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Contact MDA.

“Where do you get off, MDA, hosting a site like this?”

Anywhere I want.

The history of this ongoing jaunt through the ethereal medium we call ‘cyberspace’:

The only reason I’ve ever really thrown various effluences onto the web has been simply to learn just how one goes about throwing out varied effluence. My first forays, then, were concentrated on HTML. HTML 1.1, if I had to guess. Actual content, I suppose was first written back in high school when Lincoln and I were poking at various bits of the internet. We threw together a webpage based (loosely) on our individual efforts. Tables galore. I think we spent more time arguing about the colors we were going to use than actually writing any content. Wait – I think I still do that. To the best of my knowledge, none of that site is archived anywhere; this is likely a good thing.

More scintillating efforts were made in college when I decided I needed to know something about scripting. An IM quote board [not for the pure of ears] was developed in order to chronical the lives of my suite and its multitudinous hangers on. Much perl and much javascript (and, eventually, a webcam) led to some entertaining times.

By the time I got to grad school, though, I decided I should really have some sort of permanent (read “transient and intermittent”) account of my adventures. The obvious solution was to jump on the bandwagon and start writing a blog (‘what is this thing you call, “blog”?’). Essentially, though, it was an excuse for me to learn CSS. .in need of a life. was born, complete with (nearly) symmetric punctuation and a fierce distain for capital letters.

But bloggers cannot live on CSS alone. To make the effort worthwhile, the site must be database driven (hence my brief stint with blogger), and to truly master the medium, powerful, server-side scripts must be employed. And he saw that WordPress was good. Rather than outsourcing everything, however, I figured that at the same time I was “learning” MySQL and PHP I might as well figure out how to set up my own web/email server. Thus, we have what you see here now used to see here. The fully operational blog station that is blogwaffe.com.

These days, I’m hosted by the awesome folk at TextDrive. It turns out that hosting a site behind a cable modem is really annoying.

Why is your site slow and/or what’s that annoying “:8000” for?

My webserver is connected to the rest of the world at large via a cable modem with limited upload bandwidth. I was thinking about getting some Internet2 backbone running into the apartment, but the electricity bill would have gone through the roof. So you’re stuck with a little lag. As for the “:8000”, Charter (my cable company) blocks port 80, which is the standard interface used for retrieving web documents over the internet by a protocol called HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Whenever you type in a web address in your browser, unless you specify otherwise, your browser will prepend it with http:// to specify what protocol should be used to retrieve the information. And, again in less you specify otherwise, the http protocol assumes you want to use port 80. Charter blocks port 80 to discourage people from hosting websites from behind their cable modems; they failed to discourage me. But because of the port 80 block, I have to host my site with a different port (port 8000). It works just the same, but since 8000 is not the default port for HTTP, the client (you) has to specify what port to use manually.

As a “fun excersize” you can append :80 to all of the web sites’ domain names you visit to verify that, indeed, port 80 is the normal interface for HTTP.

As noted above, I no longer self host this site from my apartment.


    Joel 08.12.2005 @ 05:20

    I made a bunch of sandwichs; meats, han salad, chicken salad, on whole wheat bread. They were sealed in plastic bags, and refrigerated. In two days they had become soggy. Where did I error?

    Kate Brodock 01.31.2006 @ 12:55

    Three –

    I think/hope this is you. It is me. And me is coming to LA to visit my brother in February (long PResident’s Day weekend), and me wants to see you if you’ll be there. Will you be? If it’s you?


    MDA 01.31.2006 @ 13:08

    Sweet Mercy!

    I’d love to see you. I’ll email you.

    matt 03.08.2006 @ 18:42

    Your site looks fantastic and I have seen in the credits that it was adapted from Douglas Bowman’s 565. I am very new to the blog arena and after researching hundreds, if not thousands, of sites, I was going to adapt and modify the same as a start before I have the time to construct one ground up.

    My quick questions: I am using cpanel and downloaded wordpress 2.0.1 and from here I don’t necessarily know what files are relevant to upload to make this work. Knowing absolutely nothing about these blog themes but being well versed in most of the programs it runs on I suppose my ramblings can be summarized as: how do I upload this theme to my site with all the plug-ins to make it work correctly?

    Whew…thanks for your time if you have it,
    Matthew Flansburg


    MDA 03.09.2006 @ 10:43

    The WordPress Documentation should have all the information you need. The Using Themes page is likely a good place to start. If you need more help, the WordPress support forums are usually very helpful.

    matt 03.09.2006 @ 11:32

    thank you, this looks like a great place to start!

    p.s. back in my undergrad days studying physics, me and another student had a debate on whether goldschlager was indeed real gold. we used the pixe machine in the basement (unauthorized) and beamed a sterilized sample of the gold that is suspended in any bottle. If you click on the goldschlager image on this webpage you will see the results I carried in my wallet for a few years.


    take care,
    Matthew Flansburg

    Jenn 03.11.2006 @ 19:51


    I was wondering if you could please remove this
    off your BLOG website –

    “bostonprof2004 (11/5/2005 12:07:08 PM): hi jmpaun … bostonprof2004 (11/5/2005 12:07:08
    Filed under: Uncategorized — Administrator @ 1:08 am
    bostonprof2004 (11/5/2005 12:07:08 PM): hi jmpaun …”

    Thank you,
    Jennifer Paun

    this is the site :

    just type in jmpaun – it will come up –

    I do not want myself advertised along with my close friends Greg and Liz –

    MDA 03.12.2006 @ 12:18

    That is not my “BLOG website”. I have nothing to do with it, I have no control over it, nor do I know who does. Try a WHOIS lookup.

    WHOIS rmctelecomservices.com

    catrina 03.20.2006 @ 03:13

    i was wondering if you could fix the y and make it my thanx from catrina

    christophe caillon 07.27.2006 @ 14:14

    My list of traitors (is not complete), you have ex-colleagues, neighbourgs, radios and TV speakers, spies, soldiers, politicians and anonymous. You have to questioned, investigated and decided what you’re going to do with them, they are betraying the Swiss people, the Army and the institutions in Europe because they make a hiding policy with the system that I have already to describe in my first message eventhough they are cowards

    Names removed by administrator

    Democracy, freedom and rules are already ending for us in Europe ! One word can answer to this, infamy !

    MDA 07.27.2006 @ 17:36

    christophe caillon,

    I have no idea who you are or what you are trying to say. I refuse, however, to allow you to make accusations of any form here against people not affiliated with this website.

    Please contact these people directly or move your arguments to your own venue.

    Mark Jaquith 07.30.2006 @ 05:52

    I got that same message in my Inbox via an HTML contact form about 7 minutes before you got it… must be automated spam.

    MDA 07.30.2006 @ 09:51

    Mark, Thanks for the heads up. That makes way more sense than someone googling for the Swiss army (or whatever) and finding my site :)

    Ed 08.01.2006 @ 16:34

    I’ve actually been emailing with the guy. His message showed up on a lot of boards at once and I was curious as to what kind of crackpottery he’s engaged in. It’s vaguely interesting…

    gv 08.29.2006 @ 11:58

    does any 1 knw how 2 get on 2 the bebo post comments
    my skool is bloked it!!

    MDA 08.29.2006 @ 12:18

    Ed, you’re a better man than I :)

    gv, now I know where all those other comments came from.

    Chapin 09.15.2006 @ 07:05

    HEEEYYYY MIIIICHAAEEEL! Just wanted to say hi…will write more later. Seeya!

    mark buonassissi 04.21.2007 @ 06:32

    How do I reply and post on The Message Board and beth buonassissi sites, powered by WordPress??

    I am clueless on the tech side of the computer. Is there a simple way to log into WordPress and then go to the sites mentioned above? or just how do I enable myself to be able to log into the sites mentiond… thanks for your time and your help.

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    MDA 04.21.2007 @ 11:23

    Mark, just as there is no way to log into Windows and then be able to use any computer, there is no way to log into WordPress and then use every site that uses WordPress.

    You’ll have to log in to each site separately (though you can log in to all sites that are on WordPress.COM all at once).

    For more help with WordPress, I recommend their support forums. The people there will be able to give you more info or direct you elsewhere.

    Vasken 06.06.2007 @ 19:09

    Just wandered in from automattic.com…love the blog title. You also inspired me to do a domain lookup…and blogmacht.com IS available :)

    Brian 07.18.2008 @ 13:43

    If I upload this plugin to wordpress 2.5.1, will this plugin be compatible? I have looked everywhere for a category excluder plugin and tried to upload them and they have not worked. Also, is this a plugin in which say I would like to post something on my site but exclude it from being on my home page and having it posted in another category specifically? Here is the plugin…


    could you contact me through my email to let me know? Thanks and I hope it works!

    Andrew Rauseo 07.20.2008 @ 09:47

    Hey I was just wondering if you could update your bbpress plugins to work with version if you could that would be great thanks.

    Timothy 01.03.2009 @ 20:39

    I was wondering if you might feel up to conversing about bbpress plugin for integration with wp 2.7

    I am somewhat new to the bbpress and have a desire to integrate it with my primary blog using your plugin. Could you email me for a brief exchange of ideas?

    Thank you.


    Dean 04.21.2009 @ 06:14

    I noticed that this following hate site is powered by your company:
    This site is that of the well known white supremacist ‘Arthur Kemp’ who was one of those arrested in a high profile investigation of a murder of a black politician. I am shocked that your company is hosting his blog. You can read about him here on Wikipedia:
    You should cancel his blog immediately !! I await your email response please.

    Thank you.

      MDA 04.21.2009 @ 11:09

      My company does not host that site. The site owner is using free software my company helps create.

    Trisha 05.20.2009 @ 16:02

    Hi MDA – wondering if you have time to pop over to the bbPress Forums and help a few of us out who are having some trouble with the bbRatings plugin – check the last post or two on the plugin page. I had sent a couple of emails to you but I assume they must have never arrived…..hate to use your comment area this way but could really use your help.


    PAtrick 06.19.2009 @ 18:39

    Hi. I Was wondering how you got the commentform to display right under the reply button.

    when i press reply the whole site reloads at my blog.

    Can you help me along here?
    i know it is probably done with ajax but i dont know how to do this my selv.

    Scott Frangos 08.12.2009 @ 13:13

    Hi –
    We do web development for business blogs and CMS solutions with WordPress and are interested in your “No Self Pings” plugin. Is it going to be updated for WP 2.8.x and above?

    Thanks –

    Alex 10.07.2009 @ 02:07

    Hey Michael,

    first of all congratulations to your brilliant plugin WordPress.com stats.
    I’m using WordPress.com Stats from the beginning on and have it now on my 2 webpages.
    One is running 2.7.1 WordPress version, the other on 2.8.3.
    Yesterday I did the update to WordPress.com Stats 1.5.3 and on 2.8.3 it’s working fine.
    On the 2.7.1 the graph disappeared and it seems to me that it’s not even countering at the
    moment. I tried yesterday to install the 1.5.2 version again but I got an error message.
    Could you please give me an advise how I could run it on 1.5.3 with graph or back again
    on 1.5.2 without loosing any stats?

    Thank you very much in advance
    and sorry to disturb you.



    Güncel Blog 01.23.2010 @ 08:38

    Three –

    I think/hope this is you. It is me. And me is coming to LA to visit my brother in February (long PResident’s Day weekend), and me wants to see you if you’ll be there. Will you be? If it’s you?

    David Tollefsen 08.20.2010 @ 13:47

    The Email Post Changes was a great plugin but it looks like it’s incompatible with 3.0.1 -is there a chance there will be an upgrade or what form of bribery do you need?

    Adam Brown 11.02.2010 @ 20:07

    My name is Adam Brown. I am trying to load your ‘Email Post Change’ plugin to my WordPress.org site. I am getting a fatal error that I do not understand. This is the error:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘.’, expecting ‘(‘ in /home/content/c/o/o/coolspr1/html/nonprofitweb/projects/wp-content/plugins/email-post-changes/email-post-changes.php on line 15

    Can someone help me understand what needs to change to make this load properly?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Alex 04.01.2011 @ 04:19

    Hello Michael
    I just started my 5th blog and all of them had and still have WordPress.com stats.
    A brilliant plugin – I couldn’t wordpress without it. Thank you very much,
    best regards and have a nice weekend!

    ron 04.28.2012 @ 14:23

    Hi Mike could you call me at 15064658980 i need help on site ronhuntingandsupplies.com or give me a number where i can contact you. Thanks Ron Gullison.


    Hey Mike, where can I find a link to the latest version of the bb-plugin?


    teeb 07.07.2012 @ 08:33


    sorry for sending email to your website, however, i tired to get the contact email from wordpress support and it is very complicated. I have a major problem that is i forgot my password ( Username: albarri), I know you will tell me to reset my password by writing my email that i registered from, however, i have another user name in the same email and whenever i try to reset my password it sends an email to the other user name.

    i know it is a stupid mistake, but t i am afraid to lose my work on (albarri) because it is my main website and i have done a lot of work in it and i also publish it everywhere.

    so can you please help me


    Pauline de Jong 09.12.2012 @ 15:39

    Whay using my DNA?

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    Katie Melfi 03.02.2018 @ 05:07

    Please I don’t know who to contact about a serious item that is being posted on one of your hosted websites.

    I’m sorry if I’m reaching out to the wrong person but, I really need some help.

    Katie Melfi

    loic 10.09.2018 @ 01:41

    Hello, how is it possible to modify the message in the notification mail of the plug in draft notifier?
    Thank you for your reply.

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