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02/12/2005: YO...Calling Maynard G. Krebs

This post's gonna go a bit backwards and forwards in the timing here...but bear with me here...it's tooo funny.

Friday...dubbed Fret-Free-Friday-in-February...Len's post about Gizoogle decided to Go South on me. I had told several people about this fun thingy...so I wanted to see if I could get it working again.

I sent Len this e-mail:

Dear Lenid-a-droma-drizzle:

For somma reason-izzle Gizoogle popped-a-wheeling on DBV and is no longa a tranzilatin our webzizzle pagoogles. I tries to be a re-loadazilling this link-a -zoogle...but tha' motha'faucka she's a not cooperizzling wit me.

Help...Now, git yohw a techiwizzling booti-licious meza-mindizlle to mah post...and sees what yousems can perco-li-zelle to correcto-fying-izelle this tranzilatin melt-dizzle. %-) K-ring-do-drizzle

CC: to Dearaz Biz-a-a-r-rock.

(Tranzilated backwards from Gizoogle means:
Dear Len:

For some reason Gizoogle stopped working for me on DBV and is no longer translating our webpage posts. I tried to reload this link to Gizoogle, but that darn link is not working for me.

Help...Now get your Techno-Wizard mind over to look at my post...and see what you can figure out to correct this translating melt-down. :-) Karen)

CC: to Dear Brock

Len wrote me back:
Very impressive. May I suggest a quick test that even you, techno-deficient
as you think you are, can accomplish.

Point your browser to:


And tell me what happens.

When you tell me the results of that test, I can tell you what's wrong.
However, extra brownie points if you figger it out on yer own (yer a smart
woman; I think you might if what I think will happen happens).

Cheers, Yer Techno-Wizard :-)

So, I answered him thus-ly:
YO Wizsard.:

Taht bichaz of a Gizoogizzle is tellin me "Weeebstiz doze not Responda." Then whehza I hiz--zaa the Reloadizzle buuutton. I gets the followilles mesamizzles:

Warning: mysql_connect(): Lost connection to MySQL server during query in /home/gizoogle/public_html/translate2.php on line 2

Warning: mysql_select_db(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL-Link resource in /home/gizoogle/public_html/translate2.php on line 3

Duriziling my earlia trys...it was Errazilles 64 and 62.

We'aw Wizsard...what seaaze yosems??

%-) K-ring-do-drizzle

CC: to Dearaz Biz-a-a-r-rock.

(Again...Tranzilated backwards from Gizoogle means:
Dear Len:

That dang Gizoogle is telling me "Website does not Respond." Then, when I hit the reload button. I get the following messages:

Warning: mysql_connect(): Lost connection to MySQL server during query in /home/gizoogle/public_html/translate2.php on line 2

Warning: mysql_select_db(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL-Link resource in /home/gizoogle/public_html/translate2.php on line 3

During my earlier trys...it was Errors # 64 and 62.

Well, Len what do you say? :-) Karen)

CC: to Dear Brock

Len wrote back:
I'm sorry, I'm not Barbara Billingsley; I don't speak jive. :-)

However reproducing here the experiment I recommended you do, I find that
Gizoogle does translate your "It's a Haamsta, Mr. Fawlty" post, but doesn't
translate the main index page (this time tells me "Fatal error: Maximum
execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in
/home/gizoogle/public_html/translate2.php on line 20").

I tend to interpret that as confirming my original hypothesis (which I
didn't mention to see if you got it on your own): our main page is simply
too big, and Gizoogle is choking under the mass of words (the other
possiblity was that the Haloscan calls in the header of the page were
causing Gizoogle to time out, but if that was the case then your "Haamsta"
post would choke it, too, which it doesn't).

I also note that translating the hamster post changed "About Brock" to
"'bout Briznock". My favorite is still "'bout B-R-to-tha-izzock", but
"Briznock" definitely grows on me.

Cheers, L.

Brock wrote back:
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Finally: I, a massive (and still D- grade techno-weenie) don't know what is wrong. Except that Gizoogle would translate the entire DBV...not just the sidebars, title and first posts...I'd get the whole shebang...so perhaps that is too much trazililating for poor 'ole Gizoogle to perform. My less-than-brillant idea was to try to create a new post....further up the food chain in the postings and hoping that would make this work again. But, first it required typing the entire DBV URL in the site window that popped up in my post...

And I never have gotten it working again for DBV at least. *SIGH* But its works for other URL's I can type in there...so some compensations for all that silliness. ;-)

I was tempted to give Len a 1/2 a point for the "Baraba Billingsley" reference...but this being a "esprit de l'escalier" moment" for me (my "In Other Words" dictionary refers tro this as " a witty remark tha occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The OED of Quotations...maybe where we shall find "short walk off a long pier"...if only I had that book :-( ... describes this as 'an untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room.'")

We might have to call it even (Len is currently up 3-2) because the only Hep-Cat from the 50's who mighta been able to decipher this Snoop-Doggy tranzilating would have been Maynard G. Krebs (played by our very own Gilligan in a previous life) on The Dobbie Gillis Show.

Karen on 02.12.05 @ 01:15 PM CST

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