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WordPress Rocks!

Sorry for the lack of posts, but I’ve fallen in love with a little thing called WordPress. It’s blog software, like Movable Type (what I use to power this site), but open source, and entirely based in PHP and MySQL. It took 5 minutes to install. It’s powerful as hell. All the tags are PHP based, and I’m dizzied by the amount of things that I can do. The list of plugins is quite impressive, and I’ve already found something that would let me setup some nice photo albums, like the ones you see in TypePad (I’ve been wanting to do something along those lines for a long time now). I’ve already got a version of this site up and running, and it’s nice. Everything is generated on the fly, there are no archive pages, and just one template page. Oh, and I’ve just discovered all of this 2 days ago. The only reason I haven’t launched a new WP powered version of the site yet is because I’m having some problems setting up the moblog (posting by email is included in the program, but there seems to be a problem with my host’s Cron command; no worries if you don’t understand this, it’s UNIX geekiness). Mfop2, which I’ve used since the launch of my moblog (that little thing in the sidebar called Tokyo Boy), only supports MT and Blogger. I could of course launch the site using WP and just keep updating Tokyo Boy in MT, but I really want to make a clean break. I’ll keep you informed as things happen. And a big shout out to Chad for turning me onto this (and all his live iChat troubleshooting).

And just to update you on my iMac’s HD problems, my Applecare was all cleared up the other day (I hadn’t registered properly), and they picked up my machine today. I’ll hopefully get it back within a few days. It’s really nice that Apple has an English option on their support line.

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Radio.blog

Radio.blog (found through Warren Ellis) is something that looks very intriguing. Let’s you stream music files (makes them smaller sized than regular MP3s) from your site, sort of like having your own private radio station. It it weren’t for the high traffic this site gets, I would love to use it in order to share some of the good Japanese sounds that I’m always talking about (which reminds me that I have a whole bunch of things I need to do write-ups on). If I do make the change to a different host, a place that gives me more leeway in the bandwidth department, I might get this up and running on the site. Radio Nej if you will.

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This Is a Magazine

I don’t think I’ve really talked about it here, but this is something I’ve mentioned to a few people. This is a magazine. By this, I mean that I see this site as being a magazine more than a blog. Ideally, if it could all be automated, every months content would be listed as a seperate issue, with its proper sections, it’s own cover, etc. I don’t have time to do this (and as far as I know, MT wouldn’t really let me create such a page, mixing categories with monthly archives), but I do think that it’s important to understand this. What I’m doing is playing with this blog-formatted medium, because it suits my way of sharing info (on a daily basis). Hope you enjoy the read (and the images).