I will be turning the server off before Dec. 8th. That is when the next bill comes due, and no, I don’t want to fund-raise anymore. I’m done. This site serves very few people and no purpose anymore except to let the same half dozen people yell at each other. This is only getting worse with President Trump. If the writers to start a site somewhere else and you want to use this domain, get at me. I can redirect it, etc.
Sorry, but it’s over. I’m shutting down almost every site I own, actually, because people are a never-ending disappointment. Between the onerous regulations of my state and the complete lack of support from anyone I know, my business is on hold as well. I’m out. My server is going dark.
I’d say it’s been fun but it really, really hasn’t.
Hey all. So, things are a little more desperate financially than I thought even last month, so I need to move on this ASAP.
I need anyone who is willing to fund this place in the short term to email me – stark23x at the gmail. Put RTFTLC Finances in the subject, if you could. If I could float a month or three without having to shut down the current server, that would give us breathing room.
Secondly, I need someone who knows WordPress and is willing to take on admin/back end duties to get in touch. Same email. My secondary problem is, I just don’t have the time right now to devote to moving/recreating this place elsewhere, so I’m looking for a technical volunteer.
I just found out yesterday that I may not ever be able to actually have my syrup business in this state. They are trying to pass some new regulations that forbid me from selling online. Ever. Connecticut is just the frigging worst. This puts me in an even bigger hole than I expected and I don’t see any way out at the moment.
*edited to add Evenshrugged suggested a GoFundMe, so I set it up. gofund.me/rtftlc is the link. Obviously I’d be incredibly grateful for whatever help I could get. Life has sneaked up behind me and punched me square in the wallet lately.
Well, the time has come. I can’t afford to keep this site any more. The archive is just too big to reduce my tier of hosting, and honestly…I’m done. It’s basically 5 guys yelling at each other every day, and it’s cost me thousands of dollars over the years to host an ever-dwindling, pale imitation of the old Thunderdome.
So…September 1st, 2016, RTFTLC is going dark, unless someone else wants to pay to host it. Right now it costs me a hundred a month (due to the need for many gigabytes of disk space, mostly). There are cheaper options, like an unlimited business account at WordPress, but I also do not have the time to move the site, so if someone wants to salvage it, they also need to either know how to move it, or pay someone who does.
I will save all the data and keep it in my own archives. If the site goes dark, the words will be safe. Someday I’ll figure out a way to publish the MW and RTFTLC archives on the cheap, but for now, I can’t do this anymore. Sorry to everyone still around, and sorry, Lee. I kept it going for a long time, brother.
Hey all. So, I haven’t asked for money for the server in forever, but I could definitely use a little financial help these days. Not with a donation or anything. I’m perfectly willing to sell you something in exchange for your money. :)
My new business venture is Doctor Stark’s Elixirs. I make small batch, and as much as the word gets mocked, it applies, “artisanal” cocktail syrups in flavors that you won’t find elsewhere. You can check them out at my site: Doctorstark.com or the Etsy shop or at Square Market.
No bullshit, I’m like some sort of savant with this stuff. These things are incredible, and if you like to mix cocktails, you need them. If you want to serve the best frigging holiday cocktail ever, you definitely need the Apple Cider Pie. If you like sweet & spicy and you dig mezcal, you need Diablo. Hot Ginger is good with literally every kind of primary spirit I’ve tried. Marrakesh is amazing with gin, and also on waffles or ice cream.
Every bottle has a signature recipe on the side, and I make tons of variations. Hit me up if you need ideas. And buy a bottle or 5. They would also make pretty unique gifts for the holidays!
Hi. I’m sorry I let the blog technically malfunction so often and for so long. Working on fixing it. I just wanted to explain where I am stuck right now.
- I think I have restored the author writing tools to working order.
- Something I did broke the registration form completely. At one point I was able to register a new account for myself, but now it;s broken again. Still working on that.
- Comment form now has a 90% working editor. The link button does not pop up and become useful yet. Something in the customization from the redesign ages go is interfering between the preview and the link buttons.
I don’t have a ton of time to devote to this, so if I can’t get it working soon, the odds are that I will scrap the entire design and all customization and install a new wordpress theme and enough plugins to get it working, then turn it over to Hal and Alex or whoever we all decide is a good technical admin. Fingers crossed that I can find the frigging cuplrit. It’s something in the AJAX vs JQuery stuff. I hate blog software.
*EDITED TO ADD*
I do not know what the fuck is going on here and to be honest I can’t devote the time or money to fix it. Everything I tried broke something else and when I tried to put it back the way it was I broke the entire site. Hence this new blank template. I’m ready to turn this over to someone else and see if they can fix it and get things running in a useful way.
In the last ten minutes I have had
5 6 emails telling me new users registered. ALL SPAMMERS. Registration has been turned off for now.
I’m not going to deal with this for very long, so y’all need to decide fairly quickly what is going to happen to this blog. I’m pretty much done. I’ll work with someone to hand it over. I can still host. I just cannot work on it.
So this happened yesterday.
Also my bike is ruined. Everyone who has seen it says they’re gonna total it when the adjuster sees it. ::sadface::
Also I’m gonna sue the guy because he did something so reckless and he was such a complete jerk at the scene. My plan is to make every effort to financially ruin him, because he literally tried to kill me in order to save 3-5 seconds on his trip.
Lastly – and there’s no good way to put this, but – there was a definite racial tone to the scene. My black neighbors, who I know and see every day, all ran to the black driver’s side who was IN A TRUCK and not one of them even came to ask if I was alright. One of them even tried to lie to the cops on behalf of a guy not one of them knew personally. Because I was white and he was black. Post-racial America huh? Yeah. Luckily I had witnesses and a biker cop who knew what happened just from the marks on the road and the damage locations on my bike and truck. Driver cited and lectured heavily.
Lastly fuck my neighbor. If his house was on fire I’d piss on the one next to it to stop the flame from spreading while I watched his burn.
I thought the crowd here might appreciate the living hell out of this guy. The backstory is, his 15 year old daughter is a spoiled brat and he’s basically had just about enough of it.
Watch the whole video, it’s worth it. Slightly NSFW due to the language he reads from his 15 year old daughter’s Facebook post
I wish he could be all dads.
PAY THE FUCK ATTENTION.
Do I have your attention, dear reader? Each and every one of you? Good.
You do not, ever, get to decide what is or isn’t appropriate subject matter for this blog. I, and by extension those who write here as main page authors, get to do that. You do not get to decide who should comment or who shouldn’t. You do not get to decide what we talk about, or for how long, or, to be quite frank, ANY FUCKING THING AT ALL.
You especially – and if you drifted off mentally at the above, please refocus now and read this next bit carefully – YOU DO NOT GET TO SPEND MY MONEY AND BANDWIDTH SHITTING ALL OVER THIS BLOG DAY IN AND DAY OUT. If you levy more than one complaint a week about how this place is run, yet you can’t leave? FUCK YOU. You’re the asshole. Get out. Leave, if it bothers you so much. I’m fed the fuck up with it.
I’m not discussing things, or taking anything under advisement, or trying to hear “your side of it” anymore. If you can’t stand the way this place operates, well guess what, sunshine? YOU CAN STOP COMING HERE. It’s literally that simple.
What I would like to see is arguments on various topics, without the bullshit. By bullshit I mean namecalling, feigned innocence, 50 comments a day, etc. THIS GOES FOR AUTHORS AS WELL. Stop picking fights with commenters.
Just, I don’t know, in general, for everyone: STOP BEING SUCH UNBELIEVABLE CUNTS ALL THE GODDAMNED TIME. Is that really so fucking hard? Stop. Or I’ll stop you. I’m at my limit.
I’ve been seeing a lot of discussion in various places about comments, basically nested versus chronological style. I used to think nested was the only way to go, but it has created a number of weird problems on this site…so, a query:
Do you prefer the current nested style, or would you prefer a simple chronological style like we had at the old place? I’m totally willing to change it to chrono if more people prefer it.