Another Fortnight, Another Paper

Well, we did it. Again. Despite spending much of the last fortnight tinkering with this new digital dingbat, somehow we put together another issue of the Gazette, and got it printed, distributed, and mailed. The new banner just above, bearing today’s date, should squelch any doubters. Thanks once again to our mostly-volunteer writers, our volunteer proofreaders, mailing crew, and downtown distribution gang, and our one paid distribution guy, over the course of the next two weeks somewhere between ten and fifteen thousand people — perhaps as many as twenty thousand — living in or passing through the area shown in this map will be reading …

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Sproing-oing-oing …

If Wikipedia is to be believed, Spring began today at seven minutes after midnight. And, as always, not a moment too soon. Granted, winter seemed not to begin this year until we were well into January. But, as we knew it would, things averaged out with a prolonged spell of fairly brutal weather. The only reason the human race continues to reproduce is that women’s memories are faulty. The only reason New England remains occupied is that men’s memories are faulty, too. But Spring is here! Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer. I think the loveliest time of …

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Random Weirdness

You just never know what you’re going to see in this town. Coming back from a delicious lunch – chicken pot pie at Ceres Bakery – our Wandering Photographer came across this enigmatic sight: a fire hydrant lying in the westbound lane on Islington Street, directly across from the Academy Building. We’ve got about thirteen pages locked up. Now it’s down to the crunch.

Snakes and Snow

It never rains but it pours — except in New England in March, when it snows. On Friday we got a fairly respectable blast of snow, followed by plenty of rain. So, on Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, we ended up shovelling snow with the consistency of mashed potatoes. Close readers of our earlier posts will see that we expected all weekend for this new site to appear at any time. Almost all weekend. Sunday evening we checked and discovered that our DNS listing still pointed to our old server. Oh, well. We have yet to make a server change that does not involve a few …

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(Another) Fresh Start

What could be more American than a fresh start? Fresh starts are the American tradition. Europeans got a fresh start five hundred years ago when they came west across the Atlantic. The people the Europeans kicked aside to get that fresh start got their own fresh start, tens of thousands of years earlier, when they came east across the Bering land bridge. Well, today the Gazette gets not just one, but two fresh starts. Yesterday, about sundown, we switched our DNS settings. According to our lamentably limited understanding of these things, little-bitty patches of iron oxide around the world have been having their magnetic orientation …

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Time for Major Surgery

Update, 5:44 p.m.: Well, folks, we just couldn’t stand it anymore. We don’t know nothin’ about no code. We got the shopping cart plug-in, we got the 134 page manual from PayPal, we got the BBEdit, but danged if we can figure out how to make all that come together so as to allow people to easily purchase a subscription online. We’d be discouraged — downhearted, even — if our motto were not, Nil Desperandum. Well, having impulsively switched over the nameserver about fifteen minutes ago, we’d better scurry around here and delete a bunch of possibly actionable stuff which we posted as we were …

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