The Baughmans

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To say today has been a frustrating day in regards to all-things-geeky would be quite the understatement. We’ve had this blog (running off MovableType (Open Source) 4.23) for all of two days, and I’m just about ready to throw in the towel and move everything over to WordPress already. I installed MT4 because it was reviewed by quite a few sites as the more robust and feature-packed of the two, but also as more of a power-user’s tool which required more tweaking out of the box. I’m fairly adept at coding, so the complexities weren’t a major concern to me (really, they were more of a plus), nor was the fact that it’s primarily coded in Perl rather than PHP. I spent the first five or so years of my programming foray writing code in Perl for an open source forum project called YaBB, short for Yet Another Bulletin Board, and I rather like the language. It’s kind of like the Hebrew of web coding languages.

Anywho … long story short (is it too late to use that idiom?), the documentation for MovableType is atrocious (when you’re lucky enough to find any sort of documentation to begin with). The FaceBook Connect plug-in that drew my attention to MovableType is still in beta and quite buggy in regards to IE7 usage, whereas there is already a WordPress plug-in to provide the same type of features and that was written by the Facebook dev team themselves.

And I still can’t get my little avatar picture to show up next to my blog entries because I keep getting an Internal Server Error 500 whenever I upload it in my control panel, and the error logs provide zero helpful information as to why this is happening (and of course, I can’t find any decent documentation from MovableType on the feature).

To cap it all off, our Comcast internet service just died all of the sudden tonight while I was trying to find a solution to any one of my numerous blogging software issues. Calling 1-800-comcast failed to get me connected to the local service center, so it looks like the call center is down, too. Fabulous. So I’ve connected my Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone (Sprint Mogul) to our HP tx2500z laptop and am sharing its EVDO connection via USB. It’s one of my favorite things about Vista - turn it on, plug it in, and surf the web.

At this rate, though, I’ll probably be defaming Sprint by tomorrow afternoon. Technology is so cruel.

So I was browsing the internet when I got back from the grocery store today, and stumbled upon this lovely article on Fox News: “Five Ways the World Can End”. One of them is actually destined to happen and is virtually unavoidable. According to the scientists and brilliant theorist of the world, this is what we have to look forward to:

1. Massive asteroid impact: Apparently a massive asteroid hit Mars some 3.9 billions years ago and snuffed out any life that may have existed. “Were that to happen on Earth, the few surface organisms that survived the impact and resulting earthquakes and fires would be fried by solar rays.”

2. Massive volcanic eruptions: It could also be that instead of an asteroid, lava killed everything on Mars. And all the dinosaurs. Or this lovely bit, “And the Yellowstone supervolcano — that’s right, Yellowstone National Park sits atop a massive magma chamber — will probably take out most of the people living between the Rockies and the Appalachians next time it erupts, which could literally be tomorrow.” But that wouldn’t end the world unless it continued to erupt for tens of thousands of years. Phew!

3. Nuclear war: This would’ve been the one I thought was a shoe in for all mass destruction if any b/c people are so corrupt. But no, not according to the world of science and politics. Only b/c no one has enough nukes to finish everyone off. At least for now. There’s still hope, “there’s always a chance of a full-scale nuclear exchange between future superpowers.”

4. Black hole: Now I will admit that I know practically nothing about space, bending light, astronomy, any of that. I am completely space stupid. It’s just a subject that is completely unfathomable to me. Apparently black holes are now much more common than what used to be believed. Supposedly there is a massive black hole at the center of every spiral galaxy, millions of stars that die and leave black holes orbiting in their place, and so on. If a rogue one were to approach our galaxy, we would notice the sky darkening due to the bending of light from stars being sucked in, other planets being pulled off orbit, and finally Earth pulled in like water going down a drain. But we won’t live to see it happen since, “Thanks to the massive tidal disruptions on Earth, not to mention the lack of reliable sunlight, we’d already be dead.” Well, I certainly won’t bust out my telescope to look for this one coming.

5. The expanding sun: Now here’s the kicker. This is the unavoidable one. “If all else fails, the Earth will almost certainly come to an end in about 5 billion years when it falls into the expanding sun.” And this bit of good news: “Terrestrial inhabitants need not worry, since they’ll be boiled off much earlier by the sheer heat of the growing star.” But hey, let’s not get too worked up yet: “Then again, it’s also possible that scientists of an advanced future civilization could simply tow out Earth to a safer orbit, after having presumably rendered Mars and Venus inhabitable as well.”

You know, I think I’ll just sit back, read Revelations again, and wait for Jesus to come back. I’m sure that will be much more impressive.

Dave and I have talked about having a blog up since our website was first created for our wedding over 2 years ago. And for those of you who know Dave, you know that creating this is his baby and I don’t touch. So finally today I get to write my first ever blog! And now I realize I have nothing really to write about…. At least for today. I’m sure with the pregnancy and all that I will have plenty of updates and pictures as things progress, but seeing as how right now I’m a stay-at-home wife, there’s not a lot of crazy exciting things to report! Definitely no stressful work stories, which is a good thing.

So for now I’m just going to leave this be, and later this week when I’m in a bit more creative mood I’ll write something interesting. For now just be grateful that this is up and running thanks to my darling husband!

Well, today has been an interesting day. We heard our child-to-be’s heartbeat for the second time today (153 bpm, for what it’s worth). My snazzy new Ipod Touch 32GB 2nd Gen came in today (dedicated volume buttons, ya’ll!). And Sam’s replacement Sprint Mogul came in to replace her aging Sprint PPC-6700 (Apache). Though we’ll just be selling the Mogul on eBay since she already got the uber-geekified HTC Touch Pro for Christmas (from me!). We got it activated today, and found out three things in the process:

    1. The chances of talking to someone who speaks English intelligibly (much less natively) is still about 50 to 1 when calling Sprint after 1:00 p.m. CST.
    2. Sprint’s built-in navigation features are pretty slick looking. I’m curious how TeleAtlas maps (the same folks who provide TomTom with their mapping data) will compare to Garmin Mobile, which I run on my Sprint Mogul.
    3. SprintTV is a lot cooler than I anticipated it being. The Office and 30 Rock on-demand? Sign me up! That, combined with built-in Youtube browser and Slingbox Mobile, and there are a bunch of really good looking streaming multimedia applications you can access pretty much anywhere you get an EVDO signal.

This is the first post ever in my personal (and our family’s combined) blog, so I’m going to go ahead and end this here. I’m not sure if this post will even make it to press, since I’m still feeling a little “iffy” about how all this MovableType magic-in-a-box works.