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A Lot To Be Thankful For

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Last Thursday was Thanksgiving in the US. For those that don’t know, Thanksgiving is traditionally enjoyed by millions who gather to eat turkey until overcome by a deep sleep – also know as a food coma – and awaking the next day to watch American football. However, it is also a time to reflect on the past year and to appreciate our friends, families and good fortunes. For the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of running MyLifeIsAverage and MyLifeIsG, so I have a lot to be thankful for. You may find yourself asking, “What is MyLifeIsG?”, “Why have I never heard of MyLifeIsG?” or perhaps you’ve seen the sad “under construction” page that occupied its place for the last year. MLIG was the original site I co-founded with Guru Khalsa in the spring of 2009. It was a happy place where people could post short stories about the little victories in their lives. Since the site imploded over a year ago, I’ve intended to re-launch it – and Thanksgiving seems like a very fitting time do it. So, while millions of bleary eyed food coma patients flooded the Black Friday sales at un-natural hours of the early morning, I made the final preparations to bring MLIG back online. Drum roll please… is back and taking submissions!

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November 29, 2011 at 3:26 am

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Off to a slow start, but up and running

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At this point everybody should be able to access MLIA again. In some respects the move went smoothly and in others there was lots of room for improvement.

For instance, some people were still seeing the “MLIA is moving” page well after the new site was up. I think I now know what I could have done to prevent or reduce the number of people who were locked out.

For the lucky few that were able to access the site, the site kept crashing and comments were broken for a brief while. Those bugs have been fixed.

Also, a few people were seeing a “welcome to nginx” page instead of the site. My bad. I had setup, but forgot to enable

Lessons have been learned and hopefully it will be better next time – and hopefully there will be no next time.

Thank you all for your patience. Onward and upward.

Update: Of course, immediately after I post this MLIA goes down. However, this time it is not my fault – I promise. The new servers are experiencing internet connectivity issues and it is beyond my control. Apologies.

Update 2: Seeing as I’ve been in a “learn from your mistakes” mood lately, I’ve decided that my mistake here was that I didn’t knock on wood before publishing this post. Knocking on wood originally came from the belief that malevolent spirits lived in dead wood and knocking was meant to drive them away, so they wouldn’t overhear and foil your plans. Clearly the clever devils in my desk must have heard.

Update 3: KNOCK ON WOOD!!! It is back up.

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October 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

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Keep Calm and Carry On

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Keep Calm and Carry On Poster

Within the next 24 36 hours MLIA will be taken offline while the site is moved to a new server.
The MLIA team recommends taking slow, deep breaths to avoid hyperventilation during this downtime.

Keep it average,

Update: AverageWizard is now on the new servers. Be advised, MLIA might be down for up to 15 hours while the data is transferred. Thanks for your patience.

Update 2: It shouldn’t be much longer now.

Update 3: The switch has been hit. MLIA is coming soon to a browser near you.

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September 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

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Happy Elephant Appreciation Day

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Don’t worry, I am not planning on turning the blog into a twitter feed of obscure holidays.

_OHHI_ alerted me to the fact that it was Elephant Appreciation Day in the comments on my “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” post. Naturally, my first thought was, “Why is there an Elephant Appreciation Day?”. Well, it was started in 1996 by an elephant enthusiast, because

  • is the largest land mammal of our era,
  • is unique among mammals for its trunk,
  • is the most noble of beasts on earth,
  • is most undeservedly threatened with extinction,
  • has been man’s benefactor in numerous ways throughout history,
  • is entertaining and amusing,
  • is gentle and friendly,
  • contributes to ecosystem development and maintenance,
These are all great reasons to appreciate elephants – except “entertaining and amusing”; when was the last time an elephant made you laugh? Dumbo doesn’t count – but “undeservedly threatened with extinction” really jumped out at me. It is true that elephants are threatened with extinction and for no particularly good reason. Which is a shame because they are truly awesome animals – awesome in a awe inspiring way, not a totally tubular radicool and awesome kind of way. Can you imagine learning about elephants in a textbook in the same way we learned about the wooly mammoth or the dodo bird? I can, but it sounds lame. So today, we take a minute to appreciate the elephant. Although, I’d like to put an asterisk next to “gently and friendly”, because elephants have been known to open a can of whoop pass from time to time.

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September 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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That is all.

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September 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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Bye bye summer

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Labor day has come and gone and all the non-average beings have returned to the folds of the average; back to school and back to work.
Though thoughts of the summer will carry us through the next few weeks, soon it will be time to think about the end of the year and what charity we want to support. In the past we’ve donated to Toys for Tots and Charity:Water. The MLIA store is down at the moment, but once it is back up – no later than November 1st, I promise – all store proceeds, from now until the end of the year, will be donated to charity. Please leave your charity suggestions in the comments below. By November Charity:Water should also have an update for us on the status of the well we funded. Fingers crossed.

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September 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

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Save Face

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Last year Facebook started suggesting tags on photos using facial recognition technology, but this feature was only available to North American users. Now they’ve opened it up to everybody and guess what? You are not just invited, you are already participating!

If you want to save your friends the effort of clicking on your face and don’t mind facebook recognizing you everywhere you go, read no further.

However, if you’d like to take your face out of facebook, here’s how to do it.

Screenshot: Accessing Facebook privacy settings Account drop down menu in top right corner of any facebook page.

In the top right corner of any facebook page, click Account then Privacy Settings.

Screeshot: Facebook privacy settings overview page

Select Customize settings below the Privacy Settings table

Screenshot: Edit facebook privacy settings page

Scroll down to the “Things others share” section and click Edit Settings next to “Suggest photos of me to friends”

Screenshot: Enable/Disable suggest tags modal popup

Select Disabled from the drop-down menu on the right side of the modal popup

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June 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

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