Weekend Threesome – 11/21/21

Ever wondered why Lionel Ritchie always sang about being easy like Sunday morning?  Because he liked reading The Nest’s Weekend Threesome too!  OK, I may be making that up…

I love the weather here in the Midwestern US because it can be so volatile.  I once walked to the bus station going to college on a 70 degree morning and walked back home five hours later in a snowstorm.  The worst storm to hit the area in my lifetime came with absolutely no warning until the clear skies suddenly turned black.  Never a dull moment in the meteorology department around here…

How many seasons are we going to have today?

And we’re getting into the time of the year from late Fall to early Spring when the passing cold fronts are powerful enough to create some real wild temperature swings in a matter of a few hours.  But I don’t think I ever experienced one quite like the front that passed through around 1 PM on Wednesday.

I was driving home from having lunch at my Mom’s, and had the window down since it was pretty mild.  As I got to the intersection where I turn onto the main road that goes near my home, a very sudden blast of chilly air hit me while I waited in the left turn lane.  I glanced at the thermometer reading on the car stereo and it was 70 degrees.  By the time I pulled into my driveway about TWO MINUTES later, it had already dropped to 62!

Wait…. what just happened!?!?

It only dropped into the mid 50’s for the time being…. but man, that initial drop was something else!

Given that WordPress feels no obligation to ensure that its old reliable programs still run on its ever changing infrastructure… I’ve always been a little surprised that my blogging theme still works.  It’s Twenty Ten, named after the year it debuted (I assume), and was a popular default theme when I started blogging ten years ago.  I chose it because it has a very clean and now very familiar look to it.  And I have NEVER changed it…

But the first signs that it may be fraying a bit at the edges are starting to show.  The little row of gravatars at the bottom of my posts that shows who hit the Like button first went wonky a few days ago and has now disappeared completely.  It’s still there on the other blogs I visit.

And speaking of the other blogs I visit, here’s what my WP notifications drop down looks like when I check it while on someone else’s blog…

Yeah, that looks really great… like someone made it on Geocities.

This is what it should look like…

Much better…

I just don’t get why the notifications page only works correctly when I’m on my own blog… but it sure seems like another WP classic’s about to get rendered obsolete…

And finally…. here’s the Autumn version of a stoplight.

Don’t run a red leaf.

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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17 Responses to Weekend Threesome – 11/21/21

  1. I’ve kind of been thinking lately about changing my blogging theme…..but then I chicken out at the last minute. I’ve had only two themes since 2011 when I started blogging. Adventurous on the internet I am NOT! We are having weather weirdness too…..going from the 30s during the day to high 60s or low 70s overnight is just not RIGHT. Plants/trees/grass/animals/humans – we’re all confused. Global warming and freezing at the same time????????????????? Life is tough enough already isn’t it??

    Pam

  2. Kismet says:

    We stopped posting when WP made blocks mandatory. Why change to something new and worse???

  3. ghostmmnc says:

    Love the traffic light trees!
    I read your post from 2016 just now, and wow what a storm that was! I love a good thunderstorm, but not the destruction that can come with it. We have some wild and wooly storms around here too sometimes, and yes they can come from out of nowhere!
    Don’t know anything about the WP thing, sorry. I never think to even use that feature. Hope it clears up for you soon.

    • I’ve seen those three trees out my window before in Fall, but for some reason never took a picture until now! The storm was something else… a derecho, which I believe you get down where you live with the infamous “dry line.” Your blog theme is from the same era as mine, and in fact, was probably as common as my Twenty Ten theme was ten years ago. A lot of people used it and still do… but I can’t remember what it is called.

  4. We continue to wait for more seasonal weather though I note the temps are becoming more seasonal. I can live with 50’s & 60’s though I’d prefer some moisture to tamp down all the dust from crunched leaves.

    WP is pushing us Classic Editor users toward extinction as I steadfastly refuse to switch to the Block Editor. I had an issue recently and spent a mind-numbing amount of time with one of their “Happiness Coaches” or whatever they call themselves. They were pleasant enough and at least were able to gerry rig the issue but I’m not hopeful for the long term. Hope things get resolved to your satisfaction. We’re especially embarrassed at being blown up so large on your page. For the record, the Ninja empathetically denied being responsible. She said you should blame the squirrels in your hood.

    • I’ve never bothered with their Happiness Engineers, Helper Monkeys, or whatever other sappy names they call their gang of yes men and yes women. I figured if it broke, they meant to break it and just want me to walk around the glass shards…

  5. Willow Croft says:

    I noticed that some things are acting up around WordPress lately. It’s gone back to the “you’re not signed in” gambit (when I am) when I try to leave comments, etc.

    • I’ve never had that issue on WP, but it’s nearly impossible for me to comment on a Blogger/Blogspot blog. I’ve lost a few followers that way due to lack of ability to communicate…

      • Willow Croft says:

        Yeah, I can’t either. I only have a gmail account via work and I can’t use that. Sometimes it will let me post up with my pen name and website address and another field, but to be honest, sometimes I get tired of doing that all the time. LOL

  6. As one who survived the “let’s render a good, working theme obsolete’ wars just this past week, I will offer a small bit of advice. If you get the notice from those idiots who are supposed to be working making things run around here; that your theme (Twenty Ten) is being ‘retired’ and the offer of some other one to take the old one’s place? DO NOT PUSH “ACCEPT” or pay the slightest bit of attention. Ignore it all. For your own sanity.

    Several other folks, more savvy and less paranoid than I am have told me that WordPress says that ‘retired’ business, but what they mean is they’ve rendered it a classic. If you’re using it, you can carry on and nothing will happen.

    I hadn’t heard about the potential FUBAR, and got frightened and accepted the fruckin’ change and have been fighting to get my blog back to center and workable ever since. A whole week now. 😡 Those twits are apparently ‘upgrading’ the themes now. I wish I knew who told them that ‘newer is ALWAYS better’. I’d like to thank that individual with a punch in the nose or a swift kick in the ass.

    • You didn’t have to tell me that… I haven’t listened to WP a single time when it’s tried to retire anything I use. Only when it actually stops working will I find another reasonably FREE one…

  7. draliman says:

    I also have an ancient theme which I keep meaning to change. I just know everything will go wrong and then when I try to change back to rescue everything it won’t work any more…

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