Because I’m a Tea Snob

I love tea, all kinds of tea. People are generally freaked out by my love of tea and simply because I want more tea – I’m hooking up Adagio Tea with a link. Normally I’m a Stash Tea girl, but I figure, free tea samples can’t hurt :D .

If you’d like to spread some tea love and get hooked up yourself, hook Adagio up with a link to their site from yours (what you get depends on your PR).

(I’ve not yet had chocolate tea…oooo, that sounds exciting)

UPDATE (3/1/05 – afternoon): I just received a real email from them thanking me for my link (it appears someone actually visited my site) and a note letting me know my tea is on the way :) – now that’s nice. So far, I’m already liking the customer service.

It’s Official – Mild Insanity Has A New Home

I’ve finished moving the insanity over to the new host – yaaaay. It wasn’t difficult, the delay came because my lazy behind just didn’t feel like porting my current design into a WP 1.5 theme :) . It’s funny because I wouldn’t have experienced any downtime at all – the “I’m sorry” page was due to another problem (detailed at the bottom of this post) and not because of the server move.

Anyhoo, the process broken down:
1. I exported my current database in .sql form
2. I imported the database into the database created on my new hosting account
3. I uploaded the WP 1.5 files to the new server and ran the update
4. Since the old settings from Mild Insanity carried over, I had to use the link provided by the new host appended with my WP login to get in to WP and change the “blog URL” to the temporary host link
5. Added a few plugins here and there – just cuz I could
6. Created a theme out of my current design – added a few other perks to it as well
7. Uploaded and tested the theme (all behind the scenes)
8. Change the nameservers :)

So what finally got my lazy behind up to make the move happen? When I, by chance, happened across my blog and saw a whole slew of MySQL errors and no posts to the blog – I checked my email and saw the server was being rebooted – no problem, until the SQL errors never went away – some 5+ hours later!

Anyhoo, that’s enough ranting for this evening and I’m excited about the new host. At least the insanity is back up – but unfortunately, 2 of my other blogs (including my testbed blogs) are down while they “are fixing the problem with MySQL”…

That’s it – I’m tired, I’m going to bed now.

The Insanity Is Moving

I’ve been with my current host for quite a while now. I was with them since the beginning of my first real website (that’s roughly 2 years now) and they’ve served me well. Their customer care is super awesome and I have very few complaints with them.

However, it seems some of my websites are outgrowing my current hosting needs and it’s time for me to move on (sort of). I need a little better uptime than WHB can consistently provide for a few of my sites because they’re commercial.

With that, I’ve decided to move the insanity to HostM because I’ve heard many wonderful things about them. A number of my clients are hosting with them and I’m very familiar with them. But I’m not completely abandoning my current host, I’m only moving 4 of my sites. The rest will remain comfortably where they are.

I just wanted to let everyone know just in case the insanity cannot be found – it will be back. Ooooh, and while I’m moving – I’ll also be upgrading to WP 1.5 too – yay. I’ve done one blog already and the world didn’t come falling down on my head, so all is well.

I even figured out how to get my “email post to a friend” plugin to work with the upgrade too – for a second I thought I was going to pull my hair out, then I knew I was going to pull my hair out when I saw how simple a fix it was. For some reason, my eyes just kept passing over the culprit (a faulty MySQL query). I also got my skin working with the “subscribe to blog posts” plugin which wasn’t as hard or hair-pulling as the email to a friend plugin…anyhoo, now I’m just rambling.

Hopefully this move goes a lot more smoothly than Paul’s did :)

Tigerspice is offline (hopefully they stay that way)

It seems that tigerspice.com and webserverhost.net has been bumped offline.

Also, the trackback spam for tigerspice.com seems to have stopped for the moment, but Google and Yahoo! still have a few pages from the site in their index. Hopefully they get removed soon.

Apparently someone somewhere with some power to shut them down heard the complaints :) – woo and hoo. One small victory, but it still feels pretty damn cool.

I’m Neo-Pagan?!? What?!?

I just got done taking the belief-o-matic quiz at beliefnet just out of sheer curiousity and it seems as though I’m a Neo-Pagan.

Time for me to admit something – I don’t really know what Neo-Pagan is and I’m sure my (very Baptist Christian) family would raise an eyebrow at these results. Baptist Christian doesn’t even show up on this list. At least there are a bunch of different religions for me to study up on :) . Dang I sure hope I’m not going to hell for this one.

And because of their disclaimer (which I should have paid closer attention to): Belief-O-Matic™ assumes no legal liability for the ultimate fate of [my] soul.

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. New Age (95%)
3. Mahayana Buddhism (88%)
4. Unitarian Universalism (82%)
5. Hinduism (82%)
6. New Thought (79%)
7. Scientology (77%)
8. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (75%)
9. Bahá’í Faith (75%)
10. Orthodox Judaism (74%)
11. Reform Judaism (74%)
12. Liberal Quakers (73%)
13. Jainism (72%)
14. Islam (65%)
15. Theravada Buddhism (64%)
16. Sikhism (62%)
17. Orthodox Quaker (60%)
18. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (56%)
19. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (42%)
20. Taoism (42%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (39%)
22. Jehovah’s Witness (39%)
23. Secular Humanism (37%)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (34%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (29%)
26. Roman Catholic (29%)
27. Nontheist (20%)

Trackback Spam Revisited

If you run a blog or weblog, chances are you’ve been hit with trackback spam/comment spam and chances are you don’t like it. Well Paul decided to take the initiative and post the spammer WHOIS info and mentioned reporting the spammers.

I’ve decided to take a little initiative myself and I’ve tracked down the hosting provider for the account.

The details listed in the WHOIS database is likely to be false (and if it is, you can report them to InterNIC for supplying incomplete/incorrect details). Their listed host server is webserverhost.net which is also registered to the same person who owns tigerspice.com. Hmmm, almost dead end.

I decided to trace the IP block for n1 and ns2 at webserverhost.net (65.75.152.30 and 65.75.152.31) and found that it belongs to Managed Solutions Group, Inc. (managed.com).

A quick search on Google shows that apparently Managed Solutions Group, Inc. doesn’t really care that people are setting up spammer sites on their plans, but I’d report tigerspice to them anyway.

Paul’s on to something – if enough people complain, they can’t rightly ignore us all.

So, with this information in mind – take a moment to send a message to:
support@namecheap.com (the spammy website registrar)
abuse@managed.com (the spammer’s host)

If you’re feeling really ambitious, call the hosting company and complain, fax in your complaint, or write a snail mail letter:
Managed Solutions Group, Inc.
Corporate Office
46750 Fremont Blvd. #107
Fremont, CA 94538

Telephone: 888.585.8889
Facsimile: 510.659.8900

While you’re at it, report them to Google, Yahoo!, and DMOZ as well :) – all of the links go directly to their spam abuse reporting – and a note to any spammers/trackback spammers: cheers a**hat!

NOTICE: Please make sure to read the comments re: DMOZ

I can finally grocery shop online…sort of

Amazon is really bringing laziness (or convenience) to new levels with their gourmet foods (beta) section.

When I was looking to purchase some washing soda online which returned the result of “Gristedes Supermarket of New York” and then thought to myself…hmmm…if it’s a supermarket, then they may have other supermarket type stuff, so I clicked around and wouldn’t you know it – they have just about anything a regular supermarket may have :D .

HA! No more driving 2min 30s down the street to grocery shop anymore, woo and hoo. They even have my water crackers and mangos (sucks cuz they don’t have my hard dough bread though).

I have been waiting for this day for so long – the heavens have finally shined upon me. I can now become a bonafide hermit – not that my friends/family would actually let me though (but I’m sure gonna try).

I wonder if Amazon can make a success of this despite the failed attempts by Publix and now Winn Dixie.

oh yea…real smooth

What not to try and spam a woman’s blog with:

Woman is not yet capable of friendship: women are still cats and birds. Or, at best, cows.

This is bonafide proof that spammers are idiots (if all the other stuff wasn’t enough for you). I’m almost tempted to make a category specifically for stupidity…

Did Anyone Else Notice That Google’s REALLY Giving Away The Invites?

You know, I had a tough time trying to force people to open a Gmail account borderline bribing people to open a Gmail account b/c the invites just kept coming. Well it seems today that Gmail really wants to start unleashing it’s G-ness on the world b/c I now have 50 invites remaining.

Yes, 50 – five zero…Is there anybody left in this world that doesn’t already have a Gmail account? If you know anyone, send them my way.

WordPress 1.5 Is Here – woohoo

It’s official – WordPress 1.5 is here and ready for human consumption. It definitely sounds appealing and I honestly didn’t think I’d be driven to update my installations of WordPress (I have 5), but after reading that loverly post on the dev blog, I can’t resist.

I’ll be testing it out on the project that is currently in the works (it’s still a secret until launch). I have already installed 1.2.2 and hacked it to pieces in order for it to do what I want it to, however, I’m willing to scrap that and give 1.5 a try because of some of the added bonuses. I am especially excited about the commenting features – gosh I hope this helps to curb the spam issue.

Hopefully the learning curve will not be too bad. Okay, I’m going to get my work done super fast today so I can go play with WordPress – oooo, I’m all excited!