Dancing With The Devil

Your mileage may vary…I use Mozilla Firefox as my Internet browser and have for more than three years. I like that it’s not part of the Evil Empire and that it protects me from Fack Fucebook cookies. However, Firefox and WordPress–the platform that hosts my blog and thousands of others–do not get along.

Since the most recent Firefox update composing blog posts has become difficult; I’ll spare you the details. This is hardly the first time that some Firefox-related issue has occurred. Also, it seems that only Firefox has these problems and not other browsers.

When I have brought these issues to the attention of WordPress, I often receive advice to switch Internet browsers. Yes, I reply by telling them that I will not use the Evil Empire browser. I also realize that I could use one browser for writing my posts and Firefox for everything else. Still, that violates one of the axioms by which I live: KISS and I don’t mean the rock band.

Does anyone have any advice? I really don’t want to dance with the devil.


On this day in 1952 Studebaker staged an event commemorating its first 100 years by having company president Harold Vance drive off the assembly line in a Commander Starliner coupe, which was designated as the last vehicle of Studebaker’s first century. From 365 Days of Motoring, a small (and unsecured) picture of the event.



The picture to the right is of the first vehicle of Studebaker’s second century as a vehicle manufacturer, which, of course, only lasted 14 years.

For the nth plus nth time, I will offer my lament that makes like Studebaker no longer exist. Fewer companies in existence mean fewer sources of innovation in styling and in engineering. A future of only electric vehicles is not a future that interests me in the least. My “consolation” is that I won’t be around to actually see it.


As I write this, the mid-section of the United States is experiencing historically cold weather. Right now, it is 7° in our former stomping grounds of Plano, Texas with snow. Wind chills could reach -20°. A week ago, Plano’s high temperature was 64°.

On this day in 1895 downtown New Orleans received its largest recorded snowfall: 8.2 inches. Galveston, Texas received about 15 inches of snow just five and a half years before the devastating hurricane that changed the course of its history.

As someone who used to live in Texas–as noted above–I was always amazed at the wild swings in the weather. I remember one December when the high temperature changed from the low 80s one day to the high 30s the next. Of course, it is the convergence of vastly different air masses that plays a large role in much of Texas being in Tornado Alley. In all honesty, it was the threat of tornadoes–and the death of three people in a tornado just 10 miles from our house–that played a role in our moving to the mid-Atlantic.







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