We have a new look around here. We have a new platform. WordPress. John spent most of yesterday getting it, what’s the word? Yes, “tweaked,” I believe.

What do you think?

Also, comments are going to be a little different, but mostly the same. The first time you comment, I — IIIIIII — will have to approve it. Once you’re approved, you’re in. I hope this will keep the spam down, and make our little community here feel warm and loved.

P.S. It should go without saying that you don’t have to flatter me or agree with me to have your comment approved. Just don’t be selling boner pills, or worse.

Let’s figure it out from here together.

UPDATE: You ask, we deliver (sometimes). “On the Nightstand” has its triumphant return. Check the right rail.

AND: Starting today, posts will be tagged with category keywords. They don’t show (now), but will eventually. I’m hoping they’ll make work easier for my biographers. In case you’re wondering, this post’s tag is “housekeeping.”

Posted at 11:25 am in Housekeeping |

24 responses to “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.”

  1. Dorothy said on January 6, 2006 at 11:35 am

    I like it very much, Nancy. But where is the Flickr link? Did you decide to suspend it?

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  2. nancy said on January 6, 2006 at 11:42 am

    It’s coming back. We’re moving to a new server, and taking it slow.

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  3. John said on January 6, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    Are you pandering to us older readers with the larger font???

    I think I like it as I have already forgotten what the old style looked like.

    Please approve me and I promise not to push any boner medication….

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  4. nancy said on January 6, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    Actually, it appears that you old-timers are getting in, just fine. But a test comment from John (the other one) did get shunted off to the “moderation” chute. So maybe not. Hmm.

    Like I said, we’re figuring this out together.

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  5. nancy said on January 6, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    Oh, and the new server? Is a Mac Mini.

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  6. Dick Walker said on January 6, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    LOVE the new look. Really clean and much more readable. And all served up on a Mac Mini, too!

    Shame about the boner pills, however.

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  7. Connie said on January 6, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    I was going to say the same as John, thanks for the larger fonts for my aging eyes. Though I did get my new glasses the other day and can once again read wall mounted menus. Have you given any thought to bringing back books on my nightstand?

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  8. Dorothy said on January 6, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    I’ll second Connie’s request. I don’t get much time to read books, but when my son was home over Christmas he insisted I read “Stiff”, all about cadavers. It’s incredibly absorbing, and the writer (Nancy Roach I think – it’s at home right now) is very amusing. I highly recommend it.

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  9. Dorothy said on January 6, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    Oops – make that Mary Roach. One Nancy is enough for today!

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  10. brian stouder said on January 6, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    I think this site has an Intelligent Design.

    Well, wanna buy some cheap hard-on pills? I promised I’d dump my supply of them before I go blind – but with the nicer font here (which doesn’t look like Times New Roman) I think I have another month or two of avid firmness in me afterall…

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  11. Mindy said on January 6, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Request permission to come aboard, Captain.

    The furniture looks very nice this way. Easier to read. Nice to see the Nightstand back in place. Glad you didn’t get rid of Rain Today, which has always been a cheerful thing. And the Blogroll is a welcome addition.

    Would you consider a weather pixie? ( The weather geeks among us could know at a glance how cold you are and how long you’ve gone without seeing the sun.

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  12. Adrianne said on January 6, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Nance, love the New Year’s revamp!

    Add some pillows and soft lighting, and your Web site will truly rock.

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  13. Mindy said on January 6, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    That sounds terrible. Sorry.

    The ice fisherman in my life wears a themometer on the zipper of his coat and checks it saying, “I wonder how cold I am.” The lack of sunshine refers to the 1/4/06 entry. Very poor verbiage. Low marks for me.

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  14. nancy said on January 6, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    Hey, guess what happened today? The sun rose in the sky and shined down upon the land ALL DAY LONG. Natives ran about in confusion, having not see the golden orb in so long.

    The downside: It barely cracked 20 degrees.

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  15. Hoosier said on January 6, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Nice change. Send the sunshine south to Indiana. Denver is going to be in the 60’s this weekend.

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  16. Claire said on January 6, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    The new site looks fabbo. Both you and Pandagon went with new Word Press sites for the new year. Apparently you all know something we don’t! Super cool about the mac mini!

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  17. deb said on January 6, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    aaaaah. much more readable. as someone who wears both bifocal contacts AND dimestore readers — yes, simultaneously — i really appreciate this. hook me up with that approval, yo.

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  18. Jeff said on January 7, 2006 at 9:11 am

    Ay caramba! Mindy stole my line about asking the cap’ns permission and all, so, um, will “Klaatu barada nicto” do?

    And i third (or fourth) the books request, and may i again (courteously) recommend the new Penguin Classics edition of “The Count of Monte Cristo.” A wallopin’ read, ludicrously just-plausible plot points, florid dialogue, and i dimly recall that it even has some gay backcountry sheepherders somewhere in the Italian part of the story.

    If you don’t like it, you can use the book — even the paperback, and whatelse are you gonna buy? — for placing on top of the parchment paper to flatten the stuffed chicken breasts.

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  19. Connie said on January 7, 2006 at 10:24 am

    Dorothy, did you know that I am a librarian? My best book for 05 is a novel called Maybe a Miracle by Brian Strauss. Monroe Anderson goes out to the pool shed to smoke a joint before sr prom and finds his younger sister unconscious in the pool. He watches with dismay as his comatose sister becomes the focus of religious nuts who believe the comatose girl is performing miracles. Monroe’s sardonic narrative voice reminded me very much of Holden Caulfield. And to make it Nancy related it takes place in Columbus Ohio.

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  20. MarkH said on January 7, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    Count me in, too, Nancy. Kudos to you and JC for the revamp, including the artsy photo of you and Spriggy.

    All those years ago when you used to mention JC working for Ted Turner, I didn’t realize the extent of design talents. All I remember about him is writing (editing?) for the old Columbus Focus free rag. Too many years ago…..

    A Columbus-related bizzarro tale like the one Connie recommends has got to be worth a read.

    Happy New Year, everyone!

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  21. vince said on January 7, 2006 at 1:22 pm

    No sooner than I’ve gone to the eye doctor this week, I find you’ve helped me with no need for new lenses after all!

    Kudos from me too on the new font, the return of the Nightstand and the inclusion of Spriggy in the masthead up top!

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  22. Dorothy said on January 7, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    No Connie, I did not know that! (I’m doing a line from “Best in Show” with that sentence, sort of.) That sounds like a great read and I’m gonna go to the library tomorrow afternoon and look for it. If it’s not available, I’ll get on the wait list for it.

    For Christmas I received a copy of “Teacher Man” by Frank McCourt. Somehow Amazon sent us the large print edition of it. I can’t decide if I want to return it for the correct size print, or just say “screw it” and keep it. Hardly worth the effort to return it.

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  23. Danny said on January 7, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    Speaking of …psst…E.D. pills, did you guys read about Chuck Norris?

    Chuck Norris doesn’t understand why you should consult your doctor if your erection lasts for more than 4 hours. His erections have been known to last for up to 15 days.

    Reminds me of the SNL skit for Dr. Porkenheimer’s. Jeesh, I’m juvenile! 🙂

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  24. Carter said on January 10, 2006 at 2:15 pm


    I remember fondly the rhubarb over “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should” and have kept my ear on the like/as thing ever since. I don’t completely understand whether “like” is acceptable in the instance above or whether I’m off base here. Which is it? And can you tackle “where’s it at?” the next time it annoys me – in 5 minutes or so from now?
    As others have said, the new site is great and I’m very happy to have found you (through Eric Zorn?) a couple of years ago.

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