Here’s a quick update on the status of the transition of the Fire Ant Gazette to WordPress. It’s been tedious, frustrating, and occasionally fascinating.
I recently alluded to some potential changes to the Fire Ant Gazette, said changes to be made in response to a black hat hack of a number of files that permitted the bad guys to install phishing software. This was a Very Bad Thing, and resulted in the suspension of my website hosting account until… Continue reading The Future of the Gazette (TL:DR — Changing, but not leaving)
This is a placeholder post while I try to figure out how to bend WordPress to my will. I don’t know if I’ll keep that drop cap thing; I’ll be experimenting with a lot of different style options, and some won’t make the grade. The drop cap seems a bit pretentious, doesn’t it? One thing… Continue reading The transition begins…
Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Fire Ant Gazette. In the WWW (Wonderful World of Weddings), the 19th anniversary is represented by bronze — the metal, not the color — which apparently symbolizes strength and endurance, and I suppose that’s apropos for almost a fifth of a century of writing stuff for no apparent… Continue reading Reflecting on Nineteen Years of Blogging
Welp, here we go again. Following a wild ‘n crazy NYE (we were in bed before 10:00), we felt justified in sleeping in this morning: I didn’t get out of bed until 6:30. (Go ahead and laugh it up; you’ll be old someday.) We got bundled up and headed out the door for a four… Continue reading Bienvenidos, 2021. Don’t let us down.
*whispers* 2020 wouldn’t even rank in the top 1000 worst years in human history — Kyle Mann (@The_Kyle_Mann) December 31, 2020 For all its faults — and, yes, there were multitudes — 2020 could have been much worse. For example, the Patriots could have won the Super Bowl. The Walking Dead could have turned out to be… Continue reading Adios, 2020. Thanks for trying.
I received a lot of responses — primarily via Facebook — to yesterday’s post about the Fire Ant Gazette-themed mask. And while I was gratified that so many were interested, I was a bit taken aback at the apparent perception by some that I was actively seeking help in promoting the Gazette. Don’t tell anyone… Continue reading Time Out for a Blog PSA: Y’all, it’s just a hobby!
This is the time of the year when journalists the world over phone it in by doing those endless “Year in Review” reports, only this year it’s ten times as bad because the end of the year is also the end of the decade (unless it’s not), and we’re all nutso for round numbers. The… Continue reading Phoning it in: Decade in Review
It’s the first day of November and I’m extending my streak to twenty years of not participating in NaNoWriMo. If that term is unfamiliar and you don’t have the inclination to click on the link that I toiled and sweated over — not that I’m complaining — here’s an abbreviated introduction. NaNoWriMo is twee code… Continue reading NoMoNaNoWriMo (not that there ever was any)
Remember the WABAC machine in the beloved The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends show…the device that enabled Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman to visit various pivotal moments in history? Pretty great stuff, wasn’t it? Well, this post isn’t about that. Sorry *not sorry*. Alert Gazette readers may recall — even without… Continue reading Revisiting the Wayback Machine