fine too.

Album location: /photos/2006/2006-04-29_POTD/

Bad online is as good as good offline

Bloglines went down. Again. They claim it to be for only half an hour. I don’t know. For me it felt like eternity, as this was my news reading half hour.

I don’t buy the power outage. It happenned way too often to them. By now, the most retarded person would have figured out how to avoid such situations. And Bloglines staff is way above retarded. There some pretty smart people over there.

Anyway. It’s when my mind is left with nothing to poke at for such long periods of time, I get all sorts of stupid ideas. This time, I questioned the benefits of online RSS aggregator. I figured that if my computer is up, I want to read some blogs. And so, I should use an offline RSS aggregator.

Akregator is pretty good. It’s fast, intuitive, and works nicely with the rest of the KDE. It also imported my latest backup of Bloglines subscriptions (OPML) without any problems. Reorganizing is easier and faster with Akregator, because it’s a local application, and because it supports nested folders for feeds. Next version even boasts support for tags. We’ll see.

I’ll use it for the time being. Maybe I’ll go back to Bloglines. Maybe I’ll find something else. Or maybe I’ll stay with Akregator.

P.S.: Just so that you know, since I bought my notebook, it became my primary computer and I rarely use any other. Although I still dream of synhronization.

They just don’t get each other

The irony of life – when one person has something that another doesn’t, they have difficulties understanding each other. Not always, but prett often. A person who just had lunch won’t fully dig into what a hungry person is saying. Rich people can’t care less for what comes out of poor people’s mouthes. People in shape don’t hear fat people. I can go on for ever.

One particular example of such misunderstanding occurs between parents and those who never had kids. No matter what people who had children say, those who hadn’t wouldn’t understand them. They might try, but it’ll still be far from what was meant.

My mother used to say “When you’ll have kids, you’d know…”. I was like “Yeah, right…”. Now that I have a son – I suddenly started to understand what she was saying. Not all of it, of course, but I am walking down that path.

Why am I writing this? Because I just came across something someone somewhere far far away posted in her blog. Now I totally understand what she is saying. But just a couple of years ago I’d be like “Oh, c’mon… not again!”.

P.S.: Just to make something clear – having kids does not automatically means understanding all parents. No. But it’s a minimum requirement. You can’t go around it.