Change is good. Adaptation, variety, evolution. And I figured it was time to give the old web page a fresh coat of paint.
A few things about the new design...
First, the banner. It was one I'd designed awhile ago but shelved. The photo is mine, but no, I didn't vandalize the locomotives (unless you count Photoshop). While it does reflect my interest in trains, I can assure you this will not become a "railroad blog." There are, fortunately, plenty of other places for that.
Second, the portrait. For those who like me, I hope it conveys warmth. For those who don't, I guess I look like even more of a smug bastard than I did with the hundred-pound pitbull under my arm. As for the book I'm reading in the photo, it's "The Lost Continent" by Bill Bryson (of "A Walk in the Woods" fame). Born in America's heartland and expatriated to England, Bryson's trip across the states in the 80s is as fascinating in restrospect as it was at the time of publication. For those interested in the decline of regional culture and the rise of the mall-tortured, traffic-strangled hellscape, it's a fine read.
I hope you enjoy the new look. But if you don't, that's ok. Remember, nothing lasts forever.
And I'm bringing back an old feature.... enjoy.
Slang of the Day: rock-hound candy: tobacco (1920s).