Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

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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
More Updates
I keep tweaking the Journal layout. I also have a new social sharing image. We'll see if it shows up properly on Facebook.

I am also kind of determined to keep pushing new content on a regular basis, so we'll see what happens.

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10/6/2021 11:09:31 AM
Welcome to the new Journal!
As no one whatsoever may have noticed, I'm making some changes to the web site. The whole thing needs a refresh, and I've updated the base color schemes. 

Why yes, I *was* prompted to do this by yesterday's Facebook outage. Why do you ask?

Well, that's not entirely true. I've been thinking about this for a long time, and this blog is becoming abandoned. I don't want that to happen. I could be wrong, but it seems I was writing more when I was maint...
10/5/2021 4:25:29 PM
New Stuff in Nostalgia!


These items are from a cache of greeting cards that my Grandmother exchanged with friends around 1900. I handled these with care so you don't have to.

Enjoy!
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2/21/2019 4:31:20 PM
New in Nostalgia
I'm going through old family files and the like for a few weeks. Today I ran across a couple of postcards of Downtown Dallas featuring Reunion Tower:

ReunionTower001.jpg

ReunionTower002.jpg

You can read the entire entry...
10/4/2018 11:11:58 AM
Updated Tech Museum
As I've been cleaning and going through things, I've been taking pictures and adding items to our Tech Museum. While I was at it, I did a little work on the presentation. It's still a tad clunky, but better than it had been. I've also added a sort of feed of the newest items, so if you've been there before you can cut to the chase and see what's new.

Check it out!
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4/24/2018 2:58:43 PM
ConDFW Wrap-up, plus bonus housekeeping!
Had a grand time at ConDFW this past weekend. The panels were fun, and I made a little money at my table. Of course, I saw many old friends and made a few new ones.

I was sorry Charlaine Harris couldn't make it, but I do wish her the best. I'm sure she'd rather have been at a con than having her gallbladder out.

My one bit of "fun" happened on the way home. Someone ahead of me in a left turn lane suddenly backed up and stepped on the gas. I narrowly avoi...
2/20/2018 3:58:56 PM
Updated Nostalgia Section
I've been hard at work on some web site updates. The first major update is in the Nostalgia section. From here on out I'll try to post updates to the journal so they make the feed.

Here we have downtown Arlington, Texas, circa 1961. 

DowntownArlington01.jpg

You can view the entire post 12/7/2017 6:21:47 PM
Housekeeping!
After getting slammed by a massive comment spam attack, I decided it was time to go in and rework the underlying code for part of the Journal.

I had to redo the ReCaptcha, and I think you'll like this one better. Instead of retyping words, you can select pictures. The old one was broken beyond repair and had so the comment form had become a spam trap. That should be fixed now. 

I've also gone in and made the text easier to read. 
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5/24/2016 2:45:48 PM
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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

Housekeeping!
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

Housekeeping...
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

Testing...
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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