Lily would like to inform you that after a six month odyssey, a web developer has been chosen, a contract has been designed, and construction begins ASAP. I have no idea when they will be done and you all will see the final product, but I am hoping by 1 May we will have something. But who knows.
Special thanks to the three amigos who ran the search and guided me through it.
I’m glad Lily was there to guide this project from conception to conclusion. Without her leadership, who knows what would’ve become of this top 10,000 blog? I hope she gets extra bows, scritches, and treats.
Thank you, Lily!
The headline scared me. I thought something was wrong with Lily. Never mind.
Someone had to make the tough decisions!
As Montana Slim puts it…
Is it done yet?
Is it done yet?
How about now?
How about now?
Is it done yet?
IS IT DONE YET???
How about now?
Don’t make me stop this blog !
@debbie: Knowing that household, and this blog, the correct person was put in charge. I can’t even imagine a Thurston led project…
I could look at Lily pics all day.
I was gonna ask, with the site fixed, what will we bitch about? but I’m sure we;ll find something.
Thank you, Lily ???
It would be great fun, but not very constructive.
I think I’ve said this before, I’ll miss typing my nym and email in over and over and over. But I’ll adjust.
Thanks to all involved in this effort!
That’s an excellent Saturday AM announcement! Also, good morning pretty Lily.
@Mary G: Yeah, me too. But glad to be wrong– look at that adorable face. Hope she’s also in charge of the implementation.
Gin & Tonic
He just put Lily in charge to forestall all of us who will otherwise complain about every aspect of the re-design. Like where’s the damn balloon man, for starters?
Yes, same here. We’re just used to getting bad news relentlessly these days.
Um, I think we may still have to do that. I’m hoping I’m wrong.
I think so.
Thank you Lily for your calm and constructive leadership which has guided the project team to this conclusion. I look forward to your wise implementation of same.
Sending you strokes, belly rubs and multiple good girls through the ether.
The Bodhi got in a fight with a female twice ho his size and half his age so here we’re here at the vet for about the 5th time in 2 weeks! There was no blood but a bad limp. I wavered on bringing him in but thought “his health insurance premiums keep going up, what the hell”!
@SFAW: When we would go on trips with 7-12 year-old Cody, we would hand him ten $10 bills as we got in the car. Every time he asked us “are we there yet” or some facsimile of that, he would have to relinquish a dollar.
Starting with the very first trip where we did that, he always arrived at the destination with his entire $10. Not sure that would work, here, however.
@SFAW: You’ll know it’s done when it changes to a black background with animated GIFs and heavy use of the blink markup. Cole’s returning to his GeoCities roots.
@Raven: Who started the fight? The Bodhi seems more like a lover than a fighter.
After Quiver, I swore that never again would I have to take cost into account when deciding on treatment. I have never regretted that decision, and I love Pet Plan. But holy hell, the premiums have gone up a lot, but so have vet bill costs. Just got $700 back for Mr. Bear’s chronic issues last week.
Many thanks to Lily!
This morning’s local news: As I was cleaning up after breakfast, I saw a healthy-looking bobcat stride through the yard. Back when it snowed, I saw tracks that were likely cat, and now my surmise has been confirmed.
@Ken: I’m just glad that the avatars will be back.
I can never remember… is the snark tag // or \\ ?
She’s so adorable.
Thanks to all who got this done and for letting Lily wrangle you to a successful conclusion. Can’t wait to not have to type my nym and email every time I log in!
@zhena gogolia: @MomSense: I am pretty sure I remember when the blog remembered my nym/address indefinitely. Instead of like today, when it hasn’t even been an hour and I’m entering everything again.
@Cheryl Rofer: Aren’t they gorgeous? We had one saunter by with two kittens last spring. Bobcats are so beautiful. It really makes my day to see one.
@Raven: Oh. Well, that would be the one exception for almost any dog, wouldn’t it?
What did the vet say? No lasting problems, I hope.
@WaterGirl: Sarcasm is the
code markup, but I don’t know if that covers snark. I just hope it’s supported on the new platform – it’s one of my few contributions to this community.
It’s because of some general change in the internet. MajorMajor can explain it to you, I can’t.
@Ken: Do you mean the different font that some people use for their comments? I am wondering about the // vs \\.
Just One More Canuck
Thanks for all of your work on this, John
@Mary G: worry not. I did the exact same thing.
Round these here parts, ma’m, it’s //.
Originated, if memory serves, by Adam S.
Wonderful Saturday morning news, from the most wonderful doggie ever. Thank you, Lily, you are lovely.
@NotMax: Thank you for that! // is much more accessible — i always have to go hunting for the \ key.
@Mary G: SAME. For a moment my heart stopped.
I love Lily and I can’t get enough of photos that show off her beautiful face.
Me too! Dang you JC.
M-o-o-o-o-o-m!!!! Johnny’s on my side of the Internet! Make him stop!!!
He’s doing it AGAIN! Make him stop!
Ow! Why are you smacking ME????
I’ll send you my PayPal address, let’s give it a try.
Of course, I’m talking about somewhat more than $10.
J R in WV
Sweet, Bobcats are big enough to hold their own, but small enough to be cute wildlife, as opposed to a Mtn Lion, which is just flat out scary to see in teh wild.
So congrats on having more wildlife than you maybe expected. Keep the cats and dogs close!!
Fastens seat belt. Puts on crash helmet. Utters a small prayer. OK, ready for the changes.
@J R in WV: Crickets! (with bobcat)
@J R in WV
Well, there’s bobcats and there’s bobcats.
Sounds like my family.
Rule-of-thumb algorithm for setting external commitments for software completion:
1. Take the initial estimate that the developers give to management
2. Double it.
3. Change the units to the next larger.
We have no idea what the developers have told Cole, so we’ll start with his 1 May date.
1. 4 weeks
2. becomes 8 weeks
3. becomes 8 months.
I can now predict with reasonable confidence that the released product of the Balloon Juice re-engineering project will be stable by 1 December 2019.
This is not a joke.
@joel hanes: Shhhh. Let the man dream.
Gin & Tonic
@joel hanes: I see you have experience.
@zhena gogolia: Crap. Another dream dashed in a lifetime of disappointments.
are we there yet? are we there yet? … IF the the three amigos are reading this, please to remind the world class blog software developers to improve the pie filter!
Let the man dream.
I doubt he’ll read it — it wasn’t in all caps. I’m reliably informed that’s what he prefers.
@joel hanes: and by Feb 2020 the old site will be reinstated due to overwhelming demand and cries of “it worked so much better why did we ever switch”
with the site fixed, what will we bitch about?
Kids these days
the list is endless
I think it’s a newish EU reg that has created the timing out of our login information. At one of the FYWP updates it kicked in.
You’ve still got time to keep in practice……
Why in all this time I’ve managed to learn to type mine correct about 95% of the time. Damn phone will bring it up so that I can just click it though. With that extra practice……
There is a way around it so that at least one doesn’t have to type it in every time and that is a box that comes up with the info in it, one for the name and one for the email. That’s what my phone does. It won’t autofill but it’s almost painless rather than having to type the whole thing.
@2liberal: What is the pie filter? I’ve seen it referenced here but don’t know what it is.
When I had my shop I’d have to quote projects that took from 4 to 20 weeks to complete. I’d estimate the time, figure the money and add 20% to the bid. No matter what the concept and experience of the crew, nothing humans do ever is done in the shortest time. Well for some males there is one thing that almost always will be under the time requested……..
Dorothy A. Winsor
@oatler.: The pie filter allows you to hide comments from a commenter you find tiresome. I think it also hides the replies other commenters make to that person. You set it from the bottom of this page. Enter a commenter’s nym or a comment # and voila.
Thanks WaterGirl, Steeplejack, Bella Q, Lily, John
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Now I see it, thanks
I hate all of the changes already.
Yes indeed, thank you all — especially Lilly who keeps the bossman together.
Major Major Major Major
True professionals of course do this to their own estimate before they sign an external contract, but…
I would guess two months, yeah.
How are you all sure the new site will be an improvement over this mal-working site? Shoulda put Steve in charge
Major Major Major Major
@Ohio Mom: @zhena gogolia: GDPR “forget me” requirements, plus general suckiness of the WordPress ecosystem, resulted in it breaking. This compounded with the kludged-together nature of this particular website to make something very difficult to debug. We decided to punt on it until the rebuild where it will fix itself. This was when the rebuild was scheduled for before the 2018 election.
@oatler.: It replaces the pied commenter’s comments with a comment about actual pies. Some of the replacements are funny. Replies to the pied commenter are also replaced.
However, you can still read all of them if you want by clicking the little thingie at the bottom of the pied text. I use the pie filter sometimes as a reminder not to reply to trolls.
@Major Major Major Major: Thanks for the explanation. It went over my nontechnical head but I appreciate it, and it might be helpful to someone else here.
I like very much that the comment system here does not require a Facebook or Disquis account, or anything like that. If constantly retyping my info is the cost, really, I can live with it.
Received a photo of Infinite Kat this morning, encaged in the van, ready to roll on. (Don’t know where they were.)
Will I ever be able to look at him in a carrier without hearing violin con dolore?
@Aleta: I missed something. Who is Infinite Kat?
@opiejeanne: The cutie patootie you commented on over at my flickr. He’s on his way to Aleta’s now. When I first emailed Aleta about him I jokingly gave his move a military operation code name, Operation Infinite Kitten.
@Aleta: I was so happy to wake up to that text.
Now it can be told: Dora underwent (as soon as they put her under) her second (two rear legs) cruciate ligament surgery, a TPLO. Summit Vet Referral, in Tacoma Wa. did another great job.
Lily, lovely Lily, with a pretty pink bow!
I care very much more about Lily and her ilk than about site functionality. But I’ll be hitting the PayPal button for the rebuild on my next payday. Thanks again for all you do, Mr. Cole.
Flywheel is the web developer according to my sources, which is the pop-up ads.
Thank you, Lily! Very much looking forward to what comes next, and as always Cole, if the funding runs short, send up the jackal signal and we’ll pass the hat until it’s done.
@debit: Wait, I thought we were private investigators.
Picture of Infinite Kat, Gary Indiana
Optional background music
I have a feeling that “Bacon!” is really whats on LIly’s mind.
@Aleta: Shhh! You’ll blow our cover.
Game of Thrones plot development….or lack of.
@LuciaMia: Like this?
@Geeno: @joel hanes:
The new site, of course. DUH!
I hate it already.
@John Revolta: I’m hoping for all caps comment option that doesn’t require shift key.
Does the little box (just above the “Post Comment” field) not retain your info?
Usually works for me, but when it doesn’t, find that I just need to type the first letter of nym and email into each field and each respective item pops up (for good or ill) for selex.
@Kathleen: MANDATORY ALL CAPS! ALL THE GODDAMN TIME!!!11!1!1!
Boatwork surely works this way. Takes, minimum, twice as long as expected, costs three times as much as anticipated.
When brought boat up from Calif. in ’16, boat once had hadda beautiful 17-ton hold that twere desecrated by prev. owner and turned into Motel6 bunks, so had no functional fishhold. Temp solution: totes on deck. Problem: a very congested deck that made it necessary to pole vault over the totes to get at anchor winch (a good 25 feet away from wheelhouse) *and* (more importantly, to me, but I’m weird like that) did not permit routing/access to sheet lines for sailing with headsails.
Asked a local welder aka “fabricator” when he could have an aluminum 2-ton drop-into-hatch-combing fishbox made with pier supports at stringers n he sez, “Oh, we can prolly get you going by the second king opener, which is in August, i.e. about a month away.
Nearly two years later, realized the mistake I made was in not asking which year.
Devil, see details.
@ola azul: I wish the phone did that but it doesn’t.
If I check the “save” box, my nym is saved for a short while, then it disappears. Today my schedule is: do a chore, play on the internet, do a chore, play on the internet. Every time I come back after a chore, my nym is gone.
I can live with it.
Cutting edge blogging. The future is now.
The pie filter is a built in function that allows you to block reading other peoples post. So if you wanted to block someone named “3liberal” you would scroll to the bottom of this web page, look for the button for “pie filter” and block all 3liberal’s comments going forward. From then on you would see the nym “3liberal” but the comments would be random fake posts involving pie. For why it is called a pie filter, read this historical history: Dailykos pie wars
@Mary G: That was the same thing I was thinking. John, please don’t scare us like this again. I’m glad to see Lily is still doing her special job of keeping the house in order! She’s a real cutie.
@ola azul: My friend has done this 3 times over the last 30 years. I saw it happen the last two:
1980s. He has a very small house. He hires a guy in the summer to put on a new roof. Tells him “As long as it’s done before snow.” Late on Christmas Eve, roofer is up hammering in the dark as snow flies all around.
My friend often tells this story and laughs.
00s. He has a medium size house. Early fall, he hires my three cousins to put on a new roof. He still loves that story about the roofer, so he he tells it to them and laughs. Punchline: “As long as it’s done before snow.” They apparently remember only the last line.
Person across the street hires them while they’re paused to wait for more of some special nails that one cousin loves. For some reason they move all the scaffolding over there.* Two big storms come early. Mid December, slight warm spell, they put the scaffolding back and are finishing my friend’s roof.
2010s. Massive high-up nearly square hip roof on an old building that’s leaking. Late summer, my friend finds a roofer. He still thinks the 1st story is funny and tells it to the roofer. (I’m trying to signal him: No! Don’t!) He adds on the cousin story. “As long as it’s done before snow.” They laugh together.
End of December, wind, cold and snowstorm are coming in two days. Roofer is finishing up his last job for the year, my friend’s roof.
* One of my cousins loves scaffolding more than any other part of a job. Loves to design it and erect it. Perfectionist about this art. Any excuse for scaffolding he’s there and happy. Steadily loses interest after that. Work slows. Finds new job that needs scaffolding.
Been away, lo siento. Will say: All’s I can do is commisserate in the misery for I am God’s own fool (and I don’t even hold for the patriarchal FSM!).
I’m the guy who took “my girlfriend stabbed me in the shoulder” for an excuse onna roofing project!
Will just say this, and think it’s true, from Rhodes scholars on down to the likes a (mebbe) you and (decidedly) me: You give somebody an easy out, they’re like to take it.