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17Feb/05Off

WPVI.com: If It Ain’t Broke….

Not all things which are new should be construed as progress.

WPVI.com: If It Ain't Broke....

The "reimagined" Bugs Bunny is going to be renamed "Buzz" and star in a new series called "Loonatics." The series will be set in the future and will feature a tough-talking rabbit with laser eyes and who is a martial arts expert. Even Daffy Duck will get a techno-update with built-in sonar.

It's... just...

I'm speechless.

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17Feb/05Off

gapingvoid: blogs are my life

Hey, I resemble that remark!

Well, not really. I'd do this for free. How do I know? Because I do it for free.

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17Feb/05Off

Upgrade Completed!

Well, I'm running WordPress 1.5! A few minor glitches, and undoubtably I still work on the "theme" a bit, but the RSS and permalinks should be okay. Let me know if you have any difficulties.

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17Feb/05Off

Porter Garden Telescope

Want to own a tiny bit of telescope making history? Check out the Porter Garden Telescope, which according to an email from the owner will be up for sale shortly. There is one currently on display at the Chabot Science Center as well, in case you don't have the means to pick one up.

It is certainly possible to own a larger telescope, but it would be difficult to own one that's cooler.

More information about the Garden Telescope.

Some of Porter's drawings of the 200" telescope

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17Feb/05Off

First Try at WordPress 1.5

Well, I cloned this weblog and tried out the newest release of WordPress on the clone. Basically I used mysqldump to save everything out in the current database, then created a new database and reloaded the contents, changing all occurrances of brainwagon.org to brainwagon.net. Then, I modified my httpd.conf file to route brainwagon.net to a different directory, installed it there, ran the upgrade.php script, and voila!

Overall, I think it went very smoothly. I like the new templates and the new templating system. It will take me a bit of work to make them look more brainwagon-y, but I didn't really have that much going on that I really feel like I need to preserve (mostly just the color scheme and the use of floating images). I did make some really crufty modifications to support enclosures in WordPress 1.2.1, so I'll have to do some minor bits of database surgery to get all the old enclosures inserted into the database so that they will continue to be available. I also use various spam preventing plugins, I'll have to check to see whether these are still needed. The RSS feeds are also renamed, I'll have to either fix that or insert appropriate rewrite rules to get them to be the same, I wouldn't want all my subscribers to end up with broken feeds.

Overall though, I am pretty happy, and should be able to move the main site over this weekend. Congratulations to the WordPress team, it looks like a nice improvement!