About Bob

I have two skills that are polar opposites of each other: software development and coaching/facilitating men in personal growth processes. I have been a computer programmer since 1967 and I am closing in on 50 years of writing code. I discovered personal growth in 1990 as a part of a highly dysfunctional team at Microsoft and have been an avid pursuer of inner clarity ever since. In 2001, I attended the Mankind Project's New Warrior Training Adventure and have been active in MKP ever since.

Multisite Day #18 & 19


I got a clue about the looping from our ISP. He told me to use the Chrome debugging tools (which I use all the time) and watch the network panel. I did and he was right. I could see that a particular page was looping, so I started dropping trace statements into the code. It wasn’t pretty but it got me to the point where I could pin down exactly where the problem lay. Unfortunately I could not inspect any variables. All I could do is write values into the log.

I did all this on Monday night after a long day, so once I had pinned down where the problem lay, I put it to rest for the night.


I walked through the code on my desktop and tightened up the diagnostics on my local version, but I couldn’t duplicate the problem. My local code went into Multisite just fine. But I did have instrumented code to work with. Until the shit hit the fan again. (more…)

Multisite Day #17 – Here we go loop-de-loop

Donna and I were driving to Fairhaven to meet my brother and his wife. They were thinking about moving to Bellingham. I was thinking about Boysen’s clue that it was Thesis 185 again. I had looked at the diagnostic logs generated by my RHJ4 Diagnostics plugin and suddenly the dots connected. (more…)

Multisite Day #16 – Killed It Again!

Multisite Day #16 – Killed It Again!

I was committed to getting the main site working under the Thesis 185 theme and with multisite.The main site ( had been running on an old version, Thesis 181, and it was time to bite the bullet and convert it to 185. The last time I tried this, it killed the site. This time was going to be better. Or maybe not. (more…)

Multisite Day #15 – A Flash of Clarity

I spent much of today trying to understand how the Thesis-85 theme behaves in a multisite environment. It turns out to be pretty clever. Whenever a new site is added, it creates a new folder for that site’s custom styling and code files. Once I got the hang of it, it works pretty well… almost. (more…)