Monday, September 27, 2010

Even macaque monkeys like kittehs


Hi.  Ozzie here again, with something somewhere between weird and great.

First off, quite a lot of you have links to the Animal Rescue site.  There is a site called Free Kibble that also donates cat food.  As a bonus, there is a trivia question for you to answer, although they donate the same amount of food whether your answer is right or wrong.

Todays question is about a kitten that was adopted by a wild macaque monkey.

Check out both Free Kibble and the kitten.  There're both worth the time.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cat Scratching Rules

Ozzie here.  You kitties might have seen this already, but it was new to me.
Hit link to go to the Cheezburger site.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Couple Blogrolling Update/Bug Fixes

Just a couple quick notes that might help some people recover from Blogrolling.

For some time I have been unable to display or access my Blogroll from my blogs.  I finally found out why (below).  With luck, I can now extract the blog list to a separate file, more or less in mass.  Copied from a post on Get Satisfaction

The problem was with one of the settings in the "Advanced Options" section where you can choose how you want your BlogRoll to look, there was an error that appears to be caused by a bug in the website coding.

What to do:
1. Log into BlogRolling which defaults to the "My BlogRolls" page.
2. Click on the "Edit BlogRoll" link in the BlogRoll that you wish to edit.
3. This opens up a page showing your BlogRoll Name, Website URL, and the words "Advanced Options". Click on the arrow to the left of "Advanced Options" which will drop down a whole list of choices.
4. Scroll down to the "Links to Display" option. By default, the number entered in the box will be 0. This is why you can't see any links in your BlogRoll.
5. BlogRolling.com suggests that you leave this blank to display all links, but at the moment this isn't working! Leaving this blank and clicking the "Submit" button at the page bottom makes this value default back to 0, thus still not allowing any links to be seen in your BlogRoll.
6. Instead, enter the number 999. (This will work as long as you have less than 999 blogs in your blogroll!)
7. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Submit" button in order to have your changes accepted.
8. Open up the "Advanced Options" again to double-check that your changes have been accepted.

Now, all things being correct, you should be able to see your BlogRoll on your blog.

Also, if you want a way to display just your Blogroll, this html should let you do that:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">


<-- Insert a copy the Javascript incantation Blogrolling supplies here.  FWIW, the list of random digits seems to be what Blogrolling uses to locate the actual blog list.  -->

You will likely have to fuss with things a bit, but I'm hoping this will let me get a copy of the Blogrolling blog list without manually copying every link.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Blogrolling May Be On The Way Out

QUICK UPDATE: I just spent half an hour or so Saving all the Blogrolling 'Add/Edit Links' pages.  (my plans are to cut and paste the actual blog links later, using the local copies of those pages)  When I displayed some of the saved pages in Open Office's Writer, I noticed that on every page there were one or two blog links displayed in Writer that DID NOT SHOW UP when displaying the Blogrolling web page directly.  Apparently Blogrolling had a bug all this time that no one ever noticed, or at least no one ever tried to fix.  You might want to double check that you get everything while extracting your blog links from Blogrolling.  gack!

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Hi, all.  This is The Food Source with a quick note.

Lots of us use Blogrolling to maintain our blog rolls.  You probably noticed that some browsers (Chrome, for one) has been reporting security warnings recently, claiming Blogrolling is malware.  I checking into that a little bit today, and found this at http://status.blogrolling.com/:

We’re aware that there is an issue with BlogRolling blogrolls causing some browsers to display a security warning.
There’s nothing really wrong with BlogRolling itself but the way we connect your blog to the sites in your blogroll makes some security algorithms think there is. 
If you find yourself in this situation, we recommend you remove the Blogrolling code from your site.
We’re probably going to be shutting the service down soon.  We’ll post more information here and on our Twitter account (@blogrolling) as we decide on next steps.
We’re hoping we can give you enough time to get any data you need out of your blogrolling account before we shut down, but if you really need that data, you might want to get it now just in case.
Why aren’t we just fixing it and letting you continue using the service?
BlogRolling has largely been on auto-pilot for the last six months or so. The people who built it for us don’t work for us anymore. Even though it doesn’t make us any money, we wanted to keep it running because we know folks like it.  But we’re not really comfortable with the code causing security warnings and that means it’s probably time for the service to end.
Thanks for your support. Stay tuned for more details in the next few days.

So if you are using Blogrolling, you probably want to start making plans to bail out of it.

Remember: A word to the wise is superfluous.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Allie might be going has gone to The Bridge

The cat's Food Source here, with just a quick note.

It looks like Allie is about to leave us for The Bridge. She hasn't eaten much, if anything, for the last several days, and now is having trouble standing up. I am torn between rushing her to the vet for all kinds of (probably painful, probably useless) tests and treatments, and just letting her go.

UPDATE: Allie made the decision for me.  She left for The Bridge just after I posted the first note.