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The Top Of The List: Not Marijuana

Wow! 42.7% of North Dakota‘s underage population have drank alcohol in the past 30 days. I’ve seen studies that say that the further North you are, the more you drink. Could it be that Marijuana just doesn’t grow as well up here, and it costs more?

Tell me what causes more problems. Tell me what’s more dangerous. Seriously!

Personally, I wish they would make alcohol illegal and “Legalize It” (Mary Jane)…don’t criticize it! That being said, I’ll say that I haven’t touched the stuff (pot) in over 12 years, now. Honestly, I think that if I’d given up drinking, all-together and kept smoking the weed, I’d be a lot smarter and more interesting than I am, today. Marijuana seems to expand the mind, rather than making it shut down and pass out.

Maybe it’s time to find a good dealer. The last time I bought a quarter it cost $25. I imagine inflation has affected that, as well.

Disclaimer: I wrote this post after drinking 4 beers within an hour-and-a-half. If I would have been “high”, instead, it would have been a lot more analytical and made more sense. Instead, I’m gona’ go pass out, now… Good night!

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Mail Delivery Problems

I woke up about an hour ago to find that I had “no” email, whatsoever! This NEVER happens, so I knew, right away that something was wrong.

I had recently moved two of the domains that I receive the most email at, to Google Apps. At first, I thought it was Google’s fault, but after a little bit of investigating, I realized that the hosting company I’m with (where I had to change the MX pointers) had “deleted” the custom MX settings, so none of the mail was even making it to Google.

I changed everything back, so things should start working, pretty soon. I also sent my hosting company a request (just a question, really) about why this happened, in the first place. I’m hoping this was just a one-time thing that will never happen again, but I’ll have to wait and see what their reason for the unexpected change were.

When this happened, any email that was sent to addresses at the two domains bounced right back to the sender. There’s one address that is semi-critical. The rest aren’t quite as important, but when you’re using email for business purposes, it’s nice to have things running, all the time. I thought that moving things over to Google would be more reliable (due to the redundant servers), but it seems that if my domains server develops problems, it still affects delivery. Grrrr…

Web Site Statistics

I’ve never really been one for posting statistics on my web sites. Like Aaron says, it’s not really something that a lot of people that are reading my blogs care about.

That being said, though, last Monday I started using ClustrMaps on Webfeed Central, which can be seen in the left column of the site. It just gives a nice visual idea of where visitors to the site are located.

As far as stats packages, since I moved the site over to the new host, I’d been using Analog to see what happening. I had used it before, but I’ve never really been impressed with it. Last night, I decided to install AWStats, and on July 19th, I removed it, since things were not updating correctly. AWStats has always been my preferred stats package. My old host had it, but the new one didn’t.

ADDED: Since I removed AWStats on July 19th, I also signed up to have Webfeed Central tracked by SiteMeter.

The stats that are recorded in it only go back a couple days, to June 13th. I have all of the old log files from the previous server, but I still haven’t found a way to “inject” them into the new AWStats that I’m running. It would be nice to have the complete two years worth of stats in there (with a small gap). If you happen to know how to get them in there, please let me know.

An Afternoon With Alice Cooper

Remember the guy who decided that he was going to trade one red paperclip for a house? He started trading, a little less than ten months ago, and today the trading brings Alice Cooper to Alice, ND (about 50 miles East of where I live).

Because I have to work, I won’t be able to make it over there (I really wish I could), but this guys trading story “is” getting a little strange, especially since Alice Cooper is stalking him.

Sitting Quietly

At a time in my life when everything seems to be going okay, there comes a knock at the door. The knock turns out to be opportunity, and I sit quietly…trying to decide whether I should answer it, or not. The life that mine has become is filled with routine and normality, although there is nothing that is normal or routine about it. The constant change and the “abnormality” has become something that I’ve grown accustomed to.

If I answered the door, the chance to turn my life into a seemingly “normal” one would be let in. The chance to work Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 would come, and turn my current world into one that I’ve never known before. The chance to make more money and to pay off the bills that are past-due would be let in, and everything that I’ve ever known about my “abnormal” lifestyle would be lost.

Answering the door could turn out to be the best thing I have ever done. It could also turn out to be a big mistake. I think it’s time to quit waiting, and answer the door.
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Notice The Changes?

You might not have noticed, so I’ll tell you, here.

Yesterday morning, I got a big monkey off my back (weight off my shoulders, whatever…). For quite a while, I had been the lead audio moderator, over at OurMedia. I had been volunteering and spending anywhere from 3 to 12 hours a day removing copyright infringing material from the site. Tuesday morning, I wrote to JD Lasica (the “big guy” at OurMedia) and let him know that I could no longer continue as a moderator, there.

It’s a great site, and they have a lot of great ideas for the future, but I needed to get some time back for my own projects, and my family. On one hand, I’m relieved that I don’t have to worry about things over there, but on the other hand, I feel a little bad, because they could desperately use some more help.
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Now that I have more time to focus, I’m finding out how much I enjoy being able to work on my own web sites and blogs. I haven’t had any truly inspirational thoughts about making huge changes or starting anything new, but to know that “I can” is a great feeling.

Changing Servers Soon

I thought that I’d be able to wait a couple months to move Webfeed Central, but it looks like I’m not going to be able to wait that long. The problems that I’ve been having with FTP, mail, and the stylesheet not loading doesn’t seem to be getting any better. In fact, the problem seems to be getting worse.

I had “slowed down” posting over there, just to try to “not” create any more traffic at the site. Even by doing that, the problem persists. Within the next week or so, I plan on moving the whole site to a different server. I’m going to “try” to do this, without any help, but I’ve never had to move a complete site of this size, before, so I’m sure it’ll be an experience.

The strange part of this whole problem is that the Webfeed Central domain is the only site on the current server that’s having any problems. All of the other web sites, FTP, and mail seem to be working just as good as ever. It’s almost as if the hosting company that I’m using is “throttling” the domain, since mail and FTP seem to stop working during “peak” hours. I have no proof, of course, and even if they are, I don’t think I really want to know.

I’ve temporarily disabled some of the higher bandwidth files, in an effort to make things work a little better, overall. Right now, I can’t even get in to make or edit any posts, over there.

EDITED: I’ve re-enabled the higher bandwidth files, since disabling them seemed to have no effect on whether the site worked right, or not.

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