Now that I have a fancy schmancy bike to ride, my trusty old Kona has been relegated to a crappy weather bike. Which meant I rode it today. And I realized something.
I mean, I still love riding the Kona. But it feels strangely tall in comparison. And I feel like I’m sitting strangely forward over the front wheel. It’s a result of the different frame geometries, and handlebars, I hadn’t realized the difference that makes.
Riding my CAADX is just so fracking exhilarating. So much (more) fun. But I won’t be putting fenders on it, so I’ll be more than happy to ride the crappy-weather-capable Kona hybrid.
So much fun. But today’s wind and rain broke my monthlong string of above average commuting pace. Oh, well. Still so much fun!
Janice made up a new recipe, in Alyce’s honour. Hopefully she’d approve.
Summer meetings have somewhat lower attendance rates…
So, I experimented with consolidating my ephemeral media blog into my main blog last night. It went something like this:
Hundreds of tweets got autotweeted as part of the import process, in the span of about a minute. I flooded twitter, and made a general nuisance of myself. I am sooooo sorry for that.
My account got blocked from posting more tweets, so I couldn’t really do anything except watch it happen. Not fun.
wow, did I ever flood twitter with auto-tweets while running that import. Oops. and then this happened…
apparently, leaving the twitter plugin enabled while importing posts is a BAD IDEA. I totally flooded twitter with a bajillion auto-tweets. And got banned by Twitter because I totally flooded Twitter with a bajillion auto-tweets. I suck.
I am soooooo sorry. I tried to stop it, but wasn’t able to disable the plugin before the tweets all got into the queue.
I realized that it’s silly to run a separate ephemeral media blog. There are plugins that let you control what categories get shown on the front page of a wordpress site, as well as which categories get into the RSS feed. So I can post ephemeral media stuff right here on my “main” blog, without having to futz around with a separate blog, and without having to pollute the front page and RSS feed with stuff that almost nobody will want to see.
I’ve used the Advanced Category Excluder before, when I was experimenting with twitter-like “aside” posts here on the blog. It lets you “hide” specific categories from various parts of the site – front page, rss feed, category pages, search results, etc… Very handy stuff.
So, now I have an “Ephemeral Media” page, which shows all posts in the “ephemera” category. Since all posts get auto-tweeted, it replicates the functionality of a twitpic/yfrog/etc… service, but without the third-party-company stuff hanging over things.
Anyway. Now I’m down to one blog. My main blog. I’ll probably leave the other blogs up, at least for now. I may migrate the content from them (the photoblog and ephemeral media blog) into this one. Consolidation is good. Having control over where I post stuff is good. Not having to rely on third party services is good.
Running my site on Mediatemple, I get gobs of storage, and more bandwidth than I could ever use (touch wood). They’ve also rolled out a full content delivery network, to make it perform really well. With those tools already at my disposal, why would I rely on any third party service?