Projects & About Pages

I added the Projects and About page to the navigation up-top. The Projects page contains links to downloadable scripts I have written. The About page contains a resume view of my accomplishments.

Hope bits and pieces of that helps,
Daniel Slaughter

It’s true, I’m not a girl (or am I?)

My Celebrity Look-alikesIt was bothering me that myHeritage said my facial characteristics looked like that of a woman. So, I found a more recent picture that didn’t look so much like a baby face and gave it a shot. The results for this came back as higher percentages than the last post. My number one pick is Matt Damon (75%), followed by Christie Brinkley (75%), Missi Pyle (71%), Anna Paquin (70%), Fred Savage (70%), Laetitia Casta (70%), Jamie Bell (70%), and Mariah Carey (70%).

At least this time around it says I resemble 3 guys at higher percentages.
Daniel Slaughter

It’s true, I am a pretty girl (or Magic Johnson)

My Celebrity Look-alikesEric, Dave and Ben were uploading images to a website called myHeritage to discover what actors they most resembled. I did not have an available (good) picture of myself on Friday, so I waited until I got home. To my dismay, myHeritage determined that I most resembled Julia Roberts (62%), Lauren Bacall (56%), Susan Saradon (53%), Magic Johnson (52%), and Sophia Loren (51%). There is no way I could resemble Magic Johnson, and Dave can account for that one. Now, I know I’m a little hottie, but I wasn’t aware that my facial features were best portrayed in those of females. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

I’m beautiful, and now I can prove it,
Daniel Slaughter

The start of a WordPress

The other day I was trying to find a new @gmail.com email account. I’m sick and tired of explaining to people what “wmasterme” means: everyone is a little pervert! In my search for a new name I found that daniel.slaughter, dan.slaughter, danielslaughter, d.slaughter, dslaughter, and of course slaughter was unavailable. I was appalled at my findings and discouraged that I was no longer a unique individual. So, I thought to myself, what if danielslaughter.com was taken? I quickly whois-ed the site, noticing it wasn’t registered I took it into my arms.

And then I was thinking about creating a wiki-like site where users could post comments on the pages I created. But… why? Why not just use this fantastic, already created, little application called WordPress? I had never installed it before so I set out to do so.

WordPress’ website proposed it would take me 5 minutes to install it on my server. I assumed not, but went ahead with it anyways. The following are the steps and encounters I had when installing WordPress:

1. Download and unzip the WordPress package:
This step wasn’t too bad, I’m on dialup and the files are compressed, so this 622KB file took about two minutes.

2. Create a database for WordPress on your web server with a MySQL user:
Again, an easy step… I had previously today done this for one of my classes to host a PDA Bank Application, so I knew exactly where to go in my host’s admin. This step took another two minutes.

3. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php:
I think that took less time than writing out this sentence.

4. Open wp-config.php and fill in your database details:
Less than 30 seconds to complete this step. Good, so we’re maybe 4.5 minutes into this 5 minute process.

5. Upload wordpress to your web server:
Uh oh… Let’s just say dialup sucks. I dragged and dropped the files onto my web server, brushed my teeth, went pee, and still had time to watch the 8 minute file transfer complete. We have obviously now exceeded our 5 minutes by 7.5 minutes.

6. Run the WordPress installation script on your server.
Two steps, and I pretty much just hit next, this took maybe 30 seconds if I wasn’t picky.

And we’re done! As you can see, if I was not on dialup WordPress would not have taken 12 minutes to install. Perhaps WordPress should have a disclaimer that their proposed speeds are based on your internet connection. Oh well, 12 minutes isn’t bad.

Until next time,
Daniel Slaughter