I mostly just wanted to gather up all the domains I have as of late and describe their purposes or long term intended purposes or ideas for each

In no particular order

  1. https://michaelbox.net
  2. https://apiratelifefor.me
  3. https://achooandthesneezes.com
  4. https://trexthepirate.com
  5. https://trexthepirate.com/thinthemichael
  6. https://www.digitalgarden.tech
  7. https://www.hotwired.tech/
  8. https://tilde.club/~tw2113/
  9. https://www.searchbyned.com
  10. https://www.spagnola.me
  11. https://www.carouselofcarousels.com
  12. https://tw2113.blog

Michaelbox

Out of all of them, this is the one I’ve owned the longest and is probably my most career-orientated one too. Its long term intent is going to be my web development based postings with tutorials, articles, editorials, interviews and whatnot. Easily the one that I’d put the most “findability” work into regarding things like SEO and marketing.

A Pirate Life For Me

This domain here, is kind of a free-for-all of content, posting generally whatever I want. Perhaps an epitome of “personal blog” about me, myself, and I. It’s also the collection point of personal data like my reading habits and book tracking, for a while I was collecting coffee shop checkins, Tumblr archive import, music that I felt needed shared, eventually I’ll do more with my years of Fitbit data, and other “data ownership” things.

Achoo and the Sneezes

Achoo and the Sneezes as a name came as a joke in late college, in the form of a fictional band. It eventually made it onto all my mix CDs back when I could only listen to CD based music or radio in my car. Since then though, I turned it into my dedicated writing site, where I try to focus on discussion about what I’m reading, and more specifically creative works that I’d like to do more with. Has not panned out THAT much thus far, but I have the space available.

T-Rex The Pirate

This is likely the second oldest domain and the base domain is kind of a web development “playground” of sorts with more items available than actually listed. It hosts my link shortener, analytics, and some other things that don’t pertain to being public. Except for the item below

T-Rex The Pirate – Thin The Michael

Probably more accurately named “Fit The Michael” but I don’t want to bother with domain changes. This would be my fitness blog where I focus on related topics, discussion, and thingies all related to personal fitness. I haven’t gone TOO far into the topic there, but I also intend it to be where I go when talking about one’s mental health as well, not just physical.

Digital Garden

While “A Pirate Life For Me” is a general topic destination, Digital Garden is a “whatever I want” destination. There is no real rhyme or reason for what’s posted there, it’s just seedlings, and notes, and content, and thoughts and essays, and whatever. The idea is to groom and tend to them and grow them and plant more, and till, and everything with it all. There really are no rules, and it’s not a blog by any means even though it’s most definitely powered by WordPress.

Hot Wired

Hot Wired is my foray into a mixture of retro web and potentially satire. It’s thus far very heavily modeled after the mid 90s online magazine of the same name, from Wired Magazine. I’m not making it pretty, I’m not making it complex, it works quite well on mobile because of that as pointed out by someone last night. I’m very much trying to think 90s with it where possible, even though I didn’t get online until 1997. I say potentially satire because I’m eying making the content web development/technology/modern web based, but sarcastic/satire/not serious. A good chance to flex some creative muscle without delving into creative fiction necessarily. Also thinking about making it a routine thing where I have legitimate deadlines and treating it like it’s an actual annual magazine.

Tilde Club

This is a very basic 1-2 page website that is my entry into the Tilde Club, a webring. It’s never going to amount to much, but I had fun putting up the content that’s there, and maybe in the future I’ll keep evolving it little by little. I just wanted the participation ribbon.

Search By Ned

Ned is my personal trainer who I work with usually three times a week. One session we somehow got to joking around about websites and something, and somehow I went home with the idea of a custom frontend to a web search. I knew it was possible, so the real work was making it work, and branding the website. His training brand is “Body by Ned” so “Search by Ned” was a no brainer. Get a search field, ala google.com, type in a query, hit submit. It googles for you. Alternative version works for DuckDuckGo. Gif images around the fields added afterwards just for some gym humor

Spagnola

On the heels of the Search By Ned search page, I also ended up creating the same thing for internet personality Ali Spagnola. Same features of Google/DuckDuckGo variations, but she doesn’t get a bunch of gifs.

Amusement had by all

Carousel of Carousels

Really just a one off site that I blogged about at https://apiratelifefor.me/round-and-round/. I am not sure I’ll renew when it comes time to, but it amused me for a week

tw2113.blog

I signed up for micro.blog, an alternative of sorts to Twitter, though not, and more robust, and smaller community. It’s kind of hard to describe exactly what micro.blog is, but it’s tied in with the IndieWeb community, so I had to do something. I wanted a .blog domain, and tw2113 is almost never taken, so I got the domain itself, and tied them together. Sometimes I even post there.

This isn’t going to be a post that I outline and discuss every single podcast that I subscribe to, but it is going to highlight some that I do and hopefully explain why at the same time.

First, how long have you been listening to podcasts?

Some people may have just found out about podcasts, some people may be proverbial veterans of podcasts. I will dare to claim to be an uber-veteran. I lucked out with being in higher education during the birth of podcasting in the mid 2000s and remember the very early days of the delivery method. I had a long stint of time where I just didn’t bother, but still fondly remember a small handful of podcasts that still technically have either an iTunes presence or are still very actively producing new content.

New content from the days of old

The first one of old that I want to highlight, which is on it’s 3407th episode, is Keith and the Girl and as I recall, I was very briefly on one episode as a call in? but also tried to help with web development purposes for one of the hosts back in the day. They’re still actively going 16 years later. That’s impressive. The show is two performers, who were a couple at the time but I think no longer, just producing their own talk show in this new medium.

Discontinued but higher status

The second one of old that I want to highlight is Air Out My Shorts. This show was more targeted in that they would read user-submitted short stories of 800 words or less, along with general banter and guest calls. I got in early in the show, below the 20 episode mark and I like to think I made my mark in small ways. Over the course of time I submitted more user created content and had it read on air. From a creative standpoint, an early peak.

What about current podcasts?

Yes, out with the old, in with the newer and actively listened to. These aren’t necessarily podcasts from yore that I contributed to, but they are what I consider to be interesting contemporary podcasts for 2021 and beyond.

Depresh Mode/The Hilarious World of Depression

Lumping these to together because it’s the same host but different shows. Depresh Mode is the current product, and The Hilarious World of Depression is the past product. Both are focused on the topic of mental health and getting yourself better. They also share the same host, John Moe where he interviews various personalities and discusses the hard topics of depression and mental health and the various variations of such things. Often funny, always inspiring and reaffirming and normalizing. We need to discuss such things more frequently and more openly. We’re getting better at that, but we have a lot more work to do.

Seeing Other People

At times I feel very chronically single, and I don’t know how to break such trends. I haven’t technically dated anyone since the summer of 2002, though I flirted with the idea for brief moments of time since. I’m hoping that maybe a podcast can help provide some perspective. Ilana is one of the hosts who used to work at Hinge, which is one of the dating apps I use, and her co-host is Jonah and I kind of just hope that they can provide some perspectives on my own dating attempts that I didn’t realize were factors?

The Accessible Stall

This not meant to be bragging, but in a sense I feel like I’m a paradigm of ablest health. I couldn’t claim any major disability right now, and am more than able to handle most any movement. That said Emily and Kyle provide a conduit of sorts to a world that I’m at best passively aware of but want to be conscious of. They talk a lot about the struggles they encounter in daily life, and help normalize topics such as disability in the modern world. I recall originally subscribing because I thought it’d be about accessibility in web development, I stay subscribed because it’s a peak into a world I do not know. I appreciate both hosts because of that.

What does it all mean?

In short, I wanted to highlight some current podcasts that gave me views and perspectives into worlds that I am not faced with in my day to day, but are still very valid perspectives in the modern world. Accessibility and mental health are two topics that are still slightly taboo and that’s a darn shame, and those topics need to be normalized for discussion because I guarantee they are under-represented.

The dating topic, is probably more me struggling to find any footing and how difficult it is to attempt dating in general, when a bit of an introvert, but also fighting a global pandemic. I’ve said it before and I’ll scream it again. Dating before a pandemic sucked, dating during sucked even worse, and dating after is to be determined. I may be frustrated.

Hotwired (1994–1999) was the first commercial online magazine, launched on October 27, 1994. Although it was part of the print magazine Wired, Hotwired carried original content.[1]

Wikipedia

I went and bought the surprisingly-to-me available hotwired.tech domain name. I’m still mulling over what exactly to do with it, but I have already saved at least one archive.org copy of the site from like 1998 or so for the sake of honoring and borrowing from the original aesthetics that it had.

Despite the .tech TLD, it’s not going to be JUST technology. It’s probably not going to be full on magazine because that takes consistent/constant content updating and I just don’t have the ideas to fulfill that all the time. However, I would not mind having some satire on there of various sorts, among possibly many other things. May or may not mix in real or fictional things. Too early to say.

Very much borrowing what I can from the original, updating for 2021, and pushing forward in spirit. In fact, I’ve already created a bit of an SVG copy of their logo from at least one point in time.

2021 copy of HotWired logo.

Let’s see what comes of this, shall we?