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15
Feb
10

Bear with me here, folks

Yes yes yes, I know I haven’t been blogging recently. Not so much because I don’t want to, but quite simply, between Snomageddon, work and life, I simply have had no time except to update my Twitter and FB feeds.

And then — get this — as I’m finally ready to start working on my Snomageddon tales, what happens? BAM! Computer starts acting squirrelly (on Friday). Squirrelly as in locking up about every 30 minutes or so. Being a geek, this keeps me up at night. I need to have this shit fixed, you know? So, I delete programs. Works temporarily, but then starts locking up again. I pull every trick in the book out. System restore. Nothin’. Upgrade anti-virus. Nothin’. Defrag/system clean. Nothin’. You name it, I tried it. Can’t figure out the problem. Try a fresh XP reinstall. Locks up at the 34 minute mark.

I figure the HD has gone corrupt. So at work last night, I’m hemming and hawing over which drive I should get, driving all of my coworkers and Facebook friends insane. Finally pick one. Order it (and some new RAM, cause I figure now is the perfect time to upgrade to Windows 7, 64-bit version). Coworker gives me an old 10G drive and Linux to put on it so I can at least be on the Internet until my parts arrive.

I go to install it, and what do I notice?

Loose power cord to the HD.

No.

No no no.

Are you fuckin’ shitting me?

I plug it back in. There’s something in the back of my head that just doesn’t want this to be the problem, but curiosity demands that I run it and see if it works.

I plug it back in. It hits the 34 minute mark, and starts to stall. I feel strangely vindicated. And then it hits 33. That’s when I’ve entered the noob zone.

Now I have a fresh XP install. Drive seems to be fine.

At some point, I’ll have to surgically remove my hand from my forehead, that’s how hard I hit myself. I mean, this is the first time where I didn’t check all the connections first. I feel incredibly stupid. A pure ID10T error.

I owe many apologies. I blamed everything imaginable for my errors (namely Crapple, because it all started with iTunes trying to update). So, if you got caught up in my RageStorm of blame … uh … I’m sorry.

But I should be back to blogging more regularly after next week. You know, once I get the new rig set up and have removed the hand from my forehead.

And back to more XP updates. Kill me now.

(Of course, I really should just turn them off since I’ll be doing a fresh install of Windows 7 … )

14
Nov
09

big time?

So I’m kicking around the idea of moving the blog (I know I know) to its own home — yes, a site I’d have to pay for — mainly so I can have a little more freedom in terms of layout, allowing ads, etc.  While I’m mostly happy with the current layout and WordPress, there’s some tweaks that I’d like to do. Plus, there’s some other plans in the mix that I’d like to play around with in the future.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a host? WordPress recommends a few, like Blue Host, Go Daddy, Dream Host, Media Temple and Just Host, but really, I have to admit I’m out of my league here and have no idea of what I’d need. And I really don’t get the whole cost variance thing — like why are some base packages $3.95 (as a special) and others $20? I guess I’ll have to start doing some research.

But if anyone can point me in the right direction, please do. What to look for, what I’ll need, etc. Again, way out of my league here. Thanks in advance.

23
Oct
09

I caved

I tried to resist.

I’m now on Twitter. So, those of you who want to read the silliness that I usually reserve for Facebook status updates can now partake in the bedlam.

I’m really unsure of what exactly Twitter is used for, but what the heck, I may as well give it a shot and play around.

Oh, and it’s at @sheepthemoon.

Guess I’ll be playing around with you Twits (Twitterbugs? Tweeters? Tweeties?) on the flip side … 🙂

20
Oct
09

closing in

Tomorrow I transfer all the old blogs, and close down the old site. Getting kind of excited about it.

Of course, there’s a little apprehension too … like what happens if WordPress’ little gizmo fails and all of my old blogs get dumped into cyberspace … should I try and back them all up now, just in case? Hmmm.

Oh well. Regardless, of that, here’s your last reminder — change your links, bookmarks and feeds to this site!

In the meantime, watch this video of Jeff Reed … err, just some random drunk guy … trying to get more beer.

(Man, it’s like my college years condensed and played out in front of me … )

EDIT: I had to add this one, too. It’s freakin’ great.

15
Oct
09

The countdown

We have ended all negotiations ....

"We begin bombing in five minutes."

I’ve decided to postpone the nukeage of the old World of Threes blog home until next Wednesday. It looks as though WordPress makes this really easy to do (ie, “transfer blog” function), but I’ve decided to give you guys some time to get adjusted. But I gotta admit, I’m feeling like Ronald Reagan during the cold war after weeks of fruitless negotiations with the Ruskies.

All new content will be here, and the extra time should enable you to switch your links, feeds and what not. And the Facebook link has been changed, so if you subscribe through there, you should be good to go.

🙂

14
Oct
09

Gimme a minute, ‘kay?

So, as I posted on my older blog, this is my new blogging home. The burning question that I’m sure you, my former blog readers, have is “WHY?”

OK, so here’s the rationale:

  1. Basically, I HATE having my blog’s address listed as “pheh.wordpress.com” and having the blog called “World of Threes.” In my mind, it makes my blog hard to find and definitely makes it confusing when I talk to people about blogging.
    “Hey, I write a blog, you should check it out.”
    “What’s it called?”
    “World of Threes!”
    “What’s the URL? WorldofThrees.com?”
    “No, pheh.wordpress.com”
    “WTF? Dude, that’s dumb.”
    “Yeah…I gotta fix that one of these days.”
    It’s been bugging me for a long time … and I’ve decided to do something about it. I didn’t see a simple way to change the address name in the wordpress listings, so I figured I’d have to create a new one, and transfer my old blog stuff here. A pain in the dupa, sure, but at least I can have a little uniformity.
  2. The whole “Pheh” thing came about because I was basically tapped out on ideas. “Blog name? Feh. I don’t frickin’ know.” When I started Wo3s, all I knew was that I was completely disgusted with myspace, where I had been keeping a personal blog. And being disgusted is no way to start a blog. I didn’t really have a direction, so I started poking around the ‘burgosphere, figuring a good direction to go would be to emulate some of the more popular bloggers, and play around until I found my own direction. And to that end, I was successful. I tried out different approaches — some worked, some didn’t — and  now I know what I want to do. But the original concepts behind Wo3s don’t fit anymore. So, it’ll be a fresh start, with access to all of the previous shenanigans.

Now that you understand that, let me answer the next question:
“Why ‘Sheep the Moon’? What the hell does that even mean?”

One night I was in on an Ulduar raid in World of Warcraft. It was the first time in a long time that we had a mage with us, and we had gotten further than expected. We were staring down new enemies, and our raid leader wasn’t really sure of how to handle a group of trash mobs. So, as he marked them up, he told the mage, “I need you to sheep the moon.”

Mess with the mage, you Baaah like the rest.

Mess with the mage, you Baaah like the rest.

Of course, I had a nice beer buzz going, and burst out laughing. I’ve heard the term a million times, but it just struck me as sounding so completely obscure and ridiculous — but to us Dorkcraft players, it was a specific action that was perfectly clear.

See, when your group is facing too many opponents to handle successfully, the raid leader marks them with little icons in order to prioritize kill order and keep others incapacitated until you’re ready to kill them. So, a “skull” over a bad guy means that he is the first to die, the “X” means the second to die, etc. But a crescent moon over a mob means the person playing a mage has to turn the target into a sheep, thereby keeping it out of the fight until other bad guys are dead. Hence the phrase “Sheeping the moon.”

So, after our raid leader had said, “Sheep the moon” several more times, I decided that if I was ever going to write a gaming blog, I would call it “Sheep The Moon.”

But since I’m not going to do that, I opted to use it for a new home.

And you know what? The phrase still makes me smile and giggle a bit.

14
Oct
09

Creating a new home

As we all know, things change. People change. Hairstyles change. Interest rates fluctuate.

And now, I’m making a big change in the world of blogging. I’m ending the World of Threes.

DON’T PANIC. I’m not ending my blogging career.

Nope, you can’t get rid of me that easily (silly humans). What I’m going to do is ship this site to a new home called Sheep the Moon.

The reason why will be the first entry there.  And yes, I will be transferring all of my previous blogs from here over to that site. And not a lot will change, except the name. Still the same mayhem and silliness that you’ve come to expect.

So if you link to me, get ready to change the links. If you bookmark, get ready to change. And I’ll be changing it on Facebook, too. This change is going to come quickly … mainly because it’s my weekend, and of all the things I don’t like to have unsettled, it’s my blogging home.

And now to start setting things up … guess I better crack open a beer.




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