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So I'm checking out a +DreamHost Hosting VPS account and I'm dicking around in there and I set up a MySQL database and they say, "Okay, done, your database is on <some random server that isn't my VPS>." And me being a dope say, "Huh? What's up with that? Why the hell would I want to use shared MySQL for sites running on a VPS?"

Then I see a link that says, "Hey if you really want MySQL that doesn't suck, maybe you need a MySQL VPS!" and I'm thinking, you bastards. But I click the link anyway, because, hey who doesn't want a MySQL VPS? But there's no price. Just a thing that says, "It's free for a week!" So I look on the site, no price. I search Google, no price. What kind of shit is this?

I'll tell you what kind of shit it is: it's likely so expensive that if they put the price there no one would click the link. That's what I'm assuming anyway, because I turned it on and I still don't see a price. 

I really want to like DreamHost. I like that they're independent, since that's hard to find these days (though who knows, maybe venture capitalists have their balls in a lockbox, it wouldn't surprise me). But they make it really hard to like them. 

Working in their control panel is like watching paint dry over a dial up modem on the 1996 web, and when I tried to upload some files to my speedy, SSD VPS, they trickled up like raindrops. Slow raindrops. Drip......drip......drip.

I doubt I'll keep this thing more than a few days if it's already irritating me this much. There's no such thing as a good *nix web host anymore. It's just a thing of the past. I suppose I just have to get used to that fact.
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So that's annoying. Is it really standard to lease a VPS, and then need to lease a 2nd VPS for MYSQL? Do you have to lease a third for cron?
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Winter in Los Angeles
See, we have winter here too, so quit complaining, Boston. You aren't the only ones suffering.

#bostonsnow   #losangeles   #winterwonderland  
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Scary!
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Just dumped a few pounds of chicken breasts, basil, grated ginger, ground peppercorns, Sriracha, fire roasted tomatoes, chick peas, green olives and feta cheese into the crock pot and set it to cook on low for seven hours.

I don't know what it will be, but I'm banking on it being good. It's lunch for the week, so if it's no good I'm going to have to live with my failure for the next five days.

#slowcookermeals   #lunch   #whateverittakes  
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+Carol Es took me to her gallery in Venice yesterday 
She told me it was nice, but I wasn't prepared for what an incredible place the Shulamit Gallery is. Most art galleries, at least here in Los Angeles, are shitty little joints with some bumpy white walls and a back room where they store piles of art, cases of $3 wine and a 50 pound burlap sack full of peanuts for the elephants. 

But this place - you walk in and it's just: Okay, we mean business! Everyone is professional, the building is three floors tall and impeccably put together. I was really astounded, and not only because I was comparing it to most Los Angeles galleries. It was easily the most swanky gallery I've ever set foot in, and that includes galleries in New York, Paris, London, Switzerland, Germany, Tunisia, Halifax, and all over the United States.

Carol Es in the house!

http://shulamitgallery.com/about/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-shula-nazarian-middle-eastern-art-20141001-story.html#page=1

#artgallery   #venicebeach   #contemporaryart  
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Thanks you guys. :)
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What are five or six days among friends?
Coming up on the next This is not a test podcast: my annual Oscar wrap-up show! That's right, just as you've completely forgotten about the Oscars, because they were like, days ago, I'll be talking about the show.

Did I say "annual"? That was a mistake. It won't be annual. Everything you need to know about the Oscars - ever - will be in this show. 

http://thisisnotatest.com

#oscars2015   #oscars   #redcarpet   #redcarpetfashion  
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Weirdest, most annoying sensation...
There's a spot below my lip that itches like crazy, but a couple hours ago the dentist shot me up with Novocain so I can't feel the area below my lip. But not being able to feel it makes it impossible to scratch the itch. Really weird. Never felt anything quite like it, and I've been shot up with Novocaine about six million times.

#dentist   #novocaine   #scratchthatitch  
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means beaten up, doesn't it?
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The Wailers a "rookie" band in 1976?
Not sure how that works.

I had that issue - may still have it somewhere - Circus wasn't in the same league as CREEM or Rock Scene, but I never missed an issue.
 
Bob Marley is a "Rookie Band... In The Cards For '76" on the cover of CIRCUS Magazine from 3/2/76 ‪#‎TodayInBobsLife‬
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This is not a test: 2015 Oscar wrap-up show - all glamour, no filler
This is it, the only Oscar awards wrap-up you need to hear. I cover all the bases, every category, every wonderful minute of the Hollywood's greatest night!

http://thisisnotatest.com/this-is-not-a-test-10-the-2015-oscar-ceremony-wrap-up

Subscribe, yo.

#podcast #oscars #thisisnotatest #losangeles
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If you really love music, you'll buy this $10,000+ Ethernet cable.
Have money to burn? Think science is overrated? I've got just the Ethernet cable for you. If you just can't use a $5 cable - or even a $50 cable - welcome home. 

Hook it up to your PonoPlayer and you'll feel as if you're actually inside of Neil Young! (Though I can't promise which part you'll be inside.)

http://www.audiovisualonline.co.uk/product/8041/audioquest-diamond-rj-e-ethernet-cable-12m/

#audiophile  
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A nearly 1,000-year-old statue has left China for the first time and the Meander Medical Center in the Netherlands thought they'd run it through a CT scanner, as you do. They confirmed that the statue holds the mummified remains of a man, while also finding some intriguing insights into the mummification process.
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"He went out for a pack of cigarettes- and never returned..."
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Just a Little Update/Check-in from the Project Site

I realized I haven't posted on the project site in a while, so here you have it; an update that's just more repetitive blah-de-blah, but I just needed to make sure people know about the date change regarding my exhibition, so please bear with me. 

Thank you and have a nice evening.
Wow! It's been a long time since I have posted. Do you know why? Yup. You guessed it. I've been incredibly busy. And now I am trying to write this thing before the sun goes down. It's Friday after ...
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I know that too well.
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Writing, website hosting, podcasting.
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  • THIS IS NOT A TEST
    Podcast, 2014 - present
  • mjpbooks.com
    Author, present
  • Host Collective
    Director of Communications, 2011 - present
  • Host Collective
    Operations Manager, 2006 - 2011
  • PowWeb
    Operations Manager, 2002 - 2006
  • Omnis Network
    Technical support Manager, 2000 - 2000
  • Affinity Hosting
    Technical support Manager, 1997 - 2000
  • Q&D Software
    Technical Support for WYSIWG HTML software, 1995 - 1998
  • Northland Financial and many other joints
    Printer, offset presses; Multilith, AB Dick, 1977 - 1992
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Destiny is only a whore if we make her so.
 - Bukowski

You might find me on mjp Books, weirdo Ink Poems or on the awesome Charles Bukowski, American Author site.

You might also find me at a steakhouse. If you do, I'll be eating. 

And what? You might find me doing a podcast? Sure, why not. I have a microphone. Check out This is not a test. Really. Go do it now.
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Fun fact: I once walked into Libya from neighboring Tunisia, just for the hell of it. I wouldn't recommend it at the moment.
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