June 13, 2006

I Don't Like PHP but...

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I am very seriously considering taking RW's advice. Without upgrading to the not-free Movable Type 3.?, I will continue to fight the spam wars from a disadvantage. Those internal sever errors you get when you post a comment (and that we get when we add a post)? I'm sick of them. I think the Berkley database system, combined with a somewhat weak host server are the culprits. I could re-configure Movable Type to work with MySQL, but it would be hard, and what if it didn't work?

So, I've installed Wordpress 2.0.3 and I'm in the process, between working on my other projects, of installing the needed plugins, and going through the laborious proecess of reproducing the site themes. Meantime, I've registered a new URL, reflective of the fact that this site isn't just "smijer" any longer.

I won't be porting all of the archives to WordPress. I see no point in it, and I don't wish to kill links to the old pages. So, the MT version of the blog will continue as an archive.

If you don't want to read (or write, Buck & RSA) t-t-t on Wordpress, now's the time to register your objections.

(P.S. I just looked at the default template file for the page header alone on the WP dashboard... did I mention that I dislike PHP?)

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March 23, 2006

New Digs for Hippy Dave

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Very nice new look, and new URL at the mindful mission, formerly Big L's Random Ravings. Congratulations, Dave!

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January 17, 2006

All These Features!

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Look to the right... Headlines! Sort of!

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January 10, 2006

Delurking Week?

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Alice says it's delurking week... so come on -- show us your têtes!

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January 09, 2006

Comment Bug

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Whoops!! Comment bug has been found (thanks Alice, Buck & RSA!)... and fixed. Not much of a Tête-a-Tête if other people can't commentête.

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January 08, 2006

Just a little name and format change... FYI - Tête-a-Tête-Tête is to be pronounced in the rythm of "rat-a-tat-tat".. only "Tête" is pronounced "Tate", as in "Tater", for those of you unversed in the unpatriotic French language... Also, the first syllable of "smijer" is pronounced like the same in "smidgeon". Hope that sorts things out...

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November 22, 2005

More news from the African coast.. I've been looking for mainstream news links to include with this story. I can't understand why there's nothing on Google News. The only thing I can figure is that the S&B was steaming to port for repairs and did not have passengers on board, keeping the human interest angle below the threshhold for the corporate media... Anyway, I just got some updates from my radio source. It turns out that the partial transmission from last night was followed later by full statements over the radio from the attacker, who had apparently commandeered the vessel, and from the captain who may have been reading under duress. Here's the lowdown:

[Voice of attacker]. I am the Dread Pirate Robert St. Amant. There will be no survivors. My men are here, and I am here, but soon you will not be here. The Dread Pirate Robert St. Amant takes no survivors. All of your nightmares are about to come true.

There was a brief pause, then the voice of the captain came on:

This is smijer, captain of the Spirit of S&B cruise line. I have been instructed to say that our captor, the Dread Pirate Robert St. Amant, now has possession of the vessel. We were sailing for port, with only our navigational and engineering crews on board. They have been thrown overboard and replaced with artificially intelligent Interface Softbots, who have taken over the instruments of the ship. Our pilot, Buck, has been kept alive and on board, but is unconcious at the present, having had his "memory jogged" about the secret entrance to the bridge. It was noted that RSA - as our captor prefers to be called - "didn't mean to jog him so hard."

Our captor insists that the authorities stay away from the vessel. If any boat or helicopter approaches, he will kill us. Please listen to him, and do what he says.

RSA has allowed me to briefly describe the attack and boarding. The speedboat on which our attacker was travelling approached our starboard flank at approximately 21:00 GMT last evening. It was travelling at a high rate of speed. The crew made a valiant attempt to repel the attack, using high frequency sound projected from our good natured idle banter cannon, but this failed, as the speedboat was equipped with its own pleasant conversation engine. As the attacker boarded the ship, the crew scrambled to drive him away with e-mail chain letters, but the attacker reached our chain letter neutralizer and successfully overcame our best efforts. He then overcame the crew, including Buck and myself, with overwhelming logic and undeniable wit. Upon being subdued, I begged for my own life and Buck's, citing the beauty and perfection of "true blog" as the greatest reason to live. My story intrigued Robert, as did my descriptions of our passengers' beauty. Finally he decided something. "All right, smijer. I've never had a valet. You can try that if you like. I'll most likely kill you in the morning". With that he spared our lives. He also agreed to allow Buck and I to continue to send out updates on the fate of the ship, American politicians, and whatever jokes we could think of as we desired. From now on, he, too will be sending out updates from on board the Spirit of S&B.

Please welcome our newest co-blogger... Please don't be put off if he's smarter or more eloquent than what you are used to seeing from smijer's side of the table...

Welcome aboard, RSA... Arrrrrrrrrr!

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November 21, 2005

More Pirate Attacks

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I just got this news... I don't have a link yet, but there's been another pirate attack off the coast of Africa. The Spirit of S&B, sailing for Locquatia Cruise Lines was approached by a small speedboat. The crew did everything they could to repel the craft, but it continued its approach until it was alongside the S&B. The luxury cruise ship was then boarded by a single individual who managed to reach the cabin. At this point, the ship's radio signal went silent.

More updates will follow as available.

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October 26, 2005

Oh the HuVanity!

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The little red blotch is lonely me.... You can join me as a denizen of smijerland by going here and clicking "add yourself" on the right hand side... Please do... for the sake of huVanity.

Buck... 'specially you...

H/T Pharyngula, with red blotches the world over...

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August 30, 2005

Audio

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New 'cast.

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August 01, 2005

Listen Here

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This is an mp3 Audio File (not to be confused with audiophile).


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July 29, 2005

I Love Aggregators

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If I knew who was responsible for these two news feed aggregators, I would hug their neck.

What's New with UU?

This one is just what the doctor ordered. When I started trying to collect UU blogs for a UU section of the blogroll, I found there was no way to include all of the good ones, and all of the ones who update regularly, while still having time to check them all for interesting new posts. Problem solved. I check the aggregator twice a day, get a preview of all the recent posts, and read the posts that look particularly interesting. I find great posts like this one.

Rocky Top Brigade

As the RTB blogroll has become unmanageably large, this new page by Johnny Dobbins is indispensable.

Then there's my old standby, Google News. Speaking of GN, there are a couple of pieces of good news up this morning. Granted, it's not really new news by the time I found them this morning, but good nonetheless: the IRA renounces violence, and Muslim clerics denounce terrorism. (Does this meant that their causes are doomed?)

'Course, all three of these news aggregators are in my blogroll... so click away, any time.

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July 19, 2005

They've Killed Bubba

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The premiere Tennessee blogger, no exceptions for higher traffic at Insta, no exceptions period, has bowed out of the game.

What a loss to the community, but no hard feelings. If his heart isn't in it any more, or he needs to do it for his family, or whatever - Bubba can go with a clean conscience, knowing he'll be welcome back any time he wants.

Ditto all the others who express regret and best wishes, which should be just about everybody in the country by now.

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July 18, 2005

First and foremost, welcome back Buck! You were missed! Good to hear that you enjoyed your vacation.

Second, my apologies for not posting earlier. Our internet has been off-line at home all weekend, and I've had to wait for down-time at work to catch up. We had a very nice blogmeet Saturday at Greyfriars.

The first person I met there was Michael Kelley, perhaps the most senior Chattanooga blogger present, having been represented since 2000, and before the term "blog" became current. He mentioned another mentionable Chattanooga blog, Oblogation, by Evie Dumonde, who couldn't make it to the meet because of an illness in the family. Hat's off to Michael.

Shortly after, the inimitable Alice arrived, with her sunny, smiling face. Right behind her came Adam of UTC College Democrats.

We heard from JosiahQ of Irresponsible Journalism, who wants to revive previous efforts at a (singular) "Chattablog".

I was pleased to meet in real life Sandy Lusk, co-author with Alice of Hamdems blog, and famed Kos diarist, and her son, Scooter.

I was also glad to make the acquaintance of Mesh, city editor of the Chattanooga Pulse, and contributor to the Pulse Blog.

Finally (finally!) I had a chance to meet Joe Lance of Chattanooga-Hamilton Civic Forums. I had an uncanny feeling that I knew him before, and he said the same of me... but I cannot put my finger on where that might have been. Apparently, we haven't had many opportunities for our paths to cross.

Last, but not least, the smijer family was twice represented, as Mrs. Smijer of Baskets of Blessings joined us, too.

A good time was had by all, except anyone who didn't. We enjoyed sampling from the menu at Greyfriar's, talking about blogging software and website development (Josiah mentioned a web-site development competition of some kind that will be held in Chattanooga this year), told embarrassing stories about ourselves (and in one case, our husbands), and got to know one another.

There's talk of trying to do another one of these in the fall... maybe at Josiah's place, where beer and barbecue can be had.

I'll call the blogmeet a success (even if no one else does), and I'm grateful that we had some good turnout and some smart folks to spend the time with.

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July 13, 2005

Blogmeet

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OK... I've made my calls, and - since there's just no way to do this democratically and have everyone aware of the plans by this weekend, I'm going to make an executive decision (if there are howls of protest, I will rescind it, and try to figure out a more democratic approach):

The First Periodic Chattanooga Area Blogmeet and Blogstravaganza will be held at 3:00 P.M. - til ??, Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Greyfriars on Broad St.

Coffee, tea, and pastries are available for purchase. Greyfriar's WiFi network is available if anyone cares to blog from the meet.

We hope for as many people as possible to come (though we are expecting less than 20, and may have to find other accomodations if the crowd swells too much). Those who can't make it this time, we hope to see you at future meets!

Bloggers, it's appreciated if you pass the word to your readers, and to other bloggers who may be interested.

Party On!

**Crossposted as update to original blogmeet post**

July 05, 2005

Blogmeet

from - smijer

Chattanooga is long overdue for a blogmeet, where area bloggers can meet & greet, share tips, and talk about what moves us to blog. Some of us Scenic City Bloggers are talking over a date on the weekend starting Friday, 7/15. If you are a Chattanooga area blogger interested in attending, please use the comment thread of this post to discuss a favored date and/or venue. I'm looking forward to seeing those of you I know already and meeting those I don't. Oh yeah, and people who may be from out of town, but blog or comment primarily through a Chattanooga area web-site, you're also invited. I hope that we can get together and make this a success!

P.S. I'm trying to help get interest up, but this is a community project. Folks like Alice, Josiah, Michael Kelly, and other Chattanooga area bloggers have at least as much say in all this as I do.

Update, 7/11: I've called Northshore Grille and Greyfriars. Northshore doesn't have separate seating, but could accomodate us if we schedule ahead of time (meaning we are going to need as much RSVP action as we can get if we go with this one), and come in between 2p.m. and 5p.m. on Saturday.

I'll have to call Greyfriars back before noon tomorrow and speak to the manager about using their loft area.

Do I hear a second to the motion to utilize Meetup.com? I'm not particularly eager to go that route, personally, but if there's a consensus around that idea, I'll work on it.

Update, 7/13:
OK... I've made my calls, and - since there's just no way to do this democratically and have everyone aware of the plans by this weekend, I'm going to make an executive decision (if there are howls of protest, I will rescind it, and try to figure out a more democratic approach):

The First Periodic Chattanooga Area Blogmeet and Blogstravaganza will be held at 3:00 P.M. - til ??, Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Greyfriars on Broad St.

Coffee, tea, and pastries are available for purchase. Greyfriar's WiFi network is available if anyone cares to blog from the meet.

We hope for as many people as possible to come (though we are expecting less than 20, and may have to find other accomodations if the crowd swells too much). Those who can't make it this time, we hope to see you at future meets!

Bloggers, it's appreciated if you pass the word to your readers, and to other bloggers who may be interested.

Party On!

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Spreading smijer & Buck

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A friend e-mailed me this morning to let me know that smijer & Buck had been mentioned in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, in one of two articles about blogging. We were damned with faint praise, being included among a small list of local bloggers at the tail end of an article entitled, Bloggers have local political impact by Herman Wang, Michael Davis (with whom I'm relatively certain I went to school), and staff writers. JosiahQ, the brains behind Chattablogs.com, got lots of very well deserved recognition, and even a quote or two in the articles.

Also helping to promote smijer & Buck is the new UU blog aggregator, hosted at webuus.com, under the name of What's new with UU.

Who knows, one day smijer & Buck may even start getting a few visitors who aren't primarily interested in big catfish. In the meantime... well, there's always this:

big catfish with ball

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June 28, 2005

Updates

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The Rocky Top Brigade just got bigger. Inside the update:

Chattababy: "The age old tale: 2 poor, drunk, college kids take a naked nap and wake up in suburbia, sober and with child."

Question: could I possibly draw any other conclusion than that we have more 'Noogans? Can anyone verify?

Hamilton County Democrats are blogging now, and have even been kind enough to let me do a guest post there.

adrienne - also from here!

In other news, merciless ethics advocates have staged a bloody coup at the erstwhile Chattanooga-Hamilton County Civic Forums.

And... eh... Oh. It must be time for work.

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June 09, 2005

Wake Up!

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It's gotten quiet at the project next door. To liven things up a bit, I've posted an e-mail chain-letter that doesn't need a sarcastic rejoinder sent back up the chain. I was reminded of it by ChristianLibrul at Not In My Bible. It's the Letter to Dr. Laura Schlessinger which makes the rounds every now and then. Enjoy. And send in some chain letters of the other sort for us to deconstruct, huh?

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May 03, 2005

Rocky Top Update

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Well, there's another new Rocky Top Brigade Update at Bubba's place. It's definitely time for me to make a change to the blogroll... From here-on-in, you will have to click the Tennessee Flag to get the full Rocky Top Blogroll, hosted at southknoxbubba.net. I will keep a few often- or daily- reads under the RTB blogroll, and the rest will only be a click away. Now, for the newcomers:

Ain't No Rodeo Queen, motto: "I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it." - Garrison Keillor

Empty Nest could celebrate Mother's Day next week, without having to leave the comfort of the Rocky Top Brigade.

geotenncare possibly authored by Governor Bredesen... not.

In A Mays is a Chattanooga blogger! We really must arrange a blogmeet for Chattanoogans.

juliepatchouli... if that don't beat everything... "Spiritual animal lovin' liberal hippie chick just recently married to a sweet handsome huntin' fishin' conservative fundamentalist and living the American dream."

Masses of Everything... one look, and I felt compelled to leave a comment! You can construe that as an endorsement if you like...

Ramblin Man: Dispatches from the Leisure Side, seems kind of Knoxcentric.

Right Minded blogs from Lebanon, Tennessee, with an ever so slight rightward tilt, as evidenced by declarations such as this: "Never forget that the emergence of a new, democratic Iraqi government began on September 11, 2001."

Tales of Tadeusz appears to be a political conservative and a novelist. The novelist part sounds good, anyway...

Tennessee Rants blogs with an ever so slight rightward tilt, as evidenced by declarations such as this: "When I got home, I found this story on Michelle Malkin's blog to help me remember to thank the Lord for allowing my family the privilege of homeschooling."

The Nonattainment Zone is written by a tree-hugger. I like tree-huggers.

Voluntarily Conservative matured under the tutelage of He Who Must Not be Named... oh what the hell, it was torture advocate Glenn Reynolds. Seems also to be an admirer of Senate Candidate Ed Bryant.

And that's it... Welcome, one and all!

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