Well, after approximately 1.5 years of non-use I have cancelled my MySpace account. I haven’t looked at anyone else’s during that time either. With their new format, my profile was coming up as big white nothingness and I’m not going to spend the time to fix it LOL. Everyone that I care about is using Facebook now anyway. I guess that’s all there is to say about that.
After reading Be Careful What You Post, this got me to thinking about something I’ve thought about fairly often. In the past there have been many things I’ve wanted to say or get off my chest that after thinking about it decided against making a post. The reason being, for good or bad, that anything you post, say in a tweet, or write in an “open” forum is there for all to view potentially. This includes past, current, or possible future employers or someone that knows someone who knows some person, company, or product you talked about. In this age, you know that anyone that is thinking about hiring you, that you currently work with, that you’ve just asked out on a date or whatever, is going to look your name up on Google or some other search engine or social network like MySpace, Facebook, or Twitter to find out what they come across.
Since I’ve been doing a lot of twittering lately (I think that addictive nature of my personality has, at the moment, grabbed a hold of Twitter), I sometimes wonder if people forget that what they say in @replies are completely open for public viewing. I also wonder about how private direct messages really are. I also wonder about the integrity of the authors/creators of all these Twitter clients and Websites that ask for a username and password.
So, I guess, in the end, unless you don’t care who might potentially read what you say and the possible repercussions if they do, well, then don’t post, tweet, or write it.
I’ve added Casino Royale to my DVD movie collection. I actually think it’s one the better James Bond films that have come out recently. While I was at Hastings, also rented Eragon and Dr. Who, Series 2, Volume 1. Only had time to watch Casino Royale today since tonight was also the night for Survivor, CSI, and Shark.
Hmm.. I just realized that I need to target all these links to my main frame name so that when someone clicks on a link from within my website, that it shows it there and does not open a new window. But, when viewing the blog itself, it will still open a new window. So that will work.
Oh, I did change how I was referencing the dynamically created images on my MySpace page. I changed the code to actually reference a .GIF file (playing.gif) and then changed my .htaccess file to redirect it to the PHP script. See:
RedirectMatch ^/php/playing.gif$ http://www.markheadrick.com/php/playing.php RedirectMatch ^/php/album.gif$ http://www.markheadrick.com/php/album.php
Well, all for now I guess. I need to find a better way in putting code blocks into this blog. Somewhat problematic.
I have still not begun actively looking for a job; however, that does not mean I have not been doing any “work”, at least recently. I decided a couple weeks ago after I got back from getting over the oral surgery, that I would spend a day’s worth of work on my website endeavors to get me back into the work frame of mind (as opposed to veggin’ out in front of the tv) and to keep my programming skills fresh and my mind from going stale, if I am not involved in the “looking for a job” activities. I’ve been out of work since November, if you remember. Financially I am still okay. I could probably go 5 months without finding a new job.. and still not use any of my credit cards. But, I don’t want it to go that long. Thank god I am debt free.. no car payments or credit card balances.
Anyway, what have I done during the past couple weeks:
- Added a new database to my main website to keep track of spammers trying to post junk into my Guestbook. I’m recording their IP address, hostname, date/time, and why the post failed. Then, any sufficiently abusing or re-occuring IP address or range can be banned in my .htaccess file. This was a combination of PHP and MySQL stuff.
- Modified my NASCAR page (PHP) to grab the name of the latest race that the driver standings are based from. Mom asked if I could do that and obliged.
- Over on the Pelicar Forum, I added the ability for users to tell when their private messages had been received/read by the recipient. Amazingly, there were no existing SMF MODs to accomplish this. So, I figured it out myself! Ha! This was a combination PHP and MySQL thing. Being that we do alot of role-playing on the forum, I added a couple drop-down boxes to the posting form to choose your character’s post color.
- On the Pelicar Campaign website, I added the ability to see the updated Devotion Point chart and added a general Notes field to the character storage so we could put any information (spells, equipment, goals, skills, training reminders, etc). Corrected the Strength and Stamina tables with new information. I did not include a link since it’s password protected anyway.
- I also just recently created a MySpace page. Well, I wanted to put on there my most recently played/currently playing song in Winamp in the Music section and I wanted to put my recent blog entries’ headlines on here, there and not use the MySpace blog. I also wanted to adjust the appearance somewhat which took some research into how to change the styles within the page using inline CSS.
Well, my Winamp currently playing/recently played image is a dynamically created image using a PHP script.. only problem is, MySpace doesn’t allow you to reference a PHP file in an image tag, which I don’t blame them. So.. what to do? Well, I renamed the PHP file to have a .TIF extension and then edited the .htaccess file on the webserver to make it handle .TIF files as PHP files and run them through the PHP5 handler. Problem solved.
Getting the WordPress blog entries to appear on MySpace also took some trickery. Since MySpace doesn’t work with RSS feeds from other sources, I had to reference a dynamically created image using the .TIF method again and the PHP script would handle parsing the RSS feed from here and constructing an image based from it and sending that image out. I’ll make a separate page on here that describes that whole process and source code as I’m sure other WordPress bloggers would be interested.
So, as you can see, I have not been doing nothing. The next thing I need to do is start waking up at around 7:00am each morning to get myself back on a “normal” schedule. My sleeping habits are so screwed up.. no consistency from day to day and even a few all nighters when I’ve become so involved working on something. I think I should make my “job” next week to look for a job and to figure out what kind of job do I really want and/or willing to do. All for now..
Well.. I finally broke down and created a MySpace page so I could view other friend’s pages. I will continue to use this as my blog and not use the Myspace one. I have much more control over this one. I’ve slowly been tweaking the page and just figured out how to have a realtime image of my blog’s most recent posts on the myspace profile. It took a bit of trickery to get it to work. I had to rename the php file to .tif and told the server to handle .tif files as PHP since they won’t allow you to reference a .PHP file as an image source.
Yeah… one other thing to waste time fiddling with.. the internet is evil.. LOL!