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August 3, 2008


Ok. I think I've finally gotten this sussed.

One of the reasons I haven't blogged much lately -aside from near-terminal depresssion- is that I just couldn't figure out how to fix the bloody comment system, which has been broken for nearly a year now. Yes, that's sad.

If you go back, (not very far, really, heh) you'll see various tales of horrible encounters, including MT 4.0. Bleh.

I eventually backed up all my posts and comments, the SQL database, then nuked my entire MT directory. The whole thing. The tricky part was remembering the steps in recreating a database. For example, you have to manually add a user to a specific database. That's when I went to bed last night (another hint: don't try this stuff at 2:00am). Got up, and exclaimed "Duhh!" Added self as user to database.

This allowed me to finally log on to the blog and begin to rebuild things. The good news is that the categories and such seem to have been successfully rebuilt. The bad news is that my blog list, original page setup for the Launchpad, and goodies like the 101st Chairborne are gone.

Late evening update

Looks like I spoke too soon, and I've got the 101st Fighting Keyboardists revived. Yay, me! :)

Still need to add Sitemeter, but that can wait. Probably after I track down the fix for IE.

August 10, 2008

Bernie Mac

Man. I just read that Bernie Mac died.

I can't recall the first movie I saw him; it was probably Booty Call. Next would have been Ocean's Eleven, then Bad Santa.

Aside from his excellent sequels in the Ocean's series, my favorite has to be his starring roll in Mr. 3000. Bernie played Stan Ross, a baseball player as talented as he was arrogant.

That was one of the best hooks of the movie; Stan really was that good, in his prime. The problem is that -after his early retirement, but before he's voted into the Hall of Fame- he finds out he didn't really get 3,000 hits. Worse yet, he's gone all soft and sloppy, and it truly hurts his pride that can't even get on base, once they allow him back.

It's not a "great" movie, but a good one, and Mac does a very good job of allowing Stan to oscillate between between the goals of become a good ballplayer again, vs. becoming a good human being for the first time.

I might not go along with his politics, but I respect ability as an actor and an entertainer. Godspeed, Bernie, and I hope you're enjoying yourself in the real hall of fame, upstairs.

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