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Quid Novi? | State of the Blogs – 2017

G’day fine hominins! A lot has been going on on study, developing the writer’s craft, and other areas, but what’s going on for the blogs, more a week out of the last monthlong hiatus? What happening?

Not easy questions to answer, but here goes.

I’m currently taking and collating study notes from a course from the Teaching Company titled The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit, by Prof. Gerard Puccio of Buffalo State U. and challenging my own meager abilities in the domains of the creative in service to this and my other blogs, but here’s where things stand now:

I currently operate 5 WordPress blogs, 1 Tumblr site, and 1 Blogspot site for most of my publishing. They are:

The Call of Troythulu,

The Collect Call of Troythulu,

Checkerboards of the Gods,

The Exohuman Journals,

My Horrific Elegance,

The Prank Call of Troythulu,

…and my hub site currently under revision,

The Unspeakable Blogs.

I have named a 6th WordPress Blog titled Memoirs of a Cat Whisperer, which I’ll make public once I complete the first weekly posts, on what what else, cats!, with each post to be scheduled for Caturday.

All blogs are currently scheduled for posting on any given day of the week once weekly to make things manageable for my work and study schedule, while keeping up a modest level of traffic for each site.

Most blogs, save for my Blogspot site The Collect Call, have few formatted post drafts ready for long form entries, though that’s in the works as we speak, and you may expect to see longer posts on these sites before the year is out.

I’ve already published my first interview with GURPS writer, blogger, and GURPS GameMaster Christopher R. Rice, with more interviewees to be added when their questionnaires have been sent, completed, and gathered.

The present theme for most of my WordPress blogs is Bouquet, though that may no longer be the case at some point, as I may update that to something more functional and minimalist in near future.

By the time this post goes live, I’ll have updated the under-construction blog pages on my sites across WordPress.

But I want to take these sites further, and that means good solid data-gathering and planning, areas I’m sadly not inclined to enjoy doing, but which are sorely needed. Over the next few months, I’ll continue restructuring the Categories on my WordPress blogs to something better organized to streamline site navigation, and I’ll be adding a sitemap page to each of them.

I’m doing work on new fractal tutorials for the apps I use, including Mandelbulb 3DFractal DomainsUltraFractal 5, and others, and those will be released on my two main sites, The Call on WordPress and The Collect Call on Blogspot.

So stay cool, for those in the Northern Hemisphere, warmer for those of you Down Under, and as the Kai’Siri would say,

Talotaa frang. Talotaa kas. Talotaa tranga suulaat.

Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2016.07.16

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Good evening! I’m posting this some hours later than I’d like, as last night I had a fantastic game session and dinner party with my GURPS group, finishing up the prequel to our AEON superhero campaign, and getting our baptism of fire in a major battle. Twitterer @Ravenpenny was our GM for the session.

This fortnight, Juno is still in the news, with the spacecraft’s settling into orbit around Jupiter and sending us our first clear views of the giant planet in a long time.

I’m still importing video posts to Blogger, though keeping most on this site, save junk posts and expired videos and images. I’m considering not abandoning this site entirely, but posting infrequently, say once a fortnight or month, depending on my personal schedule for posting on Blogger. For those of you without Blogger who want to keep up with my posts there, I’ll set up an RSS link and email subscription box on The Collect Call, so you can get updates in your feed or inbox, as I do with several of the Blogger sites I follow. I’ll do that once regular posting is underway there in November.

Stay cool, stay cosmic, and as always,

Tf. Tk. Tts.

The Cat’s Eye Nebula

IC 4628: The Prawn Nebula

The Colorful Clouds  of Rho Ophiuchi

Arp 286:  Trio in Virgo

The Altiplano Night

The Swirling Core of the Crab Nebula

Nocticulent Clouds Tour France

Moon Meets Jupiter

Aurorae on Jupiter

Chasing Juno

M7: Open Star Cluster in Scorpius

NGC 1309: Spiral Galaxy and Friends

NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula

The North Celestial Tower

Image of the Fortnight

The Tarantula Nebula on the Large Magellanic Cloud

The Astrognuz:

Dark Energy Illuminated

Hubble Photo of NGC 6814

The View from Juno

Full Speed Ahead for Solar System Exploration

Dark Region Grows Eerily on Sun’s Surface

One Year after New Horizon’s Pluto Flyby

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Microbes: Resistance is Futile

The Next Mars Rover’s 2020 Launch

The Constellation Boötes

Plans to Test Space-Debris Clearing Satellite

The Call for New Tools to Search for ET

Matter Wobbles around a Black Hole

Carbon Nanotube Mirrors in CubeSat Satellites

The Moon Photobombs the Earth: DSCOVR

“Independence Day”: Core Values

“Frankenstein” Galaxy Surprises Astronomers (Astronomers love surprises!)

xkcd: Juno


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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.