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QOTD

by on Nov.25, 2014

Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.

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Removed forums, chat and wiki

by on Nov.24, 2014

I’ve just started the site redesign, and my first steps have been to remove forums, chat, and the non-LGPedia wiki. It looks like the way things are configured, the Wiki showed up under ever single site, anyhow. Will look at integrating LGPedia into the rest of the site at some point in the future. For now, I’m trying to separate content without breaking things too badly. Since I have used Categories wisely, at least in specific use-cases, this may be simply a matter of exporting specific categories and then importing the results in a new site on the network. I may have to clean up some links afterwards, but that should be simply enough :)

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Site redesign coming (again)

by on Oct.28, 2014

I may have mentioned this previously, but I have decided to do another site redesign. This time around, I’ll be keeping all current content, but using the multi-site capabilities of WordPress to break some items off to their own sub-domain. I also plan on dropping phpBB (and possibly enabling some WP-specific forum plugin, if forums are needed at all), and making LGpedia a more permanent part of the site (but still at its current URL), since it is becoming painfully obvious that the official one is unlikely to ever come back. This will likely involve a re-install of everything, just to clean things up a bit. Hopefully, this will also fix the reported speed issues that only appear to intermittently impact LGpedia.

Some ideas:

  • LGpedia will get a WordPress blog page for any news or updates, though the wiki will remain exactly where it’s at. I’ll likely unite the logins between the LGpedia blog and the actual wiki, or investigate converting the content to one of the many WP-Wiki plugins (this is less likely, as that would likely cause major speed issues)
  • Remove chat, as I don’t believe it’s used at all.
  • Ghosts of Ohio will become its own site, as will Abuse of Authority.
  • Additional subdomains for additional topics that I write at least simi-regularly on
  • The main blog will likely move to blog. instead of www. and www. will be more of a front page to all the sites. Speaking of which,
  • I may open up subdomains for user registration, as long as the follow certain guidelines.

Any other suggestions?

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LGpedia Issues

by on Sep.04, 2014

Picture 2 copyI am receiving reports from a couple of different sources about issues with LGpedia load times. I am unable to reproduce the issue myself (even image-heavy pages are loading within 3 seconds or so for me), and need help tracking down the issue. If you’re experiencing problems with LGpedia, are you also experiencing problems with the rest of the site? Who is your ISP? Can you email me a traceroute (or tracert, depending on OS) to lgpedia.nitemarecafe.com while the issue is occuring for you? (wintermute AT nitemarecafe DOT com) This should help me track it down some, and rule out a saturated link or some-such.

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Distro upgrades

by on Aug.25, 2014

I have a machine at home running Linux Mint 16 (Petra) that I decided to do an upgrade to 17 (Qiana), and what is it about Ubuntu and its derivatives that make doing an upgrade so difficult?! I’ve had Ubuntu itself break during upgrades before, and decided to quit using Ubuntu partially as a result. But I’ve had pretty good luck with Mint in the past, and, well, not so much any more. The networking is completely broken now. Not just wireless, but wired as well. ifconfig shows no network adapters other than loopback.

To be fair, I haven’t had much of a chance to investigate to see if it’s something incredibly simple, but if stuff like this keeps happening, I’m going back to a monolithic kernel and building everything from source ;)

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Site redesign coming soon

by on Aug.21, 2014

So, I’ve decided to redesign the website again. This time, I don’t plan on removing any content, though I may shuffle it around a bit since I’ve enabled multi-site. Maybe do some topic-specific subdomains (ie, maybe a ghosts.nitemarecafe.com for the Ghosts of Ohio stuff, abuse.nitemarecafe.com for the Abuse of Authority stuff, etc). I might move the general blog to blog.nitemarecafe.com as well, but I’m not certain. Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone want their own subdomain to blog whatever they want? ;)

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Meet our Robot Overlords

by on Aug.15, 2014

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Ferguson Police Open Fire Into Peaceful Protest

by on Aug.14, 2014

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No, I will not remove your LGPedia entry

by on Aug.13, 2014

Picture 2 copyOK people! Listen up! Before you bother asking, no, I will NOT remove your LGPedia entry, and there are multiple reasons:

I do not run the official version of LGpedia, but simply an unofficial mirror of it. Miles Beckett keeps promising to put the original back online. Removing info from a mirror does not remove it from the original. Also, removing your information revises history, which I am 100% against. Finally, removing the link does not remove it from Google’s cache or archive.org.

What I will be happy to do for you, though, is add the URL about you to robots.txt so that Google will drop the page from search results, and also remove it from Google’s cache and archive.org’s Wayback Machine. That is most likely what you’re concerned about anyhow, correct? That a prospective employer will google you and not hire you based on the result found in LGpedia?

To do this, please send me a polite email (wintermute AT nitemarecafe DOT com) requesting that I add your entry to robots.txt, and please include the URL in question in the email so that I can easily locate you. Failure to do so may result in laziness on my part ;)

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O Captain! My Captain!

by on Aug.13, 2014

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

– Walt Whitman

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