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Halloween: 2016 – Closing Time on the Call


Happy Halloween, or a joyous celebration to you no matter your holiday of choice!

I knew this day would come, since founding this blog on December 28, 2008, but it’s been an absolute blast.

It really has.

After this entry, the blog will remain online, but closed to further updates. Posts older than one year since this date will be closed for commenting, and this site will continue to serve as an archive.

I’m changing venues to another site for most of my blogging, a site much with much more functionality, one which permits me to sell my work directly, and most of all one which is less burdened by the spectre of time and loss of those passed on whom I’ve come to like, love, and respect.

This blog has seen much history in the nearly eight years it’s existed, and not all of it good. It has seen the deaths of many very close to me, and my work on this site has been deeply affected by these undertones, and the erosion over the months and years of the joy and enthusiasm I began with in late 2008.

I need a change of venue, a place to blog less burdened with the emotional baggage this site carries since the deaths of friends, relatives, online acquaintances scarcely known but profoundly influential, and those of my cats long-gone. It sounds silly and irrational, coming from a non-believer, but it feels almost as if the site has been spiritually tainted by this history.

So, I’m off to a new start, mostly away from WordPress.

Perhaps one day I’ll see a need to return to posting here, at some misty, inchoate time in the future. But I will not promise that. I cannot honestly do so. I simply don’t know what lies ahead.

My new main blogging venue beginning on November 26th of this year will be The Collect Call of Troythulu, with the first few weeks of November being one of preparing and scheduling updates there, as well as study, reading, recharging my cognitive batteries, and relaxation as my new quarterly activity schedule comes into effect on November 1.

I’ll post there each month afterward every other day, with a period of one week or eight days at month’s end to research, rest, read, and review my lessons ready for the following month of updates. I’ll continue posting on WordPress at Checkerboards of the Gods, with an update monthly in keeping with that blog’s topic matter of language use, literature, and writing.

I’ll continue keeping up with those of you on WordPress by commenting on your posts, liking, voting on, and chatting with you on other social media venues you may use. I’d be delighted if you could join me on Blogger or Google+, on Facebook (Here) and (Here), on Twitter, @Troythulu, @Mister_Eccles, or on my Tumblr account at My Horrific Elegance. For those of you with RSS feed readers, my Blogger site has links to updates there, both posts and comments working much like WordPress’s RSS widget. It’s also possible to subscribe there by email.

 

So, in closing this site, I’ll paraphrase from Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor’s parting line in the final episode of the 2005 season of Doctor Who, “The Parting of the Ways:”

Before this ends, I just want to say one thing. It’s been fantastic, absolutely fantastic! And D’you know what? So have you!

Thank you all for your support, your friendship, and the pleasure of meeting you online these eight years past. I hope I’ve been worthy of it.

Be safe. Be well. Be brilliant as the stars…. Always.

MetaCognitions | Editorial, Schmeditorial — Further Thoughts on Policy


MetaCognitions

Recently I’ve updated my editorial policy page to clarify a few things, at least the sorts of posts I avoid on this blog since adopting it. As I type this, the thought goes through my head about why I didn’t adopt it from the beginning.

After all, that’s pretty irresponsible, isn’t it, for a publicly accessible website?

I agree, especially given that with this blog’s general readership, I’m not preaching to the choir and wasn’t even from the inception of the site.

As my writing has evolved, so has the blog, and some of that evolution may be seen in the content of posts dating from shortly after this blog’s founding to the present. Early on, I didn’t adopt the use of graphic headers for posts, organization was looser, and my tone really wasn’t what even I would have been particularly proud of.

Not that I ever received nasty-grams from the tone trolls, but I had doubts about the professionality of some of the material. Some of it seemed less than objective, less than professional, and more polemical than I care for.

Mind you, I’m not opposed to controversy, except when it’s mere click-bait, and I don’t care for inflammatory language, which I’m much better at noticing in myself, along with instances of fallacious reasoning (The false dilemma fallacy was common, and rightly pointed out by reader Aliman Sears in several instances.).

I’ve grown not so much prone to walking on eggshells to avoid offending, but just putting more care into my writing. Adopting an editorial policy, even this late since the blog’s founding, was and is mostly to keep the blog on topic and not simply political correctness (which I despise). I’ve noticed over time major instances of topic-wandering, often for stretches of time in my archives, like a tendency to post too many cat videos in 2010, which in all fairness, was a good year for cat videos, and too many critiques of religion, politics, and faith for a skeptical blog.

The following is the current editorial policy in a nutshell, taken from its page on this site:

…I rarely venture into political issues unless they pertain to critical thinking, science, or skepticism. For the same reason, I rarely touch directly on religion and do not attack religious institutions outright, though the occasional misunderstandings of reality by religious leaders, like similar factual misstatements by political figures, needs calling out and critique.

The focus of this blog’s skeptical side is on claims and process, not beliefs or conclusions. I will never tell anyone what they ought or ought not to believe, or what party or candidate to or to not support for office. That is in fact completely out of my hands in any case.

So that’s it. I’m still moving over my major posting to Blogger this November, but I’m transferring all pages on this site to there before that happens. I’ll continue to read, comment, and otherwise follow and interact with those on WordPress unable to use blogger, on their own sites, it’s just that this site will be closed for updates until such time as I need to use it for that again. The current content, even early material at odds with the current policy, will remain online and publicly accessible unless the content involves broken links to images or blocked, deleted, or otherwise unwatchable embedded videos, in which case the post will be deleted for not contributing to the value of the site.

So I’m not going away entirely. But I’ve been posting here for nearly eight years, and this venue needs a rest. And once I’ve shifted over, the lessons learned here shall be continued there.

Thank you, and…

Tf. Tk. Tts.

 

The Call Bulletins | Moving Plans for November


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I’ve decided on the future of my blogging and decided to move the main focus of my blogging from WordPress come this November, to my Blogger site The Collect Call of Troythulu. I shall be transferring earlier posts during the interim to that venue, and I would be delighted to see you all there as well.

I’ve posted on this site for nearly eight years, and you’ve been a fantastic community to write and art for. But it’s time to move on, or soon will be.

Thank you. Thank you all. You, readers past and present, have made the success of this site, and have my gratitude for as long as I continue to think and breathe.

Why though? Why move?

Well, Blogger really doesn’t see much of my attention, and it has, truth to tell, much better functionality than WordPress and greater ease of use. The Collect Call is, in fact, a predecessor of this site, being the second blog I created after founding my first, the now defunct site, Troythulu’s Log in January 15 of 2008. This site is chronologically the third I’ve created, as I’ve written before, on December 28 of that same year.

But this blog isn’t going away forever. After October, I’ll simply update the theme one final time, and close it for further regular updates, though if I have my way, it will remain online until needed once again. I’ll post monthly thereafter on The Checkerboards of the Gods, my now-infrequently updated writing and wordplay blog.

But until November, I’ll continue to update this site somewhere in that mysterious region between weekly and daily as usual. Thank you for clicking on me.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

The Call Bulletins | A New Blog is Spawned in the Void


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As you may know, this blog’s editorial policy forbids recent and future posts dealing directly with religion and objects-of-faith, and a good policy it is, in keeping the focus on, among other things, issues of scientific skepticism and scientific claims, as well as claims passed off as science that fail its standards and processes.

But I’ve had a lot of ideas on material about atheism and religion that would be inappropriate for this blog and needs a different venue, so I created a new blog, The Gods of Terra, where I’ll be posting on my godless thoughts and sharing material posted elsewhere, with full credit, by fellow disbelievers.

I’ll strive to apply and maintain a high standard of fairness and rigor to the level of discourse; no crude bashing, or using argument as a sledgehammer, no inflammatory rhetoric, and most certainly no going out of my way to offend or insult. I have many friends and relatives who are religious or spiritual. I respect and love them deeply, and I take care to avoid stomping on toes even while not walking on eggshells on the new blog.

There’ll be enough to offend without my adding anything to it. But the site is still not for the easily insulted nor the most devout, and those are advised to steer clear of it. A reasonably thick skin and sometimes, a secure sense of humor will be needed. None of the material on the site will be reblogged or mirrored here.

I’ve yet to publish the inaugural post for the site, but once complete, it will set the tone and mood for the blog from then on. It should be interesting, and…enlightening…to see what comes of this.

Call Bulletins | 2015.11.19


I’m in the process of creating a new SF universe, and so consolidating all of my Gods of Terra entries under the titles of Future Fluff and Eldritch Nine under the Gods of Terra label for the permalink, category name, and post header.

So, I’m putting out a crowdsourcing request for any ideas for a name for the new setting. It’s an SF universe that has Wonders, but no Magic Wands as far as technology and physics go, no Pure Freakin’ Magic™. That means no technologies beyond what is known to be physically possible in the real world, though those technologies may well be beyond current engineering capability; so long as they are physically possible, however beyond cutting edge real technology, all will be well. There are aliens, of course, but those will at best be seldom encountered due to the vast distances in space and the limits of physics on space travel. There shall be interstellar drives, but these are all relativistic craft that can only manage a fraction of the speed of light. Such drives are mostly used for robotic craft such as probes, or space arks and other colonization ships — no interstellar merchant prince vessels, and there is little in the way of military craft as commonly depicted in science fiction, as fuel and time requirements make interstellar conquest impractical due to the expense. That does not rule out system defense craft and punitive strikes within the same stellar system.

I want each post pertaining to a given fictional setting to have its own in that regard. I’ll be creating special logos for many if not all of my posts, and updating those as this blog evolves. That includes the Mr. Eccles Presents video installments, featuring that adorably murderous insane bionic ninja feline, Eccleston J. Cat, as well as a header for Caturday’s Astrophenia, The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup, and any post that would look better with one. So, I’ll be going over my current fractals for the next couple of weeks, picking out suitable images to use.

I’ll be bringing back this blog’s participation in Cat Thursday, but not just for Thursday. In keeping with new logos, I’ll have a different one for each weekday it’s to be published on once everything is set up and ready.

I’ve not made extensive use of post-specific logo images yet, so this could be fun.

Call Bulletins 2015.09.03


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The clockface appearing in the News at Ten titles from January 2008 to November 2009. Other bulletins used a stylised image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been a bit slow on posting for this week as I’m adjusting my study and daily routine for the next few weeks and afterward.  So Here’s the blogging schedule for posting on this site for the next two months, at least until November rears its ominous head.

The following days have been selected for regular posting: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are set aside as break periods to allow for extra study. I’m getting into the juicy details of Hindi grammar and vocabulary this month, and need the practice that these breaks allow. The same will be done when full study time is once again devoted to Bengali and then to Tamil.

I might post briefly on those days, but rarely, at least until the next blogging schedule revision once October’s over.

Thanks for clicking on my site, and as always, in proper Soruggon,

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga suulat.