“Now Reading” plugin and WordPress 2.8

A fix for the issues the “Now Reading” plugin was causing with my WordPress 2.8 upgrade.

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. ((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)) After some poking around ((and upgrading one of my own plugins)) I was surprised to find out it was Rob Miller‘s fabulous Now Reading WordPress plugin ((It powers the library pages here on the site.)) 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.

Use Google Libraries 1.0.6

Important upgrade to “Use Google Libraries” for WordPress 2.8

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”

Information about the release of J.C Hutchins and Jordan Weisman’s new novel/ARG “Personal Effects: Dark Art”. I don’t read a lot of non-comic style print books, preferring audio or electronic mediums, but I explain why I’m pumped for this one.

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. ((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.))



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.

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

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!

Doctor Who: The Lost Stories

Big Finish Productions have announced “Doctor Who: The Lost Season”, recreating the original, never produced, season 23 with Colin Baker (The Doctor) and Nicola Bryant (Peri).

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.