Entries tagged "BradLands"
Monday, June 16, 2008
Why I still weblogAnother BradLands anniversary of sorts: Nine years ago today, I published what became this site's manifesto, Why I Weblog. It was later included in the book We've Got Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture, edited by the lady Rebecca Blood. And for me, it is as true today as it was then.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The BradLands at 10
Photo thanks to Claudecf and Creative Commons
Ten years. Ten years! There are very few things in my life that have lasted 10 years. A few friendships, certainly, and surprisingly after an early life spent apartment- and house-hopping, my current residence. No romantic relationship got anywhere near that long, no professional gig, either (although the current one is creeping up on a decade).
But this website turns 10 today, published continually and more or less regularly since June 1, 1998.
The BradLands had been around, in various forms and at various addresses, for a few years before that, but the registration of this domain marks the official birthday. I couldn't have imagined then how many wonderful opportunities, how many delightful diversions and how many cherished friendships would grow from my decision to publish a personal website would grow when I posted those first few words. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the good it has brought into my life.
I selfishly do this just for me—The BradLands have been my playground to read, learn, link and grow—but I do rather hope you've had a bit of enjoyment as well. If you stop by regularly or just stumbled in occasionally, thank you for spending a little of your time reading over my shoulder.
The second decade begins today.
Monday, May 5, 2008
No shoesPerhaps you've noticed an uptick in activity around these parts, which can probably be directly attributed to one thing: the theatre season is ended (for me, professionally, anyway), which means a greater amount of spare time (read: "more than none"). For the past several months, whatever hours weren't given over to flacking and sleeping were spent on consulting gigs, spreading the gospel of weblogs and social media, and even developing a few non-personal website projects, while this site went fallow. The cobbler's children etcetera etcetera.
But this past weekend I carved out a couple of hours, spent some time sprucing up the joint and doing a little spring cleaning hereabout. Fact is, I missed the place, and I really, really hope to be giving it at least a little attention every day. After all, I'll need somewhere to announce those aforementioned website projects to the few hundred or so of you who still stop by here regularly. Some sort of web masochists, you are, I suppose.
One change in particular to note: I've jiggered things so that posts to the ever-more-inaccurately-named The Daily Brad will now show up in this space, as well as in their traditional home over there. This isn't intentioned to signal a return to anything like daily publishing of tidbits from My So-Called Lifestyle, but I hope it at least encourages me to write somewhat more than annually. (To celebrate this subtle shift, I'll start by republishing one of my first and favorite Daily Brad bits. Look for it following this post.)
All of this excitement comes amidst a little frenzy of activity in my offline life as well, including some home remodeling, a decade-overdue deep cleaning of the basement, a minor medical "procedure", not a small amount of travel and a rekindled, complicated long-distance romance.
And you get to peek over my shoulder for it all. You poor, wretched creatures. You have no idea what you're in for. And neither do I.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
In olden days…Last month, The BradLands turned nine and today, for the first time in three years, she is whole. Almost.
Over the weekend, I finished importing nearly a decade of Must See HTTP:// entries and six years (on and off) of The Daily Brad into the new Expression Engine database. That's nearly 2,000 posts altogether, going back to 1998 when the whole thing was hand-coded, manually archived, permalinkless and filled with now-deprecated HTML.
Since a lot of those posts were stuffed into systems that didn't make them easily exportable, it was a cut-and-paste operation, which means I also had the opportunity to read almost ten years of the drivel to which I've subjected you. There're a lot of in-jokes and punchlines to which I've forgotten the set-up, a number of cryptic references to personal life trauma and a whole whale of a lot of broken links, as sites I frequented and enjoyed years ago now come back depressingly 404.
Still, there's a lot of links and love stuffed into the archives, which you can now browse by category, date or tag. Yes, I'm adding freeform tags to all of the new posts hereabout and as time permits, I'll be tagging the back catalog also (right now, just over 5% of the posts have tags attached). I've also added an "On this day..." feature to the sidebar; you can have a glimpse of what was going on in The BradLands on this day in the past. On July 17, for example, I had something to say or link to in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003. That may prove to be a fun feature as time goes by.
Not everything is back in place, mind you. I still have a stack of non-weblog content to re-establish, include the old OutLook commentaries, the original Dispatches From The BradLands (essays from two defunct print publications), an assortment of particularly popular features I wrote for the Post-Dispatch and other papers, and the "Maybe It's Just Me..." series, which included the Why I Weblog rumination.
And then there are the old scrapbooks (Behind the Curtain and several SXSW galleries), the junk drawer (where old April Fool jokes went to moulder) and, of course, The Cute List. I hope to get a headstart on all of those bits this weekend in my (ahahahahaha!) spare time. At all events, I hope to be finished well before the site reaches its tenth anniversary next June.
Ten years of this? No wonder I'm so tired.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
The BradLands version 6.0I'm bringing
This is the third site—after SXSW Baby! and the site for The Rep—that I've built with Expression Engine and it just continues to impress (and, occasionally, frustrate) the hell out of me. It has given me the opportunity to learn quite a few new things, though, and developing all of the sites I work with regularly on the same platform certainly has its advantages. I'll have some more to say about EE in a while, including some tips and tricks I've picked up along the ascent of its learning curve.
I'd decided to port The BradLands to EE a while ago, but I was still a bit reluctant to move away from Movable Type, particularly after having the opportunity to beta test their awfully slick new 4.0 version. I still have a few small projects running MT, and when the new version is finished, I'll give it a good look before making any other transitions.
One final bit of housekeeping: If you're subscribed to the old site RSS or Atom feeds, the redirects I put in place should flip your feed reader over to the Feedburner versions. Just to be sure, though, you might want to check your subscriptions. This weblog is now feeding http://feeds.feedburner.com/MustSeeHttp and The Daily Brad is at http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheDailyBrad (and yes, I am planning to resume writing over there, thanksforasking).
Let me know if you find anything terribly wrong with the site, won't you?
Friday, July 6, 2007
Dig we must…
Thank you for visiting The BradLands. We regret to inform you that we are unable to offer our customary hospitality at this time, as we are closed for summer cleaning and renovations. We encourage you to come again, and we look forward to serving you in the future. Please watch for an announcement of our reopening in all of the most fashionable weblogging magazines and color Sunday newspaper supplements.
Again, thank you for visiting and have a flawless day.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Feedback backI think I've managed to get the comments feature working again, although I've borked the "Preview" template so, well, let's get it right the first time, OK? I've also upped the anti-spam mojo a bit, which means nothing to you, dear reader, but the world to me.
As always, new comments are held for moderation—the only sort of moderation we endorse around these parts—but Typekey-authenticated comments or comments by previously trusted correspondents zip right through.
Your two cents are once again welcomed and encouraged here.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Another anniversary, of sorts, coming up
This coming Saturday, it will have been eight years since I published a braindump I called Why I Weblog. The piece grew from a post and dialog on the earliest weblog-related listserv, was linked to by a lot of folks who were doing this sort of thing back in the day, and three years later was even published in a book.
I concluded my ramblings with this thought:
As the weblog movement matures, our sites will wrest editorial authority from the few editors of today and divide it among the many. “They” can continue to publish the chaff; we’ll be there to point our hungry readers toward the wheat. Hopefully, we’ll have fun doing it and learn a lot along the way.
And so it goes, my friends. And so it goes. Try not to let a day go by without having fun and learning while we’re revolutionizing the media, okay?
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
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Monday, June 4, 2007
The BradLands turns nine
It was around 3,300 days ago that I flipped the switch and transferred the moribund site first called The BradLands from its home in AOL's wonky FTP space to this brand-new domain. Along the way, the site got a state-of-the-art Adobe PageMill makeover and took on the form of something new: we called it a "weblog".
That's nine years of pushing bits and pixels around this joint, and nearly 13 years on the web altogether. Good gawd, y'all.
Nearly a decade later and the place is still a mess. I'd really rather hoped to spruce things up a bit in time for this year's anniversary, but lots of archives still rest in old text files, broken internal links abound and the whole shooting match is about as far from "standards-compliant" as can be.
I love the old girl, though, I do. Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Temporary OutageThere is a disturbance in The Force and, as a consequence, I am unable to send e-mail temporarily, although I can receive it. Further bulletins as events warrant.
Update: The problem has been solved, more or less, and e-mail is now routing normally. After managing to survive in an office full of folks who had been deprived of their e-mail service for most of the morning, I can completely identify with the thrust of this article, describing a survey that found that for many, loss of e-mail is as traumatic as moving or divorce.
On another note, it turns out there was a little snafu under the hood over at The Daily Brad. Thanks to a couple of alert readers, that glitch has been vanquished too, and you can now see that I have, in fact, been updating throughout July and am not stuck at the end of June. Eat and enjoy, friends.
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
May 6, 2003L'il Gromit, my faithful iBook companion, is spending some time at the Laptop Spa having his LCD rejuvenated. Hopefully updates will resume hereabouts in a couple of days.
Next month, The BradLands begins its ninth year on the web. No wonder I'm so tired.
A pauseL'il Gromit, my faithful iBook companion, is spending some time at the Laptop Spa having his LCD rejuvenated. Hopefully updates will resume hereabouts in a couple of days.
Next month, The BradLands begins its ninth year on the web. No wonder I'm so tired.
Monday, October 12, 1998
Special Notoriety Edition"Sic transit gloria mundi."
Translation: Fame is fleeting.
Or: Gloria is ill, but she's traveling on Monday.
What a surprise! I just happened to check the counter logs for the ol' BradLands earlier today and noticed that a single-day record of 102 folks had dropped by the place. A quick glance at the referers told me dang near all of them came by way of PlanetOut, the wicked neat gay and lesbian news and entertainment site that chose me their Person of the Day!
As you can imagine, there's quite a bit of celebrating going on in the 'Lands today. You like us, you really, really like us!
So, a hearty welcome to all of you who came to the Lands from the Planet. I'm glad you're here and I hope you'll take some time to explore.
Drop me a line and let me know who you are and what you think of the BradLands. And stop in again...things change pretty often around here!
Saturday, September 12, 1998
September 13, 1998If only just for today, The BradLands is a safe space on the Internet, free of discussion regarding Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Kenneth Starr or even hometown favorite Mark McGuire. I can't take anymore. Can you?
I saw Clay Walker in concert at Six Flags last night, maybe the most fun I've had at a show all year, despite the sucky comp seats I was assigned and the fact the show started 35 minutes late. This kid is gonna be better and bigger (in the fame sense) than Garth maybe someday really soon.
<SITENEWS> As a consequence of my crazy schedule, The BradLands hasn't seen much except perhaps weekly refreshing lo these many months. The infrequent summer entries have been moved to the archives (see BradLands Backwash below). I'm trying to do better. Really I am.
I've also adjusted the parameters so that any links you select from this newspage will open in a separate window on your browser for (I think) more convenient surfing.</SITENEWS>
Reminder: St. Louis International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival continues through Thursday at the Tivoli Theatre. COCA welcomes comedian Reno and her film Reno Finds Her Mom today at 5 p.m.
For now, short takes on a few links of interest I've been accumulating...
How long do we, collectively, spend waiting for web pages to load? [New York Times]
<DIGRESS>For various reasons, a significant slowdown in web and general Internet response times was predicted for last Friday. I didn't notice any untoward pauses; did the network strain actually materialize?</DIGRESS>
A nice review of the new Sondheim biography that, IMHO, is a surprisingly sterile treatment that goes pretty far but often not far enough. [Washington Post]
Now here's a sport you don't see on ESPN! Hey kids, let's all go squirrel fishing this weekend (now with RealVideo)!
What?!?! Orlando is still standing? Hmmm...I guess it's OK for gay people to visit DisneyWorld after all. Robert Kirby gives the right-wing a ribbing. [Salt Lake Tribune]
"Idea moguls" sounds like something you'd want to avoid while skiing your id, but it's also the headline on this look at the young turks behind the TV scenes these days. ("Skiing the id?" Jeez, I'm tired.) [Forbes]
Sunday, July 19, 1998
For the last time"I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain." — Carol Leifer
"Don't spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They'll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents." — William Coronel
"I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else." — Lily Tomlin
For the Last Time: Yep, the skeptics—which included just about everyone except some of the more gullible on-line and traditional media—were right. The "Our First Time" soon-to-be-former-virgins were hoaxters after all. The site's host ISP posted a wrap-up. (On the other hand, we may yet discover that even the hoax was a hoax and all a publicity grab by the ISP. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.) "Mike" is still a hottie, though.
Incidentally, the controversial site's supposed brain-man was Ken Tipton, a former St. Louis area actor (or, as his bio avers: "[He] grew up in the small St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Missouri.")
Meanwhile, Time Magazine finally got around to running the look at Missouri transgender politics that reporter John Cloud visited here months ago to research, featuring fellow PREP board member Shannon Ware. [Time]
There may be redress for we spam-drenched wretches yet: Seattle man makes spammer pay [Seattle Times]
Sam Williams suggests Hollywood take on the potential armageddon behind Y2K. Let us hope that Sandra Bullock is available. [Upside]
MacWindows has turned out to be a particularly useful site for helping my marketing Macs survive and thrive in the realm of COCA's peecee/Novell network. Props, too, to Three Macs and a Printer.
Site News: Some added info on the bio page, the reprise of a popular sidebar from the original BradLands site, and general tweaking all around. Oh yeah, and despite the fact I want to keep these pages quick to load, I'm experimenting with the graphic header and other bits here and there. Thoughts?
quotation | BradLands | Macintosh | spam | transgender | Our First Time
Monday, June 1, 1998
June 1, 1998
"This is the theme to Garry's show, the opening theme to Garry's show. Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song. I'm almost halfway finished. How do you like it so far? This is the theme to Garry Shandling's show." -- Randy Newman, It's Garry Shandling's Show theme song
Look, ma! I'm a domain! It's official: The BradLands now have a home of their own. Starting here, starting now, this site and all its descendents make the move to www.bradlands.com. Put it in your bookmarks and come back often. (Along with my new domain name comes a new e-mail address. Please direct your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Here's something cool: The history of Apple Computer, told through the tee-shirts made up for each project team. Almost even cooler than the website is the pricey coffee-table book it's hawking. I'm saving my pennies.
On a related note, the (non-tee-shirt) history of the Apple ][ computer, the platform on which I cut my programming teeth.
What I've added to the 'To Read' pile: Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison, the subject of this Salon Magazine interview.
What I Believe In, #23: I don't believe in cavernous monster-chain bookstores with contrived-to-be-hip coffeehouses tucked in a corner. I do believe in friendly, locally-owned, small bookstores with genuinely hip coffeehouses next door.
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