When you publish a post on Ratburger.org, it moves from being a Draft you can edit at will to the exalted status of a published post. Published posts cannot be edited, since there is no facility to save incremental changes to a non-public draft, and hence visitors to the site might read something you aren’t ready to place before their eyes.
Consequently, when you find an error or wish to amend what you’ve said in a published post, proceed as follows.... [Read More]
I truly value your time and I want you to be able to go to the posts that you like quickly and easily. That is why we have categories. Most Categories go by subject matter but I feel that does not tell the whole story. People like diners at a restaurant like not only different types of food but pick things according to taste and amount.... [Read More]
Thanks to a technology called oEmbed, it is possible to embed videos, documents, tweets from Twitter, images from image hosting sites, polls, and other media in your posts on the main site and in groups, and in comments on those posts.
It couldn’t be easier. For example, suppose you’re viewing an interesting video in YouTube which you’d like to share. As long as the person who posted the video hasn’t marked it as ineligible for embedding, you simply copy the URL from the address bar of your Web browser, something that looks like “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ6nn8fZOmc” into your post on a line by itself, without any formatting (such as bold or italic type), and the link address will be automatically transformed into embedded media when you publish the post or comment.... [Read More]
I’m a day late and a couple of bucks short (Sorry, Dime). I’ll try to make up for my lapse by sharing some great news. The article reminds us of just how good 2017 has been. And, how wonderful 2018 is looking. I’m saving this one for future reference. It’ll be good for many smiles on those more challenging days.
The Shape of Water (2017) is a dark fantasy, drama film. Having seen Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) directed by Guillermo del Toro (53), I had to see this film. It did not disappoint. The direction is that of a master. The screenplay is written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. Perhaps it is because it is written by a man and a women working in collaboration, the screenplay is balanced and excellent.... [Read More]
Christmas Eve has always been a special time for me and my wife, Linda. Our first one after getting married, we had over a friend and her sister, for dinner, presents, and a impulse trip to see strung up lights at Life College. While we do not do the lights any longer (taking the kids to evening services at Church precludes that), we still have our annual Christmas Eve dinner (southern style at 2pm-3pm). Her sister and husband come over, as does our friend. While we exchange gifts, it is a time for fellowship, family, and friendship. It is also full of expectations.
Tomorrow is Christmas morning, and in a flash of paper (and not much this year at all of that) some stockings dumped, and cinnamon rolls eaten the morning will be over. We will go to my parents home for brunch and then lounge about the house. My important prayer is this afternoon at dinner. My hopes for this Christmas, this year, in a time when I am more lost than I have been at any other time in my life. I wait with longing to know where I am headed. I do not understand what God wants in my life. So, here I am, humbled.... [Read More]
Over the years, friends and family always ask me what I want for birthday or Christmas. My answer had always been the same: “Nothing. I already have everything I want.” Of course, this was frustrating for everyone. A few years ago, the answer changed to “Something that you made or found.” This answer proved even more unpopular and was mostly honored in the breach. One year, my wife wrote a poem, my sister-in-law made a coffee mug, (which I still jealously guard) and my brother-in-law made a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. But aside from that, all normal gifts.
As a child, I looked forward to Christmases and birthdays as a chance to get stuff. It’s been a long time since I’ve needed anything I couldn’t buy for myself. Going forward, I’m hoping people will follow in my brother-in-law’s lead or give token gifts* because my Christmas wish list is closer to the one described in this somewhat overly sentimental song. After all, everyone wants those things that the song expresses: love, peace, and joy.... [Read More]
For more than two millennia the near east (which is sloppily called the “middle east” by ignorant pundits who can’t distinguish north Africa from southwest Asia) has exported far more trouble than it has imported from elsewhere. You need only consult the chronicles of the Greeks, the Roman Empire, the histories of conflicts among them and the Persians, the expansion of Islam into the region, internecine conflicts among Islamic sects, the Crusades, Israeli-Arab wars, all the way to recent follies of “nation building” to appreciate that this is a perennial trouble spot.
People, and peoples hate one another there. It seems like whenever you juxtapose two religions (even sects of one), ethnicities, or self-identifications in the region, before long sanguinary conflict erupts, with each incident only triggering even greater reprisals and escalation. In the words of Lenin, What is to be done?... [Read More]
When you’re writing a comment on a post and wish to include an image, it can seem puzzling, since the mechanism is entirely different from that used when you add an image to a main post. Why? Because the image facility for main posts is a WordPress built-in feature while the comment composition editor is a plug-in by a third party which does not conform to the same interface. It would be nice if it did, but, not wishing to implement everything from scratch, we work with what’s available. Once you get used to it, including images in comments isn’t all that painful. Let’s dig into it.
You insert images in comments by clicking the icon at the right of the comment composition box that looks like a mountain range (that’s supposed to suggest a picture). When it pops up, you’ll see the following dialogue:... [Read More]
We roam about in our fifth wheel, and while firmly ensconced in camping luxury, we enjoy Mother Nature’s sensory gifts. From last camping season, here are few pix we remember fondly. I was paid a Dime for these. I’ll post more later.
Next season, we have reservations in Moab, Utah to visit Canyonlands and Arches NP’s. Late in the season, we head to Yosemite. Both are mind boggling for pix. I’m lusting for a new mirrorless hi-res Olympus camera before we go; we’ll see if my personal Chancellor of the Exchequer approves.... [Read More]
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) is written, produced and directed by Martin McDonagh (47). It is ranked as a black comedy, crime film.
Born in England of Irish parents, McDonagh has a full career of writing plays and films. He won an Academy Award for his first short film, Six Shooter (2004), and was nominated in the Oscars (2009) for Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges. His work has matured, and he has become a master of the craft and art of creating a film. This film is the best film I have ever seen. The direction and screenplay are beyond criticism.... [Read More]