Five Cool WordPress Things

I gave a small talk today at the WordPress KL Meetup in which I discussed a few cool WordPress-related things that are happening in my world currently. This is presented in case folks might find some use from one or more of these!

Five Cool Things:

  • CiviCRM
  • Genesis
  • Soliloquy
  • WordPress powers a quarter of the web 😀
  • WordPress 4.7 and Twenty Seventeen

*Important note: I am not commercially affiliated with any of the plugins mentioned here; i.e., these are my own recommendations and I haven’t been paid to promote them. Tadpole Collective is a CiviCRM partner organization.

Download the slides [PDF]

More Coffee, Please

Another entry in “Why Coffee is Awesome”:

“Coffee and caffeine have been inexorably intertwined in our thinking, but truth is coffee contains a whole lot of other stuff with biological benefits,” said Martin. And most concerns about caffeine’s negative effects on the heart have been dispelled. In June, a meta-analysis of ten years of research went so far as to find an inverse association between habitual, moderate consumption and risk of heart failure. The association peaked at four cups per day, and coffee didn’t stop being beneficial until subjects had increased their daily consumption to beyond ten cups.

Caffeine might also function as a pain reliever. A study from September suggested as much when its authors stumbled across caffeinated coffee as a possible confounding variable in its study of the back, neck, and shoulder pains plaguing office drones: Those who reported drinking coffee before the experiment experienced less intense pain.

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like, The Atlantic

Ai Wei Wei’s Sunflower Seeds

At the Mary Boone Gallery

Walking in an Exploding Volcano

Photographer Carsten Peter tests the thermal suit that Sims used to get close to the lava lake. “It can protect you from the radiant heat, but if you get hit with a lava splatter, the force will likely kill you,” he says. For 30 years Peter has explored volcanoes around the world. “Seeing at close range the primal forces that shaped the planet can be hypnotic. You cannot allow yourself to fall under a volcano’s spell, especially one as unpredictable as Nyiragongo. That can be a fatal mistake.”

Photographer Carsten Peter walks in a volcano
Photographer Carsten Peter walks in a volcano

This caught my attention in National Geographic.