The fall of Horton Plaza

Source: The fall of Horton Plaza

It’s an incomplete story, for Mr. Potter’s yarn only carries you up to just after the shopping center opened. How it began it’s disintegration is not covered. That I suspect will be dealt with next week.

But even incomplete you do get a good idea of just why and how it failed, and the fault is in us.

For we like being thoughtlessly optimistic, as witness the brown nosing of Trump by so many today. Or, in the field of blogging, the slobbering now going on over the Gutenberg editor for WordPress5.

At the same time the bigotry against the very poor then rampant didn’t help matters any. Horton Plaza wasn’t an urban shopping mall, it was a suburban shopping mall misplanted in alien ground. It’s a gated community for the hoity toity. And a lot of the praise laid on the thing in my opinion consisted pretty much of a pack of screeching parrots trying to outshout each other. Or peacocks strutting mightily to impress a corpse.

Now I suspect that next week Mr. Potter will finish the story, but I have the feeling that the villain here is going to be the people at Westfield. They’re not the only damn fools gutting American enterprise, but they do make for a fine example of how not to keep your company in business for the long run. No, it’s not the Internet alone that’s killed Horton Plaza, Westfield put a lot of neglect into their role, and all because they aint got the smarts God gave a tazzie.

The Revolution is coming, and it will be events such as the abandonment of Horton Plaza that encourages it.

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Yes, This is Sarcasm

I must confess that I am having loads of fun learning how to use the Elementor page builder and all the extras that can come with it. I mean, if I’m supposed to have the intuition for this, I’m sorry but I’m not that sort of mutant.

Still, I think I’m going to persevere, for I want to present material that not only read well, but looks good. So now on to crafting a template or two.

And for those of you who insist on “graphics”

While for me you have 

I’ll write again later.

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In Praise of Being Organized


This is another post using Zendity, one written to encourage the people behind the software to add a few features.

First is the addition of another box. That being a text/image box with text wrapping. Second is the ability to link text from box to box, this to make it easy to layout text and other elements. Finally, the ability to link boxes together to that they act as one, and to make appearance neater.

In fact I would recommend taking a lot at how the application Scribus handles matters, since that is open source.

And now that I’ve noticed it, taking the layers feature of the Flux Editor would be a good idea.

just remember that Zedity is more a limited page builder than it is an editor, and it does a better job as a page builder than the others I have tried out. But even considered as just an editor, it does it’s job well enough.

To summarize, if you want to do more where presentation is concerned, give Zedity a try.



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Making It In San Diego: This is where rent in San Diego is rising the fastest

The cost of living in San Diego continues to rise, but what may surprise you is where rents are rising fastest throughout the city.

Source: Making It In San Diego: This is where rent in San Diego is rising the fastest

This is what happens when demand is greater than supply, and supply is kept limited by greed and those with a need to control. But fret not, for with the coming demographic collapse there will come a day when housing is going to be pretty damn cheap

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Tri-City to indefinitely suspend inpatient mental health services

Tri-City Medical Center votes to close its behavioral health and crisis stabilization units, a move that would leave coastal north San Diego County without emergency psychiatric services.

Source: Tri-City to indefinitely suspend inpatient mental health services

This means problems. It means more people out on the streets, more people living under conditions that will most likely lead to incidents of assault, rape, or even homicide. It means more chances for a revisiting of the HepA outbreak, or another disease. I don’t know what Tri-City is trying to pull, but this is the sort of short sighted crap that could lead to a lot of tragedy.

Heinlein was right, these are the Crazy Years and I expect we’re going to see even worse come down the pipe.

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In Contrast


Now Zedity


Zedity – which is what I used for this post – does appear to do the same thing Gutenberg does, only a lot more capably. All that really needs to be done is for WordPress to find a way to integrate the classical editor. Or integrate how Zedity handles matters into the original editor.


Overall I’d have to say that Zedity is a much more pleasant working environment.


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A Tryout

And How Is This an Improvement

Thought I’d give Gutenberg a try again, and again I can only conclude that Mullenweg’s Mafia have taken things just a tad too far.

What used to be done simply and efficiently is now scattered hither and yon in all sorts of different places, and asking for entirely too many steps to accomplish. To be honest with you, I expect there to be a huge backlash come WP 5, and plugins such as the Classic Editor will get downloaded enmass.

What we’re going to see is another “New Coke”, an event where people Mullenweg and friends thought would love their new toy, only to find people heading to alternatives they actually find useful.

Disappointment is Coming

And expect a number of plugins for Gutenberg and a number of blocks to disappear, in as much as they are just irrelevant. The old editor will be back, or else something like it, and work will be done to allow bloggers to add things such as the all in one image/text block without all the foo-for-all Gutenberg requires.

You want to change the world, keep it small and let your successors carry on after you.

Now aint
this redundant?

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Sweeping data privacy bill approved in California

First it was Europe, now California has enacted a law requiring that folks be told of what people on line are collecting in the way of information. Means that a number of WordPress plugins are going to get updated, and pretty damn soon.

We just don’t like people knowing stuff about us we rather they didn’t know. We like our privacy, and we don’t like people taking advantage of us based on what we’d rather keep private. Expect more states to enact such privacy laws as California and Europe have done. We may even see a Federal law. And expect certain parties to concoct some interesting interpretations to justify their unlawful use of your data.

California, once more emphasizing her liberality.

…A sweeping California data privacy bill has cleared its first major hurdle in the Legislature.

Source: Sweeping data privacy bill approved in California

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At Base

Since the previous version has up and disappeared I’m doing the post again.

What it comes down to is that in our existence existence has two dimensions, existence and duration. Or as you most likely know them, space and time. With space having the appearance of three dimensions; height, width, and depth.

The thing to note about space is that it can neither be created or destroyed, just changed from one state into another. The two states of space are compressed and uncompressed, and at the present moment space in partially compressed and partially uncompressed. There’s more to be said about this, but that can come later.

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