Here are the answers to the Christmas song quiz:
–HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
–THE FIRST NOEL THE ANGLES DID SAY
–GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN LET NOTHING YOU DISMAY
–IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR
–SILENT NIGHT HOLY NIGHT ALL IS CALM ALL IS BRIGHT
–ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME
–DECK THE HALLS WITH BAWLS OF HOLLY FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA
–YOU BETTER WATCH OUT YOU BETTER NOT CRY
–JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD HAS COME
–YOU KNOW DASHER AND DANCER AND PRANCER AND VIXEN COMET ND CUPID AND DONDER AND BLITZEN
–I SAW MOMMY KISSIN’ SANTA CLAUS UNDERNEATH THE MISSLETOE LAST NIGHT
–CITY SIDEWALKS BUSY SIDEWALKS DRESSED IN HOLIDAY STYLE
–HARK THE HEARLD ANGLES SING GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING
-GRANDMA GOT RAN OVER BY A REINDEER
–O HOLY NIGHT THE STARS ARE BRIGHTLY SHINING
–ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT TEETH
–DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW IN A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH
–WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
–I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS JUST LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW
–CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE JACK FROST NIPPING AT YOUR NOSE
–IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
–O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHAM HOW STILL WE SEE THEE LIE
–SLEIGH BELLS RING ARE YOU LISTENING IN THE LANE SNOW IS GLISTENING
–I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
–WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
–I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
–FROSTY THE SNOWMAN WAS A JOLLY HAPPY SOUL
–JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS LEAN YOUR EAR THIS WAY
–GOOD KING WENCESLUS LOOKED OUT ON THE FEAST OF STEPHEN
–UP ON THE ROOFTOP REINDEER PAUSE OUT JUMPS GOOD OLD SANTA CLAUS
–JINLGE BELL JINGLE BELL JINGLE BELL ROCK
–I’LL HAVE A BLUE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU
–WAY UP NORTH WHERE THE AIR GETS COLD
–JUST HERE THOSE SLEIGH BELLS RINGING TING TING TING TINGLING TOO
–COME THEY TOLD ME PA RUM PUM PUM PUM
–ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
–HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS
–AWAY IN A MANGER NO CRIB FOR A BED
-DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR
–GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
-CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE TIME FOR TOYS AND AND TIME FOR CHEERS
–ROCKIN AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
–OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS TO GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE WE GO
–O CHRISTMAS TREE O CHRISTMAS TREE HOW LOVELY ARE THY BRANCHES
–I SAW THREE SHIPS COME SAILING IN ON CHRISTMAS DAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY
The original Sphider was built with the English language in mind. While preparing to store indexed words, a check is performed to ensure the word is composed of alphabetic characters. Knowing that sites other than all English sites might be indexed, this check was modified to accommodate non-English but still Western characters. The function used for this was what eventually was named removeAccents(). It actually worked quite well. Sphider advanced and took on still more languages, particularly those with non-Western alphabets. Surprisingly, Sphider somehow kept chugging along, although just how is a bit of a mystery.
Well, recognizing some of the short comings of removeAccents(), it was “improved” in Sphider 3.1.0. And it WAS improved… in some instances. Unfortunately, it was discovered (after it had been released!! 🙁 ), that Arabic words would no longer index. Other languages were probably similarly impacted, but just one is enough to raise red flags.
Rather than fix a patch that was originally intended to cover a minor flaw, it seemed logical that the initial check on the word should be updated to conform to the realities of unicode. The check to be sure the word is alphabetic now truly covers the many alphabets rather try to patch the check for an ASCII alphabet.
I had been using a plugin, “Podamibe Custom User Gravatar”, for quite sometime. After a very recent “update” of this plugin, I was locked out of my own account!
My host support investigated and found Podamibe was the cause and disabled it for me. I was then able to log in, at which point I UNINSTALLED this misbehaving piece of software. I found another, less intrusive substitute.
Just thought you would like to know….
A typo has been discovered in ‘install.php’ for Sphider 2.2.0 (classic). This will affect those who have 1) already downloaded ‘sphider-2.2.0.zip’, and 2) are trying to do a clean install. Any downloads after right now already have the file corrected.
This does not warrant a new release, but simply instructions on how to fix the problem if you have it.
Line 23 currently has:
Change this to:
$settings_dir = “../settings”;
This does NOT affect the PDO edition.
The header photo you see is of the Canyon Diablo bridge at Two Guns, AZ. This bridge was built in 1915 and served the National Old Trails Road. In 1926, this section of road became part of Route 66. The bridge was the Canyon Diablo crossing for 66 until 1938 when Route 66 was slightly rerouted in the area. The ruins on the far side of the bridge served as a store for many years.
As Christmas is nearly here, I am sitting and listening to Christmas music. When “The Twelve Days of Christmas” comes around, I can’t help but laugh at an acquaintance of mine some time back. He had just gotten a divorce and came up with NEW words to the old tune.
Now I do not remember the entire thing (this was probably forty years ago), what I DO remember goes like this:
On the eight day of my divorce,
My ex-wife took from me,
Eight place settings,
Seven credit cards.
FIVE POWER TOOLS!
Four radial tires,
Three bedroom home,
Two little children.
And my stereo and my color tv!
I wish I could remember the rest of it…
Do you remember the study that came out about two months ago that basically said, “if your cat was bigger, it would kill you”?
That study is pure rubbish. I have witnessed close up the various personalities of a number of house cats over the last forty years or so. Cats are NOT intimidated by size. I have seen a 9 pound cat face off against a 90 pound doberman. The cat was NOT cornered. It WELCOMED the confrontation. Although it could have very easily gone the other way and ended in disaster, the doberman backed down. I have seen similar instances of cats very willingly face overwhelming odds and either emerging victorious or escaping unscathed. They live for the challenge.
If your cat really wanted you dead, either you or it would already be dead!
One other thing. Although they can be wonderfully graceful, they can also be complete klutzes. If they were bigger, their klutziness COULD possibly kill you by accident. If that were to happen, you would no longer be operating the can opener. The cat then will become hungry. You, being of no possible use dead, would most likely be eaten.
Unless you mistreat your feline, it will not purposely kill you. They are smart enough not to lose their meal ticket.
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