New Year, New Server, New Job

There are a lot of reasons I don’t update this site anymore. I’m lazy, I start articles that never get finished, I’m not inspired to write when people seem to only care about video content. One of the biggest issues is that my servers were dog-slow. Loading any one of my websites took five or ten seconds per page, and when I’m constantly saving drafts or previewing edits it can make things unbearable. Sometime last year I contacted my hosting provider and they said something about large images and WordPress configuration settings, giving some tips on what to do in the process. Nothing helped, and I just dealt with the slow loading, knowing that no one was checking the content anyway. After starting another website, the Mahjong Game Database, I couldn’t tolerate the slow loading anymore. I contacted my hosting provider again with a more detailed description of the problem and found out that my SQL server and web hosting server were on opposite ends of the country. They migrated the SQL server to the same location as my web hosting and, holy shit, pages load at a reasonable speed! I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it feels like lightning compared to what it was before.

Speaking of the Mahjong Game Database, that’s where most of my effort is going right now. Originally I was just going to create a list and supplement it with screenshots, photos, and whatever metadata I thought was appropriate, but each entry has been evolving into a complete guide to playing the game, along with reviews of the gameplay, text translations (what I can muster, anyway), and soon I’ll have gameplay videos. It’s way more work than I was anticipating; setting up a new Wiki requires a ton of work, then there’s the task of trying to complete difficult games in a language I can’t really read. By the way, did you know that infoboxes aren’t natively supported by Wikimedia? I didn’t, and they’re a pain in the ass to get set up correctly.

And the new job. I can’t/don’t want to talk about it in too much detail, but I’ll be helping to coordinate online video productions, both live and pre-recorded. Certainly better than the dumper fire of a job I had the last quarter of the year. If I decide to go into detail on that, it’ll probably be during a live stream with a glass of hard liquor.

I’ll try to be more responsible with updates. Even if it’s just a paragraph or two, I’ll make it a point to put something here semi-regularly.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Due to a series of completely preventable events coalescing into a perfect storm of data loss I no longer have any of my website databases. Any posts I’ve written here or on my photography site are all lost to the ether. I guess it’s fine, though, since now I have to get to restructure my sites, something that would have been a lot more daunting with months or years of posts. In the mean time things are probably going to be looking rather default.