What’s Going On?

Installation of a “content management system”, specifically WordPress. Which means you’re likely to see various intermediate states which make no sense.

Because it plays around with remapping URLs some, it may impinge on things nominally outside its control, too. Though I seem to have been lucky with that so far.

Currently I’m converting over articles from the less heavily populated sections, like the “rants”, and photo articles, that never exactly had their own section (or at least any public promotion for it). The gun articles will be coming over too, though they had their own section for a while.

Edited to add: Okay, I’m officially declaring the installation complete. I’ve converted rants, photo articles, and gun articles. There is a fairly active problem list, and I’m wondering if maybe I want to add “tags” (keywords) in addition to the categories (and maybe narrow the range of categories, then). And I should do something about old static pages linked off the old front page better than the link to the copy of the old homepage. But I do not think any of those are problems for tonight.

There are also some rendering problems with Internet Explorer, it looks like. Not only doesn’t it support some things I’m using (falling back reasonably harmlessly to the default behavior), but it seems to put lots of margin and padding in places where nobody else does, so the left nav bar gets rather messed up. Well, who really cares about Internet Explorer anyway?

Digital Cameras and “Focal Length”

This is a very simple subject — complicated by people like me arguing about proper use of terminology, and people trying to explain differences that other people haven’t even noticed, and people pontificating on things they don’t adequately understand.

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Rifles and Me

With a tiny number of exceptions (and no decent training, and in hindsight the people I shot with before were not competent), I didn’t start shooting until about 1978. Then I started with handguns, and the people who started me then were competent and gave me an excellent introduction to safety and shooting skills. (I probably wasn’t competent to have that opinion until last year; but now that I’m an NRA certified instructor in several areas including pistol, I think I have a decent idea of what a good introduction looks like.) Before this last year, I don’t think I’d fired more than 5 rounds from rifles — some .22, and I think one round from a .223.

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