Always Something To Do

Moving the blog from Blogspot to Katalytis has been easier than I thought it would be, and tougher than I thought it would be. For some reason, I’m reminded of quest chains from my MMORPG days (years). In order to have the key to enter the dungeon and save the dipshit of the day, you had to prove yourself worthy by jumping through various digital hoops and complete a set of varied asinine quests. Just when you think things can’t get any stranger, you’re sent off to collect 30 berries from giant’s dung.

Instead of relying on various Post It notes scattered across my desk’s surface, I’ll just keep my ToDo list here. That way, not only will I have the increased pressure of public scrutiny, you fine readers will have the chance to add to my misery, er, um, goals in the comments.

Done:

  • Change all self-referential links to point to Katalytis instead of Blogspot.
  • Change all image sources to point directly to Picasa instead of Blogspot.
  • .htaccess
  • robots.txt
  • Gravatar enabled.
  • Once your first comment is approved, subsequent comments are not delayed. Subject to correction if taken advantage of.
  • “Subscriber” registration is enabled, but not mandatory to leave a comment.
  • OpenID enabled for commenters and registered subscribers. Not mandatory to log in with OpenID to leave a comment, but you will skip the spam check delay if you do.
  • Get raw server log parser as my current client is hopelessly out of date. Still need to get a log parser, but my immediate need has been met with findstr.
  • Enable mobile formatting.

In Progress:

  • Tweak colors and/or template used.

To Do:

  • Reduce the size of the Creative Commons notice & icon.
  • Put the boxes away, but leave one out for LaLa. All boxes put away, find new box for LaLa.

Fixing Things: Unpacking The Boxes

Hey, you made it! Excellent! If your feed reader didn’t already pick up the RSS, you can find it here.

There are still some things for me to clean up, going through all my self referential links and pointing them to katalytis instead of Blogspot, for instance. Also making sure the images point to the Picasa source instead of the Blogspot redirect. But those are minor (read: time-consuming) things. ETA: Actually, that took just two hours. Heh, go figure.

Right now, everyone can comment without having to identify or authenticate yourselves. The comment won’t be posted until I rubber stamp it, so there may be a delay. I’ll be taking a clearer look at the arrangement in the morning, after the third cup of coffee kicks in.

I’m sure there was something else I wanted to blather about, but the day has caught up with me. I really don’t like keyboard impressions in my forehead, so I’ll go ahead and post this.

Oh yea, if you see something broken, say so.

Fixing Things: Upcoming Changes

Just a heads up. In the next several weeks, Three Different Ways will be moving off Google’s Blogger Platform. I just have to decide which platform to go with.

While Google gives a lot of features for the pleasant cost of $0, I find myself wanting features that Google just doesn’t offer. Full control of .htaccess, selectively password protecting individual posts, and member’s only posts are a few I’ve itched for since starting Three Different Ways.

I already know what company I will host with. Total Choice Hosting. My registrar will be NameCheap. I just haven’t decided what the domain will be. Domain names are always hard to come up with. Unless convinced otherwise, WordPress will be the blogging platform installed.

If this turns out well, I’ll be able to extend blog hosting to a few fellow blog authors. (I heard y’all griping about the same issues.)

Edited To Add:
Oh, look. I HAVE a domain name. Forgot all about katalytis.com which I had registered last year when I first considered blogging. Wound up posting on Facebook first, then migrating to Blogger later. Well then. That’s that.

On KLRO

Y’all just please keep in mind, the title of magician barely applies to me, much less Summoner or Sorcerer. I’m learning stuff by being thrown into the midst of the vat, and finding the names and proper rituals afterward. (Okay, I MIGHT be actively reaching. Maybe. But I try to only skirt the edges.)
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Dream: Black Hole Star

I’m floating. Aware of movement, but not aware of orientation. One side of me is exposed to great heat, of such intensity the physics whore in me is screaming of the impossibility of existing here. The fantasy bitch calmly reaches over and slaps her, saying, “We’re dreaming, silly. Shut up and enjoy the ride.”

I become fully lucid. Chuckling to myself at how my internal mental threads perceive themselves in dreamspace, I open my eyes to see what impossibility is so extreme, I struggle to maintain disbelief.
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Why I Magic: Dream & (Lots of) Exposition

I’ve been meaning to write about how I play at magic, but various mental dams and iceblocks keep tripping me up. So instead of writing the “how”, instead, I’ll write the “why”.

Magic for me has always been about control. Not control of other people. Not control of the dipshits and numbnuts that seem to be attracted to me. Not control of my environment. I don’t want the ability to call the rain to myself, or to trip the traffic lights to always turn green for me. (Not that the ability wouldn’t be nice to have and greatly appreciated, it just isn’t high on my list of wants. Really.) Not control of wildly random events. However, if I should manage to trip the lottery in my favor, I’ll not be too nonplussed about it.
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Dream: Geometry, Episode 2

I’m missing a crucial component of my personal seal. The seal is based on a circle within a circle, to represent the Innermost Self and the Outer Self. The framework for the Outer Self is done. Try as I might, I cannot scribe anything to my satisfaction representing the Innermost Self. This afternoon, I take a nap in the hopes that I will become lucid and explore the problem from a different point of view.

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Dream: Geometry, Episode 1

I have been struggling to create a personal seal for a (yet another) magickal project. For some reason, I quickly became fixated on using the compass and straight-edge to create it. Perhaps I like making things difficult. Perhaps.

Over the weekend of January 29-30, I had a vicious migraine. It confined me to bed for the duration and kept me in a nebulous mental state. On 30 January, I finally was able to sleep long and deep enough to dream. I was awakened by the phone, and feeling the dream to be of importance, I typed down my notes while I was still able to sit up long enough to do so. While none of the wording has been changed, all spelling errors has been corrected because I’m anal like that.

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