Do not adjust your set !

This blog is still being moved!

However, I am getting pretty satisfied (for now) with the look of the new blog. All that remains to do is changing the old links to pages of the previous blog or to images still hosted on the previous blog. When that is done, I’ll be able to kill the old blog and redirect the domain to the new location (and thus regaining better traffic, because lately it has been abysmal!). Just bear with me a little more: the end is close!

In the meantime, let me know what you think.

Most (young) people won’t know what this picture is. It reminds me of my youth, when the television wasn’t transmitting inanities 24/7…

See my post on clodjee-blog.com !

(Sorry this version of the blog is no longer active: Read me on the new blog!)

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Blog update

The set up of the new blog is progressing. I have finalized the choice and adjustments for the theme (Hemingway Rewritten). Now, I just have to change the reference and picture links still pointing to the old blog and everything will be completed.

From now on, I will be blogging mostly on the new blog and will post on the old blog only links forwarding the readers to the new localisation.

In the meantime, bear with me and let me know what you think of the new blog!

See my post on clodjee-blog.com !

(Sorry this version of the blog is no longer active: Read me on the new blog!)

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Blog move in progress

Yes, another move. After moving from clodjee.blogspot.ca, we are now transitioning from clodjee.com (a WordPress blog hosted on internic.ca) to clodjee-blog.com (or clodjeeblog.wordpress.com, hosted on wordpress.com). The move was prompted by security problem that compromised the blog and wordpress.com seems to offer better options and security.

Although it is not that simple: since I cannot keep the same theme, the transfer will require lots of adjustments that make it feel like starting an entirely new blog. So, for now, I will keep both clodjee.com and clodjee-blog.com running concurrently (which will require double posting for a while), but when I’ll be satisfied with the new blog I’ll close the old one and forward the domain there.

Please, bear with us in the meantime !

Check us out at clodjee-blog.com

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Blog of my blood

Last week, I discovered that my blog (which I cherish greatly because it has been essential to sustain my soul and my sanity) had been hacked and that malicious code was injected in everyone of my 1500+ posts. It was causing a redirect that crippled the blog, preventing anyone to access it. According to my web host, it was caused by vulnerabilities in the previous version WordPress and, since it was not their fault, they didn’t help much beside offering a few suggestions.

I have removed the malicious script in the last hundred or so posts in order to make the blog functional enough to continue working on it. So, if you click on a link that redirect you to a weird place (or a blank page) you’ll know why.

I’ll try to find an automated way to removed the remaining malicious code or I’ll find some time to do it manually. For now, I’ve installed Wordfence to improve security but, obviously, the current hosting doesn’t have much security (and doesn’t care). Therefore I will eventually move the hosting to a better place (the best candidate seems to be wordpress.com, which offers more features and a better price).

To be continued…

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L’art subtil du commentaire-critique

On me demande souvent quels sont les critères que j’utilise quand j’écris des critiques (reviews) de livres ou de films. En fait, j’utilise les même critères que j’ai développé au cours des années alors que j’écrivais des critiques d’abord pour Samizdat (un fanzine de science-fiction et fantastique québécois, 1987-1994) et, par la suite, pour Protoculture Addicts (un magazine sur la culture, le dessin animé et la bande-dessinée japonaise, 1987-2008). J’ai été rédacteur-en-chef pour ce dernier pendant plus d’une vingtaine d’années et ce sont ces même critères auxquels je demandais à mes collaborateurs d’adhérer. Je vais donc profiter de la présente occasion pour vous expliquer un peu comment je procède. Et je suggère à quiconque qui désire écrire des critiques de suivre ces quelques lignes directrices.

J’aimerais d’abord définir la critique comme étant un simple commentaire et non pas une critique analytique. Cette dernière cherche à étudier, en profondeur, les moindres aspects d’une oeuvre: les motivations des personnages, les choix narratifs, le message de l’auteur, etc. Une simple critique, quant à elle, n’est qu’un commentaire qui se veut ni objectif, ni constructif, ni négatif : c’est juste une opinion, un ressenti, que l’on exprime. On aime ou on aime pas, et on tente d’expliquer pourquoi, en décortiquant brièvement les impressions que l’oeuvre nous a laissé.

Je préfère d’ailleurs parler de “commentaire” et non de “critique” car ce dernier terme fait plus pompeux et peut aisément être confondu avec son cousin analytique. Un commentaire donne une impression plus modeste. On ne cherche pas a donner de leçon mais simplement à dire ce qu’on en pense. Dans le cas d’un livre, on pourrait parler de commentaire de lecture mais comme on peut commenter aussi des documents audio-visuels (des BD ou des manga, des films (vu au cinéma, en Dvd, ou Blu-ray), ou même de la musique (concert, CD)) je préfère m’en tenir simplement à “commentaire.” Bien sûr, l’approche sera un peu différente selon le type d’ouvrage  que l’on commente (livre, cinéma, musique).

Une autre question que j’entend parfois c’est “pourquoi se donner la peine de faire un commentaire” alors que l’on pourrait bien se contenter d’apprécier une oeuvre pour ce qu’elle est sans trop se poser de question. Je dois avouer que pour moi c’est plus une déformation professionnelle. J’ai écrit tellement de commentaires pour les publications pour lesquelles je travaillais que maintenant je ne peux pas m’empêcher d’analyser et de penser à ce que je ressens au fur et à mesure que je progresse dans le livre que je lis ou dans le film que je visionne. Et tant qu’à avoir des idées ou des opinions, pourquoi ne pas les partager? Car la raison fondamentale d’un commentaire c’est cela: partager ses coups de coeur (ou de foudre!), son amour (ou parfois son aversion) pour une oeuvre, ou simplement donner son opinion. Parfois, aussi, il s’agit de vouloir aider les autres à comprendre et à mieux apprécier une oeuvre ou, tout au moins, à partager la façon dont nous percevons une oeuvre (à travers le prisme de nos expériences personnelles, de notre savoir, de notre vécu). Si nous sommes passionné par un sujet, il est tout naturel de vouloir partager cette passion. Le lecteur (du commentaire) en fera bien ce qu’il veut…

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References

I am putting under the Category “References” all the posts that are more articles then quick blurb on my principal subjects of interest (like anime & manga, literature, etc.). This will includes my own Bibliography, the Essential anime- & manga-related bibliography that I have compiled over the years, and my (still incomplete) article on the various genres and sub-genres of literature.

Of course, those articles would probably fit better as “pages” rather than “posts”, but since they were created as posts (and I couldn’t find a way to convert them) I decided to keep them that way. Future articles will probably be formated as pages.

Also, since this is a crucial part of this blog, this category will have its own set of sub-menu.

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Back after a brief glitch

For most of the week I have been unable to access my own blog!

At first I thought that it was a problem with the web hosting, but — as soon as I had time, today — I checked with them and everything was fine on their side. After performing a few tests (whatismyip.comwww.isitdownrightnow.comdownforeveryoneorjustme.com or trying to log through a proxy like megaproxy.com) and trying to log with other browsers (like Firefox or Explorer instead of Safari — without success) or through my iPhone or my sister wifi (it worked in both case) I finally realized that it was Bell’s internet that was blocking me (Dog, I hate Bell: their TV service is so beautiful but everything internet or wifi is so shitty!). My website itself was not blocked. It was my access to the website that was somewhat cut. I tried a few things and finally tried to simply reset Bell’s marvelously buggy Home Hub 3000 internet router. It worked!

Sorry for this brief interruption. We can now resume our regular programming: I can continue to update and adjust my blog.

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Blog update

My new beginning on WordPress is now completed. From now on this will be my only blog (but the Blogger version will continue to exist without any future update).

I have imported here all the posts of the previous blog. Now I only have to tweak each post (adjust the formatting,  correct the categories & tags) and add the proper image links (which were previously screwed by Dropbox)… for all the 1300+ posts! Continue to bear with me because this will take a while…

I just hope that all my followers will continue to read me here. I promise that once the reformatting issue is solved I’ll write more and produce an improved and better blog!

A new beginning

I am in the process of switching my blog from Blogger to WordPress. This will happen in three phases:

Learning :  during that phase not much will happen here and I will continue to blog mostly on blogger (http://clodjee.blogspot.ca). I’ll post here only to experiment with WordPress settings and features in order to learn how it works.

Transfer : while I slowly transfer the whole blog to this new site I will probably continue to blog on both sites.

Finalized : when the transfer phase is completed I will blog only on this new site.

I have no idea how long each phase will take. Please bear with me for the duration of this process.

Thank you!

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Screwed by Dropbox

You are wondering why there are no longer pictures in this blog?

Simple: most pictures were hosted on Dropbox and “As of March 15, 2017 the Public folder in your Dropbox account has been converted into a standard folder. By default this folder is private to your account. (…) If you’re a Basic user, and you created a website that directly displays HTML content from your Dropbox account, it will no longer render in the browser.”

Of course, for a while, it would continue to work if your are Dropbox Pro or Plus users (at minimum $129 per year). It is tantamount to legal ransomware!

I thought that re-doing a share link individually for each picture (for all my 1345 posts !) could solve the problem but a quick test was a failure. I don’t have much time to dedicate to this right now (having spent the last week and half working hard to prepare for my mother’s funerals, which is later today). I’ll try to contact Dropbox later, but for now it will remain that way.

I’ll try to figure out an alternative solution as soon as possible. Anyway, I was thinking of switching to a WordPress blog with a web hosting professional company that will also locally host the files. That would solve the problem but will also take time to implement. We’ll see.

I apologize profoundly for the actual state of my blog. But keep reading, it’s the words that count.

Update: another quick test (at the suggestion of this guy) made me realize that I can host images with Blogger itself, although I don’t know the limitation in space or bandwidth. I’ll probably just do that for the most important or recent posts while I prepare for a more permanent solution.

Update 2: Of course, I can also use Flickr to temporarily host the images. At least, there, the limit is known (1 Tb of which I am currently using only 0.4%). I might use a little of both methods, but no matter what it will be time-consuming and a hassle. Argh! I hate Dropbox for dropping this on me at a time like this!

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