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Blog Changes 2018

It’s about that time again, everyone. Time for some changes! I started this blog just over 6 years ago in February. I had nothing to write about then. I just wanted a try writing a blog again after my first one felt like a flop. Now I have more to write about than I have time for, so my blog lay alone for other reasons. Now I’m adding more reasons to that, haha.

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Happy 6th Anniversary (for me on WP)

WordPress notified me today that I had registered 6 years ago with them. Wow. It’s been a long time. 83,413 views (some of them my own, lol), 64,678 visitors (many times me, haha),  102 followers, and 186 (er, 187) posts later… I still find the stats both interesting and sort of creepy. In some ways, I’d rather not see them. Having a private spot on the internet sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s easier to ramble when you don’t have an awareness of your audience. Ah well. So what’s happened in this blog world of mine?

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Ingredients for Humor

I feel rather disappointed in my blogging. The blog is fine – it’s serving a purpose, and lots of people have found it useful – over 60,000 according to the stats (mostly on a handful of pages, though, lol) (now that I’ve said it, I can make fun of that stat in the future). However, after looking at older posts, I realized my sense of humor has vanished a bit. I liked cracking jokes, and much of my humor is context-based. Sometimes funny things come to mind when you’re writing, but if you’re only in a serious mood or trying to be quick about writing (which, admittedly, I’ve been quite busy), you don’t get to muse as much and humorous ideas don’t readily come to mind as often. Looking back, though, I think it has made this blog slightly on the more boring end to read, at least from my perspective.

How do I fix this? I could automate my humor by spending even more time to create a generator that randomly selects a type of joke to tell and gives some keywords. And then when the project is a miserable failure for lack of creativity, I could joke about it thereafter on my blog. XD

I could also do a word-of-the-day from another language and try to guess what it means, but that takes too much time out of my week and I have no interest in boring people with such trifles like I just did with this sentence.

A few posts ago, I created some snippets for programming humor, but whenever I try other kinds of software-related humor, the result is like an overly complicated database search query for a simple result like “Column 1 = Laugh” that they don’t sound good even to me!

… Or I could just be forcing it, which doesn’t work for anyone except Bob Hope.

I suppose society in general has a hard time finding stuff to laugh about. Much of the humor I encounter is derogatory, selfish, sexual, or debasing someone, as if finding something to laugh about meant you had to be radical and take advantage of (what was some time ago) social taboos. (Not to say I’m not guilty of bending the rules.) That stuff doesn’t have wide appeal, approval, or understanding. Yes, we all have different senses of humor, and I know some people would laugh at dogs puking on birthday cakes and some people have had too rough of a life to find much funny anymore, sadly. Also, there’s the factor of being in a family/club/work place/different country and having experiences we can relate to (ok, so that’s more than one). Having something to relate to is how humor works in the first place, obviously, which is probably why self-deprecating humor is the easiest – we all know about being human and being prideful. Bob Hope could be self-deprecating, and I do it too (especially here on this blog).

I read a quote the other day by Peter Kreeft, saying “Don’t be more serious than God. God invented dog farts.” The quote itself certainly makes some people laugh, though being philosophical, it makes me wonder what God intended for us to laugh at. Laughing is a complex mechanism, and one of those that fools master where scientists struggle to understand. Rationale seems to be on the losing end here.

If you want to write a story, screenplay, plot, and it needs to be humorous, I empathize you… Sucker! XD <- Stop! How many of you laughed at that line? Would an angel laugh? Probably not. (I could ask my angel about it, but he might laugh at the idea.) Humor comes from imperfect knowledge and then stumbling on an idea so totally related but off topic, it strikes you in a magical way that lights up your face.

The third ingredient – in addition to having things in common and imperfect knowledge – would be lightheartedness. As Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Of course, Lincoln probably didn’t say that first, but he got away with it for being a historic figure, but no one cares but the poor Joe lost to history who coined the phrase first. Ah, poor Joe, or was it John Smith? Sorry Joe, er, John.

So now we have three ingredients for humor:

  • Having something in common
  • Imperfect knowledge
  • Lighthearted attitude

Now we just need the correct phrasing to connect two related ideas and good timing and we’ll be all set! Ready for the best joke you’ve ever heard?!

Too bad. Come back next week and maybe I’ll try to relate pork, Pluto, and the autobahn, or not. Ok, ok, I’ll try harder. But I’ll have you know, I prefer bars that are like my humor – cold and dry. /*badum PA!* (Audience boos.) Ok, I’ll get off the soap box now. Have a good night everyone, and try to find something to laugh about tonight. 🙂

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Image Relocation

I received an email today from Imageshack, telling me to switch to premium membership or they would dump me. So long, free image service! Image shack was very easy to use, and the price per month is only $2, so I can’t complain about that. However, I don’t want to pay for it. I pray WordPress doesn’t become a for-pay service (although it looks like they can sustain it with the services they do offer).

I don’t like Photobucket, and I’m not sure of whether or not it will become a for-pay service either.

But the biggest problem with relocating is this: there are 90 images. Some of them I can simply ignore in the move and point to links. But the ones I decide to keep will end up in my blog storage.

In short, if some image links are broken, it’s not my fault, but please inform me of them.

EDIT

I was going over images tonight and I realized they are all stored on WordPress. This must be a new backup feature because usually the links break. I guess WordPress thought it was a good idea to preserve things this time. 🙂 … But I may back up my images anyways.

Edit: Nope. All gone. Guess I just have to upload everything again. Sorry about the broken links.

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Getting back into my blog

I’ve been rather quiet for some time, since I’ve been busy, and apparently my blog has been rather active behind my back too. Today sets a new high for views: 129, and the day isn’t over. People were looking mostly at the contents page. Funny I should mention stats, as I and most people I know complain about Google viewing. If you think things have changed since the NSA scheme was uncovered, you’re likely to be disappointed, but that’s off topic.

Speaking of this blog, it’s birthday is coming up again – the 17th to be exact – and I don’t intend to miss that.

In the mean time, I have a thing or too I’ll be posting.

Kinda reminds me – once upon a time, I intended to start a blog devoted purely for tutorials on Irrlicht, a 3D engine I really enjoy using. Alas – good intentions. Tutorials are a ton of work, which is why good ones are hard to find.

Wait, you read all this? I feel bad – I didn’t say anything worth reading, did I? Here, have a joke:

– joke –

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Why I Am Chronological Dot

About four years ago around this time, I found myself becoming more of a fan of anime. I went around looking for a place to meet other people online, hang out, and talk about it (amongst other things). I ended up joining a forum where I would spend a couple years, but the important part was just starting out, just taking a step into the unknown (*cue original Star Trek music*). How did I want to present myself to people. I had never joined a forum for its own sake (usually it was because I wanted something else the website had). I wanted to be humble, a mild individual, someone with a respectable opinion. (Me? Humble? What?) After all, that’s how I saw myself with real people (who am I kidding), though that says nothing about how stoutly -to say it ambiguously- I presented my opinion.

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75 Views in a Day!

I’ve had 75 views today (record high) and over 7800 views total. Unusual thing though – it seems more people were interested in the content today than usual since the number of viewers was at the now average. I wonder if it something to do with who has found about this blog. … Oooo scary! Do I have stalkers I don’t know about? :O