Heads up: We could be experiencing some site problems over the next couple of days, as I consolidate various internet activities under one new host, and also (probably) change the primary address for this blog from zombiecontentions.com to ckmacleod.com.
You will not have to update your bookmarks immediately – zombiecontentions.com should still point to the blog’s main page – but you may have to get around to it one of these days by around March of next year… Or you may have to do it sooner if StartLogic (see below) finds a way to screw even that much up…
…unless I decide for some reason to hold on to “zombiecontentions.com” past its renewal date. I do still occasionally get positive reactions to that name… Anyone want to offer, say, $1.5 MM for it?
Meanwhile, for your entertainment, here are recent additional additions to the site image archives:
|Customer is abusing the server. Please do not unsuspend the account until the customer clears of the database resources.|
First off, I was not abusing the server. Maybe some weird zombie robot spiders were abusing the server, but I was doing my best to treat the server kindly and considerately, and had thought that StartLogic, my soon-to-be-utterly-former second web host, and I were on the same page on that there problem.
Yet the above message is what I found when when I checked the page where StartLogic “help ticket” communications are collected. I had just discovered that my freestanding web store and associated everything had been taken down, including connections to the many thousands of image files that accompany sales listings both at the store and at eBay.
I’ll spare you the details. I’ll just note that it’s not the first time that StartLogic has sprung an assault on my web activities, left me to find out for myself, then offered “support” that consists of someone with very poor English repeating a very sincere apology while pleading helplessness and falsely promising that someone will be getting right on it and back to me…
Meanwhile, it seems we’ve finally lost George. “Gai gezunterhait!” – “Go in good health!” – is one way that I’ve seen my feelings about that transliterated, and I’ll leave off the diverse continuations that encompass unfortunate accidents and unlikely activities involving stairways, short piers, and other ways and by-ways. He sez his New Year’s Resolution (l’shanah tovah again) was “no more ZOMBIE,” and I figured that one way to help him out was to remove his author privileges and non-person him from the blog description. The “bookcover” is weg.
Meanwhile, as you know, my movie project fell through. (Bob’s nephew’s is proceeding apace. May it go in good health.) That event has left me financially and professionally and existentially scrambling, tho it also seems to have left me in possession of an excellent HD-capable camera and other fine equipment, including a “pro” editing set-up that I’ve been teaching myself how to use.
In addition to writing the script, I was going to edit the film as well as star in it, shoot a lot of it, co-direct it, and handle major elements of its presentation and further development on the internet – obviously far too good to be true, right?
Here’s a further irony/serendipity/coincidence/short pier for you. Once upon a time, a thousand years and a day ago, I made a movie with the same guy – Jef is his name. It had a bit of a festival life, even won some good reviews and jury recognition, then settled into limbo, partly, I was informed, as a result of its distribution having been fumbled by Jef’s brother. The movie was called Drive. I don’t talk about it much, for numerous nauseating reasons, from now on to include the further nauseating reason that at the same time that this newest project was falling through, another movie named Drive was in the theaters, “coolest movie of the year,” and so on.
Meanwhile, some dudes have developed a plug-in that should make operating an OSCommerce store from within a WordPress blog possible. So, I may just move the whole web store, or a re-conceived version of it, into a new Gift Shop page.
Meanwhile, Scott’s yoga book is in its first self-published edition. Needs publicity. We’ve started putting together some videos, and I’ll do him a web site. Could work with the above. Good timing!
Meanwhile, this site now has a usership of five, including me, and its re-design is in a first phase. I do, however, have a never-exploited mailing list of old friends and enemies, and I do believe that there may be other traffic possibilities. Ideal would be an additional income/connection stream through the site, but I’m cool with it remaining a test-bed/treehouse, if that’s all it amounts to – assuming y’all (and I do mean present company) are also cool with that.
I don’t expect everything smoothly and remainderlessly to roll into and blend indistinguishably with everything else, but at some point the synergies ought to begin to outweigh the conflicts, and it should be okay to replace diffusion and chaos with focus and unified effort… at least a little bit.