Category Archives: whisper

whispers are those that are being voiced… murmurs are items in which it is unclear about what is being voiced.

testing audio with WP 4.0.1

I should be able to add music.

That seems to work. Now let’s really test it and publish it.

Looking good.  At least, it works in preview. It’s disappointing that the caption info doesn’t show up, though.

 

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.

hair, operas and blasts from the past

I was able to locate and talk to a friend (colloquialism) from my youth and past who played significant parts in my life some forty years

Original Broadway Play

ago. God,… how many times did we play the Hair Album?!?  She was the one who actually introduced me to the enjoyment of opera.

I had delayed attempting contact for so ling, because it had been so long. Amazingly, when she answered her phone, her voice sounded the same. It was eerie. Not only her voice, but the energy behind  it too.

What a wonderful start of the day. I look forward to “filling in the gaps” of our lives in the future.

Google Voice and iPhone

A couple of months ago, I read a small article about Google Voice.  I had seen stuff about it before, but was unclear exactly what it was.   A few trips to Google pages and I got a general idea, but still could not see how it would be of great benefit to me, especially since I have an iPhone 3G and my home number (a landline).  Anyway,  I found out that it was only available by invitation only, just like Gmail used to be. So, I applied for an invitation.  The more I read during the previous months, the more intrigued I became.  Finally, I received my invitation a few weeks ago and just  sort of looked at it.  I submitted it, and got my new phone number (which you can choose yourself).

symbol used to represent Google Voice
Google Voice Symbol

It’s really cool because the calling is free except for international calls (which is a very small amount in terms of money).  You can have different answering messages for different  people.  Free text messaging, voicemail transcription to name just a few of the advantages.  I can see why AT&T did not want Apple to allow Google Voice as an app on the iPhone.  Basically, I am trying to understand why I should even pay AT&T, when I could get all my services fro free.

The most obvious answer is that it is not as smoothly integrated.  For one, in order to have any of those features, you have to have people dial the new number.  Also, having to use an HTML5 app to make calls is a lot slower than just using the phone app on the iPhone.  Another drawback, is you would have to use your Gmail addressbook, or import your iPhone addressbook to Gmail.

Want to try it out for free?  On the bottom right of the page is a widget that says Call Me.  Enter your name, number and check the box that protects your anonymity, and it will call anyone you like.    Feeling brave enough?   BTW, if you have a Google mail account, you can make free calls from there too.

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.

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.

picture1 picture2

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

picture

Grapes of Ice

Okay, here’s my quick cool tip for the day (the day?… is this a regular feature?) If you’re anywhere in the east where temperatures are hitting record highs and heat index is over 100, try this:

  • buy some seedless grapes (I like red grapes)
  • put some of them in a sandwich baggy
  • put the baggy in your freezer
  • when they are frozen… eat and enjoy!

They really taste good, and they satisfy your thirst and cool you off. See? Being on dialysis and having to watch my fluid intake, does bring about good things sometimes. Pssst… pass it on.