The Domain of Steven Pinnacle of Paperless Perfection

27Oct/063

Oh, the Guilt

I wish that in the stupor after waking up, and during the onset of painful homework, I would finally learn and move on.

17Oct/061

Clubs, aka university-funded ways to shirk work

I am a persuasive French wino that can stun people with insults and convince policemen that he and his party were in fact not responsible for the mutilated bodies tossed out of a window into an alley. All with the flick of a d20.

The BU Role-Playing Society is one of the three clubs I've joined. Right now the only campaign I'm dedicated to is a post-WWII spy adventure set in Vietnam. There are lots of other games in many different non-D&D settings, but my schedule often conflicts and I honestly don't have the time anymore. That said, it's a fun and often hilarious way to spend a weekly evening.

Wizards is a community service group that teaches science experiments to kids from kindergarten all the way to early high school. A friend in my computer science class invited me over to a meeting one day, and I figured that it was a weekly two hour committment that might be reminiscent to the fun time I had volunteering with 1st graders at P.S. 89 right next to Stuyvesant. I noted this on my app, and lo and behold, I got one of the spots in the group that works with kindergarteners and 1st graders 😀 . We're driven by van to the Young Achievers school, what seems to be one of many Boston pilot public schools for new learning strategies. The distinction wasn't exactly evident though, as it reminded me a lot of P.S. 89 despite it being a regular public school. Not that it mattered, because the school was charming and the kids were cute and wonderful. The kindergarteners have their current curriculum based around butterflies, so our activity focused on symmetry using butterflies as examples. Few children remembered the word when the day was done, but all of them had fun seeing their folded paper cutouts become butterflies. The colored versions were all pinned up on the window afterwards.

The BU Massively-Multiplayer Online Gaming Society is a club that a couple friends and I founded after seeing interest on the BU Livejournal group. We rotate through new MMOs every two weeks or so, playing games like Gunbound, Rakion, Albatross18, and Ragnarok Online. We're all encouraged to play games on our own and stick with ones that we like, but we often meet up with other MMOGS members so that there's a sense of familiarity when in unfamiliar territory. After each game's rotation is finished, we each write a review and give it a grade, both of which are posted on our soon-to-be-created forum. We're hoping to have generated enough of a track record to warrant attention from non-MMOGS members, perhaps non-BU members, and hopefully game developers looking for effective beta testers. The pinnacle of success for the MMOGS would be either getting access to a highly anticipated game in closed beta testing or getting enough funding to provide paid accounts to some of the newer, hotter games on the market. As it stands, we're just a bunch of college gamers. But next semester, we'll be gamers with university funding for snacks.

I am vice-president of the MMOGS. The president, secretary, and treasurer are all juniors, which means that in all likelihood I'm going to be inheriting the club after two years. Oh man it's like Excalibur all over again. Luckily the club's survival doesn't depend on my (lack of) gaming skill, but rather my enthusiasm, which I have plenty of. For now I'll just chip in where I can and learn a few things along the way. And have fun with ultra-high angle shots on a mammoth while I'm at it.

16Oct/061

The mind-killer

There will always be people better than you, but it's not about being the best; it's about being there when it counts.

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7Oct/065

Webhost switch

In case you've noticed some funniness on AlliterationAbound over the past couple days, it's because I've been a lazy ass. A totally lazy ass. AlliterationAbound's original host was LifelessPeople (LLP), which provided webhosting in exchange for a posting on their forum enough to meet a quota. While it was a wonderful system for those who wanted free, reliable, and supportive webhosting (plus a decent forum to boot) I would always find myself waiting until the last minute to start posting, and either spend a lot of time on the last couple days cranking out monster posts or have my webhosting revoked until I met my quota a day or two later.

Now that I'm in college, I don't have the time to crank out that many posts. It was while I was checking out the deals at Fatwallet that I found out that GoDaddy, the wonderful company that lets this site be www.alliterationabound.com instead of alliterationabound.lifelesspeople.com, had hosting. Cheap hosting. Hosting that costs less than three dollars a month and offers way more space and bandwidth than LLP did. Even if I worked at a minimum wage job, I'd be able to pay for many months worth of webhosting in the time I spent on the LLP forum.

And besides, I'm a lazy ass. So here I am.

It took a couple days to get everything working properly, but I was able to transfer everything but the photo gallery (working on it) and the post categories (meh...).

GEEKINESS STARTS HERE. COHERENCY ENDS HERE.

GD offers a one-click installation of WordPress, but it hides the mysql database that WordPress runs off of so I couldn't import the tables I exported from LLP. I created my own, except the handling of mysql databases by GD is really, really funky. I can only access a database at a time, and the table name cannot be different than the username used to access it. Not to mention that the host is different...making GD the 1% for which I can't specify the host as localhost.

But that's cool. I backed up everything using myphpadmin, but LLP and GD must have been using different versions of it, so I couldn't find the Import tab. I researched other methods to import my posts, and ended up changing the RSS feed to display 9999 posts and then saving the entire feed to be sent through WordPress's importer. Problem was that the comments were lost since they were in a separate feed, and the post urls were in reverse order.

I eventually sucked it up and emailed tech support, which answered in like, five seconds. It was scary. It was as if tech support knew my problem and had their hands over Ctrl-V, just waiting for my email. I was led to the Import tab, which was tucked away, and found that my database was four megs, way over the two meg import limit. I looked inside to see what was taking up all the space (since I have less than 120 posts) and I found hundreds upon hundreds of spam comments. It seems like Spam Karma didn't actually remove them from the table, it just prevented WordPress from displaying them. So I manually went through and deleted enough comments to drop it from four megs to about 1.5 megs and imported the file. I ftp'ed the theme and plugins, tweaked the layout to include the time of day (as per Cristen's request), and voila, you have the site you see before you.

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