Something has gone very wrong with the database encoding on this blog after a recent update, so all my lovely UTF-8 characters have gone mojibake.
Trying to find ways to fix it. It may have to be manual. Remember, kids: have backups before letting WordPress upgrade!
Here’s the Python equivalent of what I think the database has done:
bytes("I ???? UTF-8", encoding='utf-8').decode(encoding='cp1252')
'I ðŸ’” UTF-8'
Quite why my hosting thought a character encoding from last century was appropriate, I’ll never know.
Update, November 2023: kinda-sort fixed the backend, but the encoding is still weird — can we…?
I’ve been at We Saw a Chicken â€¦ for 10 years now. From a tiny first post to now, it’s always been filed firmly under â€œmisc.â€: no theme, no ads, no plan, and (until recently) no readers â˜¹
It’s been on two different hosts and two different platforms. It’s still obscurely named. It took a brief orange-carpeted journey into the 1970s. Dave‘s picture of a tiny bunny in my hands still gets more hits than I can believe. There was the whole WindSave thing, and the whole other pointless and ugly megabins thing. Then there was Raspberry Pi and The Quite Rubbish Clock; I got more hits in a week than I got in the previous nine years.
I don’t know why getting an e-mail like this one would disturb me so much:
Just a quick reminder message â€“ Iâ€™m currently working with [REDACTED], a top electronics and engineering tech company, and weâ€™re still interested in collaborating with you!
We can provide bespoke content by [REDACTED]‘s own tech copywriters to give you something relevant for your readers, based on a topic that you’d like us to write about. We can also offer a $25 voucher to purchase any product of that value or less from theÂ [REDACTED] website (http://www.[REDACTED].com/) which you could then use and review.
If you’re interested, I can send over some rough content ideas for you to have a look at, and you can let us know what grabs you.
Look forward to hearing from you!
It’s not spam; I’ve had this offer before via another channel. I can’t see why anyone would want someone else’s text under their own byline. Running this blog costs me a trivial amount of money, but I’m okay with that. Monetizing, SEO, sticky eyeballs (I’m showing my age …): feh. All I ever wanted to do with this blog is write my own drivel without someone else’s noise polluting the page.
Oh my. This blog is usually a quiet little backwater, ticking along on a few hundred hits a day. And I’m okay with that. But yesterday, my astonishingly impractical QR code clock hit the front page of RaspberryPi.org, and blammo! More visitors than I thought possible. Are there really over 4000 people who read that? Cor, to use a good British comic-ism.
I’ve been blogging for nearly ten years, filed under what could only charitably be called “miscellaneous”. Yesterday, I got 2% of all the hits I’ve ever had. See the tiny little bar just to the left of the big one? Yeah, that was my previous best ever, with nearly 600 hits.
I’ve started another blog: Numpty’s Progress. It’s more directed to what I want to do with GIS for now.
Bill has a blog now: Bill Rickard Banjos.
Why is eggnog the only nog? Why isn’t there meatnog, since it’s just as revolting a concept. Now I’ve written this, is it a nogblog?
Since discovering a few of my images hotlinked on other sites, I now have Hotlink protection of images with .htaccess. We’ll see what happens …
I was all exited about my 2000th post, because the dashboard is showing:
So I decided to tabulate my entries by number, and discovered that I really have 2261 (well, 2262 now) blog entries. This is the real story:
The numbering seems to have gone sideways in the last 1000 entries; entry #1000 is, as they say, what it is.
If anyone’s wondering why We may have seen a Chicken … looks suspiciously like this blog, it’s okay, it’s authorized activity. I’m doing a spot of reblogging, as wordpress.com blogs get monster search hits.
SEO? Me?! I’m hurt. It’s only bad when you do it.
A (now deleted) comment:
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I don’t think that WordPress‘s search function works any more.
Ah, it’s been fixed in 2.1.2.
GTAbloggers tonight. Is there any coincidence that it was absolutely baltic last time, and there aren’t exactly that many brass monkeys hanging around today?
The PhotoSmart has an ability to print various ruled paper forms: lined, todo lists, and graph paper. But what they print for graph paper is merely squared paper:
Graph paper’s the stuff with 1mm squares. Personally, I was disappointed that it wouldn’t print log ruled and Smith charts, but that’s just me …
so we met last night; including Rannie, Eva (happy birthday today!), Arieh, Graham, and a bunch of other good folks (hey, I’m bad with names). We had beer and wings.
Rannie taught us a nifty prefocus trick for quick portrait grabs. I shall be sure to use it.
The GTA Bloggers will be meeting tonight on the second floor of Paupers Pub on Bloor, just east of Bathurst at 6:30 pm. Be there, or not.
I’m upgrading Gallery right now, so many of my pictures will be unavailable for a bit. I suspect (but I hope not) that my old deep links into Gallery from the blog will be broken by the upgrade.
Portpatrick, taken with a Fujifilm MX-1200 pretending to be a lomo
For probably no better reason beyond babbittry, I’ve always half-wanted a lomo. Half-wanted, that is, because of my previous experience with “Russian” photo gear (I’ve had a Lomo TLR, a Fed rangefinder, and a Pentacon six) and its legendary quality control. I’m also so done with film.
A while back, Donncha wrote about aÂ GIMP Lomo Plugin. While it looked handy, the link to the code is now dead. You can find what I think is the same one here: http://flelay.free.fr/pool/lomo2.scm (or a local copy here if that link dies: lomo2.scm). Just pop it in your .gimp-2.2/scripts/ directory, and it’ll appear as a filter. The original author‘s comment on Donncha’s blog contains good settings: Vignetting softness=1, Contrast=30, Saturation=30, Double Vignetting=TRUE.
I knew there was a reason I retrieved my old 1.3 megapixel Fujifilm MX-1200 from my parents’ house. And that reason is fauxlomo!
I just ran the fuel numbers for our recent grand trip to Missouri. For 4380km in a Honda Civic DX, we used about 292 litres of fuel. That works out to be 6.7l/100km (or 42.3 / 35.3 UK / US mpg). That’s not quite as good as I’d hoped; I’ll put it down to driving a little fast on very chunky snow tyres.
At least it’s better than last time …