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Brave new world…
12:38 AM   Saturday
September 19, 2009

One quick look can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I really don’t do anything to my site these days. It’s got a tiny blog, it hosts my music, has a short and egotistical bio, some outdated links, and a contact form. What else could I possibly need?

But what I’ve noticed these days is a trend toward having everyone else host your stuff. It’s kind of back to Ye Olde Good Days of the internet, the times in which I grew up. When I was a kid, if you wanted an online presence and had no money, it was Angelfire or GeoCities (who remembers those terrible long URLs with the neighborhoods and the addresses… oh man!). But of course there were space and bandwidth limitations, so those got old. That and they started shutting down and whatnot. Then we all grew up and got our own domains and started paying for hosting. And now, somewhere along the way, we reverted right back to having other people host our stuff for us, often for free!

There are clear benefits to both approaches. Managing your own stuff affords you the ability to do just that: manage your own stuff. My domain, my rules. However, as we all well know by now, with great power comes great responsibility! Like uh, you have to pay for it. That, and you’ve got to keep all your third-party code updated. For example, I use WordPress to run this little blog-wannabe, and every other week there’s some horrible dramatic issue that requires patching immediately or I risk someone destroying my entire blog. Or something. I don’t know. But frankly, it gets old pretty quickly and I seriously wouldn’t mind never having to jerk around with it again!

I’d continue by saying that the benefit to having someone else host, say, my blog, is that all I have to do is bang away at the keyboard and click Publish. Done. But that’s really not true because I hate all the available Blogger templates and I’m probably going to have to design my own if I’m ever going to be satisfied. Ugh. Would you believe that there aren’t any sleek black and blue designs? AT ALL? Or they’ve all got some horrible header image that just destroys the whole thing, or they’re too narrow, whatever. I want to post code samples — narrow little blog columns are not good for that. Very not good.

I’m a bit nervous about the prospect of decentralizing everything, though. I mean I’d still have to host my own music because I don’t know where I’d put 800 MB of Mp3s… unless that’s peanuts to free hosts these days… heck and maybe it is, I haven’t really looked! If it is, the case for ditching the paid host becomes much stronger. Oh, er, except for the whole decentralized thing, like I was saying. If someone gets acquired, or if their servers just get knocked down for a day, I’m up a creek. I’m at THEIR mercy. Yikes. What if someone decides my blog has objectionable content because I say nasty things about religious zealots or something?

Truth is that I’d really like to start posting more of my thoughts online. Start discourses about every little thing, I don’t know. Little code tricks I discover whilst working with C# every day. Shows like LOST, Fringe, Venture Brothers, Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes… and there’s plenty to talk about with all the changes occurring in America, or at least the attempted changes which seem a little constipated right now (health care, for instance: frankly I’m all for universal care for citizens! About damn time!).

For reference, I’m experimenting with Blogger here at the moment. I don’t know if it will amount to anything. I don’t know if I’ll like it enough to bother maintaining it or making a template for it (which is bound to look a lot like this site, because frankly I still like the concept). There’s a possibility of course that I’ll just… somehow switch over to it entirely. It’s all up in the air right now. Perhaps I won’t do anything at all!

The world waits with baited breath for me to make a decision…

Summer Night
10:10 PM   Friday
June 26, 2009

Yes, it’s true. Twenty months later — MUSIC! No, I’m serious! Really!! Hear for yourself! …but don’t expect too much.

Maybe I can shake out the rust and produce something better in the weeks ahead.

What you say???
11:30 PM   Monday
June 22, 2009

Hmm. Well, after an epic battle with WordPress (not that epic… delete the /wordpress/ directory and reupload it…), the administrative section is working again! I have no idea how long it’s been down, but it’s meant that no one could comment, and I couldn’t post. I guess that shows you how attentive I am to my site right now!

I was going to save this until I was finished, but… perhaps this will force me to wrap it up, finally… I have written a track. (GASP!!) Yeah! Really! Although I’m afraid that now there will be these really high expectations for it. I’ll have it out hopefully within the week, but the real news is that my style, regardless of going into hiding for two years, hasn’t changed at all. Amazing. That could be a good or a bad thing, and that’s yet to be seen. The resulting track (working name “garden”) isn’t something I’m super proud of, and hell it may even… nah, will, disappoint my old fans. Both of you. But it’s music, and I’ve needed to write some for a while now. It could even result in more as I attempt to stop being so horrible and out-of-practice! Who knows?

I’m considering making posts about my coding adventures at work here in this blog. A lot of people have saved my ass at work by posting weird solutions or tricks they’ve discovered along the way, and I feel like I need to be giving back, so-to-speak. I’d probably talk a lot about NHibernate, Fluent NHibernate (<3!!), Tesseract, Tessnet2, and maybe some generics, Linq, and other stuff along those lines. I’m sure whatever I’d say wouldn’t be all that impressive to most people, but I just spent the last six months being a total n00b with these technologies and now that I’ve been through the grinder, I may have a few things to share. And I freaking love C#. So much.

World of Warcraft! What can I say… I still play. But ever since I got my [Reins of the Raven Lord] some months ago, I just haven’t had the same drive to play. That’s what I wanted, then I got it, and now the whole thing is so much more relaxed for me. It’s as if I beat the game. How did I beat an MMO? Mad skills, I guess! I should post all the videos I’ve recorded of my adventures throughout the years. I’ve seen some pretty wacky things.

Alright… that’s enough of that. I’ll have that track out soon. It’s actually done, I just need to make sure it’s REALLY done. =P

Heehee
10:25 AM   Thursday
January 15, 2009

WTB partner in ryhme / inspiration KTHX
9:15 AM   Monday
January 5, 2009

Or shall I remain a solo artist? Once I start writing again in the first place? Hmm.

I was listening to some of my old collaborative work and I think it was really good. Would like to do that again…

Come to think of it, though, it’s highly unlikely that anyone will see this post. It’s weird, I still get a pretty hefty amount of traffic, but I don’t know where it’s coming from or why anyone would bother to come here. No new music in over a year, no other redeeming content… very confusing.

I’m not dead yet! I don’t want to go on the cart!
1:10 AM   Friday
December 19, 2008

See title! It’s the truth. My life is still kicked into high-gear right now as I juggle the multitude of demands on my time: work, a new place of residence, the girlfriend-person Cat, World of Warcraft (not so much these days), and miscellaneous things that seem to fill in the elusive leftover “spare time.”

That’s not so much fun to read about, is it? Every couple of months, ol’ jerky here writes another post about how damn busy he is and how he’ll “try” to write some more tracks at some point. 2007 goes by with three, count ‘em, three tracks. 2008 goes by with NONE. Pretty pathetic. I have no excuse — my life probably isn’t any more jam-packed than anyone else’s. If I really made time for it, I could be composing several a month. But I’m not making time for it.

I definitely do miss it. It’s fun to finish one, give it a name, upload it, listen to it over and over again to make sure it’s as perfect as it’s going to get… then find a minor flaw no one else will notice and have to do all that over again, but I digress. I liked being able to say that I write music and not have to back it up a notch and add that “well, I did… it’s been over a year though…” Yuck.

Well, how about this: I’ve got Reason 4, a brand new office, and a fresh install of XP. I’ve also got a pretty good deal of inspiration. The problem is TIME. Got none of that stuff. And I need it so I can get a better understanding of Reason 4 (they changed a lot) and stop being rusty in general. Hah, jeez, when I do finally write again — and I will — it’s going to be… interesting!

Hooray!
10:07 AM   Wednesday
November 5, 2008

Looks like America is ready fix itself!

Cheers!
4:40 PM   Tuesday
October 28, 2008

“London’s iconic red buses could be plastered with the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life,” in an atheist advertising campaign responding to a set of Christian ads.”

Movin’ on up…
12:56 AM   Sunday
June 1, 2008

Oh hey, check it out. Another post from ComradeF about how he isn’t making music for some reason or another. Surprise.

Yeah, well, it’s the truth. Music’s not on my mind right now. Just don’t feel the need to write any! What is on my mind is moving. I found a new job and am going to move a bit closer to the office so my commute doesn’t suck (I hate driving and the public transit in Dallas is waaaay gross). I’ve been cruising around all sorts of realty sites to find that perfect place to call home. At least for a year or something. ;) Maybe once that’s settled, I dunno, that could inspire me. No promises though — it could also just make me busy as hell.

And so, in closing… Obama ’08!

Mint.com
1:40 AM   Friday
March 7, 2008

Mint.com is, if nothing else, very fun to use.

K, that’s it.