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I was a bit hasty in announcing that I was retiring this blog. I started it over 10 years ago as a means of sharing photos and random thoughts. Because I had opted for the free version of WordPress, I realized that it would have limits on storage and contain their advertising.
Google’s Blogger product seemed like a better choice for me since it was integrated with Google photos and was free of advertising. I gave it the generic name Poltrack Blog and it is fairly popular because of recurring themes such as Look What I Saw at the Green Center.
However I have a bit of unease over Google’s commitment to Blogger. It hasn’t evolved over the last decade which is a lifetime in software terms. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform and there is a an upgrade path if I run out of space, or it gets more popular.
“Clutter, a free spirit, and a have-fun attitude leads to real creativity” – Bronson Potter
When I was about ten I developed an interest in electronics. I would take apart old radios and try to understand how it worked. Later I bought an electronics kit that had schematicsfor several different projects. This was a time before integrated circuits and transistors, so the kit consisted of tubes and discrete components. It wasn’t very safe either since it operated on line current. It was a way to learn how to solder and learn some basic electronics. Later I moved on to a company called Heathkit that sold kits for everything from amplifiers to a digital computer (with vacuum tubes). I built amplifiers, a VTVM, and an AM/FM tuner.
These kits would arrive in a box with a chassis, bags of parts and very precise instructions. Soldering tube sockets was a royal pain and the instructions would tell you when to apply solder since each lug usually had multiple wires attached. The instructions contained illustrations showing how many wires should be attached to each lug. There were no printed circuit boards back then so everything was done with wires. It was tedious but back then I thought it was fun.
Later in the early 1970s I took an online course with the GI bill and built a Heathkit color television. It was an insane project and it cured me of any desire to ever use a soldering iron again. The damn thing worked but I didn’t want to spring for a cabinet, so it sat on a table with all the dangerous wiring and high voltage components exposed. It was the last model that was completely analog and required constant adjustment to keep the colors somewhat life like. Thankfully my young son didn’t get electrocuted as it sat on the table emitting X-rays.
Nine years ago I started this blog and after a few postings I forgot about it. This was my neglected progeny, lost and forgotten. Over the years I’ve posted to other blogs on both the WordPress and Blogger platform. This is the oldest of the WordPress blogs and I’ve re-purposed it to cover the topic of strangeness. If you think carefully about your life, consciousness, events, people and reality you will come to the conclusion that it is a long strange trip.
How do I mark the 9th birthday of this blog? The answer is simple, with a photo of the gravestone of The Blue Lady, Mary Ritter who haunts Vales End Cemetery in Wilton, NH.
I sat quietly waiting for a visitation, but nothing, maybe next time.
I was inspired by a recent downsizing talk by Dave Downs to clear up some of the stuff I have in the basement and attic. I discovered that Staples will take old computer hardware for no charge, so today I’m planning a road trip.