Server Fun

FYI, if you noticed and were wondering why my various sites have been down so much … there is a story. I noticed lots of reboots starting this afternoon, and this evening I found that the site would only stay up for 1 minute at a time. It would reboot so much that Linode would […]

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One Million Spams

Sometime in the next 24 hours, I expect that my blog will cross an important threshold. That will be 1,000,000 spams blocked by Akismet. Thanks guys. If it took 1 second to deal with each one of those, I would have spent 11.5 days of my last decade handling them. I appreciate not having to […]


Back in the R.S.S.

tl;dr – Subscribe to my shared feed of blog posts I find interesting here. Expect a mix of comic book news, digital culture and technology. You know, the same stuff as this blog and podcast. When Google Reader shut down and many people were scrambling to migrate to another system, I didn’t. My reaction was […]

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A New SNAP Insight

I’m still experimenting with my whole system, and I just tried a new thing with the SNAP plugin. It adds a new function under the “New” menu called “New Post to Social Networks.” If you use it, it will create a tweet/status and send it directly to all the selected networks. It won’t create a […]

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This Blog Has A POSSE

This will be a long post so I will put the TL;DR stuff right up top. What:  I am trying to reclaim my blog as the center of my online life, rather than various social media sites. Why: When I found out about the IndieWeb POSSE philosophy, it resonated with me. I’ve felt like this […]

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Third SNAP Test

To quote former coworkers, “There is no more realistic test environment than production.” Trying to get the template right. What will happen with links, bolding, italics, strikethrough, and other stuff. This is the third paragraph. I am hoping that screwing around with this on a Friday night means I bug less people with this silliness. […]

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Second SNAP Test

Trying to get the template right. What will happen with links, bolding, italics, strikethrough, and other stuff. This is the second paragraph. I am hoping that screwing around with this on a Friday night means I bug less people with this silliness. Yay, Friday night! Also on:Facebook Twitter

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Test From MacJournal

A while back, I bought a MacHeist bundle. As is common with those things, I was after a few specific programs but ended up getting a lot with them that I was ambivalent about. One of those was MacJournal, a journalling and blogging program I wasn’t previously familiar with. Years ago I used Ecto as […]

New New Hosting

I switched hosting back over the Xmas holidays in an unplanned, haphazard fashion that involved doing it twice to two different hosts and burning up a lot of holiday time. I wasn’t dying to do it again, but I just did. If you see this post, you are looking at the new host. There might […]

By Popular Demand

I received a request to add a Facebook like button to the posts. I decided that if I was adding in a plugin, I might as well add one that did multiple services. Now every post gets a Facebook like, Google +1, a StumbleUpon and Tweet button. It was interesting to me to peruse recent […]

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My New Comment Policy and Thoughts on Funny Hats

For the first time in the eight year history of this weblog, I have an explicitly posted comment policy. At times I have really struggled with this. There have been moments when I have been overwhelmed by antagonists. A few examples leap to mind, usually when I make a post critical of someone with strong […]

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Even Mike Doughty Has His Own Blog Reclamation Problems

I’m not the only one who feels that Twitter has eaten my blog. Musician Mike Doughty blogs recently about the book he’s writing, a memoir of his time in Soul Coughing and being an addict then being sober. Embedded in that is this paragraph: Blogging, as an art form, isn’t as fun as micro-blogging. Writing […]


Mobile Users, I Need a Favor

For folks who read this blog via any mobile platform – iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, any other handheld device, I need a favor. I’ve just this morning installed the Wapple Mobile plugin for WordPress. This is supposed to intelligently render the blog in the maximally usable form for the capabilities of all mobile platforms. I’m […]


No Mr Bond, I Expect You To wp_die()!

After my argument with Alex King the other day where he defended his use of a “wp_die()” call from his WordPress plugin as being a completely appropriate thing for a plugin author to do, I got curious. I have 27 plugins on this blog, 12 active and 15 inactive. I deleted the two I had […]


Positive WordPress Plugin News

Last January, I tried an experiment over at Grand Strand Bloggers with the Digest Post plugin. I have a Yahoo Pipe that gathers together all of the RSS feeds for all of the blogs in the GSB blogroll. This plugin is supposed to take a feed and in automated fashion make a summary post of […]

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Popularity Contest: WordPress Plugin Hall of Shame

Yesterday I had my first ever bad experience with a WordPress plugin auto-upgrade and it was really really bad. I did the auto-upgrade of the Popularity Contest plugin, first upgrade in a very long time. These upgrades have become so routine that I don’t much think twice about executing them any more. I clicked the […]

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An Escrow System for WordPress Plugins

Over on Grand Strand Bloggers, I want to try out this plugin that automatically makes digest posts. That is perfect for what we want to do. However, the plugin I”m trying to use is really half-baked and appears abandoned. I’d think about adding to this with our needs at GSB if there was a way […]

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WordPress 2.7

I upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.7 tonight. It took me literally 3 minutes, and that includes downloading the backup files. I was using the WordPress Automatic Updater plugin, but apparently this is the last time I’ll need that because the functionality has been rolled into WordPress itself. This is all to the good. It’s […]


Tan Tan Noodles Simple Spam Filter for WordPress

I’m experimenting with a new feature on the site that puts in a second level of protection on comment spam. It’s this WordPress plugin from Tan Tan Noodles (your guess is as good as mine on the name.) The thing I like best is the idea that should a legitamite comment by a real person […]


The Downside of the Cullect Widget

A couple months ago I put the Cullect widget on this blog’s sidebar. I’ve been trying to support Garrick van Buren and Cullect, mostly because he has always been a strong supporter of most or all of my projects and I owe him some karmic debt. There is one problem with that, though. When I […]

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