Upgrade or downgrade?

WordPress 1.5 is officially out as of recently. I’m currently running WordPress 1.2 here. I’d like to upgrade, but am terrified of the hassle it might require to get all my customizations up and running again.

Has anybody else made the upgrade successfully? How much of a hassle was it?


I don’t quite know what to make of this Reuters article. It reads like something The Onion would post, but isn’t labeled as parody or fake news. In part:

[Halle] Berry was named worst actress of 2004 by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation for her performance in “Catwoman” and she showed up to accept her “Razzie” carrying the Oscar she won in 2002 for “Monster’s Ball.”

“They can’t take this away from me, it’s got my name on it!” she quipped. A raucous crowd cheered her on as she gave a stirring recreation of her Academy Award acceptance speech, including tears.

She thanked everyone involved in “Catwoman,” a film she said took her from the top of her profession to the bottom.

“I want to thank Warner Brothers for casting me in this piece of shit,” she said as she dragged her agent on stage and warned him “next time read the script first.”

The article is also supposedly written by “Arthur Spiegelman”. Art Spiegelman is the pulitzer prize winning graphic novel writer/artist responsible for Maus, among other things.

Something doesn’t quite add up…


I’ve never read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galazy books (heresy, I know).

The trailers for the upcoming movie version have still managed to grab my interest. The newest is available only online, and is quite hilarious. For now you can see it on the main page of UGO.com. A great sendup of movie trailers themselves, I’d love to see this in a theater.

If you want a direct link go here, but I’m not sure it’ll keep working.

First time for everything

I had my first Linux experience today!

I used the free version of the MandrakeMove Live CD as a beginner’s crutch. As I’ve discovered, this type of CD means that no installation is necessary. The whole thing is run off the CD and RAM, and my computer never has any files changed. The reason I’ve never tried Linux before is that I was always too afraid of messing something up – I’ve never had a lot of extra hardware lying around.

So I busted out my old Armada E500 and gave it a whirl. I’m somewhat impressed. Unfortunately the CD drive is too slow on that laptop to do much of anything in real time. But the interface looked nice, the few things I did do were very intuitive, etc. I couldn’t get my internet access to work, but my ISP has funny settings to use so that could be the culprit. When I was done I simply popped the CD out and booted back into Windows. No problems!

It’s looking like I’ll have very little to do over spring break, so I’ll probably take some time that week and get a full install up and running.

ALA vs. “Blog People” ?

Found via Library Stuff:

Michael Gorman, president elect of the ALA, wrote a column in Library Journal titled “Revenge of the Blog People”.

In said column, he manages to be both dismissive of and insulting to librarian bloggers.

I don’t pretend to be anywhere near the top of the pile when it comes to librarian bloggers. Heck, I don’t even focus solely on the topic. I don’t pretend to be the most literate person in the world, or the best writer. But still, I feel personally insulted by the column. In part:

Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs.

I’m not aware of the content of Mr. Gorman’s L.A. Times op-ed regarding Google’s book digitization project that kicked off this controversy. So I won’t comment on it. If anyone has a copy, I’d appreciate a chance to read it.

I just think it unwise for a president of such a prestigious and influential organization to dismiss and insult a growing portion of his constituency out of hand.

Battlestar Galactica Online

I’ve talked before about ideas of alternate distribution methods for TV shows. Today I noticed that one show is making steps in the right direction.

Battlestar Galactica’s first episode is available to watch in its entirety, commercial free, on scifi.com!

Granted its only available in RealPlayer, and not as downloadable for repeat viewings, but this is a huge step in the right direction.

Also from show runner Ron Moore’s Q&A entry on his Battlestar blog:

“was this the first show to ever show a Bathroom on a space ship?”

It’s ground-breaking TV, baby. Talk about reinventing the genre.


CNN has a story about a recently recovered digital camera in Thailand.

It contains the last photos ever taken by a Canadian couple killed in the tsunami, taken in the seconds leading up to the disaster. A few of them can be seen here.

Interesting to see that people really had no idea what was coming. Just strolling along the beach and inspecting the exposed tidal flats…

On a related note, I also find it interesting that a camera’s memory card could survive such a disaster intact.

How big is the package?

Got a note in my mailbox today that I need to go to the post office to pick up a package. The only hint about it is that the zip code is from Texas, more specifically Dallas/Ft. Worth. The only people I know in Texas are one cousin and his wife, and they live in Austin…

The plot thickens.

edit: turns out the package was my Xbox power cord replacement. Apparently the old ones tend to burst into flame. Nothing more to see here, back to your lives citizens.