Thursday, January 7, 2010

This New Site: Swimming in Champaign

The new site, same as the old site. Well, an old, old site.

Yes, I've completed the move to the new website. Point your browser to and explore. The first post of the new once a week column will arrive on Sunday, January 10 so make sure to synchronize your watches. Every Sunday for the next year, a new column will magically appear. I'm kind of excited about the whole thing.

I'm really happy with the new site and I hope you like it just as much as I do. I've added a few interesting bells and whistles, left off a few things currently on this site and have moved forward. Please let me know on the new site what you like or don't like. I'm open to suggestions.

Also, I debated about moving the old archived files from this site to the new one and ultimately decided to do so. I think I'm done with Blogger blogs and will delete this whole thing in a few weeks and have the new site be my home for the foreseeable future.

Those of you who have enjoyed my ramblings, I hope you like the new direction and look. Tell a friend or two. Thanks for reading.



Sunday, December 20, 2009 is dead, long live

The last few weeks have been prohibitively busy for me. I’m trying to do a dozen things really, really well and one of them, further down on the list than I’d like, is writing this blog. So, I’m making a few changes around this here website/blog. Step one starts now.
This website/blog is taking a two week vacation (maybe three). I have successfully migrated to Wordpress and I’m taking the last two weeks of the year to tweak things on the new site and to close things out on this one. I’m pretty excited. Expect an announcement here regarding the new Wordpress site after the first of the year. I would appreciate you updating your bookmarks at that time.

Using Blogger as my main blogging package has been nothing but fantastic. It was simply time to move on to something bigger and better. I had outgrown Blogger and was trying to get a Wordpress type interface on a Blogger system. It was sort of like trying to put a round peg in a square hole. It sort of worked for about a year, but never really to my ultimate satisfaction.

As of the first week in January, I will be at a new place on the interwebz. This site isn’t totally disappearing, but it won’t be updated and actually it might morph into something different after a while. My new home/domain, the name/url of which I’m keeping close to the vest for just a little bit longer, will be the new home for the foreseeable future and I’m pretty proud of it. I hope you like the place.

One of my goals for 2010 is to write a 500 word weekly column for the new site. I’m going to include some favorite quotes from the week, maybe a cool link or three and maybe a relevant video clip if I’m feeling saucy. The column is going to be like one I’d write for an online magazine or newspaper – hard deadlines and everything. I’m still debating on naming it something… we’ll see. I’m also trying to decide when a new column/post will appear – leaning toward Sunday, but maybe Wednesday.

The subject of the column will be whatever I damn well feel like writing about that week. If I want to write about how Joe Lieberman is a small, vindictive little man who should be ran out of town by the people of his state and the next week about my girlfriend’s dog, so be it. Nothing is off the table. I’ll try to be funny, insightful, interesting and relevant.

I’m taking my cue from Roger Ebert’s fantastic blog (not that I fancy myself akin to Roger, just the style). He writes on a consistent basis and he writes longer, more thought out pieces each time. He talks about movies, but he also talks about religion and politics and old movie theaters from his childhood. I wish to do something similar.

Ultimately, I’d like to turn the 52 posts into a book. I’m already working on a collection of essays and short stories that I’m going to self-publish through Lulu and promote wherever I can. Maybe you might buy a copy. That would be peachy-keen. Look for it to be available sometime in 2010.

So, have a good holiday. Be safe. Come on back and see what I’ve got in store.

Photo by fesoj 


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I am large, I contain multitudes.

I have been crazy busy. Just like you.

My Google Reader is just overflowing with cool content and I simply can't get to it all. And I want to get to it all.

My blogging has been sporadic at best and it's bothered me. I'm waffling regarding posting something every day (Tony Pierce/Wil Wheaton), work the blog like a weekly column (Roger Ebert) or a combo of both. I'm leaning toward making my blog a weekly column which means I'm going to have to treat my weekly column like a paid gig, hit my deadlines and write something worthwhile.

Can I doodit? We'll see. However, Whitman will be mantra:

The past and present wilt--I have fill'd them, emptied them.
And proceed to fill my next fold of the future.

Listener up there! what have you to confide to me?
Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening,
(Talk honestly, no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute longer.)

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

I concentrate toward them that are nigh, I wait on the door-slab.

Who has done his day's work? who will soonest be through with his supper?
Who wishes to walk with me?

Will you speak before I am gone? will you prove already too late?


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Quotes of the Week

“So, a prominent, wealthy professional athlete may have cheated on his wife? WOW. As far as shock value that ranks right up there with discovering the truth about Santa Claus, being told that politicians accept money from political-action committees, discovering that baseball sluggers may have gobbled something more potent than One a Day vitamins and having someone break it to you that aging movie stars have plastic surgery to salvage their looks.” - Bernie Miklasz 

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” - Terry Pratchett

“Music should go right through you, leave some of itself inside you, and take some of you with it when it leaves.” - Henry Threadgill 

“Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.” - Joss Whedon 

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” - Aristotle 

“It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.” - Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture 

“When I woke up this morning, I saw your smile, that smile, and I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you” - The Butterfly Effect movie

“What’s the point of wearing your favorite rocketship underpants if nobody ever asks to see ‘em?” - Calvin and Hobbes  

“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” - Neil Gaiman 

“Look what happened. Look what happened with regard to our invasion into Afghanistan. How we apparently intentionally let bin Laden get away. How we intentionally did not follow the Taliban and al Qaeda... the previous administration... knew very well that if they would capture al Qaeda there would be no justification for an invasion in Iraq,” - Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey. 

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” - Bruce Lee