Dry Spell

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Haven’t done any cre­ative writ­ing in a long while. Years, in fact. First, I ran out of gas and in­spi­ra­tion from be­ing too im­mersed in the po­etry scene, and then, life in­ter­vened. I stopped writ­ing po­etry reg­u­larly in June of 2007 (By Brakhage), only two po­ems since then (Tide Line, This Dominion), both over two years ago. They’re okay, I guess; abrupt but un­pol­ished. I was in­tent on other things.

Lately, in the rare mo­ment of ap­prox­i­mate peace, I’ve been hear­ing a cer­tain blue­bird singing in the dis­tance of my heart.

It might be time to start writ­ing again.

514 Snapshot

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Rosie & Adam circa 1986

This im­age has been on my About page for years. Before that, as ev­i­denced by the crinkly, thumb­tack-bestabbed bor­der of the pho­tograph, it was on my bul­letin board for years. It was taken at my first home, 514 Franklin Street, in Connersville, Indiana.

There’s a spe­cial place in my heart for this photo, de­spite the com­pletely in­cor­rect white-bal­ance. Rosie, my bea­gle, was my boon com­pan­ion for 10 years. I still re­mem­ber the mo­ment this was taken, the con­crete on this side porch was al­ways cold and slightly damp, I could feel it through my sock-feet, and the sand­stony grit un­der my hands. I’ve got my arm locked around Rosie so she would be forced to look at the cam­era for the photo.

There were al­ways slugs on the side­walk.

Integrating A Sweetcron Firehose/​Lifestream into WordPress

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Whatever spare spare time I’ve had the last cou­ple of weeks I’ve spent try­ing to fig­ure out how to make a lifestream page for this site. A lifestream is ba­si­cally a page that shows as close to every­thing pos­si­ble that a par­tic­u­lar per­son has been up to on the in­ter­net. A fire­hose is some­what sim­i­lar.

This was tough. I first started out us­ing Yahoo Pipes to cre­ate a feed of all my feeds. Yahoo Pipes is pretty cool, but the feed it out­puts doesn’t al­ways work and can’t be styled or eas­ily in­te­grated with WordPress. So I looked around a bit, and found Mark Pilgrim’s Firehose. I liked the way it looked, so I found the post ex­plain­ing how he did it. Unfortunately, he’s much smarter at the in­ter­net than I am, and his so­lu­tion, though it looked promis­ing, was be­yond my ken.

My next stop was MetaFilter, since I hang out there fre­quently and the hive mind knows all. I found a cou­ple of good re­sources point­ing me to other pos­si­bil­i­ties; namely Sweetcron or re­Blog.

I chose sweet­cron and got to work. I even found a way to in­te­grate my WordPress theme into a sweet­cron theme. This se­tup process was not easy and hasn’t worked com­pletely. The sweet­cron-run fire­hose uses my WordPress theme bril­liantly, but there’s some sort of con­flict en­gen­dered by the WordPress mod-rewrites in the .htac­cess files, which re­sults in the page header al­ways dis­play­ing 404 Page Not Found. How to fix this? The afore­linked in­te­gra­tion men­tioned a few steps to take care of this is­sue, but in my case they didn’t work.

I dug around in the WordPress fo­rums and found out that Apache’s mod-rewrite in the .htac­cess file for WordPress has of­ten caused this er­ror for any non-Wordpress sub­di­rec­to­ries on a do­main. None of the sug­ges­tions men­tioned in that thread worked, so I think there’s some sort of con­flict be­tween the root-level WordPress .htac­cess file and the sweet­cron di­rec­tory .htac­cess file. I might be wrong, that sort of thing is out of my depth.

However, apart from the 404 Page Not Found in the page header, the rest of the lifestream/​firehose works just fine. If you re­ally want to mon­i­tor most of my on­line ac­tiv­i­ties (and I know there’s at least one per­son in the County Administration Building who does), this should make it eas­ier for you.

Always happy to help!

New [to me] Wheels

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

I have a great fam­ily. My mom came up for Easter and spent a lot of time with Bram. Today we made an im­promptu trip to Fort Wayne so I could buy a car from my un­cle. Just like the last time I bought a car from him, he gave me a great deal. They re­ally look out for me, and I’m lucky to have them.

Here are the new wheels, it’s a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Sun God

Friday, 2 April 2010

The Paul EP — Sun God/​This Moment in Black History Split 12
  • Big Purple Records
  • Smog Veil Records
  • Snax Records

Cool shit hap­pens when you work to­gether.