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A Little Virtual Housekeeping
I'm making a few changes to the site. Mainly updating a few things here and there. You may not even notice some of the changes. At any rate, the site is in serious need of updating, and I plan to squeeze that task in over the coming weeks.

And yes, the cat tax must be paid. Have an inscrutable Daenerys.

8/24/2023 11:00:16 AM
Back to Blogging? Again?
Geez, this is harder than it should be. The fractures in social media definitely make me want to go back to the journal, and I am going to try!

Life has been darn near as fractured as social media. I'll spare you the complaints. But let's see what I can do here.

In the meantime, have a cat.

Sleepy Kitty
7/7/2023 9:48:51 AM
Updating the Social Media Thing
It's getting so you can't tell the players without a program!

My current social media list is on the sidebar. 

Still trying to get into BlueSky. Clearly, I am not one of the cool kids. My request has been languishing like, forever.

Edit: And I see my Tweets aren't showing up. Why am I not surprised?

7/6/2023 4:17:16 PM
Comments Are Back!
A couple of weeks or so ago the journal got hit by a comment bot. I think I've got it fixed now, but for now comments are going to be approved by hand.

I hate to do that, but I can't spend hours cleaning up from a bot attack, either. 

This isn't an attempt to stifle comment, but I do appreciate you reading and adhering to the comment terms.

Thank you.
5/10/2023 2:51:50 PM
Because someone can't play nice...
I've removed comments. Maybe I'll get them back later.

4/30/2023 9:04:40 AM
Testing the new mobile entry page

If this works, have a beer!

4/21/2023 10:12:41 AM
Well, that was fun. The link to the website css file just kind of fell off into the Gorge of Eternal Peril.

I think we're fixed now.

Sorry about the disruption. Carry on.
12/16/2022 11:27:34 AM
A Bit Of Housekeeping
Well. It seems that when I went in and tried to restore the commenting code that I completely borked a few things. I was working on them on a local copy of the journal, but I guess I moved the pages out by mistake. Sorry about that.

In penance, here's a cat picture from the archive. I think I deserve the Cone of Shame!


11/22/2022 11:41:15 AM
Back to Blogging?
I've been meaning to revive the blog, and maybe it's time. The latest news of Elon Musk buying Twitter makes me want to consolidate back to my home turf. This isn't about Musk per se, mind you. I'm just more and more frustrated with all the crap going on with social media.

But what do you do? My Facebook and YouTube channels are how I connect with potential customers, and potential income. I've made some good friends via Twitter, so I guess I'm not ready to give it up. ...
4/25/2022 3:19:33 PM
More Journal Housekeeping Stuff
Yes, I suspect only two people (if that many) might be interested in the nuts and bolts of what goes on under the virtual hood, but I need to document this to some extent.

Latest updates include a small typography change and (finally!) the ability to turn off comments to a post. Spambots love to ferret out old posts and leave comments in hopes that the blog owner won't notice. I've also noticed that when one old post gets a spam comment that it tends to get more. So, turning o...
10/9/2021 4:37:00 PM
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A Little Virtual Housekeeping
8/24/2023 11:00:16 AM

Back to Blogging? Again?
7/7/2023 9:48:51 AM

Updating the Social Media Thing
7/6/2023 4:17:16 PM

Comments Are Back!
5/10/2023 2:51:50 PM

Because someone can't play nice...
4/30/2023 9:04:40 AM

Testing the new mobile entry page
4/21/2023 10:12:41 AM

12/16/2022 11:27:34 AM

A Bit Of Housekeeping
11/22/2022 11:41:15 AM

Back to Blogging?
4/25/2022 3:19:33 PM

More Journal Housekeeping Stuff
10/9/2021 4:37:00 PM

More Updates
10/6/2021 11:09:31 AM

Welcome to the new Journal!
10/5/2021 4:25:29 PM

New Stuff in Nostalgia!
2/21/2019 4:31:20 PM

New in Nostalgia
10/4/2018 11:11:58 AM

Updated Tech Museum
4/24/2018 2:58:43 PM

ConDFW Wrap-up, plus bonus housekeeping!
2/20/2018 3:58:56 PM

Updated Nostalgia Section
12/7/2017 6:21:47 PM

5/24/2016 2:45:48 PM

Recovering From The Spam Attack
7/27/2015 10:10:15 AM

Monday Mumblings Has A Site Update
1/27/2014 9:44:00 AM

The Clean(ish) Desk
11/1/2012 8:27:19 PM

Moar Housekeeping!
10/31/2012 11:39:21 PM

A Little Site Housekeeping
10/31/2012 2:42:55 PM

A Quick Summary Of Housekeeping Changes
10/7/2011 10:11:10 AM

After Much Wailing And Gnashing Of Teeth...
10/7/2011 2:15:15 AM

Your Reward For Today's Web Site Craziness: A Cat!
10/6/2011 8:36:36 PM

Testing. Nothing to see here. Except a cat.
10/6/2011 1:39:43 PM

Moar Housekeeping!
10/4/2011 7:30:35 PM

Not really doing evil...
10/3/2011 8:32:00 PM

Doing a little Housekeeping
10/3/2011 12:15:45 PM

Trouble Leaving Comments?
5/1/2011 6:50:32 PM

Housekeeping, Part 2
3/20/2011 6:42:57 PM

Site Housekeeping, Part I
3/20/2011 3:16:18 PM

Monday Mumblings has its cheese moved
2/28/2011 8:04:27 AM

Welcome to the new site, same as the old site... sort of
2/27/2011 1:39:05 PM

This is a test...
2/27/2011 7:36:50 AM

A little blog houskeeping...
1/27/2011 8:57:06 PM

A little housekeeping
9/25/2010 2:29:01 PM

4/30/2010 12:12:55 PM

Tinkering under the hood again...
11/8/2009 6:28:54 PM

New(ish) home page - now with random cats!
11/7/2009 4:42:59 PM

Cleaning up the journal layout
11/3/2009 4:09:33 PM

A bit of housekeeping...
7/27/2009 1:00:36 PM

Minor Journal Changes
4/12/2009 10:19:43 PM

We Have Spell Check!
4/2/2009 8:21:18 PM

Fixing Things...And A New Blog Feature!
2/9/2009 4:00:30 PM

A little site housekeeping
12/24/2008 3:56:57 PM

Giving Google Friend Connect a Try
12/15/2008 12:19:37 PM

Chef Chicanery
12/4/2008 2:39:38 PM

A Couple of Site Updates
12/3/2008 1:47:12 PM

Sorry About The Site Outage
8/30/2008 12:12:26 PM

I should be working and yet ...
7/26/2008 4:06:20 PM

A little redesign here and there
7/22/2008 10:21:40 PM

Test Entry
7/8/2008 9:43:43 PM

A slightly different look to the journal
7/8/2008 9:01:03 PM

In case you have trouble reaching the site today...
6/1/2008 2:08:49 PM

More Housekeeping
4/28/2008 7:38:19 PM

Site Renovations Continue Apace
4/28/2008 12:38:06 PM

Back, Briefly
4/26/2008 4:36:55 PM

And I Think We're Back!
4/3/2008 3:05:52 PM

Server Issues Continue
4/3/2008 11:06:37 AM

Server Issues
4/2/2008 2:01:37 PM

Just a Little Housekeeping
3/31/2008 9:46:10 AM

A Macro Experiment
3/30/2008 9:56:03 PM

Spamity-Spam, Spam
3/28/2008 5:11:41 PM

Dang Spammers Again!
3/26/2008 1:57:04 PM

Spammers Again...
3/26/2008 7:55:54 AM

3/25/2008 10:04:10 PM

A little housekeeping
2/12/2008 3:32:32 PM

Of all the stupid things...
2/10/2008 6:36:36 PM

Just a little housekeeping
1/13/2008 2:06:25 PM

More spammers!
12/15/2007 1:35:42 PM

A little site housekeeping...
11/30/2007 11:36:25 PM

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