Yet another server change and redesign

The quasi-annual reboot of the blog has occurred again.

I’ve left Squarespace, and gone back to a WordPress based blog.

I liked Squarespace, but with the customizations that I was doing in CSS, and the many types of customization I couldn’t do easily, I figured I’d do just as well to work with WordPress, gain greater customization, by editing both the templates and the CSS of a WordPress blog template, and save on the cost of the service.

I still use Squarespace for some websites I manage that potentially involve handing control over to less tech-savvy users in the future. The user friendliness is ideal in those situations, where Squarespace handles the heavy lifting of keeping the service running and updated. Teaching people how to use blogging software is one thing, but having to teach them how to install and maintain a WordPress site in another thing entirely, and something that is best avoided in small organizations.

I’ve still got some work to do on the design, so some changes will occur over time.

Election Night Tweeting

Selections from my tweets & retweets from election day:

The Heinous Growth of Variants

Comics retailer Brian Hibbs doesn’t like variant covers that have proliferated in comics over the past several decades.

I personally, as an individual with an individual opinion, have no respect whatsoever for anyone, anywhere, who charges, under any circumstances whatsoever, more than cover price for any comic that is less than 30 days old. We shouldn’t shit where we eat.

Hibbs covers the history, the economics, and the ethics of variant covers in his Tilting at Windmills column.

I’ve never bought into variants. I’m a reader, not a collector.

But in the 90’s DC Comics pulled a dick move where the Teen Titans spinoff, Team Titans #1 had five variant interiors. Each of the variants had a different cover featuring a different team member, and an 8 page story featuring that character that tied into the main story (which was the same in all variants, meaning to get the whole story, you had to buy a lot of redundant paper)

Mercifully it was a stunt that, to my knowledge, hasn’t been repeated.

Comics & Politics intersect at the LPME Con:

One cool part of the Libertarian Party of Maine convention, was the fact the Saco Ramada was giving out this comic to people staying there.

The premise of the comic is the Avengers use Tony Stark’s rewards points from Wyndham to stay at hotels across the country in preparation to fight various copies of the evil robot Ultron.

It is kinda cheesy. But hey, it was a free comic, and since I’ll be busy at the National Libertarian Party Convention when Free Comic Book Day rolls around, this will have to make up for it.