Posting again?

I’m trying my damndest to get posting again. Unforunately, I’ve had problems with WordPress (well, really a problem with MySQL, but I might be able to rectify with WordPress changes until I can get my new host to upgrade MySQL), the problems with my previous host I’ve mentioned before, and problems finding the time to get back in to blahgging. I know no one wants to hear about my problems, so I’ll skip all that and just mention that my goal right now is to have 50 new posts of actual content by the end of the month. If I can hit that target, I suspect that will be a good motivator for me to get active again. Just not sure what I can give up timewise to get around to blahgging enough to hit my target. But I’ll try, because I miss writing and miss having visitors.

A little mo’ better than before

OK, dear readers, I’m finally getting back on track.  I’ve had to make an ugly hack to get WordPress to display posts in the right order.  I’m going to have to take up the real cause of this malfunction with my new hosting provider, but the ultimate cause of the problem is a bad MySQL bug that made it in to the release a lot of web hosts are using.  Expect some real problems while I work out further troubles (like no history of older posts available, sadly), but hopefully I can resolve everything soon and get going on content again.

If you’ve ever wondered how to kill a blog, sticking with a host for months after you discover a problem that you can’t get resolved, then taking too long to move once the problem kills your site is a powerful motivator for readers to move elsewhere.  I’ve gone from roughly 1000 readers a day at the start of the year to about 500 per day by the end of March when posting slowed and eye-candy pics stopped showing up, to fewer than 50 a day now after more than 15 days of irregular site availability.  Since the Blahg is still more a hobby to entertain my own interests than a site maintained for real for readers, I’m OK with that, but it’s still moderately disappointing that I let myself fall down on getting this situation resolved earlier.

Look for more and real updates to start soon, and hopefully all posting and reading problems to go away very soon.

Optimus keyboard

optimus_maximus.jpgYou can finally order your Optimus keyboard from ThinkGeek for a mere $1600. Well – you can kinda… While checking this to make a post, I noticed it is currently out of stock. But this is a bit of forward movement from the last 2 years of story-without-substance.

Just some of the highlights/features of this keyboard:

  • Revolutionary Keyboard Features a tiny OLED screen on each key. 113 screens total.
  • Play a GIF animation or Quicktime movie on a Key
  • Key sets can be linked to an application, so whenever you open that app the appropriate keys come up
  • Built in USB hub

More features listed on the product page at ThinkGeek. One suggestion I’ve heard is encoding your favorite pr0n and setting it to play across all keys, but honestly that sounds rather infeasible. I *would* like to have one and set it up with animations and key images for the kids when they are playing their games. But I’m going to have to wait until one of these comes out for under $100 before trying anything like that. Probably in 2-3 years, we’ll have that reality, though, right?

[tags]Optimus, Keyboard, OLED, ThinkGeek, YouTube, video, Stuff I want, $1600 keyboard[/tags]

Blogging sweatshops

Fear not, fair reader – this isn’t going to happen to me.

Seems I can barely muster a few minutes a day to blog here lately.  Maybe I do need to move to New York and join one of these sweatshops.  Think of the useless knowledge I could serve up with 18+ hours a day at this! (via boingboing)

[tags]Humor, YouTube, Blogging, Sweatshops[/tags]

Sad news concerning Ms. Monroe

Well folks, seems you’ll not get your chance to see Marilyn Monroe playing up-and-down-on-a-stick any time soon. Her private 15 minute oral sex performance video was purchased by a rich person who intends to file it away somewhere for from the peeping eyes of intarw3b pervs.

The gentleman who bought it said out of respect for Marilyn he’s not going to make a joke of it and put it on the Internet and try to exploit her, said memorabilia collector Keya Morgan. That’s not his intention and I would never get my name involved if that were to happen.

Someone involved in the whole possession of the tape affair suggests that FBI director Hoover was very interested in the tape, and apparently not just to get his jollies watching pr0n:

The FBI agent that I interviewed said J. Edgar Hoover was completely obsessed. A team of nine individuals were analyzing the tape inside a lab. J. Edgar Hoover brought in a few prostitutes who allegedly had been with President Kennedy and they tried to … see if that was really President Kennedy.

As far as I could tell from the article, there is still no information on who the man is, and as he’s only seen from one angle which doesn’t include his face, it’s tough to tell.

[tags]Marilyn Monroe, Pr0n, Hoover, FBI, oral sex, pervs[/tags]

Carl’s truck

carls-truck.jpgI’ve been spending time lately trying to learn how to use the open source image editing tool GIMP. Since I don’t have a lot of pictures I want to work with, I decided to check out the Library of Congress photo stream on Flickr. These photos are professionally captured images done by government workers, which make them public domain and usable by peons like me. Browsing the 1940s color photos stream, I saw this and couldn’t help but view it as some mid-south good-ol’ boy working on a prized auto.

Now in reality, I’m pretty sure that’s someone working on a plane’s landing gear. But I saw it and thought Satisfied with his new lifters, Carl decides he’ll take the monster truck Saturday for his date with Bobby Sue. And having known a few folks when I was younger that did drive trucks with 3-4 feet clearance or more, it just seemed like some of them would approve of Carl’s plans.

So I know that’s stupid, but wanted to share.

[tags]Library of Congress, Flickr, Carl, Monster Truck, Bobby Sue[/tags]

Rush could be indicted for behavoir regarding Ohio primary?

Well, if you listen to Rush, you might have heard him recommending his Ohio (and Pennsylvania and other states with looming primaries) conservative listeners to vote for Hillary in the Democratic primaries.  Apparently, the intention is to keep the Democrats fighting between the Barrack and Hillary camps long enough to make uniting the party difficult, thereby giving McCain the upper-hand in November.  Rush is also telling his listeners that he could be indicted for doing this.  That’s true, but it’s unlikely.  Don’t believe me? Well, see what the Ohio Attorney General has to say about Rush’s claims:

“We have no intention of prosecuting Rush Limbaugh because lying through your teeth and being stupid isn’t a crime,” said Leo Jennings, a spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Marc Dann.

Lucky for Rush stupidity isn’t a crime, I guess.  On the other hand, he’d be off the air if it were.  But then, most of us would be indicted, too, at some point in our lives.

[tags]Rush, Stupidity, Being stupid isn’t a crime, Election, Primaries[/tags]