Tweets from the week before 2009-12-28

Tweets from the week before 2009-12-21

WordPress 2.9

WordPress 2.9 was officially released today and contains 509 changes from 2.8. It continues WordPress’ development towards being the most extendable and intuitive web publishing platform. There are a lot of great developments in this release that excite me. Below I highlight three front end and three back-end changes that I’m particularly excited for.

  • User Enhancements

  • Integrating Image editing – Aaron Hockley from Social Photo Talk has this pretty well covered in a post and video. Check it out if you’re a photo blogger
  • Media embedding Alex aka viper007bond has been making embedding videos and other media easier for thousands of WordPress users with his quicktags plugin. Now you don’t even have to worry about adding a plugin. There are 14 providers included in the core that should cover many of the your needs. Adding another oembed provider is as easy as adding the following code to your theme’s functions.php file: wp_oembed_add_provider( ‘http://site.com/watchvideo/*’, ‘http://site.com/oembedprovider’ ); You can also allow any user with the unfiltered_html capability (just admins on a standard install) the ability to discover any oembed provider with the following in your theme’s functions.php file add_filter(’embed_oembed_discover’, create_function(‘$a’,’return true;’));
  • Trash – No more are you sure you want to delete this pop ups. No more “OH SHIT” moments because you deleted instead of published a post. Now, you can place any u wanted posts in the trash where they will sit for 30 days. You are welcome to change the length of time that posts are trashed by adding the following to your wp-config.php file define( ‘EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS’, 7 );
  • Backend Enhancements

  • Comment Meta – Comments now have a database table for storing all sorts of goodness. What can be stored here? Well really the sky is the limit. Comments are now almost as flexible as posts.
  • Themes can now control the boxes that show up in the post editor. Right now it just supports post thumbnails, but this is really just the start. If you want to enable post thumbnails, add the following your theme’s functions.php file add_theme_support( ‘post-thumbnails’ );
  • Database repair and optimization is now easier. All it takes is adding define(’WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true); to wp-config.php and then visiting yoursite.com/wp-admin/maint/repair.php to either repair or optimize your database.

This is just the tip of the iceberg on what’s changed and what I’m excited about. What are you most excited about in 2.9?  Download it and let me know what you think.

Why is the U.P. a part of Michigan

For five years of my life I lived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. During that time (and since then) the question that I’ve most often faced is why is the U.P. a part of Michigan? (The second most common question I faced is Where?) The answer to that is that this was the settlement to the Toledo War.

The Toledo War was an almost casualty free conflict between the state of Ohio and the Territory of Michigan over the area of present-day Ohio near Toledo. When creating the Northwest Territory, which included Ohio and Michigan along with Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin , it was decided that the northern border of three of these states would be:

…an east and west line drawn through the southerly bend or extreme of Lake Michigan

Source: Northwest Ordinance

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I call this a Win for Michigan.

This of course would have the effect of puting Toledo in Michigan. However due to mapping errors, Toledo was a part of the already formed state of Ohio before Michigan had the population for statehood. Once the error was found, Michigan wanted they considered their territory. With Ohio already having statehood and thus the ability to better lobby for Congress to support it, Michigan’s Governor Stevens T. Mason mobilized a 250 person militia that invaded and seized the disputed territory. Ohio responded with a militia of its own.

After a tense eight months that featured a failed compromise convention in Ann Arbor, a compromise was drawn up that would allow for Ohio to retain the area around Toledo, but in return Michigan would receive the area that is now known as the Upper Peninsula, which makes a bit of sense since Michigan already had claims on about one-fourth of the U.P. and the only people screwed were the citizens of what would become Wisconsin. While it didn’t at first seem like this compromise would be accepted, a change happened when:

…Suddenly it became apparent that the Federal Government was about to distribute the surplus in the United States Treasury among the states, and that Michigan would not get her share of nearly $400,000 unless she officially entered the Union. On December 14, another convention known as the “Frostbitten Convention” assembled at Ann Arbor, under the leadership of Democratic politicians. It was not called by the Legislature, but met as a result of informal personal calls, petitions, and public meetings calling for reconsideration. It agreed to accept the proposal of Congress. Jackson reported the event to Congress, and that body engaged in another discussion of the legality of the second convention…and on January 26, 1837, Congress formally admitted Michigan to the Union.

Source: The Ohio-Michigan Boundary Dispute Re-Examined by Carl Wittke

Well today marks the 173rd anniversary of that Frostbitten Convention and now you know what brings the Yoopers and the Trolls together in a single state. So the moral to the Story? If you make an error in mapping, screw Wisconsin to fix it.

Additional Source: Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs

Dude Mountain

Everyone has those friends, the ones that are hilarious and you try to encourage to do something with the skill. The gentleman from Dude Mountain are some of those people. And their talent really shown through by winning the first two Suck My Flick short film competitions. I helped them get there own wordpress site up and running and set them free. One of the simpler site I worked on, yes. But also one of the funnier. Check out episode five below and see if you recognize the guest star playing the doctor.

Happy Birthday UNICEF

63 years ago today, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) was created by the general assembly to provide food, clothing and health care to the children victims of World War Two. Seven years later the UNGA extended the mandate indefinitely with the goal:

…to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.Source: UNICEF Mission Statement

Congratulations on your first 63 years. I hope the next 63 allows for even more progress in attempting to make the world a better place for all children.

Tweets from the week before 2009-12-07

Tweets from the week before 2009-11-30

  • @cobock I <3 the law of the sea #amun09 in reply to cobock #
  • @cobock You are always welcome in your vacation home inside the compound. in reply to cobock #
  • Amun has provided me with bacon! Win! #amun09 #
  • A dangerous world situation has developed that has required the attention of the security council. #amun09 #
  • Bacon a second time today, this time on pizza. Win of the Century. #amun09 #
  • #fail at resting my arms and legs. #
  • #haikufriday had a great AMUN / didn't write any haikus / a first? I bet so! #
  • #haikufriday more sarah time soon / with sisters and parents too / in peoria #
  • @ctumaven Yes, but I forgot to tweet about them. Prett good. I need to find a french food importer so I can get them again. in reply to ctumaven #

Tweets from the week before 2009-11-23

  • @oregondean you are correct sir. My airport code knowledge does not compare to yours. #
  • @lyzadanger Is it PDX to O'hare or Midway? Any new route is good though since @SouthwestAir cut down to one a day. in reply to lyzadanger #
  • @allisonroy Failure rates for all loptop manufacturers hover around 20%. What are your needs? #
  • @lyzadanger Great. Thanks. Enjoy your time with #!/bin/bash . She's an old friend who I to often neglect. in reply to lyzadanger #
  • @ctumaven Can that be any more filled with win? in reply to ctumaven #
  • RT @RayLaHood: 11.8% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians. We need safer roads. Yes, it IS that simple. http://bit.ly/64WMy #
  • Glenkinche 12, not as good as the de. Not a great blossom. #
  • Cragmore – vanilla, easy nose, good blossom into plum overtones. #
  • Playing chauffeur for my father and grandfather is cutting into my coding and #amun09 prep time. Packing the truck in a short while. #
  • Replying to a couple of emails and then putting up my Auto-reply message. It's almost time for the actual #amun09 #
  • Why yes, I do need to be awake in 2 hours. At least I had a productive night. @ctumaven & @dtwright I have something ugly to show you. #
  • @KatrinaD LIES, that is tomorrow. First we need to setup the rooms. in reply to KatrinaD #
  • Heading down to #amun09 and Wondering what kind of excitement this year's conference will bring. #
  • @KatrinaD no. If it was at conference training today, I would have a training agenda finished. This is the last day of pre-conference in reply to KatrinaD #
  • This is different, i'm about to get on the purple mobile office to redo my #amun09 training agenda. #
  • Stealing time from a faulty plan… An appropriate song for what i'm doing. #
  • Having a glass of rye. It's that kind of move in. #amun09 #
  • Can I declare Agenda bankruptcy, since we are no where near current. #amun09 #
  • @KatrinaD Glad to hear you're doing well. Feel better. You're missed here at #amun09 in reply to KatrinaD #
  • Still waiting for the first research request from a rep. Home Government is ready and waiting of the fourth floor in room 4E #amun09 #
  • @samantilles be nice to me #
  • @gretchenmarie5 DS is filled with Rock Stars this year. Keep up the good work! in reply to gretchenmarie5 #
  • @ctumaven I think @nindelicato answered one of them. I'll see what I can do on the others. in reply to ctumaven #
  • @spohara And what committee is that one for? in reply to spohara #
  • @spohara Um, no. Opening plen isn't for ~45 minutes. You're going to make @sarahnaeger think she's late. #amun09 in reply to spohara #
  • Let the games begin. #amun09 #
  • The First request is in to HG. It's all happening. #amun09 #
  • @KatrinaD Did you expect @samantilles to be nice to me? For that matter, I'm surprised that @scullycc1013 is as nice to me as she is in reply to KatrinaD #
  • The first Role Player request has arrived. I'm calling this an #amun09 win. #
  • @KatrinaD I don't know if 'miss' is the word I would use, but it would be better if you were here with us in reply to KatrinaD #
  • @TeresaLynnKern No, it wouldn't be much better in reply to TeresaLynnKern #
  • An amazing Friday at #amun09 . 3 Roleplay requests for HG set's a Record according to the Hoppe book of AMUN Records. #
  • Tis the morning of the busy at #amun09 . The requests are flowing into HG #
  • This is the Year of the Roleplay in HG. It's also the year of me running around and wishing I had more comfortable shoes #amun09 #
  • RT @dtwright: #christinabates thinks twitter is ridiculous #amun09 #
  • It's the start of Day three, and HG is two request away from 100. #amun09 #