Monthly Archives: February 2006

Weirdness

Suddenly when I check my blog tonight I find that none of the pictures I uploaded to it from Flickr are being displayed. What’s up with that? It’s late enough at night that I’ll worry about that in the morning, but in the words of Yul Brynner in his role as the King of Siam, “‘Tis a puzzlement.”

Update: It’s now the next morning and to my disappointment the HTML fairy didn’t resolve the Flickr photos that were not showing on this site last night. They still don’t show here in Flock, but strangely they do show in Opera and Internet Explorer. So perhaps I have narrowed the culprit down to how Flock is displaying this site. Now, the next question is whether it is just my setup.

Aha!!

I just had an Aha! moment. I realized that I had changed a setting in my Flock preferences to “show images from the originating site only.” As soon as I changed that setting back, the pictures reappeared. In the words of Pogo, “we has met the enemy and they is us.”

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About Flock

About Flock, originally uploaded by CaptQuirk.

Yesterday I was delighted that the auto-update feature of Flock version 0.5.11 manifested itself and I was prompted to update to this newer version. I gave the auto-update permission to go ahead and do it, and now, quite smoothly, I again have the latest version. Flock is still in the “pre-release developer’s version,” but it is functioning quite well and is stable. I’ve been using it as my default browser since sometime in November and am very satisfied with its many useful features. For instance, I used Flock to upload this screen shot to Flickr.

Must see video

I don’t always watch the CBS Evening News, but I did last night for their final story, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I was so hoping they would make the story available on the Internet so that I could point you to it too, and today I found it.

Click on the link under Related Video that says “Autistic Teen’s Hoop Dreams” and watch the story yourself. It brought tears of joy to my eyes, and I suspect it will to yours too. Don’t miss seeing this one, please.

It was the stuff of Hollywood, but it was real.

CBS News | Autistic Teen’s Hoop Dreams Come True | February 23, 2006 21:05:05

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The Grandson

Connor’s Cap, originally uploaded by Dr Reelgood.

Connor Michael Nelson is approaching 10 months old now (on March 1), and he’s already getting into the family tradition of playing with what Carole used to call “the seasonal ball.” If he turns out to be a basketball player, however, he’ll be the first male in the family with any skill at playing that game. However, I think this photo of him is really cute, so I wanted to share it with you.

Some family photos from Easter, 2005

My cousin, Pat Hill, posted this picture on her Flickr site of the gathering of the Googer and Hill clans at Easter 2005. It’s good to see her posting some of her pictures on Flickr again. Here’s her identification of the crew (with some additions by me in parentheses):

Sofa, left to right, Patty Hill, Georgia Googer (Hank’s daugher), Jimmy Googer (Hank’s son), Natosha Googer (Patrick’s wife). Standing, left to right, Brad Hill (Pat’s son), Julia Googer (Hank’s wife), Hank Googer, Justice Googer (Patrick and Natosha’s son), Patrick Googer, and Mary Googer (the mother of Hank and Patrick).

Gmail labels

The other night I wrote an explanation for Caole, my ex-wife, of Gmail’s labeling capability. If you have a Gmail account, you may find it helpful to you as well, so I am copying the relevant part of my message to her here. If you don’t have a Gmail account and would like one, feel free to email me (my address is in the About Me page) and I’ll be glad to send you an invitation.

Now, for today’s “lesson.”

Last night I mentioned the concept of Labels to you. Labels are Gmail’s way of letting you apply some organization to the email you receive. Most email programs permit you to move messages from your inbox into a folder, analogous to putting a piece of correspondence into a folder and sticking it in a file drawer. Gmail’s approach is superior to that because messages often belong in more than one folder and, while you can make a copy of messages and put them into multiple folders, doing so takes up more storage space. So Gmail uses Labels instead, which means that you can apply as many labels as you think you need to each message.

When I set up your account I created a few labels (to get you started), three of them if I recall. There was Family Correspondence, Instructional, and Travel, again if memory serves. (I also set up a couple of filters which I’ll cover in another message at some time, but for now a filter is a way of applying labels or taking other actions automatically, based on some predetermined rules that you set up . But more about that later.)

It’s easy to apply a label to a message. Just look above this message and you’ll see a “drop down box” that says More Actions. If you click the down arrow beside that, you’ll see the labels that have already been defined in the list. For instance, for this message, you would choose “Instructional.” Do that now to see what I mean. Now notice that this message has two labels applied to it — Family Correspondence (that was applied by the filter) and Instructional. Those labels are indicated by the green text at the top of the message. Do you see that? Good.

At the moment you only have three labels defined, the ones that I created to begin with, but you can create as many labels as are meaningful to you. In that same drop down box, one of the choices is “New Label.” So when you choose that, you can define a new label and thereafter it will appear in the drop down list for you to choose and apply as needed. Don’t worry about applying too many labels to a message. You can add as many as you need, and then you can look for the message under that label. Just click on the label name in the list of labels on the left, and there you’ll find all the messages identified by that label. Clever, huh?

So now that you’ve applied all the labels you think you need to this message, you can get it out of your inbox. You do that by clicking on the Archive button at the top of it. That will remove it from the inbox, but it won’t be lost. It will be in the All Mail list, and it will also be listed under each of the labels it has.

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Flock error — resolved

Yesterday I was puzzled by the error message I was getting when I tried to install the Filterset.G extension that is used in conjunction with the AdBlock extension in Flock (and also in Firefox).  I posted the screen shot of the error I received on my Flickr site, and sometime yesterday Killeroid replied to my quandry by suggesting that there was an existing port of that extension for Flock.  After some fooling around with it (running it through the Flock’d tool at this site again), I was able to get the extension installed in my new version of Flock.  So all is well, because it all ended well.  As I have reviewed my own actions yesterday when I was trying to install this extension, it appears that I may have been clicking the wrong link while trying to install it. 

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