If you’re reading this, you obviously got the message from my old blog and followed the link. This is the permanent home of Dispatches from the Culture Wars. A lot more content is planned for the main page, but that will take some time to get going the way I want to. As you can see, I pasted the last few entries from my old blog over here, just so we’d have some content here to test out the layout. A couple of notes on the new blog:
I strongly recommend that, if you have not already, you all go out and get a Typekey account. Typekey was set up specifically to work with blogs that are made with Movable Type. It will allow you to comment on any movable type blog with a single login, it protects your identity, and most of all, it helps me not to have to deal with comment spam. It’s also free and just takes a minute to set up. So please, follow that link, get your own typekey account and use it to log in when leaving comments here.
For those who don’t have a typekey account, I have this blog set up so that non-typekey members’ comments are moderated. That is, when you leave a comment for the first time, it will send me an email and ask me if I want to approve you to leave comments here. This, again, is to help prevent comment spam. The old blog was hammered with up to 50 comment spams a day, which I had to manually and laboriously delete one by one. I don’t want that to happen here. So again, a typekey account is the easiest way around this.
There will undoubtedly be a few hiccups along the way as I move everything over to here. Those of you who were linked from the old blog, rest easy. I just haven’t gotten all of the old links moved over here yet, but I will. I’m also going to reorganize a lot of them, since I’d dumped a lot of you under “interesting people” when I should have started 2 or 3 more categories instead. I’ll be doing that over the next couple days.
I have to say one huge, huge thanks to my friend Wesley Ellsberry, who patiently sat on the other side of the country on Friday night for about 3 hours and helped me solve problem after problem while installing the software on my new host. Without him, I would still be sitting here cursing at my computer and trying to figure out where the heck to install the database. It’s rare to find someone who truly is both a gentleman and a scholar, and even rarer to be priveleged enough to call them a friend. I cannot express my gratitude enough for all of his help.
Anyway, welcome to the new cyber-pad. Make yourself at home, have a glass of wine and keep your feet off the coffee table.