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.

C. Buddha’s Great Android Experiment

After clearing my calendar for our October holidays, the extra work I was planning to do fell through. I’ve spent the extra time planning for a possible simian uprising, playing with Max and Mina every day, and creating an Android application. I mostly did it to investigate the process for publishing an app on Google Play, for future work reference. However, it would be extremely cool if you would go check out the app and inflate the ratings and press Like buttons, etc., for me, since I’m an attention whore. Thank you.

Link: C. Buddha’s Blog Reader

This app is a dedicated blog reader for my blog. You install it on an Android device and when you run it, it loads my blog’s feed and lets you see new posts. If you want to comment on a post, you use the link provided at the bottom of each post to jump to my actual blog via your internet browser.

Note: There are ads in the app. They do not pay me, they pay the developer of the site I used to create the app. You cannot remove them. Then again, this is kind of a useless app, so who cares? I may eventually generate an iPod/Pad/Phone version of the app that will be identically useless, but it will probably tell you how to get somewhere more accurately than iOS Maps.

name cheap

I just dumped Network Solutions for Namecheap because NetSol is too expensive and their site is crufty and pushes unnecessary features way too hard. Thus begins my 2012 domain name consolidation – I have one straggler (elearningrmu.info) registered at Go Daddy, but I might just let it die there. Sure won’t give them any more business after they supported bills that would have infringed upon my internet freedom and god-given right to shaky Telecines.

Namecheap’s site loads very fast for me here in Thailand (90% of the time I spent on NetSol’s site was waiting for it to load), and I transferred cosmicbuddha.com and registered a new one (secret project) in under three minutes.

Here is my affiliate link (I get paid if you buy their services by clicking through it):

Cockroach Reanimation at 2k views

My most popular YouTube vid, by far, is Cockroach Reanimation with Electro-stimulation, which just passed over 200,000 views. The viewing demographic is overwhelmingly 13-17 year old boys who like to point out that the cockroach “isn’t actually coming to life, it’s something about electrical impulses and nerves and something scientific-er than that, (insert insult of choice).”

I have mixed feelings about this vid – it’s brought out all the little Mr. Wizards and smartasses and even one scary guy who requested electrocution of bigger things – but in the end, it’s nice to have a kind of popular YouTube upload that I made with a $1 electronic device and a dead/reanimated (just kidding, kids!) insect:

Jetpack Comments

You can now comment on this blog with your WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook account, if you so desire. Just start entering comment text under any post and the options to log in to the various services are displayed. Thanks.

84 likes, 130 dislikes

In October of 2010, I uploaded a video about bringing a cockroach back to life with a bug zapper to YouTube. It only had a few thousand hits for the first year, but then suddenly took off probably due to the pop culture zombie phenomenon, plus a hundred 12 year olds on YouTube calling me stupid and explaining that what was shown in the video wasn’t really reanimation (thanks for clearing that up you little shits).

Anyway, this is my first YouTube vid to go over 100,000 hits, so I thought I’d brag about it. Check it out to see what our front yard used to look like.

Cockroach Reanimation with Electro-stimulation

 

STP

Linking to that STP video in my last post got me to thinking…

  • How could their music videos have been so bad when their recorded live sessions were so good?
  • Their first two albums were so good, the diminishing returns that followed could be forgiven (unlike Pearl Jam, who never learned how to stop making bad albums)
  • I first heard them 18 years ago? Really?? Damn I feel old… Max will feel about them like I felt about the Beatles! (He won’t really like them for another 18 years?)
  • One of my favorite thing about Wikipedia is that it teaches me new (mostly useless) stuff about things I’ve liked/used for years. For example: “…the band’s name was inspired by a carving in an ancient temple that depicts a man in a small flying ship, a reference to ancient aliens.” (Cosmic Buddha’s article will someday read: “…the band’s name was inspired by a chalkboard explanation of Greater and Lesser Vehicles by the head of their Japanese exchange program in a horribly humid classroom in Tenri, Japan.” Yes, this website and domain name were originally used for our band; live band sessions ended but playing on the internet sessions didn’t.)

YouTube iframe embedding

It seems that the new way of embedding¬†YouTube¬†videos is really slow to render when you have multiple videos on a single page. Offhand, I can’t remember tweaking anything else that would cause this blog to be loading in segments like this. The thing is, I don’t really have time to test it now, so I guess I’ll just refrain from posting so many vids for a while and let the ones below fall off the front page.