Site Fundraiser Open Thread

Whenever I wake up and there is snow on the ground, I get happy. I just like snowy weather- it’s so much better than a dingy, leafless, barren landscape without snow.

Reposting from yesterday:

As you know, we are working on a new website, and a crew of longtime members of the blogetariat have been helping me see things through the eyes of the reader and coordinating the redesign. They have put together a comprehensive list of what we want from the “new” site, and are currently in the process of reaching out to web developers for bids. Thus, I have been informed that now is the time for the site fundraiser.

We will let this run for two weeks (and then again in January), with another updated post every day or so. As always, the paypal thing is always to the right, and should you do your Christmas shopping on Amazon, click through the link to the right and the website cuts a minute commission. Should you choose to not want to use paypal, email me and I will send you a snail mail address.

In what I consider the best news of the year, CafePress is once again doing calendars, so the BJ calendar will be available for purchase that way instead of having to go through the sheer hell we went through last year.

In other good news, the Balloon Man is coming back.

If you want to get an idea just how fucking long 2018 has been, Anthony Bourdain died only six months ago.








Balloon Juice Site Redesign Fundraiser

As you know, we are working on a new website, and a crew of longtime members of the blogetariat have been helping me see things through the eyes of the reader and coordinating the redesign. They have put together a comprehensive list of what we want from the “new” site, and are currently in the process of reaching out to web developers for bids. Thus, I have been informed that now is the time for the site fundraiser.

We will let this run for two weeks (and then again in January), with another updated post every day or so. As always, the paypal thing is always to the right, and should you do your Christmas shopping on Amazon, click through the link to the right and the website cuts a minute commission. Should you choose to not want to use paypal, email me and I will send you a snail mail address.

In what I consider the best news of the year, CafePress is once again doing calendars, so the BJ calendar will be available for purchase that way instead of having to go through the sheer hell we went through last year.

In other good news, the Balloon Man is coming back.



Balloon Juice Calendar

Ok- last call to express interest in the calendar. This is not actual orders, this is pre-orders so that I may gauge how many need to be ordered.

If you have not already, please email balloonjuicecalendar@gmail.com [fixed address —M4] and state HOW MANY calendars you wish to purchase. Nothing else.

Please follow these SIMPLE ASS INSTRUCTIONS or you will be judged the way Steve judges me every time I walk up the stairs to the second floor.

If you are wondering why the runner is all cockeyed, it is because around the corner is Steve’s litterbox that he rarely uses. However, I changed the litter yesterday, and he immediately went into the litter box, used the runner to plant his paws, and then kicked litter in every fucking direction, coating a sixteen square foot area with a light coating of litter. He didn’t even use it. He just arranged it for me.

Because he is helpful like that. The motherfucker.








Calendar Update

The interest in calendars has been lukewarm, so I need you to email balloonjuicecalendar@gmail.com if you desire a calendar. If you have already emailed, don’t send another. Mentioning you want one in the comments DOES NOT WORK, as I am only using the tally from emails.

Additionally, I am going to hold a site fundraiser. I have received bids for a complete rebuild that will be several thousand dollars, but we just need a complete rebuild. Alain has done an amazing job patching things together, but the best course of action is starting from the ground up. When should we hold the fundraiser?



Site Updates

Folks,

Just a quick note.  I just updated a bunch of plugins and completed setting up the new CDN.  I’m now going to make the change in our DNS entries to support the new CDN configuration. This should be transparent to everyone, but I wanted to mention it now, before I do anything. I will give this post a bit to be read before I pull the trigger.

I re-enabled the inline Edit Comment function, let’s hope it behaves.

On a non-site topic, the new iOS 12 seems much faster on my 6s+ as well as on the family iPads. I haven’t yet loaded it on my old 5s, but I hear tell that it’s zippy even on that ancient hardware. Apparently, Apple’s focus on performance was successful. Huzzah!

Have a good morning, everybody!

 

ETA: Sorry to hear about the A/C, John. I’ve not yet faced that dreaded event, but had to put a new roof after only three years owning a house (and that after like $2000 on repairs and patching in the prior 8 months which made it hurt even more).