Welcome to my first weekly With Both Hands Digest! I have moved hosting providers from Squarespace to Ghost. I had used Squarespace for 14 years, and I decided that I wanted a more modern platform that makes it easier to do the things I want to do.
I will explain some of those things here, as well as give you the usual Linkfest style blog post with interesting things I've found this week.
NAU is my alma mater, and I remember running into a lot of guys like Butchart, although I never him myself.
One of the reasons I wanted to change platforms was to make it easier to send out email newsletters. I of course could have used something like Mailchimp with Squarespace, but I like that Ghost has integrated email support.
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A Twitter thread on estimating the economy of the Ionian Greeks.
Better content tags
I now have the ability to generate better dynamic content, such as this tag for Forgotten Ruin, which allows me to collect together all of the posts I've written about Nick Cole and Jason Anspach's D&D inspired military adventure series.
I used to put static links at the end of series posts to point readers to other books in the same series, or by the same authors, but now all reviews will point dynamically to those things, which will update automatically.
Twitter user @KKalvaitis spawned a host of great discussions with this thread on how Disney's popular Beauty & The Beast did violence to the deep structure of fairy tales.
My internet friends Aaron Irber and Gregorio Montejo talk about the works of R. A. Lafferty. I especially like the contrast Gregorio makes between Gene Wolfe, who Gregorio calls the ultimate writer-as-engineer, and Lafferty, who Gregorio calls a bard.
Internet friend Jon Mollison runs miniatures using Dragons Rampant and Xenos Rampant, with the scenario inspired by the Forgotten Ruin RPG from author friends Jason Anspach and Nick Cole.
This week I wrote a short blurb on Spy x Family, my current favorite manga.
Every week features the best memes I can find that resonate with what I try to do here.
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