A New Hope

Sunday 25 December 2016, 9.44pm HKT

hopeless roy lichtenstein 1963 wikipedia

NO, it isn’t Star Wars, thankyouverymuch.

It’s a new project — something that I’ve been faffing around since 2014 and wrote about it to you all all of you back then (see “Why am I toying with this idea?“).

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Technical difficulties

Tuesday 4 March 2014, 4.51pm HKT

From the Management

THE blog is experiencing some technical difficulties right now.


The issues don’t seem to affect the ability to post (yet!). Observant readers will have noticed several things within the past 24 to 36 hours:—

1. Absent all of the Sharing buttons at the bottom of all published posts

2. Absent the usual Like button at the bottom of all published posts

3. Absent the widget for email subscription at the bottom of the blog

4. Absent the text widget named “Unique Visitors” (via flagcounter.com since 2010)

5. Absent the text widget named “Visitor’s Locations” (via clustrmaps.com since 2010)

All the other functionalities (Nero ratings, notifications, etc) are fine and operational.


This means readers at the moment…

… won’t be able to share my posts

… won’t be able to ‘like’ posts

… won’t be able to follow the blog by email

… and won’t get to see visitor statistics

As if anybody cares.


For my own record, I’ve posted the matter on the WordPress.com Support Forums at this URL:


I’ve searched the forums before posting there — so far, only one thread on this topic but that’s currently hidden until resolved by WordPress staff:—


Otherwise, I’ll just have another glass of vino tinto…

The Naked Listener

UPDATE, 6.58pm

Problem solved!

I’ve accidentally found the cause (and the solution) to the issues. It seems Adblock Plus (currently v2.5.1) is gumming up the WordPress buttons and some widgets.

The solution (only for Firefox browser users) is straightforward:—

  1. In browser menu, View > Toolbars > click Add-on Bar
  2. Click the “ABP” icon > Disable on [the current website]
  3. Fresh page and everything’s back on!

There’s no way to disable Adblock Plus over the entire wordpress.com domain. Just repeat the above steps for every someblog.wordpress.com subdomain. Seems like Adblock Plus has been designed like that in the first place.

Use Adblock Edge instead

Another accidental discovery is to give up using Adblock Plus and instead use Adblock Edge extension (a fork of the Plus also for Firefox).

Edge won’t interfere with the WordPress buttons, etc, and doesn’t require the individualised disabling that the Plus requires (being a bit tiresome to do).

This is in no way a recommendation or positive endorsement of Adblock Edge. It’s just a usable suggestion from one user to another that’s worth considering.

All’s well that ends well.

The Naked Listener



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2014. (B14077)

2013 in review, the WordPress version

Saturday 11 January 2014, 12.01am HKT

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys angels prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog, just for me, just for you, just for everybody else.

Here’s the standard G.I. excerpt:—

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 48,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

cat wagging tail

Only 18 sold-out performances??? Blimey, not worth waking up to…

via c4c



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2014. (B14019)

Site Update: Sister blog

Tuesday 20 March 2012, 2.10am HKT

This is a subscriber-only advisory and will not be posted on the blog itself.

Dear all,

Since furloughing The Naked Listener’s Weblog on 15th March, I feel tremendously flattered that many of you have pleaded with me to render it active again.

While I toss and turn in bed at night with beads of sweat dribbling from my forehead anguishing over the future viability of my main blog, might I suggest you subscribe/follow my other blog?

Learn English or Starve
“Thumbing at grammar nazis and lingo lolicons”


Naturally this sister blog (‘LEOS’) is nowhere near as extraordinarily thought out or unfunnily hilarious as The Naked Listener’s Weblog.

But it more than makes up for the slack in brain-dead bias and sordid self-pwnage that are breathtakingly unbelievable, even if I do say so myself.

Indeed, I’m not arsed (BrE slang) / bothered to update it as frequently as this blog, mainly because the subject matter is so uninspiringly unmotivating and the people who care about this sort of thing are so deeply bloodyminded. Yet the expectation alone of something arising there should keep your ‘expectations’ at stratospheric altitudes.

I would have thought Teh Grammerfraggotz would launch high-altitude aerial bombardment for the content there. Strangely, there’s be zilch flak, so maybe you fine folks could help out in that department and give me one more reason to furlough LEOS as well.

Thanks all, and I look forward to your follows.

The Naked Listener

(You’re fired for drawing no flak.—Editor.)

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. Image from author’s collection.

Site Updates: Furlough

Wednesday 14 March 2012, 11.07pm HKT


Dear all,

The Naked Listener’s Weblog will be on furlough in around two hours’ time.

When it happens, you will see only one static page (‘About’) instead of the usual front page of five rolling blogposts.

The full menubar will also be inoperable.

I have not yet set a date for coming back, but I should like to think it would be sooner than later.

As you can see, I’m not a person who likes to surprise people. BOO!

I am very, very pleased and touched by my readers and subscribers who have put in very caring and persuasive words for me not to close up this blog.


Like I say, it won’t be closed up, but on absence of leave. I need to do this to prove a point. The amended ‘About’ page will hopefully give you an idea of my ‘unhappiness.’ You can leave comments, criticisms and even hate messages there.

Readers, no need to unsubscribe. Leave it alone. It won’t affect your inbox or RSS feeds. If and when the blog is ‘re-animated,’ your still-active subscription allows me to send you site updates of the re-animation or The End of the World, whichever occurs sooner.

Come to think of it, your still-active subscription should also allow me to send you password-only posts during the furlough for which I will send you passwords in advance. I don’t know … because I don’t know yet.


Ladies and gentlemen, by the powers vested in me by myself, all of my readers are now promoted to ‘Programs’ from mere ‘human beings’ (if the human condition is anything to go by nowadays).

Thanks all, Programs! See you all later!

The Naked Listener

10.56pm local time
17°C (62°F) breezy, cool and muggy

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012.

Time soon to face the music…

Wednesday 14 March 2012, 6.14pm HKT

6.11pm local time / 17°C (62°F) breezy, muggy, overcast



* * *

“You Get What You Give”

by The New Radicals

The YouTube video (with lyrics):

One, one, one…
One, TWO!
One, two, THREE!

Wake up kids
We’ve got the dreamer’s disease
Age fourteen we got you down on your knees
So polite, you’re busy still saying ‘please’

Frienemies, who when you’re down ain’t your friend
Every night we smash their Mercedes-Benz
First we run and then we laugh till we cry

But when the night is falling
You cannot find the light
If you feel your dreams are dying
Hold tight
You’ve got the music in you

Don’t let go
You’ve got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget
We only get what we give

I’m coming home, baby
You’re tops
Give it to me now

Four a.m. we ran a miracle mile
We’re flat broke but, hey, we do it in style
The bad rich
God’s flying in for your trial

But when the night is falling
You cannot find a friend
You feel your tree is breaking
Just then
You’ve got the music in you

Don’t let go
You’ve got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget
We only get what we give

This whole damn world can fall apart
You’ll be okay — follow your heart
You’re in harm’s way — I’m right behind
Now say you’re mine
You’ve got the music in you

Don’t let go
You’ve got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget
We only get what we give
Don’t let go
I feel the music in you

Fly high … HIGH
What’s real can’t die
You only get what you give
You gonna get what you give

Dont’t give up
Just don’t be afraid to live

Health insurance ripoff lying
FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they’re multiplying

Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You’re all fakes
Run to your mansions
Come around
We’ll kick your ass in!

Don’t let go
One dance left
Don’t give up
Can’t forget

* * *

See you ’round,
While I get myself sorted out by pound.

I’ll be back,
After I lay down the track.

Sooner or later,
Hopefully tastier than ever.

One fine day.
Whatever at me they spray.

* * *

“Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” (Anon)

“Question your answer.” (Grandpa)

“Mountains never meet. But men do.” (Russian proverb)

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012.

Image via ImageFave. Listen icon by the author.

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