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WordPress 2.3 is installed both here at LoSC and at work. It’s taken me most of the morning, I had some very outdated plugins here and the theme is less than helpful at being customizable. Work was a bit easier but I had to take every precaution with backups and the like.

Arguably the biggest new feature of 2.3 is the addition of native tagging. I love tags, they make it easy to get the gist of something or relate it to something else. However, 2.3 did it wrong. It’s not intuitive, importing is in a weird spot ( Dashboard -> Manage -> Import) and management must be done basically through another plugin, Tag Managing Thing. The plugin works amazingly well. Tags support is lacking in the new version as well. Using this page and this page to learn about the tag cloud and tag features I found it hard to understand that in order to exclude tags from the cloud you must know the tag-id (term id) which isn’t easily accessed without the plugin and some checking of the address link of the tag you just “edited.” Confused? Yeah I was too, like I said it took me quite a long time.

I’m happy that the new version is out, I’ve been anticipating it for a while. If only things could have gone smoother and been more intuitive. Next version in 120 days (give or take) pending security releases in the mean time, I would predict a 2.3.1 release within the next 10 days at the latest. OSS is amazing sometimes, tons of accomplishment with so little time between major releases.

$500!!!

OK so it’s time for my twice yearly grip session about textbooks. I just got back from the bookstore where I spent over $500 on 4 books and a CD. Yes that’s $500…American Dollars. I just don’t get it, I sold my books back last semester and of course they only bought one and it was “worth” $30… WTF! I had to buy one book for each class next semester, ranging from $150 for my capstone marketing class, to 95 for my IB2 class… Then the bastards made me buy a CD of a “strategy game” for IB2 that was $45… For what?! I know that we’re not going to use that CD more than once or twice and we’re probably not going to learn a single flippin thing once we do finally use it. I try to buy used books now, of course I went a week later than half of the university apparently cause there were no used books for half the classes. Honestly, these classes are upper level business classes, 20 students or less each semester, they should have an adequate amount of used books to go around! You know why they don’t, new editions! Yeah that’s right, the 7th edition had a semicolon where a comma should have been, you need to buy the 8th edition now and we only have new books in stock. ARRGGGHHH!
In other news today, I have the Laverne and Shirley theme song stuck in my head, how annoying is that?
And we’ll do it our way, yes our way.
Make all our dreams come true.

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Mario in my head lately

I have no idea why but for the past few days I’ve had the theme song from the original (NES) Super Mario Brothers in my head. It’s driving me nuts. C’mon now, you all know how it goes… You’re thinking off it right now, aren’t you? It’s gotten so bad that I’ve even gone so far as to download a few different versions of it. Finally yesterday I thought I had beaten the beast… John and James started singing it at poker last night! All over again it’s back in my head.
Going to see Rent tonight then home so I can rest up for a good meal tomorrow.