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Is There Anybody Out There?

Between being busy with grad school, becoming a father, and spending a lot of time on Twitter, I didn’t have much time to keep this venerable old blog going. To be honest, though, I didn’t have much desire to either. I’m sure I’ll come back here some day, but I felt the need to start with a clean slate. So…

You can now find me blogging, sans pseudonym, at Strike the Rootmy new constellation of blogs! 🙂

Calling Catholic Bloggers

Life’s been busy, and it’s only going to get more so. I’m up to my eyeballs in graduate research and my first child is due August 25. Consequently, I’ve backed off blogging a bit. I haven’t stopped, nor do I intend to. However, my posting frequency has been too low to really sustain an active readership. To make up for this I’ve been syndicating content (with permission, of course). I intend to continue doing so, but I find myself in need of original content. A recent comment has made me keenly aware that Catholic content is sorely lacking. When Shaun Pierce got too busy to maintain Powerblog! by himself, he put out a call for co-bloggers and found able help in Jim Powers. So I am following suit.

Are there any devout Catholics who’ve thought about blogging or established Catholic bloggers looking for a bigger soap box out there? If so, drop me a line. It’s a non-paying gig, and all applicants will be vetted and go through a trial period if accepted. I can’t just let anyone write here, ya know. 😉

Stupid Pop-Up Blocker

For people who understand these things, does anyone know why the pop-up blocker on the Safari browser is so stupid? By “stupid” I mean, why isn’t it “smart” enough to tell the difference between a window that is involuntarily popped up and a window that occurs when I deliberately click on a link that opens a “pop up” window?

Normally, I keep the option “Block Pop-Up Windows” checked, but there are some sites where the basic function of the site is a “pop up” window that occurs when I voluntarily click a link. Or some sites, like Gmail, have certain features (like composing in a separate window) that require the pop-up blocker to be deactivated. When I go to those sites, I have to go up to the Safari menu and uncheck the blocking option. This is lame and annoying.

So why can’t Safari tell the difference between a site that opens a window without a click from me and a site that opens a window when I want it to? Why can my iPhone tell when it is up against my ear but Safari can’t tell when I clicked a link to open a “pop up” window? This disparity in interface keenness is ridiculous.


I’ve been told umpteen times that my blog loads too slowly. To remedy this, I’ll be playing around with different themes for a while. As that happens, functionality may come and go, but the content will always be there (barring a destructive database goof).