Category Archives: Meta

Yet Another Meta Post

Once again, I find myself debating what I should do with this blog.  I generally have been keeping up with posting on my political blog (mostly just links, but at least that’s something), but with this one I cannot get myself to write the humor-type writing that characterized this blog at its old site.  My job has apparently stripped myself of the desire to sit down and focus enough to make my posts amusing. 

My last post was purposely not of this type.  For a year or so, I had been wanting to find out more information on the mini-golf course reviewed, and no such information was available on the Internet.  Because of this, I decided that maybe I should take this site in a new direction.  Instead of just posting humorous items, I would also try to add some information to the Internet that doesn’t sufficiently exist already.

I understand that this will probably make many of my posts boring and somewhat unreadable to most people, especially if I discuss a local topic only, and will not quite serve return readers.  Hopefully, though, I’ll intersperse these posts with others that are more appealing to a more general audience.  And, hopefully, my writing on the posts with less mass appeal will still be light and amusing to still entertain.

Of course, I’ve had many meta-posts on this very topic and have not increased my humor output yet, so we’ll see how it turns out.  At minimum, I’ll be posting more often to this site, even if it’s not such entertaining writing.

Cheers,
Charlie

You May Have Already Not Won the Lottery!

I was just randomly checking my non-political blog (the blog you’re currently reading) stats, and even though I haven’t updated for about two weeks or so, and to my amazement my site-views have shot up dramatically over the past few days.  I was quite surprised, honestly, and then I figured out why.  The vast majority of the views were of my lottery scam post, and the vast majority of them came from searches related to the scam email.  Which means, of course, there must be a new wave of these emails, and people wanted to figure out if it was legitimate.

Now, I’m happy that people know enough to at least question these emails, but I’m also very disturbed that to a certain level, some think it’s even a possibility that these emails are legitimate.  In fact, it rather scares me.

So, if you’re one of those people who have found my blog through a search of some keywords in a lottery email, please take note of the following: you have not won the lottery.  You will never win the lottery.  When you receive an email stating that you won a lottery you never even entered, you have not won the lottery.  When said email comes from a country you’ve never even been to, again, you have not won the lottery.  When the email also contains innumerable typos, say it with me now, you have not won the lottery.

That said, if you’re reading this you have just won the Rumpusgoopus/Comrus lottery!  To collect your winnings please send me all your personal information, bank account numbers, social security numbers, and your mother’s maiden name, and I’ll send you a check for 9,340,000,000,000 British Pounds Sterling ($3,000 of which you’ll have to send back to me for tax purposes).

Cheers,
Charlie

The “Possibly Related Posts” Feature

WordPress has added a new “feature” to its service that you might have noticed by now.  It’s called “Possibly Related Posts,” and it adds links to other weblogs’ posts to the bottom of all WordPress blog posts.  I personally learned this when people started frequenting a February 21st entry on my political blog, even though that post wasn’t completely relevant to the current political situation.  I clicked on the referrer link, and found a post rather the opposite of my political viewpoint.  On top of that, my post didn’t seem at all related to the content of that entry, except that both entries discussed Clinton.

One of the main reasons I switched from my previous blogging tool was because it would place Google ads on my site, many of which were for political groups with the exact opposite opinions as mine.  As such, I was essentially promoting the opposition’s viewpoint. 

And now WordPress is doing something very similar with the “Possibly Related Posts.”  I like the feature to the extent that it increased traffic to my blog, but I dislike the feature because it’s promoting opposite viewpoints, and because it’s just ugly.  Don’t get me wrong, I welcome opposing views on my site, but only when someone took the time to comment, not just when someone posts something to their own site.  After all, with comments I can respond, with links to opposing weblog entries, I cannot.

Because of this I find myself in quite a dilemma.  On the one hand, I have no problems with promoting other blog posts, so long as they’re not completely opposite my viewpoint, and it’s done in a decent fashion.  Additionally, I appreciate the increase in traffic to my site.  On the other hand, it is ugly and it essentially makes me promote arguments which I disagree with. 

If the “feature” allowed me to eliminate certain links, I think I would keep it.  As it is, however, it’s way too close to the reason why I dropped my previous blogging tool.

For the immediate future, I will leave it on to see if I get any more increased traffic (although, I’m a little perturbed that all the increased traffic is to an old post of mine that isn’t very relevant anymore), and to see if the links become too objectionable.  If it becomes too objectionable, or too worthless, I’ll remove it.

In case you’d like to disable the “Possibly Related Posts” “feature” for your own blog and don’t know how, follow these instructions (taken from Possibly an Announcement):

If you want to remove the related posts from your blog entirely, just go to Design > Extras and check the box to do so. But if you remove related posts from your blog we’ll remove you from other people’s blogs, so you won’t get traffic from that.

As far as this weblog goes (that is, my non-political blog), I cannot see good reason to remove it just yet.  Although, again, it is pretty darn ugly.

Cheers,
Charlie

The Direction of Comrus / 153 Superimposed Marios

Well now, I’m a little perplexed as to what to do with this site.  In its old location, it was basically a personal weblog with a spin.  That is, I tried to make the posts more about the story and the humor, and less about the mundane details of my daily life, so as to interest a wider audience and not just people that know me.  With the new location, I will continue to aim toward this audience, but the question I ask myself is if every post should have the same basic format as the last.  That is, should every post basically be narratives of events and thoughts in my life, or should I include other type of posts, such as links and commentary to things that interest me. 

I have basically decided that, at least for the time being, this site will be more an amalgam of different types of posts.  I’ll still have the same types of posts as at the previous location, but will also include some other random bits that I think others might find interesting.  Some of these are likely to be very short (most, probably, given how much time I usually have to compose posts), as the following will be.

 

So, let’s get to it.

 

Every now and then I come across something on the Internet that renews my love for the some of the things it can produce.  And usually, it’s something that appeals to my extremely geeky side.  This time, it’s a Super Mario World video. 

 

Hey, hey!  Come back!  No, no, this is quite interesting, at least for those who have even a passing interest in older-school games.  It’s a video of an extremely difficult self-created Super Mario World level.  What sets this video apart from most homemade level videos is that not only is the level incredibly difficult, but the video superimposes all 153 attempts at finishing the level.

 

It’s actually quite hard to describe.  As such, it’s better just to watch the video:

 

 

 

(Thanks to Geeknights for the link).

Cheers,
Charlie

 

The New Non-Political RumpusGoopus Weblog (a.k.a. Comrus)

Welcome to the RumpusGoopus non-political weblog (a.k.a. The Comrus Weblog).  This weblog (undoubtedly, I will later explain why I don’t use the term “blog”), like The RumpusGoopus Weblog, originally existed at a different location.  The previous location was at www.xanga.com/comrus.  This weblog was created so as to have an outlet to write about non-political topics without muddling it up with the political content usual to RumpusGoopus.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I won’t update this weblog too often, but I feel it necessary to have a non-political, sometimes humorous, outlet.  It’s really all explained at the previous location.

Anyway, it might be a while before new posts begin.  In the meantime, please enjoy some of the “best of Comrus” posts.

Cheers,
Charlie