Another video. I’m going to be posting these ones for a while because they’re awesome. They’re not only funny, they’re surprisingly polished, and often better than the actual songs they’re based on. I can’t get “Beard With Glue” out of my head. And if you haven’t seen them yet, check out Bad Lip Reading’s videos of the Republican candidates. I’m not sure whether they make them look more stupid, or more smart because anything better than that is a step up.
This is my favorite of the Shunaruru revamps. It looks the most simple, and essentially is, using only two images and one texture, but took the longest to make. This layout took 45 minutes to make, went through 9 versions, and uses 12 layers. The Schneizel and Lelouch dojinshi fanlisting was moved to Aizo.Schneizel.org/doujinshi and renamed Kiss From a Rose. While I have heard the original song, this one is named after Angela Aki’s version, which I prefer.
I decided to go with this coding to make all the Shunaruru fanlistings more uniform, but this is not the coding I originally used. You can see the first coding here. I had wanted the coding for this layout to be more simple, and not make all the coding the same just for the sake of it, if there was something that looked better for this layout. The biggest differences which I had trouble deciding on between this one and the one used is the join form, which I prefer the style of. I also had trouble deciding which navigation I liked more. Ultimately I did decide conformity was best, as I couldn’t get the “simple” style coding of this layout to the point where I thought it was better that way. I considered using just the style of the form on Kiss From a Rose, but thought it was too out of place.
That’s it for the fanlisting revamps for now. I tried starting a Kadota Kyohei (Durarara!!) revamp, but it wasn’t working for me, and still isn’t. And since I have such poor luck with Schneizel layouts, I decided to use my Subeta profile layout as the Schneizel el Britannia fanlisting layout as well. That one went really, really well, and I know I won’t be able to do something like that again (at least for a while).
This is the second fanlisting that was revamped. The Schneizel el Britannia and Lelouch vi Britannia rivalry fanlisting is now named I’m Your Villain and located at Aizo.Schneizel.org/rivalry. This layout took 28 minutes to make, uses 5 images, 1 texture, and 10 layers. I went through about 14 different versions before settling on this one. It is also my least favorite of the Shunaruru revamps. Up next, my favorite: Schneizel and Lelouch doujinshi fanlisting.
When I was without internet a few weeks ago I decided to revamp some of my fanlistings, starting with my Shunaruru ones. Previously named The Demon and the Devil, the Schneizel and Lelouch fanlisting has been revamped with a new layout, and has been moved to a different domain. CodeGeass.org/aku to Aizo.Schneizel.org. Its two companion listings, rivalry and doujinshi also moved and got new layouts and names. They will be featured in upcoming posts.
Aizo’s layout uses five images from Code Geass, 3 textures, and 10 layers. It had around 5 different versions, and took about 20 minutes to make, not including coding. This is my second favorite layout of the Shunaruru revamps.
I saw this on Shirogane’s (of VDex Project) LiveJournal, and wanted to try it out for myself. These are the sites that come up first for me for each letter of the alphabet. I did this a few months ago the the site for H and I have changed. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but kept putting it off. Today I saw that I hadn’t posted anything since SEPTEMBER and knew I had to post this now. New posts coming up soon, I want to add some new icons to the site, they’ll probably be from Yamane Ayano’s Finder Series (expect to see a lot of Asami’s glorious abs!), and maybe some Code Geass ones as well. There’s some new calendar images and Geass in Wonderland pics to edit.
h: hpana.com (now hidemyass.com) *
i: idarionis.com:9500 (now imdb.com)
j: japaneuse.org *
o: oreno.imouto.org *
r: rosedragongardens.com *
x: xtube.com (*ahem* NSFW – you have been warned)
* I rarely ever visit these sites so I guess I just never go to other sites beginning with those letters.
So, I for the past few years I was hosted by Holdfire, a small company owned by Jordan Miskowisc/jordanriane of Ngametv. Generally it was a horrible host, the worst host I’ve ever had, and I was with Lypha. That’s saying something. There was a lot of downtime, she clearly did not know what she was doing, and was always rude to her customers. I’m not the only person who feels that Holdfire and its support was lacking. But they were cheap. Especially in early September. Supposedly sometime between the beginning of June (when Holdfire’s Twitter account stopped being updated) and then Jordan sold Holdfire. No one was notified, and if there was a new owner they clearly had less interest in it than Jordan. EditDNS which provided services for Holdfire was closing their users were encouraged to switch to their company. To let people know they were having scheduled downtime for their clients. Which of course affected their clients clients as well. Meaning me and all the other Holdfire users. So much downtime. Whoever was running Holdfire didn’t know/care about this. When I saw the message from EditDNS and realized that Holdfire could soon disappear due to the negligence of its owner, I began backing up my site. I made it in time, and luckily still had my birthday money to pay for a new host. It was between three companies, SharkSpace, WHB, and Beachcomber. I had domain monitors on sites I knew were hosted by them since the last time I was trying to decide on a new host. Then it was between four, SharkSpace, WHB, Beachcomber, and Holdfire. Clearly I made the bad choice there. I wasn’t even sure about my choice then either, which is why I set up the domain monitors, so next time I would be. All did well for the first couple years, then the first two started having more and more downtime. Beachcomber was the only one that was consistently up. And they had a half off deal. I couldn’t afford reseller hosting anymore, but I’m okay with that. This is even better in some ways since all my sites are together again instead of being spread out through several different accounts.
Before signing up I sent Beachcomber an email, just to make sure they were still around. Unlike Holdfire they don’t seem to have a forum, blog, or Twitter account, so there’s no way to tell if they’re still active. Just looking at Holdfire itself wouldn’t clue you in, but seeing that their Twitter account hasn’t been updated in almost 4 months is enough. I soon got an email back saying they were still alive and kicking, with an lol thrown in. A little unprofessional, but prompt. After signing up I soon got a call from them, which I was expecting. Most hosts call to confirm but most hosts are big companies who use automated systems. I had to talk to an actual, human person. I am determined never to do it again!!! Outside my family at least… At least there’s comfort in the fact that phone anxiety is actually pretty common. After that my account was set up within minutes. So far Beachcomber has had great uptime. But there have been some problems, the biggest being something to do with the way the server is set up. I’ve never had this problem with any host before, but there was some server setting interfering with WordPress and Enthusiast. It really, really drove me crazy, but eventually I found a solution to it, and now everything is working perfectly now. Though my IP was locked out for several hours due to my tinkering.
I have unpinned my status post, but I am still not done uploading everything. I had almost 24000 files to upload, which is a lot for a normal connection. With my borrowed wireless that has close to dial-up speeds it takes fucking forever. Some files I had to upload twice because the first time they didn’t upload correctly. I still have a few thousand at least to go, but I’ve got all my fanlistings up, as well as this blog, which are the important things. TFL and TAFL have had to deal with a lot of messages from me for the past year, what with all my internet and hosting problems. Hopefully now they will both be corrected.
My mother was wrong, and Cyndy was coming back tonight, not yesterday. So I’ll call her tomorrow and Monday, and hopefully, hopefully, hopefully I’ll have internet installed this week or the first week of October. The internet has been particularly shitty the past few days, not that it isn’t always. The way to find out whether internet is working for me is this: Is this internet not working? It’s not working. Is the internet working? It’s not working. “The internet is working” just means Comcast hasn’t set up their blockade, “The internet isn’t working” means they have. It doesn’t mean I can always actually get on. I really want to get internet before this connection goes down again. Because it is going down again. This has been happening since February and every time it happens again sooner, and for a longer period of time. I know the signs now and when the blockade is approaching, and the signs are here.
Oh, and I had to be responsible recently… I had money leftover after hosting and… I had to spent $36 on flash drives. *sigh* I’m getting 32 GB, but you don’t actually get all that. It would actually take 60 GB to backup everything I need to keep safe, but I don’t have that kind of money right now. Spending that much on two 16 GB drives that won’t even hold everything I need was hard, when I could buy a lot more other things for less, but it’s important.
This is mostly for my reference, but you can also see what I’ve done and what I still have left to do.
lisabee.org blog done
butterflii.org blog done
anime fls upload done
anime fls mysql done
anime fls config files done
update anime fls urls done
anime fls redirects done
amber fls done
fix anime fls errors done
tfl redirects done
tfl fls upload done
tfl mysql done
tfl config files done
tfl to enth currently
update fls urls
fix tfl errors
submit anime moved forms (+ email change)
submit fl moved forms (+ email change)
I am currently in the process of moving to a new host. I will make a more detailed post in the near future, but right now I am focused on getting everything up and working.
Because spring cleaning never happened. While searching my site for malware the other day, I also did a little maintenance removing all the old and unneeded files from my site. I thought I should do so for my others sites and my computer as well, as it’s long overdue. I ran WP-Optimize on my WordPress and it got the file down to 2 MB, when it had been over 15 MB. That made it much easier it download. I finally updated my WordPress because I haven’t in a very long time (and I don’t like the new look WP, or the font post text box). Next I cleaned up my desktop which was completely covered in files, and changed the wallpaper. It actually wasn’t the one in the sidebar at the bottom of the page, I’ve had several different wallpapers since then.
Then I cleared out a folder on my computer, but that’s all I’m going to take that slowly, because just that one was annoying enough. This is why my computer and domains get so cluttered, but I hate tedious things! After that I ran CCleaner, now I’m running Windows Defender, then after that Malwarebytes scan, and Norton scan. This is going to take forever. But you can never be too careful. I’m also have a lot to do with my browsers too. I finally closed all my Firefox windows (I had about 25 open) and I’ve cut down on my Chrome windows (only 19 open right now!) as well. I’ve also exported my bookmarks to both Delicious and Google, and I’m clear out the ones actually on the computer. I have over 1000, many of them Pinterest pages (I don’t know why I didn’t just re-pin the images I liked, instead of bookmarking hundreds of pages, but I did).
My technology aren’t the only ones getting work done today, my poor Allie cat had to have some maintenance of her own. Her brush just isn’t good enough for her, it’s more suited to short haired cats and can’t get the undercoat, and my senile old lady isn’t cleaning herself as thoroughly as she used to. That means she’s getting lumps. So I gave up on her brush, and tried the fine toothed end of a comb I never used. OMG I didn’t know she had that much fur on her! I don’t know how she has any left after all the brushing I did. Clump after clump of all fur came off her. I’m still not done, and I haven’t gotten any of the matted fur off her yet, because she’s a cat and very disagreeable. She somewhat put up with it for a while because she likes getting brushed, but she didn’t like the comb getting caught on her. And she also doesn’t like to stay in one place while getting brushed, and constantly moves around, making it very difficult. I’ve got many a scratch on me now from trying to make her sit still.
Mommy dearest didn’t call this weekend despite her saying “I can’t go that long without talking to you!!!eleventy” :side: (I just realized I don’t have a sufficient eye roll smiley…) She’s gone weeks without talking to me before, I know she can last a weekend. Maybe she’ll call today. I need to know whether she’s really going through with this or not, because there are things I’d have to do before moving, like having my last baby tooth pulled. :hick: