Daytona Sound

A real classic driven like a real race car.  A 7 degree angle is what was needed to take down Ferrari.

Final Dope

Today, The Straight Dope’s Cecil Adams stated that, after 45 years, the column is going to end.  The Chicago Reader is being sold and the owners think it’s time for a change.  Read Cecil’s own words on the news.

Fighting ignorance since 1973.

The Straight Dope has been around since 1973 and has been a part of my life since the late 90’s, effectively 20 years.  I remember using the Straight Dope portal on AOL and pouring over old columns.  Most of my life, Cecil Adams has answered the unanswerable for me.  The civil, witty, and honest column has been one of those reliable parts of my life that I thought would always be there.

Times change and business is business.  The columns will be archived online and the community (of which I’m too dense to contribute) will remain.

I have a feeling that, like Mystery Science Theater 3000, this small but very dedicated base of fans will remain long after the end.  And who knows, maybe like MST3K, a well-funded Kickstarter will bring Cecil out of his cave and begin another column elsewhere.

If you’ve never heard of The Straight Dope, you owe it to yourself to at least check out the website.  Here’s a link to the Archives which includes the final question column from June 27, 2018.

Cecil Adams, Slug Signorino, and the teeming millions – thanks for everything.

Slimming Down

I’ve decided to remove a few things from this site, most noticeably the OneDrive photos link on the navigation bar which I did a few weeks ago.  I look at the odd crawlers that visit this site and it makes me uncomfortable about what is being done and how frequently.  The current plan is to keep the blog where it is but it will have less media.

I also want to reduce the amount of cookies and feelers that visitors have to deal with as I don’t like them myself.  I don’t care who you are but I don’t want to contribute to the tracking/security issues that you face.  The less cross-site stuff on my site, the less you are being stalked by large companies.  You should care about this.

This is a personal decision as I don’t make any money here nor has traffic ever been high.

I will still share images and albums from OneDrive but nothing permanently.  I’ll use links that allow me to set expiration dates.

As the world moves into more “share, like, subscribe” mentality, not only does it exhaust me, it also worries me.  Security and privacy are things we trade for convenience.  Your information is today’s oil.  It shouldn’t be given away and I don’t want to contribute.

A cookie or two gets set on this page by WordPress but it is easily blocked with almost any ad blocker.  I don’t know how to prevent it from being set but feel free to block anything this site tries to set on your own computer.  I don’t care who you are and I don’t need statistics.

If you have questions, leave a (mostly) anonymous comment.  I have a feeling most people reading won’t care but these things are important to our future.


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