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Tweets from the week before 2010-01-11

  • @pdxcommute Thanks for the mention today. in reply to pdxcommute #
  • Today has been filled with a few moments of win, including a mention of my site on Oregon Live. For a Monday I'll take it. #
  • mmm vegetarian chili #
  • I <3 the #wordpress shortcodes api #
  • @np7776 Alomar deserves to be in. I'm shocked that Raines isn't getting the respect he deserves. in reply to np7776 #
  • Bagel time. Need to fuel some more work. #
  • @np7776 Besides Henderson, no "Leadoff Hitter" comes close to his stats. I'd love to have a .810ops/10+hr/50+ sb guy at the top of the order in reply to np7776 #
  • Just sent my Alma Mater an e-mail asking them to switch the sports rss feed to full text. #crossingfingers #
  • If you had a dream shortcode for #wordpress what would it be? #
  • @lyzadanger Those are great! Thanks! in reply to lyzadanger #
  • @Jason a regex of twitter handles that looks like "%@aaronjorbin%" ? Or just throw everyone in an array and randomize it. in reply to Jason #
  • Not going to be able to finish everything I had hoped to tonight. I'm just too tired and my productivity is low. sleep? yes, please. #
  • Let the Games Begin! Setting the scope of WordPress 3.0 in the dev chat. #wordpress-dev on freenode if you want to join in #
  • @wpmuguru I just created http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/11816 . Any chance you could upload your script for switch to multisite? #
  • If your going to make me sit on hold for 30min+ at least give the option of turning OFF your annoying music & recorded messages #
  • @ctumaven mmm, marinated dinosaur. in reply to ctumaven #
  • I have put it off / But this is the weekend for / my #AMUN Debrief #haikufriday #
  • @kchrist There is nothing more important then knowing your plugins code. That's the biggest source of security holes imho #wpsec in reply to kchrist #
  • My Ballet came in the Mail. I love vote by mail. #
  • Pineapple fried rice with #pork #100meat #
  • Putting the finishing touches on my #amun09 debrief. Let me know if you want to proofread or comment on it before I submit it Monday night. #
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Pineapple fried rice with #pork #100meat

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Tweets from the week before 2010-01-04

  • @kellymariez77 mmm. I'm a bit jealous in reply to kellymariez77 #
  • Diagnosing a DNS issue #
  • I have an Amun friend in town, i think this means i'll take a productivity break for the afternoon. #
  • Horsebrass in a little bit. Not many better places to show an out of towner the greatness that is oregon beer. #
  • Some days code just seems to write itself. Today is one of those days and I'm loving it. #
  • @kchrist This barely qualifies as snow. If it sticks, you should be fine with caution and good tread on your current tires. in reply to kchrist #
  • @dtwright YES! In fact I think you should only submit in source since it's a fact that @sarahnaeger loves LaTeX in reply to dtwright #
  • @kchrist Best of luck in your upcoming hibernation. I hope your supplies last. in reply to kchrist #
  • @dtwright Not at all. Her love of LaTeX is do to the fact that it is easier to control the spread of disease (viruses) using LaTex then pdf in reply to dtwright #
  • I spent five years in a city that averaged 150 to 300 inches of snow and never saw a car with chains on the tires. 1/4 an inch in pdx? yep #
  • @Viper007Bond LA Drivers freak out when there's a cloud in the sky. in reply to Viper007Bond #
  • @_mfields Yes and I find it hilarious . I don't understand the inability to drive in snow. Take your time and plan your moves. in reply to _mfields #
  • .@trimet line 35 was stuck coming up greely = me walking 1.5 miles. It's beautiful out there. #
  • Tonight seems like perfect time to make white bean, kale and tomato soup #
  • My response to: An Exercise in WordPress Integration, or Why WordPress Sucks http://bit.ly/5OoYQg #
  • I hope everyone has a great <?php echo date( "Y" ); ?> #
  • Not happy with the start to this game. Go Ducks! #
  • It was so good yesterday, I'm going to eat some more soup and have a #bacon grilled cheese sandwich #100meat #
  • My twenty-ten goal / one hundred servings of meat / will I miss bacon? http://aaron.jorb.in/100meat/ #haikufriday #
  • Goodbye Fareless Square and Hello Free Rail Zone on @trimet. My thoughts: http://aaron.jorb.in/2010/goodbye-fareless-square/ #
  • Great story about a great guy and sled hockey: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-hockey-paralyzed-01-jan01,0,6166481,full.story #
  • @betsywhim I am sorry about your loss. I wish you lots of strength over these coming days. #
  • Sad to hear that Dennis Brutus, who fought Apartheid in South Africa and former Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Bill Gleason both passed away. #
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Goodbye Fareless Square

As has been reported many other places, Today (3 January 2009) Trimet switched from the current fareless square to the fareless rail zone and this is one Trimet change I’m in favor of. It has a variety of benefits and a few costs.

  • Benefits

    • Continues to provide a large area that is accessible during a large part of the day quickly and without a vehicle. This doesn’t mean it’s a large enough area or that it doesn’t need to expand out to include a larger part of the east side. I think the simplest way to extend it now is to go fareless on the Portland Streetcar. Couple this with the expected eastside streetcar on MLK/Grand and you would have a large area that you never even need to think about driving.
    • No longer requiring bus drivers to kick people off for not having paid a fare. Every time I’ve seen a bus driver put in this situation of being forced to tell someone “pay or get off”, you can tell it’s the part of their job they hate. Now they won’t have to do that.
    • Buses will no longer need to stop for fare inspectors. It’s rare, but it does happen and now these fare inspectors can focus on the MAX, where there is a big fare evasion problem. I for one would really like to see fare inspectors on the MAX much more often
  • Costs

    • 5% of trips that can currently be taken for free, now can’t. According to Trimet when they announced this decision in August:

      We estimate that about 95% of the trips currently taken within Fareless Square can easily be taken on the future Green Line on the Mall, on the existing Blue/Red MAX line on Morrison and Yamhill, and on the Streetcar. Nearly every destination in Fareless Square will be served by MAX or Streetcar within 3 or 4 blocks.We estimate that about 95% of the trips currently taken within Fareless Square can easily be taken on the future Green Line on the Mall, on the existing Blue/Red MAX line on Morrison and Yamhill, and on the Streetcar. Nearly every destination in Fareless Square will be served by MAX or Streetcar within 3 or 4 blocks.

      Source: Trimet Press Release August 12, 2009

    • Service frequency for free is greatly diminished. While the Max runs frequent enough during the day, after 10pm your options for what used to be the free bus mall are extremely limited. You can get a train (at the start of the line, PSU/SW 6th & Montgomery MAX Station) at: 10:02, 10:10, 10:32, 10:40, 11:02. 11:10, 11:32, 11:40 and 12:10. That’s it. That means you can not get from PSU to old town without paying a fare after midnight on weeknights and you might be waiting 22min (which is enough to walk the entire way) for a train at other times. This just isn’t frequent enough in my opinion

Overall, I am for the change and hope that it increases fare inspection on the Max.  If that happens, this will be a win for Trimet riders.  Hopefully we’ll get lucky and see that happen.

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It was so good yesterday, I’m going to eat some more soup and have a #bacon grilled cheese sandwich #100meat

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Tweets from the week before 2009-12-28

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Tweets from the week before 2009-12-21

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Programming Uncategorized WordPress

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.

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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

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

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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.