‘Benny’ swings on WordPress 4.0

Benny Goodman, WordPress honoreeMy son and I were headed into Ralph’s the other day, and the sat radio had Benny Goodman doing an Afro-beat number featuring a long mad solo by Gene Krupa. We sat there in the parking lot, jaws dropped, until it was over.

Hoping for a similar gobsmacking from the latest WordPress iteration, 4.0, named Benny in honor of that same bandleader. Enhancements in the text entry process (long needed), the presentation of images in the media library, preview of embeds and plugins, etc.

I’m testing WordPress 4.0 here and will be rolling it out to clients in the next week or so, hopefully. Never hurts to wait for .01.

Here’s the video scoop. (Not quite sure what language the narrator is speaking.)

The missing links

linked together

Was reading about a study the other day, one whose sad and startling results I wanted to share with readers of my distracted driving web site. Problem was, the article's author didn't identify the study -- by title or sponsor or anything -- a … [Continue reading]

The title of this article is …

titles in google search engine results

The title of this blog post is exactly 32 characters long. Did I bother to count them all? Nah. I used a handy web-thingy called Text Mechanic. Or I could have used Word (tools > word count). More importantly, why do I care? In this case, the … [Continue reading]

Photo finish: Cropping to fit

example of photo cropping

I coached a professional photographer a few years back. He needed something like 30 minutes of help before he was loading his images every which way onto his portfolio blog. Someone with limited exposure to photography, however, could struggle for … [Continue reading]

Taking a hit over web traffic

A direct hit

Having been a musket-carrying pioneer in the bad old days of the Internet, I got a kick out of a brouhaha that arose the other day over traffic to the Obamacare site in California. Peter Lee, the man who runs Covered California, told a celebratory … [Continue reading]

Welcome WordPress 3.6 — and HTML5

Twenty Thirteen theme default WP

The up-to-the-second version of WordPress hit the Internet today. It's Christmas and Bastille Day all in one. Put on the party hats ... and start brewing coffee. The count brings us to WordPress 3.6, and true to WP upgrades it's named after a jazz … [Continue reading]

Entropy, links & redirects

website image of broken link

"Entropy requires no maintenance," said the noted agnostic mystic Robert Anton Wilson. But your links do. People throw around the term entropy, to physicists' horror. It's hard to discuss accurately without getting into thermodynamics -- fun! -- … [Continue reading]