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Gone Skiing

Gone Skiing
It’s been indicated that I haven’t posted in a while. Yes, it’s true. Projects are stagnating. Bloglines has long ago quit showing any indication of updates here or at I (heart) baking. Why? It’s ski season. Weekends that once served as primary “catch up” time for my websites and projects are now spent skiing the lovely slopes of Colorado.* I also have yet to reconnect my internet. Honestly, I’m enjoying being not so connected. Plus, if I hold out for another 25 days, I can get better Internet deals.

On to a somewhat related topic, perhaps on Tuesday or Wednesday you happened upon my site and found a really ugly “Account Suspended” message or tried to venture past my front page and were confronted with an ugly 404 error. Were you surprised? Yeah, me too. Unknown to me, PayPal had decided to cancel payment subscriptions I had set up to pay my hosting bills. Since I didn’t know they were cancelled, I wasn’t aware that the bills weren’t paid until TextDrive [hosts I (heart) baking] contacted me requesting alternate payment. I received no such notice from ASmallOrange (which hosts this site). My one and only notice that I had an overdue balance was a big fat website BSOD from them announcing that my account was suspended. I love looking like a delinquent. From what I understand, they are supposed to have a notification system built into their billing, but apparently my account somehow slipped through the cracks. As a consequence of the account suspension, my .htaccess file was deleted in its entirety. Thus, from the time my account was reinstated until the middle of yesterday when I noticed this, most of my site was throwing 404 errors. It’s been a fun couple days. PayPal has yet to provide me with a great explanation of what happened.

Here’s to some champagne powder for this weekend!

* It snowed 10 inches last night at my favorite resort, so don’t expect this weekend to be any different than the others.

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NicoleSwan.com Meta News

My recent jump into the world of Bloglines-ing has had at least one good effect — I now actually check out my own feeds. I’ve never paid much attention to them other than obediently listing feed links. Well, did you know that previously I wasn’t publishing the full article entries in my feeds? How annoying is that? If Bloglines has taught me anything, it’s that full article feeds are king.

So, yes, I’m now publishing full article feeds. Carry on.

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Temporary Hiatus

As I am suffering through a short term lapse of internet connection at home, posting will be sparse for an undetermined amount of time. I think I will pull through, but I’m feeling quite disconnected. Obviously, I am working on correcting this problem sooner rather than later.

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Hiatus Schmiatus

So I took a hiatus (possbily permanent) from editing for ForeverGeek with the idea of putting more time into this site. However, instead of providing my loyal readers with increased quality and quantity of writing, I seem to have taken a hiatus from all blogging. That was not the plan.

I will try to return soon with better and more frequent content. Until then, please hang tight.

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A Different Host, Hopefully One with the Most

I just moved my site to a new host and redirected the name servers. So if you see a few glitches here and there, this is why.

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Ha WordPress!

I think I managed to defeat WordPress before it defeated me again. Exhibit A: My new fangled WordPress theme. NicoleSwan.com is now sporting an adapted version of Ian Main’s Green Marinée theme.

I still have a few main pages to convert to the paging system in WordPress before the template system is fully operational, but I’m about to lose an hour of sleep so I’m going to bed.

UPDATE: Too late. Lost it already. I’m still stepping away from the laptop now.

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Oh, what to do.

So, some chick is stealing my Wally Szczerbiak collage for use as her background image. And she’s using my bandwidth for it.

http://profiles.myspace.com/users/15337937

This leaves me in an interesting situation. Should I be nice or not so nice? I’m leaning toward not so nice just because it would be more fun.

UPDATE: I went for the nice-but-not-extremely-nice approach. I would probably even let the girl continue to use it if she asked. Although I have serious concerns regarding the readability of her site.

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Woops

Comment spam got out of hand again. I did some mass deleting in the database and might have accidentally nixed a perfectly good comment or two. Please accept my sincerest apologies.

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Happy New Years to Me

Tonight I deleted 757 comment spams. This was only a week’s worth of accumulation. Luckily, my comment filters caught 753 of them.

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I have discerning readers

Thank you my loyal non-IE-using audience. The fact that only 35.2% of my audience uses Internet Explorer makes my bad day seem not so bad.