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WordPress, Linux, Windows, and GoDaddy

17 Jul

Last night I got the debit card for my new bank account, dedicated to my nerdy Web projects. I immediately purchased a hosting plan from GoDaddy, and this morning attempted to install WordPress. I got the error, “”Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL which is required for WordPress.”


However, a quick search of the WordPress support forums revealed the truth of the old axiom “When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Given the choice between Windows-based and Linux-based hosting, I’d opted for Windows. The trouble is, Windows-based hosting doesn’t support PHP. So I need to switch operating systems.

However, the hosting setup is apparently still churning on GoDaddy’s servers and I can’t switch until it’s finished. Which is fine, I’m not in a hurry. I’m just eager to get it done.

Interviews with talented writers Jaq Greenspon, Wolfgang Baur, and Zia Munshi are in the can. The first episode of the Writing For Pay podcast is almost finished – I just need to tweak my intro a little more and record a final segment. Then I’ll switch operating systems, set up WordPress, sign up for AdSense, configure the Blixkrieg theme, upload the audio files, pipe them to iTunes, and start promoting the ‘cast.

And I need to create a 300×300 graphic for the show, or pay/persuade someone to do it for me.

Your page views are sad to me. Maybe you like sad things? Look here!

26 Apr

When I checked the MapStats page for the Redeemer Arts and Music blog, this Google ad appeared in the sidebar:

Sad Internet

Yes, I’m dying to see the “Saddest Thing on Internet”. Please Internet, make me sad!

Rockett Science Store updated, or: “Oh my God you have to read/hear/watch/try this!”

2 Feb

The Rockett Science shop is my own small corner of, where I post links to good books that I’m reading, CDs that I’m listening to, movies that I’ve seen recently, and anything else that I think is nifty. If you buy any of these items using the links in my store, I get a few cents’ worth of credit at Amazon. Everybody wins! And by “everybody” I mean “mostly Amazon”!

I hadn’t dusted the shelves in a while, so I went in the other day and updated everything. The new front section (Latest and Greatest) has the most recent things that I’ve been digging, while the Tried and True section collects the stuff that’s stood the test of time for me.

I’m making an effort to keep the “Currently Digging” section of my sidebar up to date with things that I am indeed currently digging, such as Cory Doctorow’s short story collection Overclocked.


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