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Hi there TT'ers! Pardon me while I refresh my evening bourbon.

I run Mad Jack's Shack, such as it is, on blogger. The actual address of my blog is:

When I try to access my blog with FireFox, the infernal thing hangs up and all but refuses to load. The addresses it hangs up on are:

Being an aficionado of the hammer, I switched to my other browser (Brave), and the site loaded faster than usual - in a second, or fraction thereof. Go figure, right?

For my sins, I'm on a Windoze 7 system, and my browsers are:

FireFox ver. 57.0 (64-bit)
Brave ver. 0.19.105

So I suppose my questions are:
Does this happen to anyone else?
What do I do to fix FireFox?

I tried looking at FireFox help, which did not result in a happy dance. Blogger is as much help as an empty gin bottle. I'm getting desperate, guys. How can I fix this?

created by madjack on Dec 06, 2017 at 06:40:44 pm     Technology     Comments: 14

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I'm on a mac using chrome and having the same problem. It's definitely on blogger's end of things. Curious to see if anyone else has thoughts on this!

posted by upso on Dec 06, 2017 at 07:47:22 pm     #  

I'm using Windows10 and Chrome. You're taking a long time to load.

posted by Grumpy on Dec 06, 2017 at 08:24:58 pm     # may have closed down back in 2015. does not exist. Google throws a 404 error. redirects to

If you can edit your Blogger theme, remove all three references to and remove this chunk of code.

<script type="text/javascript"> (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = '//'; var head = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; if (head) { head.appendChild(script); }})(); </script>

With JavaScript disabled, your site's content displays immediately, but the browser keeps spinning because it's trying to load this URL:

That URL is located within the image tag.

<img src="" alt="Site Meter" border="0" />

Eventually, the browser stops spinning when the connection to that .asp script times out.

With JavaScript enabled, the content does not display, and the browser keeps spinning. Eventually, the browser stops spinning and your content displays after the connection to this other Site Meter URL times out.

<script type="text/javascript" src="">

At least remove the references. That's your primary problem.

When using Chrome to view your website with a laptop/desktop computer, right click on your webpage and chose "Inspect". Then choose "Console".

If using Firefox, right-click, choose "Inspect Element", choose "Console".

That will show errors and warnings about the webpage being viewed. After the URLs timeout, you will see the errors.

Some errors, however, are reader-specific. For example, I use the Chrome browser extension Privacy Badger, which blocked an attempted access to The error was mentioned in my Console section of Inspect.

Even if that service still existed, it would have failed in my Chrome setup.

The Console error that everyone should receive with JavaScript enabled:

With JavaScript disabled:

It takes around 60 seconds for the connections to those URLs to timeout.

If you cannot edit your current theme to remove the offending sections, can you try a different theme that does not contain outdated links?

posted by jr on Dec 06, 2017 at 10:16:38 pm     #  

On HP running chrome and it just timed out.

posted by trixanne on Dec 06, 2017 at 10:45:25 pm     #  

JR to the rescue!

posted by upso on Dec 06, 2017 at 11:59:51 pm     #  

wow... that is some down in the weeds magic

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Dec 07, 2017 at 08:43:58 am     #  

Here's a tip of the old fedora and a hoist of the early, early afternoon bourbon glass to JR, who seems to have fixed the problem.

Thanks JR!

I got rid of sitemeter, which had stopped functioning years ago. The site seems to load just fine now, although further testing would not go amiss or be unappreciated.

QC anyone?

posted by madjack on Dec 07, 2017 at 01:40:26 pm     #  

Been having problems for nearly a month. I thought it was my compuiter as some changes had been made. Now it loads almost instantly.

posted by Trilby on Dec 07, 2017 at 01:47:44 pm     #  

Win 7 Pro using Firefox - loaded instantly.

Top of the afternoon to you mj - hope life is good for you these days.

posted by Foodie on Dec 07, 2017 at 01:56:30 pm     #  

Loading lighting fast now.

posted by Grumpy on Dec 07, 2017 at 02:22:09 pm     #  

Loads 5/5 Madjack. Now waiting for Pulitzer level submissions.

posted by Mariner on Dec 07, 2017 at 04:42:05 pm     #  

madjack, I viewed your site this morning, and it loaded fine. I saw that you removed the references. I didn't notice any other issues.

posted by jr on Dec 07, 2017 at 04:53:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

My special thanks to the QC team for their lightning fast response and succinct missives.

What have I been up to? Well...

Since my bout with the big C, I've been taking Alprazolam to get to sleep nights, and to visit the dentist. I'm phobic (odontophobia/dentophobia) and the easiest way for me to get into the dentist's chair is using Alprazolam, AKA Xanax. The trouble with Alprazolam is that it's a benzodiazepine anxiolytic, which means it's an addictive, controlled substance. Taking it to visit the dentist is fine; taking it every night to get a decent night's sleep is not the healthiest activity in the world. Add to that the fact that my system is naturally resistant to opioids in general, and the dosage of Alprazolam that I need to take in order to get any benefit from the drug would put the average person under the table for a solid 12 hours. Main Lady opined that this resistance was more due to the fact that I'm used to operating in an impaired state. Me, I don't think so.

My new witch doctor strongly suggested that I get off the drug, so I quit three days ago. I feel like five miles of bad road, but there you go. I had a similar problem when I quit taking Morphine. Two days after I quit, I landed in the ER after making a mess on the living room floor. The ER people didn't know what the problem was, but Main Lady spotted it (withdrawal symptoms) and a short time later I was okay.

I may use a tapering off method rather than just quitting. I think it may be slower, but a bit easier.

Other than that, the political scene here in Ohio's capital is much more complex than you enjoy in Toledo. The politicians are both smarter and better liars, there's more money floating around, and the payoff schemes are a whole lot more complex. Most people get lost just trying to follow the money. The most exciting thing that's happened so far is some genius who test fires his handgun collection once every three weeks or so. He waits until 1:00 AM, and then empties the magazine, rapid fire. So far he's managed to hit the bed of someone's pickup truck, and that's it. Well, he isn't shooting at me, and gunshots have never bothered me all that much.

And that's all that's fit to print.

Thanks to JR for the forum and the fix to my web site.

posted by madjack on Dec 08, 2017 at 02:55:41 pm     #   3 people liked this

Madjack, this year I lost a friend to benzo addiction and everyone in her circle now tries to spread the word about these terrible drugs. Maybe her story will help you decide what to do.

posted by suz on Dec 11, 2017 at 08:14:09 am     #