WordPress 3.1.1 is Now Available

As I suspected, the next update to WordPress wouldn’t take long to emerge. Whether it fixes some of the problems previously mentioned we will have to wait and see.

The comments from WordPress.org are:

WordPress 3.1.1 is now available. This maintenance and security release fixes almost thirty issues in 3.1, including:

* Some security hardening to media uploads
* Performance improvements
* Fixes for IIS6 support
* Fixes for taxonomy and PATHINFO (/index.php/) permalinks
* Fixes for various query and taxonomy edge cases that caused some plugin compatibility issues

Version 3.1.1 also addresses three security issues discovered by WordPress core developers Jon Cave and Peter Westwood, of our security team. The first hardens CSRF prevention in the media uploader. The second avoids a PHP crash in certain environments when handling devilishly devised links in comments, and the third addresses an XSS flaw.

We suggest you update to 3.1.1 promptly. Download 3.1.1 or update automatically from the Dashboard ? Updates menu in your site’s admin area.

Oh well, let’s upgrade and beholden to what the gurus say we should have.


Life, The Universe and Everyting

We all know that the meaning of life is 42, according to Douglas Adams and the computer Deep Thought. Isaac Asimov had a different but not dissimilar view. None of these views have been taken seriously, so it is time that I lay some serious thought on the universal table. Let’s start with what science wants to tell us:

The latest “theory” of life, the universe and everything is String Theory. This suggests that there are anywhere from 11 to 26 dimensions. They then dismiss all but the 3 we live in to be insignificantly small. Therefore, we can’t see them.

Scientists can’t explain gravity and the “mass” of the universe, so they come up with Dark Matter. You can’t see it, but it must be there.

The universe is expanding at an increasing rate. Scientists can’t explain it, so they come up with Dark Energy. You can’t see it, but it must be there.

Quantum Mechanics speculates that a particle can exist in any part of space at any time and altering one particle can have the same effect on another particle anywhere in space at the same time, even millions of light years away. To a limited extent, this has been proven to be true in experiments.

Now for the Don Maisey Theory of Life, The Universe and Everything:

Let’s go back the the first problem – multiple dimensions. Suppose that some of these dimensions are not small, and that our 3 dimensions are wrapped inside some of these other dimensions. To understand this, draw a man on a piece of paper. This is a 2-dimensional man, he has no knowledge of 3 dimensions, but to us, the 3rd dimension wraps entirely around him. Therefore, there may be other dimensions that our 3-d world cannot detect. If you wrap the piece of paper to join it at the back, our 2-d man could theoretically walk in one direction around the surface of the paper and end up in the same place he started from. This is also true of our 3-d universe, according to mathematics and theory.

Now suppose one or more of these dimensions hold matter that we cannot see. This could explain Dark Matter and gravity. Similarly, what if some of these dimensions contain a repelling energy, forcing our universe to expand. That could explain Dark Energy.

As for the Quantum Mechanics particle effect, suppose that what we see is only a portion of the particle, the rest being in one or more of the other dimensions. Therefore, the same particle could exist in multiple places in our 3 dimensions, poking in and out at random. This could also explain the chaos seen at quantum levels.

These are only my opinions and I have no real scientific background, but I dislike the way the above “scientific theories” dismiss certain aspects that cannot be seen and just state that it must be true because that’s what we see in our 3 dimensions.

I thought scientists were supposed to think outside the square (cube in 3-d), but they talk in dimensions that are visible and dismiss everything else. No-one that I know has challenged the idea that other dimensions exist around us but we are incapable of seeing them because we are not living in there plain.

Who knows, this may explain ghosts and other supernatural phenomenon as well.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.


I Thought I Never Could, I Thought I Never Would

I thought I never could write a Business Plan and I thought I never would write one. However, after just a few weeks of instruction by people who have been there before, I have completed my Internet Marketing Business Plan. It is over 1 inch (2.54cm) thick and contains a whole lot of hype. But it also contains a great deal of financial planning and forecasting – something I have never done seriously before. Therefore, I know what I need to do and I will now try to do it – simple.

See me in 3 months time to see how I’m going.


Defining Moments Part 1

There are a number of defining moments in one’s life.  The first was in 1954 when I had my hand stuck to a kerosene heater and I still bear the scars to this day.  Another was in 1967 when the first world-wide television satellite link-up took place – I stayed up and watched the lot.  Still another was in 1969 when Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon – again I stayed up for over 48 hours so that I didn’t miss a thing.  I’m sure you’ve seen the moon-walk many times but for those who may be too young to know, here it is:

Now, for those of you who are too young to remember the first world-wide television satellite link-up, England’s contribution was this:

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

PS: I still don’t know how you can sing a song and chew gum at the same time!


Has Anyone Upgraded to WordPress v3.1?

I notice that WordPress v3.1 is now available, and I was wondering if anybody else who has a blog has upgraded to it. I do want to rework my blog at some stage, probably with a different theme, but I really don’t like using a “first release”.  Even though this is v3.1, it is really 3.1.0, that is, a first release with new functionality which may break my existing blog.  So I was just wondering if anybody out there has tried it with or without any problems.  Your comments would be appreciated.   🙂