And I learned something… Tuesday Morning Edition.

I’m currently writing a paper on Catullus and I arrived at a grammatical impasse. It led me to look this up:

Statements in parentheses ( ) can be ignored when it comes to Subject-Verb agreement.

Thus, I didn’t have to completely rework a handful of sentences to avoid the awkwardness of a possible subject-verb disagreement. Trust me, this revelation is profound considering how often I use parentheses.


… and I learned something.

From the University of Illinois College of Business Style Guide,

“If the URL is at the end of a sentence, include the ending punctuation.”

Also, “If the URL requires an ending slash to be accurate, it is used.
Test the URL with and without the ending slash to see if it can be deleted.”

I always left the end punctuation off when I put in URLs to avoid confusion… and I learned something.

Can’t Uninstall a phpBB Theme?

When I went to uninstall a theme on our forums, I was greeted by this nice error:

Template->make_filename(): Error - file admin/confirm_body.tpl does not exist

That error isn’t anything giganitc, it just means that page that asks, “Are you sure?” doesn’t exist. A quick Google search found the answer. But, since the code is generic, you can just use this generic confirm_body.tpl (Right-Click and Save As) and upload it to /templates/TEMPLATENAME/admin/ and it’ll just… work.

One reminder: you need to upload the confirm_body.tpl to the admin folder of the template throwing the error (meaning the one you’re using in your Admin Panel), not the one you’re trying to delete.

Firefox 2 Dictionary Fun

Firefox 2 is awesome no doubt, but it’s really easy to add a word you didn’t want to to the spell check dictionary.

If you do screw up, and you will, just close Firefox and go to:

C:\Documents and Settings\ACCOUNT\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\SOMETHING.default

(fix as appropriate) and find persdict.dat. Each line in the file is one word added to the dictionary so just delete your mistake, save, and start Firefox back up. Easy.