What Can Happen In Six Years

In 1872, Susan B Anthony was convicted and fined for attempting to vote in her hometown of Rochester, New York.

In 1878, Anthony and her colleague Elizabeth Cady Stanton had an amendment put before Congress giving women the right to vote. It became the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

White House Petition To Prosecute Trump

The link below is to a petition to the White House to prosecute Trump for inciting violence. It has 50,000+ signatures already since March 13 and it needs another 40,000+ by April 12. That number seems eminently doable if enough people are reached.

Legal precedent: Brandenburg v. Ohio, where the Court held that government cannot punish inflammatory speech unless that speech is directed to inciting, and is likely to incite, imminent lawless action, which the petition claims is exactly the case with Trump’s statements.

Arrest and prosecute Donald J. Trump for incitement to violence. Legal precedent: Brandenburg v. Ohio.

This is the link to the White House petition

Steven Jones On Image Optimisation

I saw Steven Jones give this talk at Edinburgh WordCamp last year and I found the link to the article that he subsequently put up on his site at StompTheWeb

It’s what he calls the ultimate guide to image optimisation with WordPress.

It’s detailed and authoritative – and it’s a live post, meaning that he says that will update it when more information comes his way.

And here is the video of him giving the talk at WordCamp:

Postmatic Added

I added Postmatic to this site. I also added Jetpack and activated Akismet.

Everything looks OK except that from a different browser where I am not logged in I can only see the Postmatic widget in the sidebar for individual posts and not for the homepage of the site.

Just tested again, maybe ten minutes later, and the widget is now showing in the sidebar. I wonder what is causing the delay? Is it a caching system that ThisIsTap is using?

Slightly annoying because of the time it takes to check and re-check when I make changes.

That said, it doesn’t matter for a test sub-domain. But what if I decide to pay to run a domain?


TaskFreak is a collaborative task manager/todo that can be a standalone tool or a WordPress plugin.

I am not sure how well the standalone tool is being supported because when I clicked to see the forum for it, it says ‘Expected back online by end of September 2014’

And the ‘latest news’ dates from October 2013 where it says ‘Version 1.0 of the TaskFreak! free plugin for WordPress has been released. Download it and start managing your project directly on you WordPress powered website.’

On the other hand, the WordPress plugin is in the WordPress repository and it was last updated nine months ago.So there is life in the plugin if not on the main site.

Looking at the Support page for the plugin I can see a question posted a month ago where someone wanted to run the plugin on WP4.4 and it wouldn’t run. The plugin author replied that ‘Sorry about that. This plugin does not support WP 4.3+ yet.

Well something has changed because this site is running WordPress 4.4.2, so the plugin authors are keeping it updated.

So with that introduction – what does TaskFreak do?

The easiest way to find out is to upload the plugin and look at the back end. Once the plugin is activated there is a new TaskFreak! item in the sidebar, with sections for dashboard, Projects, and Settings.

The dashboard sets defaults for who can access various levels of the app.

Who can access this project – Subscriber
Who can comment on tasks – Contributor
Who can create tasks – Author
Who can moderate the project – Editor

Taking a step back and looking at the capabilities assigned to roles in WordPress, we have:

Super Admin – somebody with access to the site network administration features and all other features. See the Create a Network article.
Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.

For the moment I have changed the access roles for TaskFreak so that unless someone is logged in, they only see a page (click ‘Tasks’ in the navigation menu) but no details.

I will change that back to a more public viewing shortly.

Deutschland 83

I have been watching this – not following it episode by episode – but watching it when it is on.

And really enjoying the lead character. He makes it seem believable.

Best thing on TV at the moment.

If you haven’t been watching it – it’s set in Soviet era Germany. The lead character is an East German who is ‘substituted’ for a West German army officer (they bump off the real officer) and the East German beds himself in as a liaison officer for a high-ranking officer attached to NATO.

The strength of the series is in the nuanced playing by the lead character. He is young – seems almost innocent. He wheedles himself into situations with his disarming charm while being required to be predatory and ruthless.

What more can one ask of a spy series?

First Post

This has got to be the quickest I have ever had a WordPress site set up and styled. Not that I ‘did’ it – no database creation and didn’t even use a script. It was all done by ThisIsTap.

Set pemalinks to /%postname%/ and set comments to moderated; changed the default TwentySixteen theme to Make from The Theme Foundry, styled the colours and font sizes – and that’s it.

Should I install plugins? Those would be:

    Optimise database and delete revisions
    Limit Login Attempts