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The Creeping Horror of Beep Beep Boop

Forgive us, dear reader, but we’re blowing off some steam about something that is irrelevant to most of you. Go ahead and skip this post if you like.

We’ve written before about the new editor being promoted by WordPress — which was introduced last August. They call Beep Beep Boop. The last time we burdened you with our concerns was in our post celebrating The Curmudgeon’s Seventh Anniversary, in which we said:

They call it Beep Beep Boop — and its supposedly cheerful but actually rage-inducing logo pops up every time the thing loads. Its capabilities are even less than what one would expect from such a juvenile name, and a mini-rebellion erupted in the support forums. Eleven days after it first appeared, management announced that the “classic” editor — as they now style the original — would remain available along with the odious Beep Beep Boop. So we decided not to move the blog.

Since then, WordPress has been behaving in a way that can only be described as puerile petulance. Although it was requested that one’s choice of editors should be one of a blog’s permanent settings, so that we’d never have to think about Beep Beep Boop again, they refused to do that. Instead, a blogger’s editor choice is indicated only by a cookie. That means if we ever clear our cookies we’ll end up back in Beep Beep Boop, which has now become the default editor for WordPress. Fortunately, the Beep Beep Boop editor had a button — which wasn’t easy to find — that linked to the classic editor and restored its cookie. Therefore, although encountering Beep Beep Boop was an occasional inconvenience, it was easily curable, so the situation was tolerable.

Then, about two weeks ago, that convenient link to the classic editor was removed — without advance notice. Another thread erupted in the support forums that ran to well over 900 comments. Despite an all but unanimous demand for the return of that link — one measly link! — we were told that the link would not be restored.

For the moment, everything still works. But if we ever lose our cookie — the slender reed connecting us to the classic editor — we’ll fall into the abyss of Beep Beep Boop. Even then, all will not be lost. There are work-arounds, albeit exceedingly clumsy, for getting back to the classic editor — but only for creating new posts. When editing an old post, Beep Beep Boop is what you get. Even then, there’s a very clumsy way (it requires around four different steps) to edit an old post with the classic editor.

We can survive a while longer, but it’s clear that management is attempting to wear us all out, before finally killing the classic editor. Then we’ll have to move to a more congenial website. When that happens, as it almost surely will, we’ll let you know. The way things are going around here, this may be our last year at WordPress.

Since then there’s been a new development, and it’s not a good one. Yesterday we discovered that although we hadn’t purged our cookies, we were nevertheless cast into the purgatory of Beep Beep Boop when we tried to create a new post. It was time to deploy one of the available work-arounds. We had bookmarked the awkward access to the classic editor in case this happened, so that was how we were able to post.

But that’s not all. Whenever we post, we immediately need to edit that post to add the little goodies you see at the bottom — the permalink and those little icons for social media. They need to be added with an edit after we post, because they require the post’s address. We found that although we had just posted, hitting the “edit” button to add those items cast us into the pit of Beep Beep Boop. The cookie we had been so careful to preserve was now inoperative. Aaaargh!!

The same thing now happens when we edit older posts, as we often do to add a link to a new post. You sometimes see that at the bottom of older posts, with “See also” followed by a link to the new information. We could always do that with the classic editor, but starting yesterday, those edits also dump us into Beep Beep Boop. As we said before, there’s a clumsy way to edit old posts with the classic editor, but it’s extremely inconvenient. The WordPress programmers have been doing their best to make this website as hostile as possible.

We have other gripes. For months, whenever we use the classic editor, it has a big display occupying space at the top of the screen, which can’t be turned off, informing us: “There’s now an easier way to create on WordPress.com! Switch to the improved posting experience.” That, of course, links to Beep Beep Boop. But now, whenever we find ourselves in the “improved experience” of that wretched editor, there’s no longer a corresponding link back to the classic editor.

The trend is clear, and it’s relentless. Complaining in the WordPress support forums, as many have done for months, is useless, so we no longer waste our time there. There’s even an online poll about it, with overwhelming results, but it’s had no effect.

So we’re complaining here, knowing that it won’t do any good. The management of this website is determined to ram Beep Beep Boop down our throats. No one knows why, but that’s the way things are. We close this futile rant by announcing:

This was not created with Beep Beep Boop.

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Holiday Weekend Free Fire Zone

Because today is a holiday, news of The Controversy is scarce and we expect traffic to be be light. Nevertheless, your Curmudgeon is on the job. We won’t disappoint those who visit this humble blog.

Here’s a news story that presents issues of timeless relevance: the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that Hawaiian leader seeks construction pause at sacred summit.

That’s a dull headline, isn’t it? Maybe that’s why there are no comments yet at the newspaper, although they have such a feature. But the story is definitely worth noting. It says:

Scientists hoping to see 13 billion light years away, giving them a look into the early years of the universe, are facing opposition from Native Hawaiian groups who say the construction site of a new telescope is on sacred land.

[…]

The dispute has pitted Native Hawaiians, who believe the telescope site is sacred because it is where their creation story begins, against scientists, who believe it’s an ideal location for one of the world’s largest telescopes because of its remote and sheltered position, nestled in the crater of a dormant volcano.

That’s all we found today — at least so far. Therefore, your Curmudgeon declares an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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The Curmudgeon’s Seventh Anniversary

Seven years

Today, 02 April 2015, is the Seventh Anniversary of the start of this blog. It’s been that long since our very first post: Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design.

Last year’s anniversary post was number 4,341. This one is number 5,035, so we’ve added 694 posts to our humble blog during the past year — almost two per day. That’s a lotta blogging.

Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of 2.6 million page-views. Now we have over 3.35 million — that’s over 750,000 during the past year, not counting RSS subscribers and others who read us without actually visiting. Not bad, but we’re not one of the giants. We’d have a lot more traffic if we encouraged debates about religion and other social issues, but we like to think that we’re running a classy operation here.

You may recall that last August we posted Whither this Humble Blog? WordPress.Com, where this blog is hosted, had surprised everyone by unexpectedly launching a new editor for writing and editing posts. They call it Beep Beep Boop — and its supposedly cheerful but actually rage-inducing logo pops up every time the thing loads. Its capabilities are even less than what one would expect from such a juvenile name, and a mini-rebellion erupted in the support forums. After eleven days, management announced that the “classic” editor — as they now style the original — would remain available along with the odious Beep Beep Boop. So we decided not to move the blog.

Since then, WordPress has been behaving in a way that can only be described as puerile petulance. Although it was requested that one’s choice of editors should be one of a blog’s permanent settings, so that we’d never have to think about Beep Beep Boop again, they refused to do that. Instead, a blogger’s editor choice is indicated only by a cookie. That means if we ever clear our cookies we’ll end up back in Beep Beep Boop, which has now become the default editor for WordPress. Fortunately, the Beep Beep Boop editor had a button — which wasn’t easy to find — that linked to the classic editor and restored its cookie. Therefore, although encountering the horror of Beep Beep Boop was an occasional inconvenience, it was curable, so the situation was tolerable.

Then, about two weeks ago, that convenient link to the classic editor was removed — without advance notice. A thread erupted in the support forum that ran to well over 900 comments. Despite an all but unanimous demand for the return of that link — one measly link! — we were told that the link would not be restored.

For the moment, everything still works. But if we ever lose our cookie — the slender reed connecting us to the classic editor — we’ll fall into the abyss of Beep Beep Boop. Even then, all will not be lost. There are work-arounds, albeit exceedingly clumsy, for getting back to the classic editor — but only for creating new posts. When editing an old post, Beep Beep Boop is what you get. Even then, there’s a very clumsy way (it requires around four different steps) to edit an old post with the classic editor.

We can survive a while longer, but it’s clear that management is attempting to wear us all out, before finally killing the classic editor. Then we’ll have to move to a more congenial website. When that happens, as it almost surely will, we’ll let you know. The way things are going around here, this may be our last year at WordPress.

And so we begin our eighth year of blogging from the fabled CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.

Because this post contains no news, go ahead and use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Say what you will, beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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The Curmudgeon’s Greatest Discovery

You will never forget this moment, dear reader. We are revealing astounding news to the world for the first time today, 01 April, here on our humble blog. On a day like this — [*cough, cough*] — we wouldn’t try to fool you.

For centuries, people have tried to make sense out of creationism, but none have succeeded — until now. Yes, dear reader, your Curmudgeon has done it! After years of solitary research, the Curmudgeon announces his ultimate discovery — the Grand Unified Theory of Creationism (GUTOC).

As you all know, after the miraculous six days of creation — a mere 6,000 years ago — the designer rested. That was on the seventh day, which means that the number seven has supremely powerful significance. With that in mind, when we look up to the heavens, one question surpasses all others in importance: What is the seventh planet?

You know the answer, don’t you? Yes, it’s Uranus (also known as the world that dare not speak its name). Being the seventh planet is no mere coincidence. In a designed universe, nothing is a coincidence. Nothing evolves because of random chance. Uranus occupies its unique astronomical position by design! That is the Ultimate Secret which has been revealed your Curmudgeon. Verily, we say unto you: Uranus is the pathway to creationism! There is nothing more you need to know.

Credit for discovery of Uranus goes to William Herschel, who carefully observed it in the 1780s. Everyone was a creationist in those days, and therefore everything was wonderful. Society had none of the problems we have today. It was inevitable that the whole world was excited by Uranus.

Well, not everyone. Because he hated everything that was good and holy, Charles Darwin dreamed up his diabolical theory of evolution and published it in 1859. But his scandalous scheme was doomed to failure. The influence of Uranus was too strong!

What does our discovery mean to you? If you keep Uranus foremost in your thoughts, you can use it every day. The next time an evil Darwinist tries to belittle your faith in creationism, you will have a one-word response which is guaranteed to stun him into silence. Just say Uranus! If he protests, repeat it — Uranus! Keep repeating it until he finally gives up. It works every time, because the GUTOC is great science!

We conclude this post with our traditional guarantee of quality:

Self-Proving Truth Certificate

Everything written by the Curmudgeon in this blog is true. The presence of this Certificate is your proof. Our logic is undeniable.

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