Monday, August 18, 2008

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties

... in ohhhh, so many ways.

First, can anyone explain why I can't see any of my previously posted videos in Firefox, but I can see these same videos in Internet Explorer? Also, a few random widgets are missing in Firefox as well.

This appeared to happen right after I deleted Google's Adsense in a fit of pique, for putting "Osama Obama" ads on my blog. Then, I wake up this morning and can't see any of my videos. We'll teach you to diss Google, missy! Chastened, I put the Google Adsense box back, but it looks different this time. Also, I could not access my full layouts page (had to re-install Adsense through Internet Explorer, also). The bottom half of the Page Layouts (in Blogger) is gone, random widgets and links disappearing just like the videos did. The Template tab has also disappeared, along with my Dead Air Library widget. It was exactly like Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said, by Philip K Dick, the only logical outcome being that I would soon start disappearing, as well. There will have been no record of me OR my blog, and I will (necessarily) have to go around trying to convince people that I exist.

Like anyone else in such a situation, understandably, I did panic.


This hasn't been a good week. Two days ago, while my arms were full of (not kidding) dog vitamins, I tripped over a badly-stacked bottled-water display and ended up splayed out on the floor--SPLAT. (Dick Van Dyke redux, for you baby boomers.) I badly bruised both elbows and my left knee, but as my regular blog-readers know, I'm a well-padded gal of hardy peasant stock who ingests every supplement ever invented (and then some). I am relieved and grateful I didn't break anything, but if I had, I would have talked to a few bone-building supplement manufacturers and demanded an explanation.

Anyway, already a bit jarred, and then last night I watch Rick Warren and the presidential candidates engage in some depressingly predictable repartee.

My supervisor is changing jobs, as noted before, and will be leaving us this week. I ate lunch with her today; I am crestfallen over her departure and feel an acute sense of loss.

And then, I see that I am disappearing! Where's my videos?! ((screams))


Comically, I attempt to leave messages for the Blogger Help Group, which also advertises for ESCORTS from various warring countries. Gollee, I had NO IDEA! No, wait... that is SPAM that the Blogger team is too lazy to clean up. You figure a place that tolerates all of this sex-spam ain't gonna be much for answering my question. I dutifully type "disappearing videos from blog" in the little search box provided, and promptly find a dozen people with my same question, spread out over the past four months.

And not a single answer.

Why do they bother to tell us about a Blogger Help Group, if they have no intention of helping? Is this some new, creative form of postmodern torture?

Anyway, I apologize for being slack lately. I wanted to blast the Rick Warren follies good and proper, and may well do so. I have a tight schedule the next few days.

And I might disappear entirely by then.


ArrogantWorm said...

Pardon the link! This one has advice for regenerating your lost add ons and extensions for Firefox. Here's to hoping it helps.

ArrogantWorm said...

Sounds like an internal problem. Also, I can see (and hear!) your videos just fine, they're not gone from this end, neither is your Library widget. You're reading "Truth and Beauty" By Ann Patchett. Perhaps deleting Firefox and starting afresh would work?

mikeb302000 said...

I recently switched from Wordpress to Blogspot. So far, I'm not very happy with the decision, but it is a bit early to despair. Hopefully, when I get familiar with the new gimmicks, I'll have some pretty equal pros and cons to report. What I miss right now is the Wordpress stats and their help desk and FAQ system which was very user-friendly.

I hope you're OK from that fall you took. Sounds like a close call.

a very public sociologist said...

On the whole adsense thing, does it actually pay much? Is it worthwhile for a small blog (averaging 100-200 visits a day) to get it installed? What does everyone think?

annie said...

Ouchie! On several levels. I so get the Dick Van Dyke reference. Loved that show.Hope your sore parts feel better soon. And I know how losing a great supervisor or coworker feels. It sucks when it's a person you work well with, and enjoy.

I just put google ads on my blog. Now I am scared.

John Powers said...

I'm so not a techie, but since the problem is in Firefox and not IE I wonder if it has to do with a bug that uses an exploit in the flash player? I think Firefox is anxious to fix this thing and that may be what's up.

JoJo said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you got banged up. Like you, I too am a "graceful swanlike creature" of sturdy peasant stock who manages to acquire bumps and bruises on a daily basis.

As to your tech idea! I still w/ blogger b/c I don't know how to do anything else. I would like to change my url to "tahomabeadworks" instead of "beadsandvincent" but I don't even know how to do that w/o losing all my prior stuff.

ArrogantWorm said...

"As to your tech idea! I still w/ blogger b/c I don't know how to do anything else. I would like to change my url to "tahomabeadworks" instead of "beadsandvincent" but I don't even know how to do that w/o losing all my prior stuff."

If you create another blog using the new url, they have an 'import from url' feature on the 'manage' page, it should cart over everything from your previous blog.

ArrogantWorm said...

Ah, my mistake, blogger's importing function seems to be new. Here's the link

Wordpress imports just fine, I haven't tried any other blogs besides blogger and wordpress, so no opinion of features.

Daisy said...

AW, thanks for the add-ons, they worked! (((kisses)))

Still don't know where they disappeared to in the first place, or why. (?) But thank you again!!!!