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posted by JoshWay Fri May 02, 2008
I'm thinking of moving my personal website operation ( over to WordPress. Here's why:
  • DreamHost is now charging by how much processor power you use
  • My PHP scripts use a TON of processor power
  • My hosting costs have more than doubled
  • It's not feasible for me to leave DreamHost at this juncture
  • I'd like all available resources to go to the Chronicle site (which is on the same server)
Moving to WordPress would have the following disadvantages:
  • Not all posts would be carried over (I would hand-pick)
  • NONE of the comments would be carried over (the single biggest drawback)
  • Less control over the design/functionality
It would also carry these big advantages:
  • All the burden of bandwidth and processing would be on WordPress
  • Great exposure (WordPress blogs are well represented on Google - just ask Shane)
  • No more fixing my custom PHP scripts at 3 in the morning
  • I could still appoint friends as authors who could post their own stuff on my site
  • Other stuff I'm not remembering right now
I would never have even entertained this thought five years ago. But so much has changed, and suddenly the idea's not so crazy. Part of it's the fact that WordPress is the ONLY free blog/content management software I've seen that is good enough to even consider using.

I will never delete all the old stuff. I'll find some way for it to be available to the die-hards. I just think this is the inevitable evolution of the site.

I welcome your feedback.
posted by JoshWay Wed Apr 23, 2008
Okay, so that's the worst blog headline I've ever composed. But who cares when we've got Star Wars PSA's?!

Also, don't smoke! (Apparently it's unhealthy for droids too.)

posted by JoshWay Mon Apr 21, 2008

The top story over at pretty much says it all. I will have the pleasure of contributing jokes to Incognito Cinema Warriors XP, a movie-riffing internet show that's like Mystery Science Theater 3000 plus heavy metal and zombies. (I know, right?!)

Oh, and this is just part one of "Awesome Josh News." More to come...
The Chronicle staff - now in Technicolor!
This is the first time I've rendered the whole Chronicle gang in color. Shereen thought Chuck was blond. Maybe he is. Maybe I made a mistake. What say you?

I slapped this design on some tee shirts and mugs over at Cafe Press. Check them out, won't you?
posted by JoshWay Wed Apr 16, 2008

Finally, some hip hop I can identify with. (Hat tip: Bill Corbett at the RiffTrax Blog.)
posted by JoshWay Fri Apr 11, 2008
From: Tom Hastings <>
To: "Joshua Way" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008
Subject: Re: AMC Theaters

Mr. Way,

I was sorry to read your email regarding your recent visit to the AMC Theater multiplex in West Nyack, NY. We manage our theaters according to very strict standards, so I can assure you that any issues you encountered were out of the ordinary. I would also add that you seem to harbor certain preexisting biases against our business and multiplex theaters in general.

The automatic ticket machines outside our theaters are there for the convenience of our patrons. They are not, as you suggest, "filth encrusted money vacuums." Likewise, the ticket takers positioned at the entrances are a team of highly motivated, personable young people. They are by no means "a coven of brain dead reprobates who speak in guttural tongues and offend the visual and olfactory senses in equal measure."

AMC Theaters offer an unprecedented variety of beverages and concessions to fit every taste. We do not "sell colorfully packaged wads of agricultural waste at prices that would bankrupt a Saudi Arabian Prince." I doubt your claim that the Raisinets you purchased were so old that they "represent a significant supplement to the existing fossil record."

Bathrooms at our theaters are cleaned at least once every hour, so it is unlikely that you discovered the "remains of Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov" in your stall. The staff assigned to clean the bathroom facilities is the most rigorously trained, and I can assure you they are not "dangerous, anti-social loners who would have shot up the mall in a bloody rampage by now if they weren't too stupid to load a gun." That's a bit harsh.

Our theater seats have won industry awards for comfort and design, and we believe they give us a special edge in customer satisfaction. Strange then, your claim that our seat left your spine "twisted and broken like some H. R. Giger design." And whether or not the man sitting behind was kicking your seat throughout the film, I must reject your suggestion that we were "direct depositing thousand of dollars into his personal bank account" to egg him on in his efforts.

AMC projectionists (who, by the way, are not "mouth breathing garage apartment dwellers") are expertly trained professionals who operate their projectors at a standard level of brightness. They do not "project movies by the dim light of a discarded glow-in-the-dark sticker." I can assure you also that our projectionists are showing a precise and reasonable number of commercials before the feature. There is no evidence of any of our projectionists "performing psychological experiments on their captive audiences" by showing an "endless loop of commercials so shrill and insipid they would annoy the Japanese."

Of course I cannot speak to the quality of the films and coming attractions exhibited in our theaters, though I am confident stating that the "Mamma Mia" trailer you saw is not the "atrocity to end all atrocities" nor is it "born of some ancient black magic, nearly forgotten until exhumed by demons." Personally I think it looks cute.

And, again, while it is not my job to defend the motion pictures we exhibit, I feel you're being harsh when you say that Renee Zelwegger's face "obscures the silver screen like a rotting, bloated pumpkin" and that her "permanently puckered lips" resemble "the Devil's sphincter." I say she's lovely, and she seems like a nice lady.

Thank you for taking the time to write to us. For your trouble, find enclosed a free pass for two adults to our competitor, the Clearview Cinemas in New City.

Tom Hastings
AMC Theaters Customer Service
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