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1 Kryten42 { 01.11.14 at 6:05 am }

Here’s a little something I just found for cat owned people…

Now, you would think that someone who has 7 cat’s would seriously know better! But, some people… *shrug* 😉 😀 Anyone here *didn’t* know this would happen? *sigh*

We call this one bitey

From Phillip Barron’s blog (no idea who he is, but he blogs a lot about cat’s). 😉 😀

Oh… yeah, I’m back. DON’T mention it!! I’d much rather NOT be, believe me! 😛 Hmmmph! And don’t worry… I won’t detail my getaway… You’ll all just hate me. *shrug* 😉 😀

Perhaps my current relaxed & (reasonably rare) happy state will last until the and of the week, but I won’t take odds.

Still… I really hope you all had a great Christmas, and managed to get a good break yourselves. 😀

As for why I was visiting the above blog… Well, I decided to do some work. I’m checking out various WP Framework’s. I was checking out blogs of people who use them, in this case the “Thesis” framework (from DIY Themes). I don’t trust what any of them say about their products. I want to see for myself before spending money! 😉

2 Bryan { 01.11.14 at 10:59 pm }

Welcome back, M8!

While I would have appreciated being warmer than I was over the holidays, not as warm as Oz currently is, thank you very much.

Yeah, the problem with any product is that is may be perfect for someone else’s application, but you want to know that it will work for what you are planning. The decent developers will give you reference sites to check out.

3 Kryten42 { 01.12.14 at 7:47 am }

Thanks m8! 😀

It was a good (and very much needed) break. But now I want (and need) to get back to work. 🙂

Yep. 🙂 You got it. It’s one of the reasons I was checking out “Theses”. Since they happily provided testimonials and links back to sites using it, that’s a very good start. 🙂 Not many do that sadly. *shrug* Their loss IMHO. 🙂

So… what do you think about the (possibly crazy but definitely cat-owned) person above? 😉 😆

4 hipparchia { 01.12.14 at 4:49 pm }

So… what do you think about the (possibly crazy but definitely cat-owned) person above?

a person after my own heart. i’ve bookmarked his blog, and thanks for finding it!

5 Bryan { 01.12.14 at 11:51 pm }

It’s weird, but I can’t get to that site. Firefox keeps saying it doesn’t exist, although all of the search engines and my ISP say it does.

I’ll try it on a different machine and OS when I get a chance.

6 Kryten42 { 01.13.14 at 2:23 am }

I just had the problem too! 😐

Hipparchia… you killed it!! :'(

Nahhh… It was probably me. *sigh* 😉 LOL

It was working early yesterday, I swear. Wierd… Could be any number of reasons. Depends who his hoster was/is. *shrug*

7 hipparchia { 01.13.14 at 3:43 pm }

Hipparchia… you killed it!!

works fine for me… are y’all tellin’ me that a couple of uber-geeks can’t even pull up a simple web page??? 😈

heh, retractable razors, indeed: http://www.philipbarron.net/archives/taking-matters-into-your-own-paws/

8 Bryan { 01.13.14 at 4:55 pm }

I can’t get there in Firefox, Chrome, or IE on Win XP. Win 7, or Linux. I’m assuming a DNS problem. Whois says the domain is good for another few weeks, and was established 7 years ago, so he may have been late with a hosting bill, or something equally minor.

9 hipparchia { 01.13.14 at 10:03 pm }

I can see it just fine from here. i’ll try it on another computer with another browser tomorrow.

proving once again that I am a sucker for tabbies, is this a gorgeous kitty cat or is this a gorgeous kitty cat? http://www.philipbarron.net/archives/perfect-pose-perfect-kitty/

10 Bryan { 01.13.14 at 11:31 pm }

I don’t understand it, but the reaction is immediate from all of the browsers that it doesn’t exist, even though I know it does. Weird, unless it is being blocked by my ISP for some reason.

11 Kryten42 { 01.14.14 at 4:22 am }

Well… I can ping his IP fine (, and get a whois lookup and other basic tests. But that’s it. I even flushed my DNS cache, then disabled the DND client (which can occasionally do things like this if it get’s corrupt). *shrug* Dunno (just don’t have time right now to do anything else).

12 Bryan { 01.14.14 at 1:10 pm }

I think he’s changed servers, because that IP address comes back as unassigned in HTML, i.e. the cPanel default page of the Host.

If the site moved it will take a while for the change to propagate.

13 Kryten42 { 01.14.14 at 4:52 pm }

Yeah. I was thinking the same. He’s in Texas, and if he’s using a hoster there, that may explain why hipparchia can get access (h is in Texas, right?)

*shrug* 😉

14 Steve Bates { 01.14.14 at 6:58 pm }

It’s sb who is in Texas, and I was able to view the site the first day your link appeared above, and I’m able to view it now.

(I believe h is in FL unless she’s moved. People do that when I’m not looking… 🙂 )

15 hipparchia { 01.14.14 at 7:45 pm }

(h is in Texas, right?)

ah, it’s a Texans-only blog! 🙂

I’m originally from texas, currently living in florida (I’m still here, steve!), this || far from Alabama (which means I’m maybe 50 miles closer to texas than bryan is). maybe some alligator in the blackwater river chomped down on some important cable. 😉

16 Bryan { 01.14.14 at 11:01 pm }

I’m guessing a move, and my ISP, who does a lot of caching, routes through a node in Orlando, so they may not have picked up on the change.

Hipparchia is probably connecting through New Orleans, so she is closer to a major hub than I am.

I’ll keep checking.

17 hipparchia { 01.15.14 at 8:54 pm }

she is closer to a major hub than I am

probably everybody is closer to a major hub than you are. 😀

I would venture to say that cinco bayou is the pickax of the south, though maybe, just maybe, not quite as fictional.

18 Bryan { 01.15.14 at 11:13 pm }

Not even the USPS recognizes us, although we are an incorporated Florida town. It is embarrassing.

19 Kryten42 { 01.16.14 at 4:44 am }

LOL I knew you had some connection to Texas h. 😉 😀 Hey… I just had a nice 3 wk break (not long enough by far), brain cells are slow to return. 😉 😀

Yep. Must be a Texas only blog. Wouldn’t be a surprise. 😉 LOL

I’ve lived in the arse-end of nowhere, so you have my sympathy Bryan.

20 Bryan { 01.16.14 at 8:16 pm }

You need to understand that the area was settled by pirates, then blockade runners during the Civil War, then rum runners during Prohibition, who were replaced by drug runners. Al Capone and the Chicago mod had a winter home down here.

The largest air force base in the US [and possibly the world] is here because you have to like sand and pine trees to live away from the coast. Being remote is what it has always been about.

21 Kryten42 { 01.17.14 at 5:04 pm }

Plus, thanks to the “Cuban Missile Crisis”, Florida became *REAL* popular to the Military. 😉 Nike-Hercules missile batteries ringed Florida & Homestead. I think you still have one that’s in the Everglades National Park that’s been registered as a National Historic Place, right? Those Nikes were some nasty suckers! Most packed a 20-40 kT nuclear warhead to take out a squadron of Soviet bombers (because the radar systems of the day were not that accurate, though by the end of the 50’s, these problems were being addresses primarily by Bell with new L-band, X-band & Ku-band radar systems plus an active seeker that would have been part of the planned Nike-Zeus upgrade). The upgrades began in ’61. Most batteries remained operational until the late 70’s.

I was actually there (Everglades) during my official trip to the USA in the late 80’s. It was one of the few above-ground facilities (due to the high water table), most were below ground. Given when they were designed and built, they were extremely impressive. The missile was able to achieve mach 1 within it’s own length at launch and a terminal velocity of almost mach 4, I remember. 🙂 During the Cold War, there were about 130 operational bases in some 28 States that had several Nike-Hercules batteries, especially Alaska, Maryland/DC, Florida, California and others.

LOL I’m sure you know more about it than I do Bryan. I’m just sayin… 😉 😀

It was primarily this period and my time working for GD (officially as an Aus DoD liaison) that rekindled my interest in Engineering, and helped fuel my increasing distrust and dislike of the Military and especially Intel services.

They were… interesting times. 🙂

22 Bryan { 01.17.14 at 8:46 pm }

Homestead AFB wasn’t rebuilt after the last hurricane through there. Most of the current SA missiles are mobile and individual locations are no longer ringed, as everyone learned on 9/11. Air Defense went away with the Cold War. In general, defensive weapons have gone out of favor which has cost us lives, as the strategy has shifted to total offense.

The US military has forgotten what a balanced approach looks like, which is why so many troops were killed in the early days of the Iraq War while riding in plastic bodied Humvees wearing flack vests instead of what was needed. Planners lacked the necessary respect for the intelligence and courage of possible enemy forces, and expected them to fold up and go away after being subjected to ‘Shock and Awe’. They really missed the obvious – that pushing a military out of an invaded country, like the liberation of Kuwait, is a lot easier than attacking them in their own country.