Sunday, March 25, 2007

Gone Elsewhere has gone elsewhere

by Nick
All right, people, I was emailing Brian about this and he was all right with it. We'll see how it works out.

As I told him; I was just checking out Wordpress, since no one was willing to do or say anything about whether or not to move to a new spot, when I inadvertedly reserved the "goneelsewhere" address there, and apparently now I can't take it back. This of course was a fucked up thing of me to do, so of course I thought, what the hell, let's see how much more damage I can do.

I've only been playing around with it for two hours or so and I have to say it's quite a bit better than Blogger from what I can surmise. It's more complicated, sure, and if we want to do any grand changes to it we'll have to pay money and learn CSS coding, but even the little stuff so far is better than what we have on Blogger. I think. I don't know. I still haven't found a way to get a sidebar for latest comments. Maybe that's one of those things we have to pay for.

But the fact that I could just import practically our entire blog over in less than five minutes is pretty cool.

Anyway, so after my screw up, of which I tried to do the best I could, I mailed Brian, asking if I should kill it or not (and if I did that specific address would be lost without way of getting it back), since if he's all right with it (him being unofficial copyright holder of the name and all) then I guess that that's all right then.

I think that if we gave this thing a shot it could turn out better and a cooler place to post stuff than the one we're using now. Anyway, you guys be the judge, but keep in mind that I don't know what I'm doing, and I've only been doing that for around two hours. A lot of stuff can be changed.

But to do so, you guys have to join Wordpress (you don't have to get a blog there to do so, by the way) and then mail me at kockum (*at*) gmail (*dot*) com, so i can send invites for you to do damage.

There are four options here; either I make you an administrator, editor, author or contributor. It's up to each of you to judge if you wanna help out structuring the site and editing posts/comments and so on. I don't know what the specific differences between them are, though. I suppose we could make all of you administrators in a spirit of democracy, but democracy has it's faults as well. Some might be comfortable just posting a review or news item from time to time.

Speaking of that, I don't think I'm alone in thinking that there are some setbacks to having a blog from having a forum. Reviewing and longer thoughts and articles work better than before on the old forums, but random bullshit less so. Blogs are so serious.

My suggestion would be having both a blog and a forum. Problem is I know even less about setting up a forum than I do a blog. If someone else knows more, speak out, man. I remember our old administrator Brian (Walker) offered to help us if we decided to set up one. Anyone feel we should get in touch with him, or could we handle such a thing by ourselves?

Anyway, here's the address for the Wordpress blog in progress:

Let me know what you all think, without saying 'it looks nice'. Some proper constructive criticism so we can make it a smooth place to hang out.

This blog hasn't always been as active as it was those first two months of March and April 2006, but nonetheless we've managed to post more than 340 posts and logged in over 2000 comments to those posts, and lately activity has been pretty good. Let's hope we can continue doing that in a potentially spiffier place.


Blogger Count Olaf said...

Is this all because jaydro got his RSS boxers in an autofeed bunch?

3/25/2007 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Maybe, but things got straightened out with the RSS feed for comments from blogger/blogspot, so I was no longer agitating.

I'm going to have be convinced about WordPress. I tried doing my "Countrypolitan Favorites" post at both Vox (where it was easier than here) and WordPress (where it was so hard to insert an image that I gave up and never posted).

At least WordPress does have an RSS feed for comments, unlike Vox. But Vox does have an interesting group blog, where someone like, uh, Jackrabbit could have their own blog and then designate certain posts for joint inclusion with the group blog.

Hey, I'm just rehashing a bunch of stuff I posted back in that "Goning Elsewhere" thread.

And if you want a group blog and forums together, seems to be a possibility, but neither me nor a friend quite know what to make of it.

Looking at the WordPress Gone Elsewhere, I don't see a comments sidebar, and I see a bunch of posts with no attributions as to who posted them.

3/25/2007 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

God, I hate the inability to edit comments, but that's pretty common, I guess. "Goning"? Sorry about that.

3/25/2007 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

God, I hate the inability to edit comments, but that's pretty common, I guess.

One of those things I really dig about Wordpress is the ability to do just that.

I hope the inability to post pictures and such is just a question of learning CSS properly. I had trouble learning HTML in the beginning (still do, really).

Like I said, right now, all in all, comparing Wordpress and Blogger, Wordpress just has more options, even if you have to pay for some of them.

Anyway, we're never going to find out unless we try it out proper. So, yeah, it's a question of convincing everyone of the viability.

3/26/2007 12:46:00 AM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

So, I'm confused--are we shutting this site down? Am I going to come here one day and find I'm only talking to myself?

Wordpress does look nice, but I'm still puzzled--it's more difficult to post there? And that makes it better, how? I don't even know what CSS stands for, let alone how to use it, and frankly, I have no interest in learning how to use it.

Also, I don't see a link to register for Wordpress. I would like to be able to post, but don't care about being an administrator.

To be quite honest, I have had to major problems with blogger aside form an occasional temporary periods of downtime. I've never experienced the problems with comments that Jaydro speaks of. I'm fine right here, and I'm going to keep my blog on Blogger as well. But I'm old and don't like change.

3/26/2007 07:18:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

So, I'm confused--are we shutting this site down?

If it works better, which I believe it could, yes.

But right now, no, this is more of a tryout.

I don't even know what CSS stands for, let alone how to use it, and frankly, I have no interest in learning how to use it.

You used it just fine at the old forum, as far as I recall.

But I may have presented it somewhat disadvantageously, just to throw off potential criticism.

What I meant was, there may be a learning curve, but it's definitely worth it. There's dozens of small annoying things we get rid of there.

The ability to edit comments means more than just correcting spelling. It means we don't have to use these fucking , , HTML tags for our comments or linking anymore. They have Word-like tools for that, if you want to use those.

We can also, as you can see, categorize better.

There's lots of small stuff like that, minor things, that I think add upp to a whole lot more than what we're currently getting here.

Besides, it looks better. And we

If you just give it a shot, man.

And no one is forcing you to change from your own blog (even if that would be just as easy to do). Why would we do that?

3/26/2007 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

I'm still confused--you say I used it on the old forum--you mean Poet's Corner? All I did there was hit reply and type. How would that necessitate spending money and learning coding?

I'm at the mercy of what's on my computer at work (my home computer is an IMAC from 1999 and I'm on dial-up. I don't even use it for the Internet much because it lacks so many applications). I'm just concerned that you guys will reach a place which outdoes my computer knowledge and/or software applications.

I also hope that this new place will allow non-members to post comments. We occasionally get them here and wouldn't want to close that off.

3/26/2007 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Seriously, have you been there and actually tried posting a comment? Shouldn't you do that before the worrying?

Get an account, mail me and then just try. That doesn't cost money. Just a little time.

The coding form Poet's Corner was CSS. Maybe you never inserted images into your posts. I sure did. It's easy once you get the hang of it, and it wasn't too complicated to learn, at least not more than html was.

Posting and things actually appear to be as easy as on Blogger.

Wordpress should work on most software applications.

And spending money is a very, very last minute resort, if someone wants something they really wants. And even then we're not talking hundreds. We're talking like 4 cents a day, i.e. $14,60 a year. If we by some miracle exceed a gigabyte of uploads to the blog, we're talking 5 cents a day.

Now get an account, you old coot.

3/26/2007 03:19:00 PM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

I just posted a comment, and it worked fine, although I think it isn't as nice aesthetically.

What about Jaydro's concerns? There is no comment sidebar, and he mentioned that he had a hell of at time posting images.

3/26/2007 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I'll have a review up in an hour or two, and I have thus far had no problems uploading an image. You can do that as easy (plus you can edit those) as with Blogger. I think Jaydro had trouble CODING in an image. Don't know if he scrolled down to the upload part of the writing tool, otherwise I'm not sure.

There is a tool called Brian's Latest Comments which I think can be implemtented. Otherwise, an administrator or editor of the site can choose to get an email of whenever a comment is made on either all or selected articles, which I have been getting thus far.

I think it's a bit nicer aesthetically, at least on my computer. But we can choose to have it look it any which way, really.

3/26/2007 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

When it comes to comments there are apparently more than a couple of options available.

3/26/2007 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I had trouble posting a linked image, because they have a 50MB upload limit on images for free accounts.

I already had a comments sidebar on my WordPress blog.

But how do you work out attributing the various post authors? I always thought that was confusing in Blogger back when we used to put it at the bottom of the post--at WordPress it's nothing.

3/26/2007 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger Count Olaf said...

The author shows up once you click the link to the actual post and/or comments. I only noticed it the 3rd time I tried to comment to my post.
I'm still trying to undo what I done-did.

3/26/2007 05:14:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Wagstaff said...

I haven't been given full access rights to it as yet but from what I've seen of it so far, I quite like it.

There's nothing particularly dazzling about it over this site but I suspect Nick is right in that it will be lots of little things that will be an improvement over this site.

How far can we develop the site on Wordpress I wonder? One thing I would love to introduce would be some sort of quick comment section which perhaps could be reserved for short comments about a film we've seen recently or opinion on a particular actor. It would provide continuous momentum to the site in the periods between the more substantial regular posts are made.

Somewhat ironically, I guess it would be a bit like 'The Word' that Wells introduced back on his Movie Poop Shoot days (or was it earlier?), which I thought was a great addition to his writings. Of course, those Word style short entries seem to have completely overtaken his current site but that's another story.

3/27/2007 07:52:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

My resistance is entirely due to WordPress being my personal last choice of places to move to (okay, so I'm not even considering LiveJournal or Typepad). I had resigned myself to staying at Blogger. WordPress seems a little too stodgy to me. Some nice features, but it all seems designed to suck you into paying for it, and I don't think there's anything there compelling enough to make me pay for it, especially when there are so many other free sites.

3/27/2007 09:15:00 AM  
Blogger Count Olaf said...

Does everyone realize we can program to our heart's content on blogger as well?

Currently Brian is the only one who has that access, but there is a whole page that has the entire coding laid out and, if you have the know-how, you can change into something else entirely. It's much like directly editing the CSS of word press.

To me they are very similar just with different names for things. My only concern with moving is losing contributors...when we did the blogger switch (because blogspopt is forcing everyone) we lost 3 contributors.

And if lora and joe sherry come along our entire readership will be intact.

3/27/2007 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Does everyone realize we can program to our heart's content on blogger as well?

But can you edit comments?

I know one can edit Blogger, but the learning curve for that (for me, at least) is at least as high as that for Wordpress.

It's a bit of a chaos now, even if I think it's fun, but the more time passes the more I'm convinced Wordpress is the better choice. More stuff to do and, in the end, easier ways to do that. Plus easier to do simple stuff like bold and italics. I can live without having to do that for comments anymore.

it all seems designed to suck you into paying for it

I can totally get that, and I get that vibe slightly as well. But, first of all, we haven't even got so far in trying it out. And even if we one day did reach a point where people felt like something needed to be added that required paying for, no one is by any means required to pay.

To me, after using Wordpress thus far, Blogger seems clunky and antiquated.

And doesn't Vox require that those who post there have their own Vox blogs? And teamblogging is still in Beta over there.

3/27/2007 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

And doesn't Vox require that those who post there have their own Vox blogs?

Yeah--that's how team blogs work, with certain posts designated for the team blog (I think). I thought that would be really cool. Vox also has other drawbacks. I thought Vox and/or Ning might be more exciting, but they would also be more upsetting probably. (Don't want to lose Jackrabbit. ;-) )

So, it's not like I'm saying the Vox or Ning would be a better choice, necessarily, just that WordPress didn't excite me enough to make me want to switch to them.

And Blogger (Google) was getting on my better side recently with their enhancement of Picasa Web albums.

I never have gotten around to converting my old moribund Blogger blog to their new format, because I was having trouble making it look just like it did before (and my heavily-modified template came from the before-comments time, and I could never get them to work without doing the big conversion).

3/27/2007 02:59:00 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The purpose of this email is to make certain accusations against the Chinese government and my
cry for help. Thank you for your time and your help will be highly appreciated.

Are you aware that the news you are watching is interlaced with Communist China's propaganda,as
Communist China maps a realm of news with innocent lives?
Communist China is scheming a millennial terrorist activity by manipulating people's behaviors
through electromagnetic waves to contain criticism and harm innocent human lives.

1. The anomaly in community traffic of cars and motorcycles and drag racing,and reckless honking by
cars and motorcycles is exceeding an unprecedented level.
2. Communist China has the technology to scan the human brain waves through military satellite and
to discern and decipher their thoughts,scheming to instill individual interference focusing on
each individual in need using the satellite electromagnetic waves.
3. Deploying electromagnetic waves is poised to project onto the human brain with certain
sounds for the perception of grossly traumatizing or startling pain,or deploying the broadcast
of noise via electromagnetic waves in sleeping humans with edited clips of films or through
voice or image signals onto our brains or besiege our sensory functions with fabricated
audible and sensory illusions.
4. It manipulates one's moods,such as smiling,nervousness,disgust,panic,anger,sorrow,
desires,appetite,and so forth.
5. It interferes the human brain's thinking capability,memory or linguistic capability,to name a
few,causing spasms of muscles and fingers in the left and right hands,stinging aches
throughout the body,coughing,yawning,trembling,involuntary blinking of the eye,runny
nose and so forth.
6. Electromagnetic waves are deployed to hinder the motoring functions of the body and neck,
disrupt the heartbeat or respiration,manipulate dizziness,deprive one's sleep,spasm,saliva
gland,dental neural pain,etc.
7. Watch out that Communist China is infiltrating the news media by deploying electromagnetic
waves to besiege the broadcast media,map out viral disillusion or erroneous perception,and
investigate threats of brainwashing in viral spreading.
8. It further moved to deploy various symptoms in what one sees of media icons,gesture terms,
adding a skewed interpretation to one's cognitive awareness,misleading an individual to
hallucinate or suffer,such as the North Korean's rigid smile,which is a tactic Communist
China often deploys to counter the people.
9. By observing the resolution accuracy of Communist China's sound and image (scenario)
interference projected onto the human's brain,this can only be achieved with a certain level
of frequencies at the source of interference,hence there is no doubt that it has to be the
electromagnetic wave. Yet questions remain as to what range of frequencies the source of
interference deploys,or what kind of electromagnetic waves insulation chamber would suffice
to provide an insulation yield? Communist China might deploy specific metal alloys as small scale
molecular antennas, which are attached to the human brain in large number,creating
electromagnetic waves when the human brain is in function,where the current created by
Communist China's electromagnetic interference would poise to amplify in a staggering
number of multiplication,which Communist China can detect at all times to discern and
muscles would excel the generation of electrode,which in turn create a corresponding
electromagnetic wave within.
10. Some of Communist China's intimidation experiences in 2002:6.9 "Hey,are you tired of living?"
6.14 "We had concocted the bombing incident at the U.S. embassy in Pakistan"
"Jiang Zhemin ordered us to kill you,but without creating scenes"6.16 "The Pakistani
civilian troops confessed that they had schemed the bombing of the U.S. embassy in
Pakistan,which we had manipulated them to confess,so what are you going to do about it?"
6.19 "Hey,why don't you just go ahead and commit suicide""We are going to scheme
murder using the public bus"6.20 "Commit suicide by burning charcoal,get it?"6.25 "Jiang
Zhemin just does not like you,go hit your head against the wall".
11. I reckon that there are victims abound out in the street,no less alarming than wars,and those
not in the know or did not understand that Communist China's simple electromagnetic design
could easily turn people against each other,create moving incidents,little lese to say mislead
the youth to broach down the wrong path,suicidal prompting,design and fabrication of a host
of society news (which Communication China refers to as movie making),as Communist China has had a
decade long of the technology,and has long abused its technological advantages to scheme up design
of abusing human lives by arranging fabricated news to poison and infiltrate the free
world,manipulate and misguide the contents of the media,and deploy brainwashing and malicious
spread of viruses,done with insinuation and riddles.The fact that Communist China's slaughtering
the innocent had been the result of a high level of calculation,and a high level of rationalization,
where the threats are in existence,and cannot be ignored of their detrimental severity.
12. Communist China often coerce people to watch news compiled by the reporter Lu Yuling of the cable
news in order for them to be saved,but few are aware that Communist China had merely deploy the
reporter to entrap many people. I do envision that those that turn to committing crime as framed
by Communist China,the extra sufferings by the ordinary people,and the deaths of many innocent
lives will not go unnoticed as hindered by a condoning attitude.
13. Nazi Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin, Chinese Liberation Army, security police and armed police have committed suppression and massacre on their own civilians. Hu, Jiang and the other atrocious butchers owe these innocent civilians! More horrible and serious is that they are using mysterious killing technologies to cause harms to human brains around the world, making advantage of numerous international politicians and journalists to help them commit atrocities and beautify their actions, aiming to overturn and suppress those innocent people and cover up their terrorist acts and win fame by cheating the world. Securing in the knowledge that they have strong backing, these arrogant and shameless butchers have committed tortures and mass killing cruelly to those innocent ones around the world. Unfortunately, neither these politicians and nor journalists knowing what is what would dare to express their conscience.
14. The inhumane acts and atrocities committed by Nazi China are far more vicious than that of Nanjing massacre in China during WWII committed by Japanese army, as Chinese government is using mysterious technologies to commit massacres to masses of bare-handed civilians around the world as well as launch violence and terrorist activities to suppress these completely unarmed people’s freedom of speech. These demons, like Hu, Jinag and Chinese Liberation Army, despise the chastity, dignity and precious life of those innocent ones and suppress the emotions of their beloved. Meanwhile, relying on the condition that most of people in the world will not be able to witness their vicious acts of violence and behaviors they have committed unscrupulously and shamelessly, these Chinese Liberation Army enjoys using cruel ways to torture, massacre and trample on these innocent people, physically and mentally, in one free world. The arrogant Hu, Jiang and those jackals nurtured under such ferocious power treat themselves as the symbol of benevolence and hero, as they fail to learn their gutless and vicious acts to trample on those innocent people. If these demons, butchers and dregs of human, such as Hu, Jiang and Chinese Liberation Army who have become frenzied and conscienceless appeared in the site of Nanjing massacre in WWII, they definitely would be the leading roles to act atrocities!
15. We don’t want to see masses of innocent people to fall victim to the hell on earth built by red China where they will be susceptible to tortures and massacres for thousands of years.
16. Despite being even unable to fend for themselves in face of the high-tech detriments and attacks from China, we can not tolerate the fact that these politicians and journalists will become the accomplices to help China commit its terrorist acts and suppression on these innocent people in the current era or an unknown future.
17. In view of the notorious, vicious and sinister Hu, Jiang, Chinese Liberation Army with blood-stained hands, we just cast doubt over whether these greats of knowing what is what who have negotiated with these demons will show their conscience to save these innocent civilians or will act just for the sake of their profits, or are under the control of China. In this current drowned world, how will these innocent lives be treated in face of the atrocious acts committed by these diabolical figures, or when these innocent people will witness the practice of democracy in China? Will these phenomena turn out to be the joint efforts and endeavors achieved by China and those powerful figures in the world? Are we really dedicated to overturning such adversity? Our goal is to eliminate the vicious power one day with our strenuous efforts, and we absolutely will achieve it!

Chen,Shun-Chuan 2002.10.13* Republic of China (Taiwan)

10/31/2008 08:58:00 AM  
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Blogger Steve Finnell said...


The five points of Calvinism should be expressed as unconditional damnation.

The premise of Calvinism that men have no free-will and that men can only be saved if God predetermines each person for salvation.

Calvinism teaches that men are saved by unconditional election.

The antithesis of unconditional election is unconditional damnation.


1. Total Depravity: Man is totally depraved so he cannot choose or desire God.

If total depravity is true, then unless men are unconditional elected for salvation, they are unconditionally damned to hell for all eternity.

2. Unconditional Election: God unconditionally elects those whom He has predetermined to save.

If unconditional election is true, then conversely all others areunconditionally damned, lost outside of Christ.

3. Limited Atonement: Jesus died only for those who have been unconditionally elected for salvation.

If limited atonement is a Biblical fact, then all who are not unconditionally elected for salvation will die in their sins because they will face unconditional damnation.

4. Irresistible Grace: When God calls the elect for salvation, they cannot resist.

Those who are not called by irresistible grace will beunconditionally damned and will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

5. Perseverance of the Saints: Once you have been unconditionally elected for salvation you can never be lost. Once saved always saved.

If God did not unconditionally give you the faith so you could believe and be saved, and you have no free-will to believe or reject Jesus; then you are unconditionally damned. You are once damned always damned.

God does not unconditionally save anyone nor is anyoneUNCONDITIONALLY DAMNED.

THERE ARE NO POINTS OF CALVINISM THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE. [Read the whole New Testament and understand God's plan for mankind]


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