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Motorcycle Riding Season Begins

1 month 1 week ago
Motorcycle Riding Season Begins Can-Am Spyder near the East Fork of the Vermillion River a few miles north-northeast of Parker Bryan Ruby Sun, 04/03/2022 - 12:37

Living in South Dakota, most of the motorcyclists around here don't really get their bikes and trikes out until May. However, as one that likes to ride all year around, I'm in full swing by the start of April. Yesterday with the temperatures in the 50s, I decided to take a solo ride to knock the winter dust off my Can-Am Spyder. I had no destination in mind beyond finding some county roads I've never ridden on before.

My catch phrase when riding is that "Random roads take me to random places. I like it!". In this case the South Dakota roads took me to Parker, Monroe, Lake Vermillion, and Montrose. From Montrose I took Highway 38 back to more familiar well-ridden territory of Humboldt, Hartford, and of course Sioux Falls. 


Tags Motorcycle Can-Am Deeds South Dakota
Bryan Ruby

This dog is done with winter

2 months ago
This dog is done with winter Jasmine taking a break along Skunk Creek Bryan Ruby Sun, 03/13/2022 - 16:30

With temperatures in the 50s, our dog Jasmine wanted to hit the bike path.

She's had enough of winter, the pandemic, and possibly humans.

Skunk Creek in the background is still pretty much frozen over due to the cold temperatures we have had the past several weeks.

Tags Pets Weather South Dakota Sioux Falls
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WordPress 5.9 Comes With Full Site Editing

3 months 1 week ago
WordPress 5.9 Comes With Full Site Editing Example of Full Site Editing in the WordPress Twenty Twenty-Two theme. Image Source: Bryan Ruby Sun, 02/06/2022 - 11:51

WordPress 5.9 was recently released. As was hinted in the BuddyPress 10.0 article, the most anticipated new feature in this new version of WordPress is full site editing. The Site Editor is a new feature to WordPress that allows block editor users to build their entire site with blocks. Unfortunately, full site editing is only available to content creators that are using a Block theme specifically designed to take advantage of the new feature.

Full Site Editing doesn't stand alone in WordPress as additional features and tools have been added for the site editor to come to life "out of the box" once version 5.9 is installed.

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BuddyPress 10.0.0 for WordPress Released

3 months 1 week ago
BuddyPress 10.0.0 for WordPress Released Example of Buddy Press logging activities. Image Source: Bryan Ruby Sat, 02/05/2022 - 08:15

BuddyPress 10.0.0 "La Pino'z" is the first major release of 2022 for the WordPress plugin. BuddyPress is a plugin to build online communities and includes features such as user profiles, groups, activity streams, notifications and can be integrated with the WordPress plugin bbPress to enhance community forums.

Highlights of new features and significant changes in BuddyPress include:

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My review of the iRobot Roomba j7+

3 months 2 weeks ago
My review of the iRobot Roomba j7+ The Roomba j7 Plus Bryan Ruby Fri, 01/28/2022 - 06:10

Like most office workers, two years ago at the start of the pandemic my employer moved our non-operational staff from the office to the home. Although my wife and son initially had to work remotely too, they didn't stay long and have since then returned to work and school. Yet, here I still sit the only human being at home for eight hours a day.

Despite being busy because I'm working the family has come to expect during my breaks from my workday to be that person to do an extra load of laundry, vacuum the floor, start the dishwasher, or let the dog out.  The argument goes now that now I'm essentially a stay at home Dad that doesn't have the commute time to and from work...I can use that extra hour in the day doing family chores. Mind you, I'm still putting in eight hours of work for the office and my break times away from work computer need to be limited to 5 to 10 minutes. That's not much time to get the expected or unexpected tasks done at home. I'm grateful that I don't do all the housework manually thanks to robotic vacuum cleaners.

Tags Words Technology Smart Home Review
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