Some work to be done to be sure… will do that as we move forward with the revival of posts. The primary work is to finish up a couple of things that need to be done with the theme or consider a different them all together as part of the rebirth (the later of which will be a bit further down the road if that is the what is settled upon). Additionally, a plan as been a foot for sometime to get a better handle on the tags and categories. Namely, there categories are overly and yet scattered all over. I am no sure of the exact makeup as of yet, but expect change. Tags, well, I am thinking of ditching them completely.
Additionally, all previous content will continue to be available, but I am hoping to have it not show up in the current rebirth of normal categories, but rather only via searches and archive look ups. Of course I have to figure out exactly how to do that with in the confines of WordPress (that seems wrong, as WP is anything but confining in reality).
Of the Primary Topics:
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It has basically left the programs and especially land purchases in limbo since the raids started. Granted, not all the funds revenues come from that, but when I contribute to something I want to ensure that program is fully funded to the level that it is supposed to be and especially not have those funds that I have specifically contributed moved to a general fund. A general fund that would not be in trouble if not for such similar mis-management from those same bodies in the past that have led to such dire problem with retirement funds (both state government employees and teachers).
Granted, this was done a couple of years back, but we are back in a legislative session that will be looking at budgeting for the next two years once again. I will be reaching out to all of my representatives to discourage this kind of behavior going forward. I would really encourage you to do the same.
It is really horrid behavior on their parts. After all, we all know from an early age that robbing Peter to pay Paul in a budget is not going to work out in the end – it is just a shell game that is going require catch up and some point or another. I would go so far as to support an amendment to the state constitution that forbids money allocated to a specific aspect being raided in such a fashion going forward.
Kentucky’s finest, I will agree with that in regards to the nature that it offers, but certainly find some opposite slogan to describe this over all outcome from the politicians in Frankfort.
Note: This was inspired by an article in the Courier Journal from February 2015 and can be found at State Budget Raids.
The basis of the show followed along a few different guys that made their life, and in some cases their living off the water. One older guy, in Indiana and Illinois was running the rivers and catching catfish to live off-year around. Another pair were running the Copper River in Alaska in a wooden boat similar to what early explorers to the area would have had. And yet another pair picked up sailboats that people boat and sailed/delivered them.
The catfish guy of course caught my interest and rest was on the rivers and such enough that it held it. But being the History Channel, I should have been wary from the get go. And aside from the stretch with the one pair, how is this remotely history?
On to my call though… The catfish guy was on the run before winter through the series and need to the catch the better than 200 pounds of catfish in order to sustain himself through the winter months. That is plausible to be sure, because the catfish slow down so much during the winter. But in the last episode, he snacks on some mulberries that are growing near and overhanging the river. He makes a big deal about how his Granddad was all about setting lines/hoops under the mulberry fruit where they are falling in the river – cats are always there. I can see that too, as I too love a good Mulberry and have had my share of them.
Something was bugging me about it though, in the back of my mind.But then I thought about it – getting ready for winter? Mulberries typically start turning to that deep blackish purple color, with all the light flavor and especially sweetness in late May and June. Reality is between the birds and other critters along the natural falling of the fruit on the ground as they hit that ripe stage and beyond, would be hard pressed to find a Mulberry past the first of July and certainly not any by the end of that time frame.
This of course immediately brings into question the rest of the show. For instance, throughout the show the danger of the bears with the two guys in Alaska is very suspect now, as we only actually signs of bear and bears on the opposite shoreline. And they made such a big deal of the guys nearly missing there stopping point because of navigation issues and maybe they would go out to sea.
And the guys with the sail boat – how unprepared and just dumb in choices could they possibly be? We have a short, let just cut electrical wires and see what happens to things at that point? And when we figure out it is the navigation lights, let’s make no effort at all to repair those so we can sail at night. And we have never been in this area, lets run up through the shallow non-channel water to save a little time…
Yes, like I said, beware of the History Channel productions.
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Without any more ado, here are my picks for the 2015 Run for the Roses!
I will give an honorable mention to El Kabeir, thought I think he peaked to early (around the end/first of the year) and is not going to be a contender. Similarly, I like War Story – but I just don’t think his past outings suggest he is a contender either, except maybe a place, but even there, there is just too much talent. I know I am going against two-horse that are likely to be low odds or even favorites in American Pharoah and Dortmund, but I just have not found what I like there so there it is.]]>
For those that don’t know, the Oaks is the feature race of the day on Friday, the day before the Kentucky Derby. It is for three-year old fillies whereas the Derby is for three old male horses, though a female can run in the Derby the converse it not true. It has been, historically considered Kentucky’s race as well – as it is so hard to get in on Saturday many locals go on Friday – though this is starting to change somewhat over the last few years in my opinion – becoming a full weekend for the tourist.
On to my picks…
First, I have to mention that my top pick for the race was Take Charge Brandi who was romping as a two-year old, was Champion 2 year filly last year, and doing well this year is out. She came up with a bone chip in her knee in mid-march and took her off the trail – though she was pointing to a race that may have qualified her in the Derby itself. Alas…
Of horses likely in the field my first choice is I’m A Chatterbox. This filly is trained by Larry Jones, one my favorite trainers and someone who knows Fridays in May very well. She just wins and is in my opinion the horse to beat.
Second choice Lovely Maria. Stablemate to I’m A Chatterbox and also trained by Larry. She is a good horse in her own right, but a notch below. She also has Thundergulch in her pedigree and I really like that horse. Could it be a 1-2 finish? I am thinking possibility.
Third choice for me has been Forever Unbridled. Now before you go placing a bet, keep in mind two things. First of all, she is horse 15 on the list of a field that will be set to 14 – so unless there is a defector soon she will not be there Friday. Also note that I like her, especially in the exotics with the two above, but her performance up to this would suggest she is not a winner even if she draws in.
Fourth pick for me is Birdatthewire and if Unbridled does not draw in (maybe even if she does) it is to move her to my 3rd spot. Seems like she has come on lately and is peaking and just the right time.
My last pick, just to round out a top five (or likely four) is Include Betty. Again, just seems to have been peaking at the right time and seems ready for the challenge.
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On to the details. TopCashBack.com is a cash/rebate site. Currently they are looking to drive new sign ups with a deal in conjunction with Raise, where any purchase of a gift card gets you $15.00 cash back. TopCashBack has good reviews, though you will find a couple of reviews that say they are shady. I have limited experience, but I know I saw the same with e-bates and some people just don’t read things or follow the steps. Anyway, you can sign up for TopCashBack.
Once you have signed up, click on this link to go to the Raise gift card site. The deal is you have to make a purchase of a gift card from that site by midnight tonight – I assume that is Pacific time but not sure. And yeah, this deal came from the Cheapskate at CNET originally. My understanding you get the $15 deal on any purchase – so if you want, find a $1.00 gift card/certificate deal. As for me, I am saving money on a gift card that I will use anyway, so not a big deal to go ahead with a $20-25 dollar card.
My understanding is it takes about a week for the $15 to credit back to you account. I further understand you can get that as a direct deposit to your checking account, Pay-Pal account, or Amazon Gift card. I further understand it is a few weeks before you can request a payout, but not sure about the time on that, as I have seen a couple of different things from a week to 90 days? Maybe this is the shady aspect – regardless it is free money.
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Granted, I was not doing anything that was super complex or deep, and I was only making modifications to code that someone else had written. And I guess that is where some of what appealed to me on such a deep level came from. The guy that had written that the code in that theme was clean and rock solid – which in my experience is not usually the case with most theme writers.
Guess I should clarify for the lay reader, by code I mean of course computer program and by coding I mean the act of programming or creating/modify a computer program. And to take it a level high, that is the instruction set that tells a computer how (or subset of computer these days, such as a browser) how to behave or what to do.
I should get back to that a bit more often, if nothing else, even as a just my hobby of an evening late at night. Of course if I could pick up a few extra dollars with something that would be great too.
Last word is code is poetry, especially when done well.
I guess it really goes back to newspapers, journals, and magazines when you think about it, but we have been with that model there for a long time. At some point some folks saw that repeat business as the way to go and since it worked there, it has been pushed just about everywhere. From my post before, you know that I am not a big fan of subscribing to the cable companies, but these days if I want to watch sports, what am to do otherwise?
But that is not big gripe today. My big issue with the cloud and subscriptions that we have there. Most of the apps will let me have them for free, but if I really want to utilize them I need to pay someone for my extras and especially for storage in the cloud. And what happens when everything is in the cloud, the current modest prices will rise if they follow anything like the cable television market.
Everything wants me to pay a little bit to get my stuff in the cloud. Google, Amazon, Microsoft all have options for pictures, music, videos, etc. As do several hundred others to name but a few like Dropbox. And then there all the niche ones like that associated with Evernote and even my daily task list tool Todoist. If I did even half of them that I like and use I could easily be over a $100 monthly with nothing to show for it the day I stopped paying (caveat, most services do keep your stuff you had paid for previously in the cloud… but…) And I want even go into trying to purchase software outright as opposed to the subscription based models like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites are using now.
I would much rather have the control of my information that I am storing personally. And I know that a big part of the reason is to have the backups, but I take care of that personally. Another part of the reason is to have the data available on my other devices – but similarly, I can manage that myself – and without the cloud of the devices support such.
No, I much of the mind of the guy on the rant yesterday. I have already moved my pictures and music to local storage sometime back and it is in process, but soon a media server of some sort will be in place for movies and such to be stored locally and I will continue to purchase them out right when I find one worthy of owning. Now to figure out or find a local based Evernote function…
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Unfortunately I don’t quite recall the site I saw with this or a similar theme on it and I have cleared my cache, or I would give them a shout out. I will give one to Anders Noren, who has several professional themes and as far as I could tell from his site, they are all save one, free for downloaded. I will also add, that is coding is tight, correct, and probably some of the best I have seen from a theme developer – most are nowhere near as good nor easy to follow and almost all others break the rules as much as possible. Guess I should mention that I think the theme is called Baskerville – if I am recalling correctly.
That being said, I am very pleased with the theme out of the box. I did of course change a few custom options in the theme and I did have made a modification to make my adverts fit properly. Additionally, I did hack out the part where the feature image is displayed on the single post content page – as I have historically (going way back to 2007-2008) included images in most posts and this causes a double image if I set a feature image – which I want to do with this great looking magazine type layout.
And for the first time, this them has some custom post types that I am actually interested in using. I have more than a few galleries that I am wanting to put together – I will be looking forward to using that custom type. Several others that I am going to have to check out as well.
Another plus is that I have the theme pretty much looking the way I want it to look right off the bat – which usually it takes me some time to make such a conversion – over the course of several days, during which the site looks like crap.
Having said that though, there are a few things I am going to do yet. I am probably going to light things up with a green (probably a dark green) background, as well as my own header photo. That will probably be a similar scene, but probably in color – and I have to wait and find it first to take it – and we are still short a little bit on the leaves that I think I want.
That being said though, I got the widgets all set and along with the ads and such right off the bat. There is one thing I still want to really explore though. A give and take with Facebook would be really nice. It is something I have explored and even had going at some point in the past. But there are a lot of folks that comment over there and it would be nice to have those comments come back here as well. Not sure, may also explore (maybe in conjunction) the Disqus Comment system again as well.
About the only other thing that I am thinking of adding is some sort of related post tool to show such on a post and some sort of email list building tools (aside from just subscribing to the blog itself).
The one thing that I remember about being in the mountains on a good clear night, down the valley I lived in for some time, where the mountains blocked what little light bled came from the sporadic mostly small town around the area, the stars were just vast and the milky way looked like a milky way. And with that look the understanding of just why the astronomers of yesteryear gave it such a fitting name.
That in turn had me pondering deeply about just how much we have lost since our pre-historic relatives were looking upwards to the heavens and just what a view full of twinkling lights they would have had.
Alas, there are few places in central Kentucky that you can get such a view. Way to many bigger towns with light “pollution” combined with a gently rolling hills or flatness. Occasionally, when out fishing in a deep river bottom I will get a similar, but smaller similar sense, but the vastness is a big part of it.
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