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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!

 

Hi, Honey, I’m Home!

Contrary to popular belief, I haven’t been away having my left foot extracted from my mouth, nor have I had any length of stiff object removed from my rear end. But have, in fact, been taking time away from blogging about slices of life (mine in particular) in order to gather my thoughts and, as they say, follow other pursuits.

Namely, I’m back book blogging (for those who didn’t already know) at Book Blurb—yes, I’ve been reading again as another means of staying away from social media. And thoroughly enjoying and rediscovering my love of fantasy, as a result. If you want to keep up with my review, views and general book gossip, find me there.

Along with reading more, I will be adding more fiction and other writing related stuff over on my writer’s website a Work In Progress. So if you are into consuming cereal in a big way you might like to follow along over there. Plus, hopefully, I’ll be adding a few new short stories I’m currently working on.

Meanwhile, here, on the Wry Writer, I plan on getting back into the habit of sharing a few more of my thoughts, with you. At least, those of you who follow. I kind of missed emptying my head of this and that, here in a post, and connecting with some of you.

Anyway, that’s the plan right now. We’ll just have to see how it all stacks up given real life always manages to throw each and every one of us the odd curve ball.

COVID continues to swirl around us but, as yet, hasn’t directly affect any of my extended family or friends. For which I’m ever thankful for. I hope you all continue to be safe where ever you are.

As always, take care and live your best life!

Love,
Alex

Is Speech Free?

I support free and open speech … yes, for all!

While online, so many don’t. There is no longer any option for debate in an online world. There is no longer any option to talk freely and discuss ideas, or have opinions in the online world, not anymore. The minute you say something the ‘woke‘ crowd doesn’t like, BAM!

You’re cancelled.

You are cancelled LOUDLY, IN CAPS, by complete strangers hellbent on enforcing THEIR viewpoint, with only THEIR viewpoint seen as the absolute HOLY TRUTH.

Whether you like it, or want it or not, people who speak out are being destroyed online. And the idiots doing it do not even seem to realise they being used by a radical section who want to make THEIR RIGHTS the only their rights matter or count. Giving you the impression, when you read their meandering discourse that THEIR RIGHTS supersede all other rights, including women’s rights.

My rights.

My rights mean nothing to them, because they have decided these rights—rights women have fought centuries for—are not on THEIR rights. Their rights are unique and therefore more important. Their words not mine!

And so, we come to the online world and the right to free speech … or the lack thereof given how vicious, loud, vocal, and demeaning this boulder rolling down hill has become in annihilating all descent against their one true belief.

And it’s not just me who thinks this, some of the world’s greatest writers and minds living today, also feel this way. Stating in an open letter to Harper’s Magazine—A Letter On Justice and Open Debate—to the effect they are worried about the loss of free speech and what it might mean for us all, in the future.

The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters.

Yes, J. K. Rowling is among them, along with Noam Chomsky, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Gloria Steinem and Malcolm Gladwell, to name a few.

If you don’t believe the threat to free speech is real, then I feel sorry for you. Because, when you need it most, in your time of need, you just might find it’s no longer available to you.

Remember, it’s not the likes of me, trying to sustain free and open dialogue who is being vehement, dismissive, cruel, vitriolic and abusive online, but the very people who say they’re the victims.

The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away.

Be wary what you wish for … it just may come true!