I've done a little housekeeping here on Grubb Street, which matches the ongoing clearing of all the old game material I keep in the archive room (the room in the basement with the "Beward of the Leopard" sign on it).
You might notice the difference in either, since I am not engaging in too great an overhaul on this site. It always bothers me when I go to a regular site and suddenly everything is changed and the backdrop is sudden pink and the fonts change. No, I'm pretty much happy with my simple arrangements here, and figure that you are as well.
Most of the changes happen over in the right hand side of the blog, where I've dropped a few blogs and sites that were not producing any new content, and added a bunch more. One major piece I've added is the "Stuff I'm Reading" header, which are sites that I find I am checking daily. They include
Kobold Quarterly - Currently running the King of the Monsters contest which I helped judge.
Cliff Mass Weather Blog - An excellent blog on weather in the Pacific Northwest, which consumes only 68% of our conversations out here.
Bad Astronomy - Sponsored by Discover Magazine, Phil Plait deals with science issues at large in addition to Astronomy, which I started reading during one of this new century's frequent asteroid scares.
Ken Levine - Baseball announcer and comedy writer who has written for M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier, as well as the Tom Hanks movie Volunteers.
Mark Evanier - Well known comic book author and animation scriptwriter, best known for attaching the words to Segio Aragonnes' drawings in Groo.
Andrew Sullivan - My favorite pot-smoking gay conservative, has the best coverage of the Iran Uprising of anyone in the business. Anyone.
Edge of the American West - A group blog on history and philosophy. I don't remember how I found it, but I just keep coming back.
Making Light - A long-standing blog here, moved to this new location, this is the personal blog of Teresa and Patrick Neilsen Hayden, with frequent quest.
Blog Lebo - A blog reporting on my original home town, Mount Lebanon, PA. Still trying to find one of similar quality for Kent, which will become my new home town come middle of this year.
I also installed the gadget (tech term) for displaying followers under the "Minions" header. In other news, I have followers. Color me surprised. I'm not sure what you get for being a follower, but if it involves me sending out t-shirts, I'm disabling the darn thing again.
And that's about it. I'll continue to tinker with the site, but generally I'm pretty happy with the way it looks, so its a keeper right now. Oh, and I'm facebooking, only because that's the new hotness, and rebroadcasting this blog on that site. And that's pretty much it for major changes for the Grubb Street blog for this year.
Now watch, we'll get brain-blast technology all of this will be old and busted-down by January 2011.
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