Vanakkam. I’m taking next week off from blogging as I’ve a situation that needs my attention, but I’ll be back after it’s resolved. No long blogcation this one, and no drama needed. I’ve plans for posting here for at least one more year, but I’ll announce any plans for afterward once the proper time window arrives. I’d really like to get back to posting on my other sites, Checkerboards of the Gods and The Collect Call of Troythulu. I’ve got plans for some new post series on this site, and further posts on logical fallacies and cognitive biases that beg completion.
I’ve posted this elsewhere on the site just yesterday, though I’ve been using the policy unwritten but de facto for several years now. I’ve officially updated my Commentators’ Guidelines page with the following addendum. ~Troythulu
I believe firmly in free speech up to a point, and it has come to my attention that at least one reader has attempted to comment on posts only to have their comments wind up in this blog’s spam folder for meeting Akismet’s criteria for spam.
I’ve used for the last several years a strict policy of deleting such comments as brevity in this blog’s comment threads is a virtue and a Good Thing™ for the aging eyes and limited time of other commenters and myself. It also saves me time otherwise spent offline in posting any needed responses in a thread.
Please keep any comments, even if a previously approved commenter, concise, succinct, and with as few links as possible. If you need to post anything over 75 words, please post it in full on your own site and post a brief comment with a link to the appropriate comment thread here.
I, my cats, and the other readers thank you for your consideration.
Vanakkam. I’ve mostly been off the blog, with a couple of days re-releasing earlier posts that have been sitting in my drafts admin page since April 2018.
Mostly over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been keeping up and maintaining the house and cats with no assistance from family. Needless to say, it consumed most of my waking time, and even passable time-management skills didn’t help much in my posting new entries on this site.
Otis the Indestructible, one of our old strays, has been getting his regular feedings an average of three times daily, four or more on especially cold days. He doesn’t see or hear very well, but he’s learned to identify me by voice and stride pattern, and comes running when he smells his gushy food. He’s healthy for his age, or would be without his skin condition (we think it’s probably cancerous, and it’s slowly spreading…), and he’s not very social. but I’m glad he took to me so quickly.
I’m back to penning down drafts for new posts here, and will resume operations on the Call by next Tuesday. Family is back in town, and that permits more time for hobbies, like blogging. These last few days since fam returned from their trip, my study time has resumed, but is a bit disorganized, loosely involving Tamil and minor subjects, like mental calculation skills for serious fast number-crunching with precalculus and geometry.
So I’m reopening posting after this unintended pseudo-blogcation.
Vanakkam. Now that the year is underway, I’ve got a full weekly study and work schedule set up. This post is the last of those already prescheduled on this blog, so I’m announcing a two-week blogcation and recharging period so that I can keep things updated here and still have room for non-blogging activities while not endangering my health.
One thing I’ve added to my schedule is experimenting with recording podcast audio clips, so giving me even less time to allocate, though still within my limits. Tamil study is coming along well, while I’ve also begun lessons in precalculus, graphic design fundamentals, and in shorthand script for rapid lecture/debate transcription.
But, that being said, what’s in store for the site at blogcation’s end?
I’ll continue the Gods of Terra primer series, the next installments being part I and II of the setting’s history. I’ll also post new installments of the Lost in Translation series, for some cool mnemonics I’ve come up with for Tamil vocabulary, and some of those for Bengali past tense, present tense, and negational verb forms that I’ve found useful.
I’m doing new fiction as well, and that and the Gods of Terra primer installments will also appear on this site’s sister blog, Checkerboards of the Gods.
While I’m not writing and finalizing new drafts, I can spend time updating older posts. I’m nearly finished on a few posts in draft already, including a tutorial on Mandelbulb 3D, now for v.1.9.7.
I’ve see a need for more skeptical content on the blog, so with my tendency to binge on podcasts I’ll use that for topical inspiration. That should be fun, and a great opportunity to support the shows I enjoy.
I’ll see you in two weeks, ready and recharged. May the intervening time be good for you as well!
And with my hideously amateurish grasp of Tamil, I’ll leave you with this:
Greetings, humans! It’s been long, long while since I’ve done a decent end-of-year piece on this site, so now that this blog has been around for some 10 years and two days, here it is. It’s been a busy year, with a lot going on. It’s the start in many ways of a new era. I’ve had to let go of things, and embraced both new insights and learned some amazing things along the way. I’ve met new people and parted ways with others. Best of all, my mental health over the past year has vastly improved as I’ve freed myself of what doesn’t work and kept at what does. This is the last post on this blog for 2018. I wish a happy and prosperous New Year for you and yours!
Blogs and Other Social Media:
I’ve left Twitter, with both of the @Troythulu and @Mister_Eccles accounts deleted. I’ll not be returning in the foreseeable future.
I’ve deleted all but four of my blogs, leaving only two WordPress sites, my Blogger site, and my Tumblr site remaining.
I’ve deleted two old and moribund FB pages: Mr Riccles and The Collect Call of Troythulu, the former for my cats, the latter for my blogs.
Later in the year, I restored older blog pages on this site.
Earlier in April, I began the first major cleanup of posts on my blogs in nine years, deleting low-impact posts and unused tags, setting up others as drafts for rewriting, updating, and reposting for better traction.
Lifelong learning and Study:
I’ve finished and reviewed remedial lessons in both of Algebras I & II
I’ve completed part 1, Units 1-13 of Complete Bengali, began intermediate – level study in Part 2, units 14-26 with some interruptions. Not as much progress as I’d have liked, but no biggie.
After a hiatus and reorganizing of my study schedule, I’ve resumed learning of Tamil and Hindi, and vastly expanded my subscription to podcasts in both of those languages and in Bengali.
I began course in graphic design fundamentals. This will prove most useful.
Got a standing desk attachment for my workspace.
Assisted with home renovations at my family’s place in the 2nd half of 2018,
Writing and Publishing Goals Met:
Self-published my fourth book, The Giant who Fell from the Dark beyond the Sky: And Other Collected Works.
Throughout the year, made regular contributions to Miss Sharmishtha Basu’s PDF eZine, Agnishatdal (the lotus of fire).
Started my own email PDF newsletter, The Pikatron Monthly, in June. If you’re interested in subscribing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to the list.
Began research on Tamil slang, history, and culture for an upcoming book to be self-published sometime in late 2019, early 2020.
It’s that time, time for a hiatus on scheduling posts until I’m back online on the 28th of this December, which would mark the tenth anniversary of this blog. So, posts going live from here until then will all be pre-scheduled.
I’ll continue to be active on blog maintenance and in responding to activity here from visitors to the site in the meantime.
I’ve lately seen a need to address my use of social media, including this blog, how I go about doing that. It would be nice to get more traffic on the site, but that’s a poor motivator, as I’ve health, physical as well as mental, to consider. Self-care takes precedence over page views.
The next few weeks and months will be busy as my family and our cats prepare to move out of the house in at least another year’s time. No details just yet until renovations are done and we get ready to sell the condo to move to a temporary place before our final residence out of state.
I’ll miss Virginia, where I’ve lived since 1974 at the age of ten, in short, most of my life. And I’ll miss the physical company of the IRL friends I leave behind, but I’ll continue to stay in online contact with all of you.
So, December 28 will see renewed post scheduling for the end of 2018, and for early 2019. I’ll be back, and I hope year’s end and the New Year see all of you in good health and high spirits, or at least better and higher ones given the terrifying shit-show of world news during the last three years.
Hey, all! Just letting you know that next week there will be no new posts on the site, and I’ll be editing, recreating, and taking down old pages, including the Fiction Links page. Otherwise, most of next week or the next two weeks will be spent attending to study, important projects, and personal matters that need addressing as well as blog maintenance. I’ll be back onsite with new updates before the end of October. I’m making good progress in study, so I’m satisfied with that, and I hope that things are also going well for those of you who visit my little blog now and then. Several of the fiction serials on this site will be deleted, or at least taken offline indefinitely, as you can read much better, cleaner versions of them in my published e-books on Amazon.