Category: Random Thoughts

When It’s Funny, But Not Funny!

The one thing both me and mine always look to after we sit down together, after dinner, is the news. We especially love swapping the way news is covered by both the French and English speaking media, and comparing coverage/differences. And, let me tell you, there are a lot.

What one thinks as important is not necessarily what the other prioritises. The disparity can be a chasm. But it’s not just news coverage, it’s also how each of the very individual provinces and territories here, in Canada, deal with, react too, and administer to their own populations, in a way that almost tries to separate themselves from one another to the point of painful hilarity.

As an outsider, it’s eye watering. As in, I’m left wondering why? Why this need to be so different, are they not all Canadian?

Well, that’s the question and the answer is both yes, and eh, no. And, if you understand the dichotomy, dangerous territory in and of itself.

Which brings me back to the media, and specifically, the funnies section of the online media we both read. Here’s an example of the different approaches to how the provinces are handling COVID tracing. The Federal government sponsors an app to use on people’s smart phone to aid in said tracing, but only a few provinces begin to use it in any useful way. Meanwhile, Québec, who always insists on doing everything ‘their‘ way, refuses to use it. And, three months in, is still dithering with their own response.

Hence this cartoon, published yesterday:

Snip, Snip, Snip …

No, no don’t go there … get your mind out of the gutter. We’re not talking about that snip. Eww! Far from it. The snip, snip, snip, in this case was us, this weekend. As we hit 150 something days of self imposed isolation from the outside world at large, we decided, you know, like you do, that we would cut one another’s hair.

It seems so obvious we could do it and, therefore, should do it … except we forgot the cardinal rule. Do not try to do the job of a professional just because it looks easy.

I mean, would either of us attempt to set a broken bone? No! How about write a will? No! Or maybe we think we can pull our own teeth? Now, wouldn’t that be fun? No!

Most. Definitely. NO!

But, like a couple of village idiots we took turns sitting on the side of the bath tub, and with a pair of school scissors, began lopping of bits of wet hair like we were Vidal Sassoon and this was the 80s … and pudding bowl haircuts were very much in vogue and chic.

Yeah … no. Not a good idea, let me tell you. 30 minutes of cautious hacking later, and a tub full of multi-colour tufts of hair, and we looked like a pair of extras from the stage musical, Oliver! Except, we’re weren’t singing for more, I can assure you.

After a lot of nervous giggling. That baseball cap I’d been wearing for the last month is now future fixture sat atop my head till, well, hell freezes over, or the pandemic ends and I feel safe enough to visit a professional hairdresser!

Photographic evidence? You are kidding, right? Neither of us is ever going to admit to anyone outside of this blog, what we did. Some secrets we will take to the grave.

Word of advice? Do not assume to think cutting hair is easy, it isn’t.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go make a strong cup of tea and affix my baseball cap at a jaunty angel.

The sun will come out, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow …”

Broken Themes: Update

Just to let you know, after I installed this new theme for the Wry Writer, it still did not work as hoped. As in, suddenly the comments were no longer visible to anyone. So please, do not worry, they are there and this problem will be rectified by the end of today (EST).

The theme creator has issued an update to their theme, UKU, after WordPress decided to break the internet yesterday with their latest update, 5.5. Anyone who uploaded this new update suddenly found their themes having a variety of problems, from errant menus to lost comments, and no images or posts loading.

Thankfully, Elmastudios are a top notch company and got onto this problem, fast. And issued a linked update for all their themes. Praise be the German companies.

Anyway, normal service will, as they say, resume shortly!

Broken Themes …

No, I’m not referring to something deep or existential but WordPress. The software upon which I run this blog, and every other blog I own. Yesterday, without thinking, and on auto pilot after posting, I went and updated to the newer version of WordPress and … when it finished, was immediately sorry

Sorry that I hadn’t done my usual routine: read the update log first. Check I had a back up of the blog. And, made sure I had backed up my posts. Stupid is as stupid does … the new update has done something to break my theme. My lovely simple theme now doesn’t want to play with this latest version of WordPress and, upon checking, I cannot see an update to the theme itself.

I’m bummed to say the least. What’s a dimwit to do? Sighs! Me, who should know better.

Ah, well, we are always reminded that without focus we can make bad choices. This one won’t kill me, or threaten anyone with extinction. But it is as irritating as hell. I don’t particularly want to change the look and feel of the Wry Writer. I like it how it is … but I think you have all seen the annoyance in the navbar under my logo/header image: the new MENU box that suddenly appeared.

I have searched all my plugins and the theme code itself to figure out how to remove the extra dropdown menu function, without success, obviously. And now, I seem to be stuck with it.

So, here goes nothing. Stand by for revamped blog number one thousand and something or other!