Domain Update

Here’s a quick update with the domain change and transition.

In short, I effed. Up. Everything.

Old links? Gone.

Redirect? Not happening.

Me to the point of considering giving up blogging because of all this? It happened for a moment.

All of what I wanted to happen didn’t happen and it was making for a headache the likes of which I’ve never known. I was just about to the point of crying since it was becoming such a hassle. So to avoid all of that and save my SEO, old links, and quite possibly my readers, the original domain is back. Carry on as you normally would because it’s like nothing has changed.

Although I may have a few more gray hairs because of this mess.

Aside from all that, I’ve got some cool news to share with you for my next post. I will post it tomorrow so in the meantime, enjoy your evening with family and friends, and make 2014 the best year ever.

Broken Links

While in the process of switching things to the new domain, I discovered something: all of my old links under holographicmeatloaf.com became broken. If you clicked on any old link, rather than having it redirect to the new domain, you got either an error from Google or are taken back to the main page. In short, I pretty much killed everything when I switched over.

I am in the process of figuring out a way to get it working again, whether that requires buying a redirect for the old domain or otherwise. But I don’t remember having to do that when I left my previous one and I can’t recall the settings I needed in order to do that. The old links worked just fine with that transition.

So please bear with me as I continue to figure things out. And if you clicked on a link from a Google search, here’s how you can view the page you meant to view:

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Simply click the green arrow on the right and then Cached. You will get an archived version of the page.

If anyone knows what I’m doing wrong or has some suggestions to get this working, please contact me via the Contact link at the top. Until then, this post will remain a Sticky so that everyone knows what’s going on. Thanks!

2013: My Year In Review

Since this is a personal blog, I figured that instead of writing a year-end review about other things, it would be better suited for me to give a year-end review of things that actually happened in my life. It’s much easier to do something like this now since chances are I captured those moments with my phone, giving me photographic proof of the events.

With all of that out of the way, here’s a month-by-month photo essay of how things went with me and the family in 2013, some of which was never mentioned here on the blog. Take a virtual trip of the things we did, places we saw, events that brought us happiness, triumph, and even sadness.

Got your scrollin’ finger ready? Good! Here we go!

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It’s Alive!

For all intents and purposes, the “new” blog is alive! Thanks to my visitors for hanging in there as I made the transition from one domain to another. I say that as if I have a league of Twitter followers like Kim Kardashian when in actuality I don’t. I mean, I’ve only gotten just over 100k hits since I started blogging here at WordPress so that should tell you something.

But to those who do stop by and read this, thanks again. I hope the transition was as painless as possible.

So aside from that, what’s new? Well, that spiffy new banner for one. And I’ll have you know that I created a single block in Photoshop then copied it to make the ground. Need proof?

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There it is in all its glory. I worked hard to make it look so good. Ahem.

Anyway, yeah, a new banner. More will be coming, that’s for sure. Also, my old domain will redirect here for as long as I own it which I intend to do so as not to leave anyone hanging.

Also new is my Instagram feed widget which is something that WordPress added recently. Or maybe not so recently, I don’t know. I figured that since I was changing domains I might as well do some housekeeping while I was at it. I’ve also made a widget for my Disclaimer so that it is a little more visible than the page it is on.

That about sums everything up. The blog lives into 2014, the year marking my 10th anniversary of blogging. I’ll try to make it better than this year when I sort of fell off the wagon…

Onward!

Singing with Heart

Last Friday night I attended our monthly Karaoke Night at our usual spot. Sadly, not all of the usual former coworkers could make it as they had prior engagements. It’s easy to see why with the holidays now upon us.

To summarize, here’s the list of songs I “sang”:

  • Tainted Love by Soft Cell. Always a favorite.
  • Precious by Depeche Mode. A song about the effects of divorce on children.
  • Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit. I uh…I’d rather not talk about why I didn’t have to look at the screen for the lyrics. I knew them. Look, let’s not discuss this, okay?

I have videos but there’s a reason why I linked to the original songs. Don’t expect them to ever be seen.

BlossomDespite there not being a lot of former coworkers, the place was packed as there was someone there with a group of friends celebrating a birthday. Among the large group was what I presumed to be a sprinkle of hipsters—they can be spotted miles away without binoculars—who looked out of place with the rest. Meh, no biggie. I’m no pillar of fashion myself.

I noticed that one of them signed up to sing.

Eventually, this female hipster got her turn on stage. When she stepped up I thought to myself, “Oh, this ought to be good.”

She was dressed like Blossom (almost EXACTLY like the photo above) and wearing white horn-rimmed glasses. She took the mic and stood stoically on the stage as the following song started to play.

There she stood staring straight at the lyric screen on the left of the stage, looking as if she was dared to sing a song but her introversion was getting the best of her and she was having second thoughts. Absolutely no body movement from her.

The piano intro led up to the vocals and she started to sing.

I hear the ticking of the clock
I’m lying here, the room’s pitch dark

Not bad, I thought. She must have had some kind of training.

I wonder where you are tonight
No answer on the telephone

Well, she’s better than the regular we call The Pilipino Elvis, that’s for sure. I’ve always liked this tune and she was doing it justice.

And the night goes by so very slow
I hope that it won’t end, though
Alone

Okay, enough of the quite stuff. Let’s see how well she can pull off Ann Wilson’s amazing voice. Not a chance in Hell, I thought.

Still standing in the same place, holding the mic in the same position and staring at the lyric monitor, she starts to sing the next line.

And this was pretty much how the entire room looked when it happened.

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