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Oh, man. This is sad. I actually secretly liked this guy's videos. He had this great fake Russian accent and fired a lot of guns.

Mr. Ratliff's passion for firearms made him something of a celebrity on the Internet, where he helped make scores of videos about high-powered and exotic guns and explosives. His YouTube channel, called FPSRussia, became the site's ninth largest, with nearly 3.5 million subscribers and more than 500 million views.

But last week, the authorities said, Mr. Ratliff, 32, ended up on the wrong end of a gun. The police in northeast Georgia found him dead at his office on Jan. 3, shot once in the head. He was surrounded by several guns, but not the one that killed him. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is treating it as a homicide.

Keith Ratliff, Gun Enthusiast of FPSRussia, Is Shot to Death -

How does he know so much about people?

Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift' - YouTube


I'd take the whole site offline today, but I'm not sure anyone's reading it. So here's the next best thing... in lieu of snapping a Blackberry pic and sending it in, I'm putting up a blackout image to help protest #SOPA and #PIPA.

Update: Turns out I can redirect everything to this image with a simple flick of the .htaccess file. So I'll do that instead.

A comparison of the iPhone 4S's automated assistant. I suppose it's great if you don't know how to start a web search on your iPhone, or know how to call a florist.

iPhone's Siri vs. My Human Assistant - Video Library - The New York Times

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  Steve Jobs Dies

Steve Jobs shows off iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worl...

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I suppose it wasn't entirely unexpected, but it's a pretty sad situation. I wonder what the future of computing, media, and networking will look like without Jobs' crazily gifted innovation.

It's long been Silicon Valley legend: Jobs and Wozniak built their first commercial product, the Apple 1, in Jobs' parents' garage in 1976. Jobs sold his Volkswagen van to help finance the venture. The primitive computer, priced at $666.66, had no keyboard or display, and customers had to assemble it themselves.

The following year, Apple unveiled the Apple II computer at the inaugural West Coast Computer Faire. The machine was a hit, and the personal computing revolution was under way.

Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dies -

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Well, obviously, I've not been looking for guest posters. But apparently, it's a thing you can do to get more content and more readers. Interesting concept. At least I'd feel like I was talking to someone besides myself.

  Ask any pro blogger and he will tell you that the more content you have on your blog - the more traffic you get. That's mainly because each post you publish gets indexed by Google and starts getting search traffic since then.

So the more - the better, right? You can publish a new post daily or maybe even two, but this way you'll quickly get tired and probably run out of ideas. That is why it's so sweet when people contribute their own posts to your blog!.. Hey what's the matter? No one is offering you a guestpost? I think I know why! 

5 Childish Reasons No One Is Guestposting At Your Blog | BloggerJET

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  Still online?

Had a massive motherboard failure on my box, which was essentially a desktop machine crammed into a 4-u rack mount chassis. I originally thought the power supply was dead, but when I replaced the unit, the machine still wouldn't start. Turned out the board was completely fried, though not the fault of the hosting provider, I assume, despite the fact that a number of servers in the same cabinet are stricken with a tendency to all crash simultaneously.

So, to keep the site up, at least in a zombie state (with no updates since December), I piggy-backed the whole shebang on another nearby server which has had no crashes in the last year.

I've also found another, this time more professional, server: a gently-used IBM x345 box with several built-in redundancies, which should keep the websites going fine.

I'm still working through some configuration twists and turns, but we should be back to normal in a little while.

I've been online for better than 10 years now, so it's safe to assume I'm here for the foreseeable future.

Very good news. They were the best, fastest, and most solid aggregator around.

We're happy to announce that has entered into an agreement with MerchantCircle to keep Bloglines up and running! That means your news feeds will remain available (with your same password) indefinitely. will maintain the current Bloglines service as-is until at least December 1, 2010 after which the service will transition wholly to MerchantCircle.

You can read more detail about MerchantCircle and its plans for the service at the MerchantCircle blog and the blog.

Bloglines back from the dead

This reCAPTCHA code is getting harder and harder to fill in. Found this in my comments section.


So .... does it want me to solve for x?

... apparently. Well, this is good news. I'm a big fan of Cory.

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  test post after restore

Trying to restore the backup database again. Looks like it might have been a mysql issue.

A little unforseen maintenance and one broken RAID controller later, we're back online. Lost a few days, though, and for some reason, the ZuckerBlog page appeared to be publishing from the MissingLinks page as well. In fact, all the blogs I manage had some kind of content bleed into other published blogs. The origin of this was that I imported the backup .sql file into the wrong version of MySQL, and although everything looked good in the Movable Type web interface, the database was moving everything around. The best way to fix this was to pull everything apart again, and reinstall the older MySQL server.

So far, everything's OK. The only thing I'm still having problems with is email posting, and I should have that fixed up in a little while.

By the way, Movable Type 5.2 looks pretty awesome. And it appears much faster than version 4, though this may actually be because I gutted the old server and replaced it with a newer one.

Whoa, the boy's going a little loco in la cabeza. Even spawned a new Internet meme.

Scott Baio has had some issues of late. He's mad. Mad at liberals, mad at uninformed fans, and really mad at the Internet. Crazy mad. But a recent history of Baio's insanity reveals that his fall was all but inevitable.


Scott Baio's Online Meltdown: A Complete Timeline - Scott baio twitter - Jezebel

Oh, how we will miss those awesome videos. Now what will we do?

Oh yeah:

Hitler, as "Downfall producer" orders a DMCA takedown from Brad Templeton on Vimeo.

A recent wave of takedowns notices affecting many of the Hitler "Downfall" parody videos has resulted in their removal from YouTube. (EDIT: These videos were blocked by YouTube's Content ID system, not taken down via DMCA notices. For more on the difference between these two, see the EFF's Guide to YouTube Removals.) The copyright claim is being filed on behalf of Constantin Films, the German production company that owns the rights to the 2004 film Der Untergang (Downfall), from which the clip originates.

Downfall parodies are a well-established part of online culture and follow a familiar format: phony subtitles are presented along with Hitler's final soliloquy in his besieged bunker (you might need to watch for yourself). The Downfall format has been used to mock everything from social networking sites, to politicians, to the iPad, to self-important hipsters. The list goes on, but as of this week Downfall videos are disappearing fast. Both "Hitler Gets Banned from XBox Live,"--which had over 4 million views before it was taken down--and the meta-parody "Hitler Wants to Make a Meme," are currently unavailable due to Constantin's copyright claim.

The Downfall meme is so well-established that it has literally become standard curriculum for digital moviemaking courses, as evidenced by this class' page which counted 14 videos before the takedowns were issued (currently, only two of these videos remain playable).

Open Video Alliance | Hitler "Downfall Meme" gets taken down

Saw this ad on Kijiji, and what can I say? I want to have a look, and maybe try her out.

The bike, I mean.


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