I’ve got myself quoted in an article

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch article called For families of missing children, the pain is not knowing. I wonder how the reporter found out about my visitor stats. It says it was published on the 13th and I posted a blog entry about them AFTER that. The visitor statistics are publicly viewable, but I don’t link to them or anything.

Anyway, this is an excellent article and I’m not just saying that because I’m in it. Several parents were interviewed and several cases of missing children got coverage.

It’s not the video game this time

I have wrenched myself free of the Sims 3 but I don’t think I’ll get any update in today. This thing called “real life” I spent all day writing another Executed Today entry that’s five pages long and involved a fair amount of research (it won’t run till February). And in about an hour, I will be joining Michael and his friends to go the local comedy bar for an evening of (probably dirty) humor.

Given the choice between staying at home to work on Charley, or going out and drinking and laughing my fool head off and getting some socialization into my life, I’ll pick the second option. No apologies.

A public service announcement

Every once in awhile I say “I’ve updated” or “I’ve changed my MP of the week” and then some person or people write me to say they can’t see the change. It happened again today. More troubling is when some relative writes me with an update or correction, I make the change, and then they can’t see it and think I didn’t really change the casefile and lied to them about doing so. Understandably, they get upset.

For the convenience of everyone involved, here is what you should do: if I claim to have updated, but it doesn’t appear like I really have, simply reload/refresh the page. I think that’s ctrl-R with most browsers. The problem is that to save time, your browser sometimes just shows the URL as it saw it last time. Reloading the page forces the browser to take another look, and then the changes become apparent.

(Human beings also have this problem, oddly enough. It’s called “change blindness.” I learned about it on the TV show Lie To Me, which I watched on Netflix. I really liked that show. Shame it was canceled.)