Dracil’s BlogJournal

June 3, 2009

20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square and the Chinese censors are running amok

http://www.danwei.org/net_nanny_follies/twitter_domain_blocked_in_chin.php

http://www.danwei.org/net_nanny_follies/chinese_websites_under_mainten.php

Those are the two main articles to look at.  The funny thing is, while trying to post these links on Xiaonei, I ran into some interesting censorship.

The link to the second URL, the google spreadsheet link inside it, a tinyurl link to the spreadsheet, and the words “tiananmen” and “中国网站维护日” all cause the following error to pop up:

“请不要发布政治敏感内容、色情内容、商业广告或其他不恰当内容”

Edit: Looks like even “June 4” and “20th” is blocked.

January 8, 2009

More WordPress annoyance

Filed under: Blog — dracil @ 3:01 am

Not only does it not publish things when I hit publish, when I realize it and publish it again on a later day, it’ll publish at the current time if I forget to check.

January 6, 2009

WordPress annoyance

Filed under: Blog, personal — dracil @ 12:12 am

I don’t know what’s up with wordpress but it seems like often when I hit publish, it doesn’t publish, and then I find out later that it’s just been saved to my drafts.

July 17, 2008

Wordle fun

Filed under: Blog, personal — Tags: , , — dracil @ 7:52 pm

This is kinda fun.  It’s a word cloud of my blog.  Did a bit of tweaking to remove months and my own blog’s title (I copied everything from google reader by scrolling to the end).  It was putting too much weight on my most recent entry and only have the most recent entries if I didn’t do this.

Make your own at http://wordle.net/create

May 25, 2008

Blogging is good for you

Filed under: Blog, News, science — Tags: , , — dracil @ 7:15 am

I’m sure any sort of venting probably helps reduce stress though.  Except instead of the normal venting to close friends, you vent to random people on the Internet.  :P

Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not.

Read the article

April 19, 2008

Blogging services

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , — dracil @ 9:21 pm

So.. this isn’t my first blog.  Before this, I was primarily a user of Tabulas.  It’s quite nice, since I have a fully featured account there.  The problem though is that it’s just one guy, and there’s only so much that can be done by one guy in his spare time.  As such, it’s also rather broken.  The brokenness is really what finally made me come here.  I realized a couple days ago that my rss feed was broken again and Technorati was still showing entries from last year.

Another one I’ve used a bit and I really want to like is Vox.  Its features are very tightly integrated and the community feel is great.  But there were a few deal-breakers.  1) Ads.  I use Firefox and Adblock as a matter of course, so I never see them, but I know others do, and the ads can be a bit obnoxious there (all flash ads can go DIAF).  It would be so much better if they gave an option of not having ads. 2) The lack of stats combined with disallowing Javascript.  Oh sure, they have a special widget section too, but the way it’s designed completely ruins referral tracking. 3) People have to register to comment

And back before these two I primarily used LJ.  Of course the lack of control was stifling even though I was able to hack something out using one of their templates.  It’s why I went to Tabulas in the first place.

Then I found out recently when a friend moved her blog that wordpress had a similar service.  I used b2 back before it became wordpress so I’m partial to it (it was very short term though as I lost my free hosting not long afterward).  I also don’t feel the need to have quite as much control over the blog as I used to as well so I don’t need the actual full software and domain name, though that may still change in the future.  But for now, I feel like being lazy.

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