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by Phil White
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Saw-tooth axles
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Saw-tooth axles

Yes, the actual star-shaped wheel is a rowel. "Spurs" generally refer to the entire things.
by Phil White
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Saw-tooth axles
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Saw-tooth axles

Hi Steven,

Those are spurs, specifically "cowboy spurs". They are used when riding a horse, about which I know nothing!
by Phil White
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 1016

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

One of the new features on the board is "Notifications". It is extremely useful, but has a rather tiresome tic. I would have expected a notification to disappear from the list when you go to the post concerned. It doesn't. The way the board is set up by default, it will not disappear for 30 days. I ...
by Phil White
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to own somebody
Replies: 13
Views: 1552

Re: to own somebody

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:41 pm
As you may know "w" in Welsh is a vowel, so "pwned" would be pronounced poo-NED in the Language of Heaven.
Which is actually how I read it when I first saw it.

Thanks one and all who contributed. I was a little busy over the past couple of weeks, so I never really got back to this post.
by Phil White
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mad as a box of frogs
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Mad as a box of frogs

Well that certainly pins down the "mad" bit of it...

That is news to me, though.
by Phil White
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Italian Chef
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: Italian Chef

I was rather hoping that a spring clean of the site would raise the standard of wit and banter...

That hurt. I shall pass it on immediately.
by Phil White
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mad as a box of frogs
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Mad as a box of frogs

While walking back from visiting Mother in the care home this afternoon, the phrase "mad as a box of frogs" drifted through my mind. Not that I am suggesting that there is anything but a coincidental relationship between visiting Mother and the phrase popping into my head... I distinctly remember th...
by Phil White
Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 1016

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

As I said, most of the Clubhouse is still very familiar, just spruced up a little and brought up to date. Most of the work was on the rest of the site pages, which are still rather thin.
by Phil White
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 1016

The new style Clubhouse and site

Welcome one and all to the fresh, redesigned Wordwizard site! Don't forget to visit the main site as well, where a blog will be slowly emerging under the heading "Musings". If any of the regulars wish to contribute to the blog, just send me a PM and I will tell you how to do it. Otherwise, if you ha...
by Phil White
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Planned downtime
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Re: Planned downtime

Just a few things about the new site when it gets here. I shall enable the use of avatars in this incarnation, so if you have an avatar you want to use, have it ready. On topic pages, the poster profile will now appear on the right rather than on the left. All the familiar functions are still there,...
by Phil White
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Planned downtime
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Re: Planned downtime

Very pleased. I have run everything in on my test machine, and I reckon that the entire migration and upgrade will take about 5 or 6 hours when I am notified that the new host is ready for me. I have done quite a bit of accessibility adjustment for screen reader users and keyboard users, and it is n...
by Phil White
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Planned downtime
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Re: Planned downtime

All coming along nicely now. I have now pretty well completed all the work on styling the Wordpress and phpBB parts of the site and integrating them with each other. Just a couple more pages to write and then I can start testing everything. But at present it all looks good. I will do a dry run local...
by Phil White
Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Planned downtime
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Re: Planned downtime

I've already noticed some recent small tweaks relating to the visible expansion (or its absence) of the ancillary data relating to the postings. That is remarkably perceptive. I haven't made any changes to this live board for about three years! You have merely discovered the accessibility button in...
by Phil White
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Planned downtime
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Re: Planned downtime

As of 31 July, I will take the site down and there will be an announcement. As soon as I get the word that the domain has been transferred, I will put up a custom 404 page on the new site to say that we will be up and running soon. Experience shows that it takes a couple of days for the registration...
by Phil White
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Planned downtime
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Planned downtime

Between the 1st and 4th of August, the Wordwizard site will be migrating to a new host and new servers. I shall take this opportunity to roll in all the new patches and launch the redesigned site. It is likely that there will be a few problems during the switchover, and I fully expect the site to be...