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Shoebox full of meta [Feb. 7th, 2006|01:05 am]
Lindsey Kuper
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I want people to use SFoT to talk about songs. But certain individuals (*cough*) keep wanting to talk about things like podcasting as a format, and the format of SFoT, and WordPress tags and spell-checkers and feeds and this and that and the other thing, and it occurs to me that those are nice things to talk about too and that there isn't any designated place to talk about them.

So: now there is. Here is your official meta-SFoT discussion area. Have at.

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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-02-07 03:29 pm (UTC)
*has at it*
*lack of anything else to say, eep!*
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-02-07 03:36 pm (UTC)
You do know that rockstargirl.org is down, data-base wise? Either you're tweaking or your host's MySQL is on the blink.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-07 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Yeah, WP says it's having trouble making a database connection. There's no mention of it on the TextDrive forum, though.

...and now it seems fine. huh. *shrug*
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-16 05:16 am (UTC)
It was down for a while tonight, as well. I'm starting to wonder about TextDrive.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-02-16 05:31 am (UTC)
For almost a year now I've had virtually no trouble with Arvixe. The only problem I did have was when the mysql daemon went down for a couple of hours, screwing up WordPress.

The funny part was I found the error page that WP was serving and edited it to let my readers know I was aware of the problem. However, by doing so I kept WP from reverting to normal once mysqld was up and running again. So the blog was down for about twice as long as it needed to be.

I heard about Arvixe by word-of-mouth (something they encourage, for instance if you do sign up with them and enter "ibm525" into the "recommended by" (or whatever it's called) box I'll get a little money towards my next hosting payment) and have been very satisfied with it. They will (like Text Drive, I suppose) work with you and answer your questions. At one point they installed Emacs for me on their server so I could use it while I was SSHed in.

So, this isn't a totally unbiased recommendation, but I have been very impressed with them. Well, quite impressed. I don't know about "very". But still.

I haven't had any trouble with rockstargirl of late (I was there a minute ago for a blog entry I'm nearly done with).
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-16 03:01 pm (UTC)
Arvixe sounds pretty good. I think I'll probably be switching to DreamHost, though, if I switch. They increase your space and bandwidth for free, the longer you host with them, and they also have a referral program (and my friend Bryan already asked me to use him as my referrer).
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-02-16 03:44 pm (UTC)
Increased space and bandwidth?! Neat.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-07-25 01:27 am (UTC)
Unless my host, Arvixe, can sweeten the deal enough, I'm jumping ship and switching to DreamHost as well. Did you switch? Have you had any trouble? Do they have good support? If you switched, e-mail/comment me your reference code so I can enter it for you (ka-ching!).
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-07-25 01:34 am (UTC)
And again, together now: Whereupon Nick realizes that he restarted his computer, actually shutting his web browser off...losing his LJ session.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-08-05 06:43 am (UTC)
No, I didn't switch -- yeah, it would be a little cheaper, but, I haven't been feeling extremely motivated to go through all the housekeeping and setup again with a new host. But I have a friend who uses DreamHost and would probably appreciate you using his referral code -- get ahold of me if you're interested.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-02-13 10:46 pm (UTC)
How are those permanent redirects coming?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-14 12:14 am (UTC)
*sigh* I could put them up now, but I want to Do It Right and give them URIs which I'll never want to change again, because cool URIs don't change. "Chase" came from a spring 2004 Grinnell student music comp and was credited to "Lindsey Kuper and Her Band", and the others came from Tanny's and my spring 2003 demos, but do I put Tanny's name on all of them or do I leave it off "Beautiful" because he didn't play on that one? Do I want to redirect right to the new file, or do I want there to be an intermediate "Hey, if you're looking for songs, you might be interested in this here podcast" page? What about the six or seven other songs I have sitting around that were never on the old site -- do I put them up now or do I wait until I feel like podcasting them? Should I start a new section of the website? What should it be called? Etc.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-02-27 08:48 pm (UTC)
In the meantime couldn't you restore the files to their old locations (namely music.php and the four songs that were up before)?

Also, I went to your about page to find the offical SFoT discussion area, but you didn't link to it. That might be something to add to your about page, a link here.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-28 06:50 am (UTC)
In the meantime couldn't you restore the files to their old locations (namely music.php and the four songs that were up before)?

Yeah, but I don't want to. It messes up my nice clean naming convention. Heh.

Also, I went to your about page to find the offical SFoT discussion area, but you didn't link to it. That might be something to add to your about page, a link here.

I'm squeamish about that kind of thing. I might be erring on the side of too little meta, but I try to treat visitors to my site as I like to be treated, and I really don't like it when a website assumes that its visitors give a damn about why it's what it is and how it got its name and so on and so forth. I mean, often I do want to know that stuff, but that's beside the point; it shouldn't just be assumed, y'know?

If someone really does care about that stuff, they'll be willing to dig a little bit for it, and it'll be all the more worthwhile for having been a little hard to find. That's my personal take on it, anyway. You may feel differently.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-03-23 01:03 am (UTC)
I just used your 'cool URIs don't change' link here.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-08 07:49 am (UTC)
It's a true classic.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-03-05 08:18 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I seem to be on the iTunes Music Store now. Although it's not picking up my name. You'd think it would get that from the feed, no?
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-03-22 10:26 pm (UTC)
i've had a small improvement in my shoebox experience by running the directory through mp3gain
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-08 07:47 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-05-07 11:12 pm (UTC)
I was thinking you should have a Table Of Contents page for all of your posts, viewable both in order of posting and by order of writing.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-10 06:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been trying to think about how to manage those navigational issues. I want to keep it minimal, but not so minimal that it's hard to find stuff.

As for the order of when I wrote the songs, well...that would involve knowing the order. I have a general idea, of course, but I'm not sure, for instance, whether "Try Not to Stare" or "Something to Lose" came first. And what about the ones that took a year to write -- do I count the start date or the end date? What about the ones that I'm not sure are finished yet? Etc. So that's kind of problematic. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-05-10 07:36 pm (UTC)
And what about the ones that took a year to write -- do I count the start date or the end date? What about the ones that I'm not sure are finished yet?

Personally, I go for the start dates---because that's when you had the impetus to start writing the song (either due to a specific event or when things/emotions reached song threshold). Um, I'm trying to think of how to explain this further...

I guess it boils down to what it is about putting them in chronological order that is important to you---are you looking to provide an accurate chronicle of your life (start dates) or of your songwriting (end dates?)? But if songs aren't done yet, start dates would be the easy way out ;) And, as I said before, start dates are the way I'd go...it just makes sense to me that way. Because sometimes I'll start one poem and then, in the middle of that one, start writing another one and finish the second one before the first. Yet, the first one defiantly came..first and the second one couldn't (probably) have existed without the first---and the (start) times reflect this.

(Though, now that I think about it, I time/date stamp my poems after I'm done with the first draft, so I'm not sure how the above example holds up. But note that that's the first draft, not the final polished version---that's what my built-in versioning system is for: 060510a0 (original), 060510a1 (slightly edited), 060510a5 (very much edited/worked over/reworked)

Maybe you should just go with whatever order you think flows best, tells the (back)story the best. *shrug*)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-07-03 07:32 am (UTC)
Personally, I go for the start dates---because that's when you had the impetus to start writing the song (either due to a specific event or when things/emotions reached song threshold).

Sometimes there'll be a specific event or a "threshold" moment, but other times, there won't be. I have a notebook full of song fragments -- little shreds of song DNA -- and sometimes they happen to fit together in a way that results in a song. So when did I start writing the song -- at the time that I wrote the earliest of the fragments, or at the time that I first realized that they fit together? If it's the former, then I would have to know when each of the fragments were written, and I'm not meticulous enough of a record-keeper to know things like that, nor would I want to be.

Because sometimes I'll start one poem and then, in the middle of that one, start writing another one and finish the second one before the first. Yet, the first one defiantly came..first and the second one couldn't (probably) have existed without the first---and the (start) times reflect this.

Well, I see your point, but if the second couldn't have existed without the first, then doesn't that argue for the start date of the second to be...the same as the start date for the first? To generalize a little further, doesn't everything that you write depend on everything that you have written and thought about up to that point? Haven't I been writing all these songs ever since I developed a forebrain? Start dates are problematic!
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-05-28 11:04 pm (UTC)
With Practice (2) out, I'm curious why you haven't allowed the trackback to reach Practice (1), so anyone who's deep-linked to that page knows there's more.

Maybe it just hasn't gotten there yet (silly to think, I know)? Since Chase (1) got its trackback from Chase (2) just fine.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-07-03 07:33 am (UTC)
I didn't disallow it -- not on purpose, anyway. It must have just not worked for some reason. Dunno.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-07-24 04:31 am (UTC)

as usual, random unsolicited thoughts

As you're re-releasing the past six months of SFoT, you might consider making a big tarball available at the end of it, with the latest, greatest and re-metaed versions of all of the files (*cringe* I know I'm treating it like just content, but that's what this thread is for, no?). Or, better yet, put it all* together into a CD (or at least an ISO image) for folks. You could have cover art, an intro, a bio and so on. You're a creative person, I bet you can come up with some surprises during the 6-month dry spell.

*Well, the CCed stuff, anyway (or have an all-CCed version and an everything-on-SFoT-to-date-including-the-covers version).
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-07-24 08:16 pm (UTC)

Re: as usual, random unsolicited thoughts

I don't know, man. Who would be interested in such a thing except you, who already has everything anyway?
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-07-24 08:57 pm (UTC)

Re: as usual, random unsolicited thoughts

Yeah, you're right. Isn't worth the effort.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-07-25 01:33 am (UTC)

Re: as usual, random unsolicited thoughts

Whereupon Nick realizes that he restarted his computer, actually shutting his web browser off...losing his LJ session.
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