Less than a month ago, I posted about my first webhome closing. Now that it’s gone, I have quite a few more broken bookmarks that I thought I would now – old “virtual friends” whose early webhomes had been enshrined and, for the most part, untouched since the 1990’s. I’ll miss those “colorful” (in more ways than one) sites.
History seems to continue closing up behind me as I just discovered that my second webhome, and first “bloghome”, is now shutting its doors.
Radio UserLand service closing
UserLand has decided to close the Radio UserLand and Salon Radio services as of December 31, 2009.
You can continue to use your Radio weblog hosted with UserLand until the end of the year.
Radio UserLand was as much a program as it was a host. Nowadays, most blogging platforms use server-side magic to generate pages on the fly from your database of content and style templates. Radio UserLand operated on your local computer, pre-generating all your pages and saving them to your own computer, uploading them to the server as static HTML pages.
I have long since imported the content of that site to this blog.
I’m feeling kind of old now, and I guess I am, in web-years.
TODDCAST RADIO, WWW – After several consecutive weblog entries about movies he’s seen recently, Toddcast Radio has gone dark. Will it return to the Web once again to propagate ripples of zeros and ones through the information superhighway? Or has its signal silenced permanently? *crackle, buzz, static* Hello, faithful listeners! I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to. If I just said “work,” no one would be impressed, so let me share with you some details on the exciting new initiatives I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of at our school.
…let me share with you some details on the exciting new initiatives I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of at our school.
First of all, I’m in charge of our school’s AIMSweb management. AIMSweb is an online software tool that assists in student benchmarking and progress monitoring. I’ve been putting in “overtime” learning the program, managing login accounts for our school, and putting together tools and resources for our assessment team to utilize during this year’s three benchmarking periods. As the year goes on, I’ll be working hard behind the scenes taking and managing our school’s data and generating all manner of reports from the program, in preparation for its use in our building’s “response to intervention” (RtI) implementation over the next few years.
Speaking of schoolwide initiatives, Continue reading My projects
So far, I’ve shied away from controversial political issues on this blog, but I have to warn you, I am feeling very harshly toward this story.
CBS News Concludes It Was Misled on National Guard Memos, Network Officials Say (New York Times) – After days of expressing confidence about the documents used in a “60 Minutes” report that raised new questions about President Bush’s National Guard service, CBS News officials have grave doubts about the authenticity of the material, network officials said last night.
CBS backs off Guard story (USATODAY.com). USATODAY.com – CBS News acknowledged Monday that it received disputed documents critical of President Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard from a former Texas Guard officer who now says he lied about where he got them and has doubts about their authenticity. [Yahoo! News – Reader Ratings]
I think the forged Killian documents are a much bigger deal than most people realize at this point. This scandal will have far-reaching consequences in the world of journalism regarding investigative reporting, bias, and the expectations we have for the news media. Continue reading Rathergate
I haven’t left. No terrible tragedy has befallen me. I haven’t dropped out of society to become a hermit. I just haven’t posted in quite a long while.
Things have not been idle here, though. The school year has started off nicely. I’ve been teaching myself some simple programming. I did some educational research. And I’ve been putting together a couple of entries for this site. News hasn’t stood still long enough for me to set those thoughts into the immortal ether of the Internet, though, but soon.
So don’t call 911. I’m okay. I just wanted you to know that.
Bernard Bailey. “When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.” [Quotes of the Day]
And welcome to my new webspace. In the late ’90’s, a personal webpage was a fun background, a few graphics, and your favorite links. You got to dress up a little corner of the web. For me, the hobby grew to include resumes, galleries of art, and categorized link pages. Then, for fun, I took on the challenge of creating something original, a page with wide appeal, something that would cause Geocities to shut you down for a period every month because your visitors have exceeded your free bandwidth allowance.
Fun, prestige, sharing favorite links, and the challenge of generating lots of traffic. I’ve played with all of those things. Now, with my friends and family spread across the country, I envision this webspace as a dynamic vehicle to keep in touch with your close friends. A way to interact. So don’t be shy about posting comments to entries that speak to you. Please feel free to drop me a “Shout Out.” Friends, keep in touch. Visitors, enjoy the “sites”!
Dr. Seuss. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” [Quotes of the Day]