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Dumb animals

Life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top; it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its strengths and weaknesses. This point was well demonstrated in the minutes before last December’s tsunami, when tourists grabbed their digital cameras and ran after the ebbing surf, and all the “dumb” animals made for the hills.
- B.R. Myers

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Educational system

The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.
- Noam Chomsky

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Have a nice day

Have a Nice Day - Coca Cola painting
We came across this chipped and faded painting on a side street in Shelby, NC. It seems like almost every Coca-Cola painting I see like this is in an alley off the main streets. I can only imagine what the lady’s face looked like when the paint was new. The weathered surface has left her with a somewhat sinister look.

Cleaning up behind the WordPress SEO plugin

The WordPress SEO plugin by Joost de Valk, a.k.a Yoast, is undoubtedly a great plugin. But, one thing that bothers me about it is the amount of stuff it adds to the WordPress admin interface. For me that’s not really a problem. I can easily ignore, remove, or hide the features I don’t need, but for people who are beginners or who pay others to handle SEO, the features can be overwhelming. Another issue is that some sites don’t want contributors or authors handling SEO. They give that duty to editors.

Some of this stuff can be turned off by the users, but if you’re handing over a site to beginners they won’t know how to do that and could easily become overwhelmed by all the stuff they’re seeing. Let’s face it, WordPress alone has enough stuff for beginners to deal with. Adding more on top of it only adds to the total cognitive load.

For these reasons, over time I’ve written various plugins that remove certain aspects of the plugin’s output for users who don’t have the responsibilities of an editor. I’ve also found several other people on support forums looking for solutions to this problem, so I’ve decided to put this all together in one plugin and publish it here to help.
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