Oh, It Drives Me Nuts

My Drupal setup is broken. Some server issue. I have no idea how to fix it. My guess is the alert part that renders when the blog is visited will go away once I clean out all the Spam messages. That worked once before.

But ... last time I tried to do that, it wouldn't let me do that. Yeah. Locked out of capability on my own blog due to some glitch.

Where can I find someone who REALLY KNOWS THEIR STUFF around a server and around Drupal to help me out of this? Technical assistance is n order. Know such a person?

deanland, the blog, reaches Maturity

It was over 20 years ago that deanland, the blog, first began. It ran on different blogware, actually a few different ones before settling in this Drupal version where it's been for the past (roughly) ten years.

Prior to that it had been on Manila (by Userland) which I miss more and more every day. I became a wizard with Manila. It's how I taught myself HTML without knowing that's what I was doing.  

Facebook meme, better as a blog post

Over on Facebook there’s a meme going around, the gist of which is "What is something you have done that you're fairly confident you're the ONLY person on my friends list to have ever done? Given the wide range of people I know, I think this will be interesting."

I noted that a few who answered this offered up more than one event.

*** As for me: first time ever on the air in my radio career was afternoon drive in NYC - smack dab in the middle of the FM dial.

Attitudes about Hashtags (#Attitudes #Hashtags)

There's been a kerfluffle about use of hashtags on Twitter. Some feel that if the exact, specific hashtag is not used, it is somehow harmful, a bad thing. To wit, if #BlackLivesMatter is used, not #BLM or #BLMmarchSunday or perhaps an even more specific hashtag with a location or an event, the result is negative, not positive. The intended goal, they feel, the good, is not achieved.

Hello, again

The time may be right to resume blogging over here again. With some frequency, consistency, regularity, like the way back old days. It may just be retro Deanland time.


2016 in Review

2016 in Review

By and large, just about everyone -at this time of year- is in agreement that 2016 was a miserable year.  Except possibly Chicago Cubs fans.

What is Messaging?


Reserve September 20, 21 & 22 to learn about the Future of Messaging.  A meeting in Boston will dig deep into all manner and aspects of messaging today, tomorrow, and beyond.  More about that below.

Terror Ethos Redux

Terror attack, multiple locations, death tolls plus countless injured.  In a major city life becomes disrupted, travel comes to a halt.  Locals desperately seek contact yet fear the news of their loved ones.  Many visitors to the area (tourists, students, business people, musicians on tour) are unaccounted for.

Family members run to the locations of the attacks, holding photographs, has anyone seen this person?

Hospitals, overwhelmed with patients from the incidents, are overrun with nervous, fearful, stressed visitors seeking their relatives, friends, lovers, associates.

Country and city leaders make statements to the press.  The media repeats these and other clips over and over. Responsibility is claimed by a known terrorist organization. Patterns and background unfold.

A city is gripped with fear, sadness and a chilling sense of uncertainty.  Emotions are fervent, tensions and an inability to feel settled or centered becomes the norm.  Levels of frenzy and fear persist.

This is the new reality.

Nearby cities express support.  Sports teams drop every shred of rivalry to convey solidarity. Social media abounds with messages of concern.  Everywhere one goes it is the terror attacks, their immediate aftermath and the larger discussion of what it means becomes Topic One.

This is Paris now.

True Detective, Season 2

Once again a Facebook exchange prompts a blog post.  As before, about television.

The second season of True Detective completed its 8 episode run.  Over the eight weeks there was endless complaining to be found in TV coverage, on blogs, just about everywhere, that Season 2 was not up to par.  Now that the season has completed there are many more articles and posts damning just about everything about the show: the acting, the script, the direction, even the cinematography.

The State of Late Night TV as Letterman Makes His Exit

My friend Jennifer took note on Facebook of the "Last week countdown of the Late Night Top Ten List" That prompted me to make a comment. In turn Jennifer and I had an exchange that resulted in me posting am overview of late night TV, which to me reflects a certain state of Pop Culture. 

Jennifer got me to thinking.  With a preface and then quoting the exchange in full, here's what occurred.  

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