Bugs in the software..

… apparently my version of WordPress is of an age that is no longer well supported since the fire-of-creation went out. Or something like that. I’ve got the Nano-Bots working on it, but we may be off line for a bit !


Lordy that was scary. We’re sort of back but everything has changed in here. I’m all a flutter and more hoghedge than hedgehog right now. I’ll fix it later, it looks like a three beer problem.


I thought we’d have a change of theme, I know of few of you shall be delighted to hear that SnowKnob(TM) is still available. Just say the word on the poll over there. I’ve dumped the tag cloud as it’s so July-2008 in terms of what the current unclothed emperor is wearing, and the flickr widget is currently unwidgeted. I know not why.

For a second the whole thing just expired with a sad “phut”, which could have been a sign that I should crucify electrons no more. But the old IT hammer trick re-started the hedgy heart, so we’ll limp on for a bit longer. This new Admin interface tho, God only knows what’s going on. He may with all him omniscient power, but I’m clueless.

Same old, eh?

Out of Africa…

.. and rather pleased about it. There are many things about the place (Jo-Burg especially) which I’ll miss not at all. For example, the barbed wire topped residential conclaves housing the white middle class and guarded by armed black guards. H’mm can’t see that ending well in any revolution.

The endless panhandling wasn’t much of a thrill either. Their is a strong directive not to drop a few coins into the hand of a young mother who is using the other one to cradle a hungry looking baby. The argument advanced is to donate to one desperate person will merely attract many more to the same spot tomorrow.

But this is missing the point, surely? The solution must be for the state to provide a safety-net for these young black – and of course they all are black – women. But get into that conversation and a whole slew of barely contained anger laments the state of the country, the way in which it is run and the feeling that it is no longer fair. That’s from the white minority of the population, obviously.

The end of apartheid was so obviously something to rejoice, and yet it doesn’t feel like it has quite gone away. Anyway such weighty debate is not really at home on the hedgehog, so I’ll leave you with this. I never really felt safe out there but what really bothered me was it seemed no one else did either. Not just the constant threat of low level violence (with counter measures you couldn’t make up), but the underlying friction of many different social groups all feeling as if they were the victims.

In completely unrelated news, the site just had another update, after a benevolent hack that probably was exploited through an ancient version of code from someone even lazier than me on this shared server. I don’t think it has enbusted anything but if so, consider it custom code 😉