Prospect Park November 1

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

I spent a few hours in the park today, mostly just to experiment with the camera, but I still managed to tally 26 species including my first Buffleheads of the year:

  • Mute Swan
  • American Black Duck
  • American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • American Coot
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • American Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal


Help Me Pick a New Host

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

I’m finally getting serious about moving away from I’m not sure who to host with though. Minimum requirements are:

  • WordPress support (i.e. I can install it; they don’t have to provide it though it’s cool if they do).
  • Full root access to WordPress: I can install my own themes and plugins and do my own database dumps.
  • No fixed bandwidth, storage, transfer, or CPU time quotas (I’m willing to pay for more as I go up in usage, but I need to be able to handle spikes without the ISP turning off my site.)
  • Hosted under my own domain name.
  • Regular, reliable backups

The more I think about it, the more I suspect I don’t even want a shell account. I really want a managed WordPress account, preferably hosted in at least three data centers on different continents with hot switching. (Is that even possible? ) Who offers this?