Tag Archives: WordPress

The Malevolent Zero, Or, Anyone Else Having WordPress Problems Today?

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Good Evening:

I can’t access anything today. When I click on the Reader, all that comes up is a “0” (that’s zero) just underneath the W. Same thing occurs when I click on Freshly Pressed. Not even that happens when I click on My Blog. I can access and post to my own blog and respond to comments, but that’s about it. I can’t even access the blogs I follow by other means.

Ever encounter this before? Comments are more than welcome.

Vonn Scott Bair

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The Minimally Artistic Art of Instant Minimalist Art: 126 Hawthorne Lane, San Francisco, California

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Good Evening:

Murals might represent a great blessing to the blank walls of San Francisco, but graffiti represent the curse. You might think that taggers would have the good sense to feel too embarrassed and ashamed of their poor artistry, but alas, they do not. The parking lot at 126 Hawthorne Lane–just 50 feet away from the new home of our gracious WordPress hosts at Automattic–and it seems odd that WordPress’ spell check function flags “Automattic” as an error–represents a typical tagger target, but the response of the parking lot owners to the totally tragically terribly talentless tagging does not. Most parking lot owners just paint over the tagging with whatever dullsville paint they have at hand.

126 Hawthorne Lane has a plan. Specifically, paint schemes.

The south and north walls on each side of the lot get tagged often. The parking lot owner uses one set of colors for the south wall and a different set for the north.

The south wall tends toward earth tones.

DSCN5848 DSCN5845 DSCN5846The north wall tends toward shades of grass and sky.

DSCN5850 DSCN5841 DSCN5835It can’t be a coincidence.

Incidentally, the good folks at Automattic know how to throw parties. On consecutive days this week, they showered free drinks, free pizzas, free beer and sodas, free stickers and buttons, free iPhone cases, and free chocolate upon their bloggers and developers. It’s real easy to feel real appreciated at their San Francisco soirees.

Vonn Scott Bair

The View from WordPress–Literally: Or, Further Proof That Geeks Are Sexy

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Good Evening:

The folks at Automattic (in other words, the folks who gave us the WordPress universe) hosted one of the hundreds of 12/21/12 Mayan Apocalypse that dotted the city of San Francisco like sprinkles on an ice cream cone last Friday night. Located high up in one of the very few office towers on Mission south of 16th Street, they have a great view of the neighborhood:

View of Mission Street on Friday Night from Automattic; iPhone 4 photo converted to "oil" using Sketcher

View of Mission Street on Friday Night from Automattic; iPhone 4 photo converted to “oil” using Sketcher

Automattic does PR right; the people who work there treat everyone decently, take all your questions seriously, and don’t condescend to anyone. More important, they provide ample supplies of free pizza and beer. Turns out that I was one of the few bloggers present; most people present develop for the WP universe.

This became an issue as I discussed baseball with G___, one of the developers. We sat opposite to each other in two sofas talking when an impeccably cute Asian woman half my age bounced onto my sofa, clutched my left upper arm with both of her hands, and told me that it was so great that Automattic hosted events like this where developers and app creators could meet and share their ideas.

I said, “I guess, but really, I’m a blogger.”

“A blogger?! Not a developer?!

“No, but G___ here has created apps and themes for WordPress, and…”

Before I could finish, the impeccably cute Asian woman half my age bounced off my sofa, bounced once off the floor, bounced onto his sofa, clutched his left upper arm with both of her hands, and told him that it was so great that Automattic hosted events like this where developers and app creators could meet and share their ideas.

The accidental Cupid, having done his job, left.

Those gosh darn Geeks are just too gosh darn sexy for me to compete.

Vonn Scott Bair