Memorial Day

In the U.S. today is memorial day, a holiday started after the Civil War to remember people who served. Decades later, under the Uniform Holidays Bill, Memorial day moved to be on a Monday to create three day weekends. Do you think this helps people remember the meaning of the a holiday, or dilutes it?

via Who should you be remembering today? | The Daily Post at WordPress.com.

Something I believe is important when answering these questions is that most people think “Yay! It’s a three day weekend!” and don’t give thought to the meaning of the holiday. I believe that people would think more about the meaning of the holiday if it is in the middle of the week than on a Monday or even on the weekend. That’s what I think.

Update complete!

Ten minutes and four or five theme updates later, I’ve finished updating to Mystique. An interesting bit: Mystique was released the day I opened my blog! Neat, huh?

Although my widgets and customization didn’t carry over like the preview showed, the black, white, and green work perfectly! I’ve added a few widgets, and I am going to remove the Add to Google and Blog E-mail Subscription widgets. If you have a WordPress.com account, you can subscribe using the admin bar, and adding an RSS feed to Google Reader takes even less time. I hope you like my new look!

Themes

Something I have finally decided to work on is switching my blog to a new theme. My current top candidate is Mystique due to it’s interesting look, cool widgets, and support for everything I currently have on my blog. The customization I’ve done on Twenty Ten will carry over to Mystique, meaning I’ll have my background color and header image all set up.

Batters Up: Major League Baseball Now on WordPress.com (via WordPress.com News)

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Something cool came out a few days ago: Major League Baseball themes on WordPress! While porting in the MLB blogging community, they added three awesome new themes to WordPress. Although I will be keeping the Twenty Ten Theme, these themes will be awesome for any baseball fan!

Batters Up: Major League Baseball Now on WordPress.com Attention baseball fans, today we’re launching a triple-header of new themes just for you. We’ve partnered with MLB.com to bring its Fan, Modern, and Retro blog themes to WordPress.com. The designs range from minimal (“Modern”) to loud (“Fan”), and there’s even a throwback to old MLB Club logos and styles for a bit of nostalgia (“Retro”, of course). But that’s not all: you can also customize ea … Read More

via WordPress.com News

URU – A short history

Here is a little bit more on the history of URU:

There was an attempt by the creator, Cyan Worlds,  to make the game multi-player, however, due to system problems, it was cancelled. A fan-based version, known as Until URU, was created, which ran for a while until Cyan released their own version of the game, known as MYST Online: URU Live, or MO:UL for short. This was the first version to release new worlds, known in the game as Ages. However, eventually, it was cancelled. At the same time, the fan based organization Guild of Writers received authorization from Cyan to create servers known as shards running on an update of URU, known as Alcugs. The Guild also discovered how to hack URU installs and add fan content, which eventually led to a software program being made to add new Ages, which was known as URU Library Manager, or ULM for short. The shards adopted this, and began adding fan content as well. A plugin known as the Offline KI was created, named after the in-game device allowing you to do multiple game functions, which caused ULM to become outdated. So, a developer created UAM, or URU Age Manager. The same programmer worked on more URU hacking tools, and UAM was combined with an all-in-one toolkit called Drizzle, which is used even today. Eventually, in early 2010, Cyan released a new server, running MO:UL just as it was when the original shard was closed. One of the most recent developments is URU (and it’s engine) going open source just a few weeks back. This allows new system to be built that will be available for free. But, it might be a few months before new clients start appearing.

A good place to learn the basics of URU is the Guild of Greeters “A Beginners Guide to URU”, which you can find here. Ignore the bit about Visitors & Explorers, everyone is an Explorer on the new server.

If you bought URU using the instructions on my last URU post (over here), and you want to play URU offline, you can easily do that. Recover a new copy of your install from your backup, then simply follow the instructions on the Drizzle homepage to download Drizzle, set it up, add the Offline KI plugin to your install, and, finally, download Fan Ages. In game, Fan Ages you download will be copied to the “Restoration Links” section in your Nexus Age.

Well, I hope that shows you a little more about URU. If you want to know more, please comment, and I’ll answer those questions in my next post on URU.

“The School Story” by Andrew Clements – One of my Favorite Books

Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite books, The School Story by Andrew Clements (View on Google Books). The book is basically about a girl who’s mom is a publisher. She writes a book, and, with her friend assisting as her literary agent, acts like an adult writer using the pen name Cassandra Day, and gets her book published at her mother’s publishing house. It is really a great book (like all of Andrew Clement’s works) and you should read it!