I was logged in on the Chappell Family Blog to take care of some WordPress updates. The administrative “Dashboard” has sections with information that might interest an administrator. One of them is “Site Health Status” and I was gratified to see “Great job! Your site currently passes all site health checks.” I don’t recall ever seeing that before. There are usually at least a couple of “fails”, although one is usually about the absence of a recommended PHP module — something beyond my control.
Moving on down the Dashboard I saw various site statistics, such as total number of posts in the blog (248 – is that all?) and total number of comments (271 – that many?). For a few moments I pondered the greater number of comments than posts. Moving on, there were dates and titles of “Recently Published” posts. It listed five, dated from 10/10/2023 to 09/14/2022. This was followed by “Recent Comments”, showing the first line or two of the most recent five comments. They were dated from 05/07/2023 to 09/15/2010. 2010? Yes, five comments in about 13 years. Well, it’s not a very big family, and I suppose the posts haven’t been what anybody would describe as earth-shaking.
So it goes.
I was having some fun asking Microsoft’s Bing AI for sentiments husbands and wives could say to each other. For example, “What should I say to my wife today?” Bing AI’s suggestion started thus: “You should say something that shows how much you appreciate and love her. You could tell her how beautiful she is.” On the other hand, “What should I say to my husband today?” started thus: “Hi honey, I hope you had a great day at work.” Wow.
So then I tried birthday card sentiments. They were basically what you’d get from Hallmark, so I spiced it up a bit. I asked it to “Write a sexy 30th birthday card sentiment for my wife.” It responded:
“Happy 30th birthday to my gorgeous wife! You are the most amazing person I know, and I’m so lucky to have you in my life. You are beautiful inside and out, and you make every day brighter with your smile. You are sexy, smart, funny, and kind, and I can’t get enough of you. You are my best friend, my lover, my partner in crime, and my soulmate. I can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight and show you how much I love you. You are the best gift I ever received, and I hope your birthday is as wonderful as you are.”
Not what I’d call spicy, but since my wife is 70+, I asked it to “Write a sexy 70th birthday card sentiment for my wife.” It responded:
“I’m sorry, but I cannot write a sexy 70th birthday card sentiment for your wife.”
I’m laughing too hard to keep going.
It was recently feared that Dave’s cat, Chessie, had landed badly from a jump in Fremont and suffered a broken a leg. Thankfully, veterinary examination diagnosed only a bad sprain and/or partial dislocation of a carpal joint.
They say a cat embodies the ethos of the human, if any, with whom it harbored a metaphysical bond at the time of the human’s death. It’s hypothesized that primordial yet uniquely individual elements of a decedent’s ectoplasm that devolve at the moment of death are osmosed (a process reported in scientific journals as ectoplasmosis) by the metaphysically bonded cat via an as yet unidentified gland unique to felines. They actually have several as yet unidentified unique glands as well as several identified glands whose function is as yet unidentified. They’re a mystery, you know, especially the small ones (referring to the cats, not the glands) like house cats.
The point being that, contrary to the famous retort of Tommy Chong, Dave IS here! And we are greatly relieved that he didn’t break a leg.