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Sometimes you just have to leap into the abyss

That’s a leap I have not yet decided to risk. —– On Thursday I learned that Amazon is decimating the Associates program and therefore decimating the monthly income of this blog. It may have been inevitable, but nobody saw it coming right now. You guys jumped in to make sure that February, the last month of the old program, went out with a bang. A thousand thank yous for that. But that still left me with decisions to make. About this blog. About earning a living. About whether to go ahead with planned projects. —– It was easy to decide…


Sigh. It never rains but it pours.

… and I’m not talking about the Northwet weather. I’m quoting granny’s old maxim up there in the headline meaning those little old troubles that have a habit of pouring down on our heads in storms instead of mild freshets. I’m talking about car transmissions going haywire followed by news that’s going to take a machete to my blog income. Oh, Amazon. How could you? Actually, I can’t complain about Amazon — though I’m going to, anyhow. In its early days the Associates program (those links to Amazon I’m always going on about, links that provide this blog’s only regular…


Thursday links

  • I sincerely doubt the world is ready for a complicated waterless toilet that has to be professionally serviced every six months. Bill and Melinda Gates disagree.
  • Thank you, New Yorker, for being realistic enough to recognize the hand of ISIS at Ohio State.
  • Will it really be “Bye Bye, Obamacare” followed by something much closer to market-based insurance? We can hope. Tom Price is one of only two Trump picks so far that don’t just seem like authoritarian business as usual.… 16 Comments
  • 35,500

    With MamaLiberty’s comment this morning on the “Trouble with Leaders” post, this blog has now had 35,500 comments (not including spam) in its 6+ years. Earlier this summer, Mas Ayoob at Backwoods Home proudly mentioned his 20,000 comments in eight years. I was waiting to spot a nice, round number here, but they’ve flown by so fast I’ve missed them until this morning.



    The site-to-be opened for beta testing this morning. 🙂 Beta crew: check your mailboxes. Depending on the input we get from our 14 beta testers, the operation should open on schedule around mid-month. At that point, everybody who donated $20 or more to the fundraiser will receive an invitation and a code for free membership (with length of membership based on donation amount). At that point, too, the site will be open to paying members. We shall see how this goes. However it goes, I’ll keep you posted and thank you for making both that site and this one possible.…


    Oh, and in all the excitement …

    I forgot to take the “donate” button down last night. It’s gone now and I hope I can keep my pledge to you that this will be truly The Last Fundraiser. It should be, barring disasters. Had to laugh, though. Yesterday morning, the total stood at an already-amazing $7,275. Three kind people decided they’d round that off to $7,300. Yes, each one specifically said their donation was for rounding purposes, and each counteracted the others’ attempts. Well, $7,350 may not be “round,” but it’s still a nicely balanced number. One generous soul was making her fifth contribution, just to keep…


    For a moment there, I thought JustHost had a point

    Well. We had a little excitement at the blog last night. Excitement of the wrong kind, but all appears well now. Bill St. Clair swiftly and accurately shifted yesterday from cranky, creaky JustHost to new HawkHost servers. I set the DNS change in motion (most everybody should be seeing the site on its new servers now or very shortly). And — zoom! — much faster. No 502 errors. Glory hallelujah! All problems solved. Then. Shortly afterward I noticed memory usage creeping up. And creeping more. I contacted HawkHost support, which confirmed JustHost’s claim that these problems could be the…


    Apologies for error messages. This, too, shall pass.

    You may have noticed two negatives about the blog: slow loading and 502 errors. I’ve also been experiencing them. Often: ERROR 502 – BAD GATEWAY Why am I seeing this page? The server that your request has reached is acting as a gateway or proxy to fulfil (sic) the request made by your client. Web Browser => Web Front-End => Web Back-End This server (Web Front-End) received an invalid response from an upstream (Web Back-End) server it accessed to fulfil the request. In most cases this will not mean that the upstream server is down, but rather that the upstream…


    Calling all beta testers

    Thanks to the amazing work of Bill St. Clair and He Who Fakes It Well, along with the extraordinary tech support at HawkHost, the new member site should be ready for beta testing by Friday. I’ve just invited 10 people to participate (including feralfae and A.G., who volunteered in an earlier comment section). My aim was to choose readers of a variety of backgrounds, interests, and experiences, of both sexes, and ages from youngish to … not-so-youngish. Techies and absolute non-techies alike. But now I’d like to have at least five more volunteers “from the audience.” The only criteria are…