Stop Wasting My Time

I haven’t written in a while here, but there’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned rant to get back into the swing of things.

I recently saw this article pop up on my Facebook feed. I have to say, it was very disappointing to read.

I mean, seriously? You’re going to waste my time with this bullshit? There are legitimate things to criticize about Christianity; this is not one of those. According to the fevered logic of the article, the fact that the Bible went through the process of translation, the Bible is made up. That’s basically what it comes down to.

To explain more thoroughly, researchers recently found a draft of a translation of some of the apocryphal books in English for the King James Bible. That’s it. So apparently the fact that God didn’t come down and tell scholars how to translate it into English means that the Bible isn’t the divine word of God. I guess it was written by a committee of Jews or something?

The hivemind has taken over at this point: every half-witted Internet denizen and his dog want to take jabs at religion, because it’s the hip thing to do. But this is just sad. This smells of a writer with an IQ of 90 and a looming deadline. This is like learning that Obama isn’t legally allowed to run for a third term in the 2016 election, then turning around and questioning why he was ever allowed to run for office in the first place in that case.

It’s a non-sequitur that is both hilarious and sad, and really says something about the state of the media and information dispersal in this day and age.

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RPCreate: The Website

I apologize for the recent set of more technical posts. Then again, I guess I’m not that repentant, since this is going to be of the same breed. I was told that to attract an audience I have to focus on a certain subject; I’d rather that subject be me. Perhaps I’m just going through a technical phase… Next post won’t be technical though, just generally nerdy.

After learning how to use the basics of Google AppEngine, I’m ready to create a full-fledged website for my own purposes. It will be a clever conglomeration of some of the projects I’ve been wanting to do. These are, by name, a wiki, a forum (bulletin board), and a hub site for RPCreate. RPCreate is, of course, my new idea for a Minecraft server. I wrote a post about it not long ago. It needs a strong site to support the community, and I feel like a free forum and free wiki are not enough; not only are they missing a critical piece, the main homepage, but having the services separate and externally hosted also means I can’t implement custom features that would really help with creating a strong community.

The main front page would be largely static, with only occasional major announcements and also portals to the wiki and forum. It could also have feeds from both sites, proving an easy way to check up on the latest activity. The server would also interface with the Minecraft server, allowing server status (online/offline, players, etc) to be displayed in a banner across all the pages (in the wiki, forum, and hub).

Another bonus of consolidating online resources is that the site can have a single user database that works for the wiki AND forum, so you can view recent activity from a single profile page and track karma/helpfulness across the entire community. In addition, it would facilitate the fight against griefers, spammers, and other mischief makers. Banned or misbehaving players could have recent hurtful activity reverted with a single click. In terms of helpful utilities, setting up a system for emailing notification of server events (like steam community groups), or emailing players that haven’t logged onto the server in a while, would be trivial.

A free service like Google AppEngine would suffice, and if I posted banner ads then the revenue could be spent on something like a text notification service or a real domain name. I also like AppEngine because it uses Python to generate the entire response, so you can do whatever you like behind the scenes, unlike PHP. You can even map multiple directories to a single function, or generate dynamic directories. Because of this huge flexibility, I figure a Python-based web application would be the best choice for interfacing with another server, like a Minecraft server. PHP either doesn’t have that kind of capability or it’s too difficult to figure out for a lazy bum like me.

This entire website would also act as a springboard into other web applications I have planned. Once I have this under my belt (because I don’t pretend to be experienced in website creation), I can move on to ambitious, revenue-generating projects. I would talk about them here, but they might get stolen…

Eh, I’ll probably go over them in another post. Stay tuned, and subscribe to my RSS feed, or follow me on Twitter @mattlevonian.

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