Flat Earthers et al

Stumbled onto this story on Facebook:

Speakers recently flew in from around (or perhaps, across?) the earth for a three-day event held in Birmingham: the UK?s first ever public Flat Earth Convention. It was well attended, and wasn?t just three days of speeches and YouTube clips (though, granted, there was a lot of this). There was also a lot of team-building, networking, debating, workshops ? and scientific experiments. Yes, flat earthers do seem to place a lot of emphasis and priority ?

Not sure who originally shared it, so if I missed giving credit … my apologies.

I started reading it and one thought occurred to me … anti-vaccers, flat-earthers, homeopathic followers, non-GMO crowds, and the “organic” people … are these groups representative of the natural consequence of walling academia up for elites only to access? Isn’t it sort of human nature to eventually buck at the powerful dictates? I know I get frustrated when I ask a question and get a rote response and irritation if pressed. I asked a question about a strategy in a game Scott and I play, “Why do we not send this type of troop on our battles?” The response was basically, “Because I say so”. When I expand my question to explain that I have to know the why of these things, especially when evidence demonstrates it to be a bad policy, I get silence.

Children should be seen and not heard … I guess.

I am the equivalent of a child because I am brand new and young.

But I decided after a while that I was not going to listen to that command. It made no sense to me and I was losing as a result of following the rule. I made up my own rules. I didn’t like what the leaders were saying and they refused to explain their stance.

I wonder if this isn’t what we are seeing with the resurgence of these skeptic groups – a wholesale rejection of what those in power dictate to the masses.

There is only so long you can tell people what to do without them rebelling against a meaningless (on the surface) directive.

Then again … this is exactly what that article is saying … only in more academic terms. Oh the irony!

I still have it

I spent almost 18 hours trying to figure out how to connect the WordPress iOS app to this new WordPress installation. I couldn’t sleep last night, so I got my laptop and installed WordPress, copied over the last hugo post to it, and set the installation live. If you’ve visited the site in the last 24 hours, you might have noticed the change.

The whole point was so that I could publish posts remotely using remote services and apps. The WordPress iOS app for one. It wouldn’t connect. It kept giving me an obscure error. I tried everything I could find to get it sorted. Nada.

Well, everything except googling the error itself. Eventually, after scouring the internet for ideas, I stumbled on the troubleshooting guide for Jetpack that mentioned a service called “Varnish”. I’d never heard of it. My server isn’t running it. So I googled for the error minus “varnish” (i.e. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=nginx+xml-rpc-32700+-varnish) and discovered this link: https://serverfault.com/questions/824336/wordpress-nginx-php-fpm-xml-rpc-not-working and there it was:

“It seems like the extensions php-xml and php-xmlrpc are not installed.”

Soon as I installed both, everything worked like a charm.
It took me almost a whole 24 hours to figure it out, but I eventually did. I haven’t completely lost my tech skills. They’ve slowed but they haven’t completely disappeared.

pats self on back

And now my remote publishing works now too. As is evidenced by this post which is coming from Ulysses. I have no idea what the post will look like published, so … here goes nothing.

I owe you an explanation

In January, I posted saying I had moved to Hugo and I was happy. That wasn’t a lie. I was happy. But then I wanted to post something to my blog while I was out, away from home and realised that I couldn’t. Hugo requires some kind of *nix OS to run and an ftp application to send the files to the server. That’s neat; it’s fast and small; but it is inconvenient if you’re on the move.

And so here I am … back on WordPress. Because it’s what I know and nothing else is as lean as WordPress. All the other popular blogging software tries to do it all and it shows.

Time will tell if this architecture will support a WordPress installation. I may have to tweak the server a bit, but for now … this is where I am at.

Hopefully it also means I will be posting more frequently. But I’ve promised that before, haven’t I? Yeah. I know. Stay tuned.

Happy New year (edited)

Hey y’all.

It’s 2018. In fact, it’s so much 2018 that it’s almost February 2018. I’ve not blogged for a while now. Well … that’s not quite true. I have blogged. I just haven’t shared it. I find I am in a place where I don’t know anymore whether what I am about to write is offensive and whether it’ll cause me friends or … something else. And here’s the thing … it’s not so much that I am suddenly afraid of losing friends. I’ve never been the kind to hold onto a relationship if it’s obviously trying to dissipate. I mean … I try to hold onto it. I do what I think I can to mend the breach if there is a breach. But I don’t bend over backwards and I don’t prostitute myself. No … I think what’s happening is that I am so very very angry about the sudden predicament that I find myself in that all I can write is vitriol that most people would fine quite off-putting. Even my friends.

So … I keep silent. And I beat myself up daily because … there are other things to talk about, aren’t there? There are. Maybe it’s school (for those who may have forgotten or did not know, I am currently in a masters program at USC, maybe it’s the social isolation I am experiencing … maybe it’s the depression and anxiety … whatever it is, I just don’t feel the urge to write about stuff right now.

So while I study how to diagnoses the Schizotypical (Personality) Disorder and how to evaluate mental health research and see clients … I am quiet. I’ll likely be quiet for a few more months. But I have not been idle. As I said, I am in school, but I’ve also been playing around on the web host in the background quite a bit. You guys wouldn’t notice, but this website is actually now hosted on a completely different configuration than it was last week. I’ve been getting memory usage warnings from DigitalOcean for a few weeks. On investigation, it seemed the php processes were running away. Since I couldn’t pin down exactly what the problem was, and I had long wanted to do it anyway, I moved from Ubuntu to Debian. It’s a leaner install in so many ways. And far more enjoyable to work with.

So … until things change, enjoy what’s here. I know it’s not a lot and that all the historical posts are gone. Sorry about that. A few things necessitated this shift from WordPress to a flat file blogging style. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to WordPress. For the time being, I am happy with Hugo. I’ve moved back to WordPress. More on that in the coming days. And maybe even a return of some of my historical posts. We’ll see.

All that said … y’all have a wonderful year now, hear? Catch you laters!