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Friday’s Bit and Bobs

Seems so surreal this week, I don’t know why, maybe because I think I might be coming down with a cold.  It is still cold here, and we are still seeing lots of greys, but it seems to be happening a little less, so I hope the end of all this rain isn’t too far away.

The New WordPress Editor

Seems to be the talk all over WordPress at the moment and it seems fairly certain that we will be stuck with it.  Those of us who have been with WP long enough know, that in the end the developers and those that look after WP have no interest in what we think and what we want.  If you say
something they don’t like, then you are ignored.  I just can’t believe they released a version of something that has so many bugs in it.  It is amazing.  Needless to say, I am doing this post using the old editor.  If you want to use the old editor then you need to go to the Dashboard, then to All posts, and click Add New.  I don’t know how long they will leave this one up, but I will continue to use it while it is here.

The problems I have with the new one.  There is no word count, they took it away.  When you ask why, you get that Timethief saying they took it away, okay, they did, but why.  I really don’t like Timethief, he, she, is patronising and I really dislike their attitude.  I rarely post on the forums because I really hate what he or she is going to come back with.  You have a problem you want to hear from the staff, buy you have to put up with being treated like you are an idiot first.Nankeen Night-heron - Melbourne Zoo

So things I’ve noticed with the new editor, it has lots of bugs, so be prepared.  It is too small, so when you are doing a post, you have to make your screen bigger. I work on a 27 inch monitor, so it is tiny on mine.  I have to zoom in my whole screen so I can see what I am typing.  Then it makes too many other things big and then I have to make it all smaller again.  Considering the general age of people who blog, I can’t believe they didn’t take that into consideration.

There is no word couHelmeted Guinea-fowl - Melbourne Zoont, oh I mentioned that already.  I can’t believe they took that away.  How are you supposed to know if you have enough words for your SEO or you need to say more.  Or perhaps you want to keep your posts to a certain length, I think around 500 words is a good guide, though try never to go over 1000, well now, you won’t know, unless you cut and paste into something else so you can see it. More work.
When you add your featured image it makes you upload the image again, though they have said they are going to fix that.

I only used it once and it published my post hours before it was meant, and I see I’m not the only one that has had trouble with that.

My husband is a programmer, and he said, then stop blogging.  Interesting idea and I am thinking about it.  Maybe we could have a day where no one blogged in protest, wouldn’t that be interesting.  Maybe, I should start blogging more on the other blog I have for my website.  I know I make all these threats, but the last one I do like. I get so tired of all the changes, and having to constantly adapt to what they want.  I know it is free, but there are people who pay for it and they still have to have the changes.  I think right now I just feel done.

A Suggestion

On Tuesday’s post, the You’re Just a Blogger, the lovely AmyRose suggested that the word blog, was so blah, I think is how she put it.  So together, though most of the thinking has come from her, we though that we should call these blogs, Creative Spaces Online, or CSO’s for short.  Not sure it will catch on, but it is a lovely idea and does sound a lot better.  What do you think?

Meeting People

Baby Elephant - Melbourne ZooI had a lovely early morning coffee this last Monday with someone who is a regular submitter for the monochrome madness challenge, Suz Jones, from the blog It Goes On.  We didn’t have much time together, but it was wonderful meeting her.  I am always constantly amazed at how conversation just flows and there is no problem at all when I meet people through here.  I hope she enjoyed the meeting as well.  She is just like she is on her blog, a wonderful person.

Social Snappers

I had more Social Snappers Excursions this last week, and both were at the zoo.  It is a great place to get photos.  I am going to show some of the photos I took here, though you have already seen one of them.  Those of you on Facebook and Google+ will have seen them already.  I even know Pelican - Melbourne Zoothe names of the birds now, thanks to the Warringal Conservation Society.

I had someone say that they would love to join the Social Snappers, but they didn’t have a good camera, just a point and shoot.  I really want people to know that these excursions have nothing to do with the type of camera you have, it is an opportunity to go out and take photos.  It is about getting together with other people who also like taking photos.  I don’t think it matters if people show up with their phones to take them.  Whatever you use, is what you use.  No matter what camera you use, it will be your challenge.

Planning is about to start for next term.  I will have to start working out where to go and what we can photograph.  News on that soon.

I think that is enough, I have talked too much, sorry, though haven’t gone over 1000 words yet, almost.  Enjoy your Friday.



Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne Zoo Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I did a Weekend Wanderings post on some photos that I had taken at the Melbourne Zoo.  I had taken so many photos that I saved some to do a second post.  I thought today would be a good time to show those images.

zoo-3567We watched the seal show and I took quite a few photos of this seal, Gordo, I think his name was, being trained.  They showed what seals could do, how they check them out to make sure they are healthy, and even how the keeper gets a kiss from him.  Very cute.  Part of the show is about how to help seals survive in the wild and what we can do to help them.  The thing he has around his neck in this image is part of what fisherman use and Gordo is showing us how it could kill him, so he is playing dead.

zoo-3633The tiger was playing hide and seek, and he/she was hiding up the back in among the bamboo.  We hung around only so we could photograph some of the water and then the next thing we knew the tiger came down, got in the water, had a drink then walked back up into the bamboo.  If we hadn’t stuck around we would have missed it.  What a beautiful tiger, check out that tongue.

zoo-3745Melbourne Zoo is quite well know for their babies and we were so happy to get a look at the baby Elephant.  The other elephants were so protective and you didn’t get to see it much before they circled around and gave protection.

zoo-3763I watched this pelican washing itself for ages.  I loved the way it flapped its wings into the water to wash them.  There was definitely a routine to it.  I loved the splashing, so happy I got the this image.

zoo-3823I know Koalas are perceived as cute, but this is a whole other thing, a Koala very comfortable in its surroundings, it doesn’t even hang on when it is sleeping.

I have a lot more photos for you to see, lots more of the tiger and seal.  I do have to say though, that I did all these photos in Lightroom today and I would like to thank Ben from APERTURE64 PHOTOGRAPHY for his help. He helped me work out how to resize and watermark the images as well.  Here is the gallery for you.  All the images were taken with the 70-300mm lens.