Well, what’s this then? I suppose this is the fifth or sixth generation of Ambit Online(*) now. From a hand-coded site first launched in 1997 as a “coming soon” splash page that lasted forever, to a business/resume site with state-of-the-art “dynamic menus” in Javascript and a semi-cool career project timeline display, to a personal site with a blog that ran serendipity, to a repository for various creative efforts running my beloved Joomla, then the blog ported to WordPress, to this: an all WordPress site. WordPress is still an unmitigated disaster under the hood, but market share wins developers, and it’s just easier to do a simple site like this. Like it or not WordPress has become the Microsoft of CMS systems.

But that’s more how than what, isn’t it? Social media has nearly killed the blog; my It’s Fixed in the Next Release posts are now few and far between and generally extended complaints. Behind the scenes there’s a litter of half conceived drafts. Most of my new creative work now lives on alanlangford.ca, itself in need of a serious overhaul. With this revision I’m killing off some old false starts, notably an attempt to write movie reviews. There’s still some older art and architecture here, but once my art site is updated, I’ll move it over.

For the past few years, my primary use of the site has been to record a few favourite recipes, adaptations and hybrids of other stuff that I’ve found over the years. So there’s that. If you like spice, you’re in the right place! In fact, several “recipes” are just the proportions for various spice mixes: curry, chili, Cajun.

Since moving to a location with more space, I’ve had the opportunity to build some things and there’s more to come, so a projects section will be the container for that.

With the negative impacts becoming more and more obvious, I sense that the era of social media is waning. Not that it’s ever going to go away, but hopefully it will become less dominant in online discourse. If that happens, perhaps my blog will see something akin to a renaissance. We’ll all have to wait and see.

Alan,

2019

 

* Or “Ambition Line” as the domain registration scammers used to call it while trying to convince me to spend 7 times the going renewal rate to hijack my domain. Ha!