Chris M. Lindsey

Father, Husband, Public Servant, Web Developer

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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 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.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.1

Wordpress Logo

I upgraded to the new version of WordPress (my blog publishing platform) last week. The new version is 2.1 (details on the new version are here).

If you happen to notice any problems with the website, please let me know ASAP. Thanks, I really appreciate it.

For a better description of WordPress, check out the WordPress article on Wikipedia here. Wikipedia does an especially good job explaining the new version of WordPress:

In addition to correcting security issues, version 2.1 featured a redesigned interface and enhanced editing tools (including integrated spell check and auto save), improved content management options, and a variety of code and database optimizations.

Possible the best-looking addition is the new login page:
new WordPress login page
Instead of this old thing:
old WordPress login page

Interviewed by Fox5 News

Chris was interviewed on Monday for a Fox5 Evening News report on the University of Georgia’s Student Government Association.

To see the full news report that was on Fox 5 today, click here (or see the YouTube here or after the jump).

Online Photo Gallery Using Gallery2

Chris' Pics on a Gallery 2 installation

[Editor’s Note: This is actually the first of a little series I am working on about the free and open-source software that I use. I am hoping to spread the word about these excellent programs, and enlighten everyone on the open-source movement. To start you off, head over to the Free Software Foundation page and read this explanation of the term ‘free software’. After that, catch the rest of this series here.]

I recently changed my Gallery 2 installation over to a different theme (I had been using the default white theme for about 2 months). Gallery 2 is a feature-packed photo album program that is easy to use and configure (and it is open source and free as in speech). In fact, Lifehacker wrote about Gallery2 recently and the ease of installing it.
I have been using Gallery2 for 2 months now, and it is amazing software. It plugs into WordPress easily (look in the center at the bottom of this page to see the plugin at work), and performs about 8 million other impressive feats.

Anyways, I changed the theme from the default white-and-orange look over to a new amazing look made by Pedro Gilberto (called PGtheme, look here). I am still working out the kinks and giving it the look I like. I have yet to change the left sidebar, which still contains the default information about Pedro [changed now], and I haven’t changed the ‘’ site logo yet (although the link does lead to my install). I am trying to stay on task with finals coming up, but after studying for a while I like to work with something a little more interesting, like customizing Gallery2.


I wholeheartedly recommend Gallery2 if you want an online photo album (and want to customize it and host it yourself). Pedro’s theme is absolutely amazing. I keep finding neat little features, like the one I just noticed: the theme automatically disables the right-click to protect your images (e.g. someone can’t right-click and do a ‘Save As’).

Gallery2 is distributed under a GNU GPL (General Public License). This means that Gallery2 can be run on any number of computers, you are free to adapt Gallery2 (edit the source code), you can publish your changes (but you must distribute it under the GNU GPL terms), and best of all, it is free!

Finally Finished!

Official NaNoWriMo 2006 Winner

After 30 long days, I finally completed my novel. I am proud to say that I am now a member of the NaNoWriMo winner’s circle.

Writing this novel, 50 thousand (excruciating) words, has been quite an experience. I have always had the “inner editor” syndrome, writing and editing at the same time. While this has worked well in many cases (mostly term papers and other school-related writings), it failed when working on creative pieces.

The “What is NaNoWriMo?” page probably puts it best:

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

I have to agree; I felt like a lot of my novel was crap. But I taught myself to get a good storyline down and actually write. I really think these skills will be helpful in the future, especially if I ever do any creative writing. I also have the beginnings of a my own novel down, which is probably the greatest outcome of this whole process.

In case you are wondering, no one gets to see the novel (except my hardy laptop and the NaNoWriMo word counting machine). This is not something that I would consider releasing in any way; it is just my way of learning and becoming a little better writer.

Anyways, now I can get back to my schoolwork, finish some websites I’ve been working on, and, mainly, catch up on sleep.

Official NaNoWriMo 2006 Winner

PS – See the NaNoWriMo article at Wikipedia for more information.

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson, Nascar Nextel Cup champion
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, won the Nascar Nextel Cup today. In case you didn’t know, Jimmie, one of four Hendrick Motorsports drivers, is my favorite driver.

I’m quite elated, so here’s a few pictures. This first one is me watching the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway; I was pacing the room, waiting for the inevitable to happen, and it did going into the last turn, when Brian Vickers took out the Lowe’s Chevy.

Watching intently

And lastly, this is me with the Lowe’s Chevrolet (last year’s model).

Chris with the Car

And just so you know, my fantasy racing team (I do Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing), came out with my highest total yet, 9005 points, and 290 points from the season-ending race alone!


I am working on my novel for NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo’s objective is to encourage budding authors around the world to write 50,000 word novels in exactly 30 days. For more information or to get started, read What Is NaNoWriMo? and How NaNoWriMo Works.

NaNoWriMo Participant

Article in the Red and Black

Anti-SGA Web site back up after threat

Mentioned in the UGA independent student newspaper, the Red and Black, today for my work at Hatin’ SGA, the anti-student government website.

Hatin' SGA

First GuardDawg Article

Chris’ first ever news article was printed in the September issue of The Georgia GuardDawg, the independent conservative newspaper of the University of Georgia. He interviewed State Representative Bill Cowsert, who is running for on of the State Senate seats that represents the Athens-Clarke County area.

See the pdf here (State Rep. Cowsert discusses agenda, page 4).

On Friday, September 8, before a Clarke Central football game, state representative Bill Cowsert sat down with staff writer Chris Lindsey to answer a few questions.  Cowsert was happy to discuss the HOPE Scholarship, the proposed on-campus Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, and the upcoming election with the Georgia GuardDawg.

GD: You are running to replace Sen. Brian Kemp, a staunch defender of the HOPE scholarship. Do you plan to carry that torch, and if so, what are the current problems facing HOPE? How do you think we should address them?

Cowsert: Absolutely.  I think that is one of the major planks in my platform.  I was very disappointed this year when the HOPE Chest Amendment that Governor Purdue proposed – a constitutional amendment that would protect the HOPE scholarship funds, along with Pre-K funds – failed largely due to Democratic opposition.  This was very disappointing to me, especially since Jane Kidd also opposed that amendment.

GD: Do you see any problems with HOPE Scholarship?

Cowsert: I think it looks like HOPE is on a pretty sound footing now.  A couple of years back, Rep. Louise McBee was actually the head of a commission to help protect the HOPE Scholarship.  The commission tried to make some provisions to make sure it would be fiscally sound in the future. I think the changes they implemented apparently worked well because actual revenues from the lottery have been increasing ever since.  So it looks to me like it will be on sound footing for the foreseeable future.

GD: As the flagship institution of our state, the University is being considered for the home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. What are the advantages and disadvantages of bringing this facility to Athens and UGA?

Cowsert: I’m a big proponent of that.  I think that it would be fantastic to have that in our community.  I think that what we can offer in this area, with the University of Georgia and the other industry and work-force we have here, would be ideal for that type of industry.  I hope that we will be selected.  I understand that this area has been narrowed down, has made the first cut, and that we are being considered with fifteen or eighteen other sites right now.  I’m convinced this is the best site and I hope we do everything it takes to get it here.  I’m encouraged by that, and I think there is a strong probability of getting it. We need to work as a community and as a region to try and get that here in Athens.

GD: Recently there has been a controversy on campus involving several Greek houses being forced to move off of Lumpkin Street.  Athens-Clarke County has blocked those fraternities from relocating off-campus. What are your thoughts?

Cowsert: I don’t really think that will be dealt with at the state level and in the Georgia Senate. From what I’ve read recently it sounds like the University is reaching out and trying to make arrangements and accommodations for the fraternities who are being displaced from their housing to be able to move out onto River Road.  I trust that both the Clarke County government and the University of Georgia will do what they can to help accommodate the students.  I hope that all works out for everybody involved.

GD: Do you think Republicans will keep control of the Georgia General Assembly after the elections this November?

Cowsert: Oh, I think so.  I don’t think that is really any question this election cycle.  From what I’ve read and from what I’ve been told, I think that even Democrats would concede that after the 2006 election the Republican Party will still be in firm control of both houses of the General Assembly.

GD: Do you see any critical issues facing Republicans in the upcoming session?

Cowsert: Health care is going to be a big issue.  We’re having problems keeping health care affordable and keeping our citizens insured.  Roughly twenty percent of the population has no health insurance and is not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid or other government benefit programs.  What we have to do as a government is try to make health insurance more affordable so that employers can provide it to their employees and so that general individuals can buy it. The key is going to be what are we going to do to address that problem.  I’ve got some creative ideas in that area, and one of them, a major plank of my platform, would be to make the state health insurance plan available to small businesses to join at the same rate that government employees and teachers are able to participate.  I think that would make insurance more available and make it more affordable for businesses so that they would be encouraged to provide it to their employees.  Ultimately it could help to reduce our health care costs across the board.

From what I hear, there is also a strong trend to fully fund the educational system, all the way from K-12 as well as higher education.  For the last two years we have fully funded the higher education end of things.  There have also been great increases in the funding of K-12.  I think this past year’s budget allocated $700 million out the additional $1 billion in revenues towards education, largely to teacher pay.  That’s where I think the money ought to be spent, in the classroom, and I think it’s vital that we keep teachers with longevity and experience and reward them for their service.

You will also see a good bit of attention on economic development.  I’m especially concerned with Northeast Georgia, but we need to bring good, quality, high-paying jobs into our area and our state in general.  I would like to see us more focused on selling the state and to encourage more employers to come here.  GD

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