Archive for January, 2005

Not as popular as I thought

Monday, January 17th, 2005

So for my second interactive survey, I was going to ask how many of you use RSS to be notified when something new gets posted to the MuscleMemory blog. But anyone using RSS would have answered last week’s survey question within a day or two. In one week, only 15 people have answered the survey!

Now, the webstats that I get from my service provider shows that I receive 9000 unique visitors this past week. But the blog is not being visited. The rss feed was downloaded 1327 times, but for services like bloglines which download it once an hour, 1300 downloads is only 7 aggregators.

This week, I created a new website for NABBA Mexico. They had been at geocities. I created the layout and the php scripts. Since I don’t speak spanish, I’m waiting for them to write the text. I will still be adding a blog and a forum. Now if I could just get IFBB Mexico to hire me to create a website for them….

Survey: Bodybuilding Asthetics

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

Here is a quick two question survey for you. Right now I have it limited to one vote per IP address, so if you’re behind a firewall at work, you may be out of luck.

A new year!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

2004 is over, and not a minute too soon. It was a tough year for me, being unemployed for most of it. Fortunately, I saw it coming, so my financial house was in pretty good order. But I’ve got to find a job soon. I do get calls from headhunters for jobs in other cities, especially New York, but very little in Los Angeles. I would really prefer not to move again.

The response to my donation page has been a bit of a disappointment. In three months, through the paypay and amazon buttons, seven individuals (one anonymous) and two businesses (I think the one from Europe was from a business) have donated $385, which just about covers the yearly fee of hosting the site. One person also sent a very generous check. Thanks to all.

In the eight years that MuscleMemory has been on the web, I’ve put in a minimum of 10 hours a week on the site, sometimes much more. Most of that time was spent scanning the 2000+ magazine covers and typing in the magazine Table Of Contents index. (See the What’s New page for more details.) Still working on the 1970s for the table of contents. Hopefully I’ll get to the 1980s in 2005.

I’m way behind in typing in the list of upcoming contests for 2005. Last year I decided to do it in XML and use jsp to fetch the info. That’s fine, but it requires that I use a GUI to enter the info. Also my ISP doesn’t support jsp, so I was using a third site to do the fetching. An awkward system, so I thought I’d do it all in php this year. Easier said than done. Turns out php is pretty slow parsing xml and has a real memory problem processing 300+ complex objects. I should have stuck with a flat file. (If you understood that, you qualify as a computer geek.)

In the coming weeks, I hope to make this blog a bit more interactive with a few surveys about the state of bodybuilding. If nothing else, it will give me an idea of how many people actually read this thing.

Shawn Ray resigns as IFBB Athletic Rep

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

As posted on the getbig forum

January 2nd, 2005

Dear IFBB Pro Men,

First I want to say, “Happy New Year” to each and everyone of you and may all your dreams and goals come true in the coming year!

As you all know, I had to get 98 Signatures (Majority Vote) of the Registered Athletes in 2003 to become the Athlete Representative for 2004 to 2006. That being said, there are 3 Official Meetings per/ yr. where the Issues, Concerns, Problems and Changes can be dealt with. I have personally spoken with those of you who had serious problems and concerns, as they related directly or indirectly with matters of:

Prize Money, Judges, Pay Per View, Promoters Failure to Pay, Contest Entry Deadlines, Score Sheets and other issues that needed the attention of the the federation or issues that needed a response by the federation.

Well, some Athletes responded with feedback for me to place on the table with the federation, while others didn’t respond to any issues or complaints that related to them.

This year, most of you were expecting a response from me following the Mr. Olympia regarding the final “Issues & Concerns” that were to be placed before the other Officials and the federation Vice President. I forwarded the detailed items to Jim Manion, the IFBB Vice President 8 weeks prior to the Olympia Weekend and we were to go over them at the Mr. Olympia Meeting prior to the contest with other Representives and Officials. I received an Email from an IFBB Official Representative that had the “Formal Representative Meeting” starting at 9pm Wendsday evening after the Athletes Meeting.

However, when I showed up for the Men’s Meeting starting at 7:30pm, I was told the Official & Representative Meeting began at 4:30pm and was over. I was also told I should have received and Email stating the “Change of Time” on my computer. Sadly, I never did receive an email and or a phone call stating the change.

I was told I would receive the “Minutes” regarding the meeting, however I have yet to hear or see anything that happend or was addressed regarding the issues you guys wanted me to address?

It is for this reason, I feel the position of “Athlete Representative” for me does not carry equal balance for you the Athletes in regard to the federation and promoters.

Therefore, I removing myself from the position of “Athlete Representative” effective immediatly. I feel I am not able to effectively have the issues that need immediate attention addressed by the federation to aide and assist you in your professional careers.

I wish you all continued success and best wishes!


Shawn Ray