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CSS and php

I was so proud of my new blog. It is a site. It was gorgeous. At least it was gorgeous until I needed to do something with the header.php file. That evidently overrode much of what I’d done in CSS. Now it looks sort of like alphabet soup – and yes, I’m being generous.

At least I know where I went wrong. I also know how to fix it. And I now know how to generate a screen that tells people I’m working on my site and gives them a link to click to get to the old site. All in all, I’d say I’m doing very well.

I’m certain that any of this I can do, anyone else can do. I encourage you to give it a try if you’re just not happy with the way your blog looks or you want a widget that contains script. That was the motivator for me. I wanted to help the kids at One Simple Wish badly enough to go through this rigamarole at this precise moment. These foster kids are well worth the time invested in the switch.

So what is your reason for wanting more control over your blog or Web site? We want to know.


Tackling HTML and CSS

I’ve noticed I can add CSS to my blog to make it do what I want. That has not made sense to me until now!

Yes. Going with the theory that knowledge is power, I am tackling HTML and CSS – in the most basic sense. Continue reading

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My book came out in October and it’s been a scramble ever since. I’ve never promoted a book. Even though I’ve read what others have done to promote their books, I still wasn’t sure where to begin. I started doing anything that would attract my attention and – voila – I’m getting a mention here and there. My press release goes out tomorrow. My website is ready. My general science blog, Synthesis, is ready. My fluid dynamics blog, Fluid Dynamics in Action, is all set. I’ve tried to create a meaningful Facebook presence – sorry to everyone who has been pestered with unintended emails today!!!!!

Now all I can do is see what happens next!

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One Ring-y Ding-y

Does anyone else remember life before the phone company break up? What was to result was a new era of lower phone rates and ease of access.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

I am in one of Verizon’s layers of Hell at the moment. I don’t know my account number. The pin I think is my pin is not my pin. I know the last four digits of the account number from my ebill. I’m calling from the number of the account. I want to PAY THEM MONEY. But is that enough?


Before I can pay the bill that goes with the account for the phone I’m calling on, I have to have the pin or the account.

Speak to a person, you say? The people have left the building!

This is maddening because I know I’m going to lose my internet and phone any minute now and there’s nothing I can do about it!

WHere is Lily Tomlin when you need her?