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Yay, I got another surprise from WordPress’ Fun Mode!

This time, it was a pop-up headed by “Good Job!” followed by this video:

I’m not sure what that video is of… Perhaps it’s from the 2008 Beijing Olympics? :S That’s the only possibility I can think of right now.

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I received another video pop-up after my previous post on 1000 Song Challenge! This time, WordPress’ Fun Mode whacked me with a video of Canadians screaming in celebration as they watched the Canadian Olympic hockey team score the winning goal against the United States during the 2010 Winter Games.

I wonder if WordPress sent that video selectively to Canadians only? While it certainly gave me a smile, I’m not sure hockey fans in the States would appreciate this random “gift” from Fun Mode.

The video:

XD After publishing that previous post, WordPress suddenly thrusted a video into my face of a bunch of bulky football players in yellow jerseys that said “Hickory” on the back, clapping wildly in their locker room. I pretty sure it was a pre-game pep talk. Under the video, it asked me, “How did this make you feel?”

Finally, WordPress’ “Fun Mode” has manifested itself, and to be honest, it wasn’t as fun as I thought it would’ve been. Sure, I liked the surprise, but I thought the surprises would be more entertaining — perhaps a funny video, a short game, a brain teaser. A random video of a pep talk is…just okay. It’s only amusing because it appeared unexpectedly, and because I have unlimited Internet usage. Imagine if someone was nearing their monthly usage cap, and they got this video — WordPress just forced them to pay an extra $10!

That said, I still appreciate having a “Fun Mode”. It encourages me to keep testing out all of WordPress’ functions and to keep using it, just to see what they’ll throw at me next.

We all know too well the feelings of frustration, annoyance, and madness that ensue when we are unable to escape walking behind someone who is moving at a snail’s pace — it may be an elderly person, someone yapping on their phone, or even worse, a whole group of chatty teenagers who refuse to use their boundless energy to walk just a tiny bit faster.

So, when I saw a man walking his dog leisurely today, I wondered: Do dogs ever get annoyed at their owners for walking too slowly? Obviously, dogs are capable of moving much faster than we can, so wouldn’t our (“fast”) walking speed be considered a slow crawl to them? It might be the reason why some dogs are always straining at their leashes, appearing as though they would prefer to be anywhere else but inching along beside their owners.

I am not saying that we should let dogs run leash-free so that they can (1) travel at a pace they are comfortable with, and (2) actually be able to exercise during their daily outings; in fact, I’m utterly scared of leash-free parks, because some dogs can be pretty violent (and pretty sudden in their revelation of their aggression, too). Instead, perhaps owners could take their dogs out for a “walk” while riding a bike, rollerblading, or jogging. I realize this isn’t possible for everyone, but if it is, then both the owner and the dog will get a much better workout.

(It’s quite odd; I didn’t mean for this post to be about changing people’s dog-walking habits. I meant merely to ponder the thoughts of the slowly-walked dog. But anyways, if that suggestion ends up being beneficial to dog owners, then I’m happy that I actually did something useful today.)

Updates: Okay. SO. I ended up sticking this blog on WordPress.com after all. 000webhost was actually pretty good for a while — all plugins worked, themes could be customized, the servers were fast. It was all great, until I discovered that they frequently restarted their MySQL servers, which resulted in my blog displaying a large, ugly, Times-New-Roman “Error connecting to database” sign several times a day, sometimes for over half an hour at a time. While I understand that their hosting service is free, having a blog that goes offline unpredictably is intolerable. So, I moved to AwardSpace, thinking I could install a CAPTCHA system to replace the unusable Akismet plugin… However, I discovered that AwardSpace refused (for some very, very odd reason) to display the plugins page! Jeez. At that moment, I gave up and imported everything over. Everything, except my custom theme, of course. But since my modified header looks pretty good, I’m not going to complain.

So I think, after two days of running around, experimental cereal has finally settled down.

Phew.

I had a hard time deciding where to host this blog — on WordPress.org?  Blogger? Each had its distinct advantages and disadvantages. Blogger was basic, and its interface for comments and profiles were, to be honest, not too attractive. WordPress.org didn’t allow theme customization, and the entire site was sometimes quite slow. AwardSpace… Well, this entire blog was set up there for about a day, when I realized that Akismet can’t be deployed with that host. And any WordPress user knows that without Akismet, your blog will be eaten alive by spammers sooner or later.

So now I’m on 000webhost. I’m not sure how long I’ll be here either, since they had several hours of MySQL downtime this morning. I’ll try to find a better alternative, but I think I’ll be stuck here for now.

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