Change is Coming

Well, I know that I have not been posting more here as I had hoped to do.
In order to spend more time avoiding posts with even a hint of substance (no offense to the Friday Ark) I am going to spend time migrating this site from an ancient version of Movable Type to the latest version of Word Press. A task I have been contemplating for a few years.
Many years ago I considered the migration from MT 3.xx to 4.xx to be too daunting and am not even looking at MT 6.1, the latest version. I am very familiar with Word Press and have already done a test migration which turned out ok but it will be a work in progress.
Downtime
Modulator will be down for a while at some point over the next couple days. Possibly later tonight,maybe tomorrow…or Tuesday…or Wednesday.
There will be a status post up on the new site once it is live. Also expect some number of test posts. Apologies in advance.
Appearance
Once the site comes back on line most stuff should be usable but I will be experimenting with the layout for the next few weeks so you can expect some random visual changes. Some things will be not quite right.
I intend to keep things visually basic. There will not be a bunch of color, blinky stuff or other clutter. Some, but not much.
Please let me know if anything is too ugly on your device(s).
With the initial theme that I tried the Friday Ark does not not look as good on mobile devices as it currently does. In fact, it looks like crap. I will work on that but it may be a while before it is fixed.
Old Posts
Moveable Type creates static pages. I intend to keep all my old posts in their current folder. All old post, archive and category links should work.
Also, I will import all the old posts into the Word Press installation. This will result in pre migration posts having a double existence on the web. I hear that search engines may penalize this duplication a bit but I will live with that as I do not know how to do the magic regular expression stuff that might make for easy permalink changes and it might not be that straight forward since I intend to use a very different link structure on the new site.
My site statistics will show me which of the old posts are getting hit the most often and I will do 301 redirects for those.
News Feed
The RSS feed will change!
I will try to get the redirects from the old feeds done right but I recommend that you use the new feed:

http://themodulator.org/feed/

I will post a reminder about this after the new site is live but you can change this now as I will not making any more posts that the old feeds will see.
Also, be warned that you may see a bunch of old posts show up in your newsreader both as a result of redirects from the old to the new feed and the new feed seeing several thousand new posts.

Posting and Stuff

Hello folks!
As has been pretty obvious over the past five years posting activity, aside from the Friday Ark, has been pretty minimal.
This certainly was not my original intent but, then, we all start projects with results that vary dramatically from our intentions.
No whining or mea culpas, though. The time has been what it has been and I have been pretty busy with other things.
I still read quite a few sites, mostly via RSS, and keep up with current events mostly via Twitter.
While I do have a Facebook account it has been over a month since I checked in there. It seems to me that Facebook has become much more about them making money than about us connecting with our friends and associates. So, a pox on them.
There is some chance that I will start posting more here. If you are interested check in once in a while.
I intend to give myself much more leeway on what I post. Not that anything I have written has been perfect but I am going to work hard at not letting a desire for perfection be the enemy of action.
Dave Winer has long argued that we should host our writings on our own site and that if we are going to write something on one of the silo sites we should replicate it on a site we control.
So, more of my posts may be closer to microblogging form than longer pieces, you know, stuff with more than a paragraph: capturing thoughts and ideas. Then, possibly flesh them out later or incorporate them into larger pieces. Whatever slices a better piece of pie.
Oh yea, this is all about engaging and learning. I fully reserve the right to change my position on anything if new information or a new understanding leads me in a new direction. I’ve been around long enough to know that dearly held positions from many years ago may not be valid or now may lead me to different conclusions or in different directions.
As usual, actions not words make a change.

Meta-Modulator

A few changes:
1) Kip says: –Host-based trackbacking is out; Technorati Trackbacks are in. I have added a Technorati View blog reactions link to my templates. However, I still like host-based trackbacks and continue to support them.
2) If you look at individual posts on Modulator (click on the post title or the Permalink at the end of the post) you will see at the bottom a link to Social bookmark this page. This link utilizes the Socializer service. Please take advantage of this. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get this to work on the main page.
3) I’ve removed the Top Referrers Blogroll from the top of the right sidebar. When the stats got messed up on my host for 6-7 months last year I stopped updating this blogroll and have not started again since the stats were fixed. No one seems to have noticed and everyone that would have been there is still on a left side bar roll.
4) I’m doing some other blogroll tweaking and will report on this next weekend.

Hosting Problems

Due to severe problems on the server hosting Modulator at Hosting Matters I have been unable to do any updates since yesterday, Friday, at around noon.
Mail is till broken.

I will also post a note in yesterday’s Friday Ark.

Peering At Modulator’s Navel

The past 10 days have been near a complete vacation from blogging, well, the Ark boarded a couple times but that was about it. Looking back, August has been our slowest month since September 05.

A lot of my blogging time over the past 6 months has been given over to learning to play Go and what that still nascent endeavor hasn’t consumed has been taken by work and family. Kind of like the rest of you, right?

There has been and, with the fall elections stumbling upon us, will continue to be plenty of grist for the mill.

The future will be told by the writing on the page.

Return Message

We are back from an all to brief vacation and 4+ days completely offline…???
Yea, there was a bit of withdrawal but it was pretty easy to treat with heavy doses of conversation with relatives, long time friends and architects/builders.

I’m on the road again tomorrow and expect at most 1-2 posts before this week’s Ark starts boarding. All the boarders who did not make it on to last week’s sailing will lead off their respective categories this week in, as usual, order received. They will also get a second full line for this week’s boardings…our usual practice is one line per category per human sponsor.

Away Message

The Modulator staff will spend the next 4 days on a field trip to a remote area near some beautiful rain forests and wilderness areas.
There won’t be much net access, perhaps some dial up and 1 wireless hotspot in the area (if operational).
The Friday Ark is set to go up automatically at about 3:15 AM EDT if lack of access impedes manual posting.

I do expect net access issues to impede updates to the Ark throughout the weekend so regular boarders please be patient.

Moderation On

Due to the recent ultra heavy runs of comment spam I’ve turned on moderation of all comments. It has been too much hassle deleting comments that the sorely lacking spam tools built into MT 3.2 fail to junk. Compounding the problem are the many Internal Server Errors that started occurring a few weeks ago (I had not made any changes to my MT installation).

If I can get something like Scode working I’ll consider turning moderation off. I’ll also take another look at migrating to WordPress….when time permits.