Can I Post Video?

Let’s see!

Update: Hmmmmm, apparently not without totally screwing up the site. Let me go get a plug in.

Update Update: Testing again:

Okay, this is interesting. Because I have AdBlock Plus on my Firefox install, anytime I edit this, it inserts the AdBlock plus code into my entry, which screws the coding. Fascinating.

Solution: Edit entries with embedded video in IE. I know IE was good for something!

Incidentally, I didn’t add a plug-in; I just clicked the checkbox that allows WordPress to correct invalid XHTML code. Just in case you were wondering.

15 Comments on “Can I Post Video?”

  1. Embedding directly is very fickle. (I’m getting a red x on the site where the vid is supposed to be.) It’ll work sometimes, others times it will slow the load time down dramatically.

    I just sent you an email with a sure fire plug-in if you’re interested.

  2. Apparently it’s not just AdBlock; any subsequent edits apparently require reinserting the embed code for the video. Wacky.

  3. John,

    I use WordPress 2.1.3. I’ve found that to embed video without WP screwing it up, I had to turn off the visual editor. I have never had a problem with doing it since then.

  4. I’d like to recommend a Firefox Addon called IE Tab – that gives you the ability to view a page using IE but running through Firefox. Very handy and avoids having to copy the URL and open another browser to accomplish that task.

  5. Also, I’d like to go on record saying I hate Websense. I can’t view any streaming media at all, which means all of these videos you post are just so many white, empty squares to me.

    *sniff*

  6. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang O.C., the Original Changsta

    Huh. Works for me. Now I’m not sure if I like them Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

  7. There’s an option in Adblock plus: Options->Show tabs on Flash and Java.

    Just turn that off and Bob’s your uncle. Though I still have trouble sometimes between WordPress, TinyMCE (the editor) and Flash objects.

  8. I’d never paid all that much attention to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs before. That will now change.

    I don’t usually hold my breath listening to music like I did hearing “Maps.”

  9. Well, if that opinion isn’t 100% correct, it’s so close that I refuse to argue. Nine bucks to Amazon MP3 for “Fever to Tell” because of the two songs you’ve posted videos for.

  10. Yeah, I’ve heard of the visual editor issue, too. Also heard that if you embed a video using the plain text editor and then go back and edit that post in the visual editor, it’ll fubar the embed all over again.

    I have long since turned of the visual editor in my WordPress dealings. I found it just coughed up too many hairballs for my tastes. Plus, the plain text editor has enough formatting (bold, italics, linky, blockquotes, bullets and so on) that you really only have to hand-code truly uncommon formatting.

    WordPress. Great platform, crappy WYSIWYG. Eh, whatchagonnado?

  11. Soni, you’re right – if you embed using the plain editor and then edit the post – or ANY post – using the visual editor, it will trash the embed.

    I haven’t played with the latest release of WP to know if this is still true or not.

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