"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

New Blogger Interface Soon To be Forced upon Bloggers by Google is a Design Flop Contrary to Author Interests

Google's official Blogger blog has announced a new Blogger interface
soon to be forced upon Blogger portal bloggers.

Thank you, but no thank you.
We have looked at it.
The new interface is nothing for us.

As a result, even though we have been with Blogger from its first beginnings,
we will have little choice but to transfer our main blog(s) to a different blogger platform soon.

On top of our list right now is WordPress,
and we looked at FirstSiteGuide.com and Anya Skrba's
How To Move Your Blog From Blogger To WordPress: Step by Step Guide 2020
as also looking at the WordPress guides at WPBeginner.com.
Eusteacia has a nice writeup with links to numerous useful plugins at
Moving from Blogger to WordPress with WP Beginner (Review).

After doing some additional reading online, the solution that we found as the simplest for us -- and we are trying this out at the moment -- is to use the "Back up Content" button function in Blogger (found in "Settings" under the menu item "Other"), which backs up an entire blog into an xml file. That xml file can then be imported by drag and drop into a wordpress.com blog with the Wordpress.com "import" function (found under "Tools" in the WordPress.com user dashboard). Later added Note: Success! In just about 1/2 hour, this procedure was completed in importing nearly 1000 postings, comments and media to LawPundit WP at WordPress.com, where we will continue posting LawPundit posts in the future. For continuity, we will post at both locations until a final decision is made.

We have no idea who is in charge of the design of the new Blogger interface,
but it is hard to believe it is anyone who has ever blogged or understands much about blogging. More likely marketing types designing for ad placements.

The user interface has been over-simplified (dumbed down) to such a degree that it is virtually useless for practical serious blogging. The rationale appears to be to make Blogger better adapted to mobile use, a mobile world where ephemeral "non-content" and invasive advertising dominate.

In the new Blogger interface, Blog postings that do not have an embedded image get an overly large but meaningless alphabet letter assigned at the front of the title, letters which dominate the entire page to the detriment of far more important things, such as the actual name of the blogger or the full title of a posting.

Indeed, the posting blogger's name is reduced to only the first few letters of the name in tiny script, showing how much importance Google assigns to authors.

Moreover, get ready to click considerably more to find the same features that you once found and used easily and really need to blog effectively. Now these are all hidden behind a blank and blinding white interface that just takes up a lot of empty space that could be used for something sensible. Blank is blank.

On a scale of 0 to 10 with zero at the bottom, we rank the new Blogger interface at 0, a rank meaning "not worth the trouble", "forget it".

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Stonehenge in the News: English Heritage is to Digitally Livestream the 21 June 2020 Summer Solstice at the Ancient Megalithic Standing Stones

The traditional live celebration of the annual astronomical Summer Solstice (Midsummer) at the Stonehenge megalithic standing stones has been cancelled for 2020 by English Heritage, but, according to Robb Report, the event is nevertheless to be made available digitally for the first time ever by livestream. Let us all hope for good weather on June 21, 2020 and for millions of observers! Our "time" on Earth is, after all, measured by astronomical events, something often forgotten in our temporal era.

For background and astronomical speculations as to why Stonehenge was constructed thousands of years ago, see our

The Stonehenge Decipherment at the following links:
and for readers interested in our Avebury Stones Decipherment
please start at
and

Thursday, May 14, 2020

God and Corona

 This is a true story taken recently from the pages of life in the coronavirus era:
Young daughter, age 3, to mother: "I would like to see God".
Mother: "God is not visible. No one can see God."
Daughter: "Can one visit where God lives"?
Mother: "No."
Daughter: "Corona?"
!!! Whoah !!! Out of the mouths of babes....
Children grasp the concept of "social distancing" quickly
... and apply it universally.

Even if we universally practice social distancing, we remain players in a world
in which everything is related to everything else, whether we like it or not,
even things that are not visible to the naked eye, such as COVID-19.

How can an invisible virus be reconciled with day-to-day reality in OUR universe
-- a universe in which we are neither outside looking in, nor inside looking out.
Rather, we are inside our Universe looking inside our Universe.
It remains an unsolved mystery that is at the root of science and religion.

As Giordano Bruno pondered, and we paraphrase here:
"If the world is a wheel within a wheel, and has no beginning or end, 
then where are we?"

Similar questions arise when confronted with the world's present situation.

Years ago, we wondered
what "God" thought when the present visible Universe came to be,
even if it has already always existed for eternity in invisible form....

As an answer, we composed and published the song I'm the Way
found online as I'm the Way by Andis Kaulins.mp3, duration of 2:40, at
https://isandis.blogspot.com/2009/12/kaulinsium-mp3-files-galaxy-music-of.html

Now that man and woman have come forth out of the primeval void
and have been domiciled on Planet Earth for quite some time
what do current events mean in the greater scope of things?

Corona?

Has God taken "social distance" to modern humankind?
And if so, how do we return to God's grace?

Just sayin'....


Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The United States Supreme Court Enters Totally New Territory with Oral Arguments per Telephone

That the world will never be the same as the result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is clear from the Topline at Jack Brewster's yesterday article at Forbes at "Here’s Why Today Is A Groundbreaking Day For The Supreme Court" which states:

""For the first time in its history, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments via telephone — not in-person — and allowing live streaming of its audio, another sign of the profound effect the coronavirus outbreak is having on our even most tradition-bound institutions."

Read the whole thing here.