Why I might be a redneck

My dad forwarded me an email this morning (something I usually hate), but this one caught my attention. It is the old Jeff Foxworthy joke, “You might be a redneck if…”, but updated. And then it hit me, #15 on the list.

15. You go to the stock car races and don’t need a program.

Apparently, I am a redneck.

48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

PS- I must congratulate my favorite driver, Jimmie Johnson, and #48 Lowe’s team, for their second straight win yesterday at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

Yes, the new one is out! Brand new edition of… “You know you’re a redneck when……

1. You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
2. You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
3. Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.
4. You burn your yard rather than mow it.
5. You think “The Nutcracker” is a vice on the work bench.
6. The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
7. You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don’t want it.
8. You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
9. You come back from the dump with more than you took.
10. You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
11. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
12. Your grandmother has “ammo” on her Christmas list.
13. You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
14. You’ve been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
15. You go to the stock car races and don’t need a program.
16. You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.
17. You have a rag for a gas cap.
18. Your house doesn’t have curtains, but your truck does.
19. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-room’s so clean?
20. You can spit without opening your mouth.
21. You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it
22. Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
23. You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say “Cool Whip” on the side.
24. The biggest city you’ve ever been to is Wal-Mart.
25. Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV.
26. You’ve used your ironing board as a buffet table.
27. A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.
28. You’ve used a toilet brush to scratch your back.
29. You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty.
30. You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65.

Bypass IRC Blocking

As I was trying to fix my WordPress install yesterday, I attempted to connect to the #wordpress channel on irc.freenode.net. In case you don’t know, IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, an antiquated online chat system created in 1988. Think of IRC as an earlier version of AIM, Google Talk, or Jabber.

For a better introduction to IRC, check out this article from linux.com.

irc example

But I never could get connected. You see, the network administrators here at UGA have blocked the IRC ports from use, claiming that “there is too much abuse”. I would like to know how much abuse happens over IRC when the ports unblocked.

Anyways, I needed to find a way to get on the channel, as the WordPress forums weren’t providing me any answers. I next tried several online scripts that allow you to connect to IRC servers through your web browser.

First, I tried the PJIRC client, a java-based client. In fact, WordPress even links to a friendly install of PJIRC by Viper007Bond. Again, no luck. This implementation needs to use the same IRC ports as regular clients, so I couldn’t connect.

Then my roommate found a hosted-version of CGI:IRG at IRC @ Work. And it worked! Finally I was able to complete my subversive plans and get some help for my WordPress install.

In all honesty, I don’t know why the IRC protocol is blocked by UGA administrators. I’ve read that it can be used to facilitate computer takeover, control bot computers, implement denial-of-service attacks. How often this happens, I don’t know. I think that the few on campus that know what IRC is are most likely nerds and pose little threat.

If you need to connect to IRC servers from behind restrictive firewalls, I would completely recommend CGI:IRG and IRC @ Work.

Disclaimer: This post is solely for informative and educational purposes, and the author assumes no responsibility and will not be held accountable if you are caught breaking your network policy or local law.

A Little Downtime

You might have noticed a little downtime here earlier in the day, but all is well.

I reinstalled WordPress, because I have been having a strange problem with the Rich Text editor. And it seems that all of that effort was wasted, as the problems still exist.

I have been a little frustrated, because I have posted on the WordPress forums (here) and been on the #wordpress channel on IRC, but I’ve gotten few responses. Since most of the users utilize the ‘code’ version of the editor, they seem to have no sympathy for problems with the Rich Text editor.

Anyways, if you see any problems on the site, please let me know here or in the comments.

Updated to HemingwayEx 0.95

I have just upgraded to the .95 version of the excellent HemingwayEx theme by Nalin Makar. I put a few extra touches on this awesome theme, including the Twitter updates in the header and the search box in the navigation tab at the top.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this great theme for anyone. If you happen to be upgrading the HemingwayEx theme from an earlier (pre-.95) version, make sure you follow the upgrading instructions here.

A couple of wishes for this great themes (and I am working on most of these):

  • another dark version with red accents, in place of the orange accents
  • implementing a second drop-down panel like what Nicolò Volpato uses on his site to hide the comments section (like how the navigation bar is ‘hidden’ at the top of the HemingwayEX theme)
  • a search block (I have already implemented this myself – in the navigation slidebar at the top – so I will email the code to Nalin sometime. But, lol, I just can’t seem to center the search bar.
  • some sort of mechanism that only shows the ‘read on’ link on the homepage if there is actually more content after the jump

Anyways, that’s enough for now. Oh, and it would also be helpful to get some comments, so I can make sure the recent comments bar works (bottom right).

*Update*

I have just noticed a little bit of an issue when viewing a HemingwayEx themed site in Firefox (2.0.0.2) on a Mac (OSX). See here [Safari on left, Firefox on right]:

Problems in Firefox on Mac

The color on the navigation bar is a little bit yellower (lol) in Firefox (2.0.0.2) on a Mac, but not on a Windows machine.

Also, when viewing a HemingwayEx themed site on a Mac (in either Firefox or Safari), the highlighted links on the navigation bar are not highlighted all the way to the bottom of the bar(ie- there is an orange stripe underneath the link). For an example, see here:

Problems in Firefox on Mac2

But just a couple of thoughts. Nothing major.

Tigers and Orangutans

I don’t usually post this type of stuff, but this time I can’t hold back. This is possibly the cutest story ever.

At a zoo in Indonesia, they have 2 baby tigers and 2 baby orangutans that shared a room shortly after they were born. Now they have all become pals. They play together, and when worn out, they nap together.

And, surprisingly enough, they have yet to fight.

But, there is a sad part to every story. The playmates will soon have to be split up:

“When the time comes, they will have to be separated. It’s sad, but we cant’ change their natural behavior,” she said. “Tigers start eating meat when they are three months old.”

Go here and see the pictures.

[This is a crosspost from my linkblog, Chris Conundrum.]

More Site Updates

First, my hosting provider is being rather slow, mainly because of leftover problems due to a planned power outage that took place over the weekend. Trust me, I know exactly how slow it is. But, I apoligize for any inconveniences.

Second, I am switching between the Redoable theme (discussed here) and a futuristic reimplementation of my old Hemingway theme, called HemingwayEx. So, if you see different themes, or things broken, don’t be too alarmed. If something looks bad, though, leave me a comment here or contact me. I might already know about the problem, but it doesn’t hurt to be careful.

For those curious, here is what the old Hemingway theme looked like (click to see fullsize): Continue reading “More Site Updates”

Comment away

I have enabled comments for all new posts, and the past four posts.

I think I am going to be blogging on here a bit more than in the past (well, hopefully a lot more than what I have), and doing some How-To’s, along with actually talking open the Open Source programs I use (like I said I would).

So, comment away!

Oh, and don’t forget, you can always reach me through the contact page.

Changes

Don’t worry if you’ve noticed the changes made to the website over the weekend. I’m testing out the Redoable 1.1 theme for WordPress. Actually, I have been looking at it for another website I run, and I kinda like it. I might leave it as the regular theme on here, just cause I like the way it looks.

This theme is a version of K2, so this means the site is a little on the slow side while loading.  I’m still experimenting with making it load faster, so bear with me.

Update – WordPress 2.1 Problems

So, I wrote a little while ago about the new version of WordPress (2.1). Well, it seems after all that praise, I had a little problem (ok, a couple).

You see, I have multiple WordPress installs (lol, if you want to know why, check the links to see the multiple blogs). On some of these installs, after installing WordPress 2.1, I could see the new Visual/Code “tabbed editor” thingie. But on other installs, I couldn’t see the “tabbed editor”. All I could use was the Code version of the editor (which is a nice thing, but I need to use the Visual window sometimes).

Tabbed Editor

So how to fix this problem? Well, a couple of trips to the WordPress.org forums, and I found the answer. First, this post, and then the answer was on this post.

Go to your WordPress admin page. Then click on ‘Users’ on the toolbar. The click ‘Edit’ on your admin user. Now, click ‘Your Profile’, which is just under the main toolbar.

Your Profile button

And, lastly, place a check mark in the “Use the visual editor when writing” and click “Update Profile”.

Visual editor option

Ok, so we fixed that, but now a complaint: The redone “Insert/Edit Link”AJAX pop-out.

Insert Link

First, the developers switched which side of the bottom the “Insert” and “Cancel” buttons are on (yes, a major complaint, as I was used to the old system, so now I hit Cancel all the time and mess up my posts).

Second, after you insert a link, the “Insert/Edit Link” pop-out clears, but stays on the screen. Why? Who knows? But it is still on the screen, after the editor has inserted the link.

But, at least we fixed the major problem of the day, thanks to the wonderful WordPress forums.