First off (to abandon the order I impled in the title) I wanted to talk to you guys - my loyal and occasional readers - and find out a few things. Mostly, I want to know a little more about who reader "The Life of the Traegorn" (this blog), what you guys want out of TRHOnline.com, how you use it, and what you'd like to see. So, to do this, I have concocted the TRHOnline.com 2006 user survey. I ask that you spend a minute or two to just sit down, fill out the form, and let me know what you think. It would be greatly appreciated. If you're reading this via a newsreader and not by visiting the site, make sure you tell me that too.
To touch on yesterday, I talked about the splog LightHive.com, and how they were fairly scummy. What is surprising to me is how little I can find out about them in actuality. This is fairly uncommon, as people who do this sort of thing either screw up, or think they've covered their tracks in ways that end up giving me actually more clues. LightHive though? The LightHive guy or gal is making me work for this.
The Whois is masked, the DNS server looks like it's owned by a seperate hosting company, and I can find disconnected sites that host with it, but I can't find the central hosting site. LightHive.com was also only registered about a month ago. It's run with a piece of software called "RSsI" (not to be confused with the dozens of other things called RSSI). The only other site on the internet I can find via Google (in English) that aggregates blogs using a program with the same name is Unpartisan.com, but as Unpartisan doesn't run advertising I don't believe that they are involved in LightHive in the slightest. I've also can see a few differences in their format, so I can't tell if it's actually the same program. I will investigate further. Continuing my search, while I've found Japanese and Estonian websites that mention something called RSSI, I don't know if they're talking about the product these sites are using (as there are about a half dozen RSS based things called RSSI, making the chances that the articles are about something unrelated fairly high...).
While I'm sure I could put in the effort, I don't know how much of my time these guys are worth my wasting.
In completely unrelated news, I've decided to start putting together (and eventually publishing online) a tabletop RPG that I've been working on. I've been thinking about running a session of it on Saturdays as well - so if you're in town and interested in a game that will be comical and mostly just fun, give me a call. Yeah.