It’s Always Something

The power went out twice on Saturday, once around 8:00 am, then it came up around 10 am for 15 minutes or so, then went out again until noon.

When it came up the second time, the alarm in the garage went off.  Now I should say here that I didn’t know I had an alarm in the garage, I have no idea what it’s for, or what sets it off.  It’s part of the alarm system that was in the house when I bought it, I have no idea how most of it works, and have never armed the house.

In any case this thing in my garage is going “Beep-beep-beep-beep….” You get the idea, and when I got to the garage from the kitchen door I found the thing also had a strobe light that was going off.  It was on the ceiling next to the garage door opener, I had noticed it before, I had never been curious enough to see what it was.  I went back in the house and tried to reset it from the alarm system control panel, no luck there.  I went back into the garage and reset the circuit breaker for the garage which took care of the problem.

Issue taken care of, I started back into the house… and I realized I had closed the kitchen door, and it was locked.  Several volumes of bad words later…

I might also add here that since the power had been off all morning, I was still in pajamas, house slippers, and of course hadn’t shaved or combed my hair.

And since there was no way back into the house except to call my sister who has a spare key, or a locksmith who would charge an arm and a leg for an emergency call, it was time to wander over to my neighbor’s house to ask to use their phone.

My neighbor was up, and let me use her cell phone, but was worried I might find her living room to be disorganized.  I pointed out I was wandering about in slippers and pajamas and if I was a house, I would be her living room.  It’s a good thing I am past the age where you can be embarrassed by your appearance.

And of course in the age of cell phones I had no idea what my sisters phone number was since I had always called her from my cell phone, which was conveniently locked in my house.  So it was on to my neighbors internet, and another fun edition of trying to get somebody to give you a phone number without paying the low low price of $4.95 a month forever for the service.

Happily I managed it, called my sister, and around an hour later was back in my house.

It was not one of my more productive Saturdays.

Using Divi with Post Categories

WordPress gives you a way to categorize your posts. The reason you would want to do this is that it allows you (or your readers) to filter the posts to the ones they are interested in. Taking the “Nutsy and the Egg” site for example, I have categorized my posts by music and the comic names, “Nutsy and the Egg” and “Bananaman” Now, instead of having to scroll through all the posts, I have filtered them so you can read all the Bananman Comics in the same place for example, instead of scrolling down the main blog to find them all.

You can also create a hierarchy of categories, so for example I could put all the comic posts under the higher level category “comics” and the lower level category of their name.

I’ve also set up a “Featured” category which contains the latest post from each of my other categories, so if you go there you get the last music post, the last Nutsy and the Egg post, and the last Bananaman post. I’ve made that my main page.

Which raises the question of what you need divi for.

The problem with word press categories is while you can have separate menu items for each, which I already have, it isn’t really a page, and you can’t put anything but that filtered feed on it. At least they haven’t added that to the Gutenberg Block Editor yet.

Divi lets you do that. You create a Page, not a post, can put whatever else you want on the page, then add the category feed as the last item on the page.

This means if you want to have say a cooking blog, an entertainment blog, and a general discussion blog all on the same site, you can do so.


I received two donations yesterday, one for $200 and one for $50 and I’d like to thank the people who sent them. I’ve got real names over on Paypal, and I think it was Viccles and Quasi that sent them, I may have that wrong 😛

I appreciate the help, I’ll itemize what was spent starting up the site, at some point, and more importantly what the monthly expenses for running it are.

As I have mentioned to some people, a lot of the plugins I have here I use on multiple sites, and I get unlimited licenses where ever possible for that reason.

I do intend to set up a method where the site can pay for itself without resorting to memberships. I’ll get more into that later also.

We also need to be setting up an organization of some sort to be responsible for running the site, I don’t intend to be chief cook and bottle washer and make all the decisions myself once we get out of set-up phase, but it’s going to take some people volunteering and organizing to accomplish that.

In any case I’ll be writing in more detail on that later after everything is up and running.

I will mention I am in a different position economically than Kim was, I can afford to support the site at it’s current level of membership. If it starts getting larger, needs a bigger server, or starts sending a lot of email and I need to expand that service, that’s the point I’ll start needing support from the members.

Guest Books

What I have in mind with these is creating a page on each person’s site named “Guest Book”, putting it on their menu, and putting a link to it on the user profile.

I will also set the site so that when you click on a user, the profile block comes up first rather than the activity block. The Code to do that is here: (Just so you get an idea of what it takes to make changes to the place)

There will be some manual steps involved, which either the member can do, or I can do for them. Essentially they would have to create the page and put the URL to the page in their profile.

Doing it this way comments added to a person’s profile page will not be included in the activity stream, which would quickly become unreadable if it included chains of Guest Book Comments, and allow everybody to fully customize their own guestbook pages.

Here is how it works: you click on a person’s user name in any post, it takes you to their profile, you click on the link to their Guest Book. Two clicks total.

Still Starting

I think I am going to ramble and doodle here and save the Civatar blog for actual useful site information.

Obviously there is still a lot to set up, I have some additional items to add to the comment boxes so they will support videos and smilies along with pictures.

I also need to add in the mycred plugins, which provide some entertainment, games and contests (anybody want to be social director?)

And of course there is still a lot to learn about what is already here.

So anyway, join in, blog away, and lets get this party started.  We’ll work the numberous kinks out as we go.

Ya Gotta Start Somewhere…

I intend to use the main site blog for items about the site, along with pages of documentation, but like the title says, ya gotta start somewhere…

This is a multipress wordpress site with buddypress social networking. I tried buddypress before with Renderunto, but nobody bothered telling me it was supposed to be a multipress install for individual blogs to work properly, and I spent endless hours on installing and uninstalling multitudes of plugins that never did blogs correctly.

Oh well, live and learn. The default editor for WordPress these days is Gutenburg and frankly I am not a fan. I don’t want to go back to the classic one though because THAT actually needed a bunch of plugins to get anything done, and I’d rather install Divi which allows you to compose pages and posts from the front end visually. I should have that installed on the 22nd of November, earlier if I decide not to wait for the sale. Meanwhile though there is plenty for me to do.

That’s it for the moment, basically the flow is you register on the main site, if you want a blog you create a subsite for it, it defaults to being a classic blog, and you bang away at the keyboard.

It is however a fully functional wordpress site, so if you want to do more with it, have at it.

I’m using a default theme that allows for a lot of customization, and if you want to add your own css, it’s easy enough to do, you just use the customizer.

That’s it for the moment, as I said, I’m going to put most of the site related announcements on the blog on the main site. This was just to get things started.