Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- While doing some link maintenance on my site, I happened to discover that a site over on Blogger had plagiarized my post on how to deal with plagiarism. Hey, go big or go home, right?
- I’m a big Apple fan, but the whole forced obsolescence thing does get a bit annoying. In this case, it’s not any of my Apple devices aren’t working, but my printer drivers aren’t compatible with the current MacOS; it thinks they’re malware. I’m glad my old semi-functional laptop still works to print, because it’s really not worth it to buy a new printer for the approximately 2 times a year I need to print things these days.
- I’ve decided not to cancel my Medium.com membership. I’ve been spending hardly any time there over the past year, and while I do have some income dribbling in from older articles, I think streamlining the number of places I hang out online is a good thing.
- I spent an hour on Thursday chatting with a Happiness Engineer because the WP editor abruptly stopped working, and I couldn’t edit posts. Luckily the wp-admin editor still works, because, as usual, there was no happiness to be gained from talking to a Happiness Engineer. I did, however, get a clue why WP is so buggy. It’s because there doesn’t seem to be any systematic testing. It sounds like one big craparific free-for-all. “The software itself (WordPress, from WordPress.org) is totally open-source, it’s dependent on contributors and a community who provide feedback and suggestions. If you’re looking to join in on that you can do; there’s a good introduction overview here for that: https://make.wordpress.org/“. Sweet fancy Moses, no wonder it’s a dog’s breakfast.
Several months ago, a Canadian court struck down a provision of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying legislation, specifically that death must be reasonably forseeable. The government’s new bill had specified that people couldn’t seek MAID in cases where mental illness was the only identified condition. CBC News reports that the Senate (our Senate is appointed, not elected) has sent the bill back to Parliament with several revisions, including an 18-month time limit to the ban on MAID for people with mental illness as the sole condition. Whether parliament will accept that or not, who knows, but I actually think that strikes a pretty good balance. If someone has to wait 18 months after making the first request, that’s enough time for suicidality due to an acute episode of illness to have subsided, and it gives people with chronic, non-remitting illness the ability to make choices around how they want to live, or not live, their life. Personally, I would find it very reassuring to have that option available should the need arise.
This is an ad for a local real estate development. They’re targeting first-time homebuyers with this ad that’s a rip-off of the opening to Family Matters (of Steve Urkel “did I do that?” fame). The ad is just an awkward attempt at retro if you don’t know Family Matters (although really, it’s an awkward attempt at retro anyway), and I don’t think their target audience is quite old enough to catch on. It puzzles me that someone a) thought of this, b) thought it was a good idea, and c) thought it would motivate 40-ish folks to pre-buy their condos.
We had a guinea pig video a couple days ago, so today, we’ve got the first woodpecker video of the season. He sleeps in a hollow area up by the top of that grey post-looking thing (it’s actually hollow). Around this time he starts staking out his territory. He has a lady friend, although she sleeps elsewhere. I haven’t seen her yet this year.
How has your week been?