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  • September 23, 2006

I just spent some time learning that a nifty little feature in WordPress will make your blog show up as a blank page on some versions of Internet Explorer 6.0. I say some because I have 3 computers at home, 2 with IE 6.0 and one with IE 7.0 beta. I could only produce this on one of my machines with IE 6.0 and so I immediately suspected a virus of some sort. After running a virus scan with eTrust and then running Spybot Search and Destroy, everything came up clean. So next I logged into the control panel of my webhost and started editing files. First I changed index.php in my root to see if I was evening getting to my webpage. I thought the problem might be a redirector incompatibility with my host and so I wanted to rule that out. When I saw that my index.php was actually get executed, I started hacking WordPress.

The first file that WordPress loads is wp-blog-header.php which does a little sanity check at the top followed by the following bit of code:

require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/wp-config.php’);

wp();
gzip_compression();

require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . ‘/template-loader.php’);

endif;

I made the following changes trying to narrow down the problem.

require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/wp-config.php’);

echo "Got Here";

#wp();
#gzip_compression();

#require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . ‘/template-loader.php’);

endif;

When I saved and pressed refresh in the browse I saw "Got Here". Next I made the following changes.

require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/wp-config.php’);

wp();

echo "Got Here";

#gzip_compression();

#require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . ‘/template-loader.php’);

endif;

That worked to. So finally on a hunch I tried this.

require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . ‘/wp-config.php’);

wp();
#gzip_compression();

require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . ‘/template-loader.php’);

endif;

And it worked. Turns out I had enabled the "WordPress should compress articles (gzip) if browsers ask for them" option and apparently IE 6.0 asks for compressed articles and then fails reading them or something. When I unchecked this option I was able to uncomment out the line above and everything was good to go.

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  • September 20, 2006

Micah got hooked up on an Insulin Pump today and the whole family celebrated by going out to dinner at Krispy Kremes. It’s been over 6 years since Micah has been able to have 3 donuts and a bottle of Milk at the same meal.

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  • September 19, 2006

Today is Primary Election Day in Redmond, Washington and there is a new kind of Democracy at work. A Democracy where only the technologically savvy are allowed to vote. And the best part is that we have managed to keep the plebs out surreptitiously rather than using any high profile methods that might attract attention to this new world order that is under construction.

Back when I was a kid growing up in suburban San Diego, California, I would often confuse Election Day with Flag day because you would see homes, churches, schools, or libraries absolutely littered with flags and signs that read “Vote Here.” It was exciting, and you could hardly miss it. All you had to do was stop by the Polling place nearest your home and vote, or register to do so in the future. Any old 18 year old, no matter how bright, could easily get involved in the democratic process.

Here is a picture of my polling place today taken from my cellphone across the street.

The polls from the street

No flags, no signs, no nothing! Here is a picture standing right in front of the main entrance.

In front of the polls

The only hint is a tiny litte sign on the inner left pillar that says Vote and then something asian underneath it. To find this polling place I had to search Google for this website and find the link that says “King County polling places” where I could download a PDF that you must be fairly proficient with Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader to read since the font is microscopic. The PDF contains the locations in order by district. (a 6 digit number with a hyphen between the second and third digit) You can decode this number from the mailing address label on your voters pamphlet if you were luck enough to have kept it.

Isn’t that sneaky? If they had instead asked people to complete a computing and internet competency test before allowing them to vote, there would be a riot. But not this way, no one will ever suspect. I fgiure this makes my vote count more since untold numbers of potential voters will never know or suspect that this day was any different from any other Tuesday.

SquidSoap 

I came across two interesting sites today. The first sells a soap that teaches children how to wash their hands while they are washing their hands. Kind of a learn by doing approach. The trick is that the dispenser has an ink blotter on top that will dispense an ink mark on your childs hand when they dispense the soap. The ink is designed to come off after 15-20 seconds of scrubbing.

The second site I found from an article about using a timer to help your children learn to concentrate. Perhaps I should consider this technique as opposed to the lecture approach that tends to get abstracted and abstracted and overly generalized.

Lisa says:
I just overheard Micah tell Hannah that he’s got girls figured out…..
SeanK says:
😮
Lisa says:
they all just try to distract boys.
Lisa says:
“Daddy told him so, and he’s a professional!”
SeanK says:
ROFL
Lisa says:
I thought you’d appreciate that.
Lisa says:
Your influence knows no bounderies.
Lisa says:
🙂
SeanK says:
I’m blogging this
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  • September 4, 2006

White Elephant

Almost every Labor day weekend for that last 4 years, we have gone over to the Spokane, WA area. One of the places we always make a point of going to is the White Elephant. Essentially a toy store for kids of all ages. It’s also located two blocks from a Salvation Army Thrift store so mom is happy too.

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  • September 1, 2006

Reading

I read a lot! I started reading (for pleasure) in College when I had a job working in a gas station booth on the swing shift during the summer with no good Calculus homework to occupy my time. I picked up one of Issac Asimov’s Foundation books to keep from going bonkers. Ever since, you can usually catch me half way through several different books. I’m reading about 5 right now. Consequently, my kids having acquired a love of books and can often be found throughout the house buried in some book. 

Anyway, I just finished reading a really good book. So good that I wanted to recommend it to others. David Bodanis, has written an awesome book titled, Electric Universe – The Shocking True Story of Electricity. David has selected some key discoveries (certainly not all) that have formed what we have come to know about electricity and how to harness it. Then drawing on the research he has done on the details of the people and places behind the events, David presents an extemely engaging narrative that draws you in as the story unfolds. David does a great job of describing the electronic processes involved in simple approachable terms that makes it an easy read for someone who is not an electrical engineer.

Anyway, I went ahead and subscribed to the Amazon Associate program to create the link on the sidebar so you can check it out if want. If enough of you buy it through the link I’ll get a gift certificate from Amazon to help feed my habit.