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Tuesday, September 25, 2021

So the new 2.3 version of WordPress is named “Dexter”, after the late great jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon?

Funny. Since my senses (mainly sight) have been assaulted for the past few weeks with ads announcing the upcoming second season of Showtime’s serial killer series “Dexter”, that’s the first thing that came to my mind. I’d accuse the WP folks of selling out via subtle product placement, but given the non-profitness of the development project, I’d say that’s highly unlikely.

However, the comparison to the serial-killer anti-hero theme isn’t wholly unwarranted. For everyone rushing out to download and install 2.3 before taking another breath, I’d like to remind them about what happened with version 2.1.1, when someone hacked into WP’s servers and planted malicious site-hijacking code into the install file. Is it really worth risking the potential damage? Do yourself a favor and wait about a week, when any funny business is likely to be uncovered. No one’s got a gun to your head.

That’s my plan. The only reason I’m even considering the upgrade is to try out the new integrated tagging option, even though I’m cool to the idea of tags anyway (my feeling is that categories should take care of the semantic mapping of blog content; tagging feels like overkill). Plus I believe there’s a built-in auto-backup option. But my WP upgrades never go smoothly, despite the promises, so I’m wary from the start. I do have a new host this time around, so we’ll see.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/25/2007 09:53:13 PM
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Once again, the MacArthur Foundation has announced its annual two dozen Fellows.

Once again, I’m not on the list.

Not that I’ve been trying. Still, my lazy-man approach should have netted me one of those phat MacA $500,000 “genius award” jackpots by now, based on the following:

1. My proposal, two years ago, to have John D. and Catherine T. anoint me as the first-ever MacArthur Foundation Blogging Fellow. (Obviously, the hoped-for groundswell of support for that never materialized.)

2. My geographic edge, as one-fourth of 2007’s Fellows happen to be based in New York City. I’m right here in the middle of the action! I’ll gladly accept the genius-by-proximity mojo.

But so far, no good. I’ll have to redouble my efforts for 2008. Maybe even take the drastic step of blogging about something meaningful…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/25/2007 08:41:07 PM
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What would have been more tasteless than charging a highly-symbolic $9.11 per head for a Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign fundraising event?

I guess removing that decimal point, thus making the price of admission $911. After all, unlike the motive behind the under-$10 plan:

According to the invitation, “$9.11 for Rudy” is an “independent, non-denominational grass-roots campaign to raise $10,000 in small increments to show how many individual, everyday Americans support ‘America’s Mayor.”‘

Campaign fundraisers, especially for White House runs, tend to carry big-ticket pricetags. I wouldn’t doubt that some Republican counterpart to Norman Hsu had been planning just such a shy-of-a-grand soiree, and now feels like s/he just dodged a bullet.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/25/2007 08:22:25 PM
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