Maybe I should post more often.
I’ve decided to give the Multisite/Network feature a whirl in WordPress 7. Currently migrating a number of sites over to it. The main reasons why I did was:
- Centralize all sites to a single install of WordPress. It allows for quicker turn around time when I need another wordpress site.
- Allows me to update all sites at once, as opposed to one site at a time.
- Allows me to control which plugins would be available per site. Unfortunately there are way too many plugins out there, and this way I can up to keep them under control.
- Allows me to control the themes available to each of the sites.
I finally got around to installing and playing with the new WordPress 3.0 version. The new interface is a small improvement over the previous versions. I think the biggest improvement so far is the Appearance/Themeing options. There are now options for the Header, Background and Menus.
The Header option allows you select which image should appear in your header with ease.
The Background allows you to define a color for your background or an image, it doesn’t seem to allow for more controls than that with the default theme.
The Menu option allows you to create a custom menu system. Definitely a nice touch. You define your elements, and include the custom menu as a widget into your theme.
The theme included is definitely an improvement over the older themes. It’s a more general design that you see in alot of wordpress sites, and should suit most of everyone’s basic needs.
When creating posts you can define a featured image. The image will appear on your homepage and category listings, custom header, or other location if your theme supports.
My biggest issue the new version, which is still an issue with the previous versions, is the memory requirements. A fresh install of wordpress takes up to 10 Megabytes of memory to run for a single page request. That’s insane. The wordpress team really needs to make some headway on improving the memory requirements of wordpress. I’ve read their recommendations on the subject, and they all boil down to increasing the memory limit for php (especially when you use quite a number of plugins), or getting a bigger box. This is only a half-solution, and doesn’t solve the entire problem. The other option of caching the php code is fine, but that increases the running httpd processes on your server, there by eating up more memory.
I’m seeing some good improvements with wordpress which makes me continue to use it. When it comes to memory requirements thought, I’m not too thrilled. I hope to find another system with the same or similar functionality and customization. If you’re on a shared host, the memory issues can bite you later on when your site gets popular, of if you’re running too many plugins.
I hope the wordpress team really addresses the memory usage issue, and makes some more performance improvements to WordPress. I would recommend to them the following:
- Caching the wp_options table to a file on the filesystem and/or support for memcache.
- General support for memcache.
- Move the rss_feed data that gets left in the wp_options table and move that to another table.
- Not to clone the wp_query object. I don’t know why they do this, but having two of them just takes up more memory.
- Eliminite the older code in the codebase. There are numerous references through out the files for old pieces of code that have been superseded by the same function under a different name.
- Allow for more exposure of the underlining data from posts, comments, and other areas, so there aren’t as many plugins that get created.
Finally, someone decided to make the game we’ve all been waiting for, based on the G1 version of the transformers we remember from the 80s cartoons. Game play will be based on the planet Cybertron, the home of the autobots and decepticons.
The story line for the game will be split between the Autobots and Decepticons. You can play either or both paths. Playable characters include Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream and Brawl.
The official website is at: http://www.transformersgame.com/.
Below is a teaser/reveal trailer. No gameplay, just cinematics, but still pretty cool.
Can’t even let the girl enjoy her moment. Wow, couldn’t you have just said it on your blog and be done with it? I feel bad for Beyonce too because you definitely put her on the spot.
The most childish antics I’ve seen from a performer in some time. The last time I saw that was when Kanye West said… oh wait, that was you too. Well the other time was when Kanye… wait, that was you as well. Shit dude, calm the frak down, buy a Taylor Swift album, rock out to it all night, and cry yourself asleep, then in the morning, make a video to Taylor saying how much you’re sorry for being a douche bag.
This is by far the funniest exercise device I’ve seen. Jumping rope does burn calories, but would this thing help?
Oh man, just bad. Look at the videos and watch how the people in the video don’t even get off the ground. Looks more like a potty dance. If you want to get someone a crappy gift, this is the one.
I’ve been a fan of the Transformers from back in the 80s, when they first appeared on American television. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too crazy about this movie as I was the last.
Here are my issues with the movie.
- You introduce new transformers, but give them little to no screen time or dialogue except for Jetfire, and that was a bit wacky.
- What’s the deal with Mudflap and Skids? They felt like stereotypical cliches or ethnic comic relief that was added to the movies to make it more enjoyable for little kids, that added little to nothing to the main film. It’s like “hey kids, look at these crazy and stupid robots” *insert cheap laugh*. The movie would have been better with out them, allowing for more time for other things.
- Why is Bumblebee still having problems with his voicebox? What, you didn’t want to pay for another voice actor so you could spend more on explosions?
- What’s the deal with Arcee being made as three motorcycle robots? I just didn’t get it.
- Didn’t Jazz the Autobot die in the last movie? Why was there a car just like him, with a single line of dialogue in the movie.
- Most of the other autobots had little to no dialogue at all, except of course for Mudflap and Skids.
- Look, if you’re going to make a film appeal for little kids, then can we have less sexuality in the film, or just chuck the comic nonsense all together, give it a PG-13 rating, and do it right. Oh wait, it was given a PG-13 rating. So why the hell are parents bringing their 6 and 7 year olds to the film?
- You should have had Frank Welker do the voice of megatraon, instead of that other guy. It doesn’t feel like a true Transformers movie without him reprising his role. As a matter of fact, it would have been better if the original voice cast from the cartoon were allowed to reprise all of the original roles.
- The inclusion of Soundwave was cool, making him a satellite was ok, but still, not the same.
- That kitten was supposed to be ravage???
- This film still lacked the type of interaction I would have expected between Megatron and Starscream.
- Ok, can someone explain to me the decepticon that can looks like a woman??? Did I miss something? I think someone pulled that from their arse.
- Why do I feel like I’m having a dissatifying moment almost every ten minutes in the film?
- Why are most of the cast, over the age of 25, specifically the military members of the film, being more sidelined in this story? Therese was probably thinking, “it’s not too fast, too furious, but still getting paid”. That Josh guy probably said, “Hey, I got some lines, woohoo”. Seriously though, give everybody more lines, what the heck. Feels like a silent film at times.
- We get it, Megan Fox is pretty hot, but let the girl act some more. Slow motion running felt like a rip off from Baywatch. Did you cut a check to David Hasselhoff?
- Why did it feel like they reused the desert scene from the first movie? Doesn’t it?
- Wait, there are more transformers on planet Earth, and no one knows? One just happens to be in the Smithsonian? Really? As an SR-71 Blackbird? Really? Couldn’t you have made him the Enterprise?
- That damn Spark.
- Where is the Matrix of Leadership to light our darkess hour.
- Ok, ok, I will stop my moaning.
What did I like about the film?
- I had a bag of Reese’s pieces, they were good.
- Saw it in IMAX.
Wait, that’s not about the film itself.
- I know.
So what did I like about the film?
- It’s as close to Transformers as you’re going to get.
This movie was by far the worst out of all the Harry Potter movies. It was still a decent movie, somewhat enjoyable to watch, but here are the problems I had with it.
- Critical events in the movie felt rushed. Reminded me of the last episode of Star Gate Atlantis where what seemed like a major event, that should have unfolded before you with some screen time, was just summed it with “ok it’s done”.
- There was no explanation of the “Half Blood Prince”. You’re wondering during the movie who is it, is it Harry Potter? You find out it’s one of the teachers, but there’s no background as to what the term means.
- There is no reference to Harry’s previous girlfriend from the last movie, what so ever.
- A number of critical elements from the book are left out.
Overall, it’s still an ok movie to watch, but not knowing what happened in the book, you still feel cheated in some way.
Now I have to get the books.
These are the movies I’m looking forward to seeing this summer:
- Wolverine: Origins
- Angels & Demons
- Star Trek – saw it last month, and really liked it.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (saw on July 25th)
- GI Joe
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. (saw on July 26th)
- Public Enemies
- Bruno – maybe.
- The Ugly Truth.
- The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
- Inglorius Bastards!