Introducing: Gwendydd Rebecca

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Gwendydd (Welsh for “morning star”/”Venus” aka “beauty”) came into this world at 12:23pm yesterday, May 27th, weighing in at 9lbs 7oz and measuring 22″ in length. Both baby and momma are feeling great and Gwen’s older siblings are all taken with her.

(In an odd coincidence, this means that she shares her birthday with WordPress.)

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Pranking Yourself In A Few Simple Steps

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Please understand, this is purely a hypothetical situation and in no way accurately reflects the way I spent a good 15-30 minutes of my life today.

  1. Obtain Magic Trackpad for use with your MacBook.
  2. Use Magic Trackpad for a couple of weeks.
  3. Revert to previous optical mouse once general sluggishness and RSA-inducing motions promoted by Magic Trackpad use become too great to bear.
  4. Place Magic Trackpad in desk drawer.
  5. Forget to un-pair MacBook and Magic Trackpad over BlueTooth.
  6. Forget Magic Trackpad in desk drawer for months.
  7. [Months elapse]
  8. Unthinkingly place heavy object in desk drawer on top of Magic Trackpad.
  9. Allow object to apply pressure sufficient to leave Magic Trackpad in “clicked-down” position.
  10. Note that mouse clicks no longer actually work.
  11. Spend 20 minutes closing applications using only keyboard shortcuts in vain attempt to figure out which program is currently stealing mouse focus.
  12. Reboot system, hoping it will help.
  13. Remember presence of Magic Trackpad in desk drawer while computer is rebooting.
  14. Remove heavy object.
  15. Facepalm so hard that fellow cubefarm denizens can hear it.
  16. Resume clicking.

My Philly Tech Week “Intro To WordPress Plugins” Presentation

As a part of Philly Tech Week, we held a WordPress-related class at the Inquirer/Daily News building on North Broad in Center City. It was a good event and well-attended.

Video may well be forthcoming, but for those looking for an earlier crack at the presentation I made, here’s the slide deck from my talk on WordPress plugins.

Backblaze

Easiest Online Backup Service - Backblaze

Note: This is not a paid plug (I’m not a Backblaze affiliate) — I’m merely a satisfied customer.

Do you back your stuff up? I mean, not just on-site (external hard drive, DVDs, etc.), but do you do off-site backups too?

I do, and have done so, by means of Backblaze for about the past 18 months. The experience has always been a painless one and for a mere $5 a month or so, I can be confident that all my pictures of my kids are safe and sound.

The company itself has taken to releasing some cool behind-the-scenes videos, the first of which is here (the second is after the jump):

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Today’s Must-Listen: “Disaster” By MC Frontalot

Great track, but it’s mainly an opportunity to test out the new Spotify Play button.

Today’s Must-Listen: “Guero Salsero” By Jeremy Sole

It’s almost exactly what a “Burn Notice” bumper track should be, and I mean that in the best sense possible.

Literal Barrage is Stephen Fry proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache