Jason Cosper

Semper fudge.

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WTF by the Numbers

Mitchell Scherr has done a statistical breakdown of what Marc Maron calls his listeners during the intro for WTF over the past 50 episodes. I’ve always really enjoyed hearing “What the fuckstables.” so any time I can see that in print, I’m happy…

Hipster Ipsum: The T-Shirt

Huh. Someone went and made a t-shirt inspired by Hipster Ipsum. And they even gave it the Experimental Jetset treatment.

It only appears to be on sale for the next 6 hours tho. And even after the AUD to USD conversion, it’s still pretty close to $40. So if you want it and don’t mind shelling out a little money, act fast.

On Being A Sellout

Damn. It’s been kind of a big week for Hipster Ipsum. Like linked on Kottke, Boing Boing, swissmiss & the Urban Outfitters blog big.

While I never intended for it to be anything more than something a few friends would laugh at, all of this attention is compelling me to add a couple new features. Hopefully I’ll find a little time in the next week to do both a “work safe” filter and a “submit a word” form, but I’m not going to go and make any grand promises.

At the end of the day, I’m just happy that people are finding something that I made funny (and/or useful) and I don’t want to squander that. So if anyone has suggestions for features, let me know!

Update: I’ve gone ahead and made the whole site work safe by cutting the instances of “fuck” and “shit” out of the database. Now you can use the output for whatever work related designs you’d like.

Update: I added chartbeat to the site just to keep an eye on things and, well, holy crap.

Update: I put a “submit a word” form up yesterday, but we ran into the submission limit for the free account on Wufoo. I’ve since replaced it with a form I slapped together in Google Docs. I really hope I can get some time to go thru the suggestions soon and hand pick/add some of the better ones to the site. Thanks again for all the love, everyone!


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This Comment Intentionally Left Blank

So I’ve started running into some folks who have been getting comment moderation emails from their WordPress installs that look like this:

From: WordPress <wordpress@example.com>
Date: May 12, 2011 16:20
Subject: [WordPress] Please moderate: “Hello World!”
To: admin@example.com

A new comment on the post “Hello World!” is waiting for your approval

Author : (IP: , )
E-mail :
Whois : http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/

Approve it: http://example.com/wp-admin/comment.php?action=approve&c=0
Trash it: http://example.com/wp-admin/comment.php?action=trash&c=0
Spam it: http://example.com/wp-admin/comment.php?action=spam&c=0
Currently 0 comments are waiting for approval. Please visit the moderation panel: http://example.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?comment_status=moderated

Now I didn’t go and redact any information there — the emails are totally void of any comment data outside of the moderation links. That’s not right at all.

So why does this happen? The answer is actually really simple. Almost embarrassingly so.

To put it as plainly as possible, when comment moderation emails start showing up as blank, the wp_comments table has gone missing. If you look at some of your more popular posts or your comments panel, you’ll notice that everything is missing.

It’s almost like your mom doesn’t even read your blog.

Sometimes the table has completely disappeared, sometimes it’s just in need of a repair — but either way, you need to restore it to working order to make your comments happy again. And since hosts vary, I’m not going into the grizzly details of running that restore. I’m sure there’s plenty of nerds on the internet who’d be happy to help tho.

Addendum: I’d like to hope that you’re backing up your install and database regularly. And if you’re not, maybe your hosting company is. Any worthwhile host will. But you should never ever depend on a single point of failure. I like to keep around 3 to 5, but I’m sort of paranoid.

Remember, there’s never such a thing as too many backups!

Good luck!

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