Playing With Blocks

I have a question for those of you who are knowledgeable about the version of the block editor that is available on the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone. If you don’t use the block editor on your iPhone, feel free to skip this post. And if you’re using a laptop (be it a Windows PC or a Mac) and know how to do what I’m asking about on a laptop, don’t bother responding. I know how to do it on those devices with full-sized, physical keyboards. I’m trying to figure out how to do it on an iPhone’s tiny virtual keypad.

So what is my question? It has to do with removing blocks within a post. Not removing a single block. I know how to do that. I’m asking about removing multiple blocks simultaneously.

There are situations where I want to copy a previous post and reuse some of the content from that post to write a new post. I find the post that I want to copy and then tap “Duplicate” to create a new draft of the post. Below is an example where I want to create a copy of a previous Flashback Friday post.

Once I get to the draft of the post that was created when I tapped “Duplicate,” I will typically reuse the first several paragraphs, but then I want to delete the remainder of the post that I copied and add new paragraphs. But in the block editor, I have to individually delete each block that I don’t want to use.

When I could still use the classic editor, all I had to do was select the starting point of the text I wanted to delete, highlight it and keep highlighting all the way down the page, and then hit “Cut.” In one fell swoop, all of the text I cut was deleted. Easy peasy.

But it seems that in the block editor, I can only highlight the text within a block, not across multiple blocks. And that means if I want to remove, say, ten blocks from the duplicated post, I need to individually remove each of those ten blocks one block at a time.

So, before I reach out to the happiness engineers, who are, I’m sure, tired of hearing from me, do any of you know if there is a way to remove multiple blocks at one time in the WordPress iOS app’s block editor? Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

Weekend Quickie — 05/23

Rory is at it again with his Weekend Quickie questions. Let’s see what he’s asking.

Have you ever kept or still do keep a diary that you write in daily, weekly or randomly?

The closest thing I have to a diary is my blog. It’s not really a diary per se, as I don’t focus on and document the who, what, where, and when of my life. But I do post to my blog daily and there are occasional entries that one might consider to be diary-like in that they express my opinions, perspectives, opinions, thoughts, and observations on myriad things.

When was the last time you had a weekend quickie of any sort and what did your quickie consist of?
[Your interpretation]

I have reached the age where the word “quickie,” using any interpretation, just doesn’t apply anymore. ‘Nuff said.

Is life really worth it – as in all it’s cracked up to be?

Well, considering that death is the alternative to life, I’d say that life is most definitely worth it.

What is one thing that annoys you the most – aside from interpret as you wish questions?

Willful ignorance as demonstrated by Americans, and particularly American legislators, who still support Donald Trump.

What is the strangest thing you have ever worn on your bottom …. half!!”

Strictly speaking this wasn’t something I wore on my bottom half. At a high school comedy show review, I wore the bottom half of a horse costume. I swear for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the guy who wore the top half. Except I remember that he had a pretty strong case of body odor. I almost passed out because of it.

If you could paint a part of your body any color other than flesh colored, what color would you paint it/them and why it/them?

This is not something I would do now, but back in the day it I think it would have been a hoot to paint my pecker gold and then watch the reaction of the girl I was with when she unveiled my golden rod. That would have been pure gold, don’t you think?

Song Lyric Sunday — Compare and Contrast

Our assignment for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt from Jim Adams is to take two songs and discuss the association between them. For this study, I decided to go with two songs from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: “Tracks of My Tears” and “The Tears of a Clown.”

Both of these songs are very similar variations on the themes of lost love, sadness, and tears. In the case of “Tracks of My Tears,” the singer pretends to be happy-go-lucky and the life of the party, but deep down inside he’s torn apart. His outward smile betrays his inner pain. His smile is his makeup he wears since she broke up with him, leaving the tracks of his tears.

Similarly, in “The Tears of a Clown,” his clown makeup puts a smile on the singer’s face in order to “fool the public” and to camouflage the sadness he feels deep down inside while he is shedding the tears of a clown.

“Tracks of My Tears” is about a man who tries to hide his pain, but cannot conceal the tracks made by his tears. He has come out of a relationship with the love of his life, and the song is his confession to her that his high spirits are just an act and she’s the only one for him. The Miracles’ leader Smokey Robinson came up with the concept for the song when he was looking in the mirror one day and thought, what if a person would cry so much that you could see tracks of their tears in their face?

The song was written by The Miracles members Smokey Robinson, Warren “Pete” Moore, and Marv Tarplin. It was a multiple award-winning 1965 hit for The Miracles, on Motown’s Tamla label. The Miracles’ million-selling original version has been inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame and was selected by Rolling Stone Magazine as number 50 in its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” Rolling Stone also ranked the song as “The Greatest Motown Song of All Time.”

“The Tears of a Clown” was written by Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder and was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and, like “Tracks of My Tears,” it was also recorded on Motown’s Tamla label. It appeared on the 1967 album Make It Happen, but it wasn’t released as a single until 1970. The song was an international multi-million seller and a 2002 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. Its success led The Miracles’ lead singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson, who had announced plans to leave the group, to stay until 1972.

Robinson based this song on the Italian opera Pagliacci, which is about a clown who must make the audience laugh while he weeps behind his makeup because his wife betrayed him. Stevie Wonder came up with the music for this song with a top Motown producer named Hank Cosby. They recorded an instrumental demo and asked Robinson to complete the song. Robinson listened to the song for a few days and decided it sounded like a circus, which is why he came up with the lyrics based on the clown. “I was trying to think of something that would be significant, that would touch people’s hearts, but still be dealing with the circus,” said Smokey. “So what is that? Pagliacci, of course. The clown who cries.”

Here are the lyrics to “Tracks of My Tears.”

Do do do do)
(Do do do do)
(Do do do do)
(Do do, do do do do)

People say I’m the life of the party
‘Cause I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughin’ loud and hardy
Deep inside I’m blue

So take a good look at my face
You see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

I need you (need you)
Need you (need you)

Since you left me if you see me with another girl
Seemin’ like I’m havin’ fun
Although she may be cute
She’s just a substitute
Because you’re the permanent one

So take a good look at my face, uh-huh
You see my smile (looks out of place)
Yeah, look a little bit closer
It’s easy to trace, oh the tracks of my tears

Oh-ho-ho-ho I need you (need you)
Need you (need you)

Hey hey yeah
(Outside) a masquerading
(Inside) my hope is fading
(Just a clown) ooh yeah, since you put me down
My smile is my make-up
I wear since my break up with you

Baby, take a good look at my face, uh-huh
You see my smile looks (out of place)
Yeah, just look closer it’s easy (to trace)
Oh, the tracks of my tears

Baby, baby, baby, baby
Take a good look at (my face)
Ooh, yeah you see my smile (looks out of place)
Look a little bit closer (it’s easy to trace)
Yeah, the tracks of my tears, oh yeah

Baby, take a good look

Here are the lyrics to “The Tears of a Clown.”

Now if there’s a smile on my face
It’s only there trying to fool the public
But when it comes down to fooling you
Now honey that’s quite a different subject

But don’t let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
‘Cause really I’m sad, Oh I’m sadder than sad
Well I’m hurt and I want you so bad
Like a clown I appear to be glad ooh yeah

Well they’re some sad things known to man
But ain’t too much sadder than
The tears of a clown when there’s no one around
Oh yeah, baby baby, oh yeah baby baby

Now if I appear to be carefree
It’s only to camouflage my sadness
And honey to shield my pride I try
To cover this hurt with a show of gladness
But don’t let my show convince you
That I’ve been happy since you
’cause I need to go, oh I need you so
Look I’m hurt and I want you to know
For others I put on a show

Well they’re some sad things known to man
But ain’t too much sadder than
The tears of a clown when there’s no one around
Oh yeah, baby baby, oh yeah baby baby

Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my sadness hid
Smiling in the crowd I try
But in a lonely room I cry
The tears of a clown
When there’s no one around, oh yeah, baby baby
Now if there’s a smile on my face
Don’t let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Don’t let this smile I wear
Make you think that I don’t care
‘Cause really I’m sad

FOWC with Fandango — Oxymoron

FOWCWelcome to May 23, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “oxymoron.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.