Theme Change… Again!

I’m changing the theme for my site back to this older one.

Although I kinda liked the idea of the “quick posting” that the other one seemed to be going for, I think this theme is much more “blog-ish” and fits better overall.

In other blog updating news, you may now leave comments with an OpenID. If you don’t know what that means, read here. You can thank StackOverflow for making me really find OpenID useful. I hope you do, too.

Unrelated, but I there were some pretty sweet deals on Newegg for Black Friday (which makes me excited for Cyber Monday), some of which I took advantage of, like an 800w UPS for $119 and two 1.5TB hard drives for $59 each.

Fairly stoked about those.

A Little Creepy…

Below is an excerpt from my stats module for WordPress:

Last search terms

Date Time Terms Engine Result
November 3, 2010 19:24:07 razorback cardboard boat Yahoo page viewed
November 3, 2010 18:27:28 galador porn Google page viewed
November 3, 2010 03:31:52 derivatives made simple Google page viewed
November 3, 2010 03:31:49 derivatives made simple Google page viewed
November 2, 2010 14:11:12 derivatives math Google page viewed
November 2, 2010 02:00:04 derivatives made easy Google page viewed
November 1, 2010 14:14:59 gentoo update old installation Google page viewed
November 1, 2010 11:58:29 advice comes from Google page viewed
November 1, 2010 11:58:01 mah blog Google page viewed
November 1, 2010 10:21:02 gentoo emerge libtool file collision Google page viewed

I’m not sure what to think of that.

In unrelated news, I upgraded my MySQL to the new 5.5 RC. Haven’t noticed any extremely positive or negative performance gains, but my blog isn’t exactly super-stressing on the server. It does seem to have some nifty new features that I will eventually have to try out, though. :>

Holy Snap! An update!

It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted an update. :(

I’ve been pretty busy, what with work, random friend things, and other even more random stuff!

First, job: I’ve been in training for six weeks! That’s crazy-talk. Working for HP doing crazy-secret things! >_> <_< P exciting. Second, friends: Actually been doing a lot of things with my friends lately, from random trips to Little Rock (also caused by point #3 below), to movie viewings almost every weekend, to going to see loads of concerts. It's been pretty fun, and a good break from work (not that my job is bad, it's just that 40 hours a week drains you a little bit after you've been used to working about 3 hours max at a time, and also going to school)! Third, other randomness: The air conditioner has been broken at my apartment the past few days, which has led to some interesting stuff to just get away from the heat (it's been so bad that we have nicknamed the place "Hell"). One of those things was a car ride that I did on a whim that ended up being roughly 2 and a half hours long. Pics after the jump, as they will mess up the layout: Continue reading Holy Snap! An update!

What’s a Blog?

So, I’ve realized that blogging (for me) would be far easier if I’d just post short little snippets from my life.

But then what use would twitter be?

I’ve tried to solve the problem by finding a way to have WordPress automatically import tweets and make “mini-posts” from them. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find a suitably awesome transformation engine that turns my thoughts into PHP code. I suppose I could actually try to pick up some PHP, but that’s just a bunch of hooey.

My Search continues. If any of you happen to stumble onto this morsel of a post and know of such a neat little wonder, let me know (widget implementations need not apply)!

New Blog Project: One Post Per Day

Since I literally have nothing to do during the summer (since apparently, corporate America hates me, and Academia has conspired with them to ensure my demise), I’m going to try to start a new one-post-per day project.

Honestly, I don’t know who I’m trying to kid (certainly not myself!), saying that I’m going to make a new post every day, but here’s to delusion!

Also, eagle-eyed readers (read: no one) may have noticed that I have not yet fixed my blog after last night’s fiasco. And that’s not a Good Thing. Sure, it still runs and stuff, but it’s not how I want it to look. I did, however, realize that I’m really just missing the Meta Links (and honestly, I don’t need those anymore), and need to move the blagroll up to the top (and honestly, who looks at those?).

Edit: Stuff’s fixed!

New WordPress!

Yes, folks, that’s right, a new version of WordPress was just released earlier today! I being a good webscript follower, decided to upgrade to the newest release to ensure that I don’t get hacked or whatnot (though, I’m sure after that, every goddamn hacker just set their sights on hacking my site). You can get it from the usual places if you do your own blogging.

I did not, however, upgrade to WP 2.8 (the version just released). “Galador, have you gone crazy?” you may be asking, “You just said that you updated your install!” How very observant of you, dear reader! I did in fact update my WordPress, but not to some skanky stable version, heavens no! Instead, I decided to be adventurous and follow the SVN trunk (for you non-techies, the development version, straight from WordPress to me).

And of course, being the dev version, it FUCKED SHIT UP. If you see the layout between now and probably sometime tomorrow when I fix shit, this is not how I want my blog to look, goddammit. If I wanted to change how my blog looks, I’d change the fucking theme! Why do I suddenly have a list of categories and archives on the right side? I don’t want that. Where is my blogroll? And what happened to my meta links. (It’s a good thing I have a separate login button in my theme’s header, else I might [*gasp*] have to type out the admin URL manually! *shudders*)

To be fair, of course, the WordPress doodz do give you a bit of warning that that SVN trunk is probably going to be bork. Ah, the grief of running on the bleeding edge!

UPDATE: It appears I owe a bit of an apology to the WP devs for this post. Seems the only thing that went “wrong” with the update was that somewhere between WP v2.7 and v2.9-rare (I’ll interject here that the WordPress dev versions have hilarious version names), they switched to a much simpler sidebar configuration where you drag and drop (or, if this happened during or prior to 2.7, I guess I never changed the default) “widgets”. Since I didn’t have a widget configuration, it just assumed some defaults. So there you have it, folks! Give these fine people a round of applause for actually making shit easier! *claps*

Testing LaTeX

Liek whoa! Two posts in one day!

\LaTeX, in case you didn’t know, is a very sweet markup language for making professional-looking documents and is used pretty heavily in the Maths and Sciences, because it has wicked formula support. If you’ve seen math formulas on Wikipedia, then those were created with LaTeX. I’ve recently discovered that there’s a pretty sweet WordPress plugin, Easy LaTeX that allows you to embed formulas on your blag.

Though, I probably won’t use it very often (read: possibly never again after this post), I thought that I’d at least show it off once. I might even update my infamous “Derivatives Made Easy” (the #1 result on google for that phrase… I still get a lot of hits to it) post with nice-looking formulas instead of the paint-drawn ones I have now.

So, here’s some of the neat-looking stuff you can make with LaTeX:

\Re{z} =\frac{n\pi \dfrac{\theta +\psi}{2}}{ \left(\dfrac{\theta +\psi}{2}\right)^2 + \left( \dfrac{1}{2} \log \left\lvert\dfrac{B}{A}\right\rvert\right)^2}.

OMG Hawt

Check it out bitches. New theme! Just need to fix some of the little things, and it’ll be sweet! But unfortunately, it’s 2AM, and I’m tired. In the morning (or afternoon <_<) the work shall be done! I'm trying to pick up some PHP skillz, too, lately, so we'll see how that goes. As for the what I've been doing, I've been on Spring Break for the last week (didn't go anywhere :[ ), but I have watched a new movie every day so far. I also started work on an MyDB Movie List. Got all the ones I could think of off the top of my head. I’m sure I’ll get more.

I realize I haven’t been making as many posts recently, due to being busy with school and all, but I have an idea for some (possibly weekly) posts to keep the masses sated. Maybe more details on that in the future. I might also have another guest entry coming up soonish, so be on the lookout for that.

Expired Domain

If you tried to visit my lovely site yesterday, you saw that it managed to expire. Apparently, the economic crisis is so bad that domain registrars can’t even send out an email reminder to their customers.

The problem has been solved, though, thanks to the quick action on the part of my webhost.

You may now continue to enjoy the greatness.

Not Yet Dead

Hey guys! As the title would indicate, I’m not yet dead. The past few days have been simultaneously very exciting and very boring for me — starting with last weekend, the Beale Street Music Fest. I’ve watched two movies and been over to one of my friend’s houses everyday over the past four days. I’ve been job hunting (oh, the Joys of Summer), reformatting my laptop and re-installing Windows XP, and all sorts of other goodies.

So, you may be wondering, “What the hell is wrong with this guy?” How can he be bored after doing all of that? Well, besides those things, my life has been incredibly boring at home — internets = dialup, no Xbox 360 [It caught the RRoD bug =( ], and parents being mildly annoying. Just a day in the life, I guess.

But that also means I have quite a bit to write about, so be on the lookout for at least three more articles from me over the next day or so, and possibly even a guest blogger on the horizon. So, keep an eye peeled. ;)