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So I have been experimenting with Tumblr for a little while now. For fun I have added a widget off to the right, as you may be able to see, which will not only show you my Tumblr activity but if you click it will take you to my Tumblr site.

I confess to finding it mildly entertaining. The bigger facet it is it is simple easier to share pictures via that system than it is this one. That doesn’t mean I will stop putting pictures here.

Rather it means my more random, day-to-day picture taking will like end up there, while my written visualizations and etc will continue to be here.

All clear as mud I am sure. Meanwhile feel free to check it it out at The Prodigal Stranger.

Ides of March

So it’s March, and of course one thing that hasn’t and will likely not change around here is a predominately Irish history focus for the month.

I’ll have all the oldies, and a couple of news ones as always to add to the list.

March is a fun time around the blog, even though this year I a grinding pretty hard on my doctoral thesis.

But you have to cut loose somewhere right? So why not here!

Bring the Rain

Those who know me, know

Those who know me, know

Its been a busy damn day. Did I manage to put that in the title? I did didn’t I.

After FB killed my account I had to improvise (If you need to know what my pseudonym was let me know, I’ll clear it up). Time to kick the mothballs off this place and give it a tune up.

So I got the website all updated. Got all the Analytic and other gibberish reconnected. Deleted a bunch of old garbage. Got twitter linked in to it (did I mention I have a Twitter account? You can reach me there as well)

Got some of the pages cleaned up. I decided that I wanted to keep what has been my Irish/March theme for many years as my permanent theme. The old red theme was good, and quasi-Victorian but under that theme the site had lain stagnant for a long time. It was time for a change and regrowth. So I swapped it all to the one you see now. Kind of symbolizes regrowth and new beginnings per se.

I’ve also chosen to not delete the blogroll. I know many of the links are dead. I don’t care. Let it stand in testament to what once, what could be, and what one day may be. If nothing else its a good measuring stick by how many of us are still doing this. Me? I’ve been doing this crap off and on since 1995. Not the oldest blogger, but damn near one of the oldest web writers.

V00d3w says he may be returning as well which should be cool. I just need to get a good Windows app for my phone so I can share lots of pictures of booze with all of you  as I adventure across the country.

Great thing about being on the website versus Facebook or some other 3rd party system is now we don’t have to pull any punches. With the exception of my employer, we can basically lay waste to anything and one out there with introspective, story telling and research.

I’ve managed to do more posting today than I have in a year. Gotten more comments in a day than I have in a year.

So tell your friends where I am. Let them know that the rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated.

It’s time to get away from the censorship and Cat Meme’s of Facebook (I mean an occasional one is fine but my god, I felt like I had fleas half the damn time).

Lets see where this crazy train takes us

Its time to bring the rain!

 

Cleaning house

So I’m trying to clean up the site and remove a lot of the jumbled mess the right hand menu has become since so many of the previous MilBlog sect has gone to the way side.

I’m torn as to what to do with the old links however.

Part of me wants to keep them, as a memento to those folks whom used to populate the blogsphere digital crave drawings if you will.

Another part of me say’s to wipe them clean and remove all the dead ones, keep only the relevant and still functional.

We’ll see which one wins.

But for now this week I’m going to be cleaning up the clutter and debating if I want to keep this design or try something new.

Also if anyone has any suggestions as to a good interface between WordPress and Twitter that would be awesome

Bloggin on the Go

So I’m looking for a halfway decent mobile Ap for my Windows phone for WordPress.

I know, I know, the idea of an app, on a Windows phone, that is even close to decent is nearly laughable.

Here’s the rub: I like my Windows phone.

First phone in a long while that I have liked.

So if I want to make this transition wholly back to the website from FB, then I need to find a way to send ya’ll stuff here, like pictures etc.

Doing it from the web wont work, already tried.

It’s Coming…

The event where yours truly goes mainstream…..

A Different View: On Sale now

I consider anyone whom has let me and mine sleep at their house, fed me, shown me the local sights in their area and effectively treat me like family a friend.

Which is to say I consider Blake Powers a friend. Through the years we have passed E-mails, occasional telephone calls and sworn we will have to get together again but the timing is always bad.

Now we have another reason to get together and host a couple of jars.

See Blake has finally published his book regarding his military embed time. You can find a copy here that will not only help Blake but also help with his pet military assistance project Cooking with The Troops.

As DBS rightly points out Blake isn’t in to advertising. But thats what we’re for right? ;)

So if you get a chance, pick up a copy of the book. It will be well worth your time, and a good read.

Consider this a strong recommendation from yours truly the “book snob”.

 

Out for St. Patrick’s Day

V00d3w has the helm around here for today and tomorrow

As for Me? I’m out of here. Feel free to join me

See you cats on Monday!

Click the image for your own printable version!

Door hanger courtesy of Matty O’Blackfive

7th Annual St Patrick’s Day Blog Bash

For over seven years we have hosted a St Patrick’s Day party at Celtic Grill in Bentonville, AR.

Seven years of cigars, Irish stew, Guinness and live music.

Its been a lot of fun. Celtic Grill is under new management, but at current we have nothing to fear and are welcome to join the festivities once again.

This year should be no different.

Please come join us Saturday the 17th. We’ll be there at 17:00 central time and first four lucky folks will get to share a cigar that I provide and I’ll buy the first round.

See you there!

CyberWake for Neptunus Lex: Open Comments

The unbearable lightness of Lex…

For the last several years literally hundreds of us have been greeted with that banner, repeatedly.

Whom can forget the infamous “pink” Hornet?

For many of us we awoke and found those words painful this morning.

And thats not how he would have wanted it. Miles apart the modern world of technology has brought us close.

I’ll be holding a Cyber Wake here. All comers are welcome, for no one should drink alone.

I will open comments to the world for the night, for us to share stories of the indomitable Lex and hold as close to a wake as was possible with those of us who found him more than just a man, a pilot, or a Milblogger..but a friend.

Officially I’ll unlock comments starting at 18:00 Central Standard Time.

Unofficially, let this post start the works.
Let the stories, links, music and words flow freely and let the dancing begin.

Celebrating Irish & Irish-American history

It’s March again.

I wanted to write this post earlier this week and have it prepped. Unfortunately I’ve been sick the vast majority of the week and frankly anything aside from my eyelids has been a painful undertaking these last several days.

That aside, March has been a special time of the year for this website since its inception.

Long time readers know that every March we turn the page green with the woods of Ireland, and our pages are graced with myth, history and stories about the green isle.

It’s with this 1st of March that I am happy to again paint out pages green, and put forth stories both new and old from previous years to help share the wonder that is being Irish, and Ireland.

I try not to take to much a political vein in my posts, I love Ireland for what it is, what it was, and what it can be. My family left its shore many years ago and I make no denials that many current Irishman would consider me a “Plastic Paddy”. That does not diminish my efforts, or my desire to give some under standings to the struggles our people have been through, or the legends that we were given.

That said join us won’t you? As we celebrate the green month once again, and another year of being Irish, in America!

Always Running Behind

Well I’m still playing catch up.

So I managed to corral an old blog buddy from my Techo days to come around and give us a hand.

You should be seeing him post soon, and be sure to welcome him to the party as well eh?

Hopefully we can get some content rolling.

With March coming up we’ll be changing to our usual Irish themed layout. I’ll be reposting some of our Irish History work, and posting some new ones as well.

Probably my favorite time of year for blogging frankly

Earthquake strikes NZ

FLASH: Earthquake of 5.9 magnitude strikes near New Zealand’s Christchurch: USGS

Updates as they become available…

Christchurch police say there has been a collapse at Scarborough rockface, but no injuries and collapse contained

Update – Quake near New Zealand’s Christchurch prompted evacuation of buildings, was “incredibly violent” http://t.co/M8CDH7Ib”
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The rumors of my death…

are greatly exaggerated.

No we aren’t dead. This past week was finals week for me, and my new job has me in a lot of training classes.

That said I am still working on trying to maneuver the blog in to my regular time schedule. It has been a challenge quite frankly.

Between school, work, studying for my GMAT and the gym making time has been difficult to say the very least. Toss in my volunteer work with the NOAA and you can see how I’m doing good to even show up here.

That said.

I’m working on another Cold War expose. I’m hoping it is as widely received as our previous work.

With that in mind I’m looking for any Cold Warriors willing to share stories from that era. I’ve sent out E-mails on the subject, and I’m trying to get my own act together to focus my work on said topical area.

In the mean time, don’t delete that bookmark yet, and don’t turn the dial. We have yet to go quietly in to that good night, and I have no plans to do so just yet.

6P: Want to be a Blogger?

So we have 11 days. In the next 11 days I will be wrapping up a lot of details at my current job, and preparing for my new one. After that time I’ll be joining the quote “Big Leagues” and will be changing some of my habits.

After much discussion, folks input, and E-mails as well as commentary, the decision has been made to keep the doors open here at Registered Evil, and see how it goes.

If we attract no H&I fire, we’ll keep it operation.

If we start taking rounds, I pull the plug.
Sorry folks but family welfare takes priority over much beloved hobbies.

I, personally, will be cutting back not only on when I blog, but what I blog. Sports, Military and History will probably become my forte. Look for more stories like this, to give you an example.

V00d3w will be picking up the slack on political commentary, as well as anyone else who wants to sign up.

We have only a few rules: no pr0n, no Boonie Rat speak*, always consider OPSEC** and keep it civil***. That’s it. Any subject is a go, and nothing else is taboo.

So you want to be a blogger? Want to be a MilBlogger?
Consider this your recruiting call.

Drop us a line here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

* below the jump
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Starting gunshot

As I alluded to earlier I’ll be away most of this morning.

Going to be a very busy day from the onset. I’ll announce the results as soon as I have them. As the esteemed Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘Always do what you are afraid to do.’”. Thusly today I go forth to do what I have been afraid to do thus far.

Meanwhile don’t forget to join me tonight via the RockyTopTalk Podcast as we talk Missouri State University and University of Tennessee Basketball, coaches and other points of interest.

Ya’ll be good, and try not to spill anything on the carpet will ya?

PSA: Transcendental

Got some changes coming round here.

We are in the last week of our Irish dedication, and I hope you have enjoyed our stories of Ireland, as well as the music and quotes from the country as well.

The big change is up in the air. We ask that you cross your fingers. It is something I, at least, have been striving for a very long time to gain a footing within. Because of this, there is a high possibility that our blogging may experience a transition in the near future. Some things are happening in my career that may make blogging either more common, or regular. Currently I try to have posts up by no later than 9 am. That time may shift to extremely early, or conversely extremely late.

However while the transition takes place we may go a few days without a post. We are not quitting. Careers just take precedence you know?

Otherwise continue to expect your College Sports coverage, political analysis, cigar reviews and other material of eclectic interest you have come to know and love.

PSA: Technology sucks sometimes

I haven’t been on our normal schedule this week due to technical interruptions. Unfortunately those communicative interruptions are chronic, and myself as well as the 3 tech support groups have been banging our perspective heads against the proverbial wall. Not helping is the method of procedure one of the help desk centers insists on using.

My sincere apologies and I will do my best to get back on a normal blog schedule as the situation allows!

Radio Intercepts

Homemade deer stew, with our garden potatoes, carrots and onions washed down with a Guinness. #BringItWinter

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    Amontillado Los Arcos Lustau dry sherry as served at the Barcelona Wine Bar in Washington D.C.

    11/15/16

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    2013 Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos Toro Prima Tempranillo as served at Barcelona Wine bar on 14th in Washington D.C

    11/14/16

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    Walking in the capital 15

    11/13/16

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