Will blogging get a second chance?

Maybe after FB withers and joins Hi5 and MySpace in the Afternet, blogging will come back big… I really don’t care that much, but it would be kind of cool to see people writing more and emoji-ing less ūüėČ

Also, WordPress completely prevented my posting capabilities today until I installed their new editor plugin called Gutenberg, which really reminds me of early HTML editing software (PageMill? GoLive? Claris?). I mean, I thought we ditched block editors for simpler editing tools… Or are there only nerds and techies still blogging?

Flushing out the cobwebs.

I’ve done a clean install of WordPress because things were getting slow and I had problems using Jetpack and some outside services as well.

It was a pain in the ass, and I may change my webhost in the next month or two, but things are running a lot faster now.

This is a test. Or a pineapple pen.

IARC Rating for C. Buddha’s Blog Reader

The updated terms and conditions for apps available at the Google Play Store dictated that I apply for a International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) rating, which I have now received: LINK

As you most probably are not aware, C. Buddha’s Blog Reader is an Android app; it’s¬†a dedicated¬†reader for this¬†blog¬†that¬†hosts¬†the spirit of virtual Keanu Reeves (yes, it is most excellent). You can check it out here:¬†https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.warting.blogg.wis_cosmicbuddha_feed_nu

“dy-solutions” is a scam

This is what was sent to me:

(Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO,thanks.)

Dear Ladies/Gentlemen,

This is a formal email. Please check it seriously and transfer it to responsible person, thanks. We are the auditing department of a professional domain name registration and dispute solution organization. Today, we formally received an online application that a company claimed “Anhong Int’l Co., Ltd” were applying to register “cosmicbuddha” as their Brand Name and some “cosmicbuddha” Important top-level domain names. Now we are handling this registration,after our audit department checking,we found this is conflict with your company’s using name.

According to the registration principle,we will audit every application of our customer in order to avoid the conflict of the intellectual property. You are the original name owner,so I am sending you this E-mail to check if your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you have authorized this,we will finish the registration at once,otherwise,please inform me as soon as possible.

Our time limit for dissent application is 7 workdays. Out of the period, we would regard this application was authorized by you and accept their application legally. Looking forward to your prompt confirmation. Have an outstanding day!

Best Regards,

Max Wong (MR.)
Registration Dept.

YES, IT’S A SCAM.

Do not reply to the message.

Do not check out their shitty website.

They want to sell you shit you don’t need and/or cheat you somehow; it’s what they do.

That is all.

P.S. People looking down on you love to use the word “dissent.”

Um, a post magically disappeared…

…After I was transferred to a “new and more powerful server” by webhost. I guess it is powerful enough to make a post disappear.

Did you hear me?

WILL THIS POST REMAIN?

NEW!

MORE POWERFUL!!

mind-waves

beeeeeeatz

Dammit, my hosting provider is still fropping (friggin’ dropping) the ball. This site is going up and down and up and ERROR ESTABLISHING DATABASE CONNECTION and up and down and up and PERMISSION DENIED and…

Anyways, this made me feel a bit better:

)

(From cuz K’s FB feed)

Site Recovery

We’ve been down for more than a week due to hard disk failure on the server plus many other problems that have been just a real bitch to resolve… Let’s see if the site stays up.

To reduce load on the server, we’re gonna try serving cached pages for unknown users for a while.

Testing the WordPress Publicize Function

Since Twitter got hacked a while back, the apps using its API have been refused permission intermittently. Until now, I used a site called twitterfeed to daisy chain my blog posts from my dedicated blog to Twitter to Facebook, but that all fell apart when Twitter security got oversensitive.

So now, I’m going to see how the WP Publicize function works out. Guess I’ll try to post a photo and embed a YouTube video:

Some random photo my wife took in Burma a few weeks ago.
Some random photo my wife took in Burma a few weeks ago.

Random video from my YouTube “music” playlist:

Ten

I started writing this blog exactly ten years ago.

I had experimented with the earliest versions of blogger/blogspot from 2000, and registered cosmicbuddha.com on January 6 of that same year, but updated it manually until April 21, 2003. Then the blathering began.

Blogging has been extremely fulfilling for me. I used to do it because it made me want to go out and find things to write about, both online and otherwise. In the back of my mind, however, there was always a secondary purpose of leaving a record of my life and thoughts.

I started blogging when I was a salaryman in Japan. One of the things I started regretting quite early on during my time there was not being able to speak with my grandfather much before he passed. He got me into university there, told me what he wanted me to do before going back to the states, and left a trusted relative in charge of wiring me 20,000 yen (~$200) every month until graduation (which tided my hustling ass over more than a few times when things got hard).

He died before I graduated. Hell, he died before I could ever really speak with him in Japanese. And yet, his presence all around me… He left an empty house near our university (for a few years at least) which I would sneak into and take showers at (my dorm didn’t have showers and the communal bath closed many hours before I would get home from work), or throw parties at, much to the consternation of my other relatives. He was so well known by people at the university and around town, it was like having an instant upgrade wherever the hell I was at: “Oh, you’re Yoshida-sensei’s grandson? Here, take this fruit as a present,” or, “Oh, you need to get into the library archives but don’t have a permit? Well, I knew you’re grandfather, so just walk right in!” The thing is, I knew very little about my grandfather.

I gather he was a good man, and yes, that is the most important thing, but sometimes, I just wanted to know more. And so, I don’t know if anybody has read this weblog from start to finish… I suspect not. But I intended to leave a record, and a record I have left. The posts on this blog are just snapshots (sometimes literally) of my life and my thoughts, but maybe if you view enough of someone’s work you can become familiar with them in some way….

I was here.

I am here.

This was the first ten years of my documenting it openly.