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Blog Update Complete

April 3rd, 2008

I’m finished installing, updating, configuring, coding, reinstalling, swearing etc. As you can see the new blog is up and running at its permanent location. Permalinks are on, RSS should be all set, and I can get on with my life. In the process of all this I got a little primer in PHP, SQL, XHTML and became a lot more familiar with CSS.

The theme you see here is an almost completely reconfigured version of the Kubrick theme that comes default with WordPress. Basic structure is the same. I changed all the images and most of the text styles and rollovers. I made custom bullets (the peach donuts) and made the formatting a little more dense.

Another cool thing is that WordPress allows you to edit the timestamp. That means I could add all the old posts dating back to when I started the Blogger version, and put the time stamp in the past so any permalinks from before should work, if there are any.

I’ll be phasing out LiveJournal shortly.


Blogging

March 28th, 2008

So I switched to Blogger and now I don’t think I’m going to keep with it. Blogger is extremely awkward to customize and I’m struggling to override the built in styles and templates. I had to change my hosting operating system so I can use GoDaddy’s built in WordPress support. As originally promised, my blog will eventually be available at blog.geraldprokop.com so go ahead and bookmark it now if you want, and watch it. Right now it’s a test blog I’ve been using to figure out Blogger–to no success.

I’d be interested in knowing if there’s a way to move a blog, as in, to take old posts from Blogger and insert them into a Wordpress format blog. I can’t imagine how this would be done…


New Blog Feature

March 10th, 2008

As you may already know, I switched to Blogger. I set the new version up on my own hosting account and it’s active at www.geraldprokop.com/blog.

Go there and check out a new feature I added: Look down towards the bottom right. I now have a Last.Fm playlist embedded in the sidebar, including tracks from several of my records. Hear the noise. Buy the record. That’s what it’s all about.


Quelquechose

February 25th, 2008

I’m recording my next CD, creating an art booklet to package it in, I’ve got zines on the backburner, electronics projects I’m planning, and a big chunk of mahogany that I paid $50 for, hoping to turn it into a guitar. While that all sounds busy and interesting, the reality is I spend most of my time bored out of my fucking mind, sweeping up dust in a basement, patching concrete, sanding walls, moving furniture and dealing with the habits of scatterbrained, sixty-plus entrepreneurs.

I hated gym class, shop, after-school sports, etc. Somehow my predominant career got to be manual labor. So far every means I’ve found to break the spell has fallen apart. I’m becoming a career job-seeker. No one will hire me because my disaster-zone of a resume shows a history of settling for jobs I didn’t want. I’ve gotten my hopes up so many times, I’m letting go. There is no job for me. I have to create it myself. Combine music and art in my own style of publishing, like I’m already doing. I’m already working the job I want, I just don’t have time for it.

Minneapolis can’t support artists. Take the number of venues or galleries and compare it to the number of musicians or painters and you have a problem. And some of those people are cooler than you. Some have “friends in the scene.” Some have money in their family or other weird sources of income. Plenty of them are younger than you and willing to take greater risks. Add my own personal struggle with myself, and it gets hard to compete.

Anyways, I’m TRYING to piece together the possibility of going on the road this year. Take my guitar, CDs and zines and try to get some momentum. The only thing stopping me is money. My jobs are completely flexible. In theory I should be able to afford it as long as I work full time.

And thats where the plan falls apart. I’ve been working for my dad most of my life. I’ve tried to save money with that job so many times, and I always just end up in debt to him instead. My depression gets worse the more hours I put into that job. I had a stomachache for a year and a half that came back every day. No one knew what it was. I got a different job and it was gone.

As an experiment, I’m going to try and put up with this shit throughout the month of March. Then I’m leaving for 10 days to tour the Midwest. I’m not planning on this, I’m hoping for it. I’m going to be blogging more. It might help to write about how much I despise what I do for a living. And sometimes I feel like people think I’m OK with it. I’m not. I need out or I’m going to destroy myself. 5 years from now I see myself either working full time or being creative. I can’t see myself doing both.

This blog is being simultaneously published on Blogger and LiveJournal, after which it will eventually be moving to Blogger. I will be using both as I get Blogger set up. You can always access my blog by going to blog.geraldprokop.com