I opened my WordPress app to dash off a comment that probably was better left unsent. Guess what appeared to me – an invitation to use WordPress’s God-fucking-awful block editor, Gutenberg. And it let me know they conveniently enabled it for me by default to be the default. Fuck!

This just in — Gutenberg is hot, hot garbage. It followed a boom in sites like Medium, sites that have since fallen on hard times and changed their business model two or three times since. Writers didn’t care enough about the block editor to stay with Medium. Block editing was all the rage, and the rage has passed.

Worse is WordPress injecting their garbage editor into my WordPress experience EVEN THOUGH I HAVE AN ADD-ON THAT EXPLICITLY INDICATES I DON’T WANT THIS!

Automattic and WordPress can fuck the hell off and go fuck themselves in the process. I literally decided three hours ago to stay with WordPress for my site and they pull this jack-wagon nonsense.


BTW, I’m also displeased with DreamHost, my hosting provider, for letting Automattic and WordPress pull this bullshit on their customers. They, too, can go fuck themselves,

/me backs up site to move elsewhere

Quoted ( )

“Truth is neither liberal nor conservative. When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.”

via The New England Journal of Medicine

I cannot believe I am typing these words:

I will watch the VP debate.

There are two key reasons why I will watch this one and actively avoided the Presidential debate:

⒈ Both Trump and Biden are old; Pence or Harris might end up being president in the next 4 years, and

⒉ This one will presumably have two adults debating instead of a mental toddler throwing a tantrum and Biden.

Maybe I’m setting myself up for disappointment. Maybe there will not be a TV event with an occasional tidbit of useful insight.

Good times!

p.s. – also testing my Mastodon posting

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is an odd choice for my most impactful movie. Let me explain.

I discovered the movie thanks to my older brothers’ love of all things Monty Python. When we lived in Grand Rapids our local PBS station played Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the wee hours Saturday night/Sunday morning. I became hooked and wanted to devour all of their stuff as I could. Thus my brothers introduced me to the movies starting with Holy Grail.

At family get togethers we still quote the Pythons but no source more than the Holy Grail. It’s a short hand that closes the time gap since our last visit.

Holy Grail also is a great go-to when I need to laugh. Everyone gets overwhelmed by life from time to time even when working hard to not let the world weigh heavily on our shoulders. This film, from its title cards to low production value to bizarre closing, sweeps me away to a medieval fantasy world where the French taunt and horses are really just empty halves of coconuts banged together.

The Holy Grail and the other Python content taught me how to find the humor, mostly absurd, in life. In trying times it is a valuable skill to help maintain one’s sanity.

Can’t be 1st to say: Zoom web conferencing sucks for when you’re shopping for a new webcam with traditional camera zoom(-in) capabilities

The Autumnal Equinox 2020 | In the Dark:

So here we are then. The Autumnal Equinox (in the Northern hemisphere) takes place this afternoon at 14.31 Irish Time (13.31 UT).

Though  the term `equinox’  refers a situation in which day and night are of equal length which implies that it’s a day rather than a specific time, the equinox is more accurately defined by a specific event when the plane defined by Earth’s equator passes through the centre of the Sun’s disk (or, if you prefer, when the centre of the Sun passes through the plane defined by Earth’s equator). Day and night are not necessarily exactly equal on the equinox, but they’re the closest they get. From now on days in the Northern hemisphere will be shorter than nights and they’ll get shorter still until the Winter Solstice.

That translates to the Autumnal Equinox hitting at 09:31 EDT my time.

I miss the eponymous holiday in Japan. I would usually get outside and do something in nature. Festival planners would help me at least be near nature. For example, my iPhone reminded me that there was a Mexican Festival in Odaiba this time last year. The weather was ok, the food was good, and the beer was excellent.

I wonder what today will bring.

Happy Autumnal Equinox, y’all!