“Now Reading” plugin and WordPress 2.8

Overall my WordPress 2.8 upgrade went fairly well, at least as far as any site visitors would see. The admin was a different story.1 After some poking around2 I was surprised to find out it was Rob Miller‘s fabulous Now Reading WordPress plugin3 preventing me from editing posts.

I’m not sure exactly what changed in WordPress to trigger the issue, but after some poking I tracked down the problem, and I think I found a solution other than removing the plugin.

In the file wp-content/plugins/now-reading/url.php, look for the following:

function is_now_reading_page() {
global $wp;
$wp->parse_request();

I commented out the call to $wp->parse_request(); and it fixed the problems I was having with the site admin, and so far it seems Now Reading is unaffected by this change.

  1. If you’ve ever used the Google Gears/Turbo Mode stuff in the WordPress Admin, I advise you to do the upgrade in a different browser because it seems to be responsible for a lot of problems folks are having with the automated upgrade []
  2. and upgrading one of my own plugins []
  3. It powers the library pages here on the site. []

Use Google Libraries 1.0.6

Required Upgrade for Users of WordPress 2.8

I’ve updated my Use Google Libraries plugin to support WordPress 2.8.

  • Disables script concatenation in WordPress 2.8, since it seems to have issues when some of the dependencies are outside of the concatenation.
  • Persists flag to load scripts in the footer in WordPress 2.8

If you’re using WordPress 2.8, you’ll want to upgrade ASAP.  Download it from the Plugin Directory (or use the auto-update feature). If you find it useful, feel free to leave a tip.

Go Read: “Personal Effects: Dark Art”

Today is officially the US release of J.C Hutchins and Jordan Weisman’s “Personal Effects: Dark Art”.  I don’t read a lot of non-comic style print books, preferring audio or electronic mediums, but I’m pumped for this one.  It’s more than just a novel, it’s (part of) an ARG.1



Victor Miller, creator of Jason Voorhees and writer of the original Friday the 13th has read the book, and shares his opinion in one of the many video blubs.

I can’t begin to explain all the cool things going on in relation to this book, but Hutch can, so head on over to JCHutchins.net and watch the Personal Effects 101 video on the front page. He’ll also be liveblogging about the release throughout the day today, so be sure and check it out.

  1. You know how you’re watching LOST, and you see a strange commercial for something, and you’ll check the site out, and it’s somehow related to the show? It’s sort of like that. []

“Miracles” Type-in Update for May 19, 2009

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30/109 scenes

Sorry for the lack of updates. Life continues to move at breakneck speed while the revisions continue at a more glacial pace. Yesterday I hit the pile of new, hand-written scenes, so there’s a lot more typing going on right now, which is actually a nice change of pace.

“Miracles” Type-in Update for May 2, 2009

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24/109 scenes

A bit of a crazy week, but I pushed myself to make up some of the slack this morning, and like Cindy said, “progress is progress”.

“Miracles” Type-in Update for April 25, 2009

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18/109 scenes

Managed to make some progress every day this week, but not enough to post each day. Half the scenes since my last update were red ones1 so it’s been a bit slow going.

  1. meaning that they were either new, or substantially marked up []

“Miracles” Type-in Update for April 20, 2009

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14/109 scenes

I’ve switched back from words count to scenes revised as it seems to make a bit more sense in that context. I managed two more scenes yesterday, three this morning, and another just now.I’d keep going, but I’m falling asleep at the computer.

I put in the extra time tonight because Tuesday and Thursday mornings are the tough ones, and tomorrow night my oldest daughter is giving a reading of the short story she had published in her elementary school magazine!

“Miracles” Type-in Update for April 14, 2009

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6,219/90,000 words

Between Kiddo1’s birthday, and Easter I didn’t even try to get any writing in over the weekend. Today’s scene was about 50% new material, so things went a bit slower. I need to figure out how to get in more than 20 minutes a day or this is going to take a long time.

“Miracles” Type-in Update for April 8, 2009

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5,694/90,000 words

Still plugging along. For those who have asked what a “Type-in” is: My manuscript is covered with hand written notes and rewrites, and I’m now in the process of getting them back into the document.

Doctor Who: The Lost Stories

Doctor Who: The Lost StoriesLong, long ago (1985) the BBC put Doctor Who (then staring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor) on “hiatus” while pre-production was underway for it’s 23rd season. When the show came back 18 months later an entirely different Season 23 was produced. A few of the stories from the “lost” season 23 have been novelized but most have not.

Now Big Finish Productions (who have been producing amazing audio drama for years) announced that they’re going to be recreating the entire season on audio, including one previously unknown story.