Redundant plugins, fatal errors and WordPress upgrades

Some weeks back, I tried to upgrade to WordPress 2.7.1.  It all worked perfectly, until it didn’t.  I got a message saying “Fatal error: Cannot redeclare  pclziputilpathreduction”.  Now, most software terminology sounds Greek to me anyway, but this particular statement seemed to be trying too hard.  Pclziputilpathreduction indeed.  No, don’t ask me how to pronounce…

Lifesaving, essential commodity – gold

I love the way our newspapers report comedy disguised as news.  Look at this article in the Hindu, for instance: Plea to control gold price.  Yes, someone wants gold prices to be regulated.  I did not know gold was like a life-saving drug, or an essential commodity like rice or vegetable oil.  Not that there…

Vanishing Economic Plans

If someone had spent hours writing it as a comedy script, they couldn’t have done better.  Not that it is funny exactly, it seems more like tragedy today, but I am sure it will all seem very funny someday.  Isn’t that how true comedy works?  The jokes that seem funny right away are just slapstick,…

Relatively hot weather

I just heard a bird chirp outside, and was reminded forcefully of how beautiful it is outside.  Tomorrow is going to be just as warm, and I’m really loving the idea of going out during the weekend. I said as much to the friendly customer rep from Wells Fargo bank when I called him for…