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site projects and updates
Naraku, the blahog, has pretty much been dead for awhile now. I finally figured out what I want to write about and keep up on. Stuff that’s Fun To Think About. The name leaves me so much wiggle room I’m virtually guaranteed to fit in no matter how many tangents I take.
As for naraku, I’m not entirely sure what to turn this domain into yet. There’s a lot of history here and a decent number of visitors still for the archives. So it’ll probably continue to “live on life support” for now at least.
this blog gets about 3-5 new *spam* users per day. I imagine they are trying to post comments post-login but I have that function cleverly spam-trapped. anyway, since *real* users don’t need an account to post comments I’ve disabled user creation.
for a long time now I’ve run recaptcha which works well and is easy to implement (it’s a wordpress plugin.) but it’s a bit annoying and tends to discourage commentation on smaller blogs such as mine in the long run. so after chatting with mr. justinsomnia and reading his post on how simply he blocks the spam I thought yeah, duh!
tis the baseball season, so a metaphore about how simple this defense is is fitting: naraku’s wordpress now throws a curveball when spambots always expect a fastball. yeeer out! thanks justin!
finally chose and customized a new wordpress theme, based on plaintxtblog… comments welcome.
(psst… another ad block too! *gasp*)
a nice side effect of switching themes is that my bandwidth usage has nearly dropped by half, while this site’s number of pageloads continues to be on a steady incline. overall, I am very happy with change!
(almost) one year ago I switched from dreamhost to nearlyfreespeech for my primary web hosting needs.
in a word: great! in one year I can count the issues I’ve had on one hand. I’ve spent about $15 on hosting for the year and only had downtime a couple times. their business mantra cannot be beat. it’s a bit like supporting a grass roots cause.
on a nitpicky note, nearlyfreespeech latency leaves a bit to be desired. the point click … load is not instant. I’d say about “a” second for most pages, sometimes two or three…. but always less than ten. :) this is via this website, naraku a wordpress blog, and my pet project Tastes Like Happy which is entirely isolated from any potential mysql db related latency (if there is any, I haven’t noticed.)
thanks to some fairly major electrical issues over at my host, the day I had actually planned on posting a bunchastuff was lost (and no, I didn’t feel like posting in some lame-ol’ word processor to post later on…) so no kittykat posts yet, that little photogenic brat isn’t very inspiring to write about.
One of our largest MySQL servers lost three drives from a four-drive RAID in the past 24 hours. I just don’t know what they were doing with the electricity in there.
how the hell does that happen? srsly. there must have been like sparks, smoke and maybe even fire (fire fire! heheh.)
the delicious TLH is entering beta next week. FOR FRACKIN’ SURE. yay!
Tastes Like Happy represents the past 2 months of my independant work. as the sole designer, developer, Q&A guy, project manager, technology evangelist and visionary, it was pretty tough keeping everything together. this isn’t to say I haven’t enjoyed it, oh I have.
I have made an attempt to maintain a developer blog, although it doesn’t quite meet the expectation I set for myself (in terms of thoroughness) here
if you’re interested in becoming a beta tester, let me know!
stay tuned, tastey things are coming.
I started requiring registration for comments. that’s as close as I could find to turning commenting off. OK, cool. NOT~ “MrRobby” has registered and commented on every post I have. fuck! what a pain in my ass. makes me wonder why the hell I keep a blog anyway.
what a ridiculous means of creating income: annoying the living fuck out of your fellow man. THANX, JERKASSES.
so far I’m liking them. it’s not that dreamhost was a bad deal, it would be quite good if I needed the bandwidth allocated to my account (nearly 2k gb per month – I use about .1gb) soo… I’ll pay per gig until I hit it big. and save my $10 a month cuz I’m unemployeed and fucking poor.
if you are some oddly generous person who stumbled upon my site or an avid reader (so sorry for you, my last post was 3 months ago) I can accept donations for hosting. they are all retroactive so … – nevermind, it’s a pain in the ass to set up. later, maybe.
anyway hopefully this works out. the migration wasn’t too hard. setting up wordpress was easy & painless.
I’ve been trying to figure this out for over a week now. this is what my google.com/webmasters page says:
Home page crawl: Googlebot last successfully accessed your home page on Sep 20, 2006.
what the fuck? I added a sitemap to the same page about a week ago… no change. google is downloading the sitemap daily but nothing more. I’ve yet to find any answers and am properly frustrated about it. it does not seem like I am on any spam list – excluded from indexing – but perhaps I need to submit a reinclusion request? none of the discussion groups seem to have any insight to this predicament either. help!?
the story behind the name is long and sorta sappy, but I won’t go into much of that. here’s the short relavent version:
Naraku is a Japanese word with many translations:
english:naraku - (n) hell, hades, eternity, theater basement
– eternity is what we had in mind. it was, for a time, the word and symbol of our love. first love’s forever, right? yeah, right. so that’s it. since that’s been over for nearly 5 years, it has become my domain name of choice and will remain in my possession until an act of God or otherwise forces me to give it up. actually the word has proven quite ironic – considering its other meanings and the demise of the said us.
– first of all, I like alliterations: Nate’s Naraku Net. I suggest everyone use more of em. they tickle the tongue and the tympanic tunnel. in addition, the word Naraku itself sounds cool no matter what language or dialect you speak. try it.
– trouble pronouncing? listen here – nate’s naraku network, I am dork hear me roar.
– Is there really such a negative connontation for this word among Japanese? I’ll find out, special report due out soon.
– an inuyasha character, seriously. most of my search engine hits are from that little shit. while he does sound like a badass villian, he has absolutely no place on this site. wikipedia’s entire entry on naraku is devoted to him.
– an underworld solice for myself; it has evolved a lot since then. the word has taken on a new meaning for me – for a long time it served as a destination for my depressed thoughts. now that much of the need for that is gone, a new name may be more appropriate… special report on new name due soon.
so, you set up your site, it’s got some cool stuff. but nobody is coming. why?! here’s a quick and dirty way to get the link out.
first of all, especially if it is brand new, go ahead and submit it to the biggies:
second, since google is the most prevalent of search engines today, it would be in your best interests to explore the utilities that they have set up to us:
I just set up a sitemap (a rather tedious task) in hopes it will improve googlebots enjoyment of naraku. seochat has a good exploration of the info a sitemap provides googlebot.
lastly, there is a huge market for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – quite the buzz word for webmasters. lots of people claim they can get you on the top search results if you pay them to do so. it’s up to you. I am taking the cheap route and doing it myself whereever possible.
these sites have some decent info though they are not exactly pretty to look at, and not much of it is all that recent:
this list will be continually updated as I research and find the best of the best.