*tap*tap*tap* … Is this thing still on?

Oh look, it’s an undead (we)blog! Untouched by human hands in almost three years!

Hi, y’all.

I’ve been contemplating resurrecting it via various occult spells and black magic (i.e., actually posting on it again), but I have no idea if there’s anyone out there reading it. I supposed I could have been posting my streaming radio show playlists here (and yes, I’m still doing it!) but other things that cross my mind, just like back in the old blogging days.

I’d kinda been doing that on Twitter, but since Elon Fucking Musk bought it it’s dropped to an even deeper circle of Hell, and I suspect its says (and my days there) are numbered. I plan to go out in a bang by getting myself thrown off by swearing at a Republican, a Nazi (not much difference these days), a TERF, or just some annoying rando fucknuckle. We’ll see.

It’s a pity, there’s still a great Star Trek community there, cooks and chefs, science fiction and fantasy writers, et al. I do enjoy those people. But the right-wing trolls are of course still there, encouraged by Musk as he actually reactivates the accounts of literal Nazis who’d been previously banned. Now he’s made his remaining coders change Twitter’s code so that you actually get your own reach diminished if you block or mute other accounts.

Anyway, I have no idea if people still use RSS feeds (Google continues to have made an ENORMOUS mistake by killing Google Reader; I use Feedly myself), but if you do, and you see this, and you won’t mind recurring content, please holler at me!

13 Responses to “*tap*tap*tap* … Is this thing still on?”

  1. Sylvan said:

    Apr 03, 23 at 3:17 pm

    Hellz yeah for Feedly! Still subscribed.

  2. Chuck said:

    Apr 03, 23 at 3:30 pm

    w00t! Feedly should have added a “WTF?!” to me popping up again!

  3. Chuck said:

    Apr 03, 23 at 3:31 pm

    LOL, I was just noticing that the list of linked blogs is like 99 and 44/100% link rot.

  4. Loren said:

    Apr 03, 23 at 3:31 pm

    Rss (also with Feedly) for life!

  5. Remy said:

    Apr 03, 23 at 5:49 pm

    Feedly ftw!

  6. Ryan said:

    Apr 03, 23 at 7:43 pm

    Still subscribed on Feedly, I’ve been reading your content since the 90’s. I can thank you for introducing me to Wilco and I put Pecan Pie on my first mix-tape cd for my then future wife.

  7. Cameron said:

    Apr 03, 23 at 7:51 pm

    Feedly! Holla!

  8. Frederic Yarm said:

    Apr 04, 23 at 4:29 am

    Blogging never dies!

  9. Brian Oberkirch said:

    Apr 04, 23 at 9:56 am

    Whoooooooooo. Yes, doooooo it. Still using a feed reader, and also frequently pull up your cocktail & La. food recipes. Would welcome some fresh Looka piped into my world from time to time.

  10. Michael said:

    Apr 04, 23 at 10:43 am

    Blog and blog, what is blog?

  11. Lauren said:

    Apr 04, 23 at 1:19 pm

    I was so surprised when Feedly showed me an update today – I’m looking forward to more updates!

  12. Chuck said:

    Apr 04, 23 at 1:42 pm

    Fred, you’ve got one of the last active cocktail blogs I know of! I went ahead and deleted that whole list as most of them were gone.

  13. Ray Davis said:

    Apr 05, 23 at 9:46 am

    You post ’em, I’ll read ’em!

    > Blogging never dies!

    Serialized self-publishing has wobbled along since the 1700s so it probably won’t die any time soon. The low-cost wide-distribution free web is still impossible to beat as a medium. And some of us old-timers are still plugging away: Language Hat, Limited Inc., Peverett, etc.

    But those profit-grubbing insta-gratification gated “communities”/madhouses have certainly been successful at diverting readerly attention, and without at least SOME conversational reward it’s hard to keep the energy up. To me Substack looks like another would-be commercial speculation which will likely shut down without warning just like all the others.