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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/04/14


English: A photograph of Juliet Landau

English: A photograph of Juliet Landau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day. This week, I’m posting this for Monday, as I’ve been busy this last week on lectures and both note-taking and note-making. This means that this week, posting with be slowed somewhat, and dependent on schedule and opportunity.

Learning means a lot to me, and I’m currently viewing a Teaching Company course titled ‘The Philosopher’s Toolkit.’ I’d suggest checking it out via websearch if you’re curious. It’s good so far, and this particular project began on Friday, to be continued till I’ve taken and made notes for all 24 lectures. I’ll post a review of this at some point, but I’ll be moving on to other courses when I’m finished with this one.

This means I’ll be posting less on this blog’s regular or semi-regular features, and a more on spending my blogging time with updating pages and older post maintainence/recycling rather than new post creation. I’ll continue projects as needed, of course, and during this time will also be looking to post installments of my currently 7,000 word short fiction as blog entries on Friday in serial form, adding to it, and posting each as it is finished.

I hope you like it. Thanks to @Ravenpenny for the initial proofing of it, and the time spent till seeing it again with fresh eyes!

So I may post only twice per week or so until I’m finished with my course materials and other projects currently underway. I’m also going to start promoting my posts and more on my various social media outlets, even as I’m a little uncomfortable doing that. I’ll continue promoting my peeps’ stuff, of course.

This blog’s ‘projects’ page will be updated, as will the site’s ‘about’ page.

A while back, a Twitter fellow of mine had offered awhile back to set up a Zazzle store account on my behalf, and while I don’t object to doing things in return, I’ve not made moves to seal the deal because I realize I’d never have time for doing what I am and actually using the Zazzle store.

Having poked around a bit, I noticed that I’d take so much time making and selling product on the store that I’d have little for doing much of anything else, even as useful a source of income as that would be. Not much time for blogging, study, making new fractal images, and all else that goes on in my daily routine.

I’ll be updating the installment titles of some of the current regular and seni-regular features on this site as needed, and others will remain, as with this feature, as-is. I’ll update you on which those will be.

There will also be library time this and the next few weeks, plus time spent working on techniques for managing distraction, a recurrent problem for many with my disorder, but which can be alleviated with practice.

So, here are the links…

Talotaa frang.

My Weekly Blogs Roundup

Roundup of The Other Blogs

The Odd, the Strange & the Sciencey

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Just so you know…


I’ve been going through my older posts on the blog, deleting broken or expired links, adding up-to-date links where needed, making sure videos are still viewable, and such. These older posts are currently pending review, and last night I’m afraid I may have made your inboxes and feeds explode when I released several at once.

Sorry about that.

I’m still in the process of updating and reviewing these older posts. This is going to take a bit, one post per day, unlike yesterday evening’s post-post-post-Cambrian explosion. I’ll be rewriting some of these older posts, but ONLY when the text seems stilted, redundant, or unclear, NEVER to change the meaning of the post. I’ll not censor myself.

I’ll continue producing new material over this and the next few weeks, but punctuated by these rereleases, and at a rate that doesn’t make your inboxes scream in horrific agony.

Thanks for being patient,

…and stay brilliant!

Talotaa frang.

The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/03/02


Radial Waves 1

Radial Waves 1

G’day, and it’s a new month. This last week was good, if a bit chilly here in the Northern Hemisphere, but wherever on the planet you live, I hope things went well for you. I’ve been fooling about on Twitter, a bit more active on there than I’ve been recently, and I’ll be doing #FFing throughout the week regardless of day.

I may be blogging for Monday and Tuesday this week, but that depends on workload and study time. Things are a bit iffy for posting during the week, but we’ll see.

I’d like to start new blog drafts while adding to those I have already saved on file, and I’ll be working on new large print-quality fractal about 3×3 ft to 5×5 ft, while doing research for a friend of mine — the process of finding the material is complete, until newer and better data comes along, of course. Only the scouring of details, followed by the organization and presentation of data remains to be done.

The cats are being their usual ebil selves, with Mister Eccles taking up most of my desk chair as I type this. As for the ‘Iko Iko’ parody posted this last Wednesday, the Dixie Cups et.al. have my apologies for mangling a perfectly good song with hideously unspeakable Lovecraftian madness.

Talotaa frang!

My Weekly Blogs Roundup

Roundup of The Other Blogs

The Odd, the Strange & the Sciencey

Weekly Blog Stats

  • 140,882 pageviews total,
  • 2,079 comments posted,
  • 2,298 entries posted, including this one,
  • 230 WordPress and email subscribers,
  • 2,125 Twitter fellows,
  • …and 533 Tumblr fellows

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From Now Till February, Continuing the Call’s 5th Bloggoversary #Giveaway!


G’day and happy New Year. I’m continuing the 5th bloggoversary giveaway contest for another month, as the previous month’s giveaway had no clear winners, at 7 entries total, but I’m extending this one from now till 02/01/2014. As with last time, this contest is open to residents of any continent save Antarctica, but is void where prohibited by law. The winner will be the owner of a 1st edition copy of Guy P. Harrison’s 2013 book, ‘Think: Why You Should Question Everything.’ Have a fantastic New Year, and good luck!

Click to go to the Giveaway on the Collect Call of Troythulu!

The Past, the Present, and Future: Toward a sustainably active blog


Arachnofest

Arachnofest

Good morning. I hope that the current run of fiction pieces over the last week or so has proven interesting for you, and if not, that’s okay too — as with the fractal image posts for many of you, not everyone enjoys that sort of thing.

An active blog is an acceptable one, and this site has been active since starting day 1 of December 28 of 2008.

The site has had its ups and downs, and it was most active in 2010, getting some 40,000 pageviews and at least a comment each day that year. My active time spent online and very frequent posting schedule was largely responsible for that, but reality intruded, and I soon discovered that I could not do other things and still keep up that pace.

That was also the year I began building a wider online social network presence, through such sites as Twitter, Facebook, and the paid service blog aggregator BlogSurfer. Then reality intruded, and I discovered the interest to ‘complete’ my education, or at least to come as close as can be done given the years I have left…

…no, I’m not dying any more quickly than most, mind you, but even a long life is brief and precious. I’ve been through 49 complete trips on spacecraft Earth around our stellar primary, and counting.

I discovered the value of lifelong learning, first through introductory college-level courses published by the Teaching Company, and then from other online sources. There was also the use here and elsewhere for the first time of personally-generated fractal art, originally intended only to spice up the other entries on the site but quickly becoming something more.

During the site’s first two years, I’ve posted things that showed poor netizenship on my part, and which today make me cringe a bit upon seeing them clicked on at the stats page when they surface during web searches leading to this site.

But I will keep all of those on the site, as deleting posts doesn’t feel right to me — it seems a not-so-wee bit shady going into this blog’s 5th year and quickly approaching its 2000th comment.

Things got complicated. The bloggosphere got less interesting when my favorite sites disappeared from the web forever, and fellow bloggers burned out and quit blogging. In my own life, educational commitments and new people came into online interactions. My blogging changed, with the decline, some of it recently, of regularly scheduled entries on this site. Many of the regular tools and features now on the site’s admin pages weren’t yet standard WordPress features, and others used then fell by the wayside on constant system upgrades of the servers hosting this blog.

I don’t make a pence from the pageviews this site gets, and I will not if I can help it. Thus, I’ve bought off ads being shown on the site and don’t care nearly as much about pageviews as I once did. I’ve learned that pageviews are less important given my needs, and overconcern for them is irrational and unskeptical.

Sure. Traffic is good to a degree, but online discussion is much more so.

While working on the fiction pieces, a few ideas have presented themselves for this blog’s continued activity, until I migrate over to a different platform for continued posting sometime next year. In the interests of positivity, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, and only afterward, what won’t be done even if and when it has been:

First, I’d like to put out a call for contributing writers for the site, any who might be interested in offering their time for regular or occassional posting on this blog at their option, who will be given full access to this blog’s admin page.

I’m also putting out a call for any parties interested in contributing guest-posts on the site, which I’d definitely like to see more of.

I’m going to reblog posts more often, with permission when required from the original author, of course, as I’ve slacked off on that in the past year or so.

For those on my personal mailing list, by the time this post comes online, I’ll be back to posting links to the week’s entries on a regular weekly schedule, starting now and continuing from then on each Sunday to the hour noted on my ‘to do’ list.

I’m cutting down on reposting onsite items except where necessary, or unless the item has been properly and accurately updated and expanded with newer and better information.

I’ll be bringing back posts once used as regular features, keeping those elements that work and adding new features not found in earlier installments. Some of those will be posted on specific days of the week, like the upcoming return of the series ‘Caturday’s Astronomy Pix,’ and others, though posted semi-regularly.

I’ll be posting material with appropriate commentary when needed on skeptical, artistic, science, and mental illness topics. I’m interested in all to a degree, and have a personal interest in the latter.

There shall be more book reviews and reviews of online and digital media courses I take, more so than has been done.

I’ll also post more on skeptical activist topics, critical thinking, logic, and on skeptical software tools I come across, but not on Atheism+ or the hubbub going on about it, as I don’t think myself knowledgeable enough to comment on it, nor do I care to get involved. That’s not my kerfuffle.

Since I’ve already done so in earlier posts, and have nothing new to add, I’ll no longer post on anti-theistic topics, including activist atheism, or critiques of religious apologists and their arguments.

I’ll no longer post direct attacks on religions, religious belief, politics, or religious faith, as I’ve been there and done that, thank you. Existing posts will be retained. ‘Nothing here to see, citizen…Move along.’

Only when specific empirically testable religious, political, or other ideological claims intersect or interfere with science will I post on them.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of you absolutely fantastic people who over the years have commented on, critiqued, ‘liked,’ shared, retweeted, and otherwise interacted, both on this blog and across many other social media…

…because you all have made this experience what it was, is, and will be. YOU make it worth keeping at.

Thank you, and Talotaa frang*

Troythulu

*”Stay strong, stay well, and be brilliant as the stars” translated from Old High Kai’Siri

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