Author Archive: Bill Stoddard

My name is Bill Stoddard, and I like to repair clocks, document the history of Westclox and their clocks and watches, design web sites, and program in PHP. Professionally, I operate Bill's Clockworks, where I repair American antique clocks and 400 day anniversary clocks; and sell new wall, mantle, chime, cuckoo and other types of clocks, and a few antique clocks.

My other joys include being with my family, bicycle riding, singing in church choir, and vintage hi-fi and LP records.

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Antique Cuckoo clock

January 1, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Antique Cuckoo clock

I recently overhauled this cuckoo clock. The movement was very dirty and someone had damaged the fan fly and enlarged its pivot holes to about 1/8 inch! The slideshow below shows the repair process. I had to plug the enlarged pivot hole, use the depthing tool to establish the correct center distance, and  drill a […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Flickr Embedded Slideshows in Internet (Windows) Explorer

December 31, 2007 | By | Reply More
Flickr Embedded Slideshows in Internet (Windows) Explorer

The code given previously for a Flickr embedded slideshow does not work in Explorer 6 or 7. Use the following code instead: <pre><iframe src=”http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=uid&set_id=sid&text=” align=”middle” frameborder=”0″ height=”480″ scrolling=”no” width=”520″></iframe></pre> where uid is your Flickr user id number and sid is the id number of the set of photos you wish to display. Thanks to this […]

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Last updated December 31, 2007

Another Test Slideshow

December 27, 2007 | By | Reply More
Another Test Slideshow

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Last updated December 31, 2007

Embedding a Flickr Slideshow in WordPress

December 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Embedding a Flickr Slideshow in WordPress

Use the following code: <pre><object type=”text/html” data=”http:[email protected]&set_id=sid” height=”500″ width=”500″> </object></pre> where uid is your Flickr user id number and sid is the id number of the set of photos you wish to display. Using the <pre> and </pre> tags prevents WordPress from re-writing your code, as suggested in this post. Thanks to the following resources: […]

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Last updated December 28, 2007

Wonderful Merciful Savior

December 24, 2007 | By | Reply More
Wonderful Merciful Savior

This embedded YouTube player has a playlist of some of my favorite recordings of this song. Share this post:

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Last updated December 24, 2007

Creating a Web Site for My Church

December 2, 2007 | By | Reply More
Creating a Web Site for My Church

I am creating a web site for my church, Flora First Christian Church, and am using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System). WordPress’s excellent administration interface will make it straightforward for church members to update the content on an ongoing basis. Here are some things I am doing to make the web site appear […]

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Last updated January 6, 2008

Removing the Self Links on the Home Page

November 3, 2007 | By | Reply More
Removing the Self Links on the Home Page

On a web site, there is no need to have a link to the home page on the home page itself! (It makes no sense for a web page to link to itself). This is a commonly known usability guideline, yet nearly all WordPress blogs and web sites have links on the home page to […]

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Last updated November 4, 2007

WordPress Permalink Format

July 6, 2007 | By | Reply More
WordPress Permalink Format

Today I changed my WordPress permalink format to /posts/post_id At first, I used the default date format /year/month/day/post_name but then decided that dates were not useful information in the URL. Next I tried /category/post_name, but the URLs were just too long to look “pretty”. (And I thought that if I ever re-named a post, the […]

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Last updated July 9, 2007

Setting up WordPress

June 14, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
Setting up WordPress

When trying to install the Independence Day theme, the following error message appeared: Warning: array_merge() [function array_merge]: Argument 2 is not an array in: …/wp-includes/widgets.php on line 53. Based on the comments on this post: http://www.gudlyf.com/2005/01/14/wordpress-plugin-technotag/feed/ I changed line 53 of wp-includes/widgets.php to: $sidebar = array_merge($defaults, (array)$args); The change casts argument 2 to the array […]

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Last updated July 9, 2007