The Capulet balcony

20150817-191835 5D3 4M6C3448.CR2: 5D Mk.III, EF 17-40mm 1:4L @ 38mm, 1/80, f/8, 400 ISO

File: 20150817-191835 5D3 4M6C3448.CR2
EXIF: 5D Mk.III, EF 17-40mm 1:4L @ 38mm, 1/80, f/8, 400 ISO

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Cupcakes, mmmmm!

I was over at Julie’s house the other day and her youngest daughter decided to make cupcakes! Talk about being in the right place at the right time…

I present a photo of one of her creations, atop Julie’s (non-Plus) iPhone, for scale.

IMG_1373.HEIC: iPhone8, back camera @ 3.99mm, 1/4, f/1.8, 100 ISO

IMG_1373.HEIC: iPhone8, back camera @ 3.99mm, 1/4, f/1.8, 100 ISO

Bit-sized and delicious!

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Religion in politics, and life in general

Religion most often involves a deep commitment to telling other people how to live their lives.

Neal Macdonald, “Andrew Scheer says he won’t impose his religious beliefs on Canadians. We’ll See” CBC News, May 30, 2017.

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Web Hosting Canada

We had a good run. I signed up with Enginehosting about a week short of twelve years ago. Things went well for the most part, and I was happy with their service. Until now.

About a month ago, I couldn’t log into the server via SFTP. I contacted support, and with their guidance I found that while I could not log in using MacOS 10.13 High Sierra, I could get in with a virtualized copy of 10.8 Mountain Lion. With Christmas rapidly approaching, I downloaded my backup files with 10.8 and enjoyed the holidays.

Afterward, before I could get back to the SFTP problem, I found that I was unable to update the WordPress plugins or WordPress itself. When I tried, I was prompted for my FTPS hostname, username, and password. That’s never happened before, but I entered the required information and my credentials were not accepted. When I submitted a ticket regarding this latest problem, the answer came as quite a surprise.

Most likely your WordPress install needs to be running on new technology than what is on your Enginehosting account to successfully upgrade. We recommend moving the account to one of our Arcustech plans, as Enginehosting is a dead product line.

I know they started a new ‘brand’ more tailored to enterprise customers. It was difficult to not notice the prices were higher. I thought they’d continue to support their Enginehosting customers indefinitely, but it seems I was wrong. If they wanted to shut down Enginehosting, I expected they would act in a business-like manner and let their remaining customers know with enough notice to make alternate arrangements. They didn’t do this. Rather, they stopped updating the support software on the servers until their clients’ software broke. Not cool.

Given that my renewal date is later this week, I set out examining web hosting services based in Canada. Privacy laws are significantly different in the U.S. so I want to bring things back into the country. I finally settled on Web Hosting Canada. Not only is it significantly cheaper, but my SSL certificate is included. The price I used to pay yearly is now my price for three years. Score!

Now we’ll see how well their service and support performs.

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Seth’s Candy Diet

The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books.

Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), Bravo and the History Channel (the “History” stood for History) promised to add texture and information to the blighted TV landscape. Now these networks run shows about marrying people based on how well they kiss.

And of course, newspapers won Pulitzer prizes for telling us things we didn’t want to hear. We’ve responded by not buying newspapers any more.

The decline of thoughtful media has been discussed for a century. This is not new. What is new: A fundamental shift not just in the profit-seeking gatekeepers, but in the culture as a whole.

Seth Godin,
The Candy Diet

This crushes me with sadness. Where does it end? Where will it lead?

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