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Hello.  I hope you’re doing well.  This is kind of awkward, but the blog has moved.  Feel free to continue into this site.  The history is here, and a few new posts will be here as well.  But your blog reading experience will really be much more satisfying if you continue to the site’s new home.  Check it out.  And please update your bookmarks / favorites while you’re at it.  I’ll see you there.

Come Enjoy A Heapin' Helpin' Of My Blog Hospitality

Come Enjoy A Heapin' Helpin' Of My Blog Hospitality

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For the first official post at the new blog home, let’s review how the transition went, from my perspective.

I still have some loose ends to clean up but am 90% complete with the move. As with any change, I ran into a hiccup midway through. During my last blog migration, I had no issues taking the history of the previous site and importing it into the new site. But when you’re dragging four-plus years of posts, you can run into problems.

The software I’m using now only allows you to import 2 GB of data. My first attempt checked in at nearly six gigs. I couldn’t find a way to split the data into segments, so around 9:30 Saturday night, I began looking for things to delete from the old site. First, I deleted all but the most recent images that were attached to the posts. I deleted any videos I’d imported or other media files that I’d uploaded over the years. After all that work, still way too high.

Next, I deleted all the old comments. That kind of sucked, since I wanted to keep those. I never read back through them, and doubt any of you want to go back and read what you posted in March 2006, but it would have been nice to have access to them. So, in blocks of 20, I deleted nearly 700 comments. Now I was down to 3.5 GB.

About the only thing left to do was to start deleting posts. Fortunately, as I flipped through the 1100 or so posts, I could look at the category and the opening sentences and make a quick determination of whether a post really needed to come across. I took about six cracks at it, slowly getting closer to the 2 GB barrier, and finally just after midnight Sunday morning got to that point exactly. I quickly imported the posts before I screwed anything up and it appeared to go as expected. For the record, I’m starting the new blog with 519 posts imported from the last two sites.

One bummer is that the old posts aren’t registering in the archives section. However, they are showing up when you use the search box. So, you can’t look at the list and go straight to April 2008. But, you can search for Mario Chalmers and get every post in which I’ve mentioned him, including those from April 2008. Again, I don’t know how many of you will even want to dig back through the archives, but at least they’re there.

So that’s where we are as of Sunday night. Hopefully all will work as expected from the user-side. Please do let me know if you run into any issues, if you have suggestions, etc. I should have everything I want done to the site during phase one completed this week. Phase two starts whenever I am ready to take a crack at designing my own theme.

I’m drinking a little tonight, as anyone who flipped by ESPN2 between 9:30 and 11:30 EST can imagine, so understand this truly comes from the heart. T

he combination of next day delivery from Amazon and instant package tracking on the Internet is a wonderful thing. I ordered a new toy at approximately 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. According to my little tracking widget, it left Reno, NV tonight, but the status is the cheery “Delivered Soon!” It almost makes me want to stay up all night drinking and waiting for the FedEx truck to show up. If I didn’t have kids, I just might be doing that right now.

Economic collapse and all, this is a great freaking country.

Navel lint. OK, maybe you didn’t want to know.

Revealed: The secrets of belly button fluff

Sometimes I get a little out of it. Other than the previous night’s big game, I’m not really sure what’s going on. For example, did you know there’s a new comet to look at?

Catch Comet Lulin

I was surprisingly spry Friday and Saturday. Guess those 4-5 weeks of resistance training leading up to our personal training session paid off. The abs and back muscles were sore, but the good kind of sore. I did the workout again yesterday, augmented by some time on the treadmill at a big incline. I’m sorer from the treadmill than I was Friday. I’ll be interested to see what he has in store for us Thursday.

I better write this now, because tomorrow I expect to be in great pain.

Suzanne and I bit the bullet and signed up for a personal trainer at our gym. We thought what better way to ensure we’re consistent in getting to the gym, are meeting our goals, and throw some more money to them each month?

Our first session was today. The pain is already kicking in.

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Sweet heavens to Betsy.  I’ve found proof that we’re all a lot more alike than some people want us to think, and that the world truly is a wonderful place.

I should have skipped joining the gym and just used what I have around the house already.

Stay-At-Home Dad Workout: “”

It was a busy week here. Let’s try to catch-up.

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