I’m headed down to Long Beach for the Space Tech Expo. I’m not taking a computer, just my phone, so I may put up brief posts, but nothing extensive, or linky.
I was traveling most of last week, and I’m now frantically trying to finish the book. Plus, I had a tooth extracted this morning.
Just in case anyone was wondering why blogging has been light to non-existent.
[Wednesday morning update]
Thanks for the sympathy, but it’s really not that bad. The extraction was almost painless, with lidocaine, and I’ve only experienced a little swelling, and not much pain, on ibuprofen. I feel pretty much back to normal today. Next related project is an implant, in a few months after the bone graft has filled in and healed, but my experience with those is that they’re not a big deal, either. Modern dentistry is one of the many reasons that I wouldn’t want to have been born in an earlier era.
Has anyone heard from him recently (i.e., in the last couple years)?
OK, look, folks. I’m not stupid. I’ve done searches. I’m asking people who actually know him, and might know what’s up.
Ed Driscoll has what looks like an interesting post on the space colonization movement, but unfortunately, I don’t seem to be able to link to it. The URL looks fine, but it redirects back to http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/. Is it just me? Can anyone else see it?
[Update a while later]
OK, just got a new URL from Ed, that works. I haven’t actually read the whole thing yet, because I couldn’t see the second page, but I may have more commentary after I do.
Over the weekend, I installed a WordPress plugin to allow a wide range of social media sharing. Apparently it was causing a lot of problems, so I deactivated it yesterday. In case anyone was wondering.
I drove up to Mojave and back yesterday, and then got busy trying to tweak the book website, so posting has obviously been light.
Can anyone tell me why the sidebar is displaying at the bottom of the page on the static home page, but on the side where it belongs on the dynamic pages? I’m not seeing any significant difference in the code, unless it’s a stylesheet issue.
I appreciate the purchases that folks have made through the site so far this month, particularly the iPod Touch and Kindle. Also, I notice that someone bought Jake Tapper’s must-read new book on Afghanistan. I hope that more do. Here’s an interview with him about it over at National Review Online.
If you’re doing your shopping on-line at Amazon today (or any day), this site is an affiliate, and your click-throughs via the box at the left (or links in this post) help support me. They have a lot of deals today, including half off the entire Battlestar Galactica series.
A bleg. Does anyone have any idea why I can’t get anything more recent than 11 AM on the site, no matter how many times I reload? It comes in fine on my laptop, but not on my desktop. I’m in Firefox.
I’m at Space 2012 again today, which is frustrating, because there’s certainly a lot to blog about, with a keyboard hot from Hell. Just go over to PJMedia for a lot of great stuff. How long will the state-controlled press be able to maintain the narrative that Obama is “good on foreign policy“?
[Update a few minutes later]
“We came, we saw, he died.” Just for those who fantasize that Mrs. Clinton would be better on foreign policy than Obama. She is the Secretary of State, after all. This is her foreign policy.
I can’t really sit up very well, so any computer work I do is lying on a couch with a laptop. I’m watching football and poking away at my space safety paper.
But I will note an amusing spam. It was from “Cancer.” Yeah, that’s just who I want to open emails from. One of the generally bizarre things about spam is that the spammers make no distinction between “From” and “Subject” headers. You’ll find anything in either one, and often the same thing in both.
Well, everything went according to plan. Though from a pain standpoint, it’s likely to get worse before it gets better, because they shot up the area with a local, and I’ll probably be unhappy when it wears off (I do have decent meds, though). But at least for now, I’m ambulatory, up and down stairs, and can sit at the computer.
It was probably good to get this out of the way in front of a three-day weekend…
[Friday mid-morning update]
Just to end all the speculation in comments, it was not an “@n@l spelunking” (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I had to patch up (literally) an inguinal hernia on the right side. I was trying to avoid TMI, but…
I’m going under the knife tomorrow, for some long-overdue minor (or perhaps more than minor, but routine) surgery. Not sure how long it will be until I’m at the computer again, but if you don’t hear from me for a few days, that’s why.
[Update a few minutes later]
For those concerned, it really is routine. Nothing life threatening — just some repair to the structure. I am very fortunate that this is the most major medical situation with which I’ve had to deal in my life. For instance, I’m sure that childbirth would be much worse. One of the reasons I so admire women.
For anyone wondering what happened yesterday, my server died (MB or PS, not sure which). Just so you didn’t think you went back in time a couple weeks overnight. I’ve been running on a new machine since yesterday, but we didn’t update the databases until just a few minutes ago. Normal blogging and commenting can recommence.
A few people have told me that they’ve been having problems commenting lately. I finally figured out the problem. I get notified of moderated comments that WordPress is holding, but not for Akismet. So I just went into Akismet and found several comments by regulars that it had thought (for whatever reason) was spam. I’ve released them all, and will now start checking that regularly i.e. at least daily). If you are trying to post and it’s not accepting it, let me know.
We got in last night (did some hiking in Yosemite on Monday). Yes, I’m aware of the site issues. The problem seems to be intermittent, which makes it harder to troubleshoot (and I’m not that much of a PHP maven to do such troubleshooting). I suspect it has something to do with the template update I did a few weeks ago. Any suggestions are appreciated. But I’m also pretty busy getting a talk prepared for the Mars Society conference on Friday, and getting caught up from being gone for a week.
Blogging will continue to be light for the next couple days. We spent the weekend in Vallejo after the NewSpace conference, and are heading over to Yosemite today, then back down 395 to LA tomorrow.
Be good in comments.
I’m driving up to San Jose this afternoon to attend NewSpace 2012, so blogging will be nonexistent until tonight, and perhaps light for the next few days.
[Thursday morning update]
Got in about 7:30 last night (I came up 101 rather than 5), and had dinner with a few folks. I’ll be heading over to the conference hotel in a few minutes (I’m staying down in San Jose). Not sure what the Internet situation will be there, but I’ll probably at least be able to tether to my phone. There’s supposed to be a big Armadillo announcement today (I’m guessing that it has to do with their planned flight into space in the next month or so).
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