The Last Question and WordPress Combine for Unsettlingness

I just re-read Asimov’s “The Last Question” after having lunch with my folks. It’s probably my favorite story from one of my four night-stand mainstays (Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Treasury, that also includes “Flowers for Algernon” which I cannot assign enough importance to).

When I get back to my computer and hop over to my Gmail tab, I’m greeted by “please moderate this comment” email from WordPress. After dealing with the spam, I notice the yellow banner of “New WP version out, update now kplz.” I then hit “Upgrade Automatically” and it all works out (like it always does). (I even updated a plugin auto-magically.)

I was not sure at the time (and am still not) if I should have been more unnerved by a successful or unsuccessful outcome.

If it had mentioned anything about “insufficient data” though, I’d probably still be screaming.

Where did this thing come from?

Upgrading to the latest WordPress has introduced the ‘Â’ character into a number of posts. As I have no idea why this happened and my phpMyAdmin-fu is weak, this fix will have to wait for a while.

EDIT: Just fixed it today after a rather simple find-and-replace on the wp_posts table.  (Export -> Do Notepad++ On It ->Drop Table -> Import Editted File.)  It was simple but oh so scary.   Let’s hope I didn’t break anything.

New Toys!

Just added a couple of new plugins to the site: Twitter Tools and WordPress Mobile Edition.

Twitter Tools is pretty slick.  Right now I have it set-up to post a daily digest of my Tweets (see default version here) and also allow me to update Twitter when I make a new blog post.   I’m not so sure how I feel on that feature, I have it enabled (but off by default) now.   I mean, it makes sense to answer “What are you doing?” with “Writing a blog post, here it is!”  Especially considering how intermittent these posts are and all.

WordPress Mobile Edition… I need to test out and my BlackJack just isn’t cooperating at the moment.  There’s another plugin that apparently does something similar, but this is the newer one so I went with this one first.

Upgrades…

Just upgraded to WP 2.5 today (which is like two weeks late, heh).  You also may have noticed the new theme.  I was looking though WowAceUpdater for a couple mod modules and stumbled upon a mod called ClassButtons and found the author’s page and wanted the theme (and header) ASAP.

I still need to find a way to hack up the bottom to not look retarded (my links sort of break the format), but that’s a decent enough project to undertake.

Enjoy the new shiny.