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In the last weeks of 2018, I pulled my dusty 10-gallon aquarium off the top shelf of the closet, and inventoried the extant remains of my tank accessories and supplies. I filled the aquarium with conditioned water and pieces of hardscape, and seeded it with some organic matter to jumpstart the cycling of the system. Then, I waited.

Last week, following a four-day journey in the mail from an aquatic nursery in Hereford, AZ, the plants arrived. So it begins.


Back in the day, I had a blog on Blog City, a UK-based service. There was a real blogging community in Washington, DC with meet-ups IRL (in real life). There were a number of competing services back then all of whom eventually were under pressure to monetize. When Blog City started to nickel-and-dime its users, I let the blog lapse. I remember that LJ and Blogger were popular; WordPress was the darling of geeks.

“The Linux of social media”-How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging

Last April, famed writer and hero-murderer George R.R. Martin announced that he was hoisting his ancient blog from his moldering LiveJournal onto his personal website. For casual Game of Thrones fans, it was a minor hiccup at best-most clicked the new link and never looked back.