I recently had the opportunity to drive a 2019 Chevy Tahoe LT for a day. While cruising around in this brand new, never rented before rental, and recording my observations while doing my normal day job, I came to a good many conclusions.
The Chevy Tahoe get a lot of things right,
Pedder Nissan is a car dealership not terribly far from me. Although I usually post on my YoureOn.net site for local entries, I think the scope, and personal nature of this article deserves more exposure than just local.
First, I want to state that I noted that many car dealerships ("stealerships") catch a lot of flak for everything from people feeling like they were taken advantage of, to service departments doing the same and worse. Furthermore, if you go onto Yelp, or Google reviews, and even Facebook reviews, and looks at any seller of cars, pretty much anywhere, you'll find a heck of a lot of vitriol, angry posts mixed with glowing praise. We'll get into that later.
Back to the intro, since Friendslr.com is worldwide, I felt Friendslr was the better venue. That's how strongly I feel about it, so, let's get onto the subject at hand.
The television shows I watched growing up, and many of you watched, lied. As simple as that statement is, I could end this article right here, with that single statement. However, that is not much fun, so let's expand on that, shall we?
Regardless of whether you grew up in the 1960's, 70's, 80's, or later, the plots and machinations of television shows ranged from downright silly, to absurd. That is not to say they were not fun nor entertaining. None of the shows would stay on the air if they were neither nor, necessarily, both! Moreover, it also pays to remember that you, the viewer, are a commodity, for sale to advertisers. So long as you watched, ad folks had someone to sell the wares to. When that audience dropped in size, many TV shows dropped as well. Cancellation awaited all, but some, sooner than others.
Okay, be honest, you expected quicksand to be a bigger deal growing up than it actually is, yeah? And man-eating plants. Evil killer space aliens, what about them? Radiation poisoning, that was a big fear, as was rampaging Apaches, no? Right, a bunch of hooey! I mean, really stop and think about it. What were these writers thinking?!?
When you sit back and realize that many of the syndicated shows you loved watching on weekdays during summer vacation, or on the weekends, were actually prime time offerings on their first run! Folks would wait all week for the latest episode of "I Dream of Jeannie", talking about the latest episode around the work water cooler. That fact just blows my mind! I saw it only as a rerun. And, there were so many shows like this too! My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes, Mannix, Cannon, Hawaii 50 (the original). I could go on and on! The Beverly Hillbillies. Ok, I'll stop, you get the point. Gilligan's Island. Okay, okay!
These television shows were first-run, prime time offerings that we, and our parents, waited all week to watch. Yet many of us only knew them as afternoon or weekend offerings. Seems strange, no?
But there ar.e logical issues with a good many of them, things that make no sense. Or are outright lies.
Here we are, well into the 21st century, and there are no flying cars, dagnabit. Why not? The Jetson's made it perfectly clear that we would have weird Space Needle like homes and flying cars. Oh, and robot maids too, you know, like Rosie the Robot. Where's my Rosie? Oh, sure, we have a Roomba that we do not use, and it can't talk back all sassy while doing the dishes, now can it?
Also, through the course of the show, George Jetson had a, what, 2 hour work week? I want that!!!! George worked for Spacley Sprockets, competitor to Cogswell Cogs. What's with all the sprockets and cogs in the future? For robots, no doubt.
It is amazing that a three hour tour from Honolulu could get lost 300 miles south east of Hawaii, but there you have it, the location of the uncharted desert isle. Oh, sure, the weather started getting rough, and the tiny ship was tossed. However, if not for the courage of the fearless crew, the minnow would be lost. Lyrics here: Ballad of Gilligan's Island.
Of all the television shows who's theme songs stick with you, this is one of the most enduring. It is just ahead of "Come and knock on our door...", but that is later on this article.
Okay, let's solve one mystery. The storm supposedly did not deposit the Minnow on the island. Apparently they drifted for days, 300 miles after the storm. This I did not know. However, all of the map coordinates on the show were 1) wrong, and 2) fake.
The castaways, (namely, the professor) could make cars, generators, a sewing machine, a lie detector, Geiger counter, washing machine, and a whole slew of other things, but they couldn't patch an approximate 3 square foot hole in the S.S. Minnow?
All of the castaways were chaste. Mmhmm. Likely story. So, none of the characters were bumping uglies? Ya, right, sure thing, There has already been a lot of energy spent and thinking done on this topic, and, additionally, it is better thought out elsewhere than I can convey, so here's a link: Sex on Gilligan's Island. I do not want to get into crass stuff here.
By the way, in an interview, Dawn Wells said that, behind the scenes, if there were any two cast members that would have gotten together, if they could have, it would have been she and Russell Johnson. That's right, Mary Ann and the Professor. Both were committed at the time, in real life. She said, and I'm paraphrasing here, "He was the funniest of all of us, he was humble, and he was a hunk."
By the way, the general consensus is that neither the Skipper, nor Lovey, were getting any midnight trampoline action. You see, the Skipper, sadly, completely lacked man cards.
Wile E. Coyote's top speed, 43 mph. Roadrunner top speed, 20 MPH. Your whole life is a lie.
A Greater Roadrunner can reach speeds of 20 MPH (32 KPH) while a Coyote can reach speeds of up to 43 MPH (69 KPH)
Furthermore, the ACME Corporation is fictitious as well! There have been ACME companies, like the ACME Traffic Signal Company. However, its use in the cartoons was pure fiction. Read on at Wikipedia.
Three's Company is a perfectly plausible situation today, but, back then, not so much. Let's bypas all sexual innuendo, that's too easy. Let's instead look at the obvious: Janet, a Florist, Chrissy, a secretary, and Jack, a culinary student, could, in no way, shape, or form, been able to afford a 3 bedroom apartment in Santa Monica, the premise is a lie. Looking it up, I found that 3 bedroom apartments start at about $3,700 a month, and range to $19,000+, monthly. So, no. It's pretty solid axiom that "Those who work in Santa Monica don't, and can't, live in Santa Monica."
Of all classic television shows, arguably, the king is The Andy Griffith Show. However, did you know that the whistling theme song had lyrics? Go ahead, check, we'll wait.
Most instrumental theme songs did have lyrics. I Love Lucy did, even Star Trek's theme had lyrics. In the case of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry came up with lyrics to the already written theme. Therefore, he could share writing credits for the song. Above all, this was strictly a financial move. Roddenberry would get half the theme royalties every time Star Trek aired. This move caused a rift with the writer of the song, as you might expect.
So, back to Andy. Did you ever notice that NO ONE was married in the town? Except Otis, the town drunk. So, what's the message here? See, Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee, Gomer, all of the cast were single. Floyd, well, so was he, but, well, you know...
Also, Gomer Pyle U.S.S.C. how come Gomer did not have a Marine hair cut? Huh? Why?
Steve Austin, a man barely alive, yada yada yada. The only thing that really bugged me about The Six Million Dollar Man is that, sure, he had robot legs, and as a cyborg, he could run really fast with those legs. Okay, fine, but none of the connecting tissue was mechanical. His legs, right arm, and eye (left one, I think) was all synthetic, replaced due to a terrible flight test crash. I get all that. but he could lift up cars, using his robot arm and legs, but his spine, core, rib cage was all normal human flesh. No way his core could have dealt with that. And, running at 60 mph? That would have created so much damage due to his internal organs being smashed around that he would have, probably, only done it once.
Oh, boy, if there was ever a show out of all the television shows I could not stand, it was H.R. Pufnstuf. 2nd to that, Land of the Lost. Now, excuse me while I dry heave a bit.
H.R. Pufnstuf, I so wanted to take that danged flute and ram it...never mind where. Both of these shows, may they toss and turn mercilessly for all eternity in canceled show hell.
Absolutely everything about this show was contrived, lame, and silly. Kind of like the original Batman with Adam West, a show which was silly fore the sake of it. Knight rider was just plain silly.
I know, the Three Stooges were not technically "television shows," however their shorts, or episodes did get televised. Shoot, they are probably on somewhere in the world, right now.
No one knows this, at least until right now, but my greatest aspiration as a young child was to grow up to be a stooge. Curly, as a matter of fact. Not Joe, Curly Joe, nor Moe or Larry. Curly was the end all-be all. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
However, there are issues with this too. Watching the Stooges, a child may think that when you hit someone on the head with a mallet, the worst that would happen is they will yell "Ow!", grimace, and rub the sore spot. Actually, what results is brain damage and death.
Poking someone in the eye, funny? Well, blindness is not funny.
As I grew up I realized that I never laughed at the three stooges, I was more in awe that they were paid to act idiotic. And here I do it for free. Hmmm. I guess that makes me the bigger stooge.
At least Jackass told kids "Do not try this at home." I suppose we are, nowadays, dumb enough to need that warning.
After these last few entries, I find that I have little to say, that is positive, anyway. The A-team, Cagney & Lacey, Air Wolf, Night Court, Moonlighting, Full House, the Greatest American Hero, OMG, ARRRRRRRG! How did television shows go so very wrong? Silver Spoons? The Golden Girls? I have gone from pointing out the folly of that which was passed onto us, no matter how silly a premise, and into writing about things I dislike. Best to end it now.
You all out there can have your opinions, and we encourage you to share them, right here on Friendslr.com, As for me, I need to schedule a full lobotomy. Then maybe I can soak in the mediocrity that is US television.
Oh, and by the way, the whole Mary Ann or Ginger thing? Many Ann, hands down.
Joomla vs Wordpress is a seemingly age old question that gets asked time and again. The thing is, however, it really isn't all that age old. The answer to that question is both simple, and complex. The simple part is, which do you prefer? What causes that preference? The complex, what do you want to use said program for?
This entry could have easily been labeled as various different comparisons, such as Drupal vs WordPress, etc., as I have tried a good many different ones for a good many different projects. Currently I'm writing this entry on a WordPress program, and when finished, I will transfer it to the Friendslr.com Joomla base program.
"Oh my goodness, you just told us your secret!"
Well, no, not really, there's a lot more to it. See, the simplest way I can make this all make sense is to let you into my world, but only so much.
By the way, it is better to have your own domain, on your own server (even a shared server) and your own program running it all than to use Blogger or any of those. When using blogger et al, you're driving traffic to a company which makes money off your work. Better for you to make that money, no?
I am writing this article on my YoureOn.net back stage area. YoureOn is a site I currently use as a blog platform for local stuff, and I rarely write for that site because I am rarely home enough to write local articles.
YoureOn runs as its own domain, and runs the WordPress program, on my own server space. In the past YoureOn also ran as a video sharing site that had decent traffic, outpacing YouTube on a video by video basis, using PHPMotion as its base.
However, as I stopped producing videos, I found I had little use for that platform. PHPMotion did a lot of things well, but not enough. I would have to, once again, customize the PHPMotion code to a large degree, and re-writing all the code did not appeal to me. So I switched to Dolphin as a base, as I turned YoureOn.net into an internet radio broadcasting format. Dolphin is bloated, but still did many things well. Bloated, and their platform stuck their tags to all my keywords.
As I eased out of the internet radio world, and focused that business on a different domain, so I needed a use and platform for YoureOn. I opted for a "local happenings blog", strong on family sharing, and WordPress worked very well for that. Still, there were some things WordPress did not do well. Article writing it did very well, but it was not slick enough. Little by little I would pit Joomla vs WordPress, with mixed results. YoureOn.net still works well on WordPress, but the website is far from finished, or polished. Only so many hours in the day, you know?
As a blogging platform, it is, simply put, the best. If you use tools such as Yoast SEO, you can customize your content well, and efficiently. Yes, Yoast will, at times, drive you up a wall. "What the heck does it want from me!" is a fairly common shout. Quick word to the wise, the less you know about your topic, the more Yoast will harp about your using a passive voice. See, Google will detect that passive voice in your writing as well, and penalize your hard work by ranking it lower, less relevant. Basically, if you're making it up, ANY of it, Yoast will call you out. The hardest blogs I have ever written are the ones where I did not know the subject well enough, and Yoast SEO would slaughter my writing in the Readability aspect.
Yoast combined with WP makes WP shine!
WordPress can also be annoying, which I will get to in a moment.
If you are a blogger with no real itch to customize code, WordPress is for you. Hands down. Blogger, Blogspot, no comparison. Joomla as a blogging platform leaves a lot to be desired as well. I'm about to try a new, to me anyway, paid extension which promises to make Joomla a better blogging machine, but, honestly, I'm not holding my breath. In this aspect the Joomla vs Wordpress comparison is really stark.
Blogging is the act or writing a blog. The word Blog is a shorting of the early internet word Weblog. Basically a blog is like a diary, for some, and a method of driving traffic for others. For me, it is largely a creative outlet. I get ideas swirling through my head for an hour, a day, a week, so I write them out. Sure, they do drive traffic when done right, but more or less my articles are just for the heck of it. I am a hobbyist, not a professional. I have been told a number of times that I am good at it, have talent, but let me be honest: I think my writing sucks. I'm a scribbler. Still, I do it because I want to, and I can.
Vlogs, or Vlogging is simply a VideoLog. This is for people who can not write.
Ah, yes, I did mention that above. Okay, here goes:
The more plugins you add, the slower it runs. You may need all 28 plugins that you have downloaded from the WP depository to make your site do what you want, and each is good at what it does. But if they are all firing off, you are going to have a bloated, slow running website. And that, my friends, is the kiss of death in Googleland.
There is a CONSTANT need to update plugins and templates. You don't log into your administration for a week or two and you will usually have a whole bunch of plugins that need updating. I get it, the updates prevent the plugins from being used adversely, hacked and used against you. But it seems to me there is an awful lot of bad code that constantly needs updating, sometimes daily.
Furthermore, WordPress can run every bit as clunky as the early Ebay did. Do you remember that? If not, let me tell you, it was like surfing a video website on a Commodore 64. Don't know what that is? It's an early computer, as seen here!
Download Buddypress, which is WP's attempt at allowing folks to create a social network. All well and fine, but the graphics are terrible, the flow is not intuitive, but it works. Sort of. And, Buddypress atop WP is slow as snot. I have tried a couple add-ons, and some helped, but none were the answer. As a dynamic website, WordPress leaves a lot to be desired. It simply was not made for that.
I have written whole websites from scratch. I'm not new to the game. I have done incredible things with websites and code, and re-written a lot of source code to make programs work better for me. I use WordPress because I do not want to do that anymore, write code. The less I have to tinker, the better. Drupal is a tinkering factory. Looking into it I saw massive opportunities to customize the crap out of it, and therein is the problem. No, no, a thousand times no. I want a program that works, needs little maintenance, and gives me few, if any problems. If WordPress is the Camry of platforms, Drupal is maybe the 77 Camaro. You can do a lot to it, but you will always be under the hood.
I remember reading an article some years ago about Joomla being the Goldilocks program, not too simple and clunky, meaning WP, and not too complex, like Drupal, but just right. To an extent, that is true. In the Joomla vs WordPress comparison I have found that Joomla seems far and away slicker, but it does not do quite a number of things as well as WP, at least in its native form..
Things such as:
As I mentioned earlier, blogging is a whole different, and better, world with WordPress vs Joomla. When you want to publish an article, click publish. You don't "save," or option to "Save and close." Nor do you opt to do any other items which can simply do on WP.
Organizing images and media. With WP, you upload, size, edit, and fill in your image metadata right in the Media folder. It's built right in. Also, when you upload an image, said image is the first one you see in the gallery. FIFO, first in, first out, in a way. This is intuitive, and native to WP. When you upload an image into Joomla, it, too goes into a media folder. By name. So, say, your image name is "monkey-face.jpg," you must scroll through all the images to the letter m to find the image you just uploaded. Then you must jump through hoops to fill in your metadata. Also, you cannot edit sizes and such.
Plugins in either program are constantly updated, not a bad thing. WP plugins seem to update more frequently, which either means they were written poorly to begin with, or the creators are more diligent about fixing bugs. I think it's the latter.
You visit your site's back end, and immediately you know that your WP needs plugin updates, and/or theme updates. Click "updates," select all, or just the ones you want to update, and poof, done. In Joomla, update notification only seem to come up when you log into the global area. It is more complicated to update on Joomla, but it's not a deal breaker.
There are FAR and AWAY more available, useful, plugins at WP, which makes the program more extensible. However, you'll find a fair number of them will not work with your current version of WP. Also you can search for, and download, plugins directly from WP right from your back end. At Joomla you usually go to a separate website, download the plugin, then upload it into your Joomla. Wasteful.
Okay, if there is one place Joomla could improve, it's this. K.I.S.S. Keep It simply, Silly. WordPress has plugins, sure, but the needed sub-structures of each plugin is hierarchical, it is in the plugin itself. Open the plugin, change whatever values, save, done. This is way more time consuming in Joomla. Don't have differing names for objects that work under other objects. This is fine for webgeeks, but it is confusing to hobbyists who don't EVEN want to reinvent the wheel!
Joomla social networking programs, that is, social network programs that run on Joomla, can be infuriating, confusing, or very simple. The downside is that the simple ones are basically one-off Facebook clones. However, in the Joomla vs WordPress world, even the worst of the Joomla Social Network set ups is akin to WordPress’s Buddypress, but most are vastly superior. And, well, Buddypress is WP's finest.
When it comes to making a social network site, you're really asking too much of WordPress. It's slow, clunky, and not that much fun. Oh, sure, you could spend weeks customizing it, but, like many people, I do not have that kind of unpaid time off.
For weeks, nay, months, I shopped, and tried various programs to run my Friendslr.com social network By the way, read this to find out more about Friendslr:
I tried Oxwall, OSSN, Elgg, and on and on. I configured Word press/buddy press, bought some expensive skins that would make it nifty looking and fast, problem is, they would not work. So then it became a showdown, Joomla vs Wordpress. Did I want to jump on another horse? And if so, would that horse prove to be a donkey?
I had played Joomla a few times in the past, however, I usually found the learning curve to steep for my available time. After all, if I want to work that hard, I'd just write my websites from scratch myself. then I tried it out on my DelightfulCoffee.com website, and although I like\d some aspects of Joomla, there were other things I did not like so much. However, this gave me a place to sort of learn the program. Joomla vs Wordpress: Joomla.
Later, as I once again, shopped social networking programs, now for Joomla, I focused in on a JomSocial vs Community builder vs EasySocial elimination round. I liked the literature on all three, but eliminated Community Builder right off, as it had been morphing recently, and that likely meant more work for me to do.
Breaking it down item by item, I liked the sound of JomSocial the best, and plunked down my money. This foray lasted about 2 weeks, when the duality of JomSocial running on Joomla ran me right up a wall. Then I plunked my money on EasySocial, and is it ever easy! What does this have to do with Joomla vs Wordpress? Everything!
But Joomla is far and away better at things akin to making a social network. As a blogging platform, Joomla is absolutely 2nd or 3rd, maybe 4th, fiddle to WordPress, however. Furthermore, if you have a mixed use website, which happens to have dynamic content, Joomla is better. Yet, if you're a blogger, use WordPress.
I want to be very clear here. Friendslr.com exists because it is a hobby. If it turns into something, great, but I don't expect to compete with the big boys. My poor little server could not handle that. Just like my rambling writings, or scribbling, here and elsewhere, is not the mark of a professional. I am a hack in the writing world, nothing more. Partly I write for fun, said fun being self-expression, and as a way of, I dunno, analyzing myself? I have found that I am a mess.
In other words, I make nothing, no money, for my labor, my clattering on this keyboard of mine. However, if I was a paid pro, I'd probably invest in a wholly written custom program for my websites. Yet, as a rank amateur hobbyist, I'm perfectly content to run my websites on other's platforms.
Currently all but maybe 2 of my websites run on either WordPress or Joomla, and only 2 run on Joomla. that would be, what, 10 on WordPress?
That having been said, in a Joomla vs Wordpress showdown, 10 to 2 sounds like a clear indication of a winner. WordPress. But not for everything, not by a long shot.
Now get on out there and change the world!