Updated My WordPress Theme

This website was the very first WordPress site I ever created.  Much thanks goes to Idenizer for their Paper Wall Theme.  I continue to use this theme for this site.  I think it's just the right mood and feel for my personal blog.

Now that I have a couple years of CSS and WordPress under my belt, I decided to go back and tweak the theme to adjust some minor bugs, as well as some style preferences.  For example, I removed most of the block/justified text and changed it to left justified.  I also increased the size of the article content.

When I first set up this site, I had absolutely no idea how to do those things 🙂  It was gratifying to see just how far my skills have progressed since then.

I am in the process of setting up my professional blog at russalman.com.  That site is more specifically designed to outline my different skills, experiences, and background.  I will continue to update this site as my "personal" blog.  I need a place to post off-the-wall comments, jokes, and just vent, so this is the place.

Hope you like the tweaks I made here.  Please check out russalman.com as well and let me know what you think.  It's not done by a long shot, but I have the framework in place.

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Fix for Error Code “LE” on LG Front Load Washing Machine

I just had an interesting experience with our LG washing machine today. I found some hints for the solution online buried in some user forums, but I thought posting my particular solution here in a less cluttered blog might make it easier to find.

I had just run a load of laundry, emptied the machine, and reloaded. I put the detergent in and started the machine. After sitting for about 2 minutes with no activity, a "LE" error message appeared.

While the online forums indicated this might be a problem with a sensor, I was able to solve the problem by doing the following:

1. Press the Power button
2. Manually rotate the hopper 4 times clockwise and 4 times counter-clockwise.
3. Press the power button and run the machine normally.

Don't know if this will work for everyone, but it worked for me. If I keep getting the error message, I'll have to call LG and find out about this sensor I was reading about.

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My Grandma Anita’s Obituary

As published in today’s Boston Globe:

PUGATCH, Anita (Mintz) Of Framingham, formerly of West Roxbury. Entered into rest on January 24, 2011 at the age of 93. Born in Russia. Beloved wife of the late Maurice Pugatch. Devoted mother of Elaine Alman & her husband Philip of Stevensville, MT, Carol Friedman & her husband Steven of Framingham, and Steven Pugatch of Crystal River, FL. Loving sister of the late Eliezer Mintz. Cherished grandmother of Russell Alman & his wife Karen, Jennifer Lerman & her husband Jared, Eric Alman & his wife Kristin, David Friedman & his wife Melanie, and Ryan Pugatch. Adored great grandmother of Alexis and Aaron Alman and Nathaniel Lerman. Services at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 475 Washington Street, CANTON on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM. Interment at Sharon Memorial Park. Memorial observance following the interment on Friday, Saturday evening 6-9 PM, and Sunday 2-4 & 6-9 PM at the home of Steven & Carol Friedman. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Anita’s memory may be made to Temple Hillel Bnai Torah, 120 Corey Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132 or to the charity of one’s choice. Stanetsky Memorial Chapels 781-821-4600 www.stanetsky.com

Rest In Peace, Oma.  You will be greatly missed, but will always be in my memories and in my heart.

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Disable Traction Control on a Prius

With the snow and ice here in Olympia last night, I once again had to disable the traction control on my Prius.  Otherwise, the car will not make it up a hill!  Most cars with traction control have a button to turn it off.  Why the Prius does not is beyond me.  This is my 2nd Prius with traction control, and both cars have been a real pain in the snow.

You can turn off the traction control; however, it is convoluted to say the least.  Since there is a way to turn it off, why the hell can’t Toyota simply provide a button to do it??

To disable traction control on the Prius:

  1. Turn the car to ignition by pressing START twice without pressing the brake.
  2. Floor the gas pedal two times (two full top to bottom pressings)
  3. Make sure the parking brake is on, and while pressing the brake pedal put the car into NEUTRAL
  4. Again press the gas pedal two times
  5. Push PARK and press the gas pedal two more times
  6. Now put your foot on the BRAKE and press START one time while holding the brake down.

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