I’m back to using Movable Type, although I’m intrigued enough with WordPress that I may continue fidding with it behind the scenes.
One thing that really is new is my domain nameâ€”it looks as if that deal is going through. My old e-mail address should continue working for a few months, and there should be redirects for this and a few other subdirectories that should also last for that period, but now would be a good time to update your address book and bookmarks. Wherever you see â€œcrossroads.netâ€, change it to â€œ8stars.orgâ€ (or â€œeightstars.orgâ€ if you preferâ€”they both work).
Why 8stars? It’s an obscure visual pun. The Chinese character for rice, ç±³, looks like an 8-pointed star (in fact, the Japanese nickname for the asterisk is â€œkome-jirushi,â€ or â€œrice-markâ€). You can see a stylized version of this character in the header of this blogâ€”I’ve actually been using that mark for some time. I would have registered 8star.org, but someone else already had. So I went with the plural. 8pointedstar.org is just too damn verbose.
It is with some regret that I part with the old domain name: I’ve had it since 1994, and really thought I’d have it permanently. As silly as it may be, that domain name had become part of my self-image. There’s also a practical reason to regret it: having a durable e-mail address has allowed some people to contact me at that address even after many years of silence. The flipside, of course, is that I get an ungodly amount of spam. So there’s a silver lining. Plus, well, there’s the money. Not enough to retire on, but enough to make a significant difference in my retirement fund, buy a few toys, and go on a trip.