500 errors

I’m tired of seeing this

and this

whenever I want to edit a post or check statistics. I plan to move my websites elsewhere soon. WordPress currently recommends Bluehost, DreamHost, MediaTemple and Laughing Squid. Does anyone have any experience with any of them? Thumbs up or thumbs down?


After seeing the same henshin sequences recycled endlessly in typical mahou shoujo series, I’m not particularly scandalized by this:

10 thoughts on “500 errors”

  1. My company uses MediaTemple, and they’ve been largely OK. We’ve been having some trouble with one dedicated virtual server on them as we were testing a project out, but that seemed to be an anomaly. But much of my experience has been with the dedicated-virtual plan; I haven’t had much experience with their grid-service plan (which sounds to be the web-hosting only part).

    I personally have my server on a TekTonic VPS that I’ve built up myself (they give you a virtual server and the initial root password, you go in and change the root password and setup everything yourself (apache, php, mysql, etc.)). I’d definitely understand not wanting to go that route, though.

  2. All of them are pretty bad, with MediaTemple perhaps least bad. BlueHost is the one that deleted Hinano’s blog after some spurned fanboi launched a DDoS. DreamHost is pathetically oversubscribed. It is where AnimeBlogger started.

    Some people use Surpass. Kokidokom, I think, was there. BasuGasuBakuhaku still is.

  3. I use HostingMatters. They’re essentially a reseller, and I wish their website were a little more user-friendly, but DDoS doesn’t faze them; they host several blogs that have been hit before; they just reroute and get on with business.

    One thing I like with them over Bluehost is that your account password and your server password are not the same, so even if someone hacks your server, they don’t have access to your account info or other servers.

  4. I have used Site5 (site5.com) for about 10 years, and have been very happy with the site. The site is an online forum, heavily database-driven, and the server is very performant–we briefly tried a cheaper host a few years ago and it was vastly slower. Including pictures we were pushing a couple of gigs of data a month, 5-6 years ago.

  5. I think what the video shows is more a matter of imitation than actual “copy paste.” Perhaps they would call it “homage.”

    I’ve used Bluehost for years and gotten acceptable service at a very low price. There’s been downtime once and a while, but it’s fine for a hobby site. If my business depended on it I would probably want to pay more for “five nines” service.

  6. IIRC, Disney used to have their animators study live-action films of various movements, and even trace them. So I suggest what we’re seeing here is animators using and re-using the same reference films over a long period.

  7. Almost certainly that is correct. Disney famously rotoscoped all kinds of things.

    When they did “The Jungle Book”, they used Phil Harris to do the voice of the bear. They also filmed him and rotoscoped the film to do a lot of the bear’s animation.

  8. Yes to the Phil Harris thing… he also voiced O’Malley the Cat in the Aristocats, some of which footage was quite similar to that of Robin Hood (where he was also the voice of Little John the Bear). In that general time frame, though, Disney was suffering through some bad times. Walt Disney died during the making of the Jungle Book. The three movies right after that supply nearly all the examples of re-referenced animations: the Sword in the Stone, the Aristocats, and Robin Hood. Even as a cost-cutting measure, one imagines that Walt would have been VERY annoyed at such corner-cutting.

    In fact, this film even misses a few: one in particular I recall is where Mowgli’s pack joyously greet him early in the Jungle Book, recycled nearly frame-for-frame when young Arthur is greeted by Sir Ector’s hunting dogs when he comes back home early in the Sword in the Stone.

    The Beauty and the Beast dance was always intended to be an homage of the dance to end Sleeping Beauty, IIRC.

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