Still testing this sucker…

by Rory on April 24, 2011

YO – It looks like a few people found their way here. I know I mentioned my email address on that stupid twitter site thing, but I didn’t spect y’all to figure out that the “rory.me” domain name for the address would lead to an internet web site extravaganza. Obviously I was really stupid for thinking that. Glad you’re here – and now that you are, and now that I have something that really does *need* to be posted, expect me to make my way back soon. Very, very soon. As you can see, the site is mostly functional. Gotta fix a few typos, add some links, and launch even in a bare-bones state. It’s my duty to the people. Keep yer eyes peeled. I don’t know how that ever got to be a saying. Who in the hell would peel their eyes. And what would they use? An eye-peeler, obviously, but that’s disgusting. Don’t peel your eyes. Just… hang on. If you already peeled your eyes because you have zero attention span and jumped for the eye-peeler before thinking about it… I’m sorry for not being more responsible. Also for not going back and editing that out. On the bright side, you’ll no longer have to waste precious energy blinking, and having no eyelids, you’ll be able to work much longer and without interruption. Like, I’ve been timing it, and I could’ve written this post addendum three hours faster if I didn’t have to blink. Ok. I have to go. That’s not true. I don’t have to. I’m just going. Because I’m working on some work stuff, and the stuff where people pay me to do things is things I need to finish before I do the things that are free for no money because you don’t have to pay for it. As you can see, I haven’t lost any of my writing ability despite the long break. Clear as a whistle. Or bell. Or whatever it is. I don’t know. I’m in a cafe and listening to a guy talk about getting charged for assault. And taking off shirts at a concert. “Blood and s**t and nose got broken” is another thing I just heard. This is going to go on for a while, and I think I might get into a brawl with these guys just to show ‘em whose cafe this is. That means this might be the first and last addendum to my site that hasn’t even been launched yet. Because they might kill me. Ok. Bye.


Yep. I’m still testing this sucker.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rory April 24, 2011 at 1:52 am

Aright. So comments suddenly work…

2 Joe Nobody April 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

And it looks like comments are working for the masses.

Well isn’t that just dandy.

3 Leo April 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

B-17 in the other article pic?

4 Christopher April 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Hi Rory,

I almost can’t believe that I’m commenting on your blog again.
Did you ever end up working at Plesk/Parallels?

5 Christopher April 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Wait, How come we can’t register?
rory.me/wp-login.php?action=register

6 Jason Bunting May 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Just thought “I wonder what Rory is up to these days…” and failed to get to neopoleon.com, which led me to Google you. I first started following your blog back in ‘Nam, and hope you are doing well and are healthy and such.

Hope to see you blog some dreams or something, music, etc. Always loved your sense of humor and honesty. Take care!

7 Joe Grenier May 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

There you are!

8 Rory May 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Well.

This is weird.

My site isn’t even ready, yet here y’all is.

If you want to know how ready it is, head back to the home page (or whatever it’s called), and read the title on yer browser window. I think it says, “Rory Blyth – The Smartest Man in the Worls” – gonna have to fix that. Cos. You know. It makes it look like I might be the second most smartest man in the world instead.

But it’s not far from ready. I just need to do a couple things – like make it easier to register, fix the typos, and accept that things are gonna be a little rough for the first couple weeks.

I’m glad to see you all again, though. Happy you found yer way here :)

Expect the “real” site soon. When it looked like MonoTouch was down and out, I was no longer in a rush to get things going (I was hurrying because I have a hacky fix for an Interface Builder problem I was going to post here). But, now that they’re back, I need to get that bidniss posted all soon-like.

So, I’ll see you all soon-like.

It really is nice to hear from you bunch of bastards :)

9 Rory May 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Oh, yeah…

@leo

Yes. It’s a B-17. A fully-functioning B-17, I might add.

Went out to the (freaky amazing) aviation museum a couple times wif me dad and that B-17 is one of many, many, many things you just happen to run into while wandering around.

The place is run by an ex-CIA guy who has tons of money (where the money came from… well, don’t care since he put it to such good use). He’s rather eccentric, so it makes sense that, in the same building as that B-17, is the actual Spruce Goose. You pretty much can’t walk anywhere in there without being underneath *some* part of the thing. It’s so big that your brain doesn’t register it most of the time. It’s not allowed. It’s an impossibly large craft.

I think there are five main buildings along with another that’s going to be a water park. Seriously. A water park. At an aviation museum. And the hub of the park is a 747 parked on top of yet another gigantic building. There are tubes and things snaking through it. I don’t care what kind of diseases fill the thing; i don’t care if 90% of the water is “water” (water becomes “water” when most of the “water” is fluid jettisoned by kids with zero bladder etiquette).

I can’t even begin to list off all the craft they have out there. I took quite a bit of video, though, and my dad got a lot of photos (he’s an excellent photographer).

It’s impossible to say what’s coolest because there’s stuff from every era of flight. They’ve got a missile silo… a Titan V (if I recall)… a bunch of weird, almost alien, Russian stuff… every amazing American fighter you’ve ever wanted to crawl inside of and throw-up in under high g-forces.

If you go right now, you’ll see something surreal: a few MIGs, a Phantom II, and other are-you-kidding-me craft just casually parked out behind one of the buildings. Basically in the regular parking lot itself.

They had to make room for the space shuttle they’re getting.

Yes.

Space shuttle.

Yes.

It’s the Enterprise, so it’s never been flown, but…

Space Shuttle.

*SPACE SHUTTLE*.

I think they’re going to stick it next to the SR-71.

*SR-71*.

Which is right over by the frikkin’ X-38.

To make it all the more amazinger, the guy’s also a car nerd and has lovely cars tossed in here and there.

My dad has a membership to the place, so we can head out whenever. It seems weird to have a membership to something as specific as an air museum. I had a membership to the Louvre, and I think I used it once (had been there before, and once you’ve seen the Venus de Milo in person, there’s not much of a reason to head back into that confusing and enormous Fortress-of-No-Exits).

The reason you get a year’s pass to an air museum is that you can spend eight hours in just one of the buildings and only get a cursory look at everything. It’s that big. And that amazing. And fascinating. And you meet like-minded people all the way through. And retired people who used to work for the Air Force, NASA, whatever, but who now volunteer their time to provide stories about their personal experiences with some of the items. I usually corner these people for about two hours each and extract information from them until they have nothing left to give. Then they pass out from talking for so long. Then I wait until they wake up so I can make sure that they *really don’t* have anything else to say. If they don’t, I let them get back to their lives. If they do, the interrogation continues.

Every time I go, I forget to eat, forget about work, forget about personal stuff, and forget stuff like people’s names. My dad becomes “You” when my head starts bulging from all the info. “Hey, You,” I say. “Get over here and take my photo in front of this Ruskie space-bladder-pump with real Ruskie space-bladder-contents still in it from real Ruskie bladders.” How can “You” say anything but “Yes” to that?

I also try to hop the ropes and gates and fences between me and things like accurate reconstructions of the lunar rover. I never make it. Those volunteers may be 80-90 years old, but they’ll karate-chop the wise-guy outta you and make you wish you never tried to steal a chunk of a replica of an Apollo command module (it was ONE little chunk – one standard chunk (not a metric chunk – I don’t want to confuse anybody)). Who was going to miss a chunk? ME. THAT’S WHO. I JUST WANTED ONE STUPID CHUNK. WE’RE MEMBERS, MAN. DO YOU KNOW WHO WE ARE? WE’RE “RORY” AND “YOU” AND WE WANT A PIECE OF THAT COMMAND MODULE. A CHUNK IF YOU WANT TO GET SPECIFIC. JUST A FRIKKIN’ CHUNK. OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE NO PERKS TO BEING MEMBERS HERE IF WE CAN’T TAKE RANDOM PARTS FROM THE EXHIBITS AS THE FANCY STRIKES US.

I was also, despite what has been referred to as my “witch’s tongue,” unable to talk my way into the gunner position in that LET-ME-IN-THERE-NOW-IT’S-TOO-EFFING-COOL glass orb on the underneath bit of the hull of the B-17.

Again, the only complaint I have about the place is that they won’t let me do whatever I want. They think they own all that crap. Or are leasing it. Or have it on loan. YEAH RIGHT. I mean. Yeah. There’s some truth to it. I mean. Yeah. It’s 100% true.

But still.

If I want to go in the glass orb, then let me in the glass orb, right? Who’s gonna care or notice that someone went inside the gunner orb of a fully-functional, gorgeous B-17? It reminds me of the people who yell things at me on the street like, “GET OUT OF MY PORSCHE.”

Excuuuuuuuuuuuse me. Right?

What did I do? Nothing.

Anyway.

Back to work.

10 Christopher May 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

I don’t wanna bitch or anything but the registration is still disabled.

11 Christopher June 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

OMG, It looks like you finally paid your Godaddy hosting bill.

Congratulations Rory, your blog is back online!

12 Sean Patterson July 8, 2011 at 10:47 am

Hey Rory,

I stumbled across your website through your guest spot on the StackExchange podcast. I love your passion for MonoTouch and the extent of knowledge you have on just about everything! You’ve got me hooked and I can’t wait to see what happens over here, whenever that is.

13 Clifton July 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Welcome back bro’! Nice to see you posting again! I just found this from the StackExchange podcast which got mysteriously truncated on my iPhone during playback. I’ve been running a dry spell lately myself but I plan to get back to posting. Come check me out sometime…

14 Brian Kuhn July 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Rory,

You going to be at BUILD in September? I’ll drink you under the table if so.

Also, not sure if you publishing online again is actually a good thing, I reserve judegment. The Stack Exchange podcast was good.

15 Christopher September 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

“You going to be at BUILD in September? I’ll drink you under the table if so.”

I did not see Rory there.

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