Migrating from MovableType to WordPress

I am migrating my blog off the old Movable Type platform. My old blog will still be available at the old address until I get this migration completed.

Movable Type is dead. I knew it would die when Joi Ito took over Six Apart, he screws up everything he touches. Despite Ito’s declaration of support for Open Source software, now Movable Type 6 is closed and the price went from $0 to $595. It used to be the predominant blog software, but everyone got fed up with the lack of updates and the security problems, so they moved to WordPress. Now I have to move as well.

Update: I have successfully moved all my content to this new site, but the formatting converted poorly and I may have to edit almost every post I made for the last 12 years. I am resuming light blogging so new posts may appear occasionally, while I sort out the remaining problems and improve the design.

33 Cent Gas

WIth some shrewd use of discounts, I just filled my gas tank for 33 cents per gallon. I haven’t seen gas that cheap since I took Driver’s Education in high school. I told the gas station clerk this was probably his highest discount all day. He said it was second highest, and showed me a copy of a receipt for 1 cent gas (the maximum discount) filling a 20 gallon tank. Fill er up for 20 cents!


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Noctilucent Rainbow

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This is a crude photo of a rainbow after sunset, a noctilucent rainbow. It was taken at 8:34PM, sunset was at 8:29PM so the sun was already below the horizon. The photo was taken pointing southeast, away from the setting sun. I tried to go outside and get a better photo but it had already faded.


I have never heard of such a thing. I searched online and there are a few photos of this phenomenon, but it is exceedingly rare. Storm clouds in the west were high enough to be lit by the sun below the horizon. It made a bright red sunset, so the rainbow was illuminated by red light only, making a red rainbow.

Dreamhost QuickTime Streaming Server is Dead

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I just got a phone call from a Dreamhost tech support agent, yes, an actual telephone call with a human voice. The tech asked me if I received their notification that they were about to turn off their QuickTime Streaming Server. She said they sent out an email a month ago, but I never got it. Well this is horrible news. I chose Dreamhost for my website only because they supported QTSS at a reasonable price. I even stuck with them when they broke their server and it took me weeks to get through to the guy who could fix it. The tech said that QTSS had not been upgraded for years and they could not perform security updates to the OS on their servers. I don’t believe it. QTSS is written in Perl and there is no reason why it would break with an OS upgrade.
I don’t know what I’m going to do now. The agent said suggested I convert to Flash video. No way. QTSS isn’t supported on iPhones and iOS devices, and neither is Flash. I’m not going to convert to another dead format like Flash. I could migrate to another web host, but the monthly fee for QTSS alone will be more than what I pay Dreamhost in a year. I will probably have to convert to HTTP Live Streaming, but it’s going to take a while to get that running. So in the meantime, all my video content is offline.
It is worth noting that my BlogTV service was the first video blog on the internet. Other people used video on their websites, but I was the first person to use streaming services that integrated with standard blog software. It is starting to look like that blog software, MovableType, is also heading for obsolescence. I suppose this is the disadvantage to maintaining a site for so long. I have tried to keep everything online, and I’m even attempting to resurrect some of my first web pages from the early 1990s. It is easy to support legacy content written for simple standards like HTTP 1.0. But it’s increasingly difficult to maintain some of the more complex, server-side systems. I suppose Dreamhost isn’t to blame for the obsolescences of QTSS. But it doesn’t really cost them anything to keep it running. And I paid them a hell of a lot of money over the years. I expected more from them and they’ve disappointed me before.

1997 – Charles’ Antique Web Server

It’s hard to believe I’ve had a website online for about 20 years. It seems like just yesterday, it was 1993 and I had just discovered a program called Mosaic. It was a new concept called a “web browser.” My university set up a web server and I created a site almost immediately. I wish I had an archive of that site, it was my first presence on the internet. It even got a good review from Michiko Kakutani. Seriously, she emailed me and said my site was invaluable to her work.


The first web server I ever operated by myself was an mkLinux server, running on a Mac PowerPC 8100/110, what an antique. I just located the backup of that server, I was surprised to see some of my old projects from around 1997. They were pretty good if I do say so myself. But back then, it was just a miracle that you had any sort of website at all. I was particularly amused at my website logo, a spoof of “blue label” generic products.


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I think I’ll reblog some of the stories from the old site, they deserve to be resurrected.

A Message to Cori Eicher

Apple keeps sending me emails to alert me that someone named Cori Eicher is trying to reset my Apple ID.
Cori, I don’t know who you are, or where you are, but that isn’t your account. It’s my account, I’ve had it for over 10 years. I talked to Apple Security and you are never, ever going to get access to the ceicher Apple ID. So stop trying to reset the password. You are annoying me with your futile attempts to crack my account.

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