Make Love, Not Porn by Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop presented Make Love, Not Porn as a TED Talk. This talk contains adult content.

A Week in December

This week started off with tuna tacos, progressed to smoked maple pork chops, and ended with brown sugar glazed salmon. Somehow there wasn’t a competition in the middle.

Full Value of Joy

“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

Life – Part 2 – The Recent Past

The past few months have been something. I tried to think of a better word than “something” and Adventure, Strange, Unique and a couple others ran through my mind, but none, including “something” really hit the mark. This stretch of life has included international trips to Australia (Part 2 and Part 3), Chile (Part 2), and Costa Rica, and getting to experience cultures different than my own.

It’s included someone I believe is a good person saying I inspired them to go out of their way to be a better person due to the Good Deed Thwarted. It included one of my former athletes dying at too young an age. May CJ rest in peace and continue making those around him smile.

It’s included nights of drunken fun, stupidity, and pictures, most of which have been posted. It’s included a phone call from a good friend I’ve drifted away from for no reason other than neither of us picking up the phone to call the other. I need to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

It’s included trips to California, Arizona, Texas, and Mississippi to hang out with Matt, Keelie, Jameel, Kristi, Omar, Christian, Jeremy, David, Kendall, Josh, Kat, Shane, and Swayze, among others. It’s included agreeing in principle to changing my role within the cheerleading industry to having an even longer term focus in mind.

It’s included thinking, re-thinking, and over-thinking too many things to list, including all the “somethings” that took place in the past few month. It’s included an Usher concert on a Monday night, which makes for a long week. One of the things said the night of the Usher concert was:

You have to go through something to get to something.

I agree and think it’s time to slow down and notice the something I’ve gotten to.

Why I’m Reconsidering Being a WordPress Tester

I’m venting. I’ve documented testing pre-release versions of WordPress since prior to 3.1 being released in February 2011, coming in at either the Beta or Release Candidate (RC) phase depending the version of WordPress. This release cycle, for the upcoming version 4.1 of WordPress, has annoyed me to the point of reconsidering testing pre-release versions in the future. Don’t get me wrong, I still think WordPress is great software and will continue to use it for my websites and recommend it to others. I’m just not sure I’ll be testing versions prior to them being marked as ready for production sites anymore.

My first problem is the system for testing pre-release versions taking a big step the wrong direction. In the past I could use a plugin, which is incredibly easy to install and activate using WordPress, to move from Betas through RCs to the full release version via the update feature built into WordPress. During the 4.1 release cycle a change was made that caused the same process I would have used in the past to install 4.1 Release Candidate to take me to 4.2 Alpha. This was unexpected to me based on past experience, but I’ve been told multiple times in the support forums that this is the expected behavior, despite it never happening to me in the past. Apparently all my experiences in the past were wrong.

My second problem is the plugin I used, called “WordPress Beta Tester” with the description “Allows you to easily upgrade to Beta releases”, installed an Alpha. For some strange reason I expected the Beta Tester plugin to install Betas or higher, but not Alphas. When I questioned the BETA tester plugin installing an ALPHA in the support forums, calling this “Silly” when I really wanted to call it “Asinine”, it was again stated that it’s the expected behavior. Apparently I’m an idiot to go along with my wrong past experiences.

The third, and probably biggest problem is the official announcement post for 4.1 Release Candidate says “To test WordPress 4.1 RC1, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin…” which is not true. There is no was to get the 4.1 Release Candidate using the plugin mentioned, instead it will install 4.2 Alpha. This is misleading those that are willing to test a pre-release version of WordPress on the official WordPress website, and will probably annoy them when they are told it’s the expected behavior, despite the announcement stating different.

Making it more difficult to test pre-release versions for a platform that prides itself on being easy to use is confusing to me. I asked for insight into why this change was made, but the question went unanswered and the support topic was closed. Before anyone says it, I know I can download the zip and FTP the Betas and RCs for testing, but I probably won’t. To me, FTP is for when something goes wrong, like removing the plugin that locked me out of my site last week or installing 4.1 after my site is unexpected migrated to 4.2 Alpha. It’s not for correcting an unexplained step back in the testing process.