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This last week I felt the election fallout from the people around me. I had to do something.

Monday morning early in the shower I was thinking that there really should be a site that gathered neopagan and pagan related news. I thought maybe I could ask on reddit. Then I thought maybe I should just host one if I could set it up so it wouldn't need much from me to keep it going. I thought about asking for help on reddit. Then I thought about researching.

It took me about an hour or so from the shower to decide that it was possible and I could mostly do it with software I already had. The next step was designing a logo.

I
always start a project by designing a logo. Even if I end up with a different logo or no logo at all. I'm very visually oriented.

I had to pick a name.
Pagan Vigil Something was obvious since I was going to use the www.paganvigil.net addy. I wanted to use something like a newspaper name. I thought about Report, and settled on Record. A few days later I changed it to Reader and reworked the logo slightly. The Pagan Vigil Reader it was. After all, it's basically an aggregator using RSS feeds.

PVR is a pretty simple site. I used an earlier version of the same Rapid Weaver Theme I used for Pagan Vigil and made the necessary changes to the index page. Now the logo would go back to the main page.

One little touch that I was particularly proud of was renaming the page to de-emphasize the site name. The browser title on the main page is "PVR • neopagan headlines & news from around the World." That way the slogan gets more attention than the site name, especially on the stat counts.

From shower to taking the site online, it took a day and a half.

Based on suggestions from reddit and other readers I tried to make it easier to use. I went with a simpler palette. I set up a makeshift mobile site until I got a proper one worked out. I consolidated the feeds and made it bigger. I added separate pages for each dedicated feed. I took out the links in the title for my other sites and created a NeoWayland Network feeds page.

Along the way I also resurrected a bare-bones version of the NeoWayland NetWork, it will sort of be my personal homepage instead of working blogs like three of the others. I also fixed the logo on this site again.

I'm going to have to create a dedicated mobile sub site, I may be able to do that with my existing themes. Then I'll add a detect and redirect page.

It's taken more time than I thought but I'm satisfied.

There is one more issue I haven't solved yet. For some reason, the
PVR badges I put together in Typestyler have extra space around them. The new logo does too, but it's not as critical there. Trimming doesn't fix the problem entirely.

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Printed skull

3D-printed skull implant gives 7-year-old his life back

“No parent wanted the responsibly of a child without a skull,” Ward said.

An innovative surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, though, has turned his life around. Last month, the first-grader received a 3D-printed skull implant that fits perfectly with his existing skull bone structure. The implant is no ordinary plastic — it’s made from a material called PolyEtherEtherKetone (PEEK), which has roughly the same physical properties as a real skull. 

The surgery was successful and Teddy is now back to being an active kid.
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Ads moving content

Annoying your potiential customer is not going to get you more money.

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“Rotary Cell Phone Prototype”

There's no practical use for this.

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Not the usual customer

That's been hard for me to accept.

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Cable gripe resolved

It's been several months and my new cable company is much more reliable than the previous one

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“No matter what, Apple loses.”

”How Apple could have avoided much of the controversy”

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Attractive solar tiles

”Why Tesla’s new solar roof tiles and home battery are such a big deal”

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Badges

Putting these where I can find them without having to search all my server spaces.

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Changing

That was simple enough.

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They did it

Apple has finally separated Siri’s “listening behavior” from it’s “speaking behavior."

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Upgrade worry

I don’t want to upgrade my Mac OS.

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Foot soak

My feet don’t like me.

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Almost there

But every once in a while, things slow down.

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IoT

It’s a good concept, but it’s poorly executed.

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LunaSolCal

One of my favorite iOS apps

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Green smoke

So it's time to put the green smoke back on the shelf.

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Revised TPY sidebars

Some things about RapidWeaver can make you lazy

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Shortcuts

I put up redirect pages

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Homemade playdough

The homemade stuff means you can customize with colors, plant cuttings, blood, and essential oils for the purpose.


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Sloppy seconds

Yeah, stuff changed.

Keeping to my sloppy notebook model, I lost the drop down menus and put everything across the top. There may be more later.

Site news is now a tag.

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Utility knife

Bar none the best utility knife handle I've ever owned.

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Apple Siri

I like the way the some of the other voices sound, but speaking and listening are tied together. If I set my iPod Touch to one of the Australian English voices, Siri expects to hear Australian English as well. I think it would be worth Apple’s time to split the speaking behavior and the listening behavior.

ETA: Originally on a seperate gripes page, moved to the Gripes category.
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Apple’s spell check in both Mac OS and iOS

When I am thinking and typing I do not want spellcheck

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Lexicon sidebar

For my own reference

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Maglite Mini extras

Make the Maglite mini more useful

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Pagan Vigil LibraryThing

For my own reference

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Humans remember differently

But who is going to remember files/category-sex?

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Neti pot cleaning

I don't really like the idea of putting soap or bleach in my sinuses, no matter how diluted.

I use 1 part vinegar to 1 part water in a large Pyrex measuring cup. I boil the mixture in the microwave. I fill the neti pot to overflowing and let stand for a half hour.

Then I rinse it really well and stick it back in the bathroom.

I try for once a week, but sometimes I forget.
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Changing design

Technopagan Yearnings is my original site.

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Sidebar titles and spacers

I had to take control of the sidebars

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Watch glass

These 100mm watch glasses have polished edges

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Giant test tubes

…the world's greatest test tube for kids (and sloppy technopagans)

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Labelwriter

One of the most surprisingly useful tools I’ve ever owned

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Hacks versus tips

Hacks change the rules

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Sidebar texture

For Pagan Vigil, of course I duplicated the CameoV theme file to CameoV2.

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Worse

Do not use Cable One.

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RapidWeaverTheme hacks

Finally I decided that brute force hacks were the only way to make things work the way I wanted.

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The new tools and labware page

I'm adding a new page from my Evernote notebooks.

Expect to see one massive listing of really neat tools I use, but it's going to take a while.

Enjoy.


ETA: After a lot of thought, I am just going to make these individual entries with the appropriate tags.

It makes more sense and sticks to my sloppy notebook metaphor.

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Morning routine

One of my companions asked about my morning routine

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The right scissors for the job

I may get another thirty years out of them.


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Old pictures

I’ve been tweaking Technopagan Yearnings and naturally I thought about tweaking this site.

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Too many variables

I really try not to mention a problem unless I have a solution

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RapidWeaver 6 Themes

That's a relief. I want to fix some things

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No Dymamic PHP

Fot the moment, this is not a good setting to use.

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Tweaking the Amazon iframe

There are a couple of changes that I have to make to an Amazon iframe to embed it on any of my sites

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My Tracfone story

These comments are a bit dated, they come from Feburary of 2009

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Garb

It’s time to face facts, my wardrobe needs a major overhaul. I’m not doing the Corporate Clone thing anymore.

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Pleasant and distinctive tones

No, the hard part was finding pleasant and distinctive tones that she could hear when her iPhone is in her pocket.

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Things Apple got wrong

Off the top of my head

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March of the shoebox

Years ago I started organizing with milk crates and indexing on my computer.

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The geek factor

The average person wants their gadgets and gizmos to work out of the box with no tweaking and no uncertainty

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