Category Archives: Admin

Administrative facepalm


A little while ago, I was checking traffic to another one of my blogs and saw that for one visit coming in,  the referring page was from this blog. Curious, I dug into the details and saw that the referring post was one of the oldest on this blog, and that it was attempting to find another post on this blog. The problem was that when I first set up this blog, it used a subdomain of rather than its own domain. Apparently, when I set up the separate domain and moved the blog over, I failed up modify any of the links among AIM posts that already existed. So for, oh, five years or so, they’ve been sending people to non-existent pages over at Not sure how I missed that before now. I just went through and manually edited all the posts with the outdated links.

UPDATE [1810 MDT] — Further searching found that there are some external websites that link to the old pages. I tried doing some .htaccess rule writing of my own, but couldn’t get it to work. So I found a WordPress plugin (Safe Redirect Manager) that worked with my first attempt.  This means that if there are any outdated links still lurking in my own posts as well, they’ll get automatically redirected.  ..bruce..


A brief note on older posts with scriptural references

Many of my posts here have links to the online LDS scriptures made available by the LDS Church itself. However, I discovered a day or two ago that the Church has changed the location and layout of those scriptures, which means that some of those links (particularly those incorporating a search) won’t work. I will change them as I run across them, or you can drop me an e-mail if you find them yourselves. Thanks!  ..bruce..

No, not dead, not gone, just busy

I’ve got a work project that’s kept me in California for most of the past 6 weeks and is taking me back tomorrow night. It’s been intense enough, the hours long enough, that I’ve had little energy left to post here or on my other blogs. But I’ve got some things to post about, and I’ll try to do at least one each week.

In the meantime, here’s my first honest-to-goodness struggle with COVETING in some time.  Fear not; the fever dream has faded; if we get a second car, it will likely be one of the aging $2000 pickup trucks parked by roadsides in our neck of the woods. But it was a nice few weeks.  ..bruce..

Back up and running

This site appears to have been hacked with a bunch of link redirections inserted in the front page, which is why Google purged me from their indices. I did an XML backup of the site’s contents, wiped out my entire public_html directory, reinstalled the latest version of WordPress, and then restored the contents. If you run into flakiness, that’s why.  ..bruce..

‘Net searches that end up at this blog

One of my favorite features of the Sitemeter monitoring service that I subscribe to is that I can see the actual search strings that people typed into Google or other search engines that led them to this blog. The single most common set of search strings combine “Mormon” or “LDS” with “Obama”. A fair number of people do searches on “adventures in mormonism”, for reasons that entirely escape me (I chose the name based on a lingering fondness for the late 80s movie, “Adventures in Babysitting”). But what I find most fascinating are the one-off searches that somehow lead here. Here are a few recent example; quotes are from the search strings themselves; all typos and grammatical errors are preserved:

  • “was actually” logic
  • repo book
  • texas supreme court order mail or person
  • stone to leave for family when rapture occurs
  • latter day saint church how many private jets
  • thomas s monson – the antichrist
  • recorded aether hyperspace
  • victorian old man clip art
  • lds, mormon, eye color
  • pbs conspiracy mormon jehovah
  • which temple does mitt romney attend
  • “one last stolen look”
  • grandpa mormon beliefs
  • rights of senior missionary companions
  • does the lds loves obama
  • is the mormon church ran by aliens
  • mormon sounds
  • exobiology characteristics
  • sword turns into milk
  • the brothers karamazov edmund fuller less pages
  • is it ok for mormon kids to hug
  • mormon church mt. shasta
  • mormon sheep
  • mormons have no personal debt
  • michelle obama is mormon?
  • lds mission presidents excommunicated
  • dave berry mormon
  • bipolar mormon
  • mormon caverns salt lake city
  • is there a jared in lehi whose last name starts with an f,
  • mormon clue board game
  • mormon clothing and men
  • “they might be giants” mormon
  • b.y.u. theme song 1945

Those are all hits within the last 3 weeks (and taken from the most recent 2000 hits on this blog).  ..bruce..