TCA (my initials)

July 25, 2012

…it’s over there

Filed under: meta — TCA @ 4:23 pm

I’m moving my web stuff to a central location.


July 6, 2008

Boing Boing summer flame fest

Filed under: meta — TCA @ 8:14 pm


The meta thrash at Boing Boing won’t die down.

Last Tuesday it was discovered that all references to a blogger named Violet Blue had been deleted. Comments moderator Teresa Nielsen Hayden tried to explain on behalf of the crew at Boing Boing. “It’s our blog and so we made an editorial decision, like we do every single day. We didn’t attempt to silence Violet. We unpublished our own work. There’s a big difference between that and censorship.”

May 10, 2008

technorati chokes and gags

Filed under: Doodling,meta — TCA @ 8:56 pm

“No trees were harmed in the making of this drawing. The Doodle of the Day is totally digital. It was drawn using a Wacom tablet and pen, with software like Corel Painter. The only part of the process that isn’t digital is me.”

Quoted above is my description of the silly-blog-dot-net domain’s shiny new front page.

I tried to enter the description into a form while logged on at Technorati. Technorati ate it and died. I’ll have to try again there later. Mustn’t forget those all-important tags.

May 6, 2008

new blog

Filed under: meta — TCA @ 3:16 pm
Tags: , ,

Please take a look. It’s part of my silly blog dot net domain.

On the main page is the Doodle of the Day.

April 30, 2008

cautious optimism

Filed under: meta — TCA @ 2:52 am

Here’s part two of last Friday’s blog post titled this could be the last time.

“Tip: The WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin can greatly simplify the upgrade process, allowing you to upgrade your blog in about 2 minutes by clicking through a series of on-screen tasks.”

This thing really works. Wish I’d found it sooner. Upgraded to version 2.5.1 without difficulty.

April 25, 2008

this could be the last time

Filed under: meta — TCA @ 7:50 pm

This blog might not last very long.

A recent series of posts in Ian Kallen’s What’s That Noise? blog are quite an eye-opener.

Blog items such as “WordPress Pandemic Chronicles” and “Fear, Uncertainty and Disinformation About The WordPress Exploits and Spam” and “Stature In The Blogosphere (Or Open Source) Is Not Immunity” and “The WordPress Security Cancer” worry me.

Installed WordPress 2.5 yesterday and spent hours tweaking the templates. WordPress 2.5.1 was released today. On a Friday. Have a nice weekend. Good luck trying to contact support at your ISP.

Here’s what I read in the official blog.

“If you are interested only in the security fixes, you can download these corrected copies of wp-includes/pluggable.php, wp-admin/includes/media.php, and wp-admin/media.php. Replace your existing copies of these files with these new copies.”

After doing this, I got the following notice when I tried to log in to my blog as admin.

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare media_upload_tabs() (previously declared […]

Fortunately, I’d backed up the old files, which I reinstalled after deleting the new ones. Then I could log on as admin. However, my blog is presumably still vulnerable to exploits.

I’m thinking about switching to dot mac. Lack of support for PHP and MySQL at dot mac is starting to look like a positive feature. Frequent WordPress security fixes have become tiresome.

I recently learned that dot mac can support my domain name.

February 17, 2008

theory of devolution

Filed under: meta — TCA @ 7:55 pm

“What is your conceptual continuity?” – Frank Zappa

This week I wanted to give an A+ to every artwork that I saw at Illustration Friday.

I’m in the lowest percentile of participants in the weekly IF competition. Less than one percent of IF participants suck as bad as I do.

I couldn’t even motivate myself to enter the competition this week. Its theme is “theory.”

This is what my entry would have been if I’d entered the competition this week. You can see why I thought the better of inflicting it on the minds of those earnest illustrators.

It’s part of a long sequence of collaborative weirdness and filth called SITO Panic. I’ve wasted most of the 21st century contributing to various SITO art projects such as Gridcosm. My contributions there have not been well received. For the most part. With some exceptions.

Getting back to this week’s theme at Illustration Friday. The Theory of Devolution postulated by 1970s band Devo instantly came to mind.

I stumbled across an interview of Jerry Casale in a Rolling Stone blog. He’s a founding member of Devo. Casale was a student at Kent State university when the Ohio National Guard shot dead four antiwar demonstrators there. That’s when the Theory of Devolution was born.

The Church of the SubGenius is in tight with Devo these days. So I cobbled together a manifesto and fired it off to the SubGenius usenet newsgroup.

It’s bulldada, I guess. Or bull something.

Subject: Re: Hey webcomic guy
Newsgroups: alt.slack
Date: 18 Feb 2008 01:41:41 GMT

Flame Warriors by Mike Reed. It’s about usenet. It’s about you.

I miss Doctor Fun. Whatever happened to Dave Farley? What is he doing now?

Joe the Circle. Mike Shapiro is one of many cartoonists who draw in a naive style. But despite the primitiveness of his technique, you can tell that he’s a house-trained artist who could sketch like Leonardo da Vinci if he wanted to…

The style of his Joe the Circle webcomic has become gradually less crude and more sophisticated over the years. It’s almost as if he can’t stand hiding his artistic abilities.

That’s what makes me different. I’m a genuine fraud. I couldn’t sketch the human form to save my life. Perspective? Composition? Light and shadow? Nope.

How do I differ at age 50 from a bored 17 year-old doodling with a Bic ballpoint during algebra class? One word: Philosophy.

After postmodernism, art has nowhere to go. Talent, ingenuity, hard work and a keen awareness of cultural trends… These traits are a curse to the postpostmodernist artist because these traits are so hard to conceal. A prime example of this conundrum is 12 oz. Mouse on Adult Swim.

Webcomics have already supplanted oil painting, sculpture and interpretive dance as high art. Punk rockers are our elder statesmen and women. The ring binder doodle is king.

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