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The Best Financial Jokes Of 2009 So Far

I found this trolling various blogs on wordpress.com.  You know, the way we geezers used to surf the internet before Google indexed everything?  Anyway, here is the National Post‘s round-up of The Best Financial Jokes Of 2009 So far.  In this case, the nation is Canada and the section is Financial.

Here are some of my favorites from the list:

  • Bank of America-Merrill Lynch has adjusted its investment portfolio: 50% cash and 50% canned goods
  • The courts allowed the bankruptcy proceedings for Chrysler to go forward. The bankruptcy was approved after the judge told Chrysler to sit in a room for a few minutes while the judge went to talk to his manager.
  • How many stockbrokers does it take to change a light bulb?
    Two. One to take out the bulb and drop it, and the other to try and sell it before it crashes (knowing that it’s already burned out).

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Server rebuilds suck!

I just moved my server from Fedora 8 (way discontinued) to Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope.  Many networking problems and other wildly different config files. Much sleep lost.  But now I have the website back up, webmail working, the Wiki is working, mail with IMAP working, and MythTV working.

Yes, indeed, much sleep lost.

Update

Last night was another night of going to bed after 2AM, but I finally got all the critical set up and working.  This is a very multipurpose box.  Off the top of my head, it hosts mail in (SMTP), mail out (IMAP), this blog, my Wiki, mailman, subversion, home automation software, and database.  I still have a lot to do, but nothing that’s going to keep me up late again.

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Happy WordPress Theme Hacking

My WordPress theme is based on Andreas04.  When I implemented it on my website, though, I found all sorts of problems with it once you start shoving real content in it.  I had to tweak it quite a bit.  I’m still not exactly in love with the way the footer came out.  It was worth it, though, because I found it very hard to find a theme that:

  • Used fairly high-tech colors and layout:  Many themes use more earthy colors, or were tied too close to a topic.  My blog is way too diverse to do that.
  • Had the right color contrast: Many themes were very low contrast, with background and text colors that were very close to each other, and different sections nearly the same color.
  • Used the full page width using relative column widths: Almost every theme uses absolute column widths that use a tiny portion of the screen width, with completely dead space on both sides. Back when print was king, empty space was a status symbol, especially in advertisements.  I abhor empty space, especially on the sides of the page, especially when it’s almost impossible to find a monitor that isn’t widescreen.

Anyway, I put a lot of efforts into adding lots of tags on my pages.  While they are helpful in searching, I realized they never actually get displayed.  So I modified the index.php and single.php to display the tags in the footer area.  What do you think? Please comment.

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