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Site Update

technology

Cleaned up that footer. The one that said “welcome to 2009!” That’s fixed.

Only took a smidgen of code:

&copy; 2008-<?php echo date("Y"); ?>

Now my footer will be working and functional long after I’m dead and gone. Yay!

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Still Back, Suckers…

environment

Just ill. As in “sick”. That kind of ill.

I’m illin’ without no penicillin.

Okay, that was terrible. I should just stop and go to sleep again. Maybe take some Tylenol. Or the equivalent generic substitute.

While I’m recovering, here’s a picture of some cute puppies.

puppy pies!

You can just feel the emotional manipulation, can’t you?

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I’m Back, Losers!

economics / education / environment / judiciary / politics / religion / security / technology

Sort of.

Maybe.

For a while.

We’ll see if I like it or not. My life has had some twists and turns lately, and maybe I need a release. Or a drink.

Yeah, probably a drink.

Or 11.

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Not back, but not dead ferrets

environment

Nothing to see here, folks. I just can’t let that stupid ferret post be the last thing I ever wrote. Feel free to continue ignoring this blog (like you always have) as usual.

Except for you spammers, of course! I so love you guys! Never give up, never surrender!

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I ruin worlds (and something about WordPress)

technology

If you can read this, then you have the ability to read. Thank a teacher or something.

And if you can read this and you are using a web browser, then thank the browser–maker people and the folks that make WordPress. Because that’s what you’re looking at. WordPress.

Unless I’ve changed it to something else, and you are reading this in the future. If you are in the future, what’s it like? We got flying cars yet? Seriously, I wants me a flying car, and I wants it right now.

Or…a robot servant. One that won’t backtalk.

Makes me sandwiches.

I want a sandwich.

Anyways, the site now runs on WordPress. Continue the rest of your lives as usual.

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The best blonde joke ever

education

There are joke, bad jokes, good jokes. Then there’s this one.

This is the greatest blonde joke in the history of man.

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More on that bad idea

technology

Teaser image 2

Things coming along, slowly. Stunningly, no fires.

Yet.

Nothing’s ready to show off quite yet, but it’s looking like I’ll have something done by the end of the year. I’m just gonna be non–specific about which year.

Past hints: Teaser image

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So, I had this idea about WordPress…

technology

Back in 2006, I had this nifty idea to jettison comments. First of all, they added little to the immediate subject. Also, I didn’t like the compromises I had to choose from with either anonymity or registration. The more popular my site became, the harder it was to police…unless there was nothing to police.

That led to be put together my site sans commentary. It seemed like it made sense at the time, so I went with it. First I was using TextPattern (and I still keep that thing around, somewhere — I love it). But I went with WordPress. And I turned the comment off. Permanently.

I guess my decision was based on a combination of hype and contempt. WordPress was just getting exciting, with the new version 2.0 starting to hit its stride. Messing with templates was just enough to keep me interested, and to make a site that worked just how I wanted. Not having to style comments, or figure out how to con people into registering was refreshing.

It wasn’t long, however, before I started to find the problems with the platform. While the system works well as a one–blog producer, it really isn’t that complete as a full–site solution. Plus, to get it to do anything, you needed a plugin.

While I found ways to work around the limitations, I kept on running into the same problem over and over again: why am I making the server do all that work on a page that almost never changes? That was the whole point of moving to Movable Type — to cut down on server load for a resource–light site.

It’s funny now seeing the other blogs that are buying into my 2006 philosophy. I got over that earlier this year, when I decided to be more of who I really am. That, and to interact with who I know you are (or don’t know, I guess). Now I’m all about the comments and the peoples. And I think I’m ready for my soapbox…

Movable Type soapbox

As a sidenote, this is just me telling anyone that’s gearing up for my comments–less WordPress experience: have you thought of just writing the HTML yourself? I mean, it’d make your server happy, plus you’d learn a new skill!

But for those of you who don’t want to cook it yourself, there’s always Movable Type. It will make the pages work exactly the same while allowing just as many comments. Plus, you can stick it to the man (if you’re really all that against–the–man–y).

As another added benefit, you’ll get the pleasure of answering, “well, have you even tried WordPress?” about 50 times a week. That’s always a reassuring way to let you know that people know what they’re talking about.

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Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

technology

Just in case you’re curious about the blogosphere, Technorati has released its State of the Blogosphere 2008. It’s always fun to hear about the rich getting richer, isn’t it?

I don’t have much to say about it (other than my snide remark). If you haven’t been using Technorati as a tool for getting news, they do make a good point about reactions to political events, such as the Sarah Palin announcement. Plus, there’s the horrifying realization that even the richest bloggers don’t make much more than minimum wage (which really isn’t that minimum, anymore).

And for those of you who don’t know, Technorati is the place that tracks all the tags that blogs put on each post. It’s just a way to organize the internet. Then they put all that data together and use it to show trends and make these nifty charts!

Keyword popularity across the Blogosphere
This chart illustrates how many times blog posts across the Blogosphere contained the following keywords.

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Stars & Stripes FOREVER!

security / technology

Sam the Eagle gives us a reminder of why we have our Constitution: to keep us safe from weirdos. Brings a tear to my eye, it does.

Click through to see Sam the Eagle lead the Muppets in a rousing rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever.

Aside on Vimeo

The idea behind moving MacStansbury.com to a grid–based, wide–screen format was that I wanted to do two things. First, I wanted to make the site are readable as possible while balancing font sizes and width. Likewise, I wanted to post wide–format images and videos, and display them easily.

What I love about Vimeo is that you get great video quality so you can make the video ginormous without it looking like a free video sharing site. And most of the video producers there use a wide format, so it fits right into my site design. Plus, there is not so much as a hint of “Social Network VLog Interaction Design Yada Yada.”

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