Archive for October, 2005

410 Gone error while posting to the blog

My irritating web host (who I will not name here, for fear of providing them even limited advertising) has evidently blocked the ability to POST to the file “xmlrpc.php”… an integral part of using WordPress with a post application like BlogJet.

I’m sure they think they have their reasons, but all it does for me is totally piss me off. I was unsuccessful in getting ahold of their technical support team (who are, supposedly, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). I’ll tip you off a little bit to who my webhost is by saying that I was calling this number to get technical support: 877–435–7281.

I was unable to get ahold of them because after the 30 seconds of “you should check our (totally useless) website to get the answer to your question”, the automated attendant simply disconnected the call. No matter what. I tried a dozen times, different numbers, selecting stuff from menus when I called different numbers. Evidently there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY TO GET AHOLD OF THESE PEOPLE FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT.

But the good news is, I found a workaround (at least until they block it — at which point I am, without question, moving my several hosted sites to a different webhost and never looking back). If you’re getting the “410 Gone” error while posting, have a look at jkoole’s comments here: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/48128.

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That time of year — time change

Well, hopefully you remembered last night about the time change. Today is that weekend-morning of the year where folks show up an hour early for stuff. That’s better than being an hour late, I suppose, but who doesn’t want the extra hour of sleep.

I’m just glad because we’re back to “Standard” time throughout the US. No more of that “meeting is at 4pm EST” stuff in the middle of July, etc.

This year was a bit more confused, I think, because of the energy bill that passed earlier in the year. As you may recall, this includes a change to US observation of Daylight Saving time such that it will end (go back to Standard time) a few weeks later… starting in 2007.

Thus the confusion. We’ve had some news coverage out here on the local news lately to reinforce the fact that this change doesn’t happen until 2007. Not in 2005. Heck, not even in 2006.

But I still wonder how many folks didn’t actually FORGET (the usual behavior) to switch the clocks this morning, but in fact, PURPOSEFULLY didn’t change them, thinking that the change isn’t until November?

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Libby indicted – It’ll have to do

Well, it’s not the birthday present I was hoping for, but it’ll have to do… for now. Karl Rove, your time is still coming so don’t think you’re going to get away with it!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9837835/

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Miers… oh well

Well, I’m a little disappointed by Miers withdrawing from consideration. Not because I thought she was a great candidate (although, to be fair, I know as little as anyone else about her — perhaps she would have surprised during the testimony).

Nope, the reason I’m disappointed is because I was quite looking forward to seeing James Dobson testifying under oath about the “assurances” he received about Miers. As far as I can tell, it’d be another “Pat Robertson”-style moment. It seems like he would have two options:

  • Lie under oath
  • Admit someone “gave him a heads up” and name names

Either way would have been fine with me. Oh well.

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81.104 RCW – High-Capacity Transportation Systems

Today I ran across Washington State law “RCW” (Revised Code of Washington) 81.104, which talks about High-Capacity Transportation Systems in excruciating legislative detail.

I particularly enjoyed this bit (excerpted, with my highlighting added) from Section 81.104.015 that details the definitions of various transportation types:

    (1) “High-capacity transportation system” means a system of public transportation services within an urbanized region operating principally on exclusive rights of way, and the supporting services and facilities necessary to implement such a system, including interim express services and high occupancy vehicle lanes, which taken as a whole, provides a substantially higher level of passenger capacity, speed, and service frequency than traditional public transportation systems operating principally in general purpose roadways.

I love it! So much to look forward to!!

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2045 Seattle visits the Mayor

Christian of 2045Seattle went to the Mayor’s fundraiser over the weekend and has an interesting write-up.

In particular, I found the section called “The Mayor Blocks Transit” amusing. It’s a priceless photo of the mayor’s limo parked illegally in the bus right-of-way… blocking a 54–bus from getting through.

No matter what your opinion of the mayor, that is just hilarious!

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Our October “Park Walk”

Jodi and I took a good walk today, to investigate and appreciate our local parks. We took a handful of photos and posted them at Doddsnet.

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Nikon DX lenses

Wow. This was totally a shock to me. I had an email thread at work with some photo enthusiasts, and eventually chatted with Michael a bit about how we could prove one way or the other.

The claim was that the Nikon DX-style lenses take into account the 1.5x Focal View Crop that the D70 camera sensor creates… Well, Nikon covers this in a bunch of detail in their knowledge database. But even after reading this, and reading a bunch of the forum comments (like this one), I was TOTALLY CONFUSED.

For me (and probably for most of the folks on the forums, etc) the question was very simple: Does 70mm on my D70 with a DX lens equal 70mm on my D70 with a non-DX (“135”-format) lens.

The reason there’s so much confusion around this is probably because there’s two answers, they’re different, and they’re both true.

The first answer is: Absolutely yes. 70mm is 70mm. Duh.

The second answer is: No. Because the DX lens “knows” it is working against a non-full-frame sensor. The DX lens is specially designed to only cover the crop of the dSLR sensor, so it “takes into account” this difference and provides a “true” focal length.

I fall more inline with the second camp. I mean, really… who cares if it’s actually 70mm specified on the lens if it’s EFFECTIVELY 105mm on the sensor.

So, thanks to Michael for “proving” the second answer for me by taking the same exact picture at the same exact focal length (70mm) with two different lenses just to show how different “70mm” can look if the lens does (or doesn’t) take into account the 1.5x crop:


18-70mm ED DX @ 70mm

 70mmWithDX


70-300mm ED @70mm

70mmWithNonDX

 

So, that about proves it for me, and here are my takeways:

  • A DX lens on my D70 can be taken to provide exactly the effective focal length it quotes (ie – my 18–70mm lens will work just like an 18–70mm lens)
  • A non-DX lens on my D70 will provide the 1.5x focal length multiplier effectively (ie – the 70–300mm lens works like a 105–450mm lens)

Now I get to rethink my 70–300mm lens strategy so I don’t end up with a big gap in focal-length coverage with my 18–70mm (kit) lens… drat.

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Geocoding the blog

Finally spent some time figuring out how to geocode my blog. I’d been fiddling half-heartedly with this for a few weeks and never had much luck. Then I realized it’s because the latest version of WordPress no longer has the geo tagging stuff built in. From the plugin comments for the Geo plugin I eventually got working, it seems like it used to be there so not entirely clear why it’s gone! 

Note: if you’re running wordpress 1.5.2, you need the 1742 version of this geo plugin, not the 1741 version that purports to be the latest version. Here’s a direct link to the 1742 version in case you can’t find it on the site (took me 15 minutes or so to figure this out when I was getting all of the “header already exists” errors in the wordpress admin site):  http://dev.wp-plugins.org/file/geo/tags/1.0/geo.php?rev=1742

Anyway, after getting the geocoding working on the site, next step was to get it registered properly with feedmap.

Here’s the BlogMap:

And the NeighBlogMap:

And the Local BlogRoll

Localopml

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Evan’s WordPress OPML

Just spent the last 30 mins or so getting an OPML out of my RSSBandit aggregator and imported into my WordPress blog. I was a little frustrated that the hierarchy was completely flattened during the import, and I was also a little irritated that I can’t seem to get it to sort any way other than alphabetical. So all of the “Links” to the right here are a jumble of topics. Maybe eventually I’ll figure out how to get this to update hierarchically and sorted by category. I’m not to worried about it, I suppose. In any event, this is the core group of blogs that I read. Enjoy!

Updated: Ok, I figured out how to separate out the categories now, I think

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