Juggle These Flares

A Texas State trooper pulled a car over on I-35 about 2 miles south of Georgetown Texas. When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a Magician and Juggler and was on his way to Austin Texas to do a show for the Shrine Circus. He didn’t want to be late.


The trooper told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and asked that if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn’t give him a ticket. The driver told the trooper he had sent his equipment ahead and didn’t have anything to juggle.

The trooper said he had some flares in the trunk and asked if he could juggle them. The juggler said he could, so the trooper got 5 flares, lit them and handed them to him.

While the man was juggling, a truck pulling a horse trailer stopped behind the State Troopers car. A cowboy from central Texas got out, watched the performance, then went over to the Trooper’s car, opened the rear door and got in. The trooper observed him and went over to the State car, opened the door asking the cowboy what he thought he was doing.

The completely sober cowboy replied, “You might as well take my ass to jail, cause there ain’t no way I can pass that test.”

Update WordPress without screwing it up

The WordPress upgrade system is vastly improved. However, there are still some steps you can take to ensure that your upgrades go smoothly.

First and foremost, upgrades and updates should be done in a staging environment to ensure that nothing breaks your production site.    A push to production should occur during a off-peak hours. Usually this is at night, but it depends on your particular site visitor traffic patterns.   You can check Google Analytics to find your traffic pattern.

The key here is to execute your update first on a copy of your active site.  NOT on a site in production.   And then only during a time of low activity.

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Depending on what you need to update, some of these steps may need to be omitted, but here is the proper sequence of update events:

1 Backup Your Site

Backups ensure that you have a recovery method should something go wrong (other than screaming “son of a biscuit” and spilling your beer).

  • Back up the database of your site. You can do this via PHPMyAdmin very easily.
  • Back up your themes and plugins in the /wp-content directory to an alternate location.

It is worth noting that backing up the uploads folder (inside /wp-content), which can often take a long time, is not necessary before upgrading. Nothing in a WordPress update is going to affect your uploads.

2 Deactivate Caching

In most cases this will be W3 Total Cache, Super Cache, or Quick Cache.   If you don’t use site caching, but use compression PHP caching – no worries. .

3 Update Your Plugins and Theme

Often, WordPress updates are accompanied by plugin and theme updates. Developers usually have a head’s up regarding WordPress updates and are often update their plugins to be compatible when updates are released.

Update all of your plugins and themes before upgrading WordPress.

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4 Update WordPress

Now it is time to update WordPress itself! Just click the upgrade button and let WordPress do its thing.

Sometimes it can take a handful of seconds to complete, so don’t get impatient if you see a momentary blank section within the dashboard.

Be sure to run the database update script after applying WordPress updates if/when instructed to do so.

5 Reactivate Caching

Don’t forget to clear  and purge the cache.

If you are using W3 Total Cache and don’t have a customized configuration, now is a great time to update your W3TC settings.

6 Check Your Site

Take a minute to look over your site and visit a few pages and posts. If something isn’t working properly, it is best to catch it now instead of later.

If your site is golden, then follow the same steps and deploy to your production site.    If something goes sour, you have your backups and you can go through each update to find the culprit and decide to defer upgrading and let the developers know of the failure.     Now would be a good time to know how to do a debug trace so you can share it with the plugin/theme developers.


Bottom line:
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Texas Leads the Way

Of the 1,800 active oil wells in the United States, nearly 50% are currently located in Texas. Of all energy produced in the United States, nearly 41% originates in Texas. If Texas were an independent nation, it would be the 9th largest oil producing country. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns in Texas, but if these animals did exist, they would live happily in the Republic of Texas.

In 2008, oil production on federal lands accounted for nearly 36% of all domestic production with about 1.7 million barrels produced. In 2013, the amount of oil produced on federal lands is static – with no new permits issued by those currently in control – with 1.65 million barrels produced on federal land. Due to the huge increase in production on non-federal land (specifically in Texas) federal proportion of domestic production has fallen below 20%. Oil production on non-federal land increased from 3.5 million barrels in 2008, to nearly 7.8 million barrels in 2013. At the same time, air quality in Texas is nearly 25% better due to better monitoring and new technology.

Whoever is elected the next Governor of Texas should be dedicated to keeping the balance between energy production and a clean environment. Whoever is elected the next President of the United States must dedicate themselves to following the leadership of Texas.

If the United States is to be energy independent, it will take more than feel good politics of emotion and subjective feelings based on false promises, feigned pretense, and faked numbers by unscientific findings with a political agenda. Science should guide our decisions, and reason should be our standard.