by Anura Guruge
This post was moved from this archived blog to my new blog. PLEASE just click the image. You will be there in seconds.
Well, the above image makes it pretty obvious as to what Website I am building. Yes, it is time.
I wanted a Website cum Blog that was easy to maintain & update WHILE at the same time giving me the flexibility of having tightly formatted Web pages — even if such views had to be limited, ALAS, to ‘Desktop Mode’.
Despite my near two decade experience with WordPress, it was not going to ‘cut it’. WordPress takes work — a lot of work.
As you may have seen, I played around, albeit it briefly, with ‘IONOS’ & ‘DreamHost‘. Nope. Did not meet my expectations. I then went to Weebly given that I use Weebly for both ‘guruge.com‘ & ‘wownh.com‘. But, this time around I was NOT impressed. My other two Websites (at Weebly) are ‘static’ & rarely updated. That was NOT going to be the case with this new Website. It had to be dynamic & easy to update & change. After a week of mounting frustration I asked for my money back. They did refund it quickly — though through a contact in the Weebly COMMUNITY rather than via their Support. It took their support over a week to get back to I. Weebly’s support has gone to … I am not sure where, BUT it is not online!
Then, after another round of research, I decided to check out HostGator’s ‘new’ Website Builder. Their pricing was definitely very competitive & they had a 45-day refund policy. Plus, they were TRYING to cater for bloggers.
I started with them about 5-days ago. It was easy enough to get started. There were some bits that were confusing, i.e., the blog being handled within 2-pages; a main-page that carried summaries & the blog proper. Their documentation & knowledge base — ler’s say — is EVOLVING. Thankfully, they do have decent 24/7 CHAT support — from India. I have used them thrice, & each time they helped me out. So, that was good. They also have phone support, but it is not 24/7. I have yet to try it. There is also a PREMIUM support option that you can buy. I have not explored that as yet.
It is definitely easier & MORE FUN to use than Weebly! Of that, there can be no doubt or debate. More flexible. ‘Snap to Grid’ based designing BUT you can get (most times) the vertical/horizontal spacing you desire (at least on ‘Desktop Mode’) without having to settle to the CLUNKY/UGLY spacing that Weebly insists on.
Gator also offers a whole bunch of features I have never seen before like ANIMATION & GLOW. Wow. It is more akin to PowerPoint than anything else I have seen.
That said, it has some INEXPLICABLE shortcoming. One that blows my mind. You can’t add CAPTIONS to images! Yes, you read that right. You have to add the caption as a separate text box. Yikes. That is really distracting. I also still haven’t found a way to save/store a color palette. So, I am constantly having to BANG in RGB codes in hex. Yikes.
I have offered to WORK with them to IMPROVE the offering but they rebuffed me.
Get the feeling that those designing the software have zero experience creating & running a production Website/blog. Shame. This could be the BEST Website builder out there. I have never used Wix, but I think that Gator could beat it IF they just get feedback from some experienced users.
Well, I am still working on the Website. When it is up, I will, of course, be blasting it all over the place.
I will also try to keep you posted on my progress with Gator Website builder.
Well, I happened to see this story (above) in the UK ‘Daily Mail’, which I read daily, & was both surprised & intrigued. I read most of it at once. I then, as is my wont, did some research. Wow. It is true. It is kosher & there is even a book & TV series available on ‘Amazon Prime Video‘. I sure plan to check the TV series out. It has to be good. I had to share this with you.
Check Category ‘Books‘.
When I opened the bedside drawer
— to store my wallet, phone & car keys.
Both ‘Hindu’ books promote ‘Krishna’.
The Manager a very NICE Indian has this small shrine outside the main door.
One morning, around 7am, I saw him doing his ‘rituals’ by it,
wafting the incense all over his body — which is how I noticed.
Very cute & TOUCHING.
It is true that I no longer spend (at least) 3- to 4-nights a week in hotels as I once did — for around 12-years in total. But, I still spend more nights a year in hotels than most. So, I have seen my share of hotel rooms.
Yes, I have seen ‘The Book of Mormon‘ in hotel rooms before — mainly when staying in Utah. I don’t think I ever saw it along with a ‘standard’ Gideon Bible. I have never seen a non-Christian missive in a hotel room drawer, in the U.S., prior to this — & it is true that I have done NO international travel in decades.
Of the three hotels we spent a total of 6-days during this week-long road trip, two were Indian owned; one also 100% run by Indians. Only one of these hotels, & I will not mention which, had these Hindu/Krishna books. I thought it was CUTE.
I actually looked it up. There is NO REQUIREMENT, let alone a law, that says U.S. hotels must provide a Bible. This was just a convention — encouraged by the Gideon Organization (which provides the Bibles).
Hotels can opt for whatever, & I read that close to 20% now provide no books, whatsoever, in their rooms. Now that I think about it, that seems right. One of the hotels we stayed in, had nothing & their drawers had NOT been cleaned in a long time. I actually had to line it with paper towels!
Well, I just wanted to share this with you.
It is all good.
Check Category ‘religion’.
Racism isn’t just black & white.
Racism exists in all cultures. We have all heard, in the context of WWII, how racist the Japanese & Chinese are.
Brown folks like I can be terrible racist.
Just a couple of days ago I was in stitches reading about a famous, black West Indian cricket captain who was very aggrieved to discover that the nickname he was called by some of his Indian teammates when he was playing cricket in India was extremely racist. They, all brown (like I), was calling him a ‘blackie’. SMILE.
I am a racist — though, of course, I have a white wife (& she wasn’t the first). Actually, it is possible that I am more of a racist than my wife. She accuses me daily (if not hourly) of being judgemental.
So, what is this all about? What am I leading at.
I have, of course, been thinking. Race, quite rightly, is very much in the forefront. I have no issues with that.
Winston Churchill, and his statue in London, was in the news today. Got me thinking. Yes, Winston was probably slightly more of a racist than I, but by how much?
Lincoln must have had some racial biases. I am convinced that no adult can claim to be at ‘0’ when it comes to racism. I don’t think it is possible.
Most folks who knew my adoptive mother, & she knew a lot of people (given that 3,000 people attended her funeral, & that was just in Sri Lanka), would claim that she had to be the most inclusive person they had every encountered since she was her own mini-U.N. But, in private she was quite the racist. Not a nasty racist. Just a common or garden racist. Among other things she so did not want me to marry anyone white!
I think you are getting my drift.
I could be wrong, BUT I think if we can stay below the 40% mark we are doing good. Yes, of course, there will be those below 40%. I know a few that might qualify. The problem is with those that are beyond the 70% mark.
Oh, and all don’t forget that racist come in all colors.
The video that accompanies story.
This is BRILLIANT!
Made my day.
I am SO, SO, SO PROUD of this young man. He is going to go far. He has discernment, courage and chutzpah.
Jaguar should give this young man a new car for FREE. This was quite the statement.
Way to go.
It does NOT happen often, but every once in awhile an Indian shows that they have tremendous good tastes.
48 Matches, in total, May 30 to July 14 (Final).
Essentially a match day.
[Do NOT bother with Hotstar unless you are Indian or have a low IQ.]
I plan to watch the highlights of all 48-matches on Willow TV.
I was there at the 1979 & 1983 FINALS at Lord’s.
Watched 2015, 2011 & 2007 on TV.
So let’s get ready.
Today is the DAY.
This, as was her 2018 Mother’s Day art was done by her on cardboard. She continues with the somewhat Indian-influenced, symmetrical patterns. I like it. Pretty elaborate. Our big problem is we are running out of wall space for all her art! It would be churlish not to display it, but we just don’t have any room.
Would appear she did all of this in a couple of hours.
Hand painted on cardboard.
These symmetrical patterns are her latest motif. Kind of Indian. We now have them in various forms all over the place — including on some doors.
She did all of this, from scratch, on Saturday — yes, the day before. She likes hard deadlines (like somebody else in the family). Took her about 6 solid hours!