Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's Not Rocket Science...

Every time I log on to Blogger to paste and upload some “writing” that I’ve already documented in another application because I’m too scared to click or use any of the complicated switches, knobs and options that Blogger has to offer – stuff like “Settings” and “Template” and “Whatever You Do Don’t Touch That Big Red F#ck-Off Button” – I complete my pasting/uploading business in short order and then get the hell out of there before any kind of hey-guys-look-at-the-techno-freak alarm goes off. But today I decided to take the bull by the horns and venture to dark, mysterious places I’d never been before. Like under the sink where all the cleaning products are kept. I think.

As promised last week, I have a ton of recent photos of my nephews and niece – the World’s Four Cutest Kids™ – but rather than paste them into one long post which would have you scrolling down till Christmas, I wanted to replicate something clever I’d seen on Lesley’s site; the flickr badge.

Creating the badge was relatively easy but then flickr presented me with literally “hunners” of lines of Klingon-like technobabble and casually suggested that I “simply paste” this into my website. After much time reading some “help” files, I worked out that I would need to delve into the dreaded “Template” and paste it there.

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a film from the 70s called “Juggernaut” where Richard Harris has to defuse a load of bombs on a panic-stricken ocean liner (“Fallon is the champion!” clap-clap, clap, clap, clap…) but clicking on Blogger’s “Template” was a bit like opening up one of those cataclysmic megaton destructive devices. Lots of bells, whistles, coloured wires and whirling tapes, poised to bring the entire internet to its knees should I even breath in the wrong direction.

Anyway, long story short, I somehow managed to do it (I've no idea how) and if you’ve read down this far you should now be able to see the “badge” with the cute kids – encapsulated within its own smart white bordered box I might add – on the right hand side of your screen. Get your “ooohs” and “aaahs” at the ready and click away.


At 26/8/08 11:32 pm, Anonymous Wendi said...

I've always had faith in your abilities Neily

At 27/8/08 7:06 am, Blogger Neil said...

It's so nice to "hear" your "voice" after such a long time... missed ya! Hope Tx is coping without me.

(I nearly added "girlfriend" to that first sentence but I haven't quite mastered the clicky-finger manoeuvre that accompanies it!)

At 27/8/08 11:47 am, Blogger menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Hi, found my way from Auntiegwens site - enjoyed my visit very much as you write with great humour. I'm a Glaswegian who's been down south for decades so I appreciate good old Scottish humour.

At 27/8/08 10:07 pm, Blogger Lesley said...

Very cute, but I still hope you end up with coke-bottle glasses for scaring me a couple of posts back.

At 27/8/08 10:49 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've oohed and aahed as requested.

Now I want one of those !

xxxx x

At 28/8/08 3:27 pm, Blogger menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Neil, I just had to come back and say that you have given me the best afternoon's reading in a very long time. I am reading your world travels blog and I am captivated completely by your writing. Your humour is amazing too. I needed a laugh as I am quite upset about a horrid troll that left a vicious comment on my blog. The trouble is I know this woman otherwise I would just let it go and move on. Anyway, not looking for therapy of any sort - just trying to say that your ability to write such genius stuff has truly kept my mind from wandering and raised the old endorphins from the laughing so hard.

I see you’re a footie fan – my cousin is John Collins – played for Celtic, Scotland and a few others. You might have heard of him!

Thanks for the laugh and when are you going to get that world trip published then?

At 28/8/08 3:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when I used to idolize you like that too Neily...ha ha...then you broke my heart...or something

At 28/8/08 3:51 pm, Anonymous Wendi said...

oh shit...that was me^^^

At 28/8/08 4:17 pm, Blogger Neil said...

MOB - Welcome, and thanks for your kind words. I am a Celtic fan so a big admirer of John Collins.

Lesley - glasses photo(s) coming soon for you to laugh at. Are you just 'twittering' these days?

Anon - I'm waiting for M&S to start selling 'em. Keep the receipt and you'll be able to exchange a 'screamer' for an 'all night sleeper'!

Wendi - I think it was YOU that left ME... to do scrapbooking or some such thing? All those trips to Austin and you never came to visit... I shoulda seen the signs...

At 28/8/08 5:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


i vow to make it up to you. ha ha. any trips to austin planned?

i know i'll be spending some time in europe the next couple years off and on...maybe..just maybe

At 28/8/08 5:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


damnit...me again

At 28/8/08 5:40 pm, Anonymous wendi said...

ugh..i'm experiencing technically difficulties...i think it's all the medicine i'm flying high on..it's almost as if your technical deficiencies have rubbed off neily..ha ha..

and now, i'm going to go enjoy my loopiness


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