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Archive for the 'Blogathon 2006' Category
Not Able to do Blogathon 2006
Posted on Sunday, July 30th, 2006 at 9:05 am.

Saddening was the failure of my goddamned hard drive (Murphy’s Law) - and so was my inability to participate in Blogathon 2006. With no laptop to use during MIT classes, and my not being home during the whole of the 24 hours to use my desktop computer, blogging for Blogathon 2006 proved useless. I could have used my laptop during my MIT classes, but I could not now, since, well, my hard drive crashed. As well as my own not being able to blog for Blogathon, neither could Dave - the plan was to share my laptop to blog during Blogathon.

So, due to my (goddamnit!!) hard drive failure, neither Dave or I was able to blog for Blogathon 2006 - because of my (goddamnit!!) hard drive failure. Nothing to blog with at 9:00 AM, so we were quickly disqualified.

Look out next year - I’ll be here and blogging.

Blogathon: Have You Any Suggestions?
Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2006 at 4:43 pm.

The Blogathon is coming up - less than two days left until 9:00 AM EST on Saturday. Therefore, I would like to start asking any readers of this blog if they have any questions or anything you want answered - say you wanted a tutorial on something CSS, just ask it and I may write a tutorial on it.

The idea is that any questions I feel like answering will be answered. I don’t have any real theme for blogathon this year, so I might as well see if anyone wants any questions answered on some topics. Please make it something within reach. Any CSS questions are allowed, though I might not be able to answer them.

They don’t even have to be questions - they could be suggestions of something to blog about. Firewalls, PHP, or recurrence relations - it’s all good. Keep in mind that I don’t have any certifications or majors in anything - yeah. I don’t know everything about CSS or PHP or SQL or whatever, nor do I know everything that you might ask about math, or general computing. That said, if you have some suggestions for something to blog about, or you have a question about something, go ahead and comment. I will not answer any questions talking about “casin0s” or “pheromones” as they will get eaten up.

Blogathon 2006 Pledge Theory
Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 at 9:23 am.

The following is a partial theory thought of for either no reason or some reason. Not sure which.

So, as Saturday dawns upon us soon, I haven’t gotten a sponsor since Monday. Which kinda sucks - I need as many sponsors as possible. I have been told to take it easy the first year. I have also been told that I probably will get some sponsors during the ‘thon. I’m guessing that during the Blogathon the blogosphere sees that there are lots of new posts in these 400 blogs - wtf!?

My schedule messes the blogathon up - since I’ll be traveling around (thankfully for no more than 30 minutes) for the first part of the day (9AM, when the blogathon starts.) I could leave later than 9AM - but I have to be at my destination (MIT) at 9:30 to write a quick blog post, of course. Therefore, my first two blog posts might be slightly poor, then the rest will be better in quality.

The real part of this theory is that I believe the better the first blog posts are, the better chance of more pledges being pledged. That is set by a matter of time, every increment of time passed people may be less inclined to pledge money, I guess. Not sure why, but that’s what I think - if I have strong posts at 9AM people would be more inclined to pledge since they think the rest of the blog posts will be strong. Yet my first two will be pretty weak, and the rest will be strong. Once some poeple see the first post, and they think it sucks, they might not pledge and not visit the blog again - they think that the rest will suck. Which kind of sucks. A lot.

Therefore, I’d like to say that even though my first few will be weak, please consider pledging still - there will be a lot of good articles. I have about five minutes to write a blog post at 9AM - not long enough to write a good article. This article took at least fifteen minutes to write, so there you go, a gauge. Thank you

Blogging for Blogathon 2006
Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2006 at 10:49 pm.

Blogathon 2006 is a campaign to raise money for various charities. Uh, by blogging. You sign up for Blogathon 2006, (and if you’re like me and you’re worried about the teachers at MIT for the summer program noticing you being on the laptop every 30 mintues, get a t-shirt) and you stay up for 24 hours (starting 9AM on Saturday, July 29, 2006) and blog every half hour. That skyrockets my blog posts from about 12 to about 60.

So to keep me awake after 9PM that day to 9AM the next day, I’ll sit on the hard floor without a pillow or anything. I’ll have my headphones plugged into my computer and ears, and have it play a sample of Slipknot or Unearth or some kind of heavy metal with some screamo in the beginning 5 minutes before blogging time. Unless if I get really sleepy, I’ll wake up. Hell, I’ve woken up to Breathe (2AM) once when my iHome alarm went off. Heavy death metal shouldn’t be too hard. (Maybe I should wake up to that every morning…)

I’ll have some caffeinated stuff such as Starbucks Frappuccinos right beside me, some tea, Pepsi, and other stuff. And of course, the sugar. Sugary stuff will also exist in my food and drink box next to my laptop. Yay for sugar! I’ll also be chatting with other Blogathon 2006 bloggers.

I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to be blogging about those 48 blog posts, but I’ll take a guess and say that I can blog about anything. Well, I hope… Maybe I’ll toss in a few music reviews and software reviews if I can’t think of anything. Well, Digg is my friend, so I probably won’t run out of blogging ideas – I’ll probably have too many. Which isn’t a bad thing in this campaign.

I’ll be blogging for Amnesty International, a group that protects human rights.

The only thing I’m currently worried about is the amount of money that is pledged for my blog. Hey, if your name is not David, Paul, or my mom, congratulations! You are one of the few unique visitors of this blog! W00t!

So, you can see that my blog is not a popular one. If I do not get at leastone sponsor, it is not worth blogging through my MIT summer enrichment classes, and from 9PM to 9AM in the morning and losing a lot of sleep. I really want to contribute to the charity and I really want to do this, but I need to get one sponsor or more or I’m dropping it. I’ll check at 9AM on the day it starts – if I don’t have a sponsor that pledges, I’m clicking the Drop button. I have one sponsor! But you should still sponsor.

Please, do a good thing and pledge some money for Amnesty International (and help me help them as well.) You can click the annoying “Support me in Blogathon 2006!” box always at the side of the page (unless your browser is messed up, or if it is called “Internet Explorer 6”.)