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Rebuilding whispers

Too Many Blogs?

As I mentioned earlier, it was because of a new script from HostM that I was finally able to restore whispers. At one time, before it crashed, whispers was my favorite blog for writing. Since then, presentable has become the main depository of my thoughts and ideas. I’m not sure how I will handle this. I’m not sure if I’ll maintain presentable as the main blog, or try to keep whispers alongside it. Perhaps I could give each a different subject area. I haven’t even mentioned Facing The Rain, or StarFire.

At the time these blogs were created, I saw no harm in having more than one because, no one was reading them anyway. Well, there are still very few readers, but I feel that I want each one to be of high quality. Okay, enough of that for now.

Tackling The Remaining Issues

Once I got whispers up and running, I discovered that clicking on any link on the page would send me to a 404 error page (page not found). I remember having a similar problem with StarFire but, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the solution. Rather than go to the WordPress Help section, I did a quick search on Google and found this site. Everything was fixed in one click.

Now, I’ve discovered that the theme I’m using has a hard time with JetPack. I love this theme but unless I can find an updated version of it, it will have to go.

For now, I’ve decided to use a theme called Pixel.  Pixel still does not handle all the Jetpack options (especially auto-scroll) but it will do for now until I can search for other themes more intensely.

New Theme Coming

I’ve gotten a little tired of the theme I’m running for this blog.  It has served me well, but right now it is looking a little old and yes clinical.  I’m tired of clinical.  This theme is called Biru and is pretty straight forward.  So, here’s an image of it. I know you’re looking at it now, but once this site changes, people won’t know what I’m talking about.

This is the older Biru Theme

Yes, it has served well for a couple of years.  I liked that it has a clean design.  There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles getting in the way.  Nothing to take away from the words… I know,… what words.  There was not a lot written.  It’s hard to write a lot when you’re whispering.:)

The other thing, is that it would never display photos where I placed them.  For example, the image of the Biru design is supposed to be on the left side of the screen.  But if I wanted it on the right side of the screen on the center of the screen, it would show up on the left side of the screen

The new theme is called Motion.  It is much more colorful, but it is also darker.  I kinda like it because it’s not bland but it’s not so dark that you can’t read it.  I don’t think it makes you depressed after reading and the controls for finding articles, make it easier for the reader to navigate the web site.

I hope you’ll like it.  This is what it looks like:

This is the new Motion Theme

See, it just doesn’t display properly. I set it to show on the right side, not next to the end of the post.

Commercially Speaking

It’s been a while since I have written anything about the Louise Log. In fact I have to admit, I missed one (#16). I caught up by going to Anne’s website and you can do the same.

Interestingly, my spouse saw a mattress commercial on television the other day, in which the main actress looks very similar to our heroine, Louise (AKA Christine Cook).

I can’t remember the name of the mattress company but I will keep an eye out.

Let me know if you see the commercial. It ends with the line, “We don’t want a repeat of last year”. I would love to find out if that is her.

whispering with an iPhone

I recently found an app for the iPhone called iStego.  Basically what it does is hide photos (and text if you like), inside of photos.  So what appears to be one thing, is actually something else.

The “envelope photo” does not look altered in anyway.  It reminds me of our hidden everyday lives while we walk around dealing with our day to day encounters, placing a face over the turmoil inside.

Anyway, the thing with this app is that no one seems to know about it.  There is only one review.  If I place two photos here, without the program you would not know which has a secret picture/message and which does not.

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In checking this little experiment, I found out that it only worked on my iPhone!!!  So, here is the photo that was inside:

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Food

One of the things you do a lot of while being dialyzed, other than reading, is watching a lot of television.

At first I was watching the usual dreck like Family Feud, or Jeopardy or Wheel..Of..Fortune. After a while, however that gets boring. From there I went to the soap operas like One Life To Live, but the drama was just too dramatic (and silly), but I do check in once a week. 🙂

Now, I am into the Foodnetwork. I find this amazing because I have never had any notion of making my own food, let alone other peoples’. I love it, though. It’s the details that fascinate me. Who knew that you smashed garlic with a broad knife to peel it or the difference between slicing and chopping or that you could be approximate in cooking, but not in baking. And who knew that once you have the basics, it really is pretty easy.

I got so interested in the shows that when I went to Barnes & Noble last weekend, I actually browsed

I love this book!
I love this book!

the food/cooking section (This is a first time ever!!) and ended up purchasing a foodnetwork book entitled, How To Boil Water. For me, it answers so many of the basic questions I have about cooking, plus the recipes are easy for beginners. My wife (who doesn’t cook either) is even encouraging of my new interest.

Also, being able to control my food intake and have a closer assessment of my sodium, potassium, and phosphorus intake is great.

I’m tired of Winter

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Winter Wind

It’s March first, and just when I thought I had made it through February (I’ve always believed it to be the worst month of the winter), here comes March like a lion.

We’re suppose to get at least 8 inches of snow by tomorrow!!! They are expecting we’ll get hit by a “megastorm” (The Weather Channel).

God, I feel depressed.

Exquisite Photo from here