Site Notes

Archived.

Assuming I can figure this out properly, I am archiving this site in preparation to start over from scratch.

I initially set this site up under Drupal 4.6 back in March of 2005. After not quite 5 years of experimentation, guesswork, not reading the instructions, and not staying current on updates (I'm not even certain which version is running at the moment, 6.something), I figure it's time to start clean, either with the current version of Drupal (likely) or WordPress or something (also possible).

The content here will (if this works right) end up on http://archive.sigspace.net, and the new site will appear at this URL.

Sig

Disconnected

Not that it will really make a huge difference here, since I've been posting so little anyway, but we're turning off our home Internet connection effective tomorrow. The rates went up just as we were contemplating shutting it down to save money prior to closing on our first home in a few months. I still have access at work, of course, but I don't have much time or inclination to do personal webwandering while I'm at work.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with my web site here, which has been running some flavor of Drupal (starting with v4.7) since March of 2005. I am looking into some method to archive it in a static manner such that I don't need to pay the (very small) extra premium for an SQL process. I may go to a more conventional (or at least, more minimal) journaling system in the future, since Drupal is and always has been rather overkill for my needs. But for now, I don't have time or inclination to write about much beyond the demands of my job. I still do a fair bit of reading online, however, and I share a fair bit of the things I find interesting, occasionally with commentary.

Prior to Afghanistan in 2006, the idea of voluntarily going without Intarweb access would be completely foreign to me. But having been disconnected involuntarily for weeks at a time, I find that I really don't have that much problem with it. There are plenty of other things to do with my time, after all. Of course, it helps that (as in Afghanistan), I know it's a temporary state. We'll probably hook up again when we get into our new place in February or March--so I can play Left 4 Dead 2, if nothing else.

Sig

User account fail

I had someone e-mail me recently asking how they would go about creating an account to allow them to comment. I had forgotten until I looked into it that I'd turned off do-it-yourself account creation. The spambots seemed to be abusing it, I recalled, but I couldn't remember the details. So I re-enabled it and went about my business.

I looked into it some more and then I disabled it again. Spam accounts outnumber real user accounts by about 400 to 1. I need to look into the current Drupal software tools and modules and see what I can do about that.

In the meantime, if you truly want a user account, shoot me an e-mail. If you just forgot your password, there's a link on the login box/page.

I will try to write more soon, but my monitor is on a different floor from my computer right now, where it's fulfilling its actual primary duty as a television. Specifically, it is allowing my wife and I to watch Supernatural season 3 together from the couch--an option not available in front of my computer.

Sig

He Said I Could!

I'm testing my ability to use Sig's blog for my political blathering. He's a great husband – he's letting me use his space to rant. :)

This post has no substance, due to the fact that I have no idea where it will go when posted.

Testing, testing, 1 2 3 . . .

[Update below the fold]

In case you're wondering

One of the many factors keeping my posting rate to a crawl is that while I was gone at BNCOC, my wife moved. We now live in Gig Harbor, and I commute 25 minutes each way instead of 65. (This is awesome.) However, a down side of this change is that we do not yet have intarweb access, so I can only do online things when I can get on Sunbeam's laptop and steal the neighbor's wireless. This will be resolved shortly when the DSL is installed.

Of course, I still won't post as much as I ought, but it should be more than current.

Sig

Hiatus?

It wasn't a planned thing. I just haven't been able to muster up enthusiasm to write at the end of the day.

I have a new job down at Fort Lewis that has me traveling a little farther and, more significantly for here, keeps me without intarweb access for the duration of my work and travel day. No chance to write anything until I get home around 1500 or 1600, and my charming son and heir (not to mention my wonderful wife) claim my attention then. Computer time I do get is often, I must admit, squandered pointlessly on video games. But it's not so much time as you might think, so I don't really feel too guilty about it.

If you follow the Sig's Reader block, you know that I have been reading and marking things of interest; I just haven't been writing much myself. A lot is going on that I'm interested in, but not so much that I feel qualified to comment on, and it's easy to fall into the temptation of "well, such and such said it better than I could anyway, so my input is not really needed here." That is occasionally true. However, sometimes my rather different perspective can be of use, so I ought to throw it out there once in a while.

What sort of workplace has no intarweb access all day long, you ask? The same sort that requires you to empty out your bags on a table before you enter or exit, every single time--a process I think of as "Security Gate Show and Tell." Enough said.

My son is now three months and some change old. He smiles and laughs a fair bit. He tolerates my presence and even seems to draw some positive feeling from being held by me; occasionally I can pick him up while he is screaming and he'll calm down right away, which I suspects tends to annoy his mother. He's growing by leaps and bounds. He's still pretty even-tempered except when hungry or tired or needing to be changed--you can usually tell which of those it is. Screaming just for the sake of the sound of his own voice is a phase that is still somewhere in the future.

I recently fasted for a week with a friend of mine, who is still going strong, albeit solo. Nothing but water, some apple juice, and occasional decaf coffee (because it's just not a weekend without coffee). It was awesome, and a neat opportunity to grow closer to God and really take stock of myself--it's amazing how much time you free up when you don't eat. Definitely going to do it again, and for longer, but I had to start getting some fuel so I could train up for a PT test (which yes, I passed).

Other stuff is going on in my life, and work is interesting but very off limits, so I'm not sure what I'll write about. But I'd best think of something. There is some old stuff still sitting on the front page.

Note to self: need to review some of the books I've been reading, including two that everyone should read and know. First, Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, and second, The Zombie Survival Guide. One will tell you an amazing story of self-sacrifice and the bonds of brotherhood in war; the other will keep your brain safely inside your skull when the dead walk the earth. I read both on the flight back from Florida.

Oh man. I have got to talk about Florida.

Sig

On the hidden evils of news aggregators

Should circumstances land me a sentence of community service some day in the future, I am totally going to use this argument. "Your honor, I have to protect the Internet from stupid people."

Probably worth noting

Sigspace has been up and running for three years now, albeit not always under this name and at this URL. The one year post was short and to the point; I was distracted and never did a two year post. In honor of this occasion, I shall update some of the static pages (About, etc.) and maybe randomly change stuff just because I can.

Sig

Leaving well enough alone

Since my favorite content management system is getting ready to release version 6, I thought I might as well get my own site updated to the latest in the 5.x branch so I'll be able to upgrade when it's time. While I was at it, I added some themes and selected a new default. There were a few that had great potential but then some massive fatal flaw; this is not my favorite, but it looks sharp and will do until my whimsy directs me elsewhere.

However, since most of you read this via RSS, it probably doesn't matter that much.

Sig

PS- Why aren't the rest of you reading via RSS? I mean, seriously.

Yeah

I forgot to renew my domain. Sorry about that.

Got some Thanksgiving blogging to do--maybe tomorrow.

Sig

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