Strange Days

May 5, 2004


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When I came to work yesterday the first thing I noticed after locking my car in the parking garage was the fire truck in the alley. I couldn’t smell any smoke, which seemed a good thing, and as I walked by to enter the building I couldn’t see what they’d done other than spray a bunch of water in the alley. Later, I read this in the Journal-World:

Tuesday, May 4, 2004. The body of a 40-year-old Lawrence man was discovered this morning in the alley behind the city parking garage in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street. Police said the body was found about 4:45 a.m. by a 21-year-old man walking in the area. “Mr. Foster apparently jumped from the top of the parking garage to the alleyway below,” said Police Spokesman Sgt. Mike Pattrick. Police do not suspect foul play in the incident, which apparently occurred some time between 3:30 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. Pattrick said a police officer on routine patrol came across Foster sitting in a car atop the parking garage at 3:30 a.m. The officer later reported Foster did not appear despondent and gave a “reasonable explanation” that he was awaiting newspaper deliveries. “The officer left him to his business,” Pattrick said.

Eh? Waiting for newspapers on top of a parking garage at 3:30 a.m.? 🙄 And then today:

Wednesday, May 5, 2004. A deer that wandered this morning into downtown Lawrence crashed its way into a formal attire shop. “It came through our front glass window door,” said Jamie Fisher, assistant manager of Randall’s Formal Wear, 815 Mass. “It was at 8:30 this morning before we opened. Police helped to just shoo it back out the hole that it made in the door.” It was later seen running east at Seventh and New Hampshire streets.

The story didn’t mention what the deer was wearing when it escaped, and it was unclear whether charges would be filed.


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California Christmas 2003

I finally uploaded some photos of Christmas in California 2003. These were all taken with the new Canon digital. For want of practice on my part, the pics of festivities at David and Dolores’ didn’t turn out good enough to publicize. 🙁

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WordPress Upgrade

May 1, 2004


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WordPress released its beta version on April 30. After resolving a couple of bugs I took the plunge and uploaded it today. Things seem okay so far. 🙂

If anybody posts an article, they might notice that “save and continue” doesn’t work as expected, and results in a “publish”. The idea with “save and continue” is to enable a preview pane so you could see what your article would look like. This is not a major item for people who would not be adding their own HTML tags to their article. Anyhow, if you retrieve the article via the edit page, then “save and continue” works as expected, as does the preview pane.

With this upgrade, when writing an article one can use not only the “quicktags” that are available on the posting screen, but also shorthand codes from Textile, the “Humane Web Text Generator”. This makes it very easy to have bold or strikethrough and other text enhancements.


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