On A Friday…

People ask me every so often, how my relationship with God is doing… it’s always been a hard question for me to answer. Mainly because just like any relationship, it has its ups and downs, its highs, lows, and round-a-bouts. How can anyone answer that question? If I happen to feel distant from God one day, does it mean that my relationship with Him suffers? If I happened to stare at a pair of boobs on 7th ave as they walk by me… would things be “bad” in my relationship with God?

Many people liken a relationship with God, to a relationship with a person, and in many ways it is true. You can talk about stuff, talk to him outloud on the subway to freak out people around you, stuff like that. But in other ways its so different. We’re talking about a relationship to an infinitely unknowable, yet knowable, intangible being who knows my thoughts even before I think em. How would you like your best friend to know your every next move… it’s not the most comfy of circumstances :) So in a way, yea it’s different.

The more I grow in life, the more I realize it is impossible for me to be separated from my creator… impossible. He exists within me, around me, and in my very heart. So at any moment, how is my relationship with God… good? bad? most important thing is that.. it’s there.

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Using iTunesSpy…

iTunesSpy is a great little tool that i just installed on my blog that tells my readers what I’m listening to at the moment… assuming they care, that is. You might ask, “so what?” Well, what if i told you, that it tells my readers what I’m listening to… WITHOUT ME HAVING TO TYPE IT IN… yes, my friends… it’s automatic.

Check out their website for details, support, and installation information: iTunesSpy
You can download the current version here: iTunesSpy v. 2.0.2

Well, the thing is, installation was not as simple as their documentation made it sound. So after you install the script please refer to these steps below:

Step 1: Wrapping the headers in admin.php

When itunesspy plugin is installed in WordPress, activating it adds the iTunesSpy menu tab to the WP-Admin Dashboard. Since admin.php is included in the wp-itunesspy-xxx files, the header information ends up being sent twice: Once in the dashboard itself, and then when the iTunesSpy section is loaded. and this of course, is very, very bad :) To fix this, go to root>/wpadmin/admin.php and look for:


header('Expires: Wed, 11 Jan 1984 05:00:00 GMT');
header('Last-Modified: ' . gmdate('D, d M Y H:i:s') . ' GMT');
header('Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate, max-age=0');
header('Pragma: no-cache');

Wrap this code in a header check so it looks like this:


if (! headers_sent()) {
header('Expires: Wed, 11 Jan 1984 05:00:00 GMT');
header('Last-Modified: ' . gmdate('D, d M Y H:i:s') . ' GMT');
header('Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate, max-age=0');
header('Pragma: no-cache');
}

This will get rid of the errors you may receive saying that the header is being requested after it has already been sent.

Step 2: Editing menu.php

The iTunesSpy tab also includes menu.php, which makes a reference to the $wpdb variable, which is not set in iTunesSpy, so this will cause an error. And errors, well, they suck. So, to fix this, go to /wp-admin/menu.php and replace:


$awaiting_mod = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->comments WHERE comment_approved = '0'");

with:


if (isset($wpdb)) {
$awaiting_mod = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->comments WHERE comment_approved = '0'");
} else {
$awaiting_mod = -1;
}

Final Step: Rearranging one of the functions in wp-itunesspyAdmin.php

I received an error saying: function wp_iTunesSpy_setdefault is already defined, or something of that nature. So to fix this, make sure the first conditional looks like this:


if ($user_level > 7) {
if (get_option('itunesspy_authcode') '') {
update_option('itunesspy_authcode', 'some-access-key');
}

if (get_option('itunesspy_amazonfeedlocale') ‘’) {
update_option(‘itunesspy_amazonfeedlocale’, ‘us’);
}

if (get_option(‘itunesspy_input_mode’) '') {
update_option('itunesspy_input_mode', 'get');
}

if (get_option('itunesspy_input_option') ‘’) {
update_option(‘itunesspy_input_option’, ‘fopen’);
}

}

And please erase the entire function : wp_iTunesSpy_setdefault which is defined below the conditional.

At this point you are good to go! Follow the instructions on the iTunesSpy homepage and you’re set to let the world know what you’re listening to… if they care, that is.

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Xanga and I are ONE

Yea i totally felt like a mad scientist tonight… I imported all my xanga posts to this blog, and now the circle is complete. At last we will reveal ourselves to the jedi…. at last we will have revenge:

Seriously, was this guy not the best Star Wars character.??... that double light saber… i’m getting goosebumps..

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The End… or is it the beginning?

Alright everyone, the end has arrived:

The end of the internet..

Ah—from an older blog.. check it!


Nadia and Me in Kenya

So, I’ve been in Kenya for about a week. Just got back from the coast… Mombasa! What a great town… sorta. Actually quite dangerous, but we stayed at a cool spot and hung out with some mad cool folks from all over the place…

I’m a bit tired… we got to Mombasa by bus, and returned by bus as if we hadn’t learned our lesson the first time. After 8 hours of sitting in a cramped uncomfortable space going over damaged highway, with bumps fierce enough to kick your lunch out of your stomach, one would think of not repeating the experience….

Actually I insisted on flying back to Nairobi on Monday (since no flights were available Sunday) but my sister had to be at work 8am Monday so that was impossible, so we had to take the bus back.

We decided to pay 1,500 Kenyan Shillings (KSH) for a ticket on the Executive Coach Air Bus, which is the top bus you can take between Nairobi and Mombasa. Apparently we thought we’d taken that to Mombasa, but we’d gotten on the wrong vehicle, hence the ghetto experience.

So we made sure to get on the Executive Coach Vehicle this time around, I even confirmed the registration number… KAQ-921P

So…... I find my seat next to this cute American girl, and it turns out that the seats my sister and Irene reserved were on the back of the bus. The seats back there didn’t recline and it was next to the bathroom…. so they were laughing hysterically back there because they paid 1500 shillings to get on the executive bus, but had a nasty seat… worse than the Con-Air (economy style bus) from before.

So basically there’s 1 road to Nairobi from Mombasa… and it hasn’t been repaired for decades, so the potholes can pretty much damage cars. The road is not lit, and its filled with drunk truck drivers, so accidents, off road vehicles… it’s a prelude to a very interesting story.

So the gentleman that I am, I decide to give up my seat and ask one of the girls if they wanted it, and Irene took it, so I go to the back of the bus with Nadia… i figure it couldn’t be that bad.

..... it was.

as soon as the engine started, the floor underneath started getting very hot. and i was wearing flip flops so it started to burn. THe bus driver’s assistant came to the back and I asked him to shut off the heat, and he assured me the heat wasn’t on, but we were sitting on top of the engine.

fun.

So the bus starts moving, and the back of the bus started getting very hot. I would say at it’s coolest, it was bout 95-105F. I walked up a seat, and the seat in front of us was perfectly cool and comfortable. The bus was designed so the back 3 seats would heat up while the rest stayed cool – - – screw that, man!

So the heat was makin us very uncomfortable, and the smell of the bathroom next to us got worse, and thick, and invasive. So of course that put us in a bad mood, and by 11:30pm my sister and I were fighting, and not even quietly.

At around 2am, my shirt is soaked, I’m pissed at my sister, I can’t even breath cuz it’s so hot, and the bumps in the road have nauseated me to the point i was tasting vomit, but i was too hot to sleep, or pass out… and the man next to me kept fighting for the arm-rest….

Then the exhaust leak started… apparently there must have been a small leak between the engine’s exhaust and the back of that bus, because the back seat area started filling up with bus exhaust, and it was making us all very dizzy – there was NO room at all for us anywhere on that bus. THankfully 30 min later, we were at a rest stop

This place was shady… SHADY… it was basically a hand made stop on the side of the road, shady characters sitting everywhere… everyone kinda stares. it’s not well lit.. and all the bus drivers sit together in the back of this open cafe.

So I walk to the bus drivers and I inquire if there was any room on any of the other buses, to which they replied “no” . I explained to them that there was an exhaust leak. So they reply “oh so u mean it was too bumpy for you?” i said “No… the engine is leaking exhaust fumes into the back of the bus”

“So you are saying there are too many pot-holes”

and i’m like “Exhaust fumes. Smoke. INto the BACK OF THE BUS. My sister is getting sick, and she is NOT gonna ride another FOUR HOURS while she breaths in toxic fumes.”

so they are like “ok we have 1 space” So i got her to sit up front in our bus, while the bus drivers assistant sat on a soda crate, while i stayed in the back of that bus, choking on fumes, but at least i could press my face against the cold glass window to cool off enough to get some rest.

Got back to nairobi at 7am roughly and slept here till 1pm.

I almost went to prison today, but that’s another story. Who woulda thought not wearing a seatbelt in the back of a car was a criminal offense? I guess when you’re a cop looking for a bribe, wiping your ass can lead you into legal trouble.

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