It’s not just you – things look a little different around here.  As of this morning, I have completely moved over to hosting with Google apps for everything on the back end.  The theme is going to update again as soon as I dig through some old photos, but I’m otherwise set.  In a nutshell, it’s hard to argue with $.83/month hosting.

I Am Homeless

The building I called “home” for the past half decade is now more properly called “sold”.  This past weekend, contracts were signed, funds were exchanged, and Important Things were notarized.  In the  midst of the complete collapse of the housing market, I managed to sell my home at about a $9000 profit — WITHOUT any help from a realtor.

Suck on THAT, Re/Max.

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Time’s Up

It’s Christmas eve (at least it was when I started typing).  If you haven’t wrapped up your Christmas shopping by now, there’s no hope.  Most stores are closed, and of the ones that are still open … well, nobody wants that Imitation Designer Perfume / Cologne from the 24-hour truck stop, no matter how cheap the price.  Just cut your losses and move on.

Earlier today I completed my trek up to parts north to spend the holiday with family.  As I’m typing this in front of a roaring (gas-powered) fireplace, a dog of intriguing lineage has decided I’m her best friend.  She’s pretending to sleep right now, but every few minutes she inches closer and wedges herself in as close as she can.  I just finished off the last piece of homemade poppy seed roll while watching the season’s final three episodes of Dexter.  Life is good.

2009 has been an amazing roller coaster of a year.  For starters, moved a little further from covering nightlife and a little more towards consumer interests.  I called out Privado for printing full, unmasked credit card numbers on their receipts (a practice which they have since corrected).  Circuit City went under and tried to take us all with them through unethical, anti-consumer behavior.  Metro Bank Harrisburg … don’t even get me started (although the story did earn me a link from The Consumerist).  The state decided not to pay 70,000+ state workers for weeks on end.

And then … I ran out of steam.  Don’t get me wrong — lots of other interesting and significant things happened in 2009.  I just didn’t have the momentum to cover them all.  I honestly think I’ve put forth more blog posts this year than I have at any point in the last seven years of, and I’m only now starting to recharge.

And now it’s Christmas.  I’m exhausted from a day of shuffling presents around.  We polished off the last of the traditional Christmas Eve made-from-scratch pizza hours ago.   The though of spending the next 12 hours sleeping is awesome.

Merry Christmas* to all.  I doubt I’ll update again in 2009, but I do want to thank you all for being here.  The massive readership over the summer has been, if nothing else, therapeutic towards the shared causes so many of us took up.  And the gigantic spike I saw after the last post let me know a ton of you are still here.  Be safe, and see you in 2010!

* – To avoid offending the fragile sensitivities of Glenn Beck / Rush Limbaugh / et al listeners:  “Please partake in and/or observe an adequate non-secular event”.

WordPress 2.6 Upgrade

Just upgraded to the new version of WordPress.  A full list of newness is available on the WordPress Blog.  I’ve noticed a handful of minor speed improvements, but most of the changes appear to be cosmetic and internal.  I did run into a snafu when I moved my 2.5 database into the 2.6 installation, requiring me to manually reset my admin password, but everything else appears normal.

If you notice any hiccups on the site, please let me know!

EDIT:  I just noticed that the inline pictures have vanished.  I’ll fix this when I get home.  My SSH access from work is …  bad.

blogHarrisburg / floor9 Outage

Beginning around 7:30 this morning, both and were offline due to a major power issue at the Pacific Rack datacenter in Los Angeles, where my VPS is located. This knocked out several hundred servers, including multiple web hosting companies, until around 2pm. Everything is — obviously — fully restored, and you may now safely resume your regularly-scheduled blogging.