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The WordPress Block Editor…


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Date: May 21, 2020

They tried to push this thing on us a few years back…and now, allegedly, they are going to force it on us…by June 1st, I think the notice said?…

As far as making posts go…I don’t care, so long as they leave at least one of the following alone…the really old “classic” editor [which still works just fine]…or the primary WordPress editor…Leave them accessible and usable as they are…and I will not have a neurotic meltdown…

I have my private links set up, so I can get to either one of these good and competent editors…

As to the “block editor”…This nightmare of a monstrosity is not made for people who just want to write…or who just want to paste their completed work into the straight forward, clean and obvious text boxes, pick their categories, pick a publishing time and hit the “publish” button…

No…this piece of garbage is made for smart phone users…and tablet users, who want to endlessly fiddle around with a myriad of unclear options, and waste a whole lot of time composing a post…by dropping in “this”, “that” and “whatever”…

Worse still…this stupid “editor” doesn’t even appear to be capable of producing posts for me, anymore…as it’s constantly screwing up my HTML…I’ve spent the last hour or more, trying to find a “block” setting that behaves like the large form in the main posting form…but, to no avail…It seems there is no way to make the “block” editor behave like the trusty, simple WordPress editor which I both need, and am entirely happy with.

I compose all of my posts outside of the WordPress editor [both the good editors, and the shitty block editor]…I’ve been doing this for so many years, that I have it down to a very tight process, which rarely makes me go back and redo anything…

Normally, I just copy from original copies on my hard drive…and I paste the content directly into the main post form, and then into the title box…pick my “settings”, and press post…I can post ten or more posts, fairly quickly…because most of my posts follow a certain form…and use much the same HTML…

…And I have not only years invested in this personal system…I have insane amounts of personal work invested in it…and the prospect of having to re-figure and rework a massive ton of stuff…just to figure out how in the hell to get it to work with this piece of shit “block” editor…which I never asked for, and sure as fuck do not want any part of…

The method I have been using the last several years has been working beautifully, thank you…I don’t need you being an ass, WordPress…I don’t need you throwing this obstacle riddled piece of garbage in front of me and demanding that I figure out how to work around such a senseless pain in the ass.

This “block editor” does absolutely nothing good for me, and only represents an outrage inducing degradation to this service.

What pisses me off even more…is that this came out of nowhere…So many of us have already rejected this stupid thing…I am a fucking, paying customer on this platform…and now, when I need to edit one of my pages [web pages and websites]…I cant just click on the “edit” link at the bottom of their page anymore…because I get taken to the stupid ass “block editor”…and I’m not going to let that screw up my webpages/sites…So, now I have to hunt every single page down in page editor…so that I can click on the “classic editor” link and be taken to the editor that actually works and wont screw up my hard work…

Thanks for turning so many things into a burdensome chore…you inconsiderate shitheads.

I’ve put so fucking much work into making this blog function like a well oiled machine…

…Wordpress was pretty well perfect, the way it has functioned these last several years…This is already, exactly what I want.

Remember…the internet still functions on the back of computers…not these piddly tablets and toys, you’re so obsessed with catering too…

You cant just ignore the vast number of us who use computers, and try to force us into using software trash, that was designed for tablets and smart phones.

This is so fucking senseless and stupid of you, WordPress.

Why are you working so hard, to piss off good members of your user base?

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‘Where to Find the Links’ – And a Facelift for the OLF Welcome Page…


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Date: March 04, 2019

I finally gave Our Love Frontier’s Welcome Page a facelift, and an update.

I’ve also more directly addressed one of the issues, which sometimes comes up on this blog…creating a recording to explain things…which I’ve embedded into it’s own section of the Welcome Page…and included in the OLF Audio Message Forum, on the righthand side of this blog.

For those unaware…the primary links I am responding to [or giving as citation] are hyperlinked via a small graphic…It may be a button…a jewel…a spinning ball…

I chose to do this, because sometimes web URLs get very long…and I’ve been blogging for so many years, that I’ve simply gotten tired of fussing with them so they don’t disrupt the structure of the blog post [ie: keep running on, way off the side of the screen]…and the obscenely long URLs just plain look ugly, in my opinion.

The URLs are concealed behind some sort of small graphic, next to a 01) ‘Link Title Here’.

This is how I do things, here…

As a rule…if I bring over links out of things I’m quoting, I just link them as they appear in the original quote.

Finding the Links:

This information has always been available at the Welcome Page, in the audio welcome message…But, it’s 13 minutes long, and a lot of people apparently don’t like listening to it.

I confess…the recording is a bit wordy, and slightly rambling at points…but for all the information it imparts, it’s also fairly compact for an orientation to this blog.

Hopefully, I’ve still got the raw text I used to create this file…pretty sure I do…Eventually, I plan on redoing that recording…slimming it down, and leaving out the “noise machine” intro and outro…

I hope todays work has helped things run more smoothly, around here.

– Steve

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Updates and On the Horizon – January 21, 2019…


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Date: January 21, 2019

WordPress has been doing a lot of behind the scenes work, and making changes…which means this blog can get a bit glitchy, sometimes…Keep this in mind, if you regularly leave comments on this blog…It pays to copy your comments to the clipboard, prior to hitting that submit button…Make sure you see a confirmation, that your comment is awaiting approval, before you move on…WordPress has been known to lose peoples comments, sometimes…and your comments are important to me.

I’ve finally given the EQF Tools Page some much needed attention…Let me know what you think.

It’s been a little while ago, but I’ve also had an update on the EQF Community Links page.

The IBLD website has had it’s “next observance” dates updated.

I’m going to actually get off my arse, and start using the “Recent Updates: (The EQF Bulletin)” feature, at the top of this blog…It’s been idle, with only a test audio file, ever since I set it up…The down side, is that you will likely get a voice synthesizer…The up side, is that you’ll get a quick heads up, on the recent changes and updates related to the EQF and Our Love Frontier.

Oh!…and the WordPress incarnation of Our Love Frontier turns six years old, on January 29th, 2019!

Beyond that…I’m working on a project…video game related, and total fluff…But I find it amusing…Progress is kind of slow…I have to figure out a thing or two…But, it should be fun…for me, anyway…The rest of you might think I’m just a total dork for doing it…I don’t know…

…That’s on the horizon.

– Steve

EQF Tools Page

EQF Community Links

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Community Submitted Content…


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Date: July 17, 2018

I’m making a change to the way I publish content, submitted by “you”…

It’s not going to get it’s own [not exactly] “sub-blog” structure, anymore…Instead, these posts will be represented by inclusion of the following…

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I think it’s just going to be a lot easier, plus it will let me more easily incorporate some of this content into existing “sub-blog” series.

As always…you can submit content for this blog, by clicking on the “Submit Content” link, on the right hand side of this blog…It’s fairly easy, and straight forward.

– Steve

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Dawning of the Age of Apollo…


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Date: April 14, 2018

It is my sad duty to inform…that Pegusis…my faithful computer for the last seven [or so] years…has taken critically ill…and will no longer be joining us here, on the internet…

This has been on the horizon for probably six months, now…Having owned enough computers over the years…I very strongly suspect the RAM is experiencing a critical failure…The symptoms are always scatter shot…and the same things don’t stay broken, from one reboot to the next…

…Since it’s officially an old PC, now…I’m not going to patch it back up…It’s time for something…upgraded…

…Enter Apollo!…my first ever Dell…[Yes…I named it after a Greek god]…

I was a bit shocked to find out this thing only has two USB ports…and no DVD drive [Thankfully, I have an external one, but still]…

On the up side…it’s got a blazing fast Icore 7 [“I 7 Core”?] processor…16 Gigs of RAM…and a two terabyte hard drive…Don’t even ask me to explain the graphics card…It sounded impressive in name…seems to be working great…but I don’t honestly understand those things…I’m a lover, not a techie…

I went from an unreliable PC about two days ago…to copying all of my essential data…to transferring it over onto Apollo…To downloading and installing most of my essential and favorite software…to getting logged back into my essential online accounts…

…And now, here I am…

If it’s seemed like my activity has been down…that is why…And I still have a bunch of stuff to download and install…Most specifically, some Magix Music Maker stuff…as I’m currently missing a whole bunch of synthesizers…and I figure, I likely need to install a few older versions, and activate them with their license keys, in order to get those back…Grrrrrr!…

…At least a few gigs of downloading, there…

…I’m also hoping I can get one of my old graphics programs to install on this machine…It’s really good at compressing image sizes down…And I don’t like my current options that I’m finding…Gonna have to grab the external drive for that one.

It’s always a pain in the rear end, having to migrate to a new PC…

I love having a new PC…but it’s going to take a while to settle in.

…Didn’t expect to spend my days off dealing with this…

…But, I’ve got a kick ass machine, now…to match my blog!

I think I’ve got Rocco sounding like his old self again, also…with exception to the massive glut of corrective lexicon entries, which are now going to have to be listened for…and added in…

One other unexpected plus…is that my Logitech headset finally has a machine, that it can fully function with again…I figured ever hearing out of the headphones again, was a lost hope…though the mic has worked fine, all along.

I’m running into all sorts of nit picky things…and I’m trying not to let it get to me…just let it go, and flow with it…as “the new reality”…

…Pegusis [like all my previous computers I used daily], was set up and running just how I liked it…and how I still want it…

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The EQ Foundation Website In It’s Prime [2008]…


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Date: January 17, 2018

01) EQ Foundation [archive.org]

If you wish to get an idea of what the EQF website was like, you can click the link above.

There are a number of resources there, including the only static web page version of “In Self Defense”…Most of the early writings are included there…though, a good many were not.

The earliest versions of EQF Community Links are also there.

The actual EQF website redirects you here…

…and that website will be going offline, once the funds run out…

…Which is really kind of sad…as it began in 2007…and eleven years later, I’m letting it go into the sunset…

This website was really the second coming of “In Self Defense”…with a bit of “Steve-D’s Midnight Zone” mixed in…

What remains at the original website is just a shadow of it’s former self…So…

…I guess…

The good news, is the the EQ Foundation home page lives on here!

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Acknowledging My Vidme Account…


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Date: Dec 14, 2017

Vidme is closing down.

It was located at https://vid.me/EQ_Foundation

Interestingly…I opened it up one year ago, today [Dec 14, 2016].

I never successfully uploaded a video to this account, though I tried…I didn’t pay any attention to the directions, and figured the video length was probably too long.

Not sure why I never uploaded any of my tiny “test” videos…Figured I’d come back to this account later, and get into it deeper…It was really just supposed to be a backup place for me…About a week later, my father died, and…well…so much got put on the back burner.

Vidme never became embeddable, to my knowledge…It’s still a young service, honestly…and many [myself included] had hoped, that Vidme would become a serious alternative to YouTube…which sorely needs competition…and a place for it’s growing refugees.

I guess…it’s gone the way of my BlipTV account.

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